Back Issues: February 9th, 2017

VDA’s Game Changer Award winners at the annual Toast & Jam Breakfast this morning

Thursday, February 9th, 2017


The mood was light and the kudos flowed freely at Vancouver’s Downtown Association’s (VDA) Toast and Jam Annual Awards Breakfast this morning. VDA President Linda Glover welcomed the crowd of over 110 with, “Today is a celebration of the people and projects that are making great things happen in our rapidly-growing city center. We are thrilled to honor their outstanding investments.” Game Changer Awards are given annually to those who garner the most votes in a public vote. The 2016 class of honorees are:

  • Downtown Visionary - Cora and Lonnie Chandler, owners, Java House
  • Outstanding Façade Improvement - Shane Work and his Pacific House
  • Cash Register Ringer Event – Vancouver Farmers Market
  • “Golden Broom” for outstanding storefront – Vintage Vignette
  • Peoples’ Choice for Favorite Event - Vancouver Brewfest
  • Favorite New Business – Core Brand Solutions
  • “Carl Dobbs Award” for outstanding volunteers – VDA Economic Vitality Committee chaired by Julie Arenz (iQ Credit Union)
  • The Albina Fuel Award for VDA’s outstanding corporate partner – The Hilton Vancouver

The next VDA Open Quarterly Preview Meeting is slated for Thursday, Apr. 13, at the Hilton Vancouver from 7:45 to 9 a.m., and will focus on the amazing variety of products that are designed and/or produced in downtown Vancouver. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP’s are requested to

Society of Washington Artists annual spring show and sale

Thursday, February 9th, 2017


The Society of Washington Artists is inviting all artists to enter the 2017 Annual Spring Show and Sale.  All artists 18 or older with original art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, charcoal, graphite, mixed media and 3D are eligible. There are no categories for photography, jewelry or furniture.

Artwork can be submitted Tuesday, Apr. 25, between 5 and 7 p.m., at Vancouver Water Resource Center Community Room, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA, 98661. Artists may submit up to three pieces. Entry fees for members are $15 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional entry. Nonmembers pay $25 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry.

This show will be professionally judged with significant cash awards given for Best of Show, First, Second, and Third places in each category. The public will vote on a People’s Choice Award. Artwork will be shown April 27 to April 30, with an Artist Reception and Awards on Sunday, Apr. 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, show prospectus, and entry forms, visit

Manual count comparison performed Feb. 15

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

UnknownBeginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Elections officials will perform a hand count of approximately 600 ballots that were randomly selected as part of a manual comparison against machine results. Results of the approximately 600 ballots will be counted in the total returns on Election Day, but for this comparison the Vancouver School measure will also be counted by hand, to prove the accuracy of the ballot tabulation equipment.  If a voter has not received their ballot, they should contact the Elections Office at 360-397-2345 or by emailing Ballots are not forwardable. If a voter has recently moved, and the Elections Office did not receive a change of address, their ballot will be returned as undeliverable. Starting Friday, Feb. 10, a voter may download a replacement ballot at The voter must print the ballot and return it following instructions included in the download. Click on “Need a Replacement Ballot?” to get started.

Harris sponsors Prairie High School student as page in the state House of Representatives

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

image003Prairie High School student Rachael Hammes served as a legislative page for the state House of Representatives from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. She was sponsored by her 17th District Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver. As part of her page duties, Hammes navigated the many buildings on the capitol campus, and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. She attended page school every day to better understand the operations and actions of the legislature. Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the legislative page program, visit: