Back Issues: December 6, 2017

Clark Public Utilities Board adopts 2018 budget, no increases required

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Clark Public Utilities commission voted today to approve annual budgets for the electric, generating and water systems. Electric and water rate increases are not currently required to fund the approved budgets.

The combined operating budget for the electric and generating systems for 2018 is $367.1 million, compared to $371.1 million in 2017. Power supply remains the large majority of the budget at $239.2 million, and the Operating and Maintenance budget is $55.2 million. The remainder is comprised of taxes, debt service, rate funded capital and funding for energy efficiency programs.

Commissioners also approved $17.75 million for the 2018 water system budget, compared to $17.26 in 2017. The increase reflects the cost of planned water meter upgrades. To learn more about Clark Public Utilities, visit https://www.clarkpublicutilities.com.

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VCCB’s annual Socks for Santa holiday concert Dec. 9

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Presented by the Vancouver Community Concert Band (VCCB), the second annual Socks for Santa holiday concert will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Vancouver Community Library. Led by Musical Director and Conductor Erin Hanson, this concert will feature traditional holiday music performed by both the full band and its small combinations. Admission is free with a donation of socks or other warm winter items that will be donated to Vancouver’s needy.

Additionally, Woodwinds Anonymous will hold its last performance of the year this Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., also in the Vancouver Community Library. The small group is made up of flutes, clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon and french horn.

For more information, contact the band at vanccband@gmail.com, or find them on social media at: www.facebook.com/VCCBand.

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17th District lawmakers hold town hall meeting Dec. 9

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Residents of the 17th Legislative District will have a chance to learn more about the upcoming 2018 legislative session in Olympia and talk with their legislators by attending a district town hall meeting on Saturday, Dec. 9.  The meeting, open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver. The event is co-hosted by the 17th District’s legislative team, state Sen. Lynda Wilson and state Rep. Paul Harris and Rep. Vicki Kraft, all R-Vancouver. The 2018 legislative session begins Jan. 8.

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Luncheon raises over $65,000 for Legacy Salmon Creek’s cancer services

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More than 250 community members gathered at the Hilton Vancouver on Nov. 16 for the Salmon Creek Cares Luncheon to support cancer services at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Hosted by Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation, the event netted over $65,000.

The hospital’s cancer services are designed to support patients both physically and emotionally–from preventive screenings and early diagnosis, to treatment and recovery assistance. The foundation recently established a $1.5 million fundraising campaign to expand Legacy Salmon Creek’s cancer services.

During the luncheon, four Legacy physicians who focus on female cancers shared the latest cutting-edge cancer treatments offered at the Legacy Center for Women’s Cancers–Salmon Creek. The panel included Legacy Salmon Creek’s newest surgeon, Cory Donovan, M.D. A cancer survivor herself, Dr. Donovan is Vancouver’s first fellowship-trained breast surgeon.

To learn more about supporting Legacy Salmon Creek, call 360-487-3457 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.

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