Jaime Herrera Beutler announces Congressional Art Competition, submissions due Apr. 17

by DIwpBacon on March 30, 2015

Bailey Ellis’ “Rem” was the 2014 winner from District 3.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler‘s 2015 Congressional Art Competition has kicked off and is now open to all high school students, grades nine through 12, who either reside or attend school in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great tradition that gives me the honor of showcasing one of Southwest Washington’s talented young artists in the halls of our nation’s capital,” says Herrera Beutler. “It is a fun way to celebrate the gifts and creativity of this region’s high school students.”

The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in Washington, DC’s U.S. Capitol Building Corridor. The winner will also receive free airfare for themselves and one guest to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, DC. The deadline for entering the competition is April 17. For complete details, guidelines, and submission forms, visit http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/assistingyou/artscompetition.htm.



WSU Vancouver announces four Women of Distinction winners for 2015

by DIwpBacon on March 30, 2015

Four women were honored for making a difference in the lives of others at Washington State University‘s seventh-annual Women of Distinction celebration. Held March 26, the event wrapped up Women’s History Month at the university. For the first time, two nominees tied for Woman of Distinction in the community category. This year’s winners (pictured from left) are:

High School Woman of Distinction: Brittany Curtiss
WSU Vancouver Student Woman of Distinction: Kia Calderon
Community Woman of Distinction: Jennifer Cullison and Amy Holmes

Cullison created a STEM and Health Sciences program at Woodland High School, where she teaches. Holmes is the founding principal of Hayes Freedom High School in Camas. Learn more about the winners here.

Women of Distinction has been held in concordance with Women’s History Month since 2009 to recognize women in Southwest Washington for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Nominations are accepted for women in three categories: high school students, WSU Vancouver students and community members. Nominations typically open in February.

First Thursday Lectures Series looks at the history of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce


The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will present “Big Ideas, Boosterism, and Business: A History of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.” this Thursday, Apr. 2. This talk, in conjunction with the First Thursday Lecture series, will explore the 125-year history of the Vancouver Chamber.

From the building of the Interstate Bridge to the fight over a continued military presence at Vancouver Barracks, this history provides a lens for the community to examine the growth of Vancouver and the region.

Resident historian Bradley Richardson will give this lecture. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St., in Vancouver’s historic Carnegie Library. For more information, visit www.cchmuseum.org. Follow them on Facebook here.

The works of photographer Darryl Lloyd at Second Story Gallery through April, artist reception Apr. 3


Photo by Darryl Lloyd.

Photographer Darryl Lloyd will be featured at Second Story Gallery in April with his show titled “Guardians of the Columbia: Landscapes of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.” An artists reception will be held in conjunction with Camas’ First Friday, this Friday, Apr. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lloyd grew up at the base of Mt. Adams, and when he was given a Brownie Holiday camera at the age of 10, he began recording his climbs of Adams, Hood and St. Helens. That in turn led, he says, to “a lifetime of mountain travel, freelance photography and the study of geosciences, which nourished my love of volcanoes.” The show is a retrospective of over 40 years of shooting the three “Guardians” from different angles–many of them vertical as the photographer climbed up for better views.

Second Story Gallery is upstairs at the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave. Lloyd’s show will continue through Saturday, April 25 during the library’s regular hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Learn more about the artist and Second Story Gallery at www.secondstorygallery.org.


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    Unknown-2The Clark County Fair has announced the second of its four concerts planned during the run of the Fair this August 7 through 16. John Kay & Steppenwolf will perform live at the 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands Saturday, Aug. 8. Tickets range from $25 to $35, and go on sale Saturday, Apr. 4, at www.clarkcofair.com and Ticketmaster.com. John Kay & Steppenwolf has been making legendary music for more than 30 years with hits like Born to be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, and Rock Me. Concert ticket includes admission to the Clark County Fair (day of concert only). Learn more at www.clarkcofair.com.

  • New program allows customers to pay for home efficiency upgrades through natural gas bill

    imagesNW Natural is partnering with Energy Trust of Oregon and local nonprofit lender Craft3 on a groundbreaking new program that removes a major barrier to homeowners making energy-efficiency improvements: upfront costs. Instead of paying out of pocket for these home energy upgrade projects, qualifying NW Natural customers in Washington will now be able to make monthly payments on their already low natural gas bills. Individual loans are available for up to $15,000 to install high-efficiency gas equipment, such as, fireplaces, furnaces and tank water heaters; insulation; windows and air sealing – that qualify for Energy Trust cash incentives. On-bill Repayment is being piloted in Washington state. Customers interested in this program can apply at www.energytrust.org/repayment.

