Back Issues: August, 2017

Rep. Liz Pike hosts “Transportation Solutions” town hall meeting Sept. 9

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Artist rendition of a possible bridge across the Columbia River.

The third in a series of “Transportation Solutions” Town Hall meetings will be hosted Saturday, Sept. 9 in Vancouver by 18th District State Rep. Liz Pike to hear from citizens about local transportation issues and concerns. The forum will be held at WSU Vancouver from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lecture Hall of the Dengerink Administration Building.

Presenters include Linda Figg of Figg Bridge, and Clark County business owner Bill Wagner. A short question and answer period will follow each presentation. The last hour of the forum is reserved for public comment.

Constituents who wish not to testify may submit their comments in writing. For more information, contact Richelle MacKersie at 360-786-7812 or 


Open house for a proposed veterans retreat Sept. 6

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A nonprofit organization proposes developing a short-stay camp for military veterans on about 30 acres of Bratton Canyon Park, north of La Center.

Columbia River Veterans Organization wants to provide a rustic outdoors experience for veterans, a place for “relaxation, quiet camaraderie and healing.” Veterans would stay at Camp Eagle’s Rest for a few days or a week, at no charge, and participate in outdoor recreation, group discussions and other activities.

Camp Eagle’s Rest would be developed east of the existing campground. Columbia River Veterans Organization would be responsible for all aspects of developing and operating the retreat, including fundraising, planning, permitting, clearing and construction.

Clark County and Columbia River Veterans Organization will host an open house on the proposal from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the La Center Community Center, 1000 E Fourth St. People can stop by to learn more and ask questions. The veterans organization will make a short presentation at 5:30 p.m.


Labor Day specials for the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad presents a Labor Day special this Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in Yacolt. Departure times are noon and 2:30 p.m., from the station at NE Railroad Ave.

The train will run to Moulton Falls, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $11 for youth ages five through 12, $9 for youth ages two through four, children two and under are free. Seniors ages 60 and over are $15. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

The Chelatche Prairie Railroad runs May through December with regularly scheduled specials. Track work, car and locomotive maintenance, and running the trains are managed by volunteers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Follow them on Facebook, here.


Field trip to Columbia Springs for First Thursday with CCHM Sept. 7

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The next First Thursday Museum After Hours with the Clark County Historical Museum will take place at Columbia Springs on Thursday, Sept. 7. Columbia Springs, a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. 

Columbia Springs is the historic site of the first lumber mill in the Pacific Northwest, and current home to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. This special First Thursday event will include a presentation on the history of Columbia Springs and a tour of the grounds.

Admission is free. Participants should meet at 6 p.m., at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at or by phone at 360-993-5679.