Six firms will relocate and bring 60 jobs to downtown Vancouver office building

by DIwpBacon on April 18, 2014

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The Esther Short Building, which was purchased in March from the City of Vancouver by West Park Partners, LLC, will become the new home for five local professional firms and a community foundation. When renovations are complete in late August 2014, the downtown Vancouver Class A office building, located at 610 Esther St., will be 100 percent occupied by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Davidson and Associates Insurance Agency, First Pacific Associates, LSW Architects, Robertson Engineering and White Stone Development.

Extensive remodeling of interior spaces and the building’s exterior are currently underway. The main entrance of the building will move to the northeast corner of the building across from Esther Short Park. Enhanced landscaping including a water feature and additional parking will be added to the site. The 33,300 square foot building will include an 875 square foot community room with seating capacity for 60 people and an adjacent, partially covered patio.

The building will be owned by West Park Partners LLC. Members of the partnership are David Copenhaver, Kevin DeFord and Mark Ickert of White Stone Development; Bruce Davidson of Davidson & Associates Insurance Agency; Todd Stryker of First Pacific Associates; and Ralph Willson and Casey Wyckoff of LSW Architects.

Vancouver Farmers Market hosts Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow

by DIwpBacon on April 18, 2014


537494_504690566238445_80560941_nThe Vancouver Farmers Market will host an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow, Apr. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. in Esther Short Park, W. 8th and Columbia St. in Vancouver. At least 6,000 candy filled eggs will be scattered throughout the park, some filled with special prizes. The event is for youth under 12. The hunt is free to attend, but canned food is requested for the Clark County Food Bank. The Farmers Market will be open during regular hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering a diversity of fresh and local agriculture products, quality prepared foods, and original fine artisan products. For more information, call 360-737-8298 or email

Nominations sought for second annual “Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts”


A sculpture by the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Austin Barton, photo courtesy of Kelly’s Gallery.

The Clark County Arts Commission has announced a call for nominations for the second annual “Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts.” Nominees must currently reside in Clark County, be aged 60 or older, and be active in, or recently retired from visual, performance, or recording arts.
Artists must have been recognized for their work locally, nationally, and/or internationally; and have demonstrated a personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Clark County.  The recipient of this award in 2013 was Austin Barton, a bronze sculpture artist. To view selected items of Barton’s work, click here.

The selection committee will be comprised of current board members of the Clark County Arts Commission. Deadline is August 29. Email requested information to  Include the nominee’s name, address, phone number as well as email/ web URL. For more information about the commission and the nomination process, visit

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington presents fourth anniversary grant to nConnect


Participants in a Speed Networking event, photo courtesy of CFNW.

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington will present the fourth of six $30,000 anniversary grants to nConnect  today, Apr. 18, during a Speed Networking event hosted by nConnect at Skyview High School. These funds will allow nConnect to expand its programming in middle schools that serve neighborhoods with high rates of poverty in the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts.

The Speed Networking event represents the Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) that will be funded through the Community Foundation grant during the 2014-2015 school year. These networking events provide students with opportunities to explore a variety of career options by participating in short, informational interviews with STEM professionals. During speed networking, a business person provides students with a glimpse of what their career is like, the necessary training and workplace requirements, as well as a number of fun facts.

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is supporting this program as part of its ongoing focus to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty in southwest Washington. The organization’s six $30,000 anniversary grants are also commemorating the Foundation’s 30th year of operation in southwest Washington. They will each address the growing issue of intergenerational poverty in different ways by supporting a range of nonprofit projects and programs. For more information about the foundation, visit

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News Briefs

  • “Dine Around Vancouver” to help families in Oso Apr. 23

    c7843935df21eb90bf542202bc021cc3A group of small businesses in Downtown Vancouver have banded together to help fellow Washingtonians, friends, and family in Oso, Washington that are affected by the landslide that happened on February 23. Participating restaurants in Vancouver will donate ten percent of their daily sales to the Snohomish Chapter of the American Red Cross. So far, restaurants include: Willem’s on Main, Tommy O’s, South Pacific Grill, Niche Wine, Main Event, Rosemary’s, and Top Shelf. The event was created by Chef/Owner Willem Paul Klitsie of Willem’s on Main.

