Back Issues: May 17, 2017

“Moonlight in the Tropics” senior ball May 19

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Celebrate Older Americans Month with a lively evening of dining and dancing at the Luepke Senior Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 19. This year, the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department’s 50 and Better Program presents “Moonlight in the Tropics,” featuring live music with Ronnie Exconde & Friends, dinner served by celebrity waiters, a special dance with Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt, door prizes and more.

The Luepke Senior Center is located behind the Marshall Community Center at 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver. Admission is $16 for city residents and $19 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Attendees can register by phone at 360-487-7100 using activity code #5622, or in person at the Marshall or Firstenburg community centers.

The Senior Prom is co-sponsored by Vancouver Pointe Senior Village, The Messenger, Sunny 1550 and KISN Radio. For more information, contact Kelly Lund, recreation specialist, at 360-487-7055.


VPD eliminates online reporting system

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Police_Vancouver_WAThe Vancouver Police Department has eliminated the online reporting system. The initial goal of this system was to allow citizens to report lower priority crimes using a convenient online format while minimizing impacts to department personnel. After assessment of the online reporting system, which was in place nearly seven months, the end result was a significant increase in workload for department staff responsible for reviewing and approving the online reports. Common issues included mis-categorization of crimes by the reporting party, missing narrative information, and crimes that should not be reported using the online system being entered. In an effort to more effectively and efficiently utilize personnel, increase customer service, and provide more access to police services, the department recently hired additional Police Service Technicians. To report a lower priority crime, or a crime without suspect information, citizens can call 3-1-1 or call the Vancouver Police Department at 360-487-7500.


Planning Commission to consider proposed changes to comprehensive plan update, public meeting May 18

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The Clark County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 18, on proposed changes to the county’s 2016 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update that could enable the county to come into compliance under a recent ruling by the state Growth Management Hearings Board. The hearing is at 6:30 p.m., in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The hearings board ruled in March that certain portions of the county’s 2016 plan update had not complied with requirements of the Growth Management Act. Those issues were remanded to the county for further work. The council decided to appeal two of the remanded issues, but county planners have been working on proposed changes to reach compliance on the remaining issues.

The county council will hold a work session on the commission’s recommendation at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 7. The council will take formal action on the proposed changes during a 10 a.m. hearing Tuesday, June 20. Meeting materials for the two June meetings will be posted at:

The effective date for comprehensive plan amendments is June 30. Plan adoption materials can be found at


Tickets now on sale for NW Natural Chef, Hop & Vine June 1

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The New Homes Tour kicks off on June 1 with the NW Natural Chef, Hop & Vine presented by DeWils. Home-seekers and home show enthusiasts alike will enjoy one of Clark County’s most unique ways to dine out on the town. Showgoers experience seven of Clark County’s newest homes while tasting great local food and libations. The homes, food and drinks can be experienced from 5 to 9 p.m. Culinary and home pairings for Chef, Hop & Vine include:

  • 2 Creeks Construction – The Oaks Bar & Grill and Loowit Brewing Company
  • Pahlisch Homes – Feast 316 and Fortside Brewing
  • New Tradition Homes – ManKakes and Pacific Perks
  • Pacific Lifestyle Homes – Mill Creek Pub and Alameda Brewing
  • Pacific Lifestyle Homes – NW Natural and Burnt Bridge Cellars
  • Generation Homes NW – Farrar’s Bistro and Heathen Brewing & Winery
  • Cascade West – South Pacific and Confluence Vineyard & Winery

Tickets are $40, are limited to the first 400 people (21 and older) and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at Half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, providing area youth with a “home away from home.”