Back Issues: December 20, 2017

City of Battle Ground to provide fire permitting & inspection services starting in 2018

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Effective January 2, 2018, the City of Battle Ground Community Development Department will issue all fire permits and conduct inspections for projects located within Battle Ground city limits. Prior to the new service, fire permitting and inspections within the city were conducted through the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office. The city contracts with Fire District 3 for fire and emergency services and shares the cost of the Fire Marshal position. Battle Ground will provide full-service fire inspection, permit processing and plan review. Permitting includes fire extinguishing systems, fire alarms systems, hazardous materials, special processes, smoke removal systems, and other fire permits. To learn more, click here.

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site fee increase goes into Eeffect Jan. 1

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

On January 1, 2018, the entrance fee to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) will increase from $5 to $7 for an individual. This entrance fee would remain valid for reentrance for seven days.

The park’s annual pass will remain at $30 in 2018, and will continue to allow admittance of four adults. Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Annual, Senior, Access, or Military passes.

This fee increase affects the reconstructed stockade site only. Access to park grounds, trails, roads, and facilities outside of the reconstructed stockade will remain free of charge. Facilities that will remain free of charge to access include the Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum, and the national park’s green space, including the Parade Ground, Great Meadow, and the waterfront at Vancouver, Washington.

The entrance fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country. Entrance fees have been collected at Fort Vancouver NHS for more than 20 years.

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Vancouver Public Schools staff and students raise over $263,000 for the foundation

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vancouver Public Schools’ annual giving campaign raised a record $263,000 for the Foundation for VPS, with 50 percent of staff participating and student drives at all 37 district schools and programs. Donations fund basic needs support in every school, provide mentoring programs, support Family-Community Resource Center programming for families in need, and enrichment grants for innovative school projects. Over 50 percent of the district’s 24,000 students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, a federal indicator of poverty. At some schools this figure is over 90 percent. To learn more call 360-313-4730 or visit, www.FoundationforVPS.org.

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Battle Ground Public Schools offers more STEM classes

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Introduction to STEM Robotics is a new elective open to eighth grade students at Tukes Valley. The course teaches foundational skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Working with robots everyday, students learn about circuits and computers; hardware, software and firmware; and lots of programming concepts such as Boolean logic and loops. Battle Ground Public Schools has been working to expand STEM offerings to middle school students. Besides Robotics, Tukes Valley also offers Design and Modeling to seventh graders and basic technology classes. Other middle schools around the district have begun offering similar STEM courses over the past three years. Included in the bond measure that the district is asking voters to consider in the February 13, 2018 election, is funds to create flexible spaces for STEM classes at Maple Grove K-8 and Amboy and Laurin middle schools.

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