Back Issues: January 8, 2018

2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast Jan. 18

Monday, January 8, 2018

The 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast, presented by Riverview Community Bank and The Columbian, is slated for Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Vancouver Hilton. Doors open at 6:30 and the event is from 7 to 9 a.m.

The 32nd annual event will feature panelists discussing the “The Internet of Things”. They’ll explore how, simply put, the new rule for the future is that “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” Panelists include:

  • Aaron Holm, Blokable Inc.
  • Andy Lowery, RealWear
  • Dorota Shortell, Simplexity Product Development
  • Kevin Getch, Webfor

Tickets are $55 and include a sit-down breakfast, keynote and panel presentation. The first 50 students to register are free, sponsored by BergerABAM. To reserve free student admission, call 360-735-4511Reserve a seat or table before Jan. 15Advanced registration is required. Tickets will not be available at the door. To register, click here.


Clark County seeks local home hosts for annual summer Natural Garden Tour

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Clark County Green Neighbors program is seeking hosts for its 2018 Natural Garden Tour on Sunday, July 15. To participate, residents should practice environmentally friendly gardening techniques and be willing to offer public tours of their yards and gardens.

The annual event is a fun way residents can show off their gardens and the Earth-conscious methods they use to make them blossom. The event gives people a chance to learn gardening techniques, get inspiration for home landscaping, and exchange ideas with others.

To register to be a Natural Garden Tour host, contact Jill Krumlauf at Public Health at 360-397-2121 ext. 7342 or The Natural Garden Tour is sponsored by Clark County’s Green Neighbors program. To receive the latest Clark County eco-friendly information, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at


BGPS hosts information night and community input forums on upcoming bond

Monday, January 8, 2018

Battle Ground Public Schools will host three events to provide details, answer questions and receive input from the community about projects included in Proposition 3, the district’s school construction and renovation bond that will be on the February 13, 2018 ballot.

The first event will be a Bond Information Night on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m., at Maple Grove K-8 in Battle Ground. School district administrators will present information about the bond and answer questions. Community input forums are slated for

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Laurin Middle School, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Amboy Middle School, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If approved, the bond projects would be eligible for up to $61.6 million in matching funds from the state for construction assistance. The local cost of the bond is $224.9 million, and collections would begin in 2019. It is estimated that property owners in the district will see a decrease in their total schools tax rate in 2019 compared to what they paid in 2017. To learn more, visit


The Historic Trust announces an agreement with a developer on the Providence Academy site

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Historic Trust has reached an agreement for the sale and development of the vacant property around the Academy. The Trust will remain the long-term owner and stewards of the Providence Academy building and the property directly surrounding the building including the southern landscape.

The Wilsonville-based developer, Marathon Acquisition & Development, plans to acquire and develop approximately 3.85 acres of land along C Street and 12th Street. Marathon’s intent is to develop a multi-family campus, including commercial space that complements the Providence Academy. To date, the land has been used as parking for surrounding office buildings.

The design of Marathon’s development is in progress. Studio 3 Architecture is designing the development for Marathon. The former El Presidente restaurant building is expected be demolished. The first phase of the development is estimated to break ground in early 2019.