Back Issues: March 21, 2017

Two Columbia Precast staff earn national accreditation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shawn Slotterback


Kevin Hart

Two leaders of Columbia Precast Products, a regional advanced concrete products company, have completed certification through a national professional trade organization. Plant manager Shaun Slotterback and quality control manager Kevin Hart are just two of 27 professionals nationwide to have earned the Master Precaster designation this year. They join an elite group of just 103 people to have earned the designation since it was created in 2012 by the National Precast Concrete Association. They were recognized at a national Precast show in Cleveland, Ohio. The Master Precaster program consists of 89 educational hours in advanced studies surrounding production, quality, safety and technical knowledge for the manufacture of concrete products. More information about the company is at


Camas Student Film Festival March 23

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


The Camas School District announced the official program selections for its third Student Film Festival. These budding filmmakers were given the prompt: “What Being a Superhero Means.” Interpretations and innovations abound in their short vignettes. The line-up includes:

* Grass Valley Elementary, Jack Walsh: Delivering Smiles
* Prune Hill Elementary, Bianca Flores and Addy Williams: Different Kinds of Heroes: What does being a superhero mean to me?
* Helen Baller Elementary, Audrey Wagner: A Hero in My Eyes
* Skyridge Middle School, Easton McCarty: You Can Be a Hero
* PBL Middle School Program and Liberty Middle School, Regan VanCleave and Paige Huth: Heroes of Fire
* Skyridge Middle School, Madeleine Holbrook: What Does It Mean to Be a Hero?
* Skyridge Middle School, Ella Norton: To Be a Hero
* Skyridge Middle School, Eric Cooley: What Heroes Mean to Us
* Skyridge Middle School, Simranjit Bhella: What is a Superhero?
* Camas High School, Isabella Guirado: I’m a Hero
* Camas High School, Hunter Colwell: Our Superheroes

On Thursday, March 23, parents, staff, and citizens are invited to view the film entries at Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. The event is free and open to the public. Camas Mayor Scott Higgins will emcee the event and help to present awards for the young filmmakers. Concessions will be available for purchase inside the lobby. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the films will begin at 5 p.m. The program is expected to run for approximately one hour.


2017 Spring Whale Watch Week March 25 through 31

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Bring binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25 through 31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, to help visitors learn about the whales’ migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, “whale size” windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at or by calling 541-765-3304.


WSU celebrates Women of Distinction Mar. 30

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


WSU Vancouver will celebrate women who have made a difference for others at its annual Women of Distinction event. The celebration and reception take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30, at Firstenburg Student Commons. The keynote speaker is Sherri Bennett, executive director of the YWCA Clark County, where she has held a variety of roles over the past 19 years. The 2017 honorees are:

High School Students:

Sophie Carlson, senior, Union High School
Emily Forrette, senior, Union High School

WSU Vancouver Students:

Samantha Bondurant, freshman majoring in elementary education
Anna Boneski, senior in public affairs with a focus on justice studies
Eli Campbell, senior majoring in digital technology and culture
Allison de Vincenzi, doctoral student in mathematics and science education
Amanda Flynn, senior in English
Savanna Ford, senior majoring in psychology
Sierra Hancock, senior majoring in psychology
Justine Hanrahan, senior with a double major in digital technology and culture, and anthropology
Audrey Hickok, senior majoring in psychology and human development
Diana Larson, senior majoring in human development
Stefani Mammenga, graduate student in prevention science
Julie Mercado, senior studying psychology
Victoria Moon, senior pursuing a double major in social sciences and fine arts
Andrea Olvera, sophomore studying mechanical engineering
Christine Record, junior studying human development
Samy Reel, senior majoring in English and student body vice president
Honor Stevenson, senior business administration major with a focus on marketing
Holly Ta, sophomore majoring in business administration
Skye Troy, senior majoring in public affairs and president of the student body
Maria Tunno, junior studying environmental science
Holly Varner, junior majoring in social sciences
Stevi Warner, senior studying human resources and human development

Community Members:

Katie Archer, licensed attorney, owner of Archer Public Affairs
Hope Baker, employment specialist at WorkSource, co-founder of Vida’s Ark
Elizabeth Candello, clinical assistant professor of communication at WSU Vancouver, founder of Aisle 10
Susan Edwards, retired corporate trainer, mentor with WSU Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program
Elida Field, owner of Elida Art Studio & Gallery in Camas
Krista Griffin, veterans coordinator for Student Affairs and Enrollment at WSU Vancouver
Teresa Mehigan Haye, works in child and family studies at Clark College
Kris Henriksen, coordinator of the TeenTalk program at Clark County Department of Community Services
Audrey Hickok, hospice-certified nurse assistant now studying psychology and human development at WSU Vancouver
Nikki Hinshaw, assistant director of student involvement at WSU Vancouver
Anne Johnston, public health nurse with Clark County
Erika Laws, director of membership for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, owner of Impactful Sales Solutions and founder of Impactful Women Northwest
Darlene Marcellay-Hyland, does Equal Employment (EEO) discrimination investigations for federal agencies after retiring from the Indian Health Service
Fedilia “Phyllis” McIntosh, had a 40-year career in a variety of nursing positions
Nelea Nelson, branch manager, IQ Credit Union
Faye Palmerton, retired administrator with the Portland Public Schools, founder of Tlc-Tnt, a dropout prevention program
Rosalba Pitkin, Mexican immigrant who works in the Office of Diversity at Clark College
Allison Ramsing, academic coordinator with the Student Resource Center at WSU Vancouver
Betsy Rider, reading specialist who supervises student teachers for WSU Vancouver
Karin Roundy, middle-school mathematics teacher in the Evergreen School District
Sujatha Shynne, IT Systems specialist at WSU Vancouver
Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment at WSU Vancouver
Pam Younkin, kindergarten teacher, Sifton Elementary School

All 47 nominees will be recognized for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Distinguished Woman awards will be announced in three categories–high school student, WSU Vancouver student and community member. The event is free and open to all registered guests. To RSVP and get a parking permit, visit