  • Mill Creek Pub offers Easter Brunch Buffet this Sunday

    UnknownThe community is invited to an Easter Brunch Buffet this Sunday, Apr. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Mill Creek Pub. Guests will enjoy a rotating brunch menu with eight different hot items, fresh fruit, and an assortment of salads and desserts. The buffet is $15.95 for adults, (add $4 for bottomless mimosas) and $9.95 for youth ages 10 and under. For reservations, call 360-723-5223. Mill Creek Pub is located at 1710 SW 9th Ave., Ste. 101, in Battle Ground. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver Police Department hiring officers, information meeting Apr. 26

    The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring entry level and lateral police officers. The department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for next Saturday, Apr. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at  Vancouver Police West Precinct, 2800 NE Stapleton Rd. For additional information on careers with the Vancouver Police Department, visit or contact the Background unit at 360-487-7454.

  • “Le’g Arte A la Carte” Apr. 22

    GG_web_events_LegsLocal artists have accepted the challenge to turn mannequin legs into fabulous works of art to promote the Glamorous Gams² event benefitting Children’s Center presented by Riverview Community Bank. The public is invited to ‘Le’g Arte A La Carte,’ Tuesday, Apr. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Bank Artists Gallery, located at 1005 Main St., to meet the local artists and vote for their favorite leg. The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers will be donated by Tommy O’s restaurant and Divine Bites. The “People’s Choice Award” will be presented at the Glamorous Gams² event to the artist who receives the most votes. Glamorous Gams² takes place at the Hilton Vancouver on May 31.

  • Hulda Klager Lilac Days Festival begins Apr. 19

    449-600x444Guests are invited to step back in time at Woodland’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, where the 1880s Victorian farm home and impressive display of lilacs in full bloom will dazzle visitors during the annual Lilac Days Festival. The festival runs through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at the gardens, 115 S. Pekin Rd. (exit 21 off I-5). The house and gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. For more information, see or call 360-225-8996.

  • “Cash Back Day” benefits the Hough Foundation Apr. 22

    Beaches-Cash-Back-Day-1Beaches Restaurant will host a “Cash Back Day” to benefit the Hough Foundation  on Tuesday, Apr. 22, all day, and at both locations. For every diner that mentions “Cashback for Hough” to their server, Beaches will donate 50% of the check to the Foundation. Beaches is located on the Columbia Waterfront, 1919 S.E. Columbia River Dr. in Vancouver and at the Portland International Airport, 700 N.E. Airport Way in Portland. For reservations at the Columbia Waterfront Beaches, call 360-699-1592. For reservations at the Portland Airport Beaches, call 503-335-8385.

  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center hosts “Threads of Life Quilt Ceremony” Apr. 19

    8_squarePeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will host Donate Life Northwest’s 2014 “Threads of Life Quilt Ceremony” on Saturday, Apr. 19 in the Firstenburg Tower Lobby. The ceremony is an opportunity for caregivers and the community to learn more about donor registration and see the quilt inspired by heroes who have donated eyes, tissue or organs for transplant. The celebration takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 503-494-3525. For the original article, click here.

  • Free Dental Clinic Open House at Battle Ground HealthCare Free Clinic Apr. 21

    BattleGroundFreeClinicThe community is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 21, at the Free Dental Clinic at Battle Ground HealthCare (BGHC), 11117 Ne 189th St., Ste. 216, in Battle Ground. The event celebrates the addition of free limited dental care services to individuals (aged 18 to 65) in North Clark County who are uninsured or under-insured. Although the new Affordable Care Act can include some limited dental care, the BGHC Free Clinic’s services offer limited stabilization dental treatment services providing extractions, tooth fillings, gum care, necessary prescriptions, and education on the importance of dental hygiene. Volunteer staffing of the new dental clinic includes a dental clinic manager, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, receptionist and schedulers. For further details, visit

  • Partnership project at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site receives 2013 Oregon Archaeological Society President’s Award

    The National Park Service has announced that the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Portland State University Archaeological Laboratory Supervisor Katie Wynia were presented with the Oregon Archaeological Society’s most prestigious award for 2013. The President’s Award is granted to organizations that provide significant archaeological volunteer opportunities for the Society in a given year. The President’s Award was granted to Wynia and the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute on April 1, at the Oregon Archaeological Society General Meeting. Dr. Robert Cromwell, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver, represented the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at the awards ceremony.

