Southwest Washington's Community News Service
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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.
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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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
Links to news of local & national significance
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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