  • Victoria King named first PeaceHealth system Chief Nursing Officer

    Victoria King

    PeaceHealth has announced that Victoria King, MHA, MSN, has been named its first system chief nursing officer. She will begin serving in the role May 4. King is currently the chief nursing officer for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Originally from California, she is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced, holds masters’ degrees in health care administration and nursing, and is a co-founder of the Global Nursing Conference. In her new role, she will work with nurses, system and community leaders, physicians and others to build a strong standardized nursing care model throughout PeaceHealth. To learn more about PeaceHealth, visit www.peacehealth.org.

  • Reception at FVRL Foundation for local artist Tom Relth Mar. 31

    oThe Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation is hosting a reception for Vancouver artist Tom Relth on Tuesday, Mar. 31. The event will feature a discussion by the artist, wine from Burnt Bridge Cellars, treats from Simply Sweets, and musical entertainment from local guitarist Patrick Meyer. The reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., in the Foundation’s offices at the FVRL District Headquarters building, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Learn more about Tom Relth and his art at http://www.relth.org/. Click here for the original story.

  • YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training Apr. 2

    21313_1086569758026655_879934189469628778_nNew volunteer applications are being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect and oppression. Application, interview and pre-registration for spring training is required. To learn more about volunteering at YWCA Clark County as well as application materials, visit ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org or 360-906-9112.

  • Clark College’s Mature Learning program celebrates its 42nd anniversary Apr. 1

    Fall14_Explorations_PRESSClark College’s Mature Learning program, a part of the college’s Economic & Community Development (ECD) division, celebrates its 42nd anniversary with a symposium that showcases its health and wellness classes and explores the latest developments in alternative or complementary health. The half-day event is being held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 registration fee to attend. Find the full story here.

  • Washington Timbers Spring Camp Apr. 6 through 9

    WA Timbers Spring Break CampAll players ages five to nine are invited to: “Train Like a Pro” with professional soccer player and Washington Timbers Junior Academy Director Kat Tarr from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Apr. 6 through Thursday, Apr. 9. The cost is $75 for the entire week and includes a camp T-shirt. Using her experience playing in professional leagues in Germany and United States, Coach Tarr understands the need for demonstration and has brought in staff with high-level college and professional playing experience to work side by side with each player. Visit www.washingtontimbers.com/academy for more information.

  • Opening on the Mosquito Control Board

    imagesThe Clark County Board of Health is requesting applications and nominations for a local resident to serve on the Mosquito Control Board. The term would start immediately and continue through 2016. Applicants must live in Councilor District 2, which includes east Clark County and the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures and approves contracts for the local mosquito control district. Public Health handles administration and operations. Evening meetings are open to the public and held quarterly in February, May, August and November. Anyone interested may submit a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666 or by email to Jennifer.Clark@clark.wa.gov. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 1.

  • Columbia Dance Company presents excerpts from “Swan Lake” this weekend

    SwanColumbia Dance Company performs their diverse repertory program, Columbia Dance Presents! featuring alumn Steven Goforth in excerpts from Swan Lake. This classical ballet story, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush score, has inspired Artistic Director Jan Hurst to fill the stage with selected excerpts from Act I and Act II. Performances begin next Friday, Apr. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, Apr. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and under are $10. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, visit www.columbiadance.org.

  • CCSO Reserve Deputy program information night this evening

    10891423_706199652829453_8209952400551293108_nThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy program (CCSO) serves as an integral component of the Sheriff’s commitment to serve the citizens of Clark County. CCSO Reserves are commissioned and sworn volunteer Deputies, who perform a variety of functions in their capacity. The meeting will be on Monday, Mar. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the West Precinct, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield. Attendees can learn about the program, the Reserve Deputy academy, and the testing process. Click here for the original story.

  • Register now for Spring Break youth golf camps at Camas Meadows

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  • Representatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris host telephone town hall Apr.1

    UnknownRepresentatives Lynda Wilson and Paul Harris, both R-Vancouver, will host a telephone town hall on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. They invite all 17th Legislative District residents to join them for an hour-long community conversation on state legislative issues. To participate, residents can call 360-588-5068. If listeners have questions during the call they can press the star (*) key on their telephone keypads. Residents unable to participate, or with questions before the event, can contact Wilson by calling her Olympia office at 360-786-7994. Harris can be reached at his Olympia office by calling 360-786-7976.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts panel discussion on race, policing, and justice Apr. 3

    pr-bbbThe community is invited to attend a panel discussion, “Black, Brown and Blue: Diverse Perspectives on Race, Policing and justice,” at 1 p.m. Friday, Apr. 3, at WSU Vancouver. Recent police killings of people of color have led to protests and demonstrations across America, raising larger questions related to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. Five panelists who view these issues from a variety of lenses will discuss the root causes of these disparities, their consequences and how to move forward. Click here for the full story.