  • Share roommate matching program an affordable, mutually-beneficial housing program for homeless and low income


    Share has launched a Roommate Matching Program, part of Share ASPIRE, a free service that matches homeless, low-income individuals, couples, or families with other home seekers in similar situations, or with home providers, to share a home in Clark County. Individuals, couples or families who are homeless or of low-income and are open to the idea of sharing a home should call the Housing Solution Center at 360-695-9677 to complete a housing assessment and be referred to Share ASPIRE’s Roommate Matching Program. Landlords or home providers interested in the Roommate Matching Program should call Dana Greenwald, Roommate Match Coordinator, at 360-952-8202.

  • Port of Vancouver announces 2014 public tour schedule, the first Apr. 30

    pov_header_graphicThe Port of Vancouver USA will hold a public tour on Wednesday, Apr. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be the first of four public tours planned for 2014. The free, two-hour tours will showcase the largest transportation project in the port’s 100-year history, the West Vancouver Freight Access rail project, as well as the diverse range of marine cargoes handled on port docks. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the port at 360-693-3611 or by emailing For more information, including the complete schedule of tours, visit For the original story, click here.

  • Applications sought for Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition June 17

    shark-tankThe Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is currently accepting applications from startups related to the health care sector interested in participating in Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition on Tuesday, June 17. Modeled after ABC’s popular Shark Tank(TM) television show, this event will provide four local companies with the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a judging panel of industry experts. Eligible startups include, but are not limited to: medical devices, health IT, biomedical research, and bioscience technology. Companies interested in participating should send an executive summary of their business plan to Kimberly Pincheira at by Wednesday, Apr. 30 for consideration. An executive summary template can be found at

  • Annual Camas Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Park Apr. 20

    easter_egg_hunt_signCamas Parks and Recreation invites the community to its annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. sharp, at Crown Park on Easter Sunday, Apr. 20. This free event will have over 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs hidden in designated egg hunting areas for children ages two through 12. Children should bring a basket or bag for their eggs and must be accompanied by an adult. “Sir Launch-a-Lot,” the egg launching robot from Camas High School will be on hand. The Traditional Easter Bonnet and Contemporary Hat contest will take place immediately following the egg hunt. For further information, visit and click on the “Easter Day Hunt” tab.

  • Clark Public Utilities’ 15th Annual StreamTeam Earth Day Celebration this Saturday

    earth-day-CPU-webpageClark Public Utilities will host its annual Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Clark County Environmental ServicesSaturday, Apr. 19. The largest Earth Day event in Clark County, the planting and EcoFair will be held at the Salmon Creek Regional Park near Klineline Pond. This event features more than 30 participating organizations. The free community EcoFair, open to all, kicks off at 10 a.m. with festivities lasting until 2 p.m. Click here for the original story.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts discussion about proposed copper mine near Mt. St. Helens Apr. 23

    story_about_copperThe Washington State University Vancouver Center for Social and Environmental Justice and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force will host author Bill Carter who will talk about a proposed copper mine near Mount St. Helens. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 23 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public. Carter wrote Boom, Bust, Boom – A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World. The book is an account of the presence of copper in our lives and its cost on health, the economy and the environment. For the full story, click here.

  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “Cats! Jr.” this weekend

    1623288_10152222489980751_779027741_nThe Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents Cats! Jr. this weekend at the Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St. in Wahougal. Tickets are $10 per person; $13 at the the door. Showtimes are Friday, Apr. 18, at  7 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 19, at 2  and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 20, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit  Click here for the original story.

  • 17th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial ceremony Apr. 19

    ChiefRedheartPictureMembers of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 19, across 5th Street from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. The ceremony pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments at the ceremony will be provided by Meals on Wheels. For the original story, Click here.

  • 2014 Business Growth Awards Apr. 24

    Screen_shot_2014-04-07_at_3_330_238The Vancouver Business Journal will honor the finalists for the 2014 SW Washington Business Growth Awards at a “Finalist Showcase and Reception” Thursday, Apr. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Artillery Barracks building on the Historic Fort Vancouver National Site, 600 E Hatheway Rd. Admission is $50 and includes generous appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and two drink tickets for beer and wine. Preregistration is required at For the original story, click here.