Back Issues: July, 2016

Remember to vote for the Aug. 2 primary and special election

Friday, July 29, 2016

imagesBallots are in the mail for the upcoming Aug. 2 primary and special election. For this election, all registered voters in Clark County will receive a ballot. If a voter has not received a ballot, he or she should contact the Elections Office at 360-397-2345 and request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots can be requested in person at 1408 Franklin St. A voter may also request a replacement ballot by email: On Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., the process of entering the scanned ballot information into the ballot tabulation system will begin.

Election results will be released to the public and news media on the 6th floor of the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St., at or before 8:15 p.m. as well as being available on the County Auditor’s internet website at CVTV will air election results at

Clark County Fair kicks off one week from today

Friday, July 29, 2016


The 148th Clark County Fair opens next Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m. Festivities kick off with the annual Fred Meyer Pancake Breakfast. From 8 to 11 a.m., visitors get free admission. Coupons are required and can be picked up at Fred Meyer locations listed here.

This year’s highlights include DockDogs, the Pig Racing Show, Cowboy BootCamp, FairCon, and an all-new Fun Science Experience. The Comcast Kids Park will be filled with activities and contests, and The Columbian Community Stage will feature free round-the-clock entertainment. Grandstand concerts include:

  • Aug. 5: Queensryche
  • Aug. 5: Trace Adkins
  • Aug. 7: Los Lonely Boys
  • Aug. 8: Chris Janson
  • Aug. 9: Foghat

The fair runs Aug. 5 through 14. Admission is $11.25 for adults, $9.25 for seniors; $8.25 for children seven through 12, and free for those six and under. Tickets are $2.25 less if purchased in advance. All day carnival wristbands are $25 in advance or $30 online. Tickets can be purchased online or at consignment ticket locations. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


FVRL Foundation receives $1,000,000 challenge grant for new library in Ridgefield

Friday, July 29, 2016
The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (FVRL) has has received a $1 million challenge grant to help fund a new library building in Ridgefield. The pledge was made by an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

According to FVRL Foundation executive director Rick Smithrud, the challenge grant is meant to inspire other donors to come forward and contribute, knowing that their gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the grant. “The challenge grant was specifically designed to encourage gifts of $10,000 or more for the Ridgefield Library Building Fund,” says Smithrud. “Any large gifts donated for this project, from this point forward, will be matched by this challenge grant.”

A facilities study conducted by local engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM has estimated the cost of an appropriately-sized new library in Ridgefield at approximately $5 million. While local fundraising efforts have already begun, millions of dollars still must be raised before construction of the much-needed new library can start.

For more information about the challenge grant or making a gift to FVRL Foundation for the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, please contact FVRL Foundation at 360-906-4700 or at


Job Fair for educational professionals Aug. 2

Friday, July 29, 2016


1619465_606458246110662_1917306810_nIn response to the shortage of educational professionals in Washington state, ESD 112 and 11 local districts are partnering in a “Take Root” in Southwest Washington Job Fair next week. The event, which is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, is for anyone wanting to grow a career in education.

ESD 112 and participating school districts are looking for people interested in making a difference in the lives of children. Openings include teachers, paraeducators, substitute teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, school psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists.

Representatives from school districts and ESD 112 will be on hand to share information and assist potential employees in preparing to work in a school setting. Staff will answer questions about certification and other requirements and offer on-site fingerprinting services.

This is the third Take Root Job Fair held in partnership with regional school districts. Past fairs have seen applicants hired on the spot to begin or grow their career in education.