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Statewide honors for Clark student journalists

Clark College's award-winning journalists

Clark College student journalists won 11 awards and The Independent took third place honors in the overall competition of the 2010 Washington Community College Journalism Awards. The awards were presented at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., on May 22.

Judges reviewed entries from 12 community colleges and gave awards in 23 categories. The Independent earned honors in nine categories, sweeping the sports feature category and receiving a trophy cup for its overall showing. 

First place honors and medals went to Editor-in-Chief Jordan Frasier for his profile story, News Editor Kandra Kent for her general news story,  Sports Editor Colton Woods for his sports news story, Opinion Editor Kevin Vandenburg for his sports feature story and Life Editor John Consiglio for his headline.

Frasier, along with Copy Editor Corinne Mooney, Reporter Sam Eckhart, and Reporter Nicole Tolmie received second place honors for comprehensive coverage.  Reporter Stephanie Pisarek earned third place honors for individual commentary.  Kent and Photo Editor Alex Cochran earned second and third place honors, respectively, in the sports feature category.  Frasier also won third place honors in the news photo category, and Reporter Chelsea Parkhurst earned third place honors for illustrations.

The Independent is published Wednesdays during fall, winter, and spring quarters.  It is available at Clark’s main campus as well as Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, Town Plaza and WSU Vancouver.  The Independent is also available online at http://www.clark-independent.com/.

Columbia Credit Union named SBA Credit Union Lender of the Year

Columbia Credit Union has been named the Small Business Administration Credit Union Lender of the Year in the Portland, Oregon, district, an area covering 30 counties in Oregon and four counties in Southwest Washington. The credit union was among the top 2009 financial services institutions chosen for their demonstrated commitment to small business during times of economic difficulty and credit shortages. The credit union will be honored at an awards ceremony at the SBA Portland’s Small Business Week Awards Gala in June.

"By keeping their commitment to small business during this rough economic climate, Columbia Credit Union is playing a critical role in the area’s economic recovery," SBA District Director Harry DeWolf said this week when the honor was announced.

Established in 1952, Columbia Credit Union has $757.9 million in assets and 12 Clark County, Wash., locations. For more information, visit www.columbiacu.org or contact Columbia’s Business Lending Dept. at 360-619-3060.


Fresh Fridays begin May 28 at Vancouver Farmers Market

Vancouver's unique Friday night market starts Memorial Day weekend May 28 and runs through Labor Day weekend, the first and only of its kind in the Northwest. The opening night music will be provided by special guest, Katelynne Cox.  Produce, plants, fresh flowers and gifts will all be available from 5 to 9 p.m. at the market, located west of Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver High School achieves Level 1 Green School status

Fort Vancouver High School is the first Clark County high school to be certified as a Level 1 Washington Green School for increased recycling and food waste composting.

Clark County Environmental Services, which oversees the program locally, will honor the school for its achievement at 2:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 25, during a ceremony at the school.

Fort Vancouver High students, teachers and other school employees established a Green Team last fall and conducted a rigorous assessment in waste reduction and recycling. As a result, the Green Team increased recycling and boosted food waste composting.

A recent waste audit, conducted by Fort students with oversight by Clark County Environmental Services, found almost no paper, bottles or cans in the school’s garbage.

Currently, 95 Washington schools are active in the statewide program, and 19 have achieved Level 1 since the program began in 2009.

Clark County Environmental Services has been a partner in the Green Schools program, which is currently financed by a Washington Department of Ecology grant. Any primary or secondary school can participate in the five-level program.

For more information, visit the Green Schools’ website at www.wagreenschools.org.

Campaign Events

Rep. Jim Jacks (D-Vancouver) is kicking off his re-election campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at the Vancouver Firefighters' Local 452 Union Hall, 2807 Fruit Valley Road. A $35 donation is suggested, but all donations are welcome. Jacks is running to retain his office representing the 49th district, position one in the Washington Legislature.

Craig Riley, a Republican candidate running to represent the 49th district in the Washington State House of Representatives in position two will appear with Dr. Rick Jackson at an event titled, “Freedom, Family and Faith,” with at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 at the First Church of God, Community Room, 3300 N.E. 78th Street in Hazel Dell.

Brandon Vick, a Republican candidate for Washington State House of Representatives, 18th Legislative District, position one, will attend the candidates' forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Battle Ground High School, 300 West Main Street, Battle Ground. The event is hosted by Campaign for Liberty and all candidates have been invited to attend.

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News Briefs

  • Tower Crest Project: Clark County Public Works and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation will present information about the Tower Crest Neighborhood Park project at a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 25. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Truman Elementary School Commons, 4505 N.E. 42nd Ave. Tower Crest Neighborhood Park is located on Northeast 54th Street at 63rd Avenue in east Minnehaha. The 2-acre property currently features informal, soft-surface trails and is wooded. Preliminary planning and design work began in early 2010. Construction is expected to begin in 2011.

  • Knowledge Bowl: Two Knowledge Bowl teams from Camas High School are headed for national competition and are collecting donations for the trip. The students will travel to Washington, D.C., the first week of June. The Camas Educational Foundation has set up an online donation page, https://cefcamas.ejoinme.org/MyPages/CopyofDonationPage/tabid/213971/Default.aspx.

  • Vancouver Symphony Fundraiser: Burgerville will donate 10 percent of sales to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on May 29 and 30 when the orchestra is mentioned during ordering. Customers can also bring a ticket or program from the performances planned this weekend, the last of the season, marking the symphony's 31st season.

  • Hope & Action: Nominations for the 11th annual Hope & Action Recognition Awards are due by Saturday, May 29, 2010, to the Council for the Homeless. The awards recognize people who advocate, support, volunteer, or partner to end homelessness.  A one-page nomination form is available at www.icfth.com or by calling 360-993-9561


  •  May 27: The Friends of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present a lecture by Dr. Melissa Brotons, entitled "Music for Health and Education," on the different applications of music therapy, in education, medicine, mental health and gerontology. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th Street in Vancouver. A $10 donation per person is suggested. Proceeds from the event go to funding the symphony's concert season and music education programs in Southwest Washington.

  • June 2: The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, "Winning Ways to Run for Office—A Candidate/Campaign Worker Workshop." The free workshop takes place on Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin, Vancouver, WA.  An informal reception will follow the program.

  • June 3: The First Citizen 2010 award ceremony honoring Royce Pollard is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For more information, visit www.cfssw.org.

  • June 5: An all-you-can-eat breakfast, scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 5, at Fire Station 31 in Hockinson, will benefit the family of 9-year-old Luke Jensen. Jensen, the grandson of Chaplain Mike White, died of cancer on May 6. Individual tickets are $5 or $15 for a family.

  • June 14: The Fort Vancouver Library District board of trustees will meet beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 14, at the Goldendale Community Library, 131 West Burgen, Goldendale. The board will hold an executive session at 4 p.m. and then have a regular meeting at 6 p.m.


Tuesday on the air

Clark County Board of Commissioners (5-25) — 7 p.m. CVTV 21

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony (5-13) — 10 p.m. CVTV 21

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Headlines


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Will former Columbian building be the new City Hall?- Andrea Damewood, The Columbian

Longtime county treasurer gets first-ever opponent - Stephanie Rice, The Columbian

Rossi reportedly ready to challenge Murray for Senate Seat - The Columbian

Obama to send 1,200 troops to Mexico- L.A. Times

BP Oil Spill Live Feed: Company To Cut Video During Top Kill Procedure- The Huffington Post

New York Awarded 2014 Super Bowl -NYTimes.com

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Caley & Associates, James Caley CPA, 695-0065
Peterson & Associates, P.S., Certified Public Accountants, 574-0644
Tax Advisors, PLLC, CPAs Property Tax/Cost Segregation 750-6884
Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC, 699-1201
Miller Nash LLP. Steve Horenstein, 699-4771
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Lisa Lowe, 694-7551
Bank of America, 696-5651
First Independent Bank, 699-4200
Riverview Community Bank, 834-6561
West Coast Bank, 695-3439
Boyd Coffee Company, Coffee, tea and food service solutions since 1900. (503) 666-4545
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HDJ Design Group, PLLC, Gregory P. Jellison P.E. 695-3488

Charitable Gift Planning

Daniel Lee PHD, CFRE, CFP, ChFC, CAP, Clark College Foundation, (360) 992-2542
Sarah Nevue, The Community Foundation, (360) 694-2550
Jean Rahn, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3670
Tom Bashwiner, FAHP, Director of Gift Planning, Fort Vancouver National Trust (360) 992-1815
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Simple & Clear, Jeff Williams, 254-5365
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Earl C. (Duke) Simpson, DDS, PS, 993-0300
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Andersen Construction Co., Inc. Bob Durgan, (503) 720-5234
RSV Construction, Ron Frederiksen, 693-8830
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iQ Credit Union, 992-4242
Killian Pacific LLC, 567-0625
Prestige Development, Elie Kassab, 993-0010
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Mackay & Sposito, Jon M. Yamashita, 695-3411
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Keenan Insurance Services, Brandon M. Keenan, 213-1500
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Martel Wealth Advisors, Mark Martel CFP (360) 694-9940
Land Use, Natural Resources, Public Involvement, Engineering
BergerABAM, Helen Devery, 823.6100
Great Western Malting, Jay Hamecheck, director North American Business Development 

Port of Kalama, 360-673-2325

Port of Ridgefield, 360-887-3873

Public Involvement and Natural Resources
Normandeau Associates, Karen Ciocia and Kent Snyder, 694-2300
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Hunt Communications Tom Hunt, 693-8180
KMac & Associates LLC, Kathy McDonald, 607-8959
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Coldwell Banker Commercial Wally Hornberger, 699-4494
NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson, H. Roger Qualman, 360-852-9615
Retirement and Inheritance Planning
Andy Nygard, CFP, (360) 695-6431
Security Signs, Designed to inform and sell! Carol Keljo, 433-2321
Vancouver Sign Group, lighting up Business since 1923! 693-4773
Speaking and Training
Kathy Condon, Career Communications, 695-4313
Window Washing
Quality Window Washing, Dave Beecher, 256-7370

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