M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust supports Academy Campaign to purchase Academy Building

by DIwpBacon on April 23, 2014
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Photo courtesy of the Academy Campaign.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a $650,000 challenge grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. This grant will help the National Trust fund in the purchase of the historic Academy Building, 400 Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver. This is a challenge grant that is designed to encourage equal community support and will be paid when the campaign goal has been achieved. Matching the challenge grant will bring the total of pledges and contributions to over $5.3 million.

“The Murdock grant is a major step toward reaching the Academy Campaign purchase goal of $10.6 million. This powerful endorsement reinforces the significance of preserving the iconic Academy, and we hope that others will step forward to join the Murdock Trust in supporting the purchase and preservation of the Academy by our January 2015 deadline,” says Ed Lynch, Chair of the Academy Campaign.

“The Academy was historically linked as an integral part of the Fort Vancouver National Site,” says Elson Strahan, President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. “With this grant, the Murdock Trust has clearly underscored the importance of preserving and restoring one of our region’s important treasures, and honoring the important legacy of Mother Joseph.” For further information about the campaign, visit www.academycampaign.org or call Strahan at 360-992-1835.

“Hello Vancouver!” tonight at Kiggins Theatre

by DIwpBacon on April 23, 2014

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High Five Media presents another installment of “Hello Vancouver!” this evening Wednesday, Apr. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The show, following a late-night format, will feature a musical guest, interview segments, and a few surprises. The event is free and family friendly for those 13 and older.

This evening’s show will be hosted by Temple Lenz and features musical guest Lincoln’s Beard. Guest speakers include the the award winning film director Beth Harrington, and pet psychic Faye Pietrokowsky. A last minute additional surprise guest has been added to the list promising to make an “important public announcement” on the Hello Vancouver! stage.

“Hello Vancouver!” is a recurring live show that looks at life in this corner of Southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.hellovancouver.us. Interested parties can also call Jim Mains at 360-513-8529.

Petra House Mediterranean Feast & Concert 4 Vets this Sunday

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The community is invited to a Mediterranean Feast & Concert to support Clark County veterans this Sunday, Apr. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Petra House Restaurant, 1900 NE 162nd Ave. Tickets are $40 per person advance or $60 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are $20.

The event features performances by internationally acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Quilban, violinist Douglas Canoose, pianist Yvonne Payne and Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen Bhanu Kaur and more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.clarkcountyvetscourtboard.org. Interested parties can also reserve tickets by emailing Samantha.whitley@clark.wa.gov or call 360-397-2075 ext. 7842.

The Veterans Court assists those who have faced challenges in addressing combat-related trauma, and as a result, have entered the criminal justice system for low-level offenses. War-related illnesses can contribute to escalated suicide attempts, arrests, incarceration, divorce, domestic violence, homelessness and despair. The court’s specialized treatment program meets the unique needs of these veterans. For further details regarding the event or the veteran’s court, visit www.clarkcountyvetscourtboard.org.

Explore Camas history during a “Spring into History” event Apr. 26

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Farrell building on Fourth Ave. circa 1930s, photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association.

A family-oriented photo scavenger hunt is the centerpiece of an afternoon of Camas explorations this Saturday, Apr. 26. The activity is part of “Spring into History” month sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association (DCA). The event includes a walking tour, historic displays, kids’ activities, story-telling, history book signing, and a special unveiling. The festivities run from noon to 4 p.m., and start outside at Fourth Ave. and Birch St. in Downtown Camas.

The photo scavenger hunt, which starts at 1 p.m., is not a race, but more of a trivia contest, open to individuals or teams who have cell phones with a camera function. Clues for the hunt can be picked up at the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave., between 1 and 3 p.m. The game sheet will be handed out by volunteers at the original library check-out desk which is located in the oldest part of the library, now the non-fiction room.

Using smart phones, contestants will snap digital photos at 25 locations up and down the downtown business district, then take their phones to the finish line at Journey Church to have the photos checked and exchanged for raffle tickets. The scavenger hunt concludes at 4 p.m. when one lucky ticketholder will win “The Best of Camas Basket,” a grand prize that includes a night’s stay at the Camas Hotel and certificates to be used at salons, restaurants and shops. For more information, visit www.downtowncamas.com.

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News Briefs

  • First-half property taxes due April 30

    Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, has announced first-half property taxes are due on Wednesday, Apr. 30. Residents that have not received a 2014 first-half tax statement or have lost it, can visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 397-2252 for a duplicate. Taxpayers can pay property taxes quickly and conveniently online through a third-party payment provider, Paymentus, at the Treasurer’s website using MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or E-Check. There is a small convenience fee required for using an E-Check or credit/debit card per Washington State statute. If mailing a tax payment, send it to Clark County Treasurer, PO Box 9808, Vancouver, Washington 98666-8808. Tax payments must be postmarked by Wednesday, Apr. 30, to avoid interest charges.

  • Deanna Pauli-Hammond announces campaign for Clark County Clerk

    roundcubeBusinesswoman, mother and 25 year Orchards resident Deanna Pauli-Hammond announced Saturday at the Clark County Democrats County Convention that she will be running for Clark County Clerk. Hammond has over 20 years of experience in finance and management. In addition, she has the financial background necessary to oversee the Superior Court accounts managed by the Clerks Office. Pauli-Hammond brings with her the ability to set and maintain annual departmental budgets and has successfully completed both private and state audits. “By leading my staff to keep clean, concise, accurate records, use good communication skills and meticulously organized document management systems,” says Pauli-Hammond, “I ensure that audits are completed without disrupting services.”

  • First open house on Leichner Landfill plan set for Tuesday, Apr. 29

    An open house next week will give residents a chance to learn about long-term planning for the closed Leichner Landfill and adjacent parcels. The open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 29, at the Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 N.E. 86th St. The county last year hired Maul Foster & Alongi Inc. of Vancouver to lead a master planning effort for the 74-acre landfill and 46 acres of adjacent property. The process will evaluate potential reuses, including market demand and infrastructure needed for development. It will not identify specific users or provide detailed building layouts. Redevelopment options for the closed landfill will be limited for at least another five to 10 years. The landfill continues to settle as buried waste decomposes and produces methane gas, which is collected through an above-ground network of pipes and burned. More information is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/leichner. Comments can be submitted by email to leichner@clark.wa.gov.

  • Board seeks applicants for Telecommunications Commission

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the city/county Telecommunications Commission. The commission advises the Board of County Commissioners and Vancouver City Council on cable television and telecommunications issues. It makes reports, monitors compliance and establishes rules and regulations regarding cable television and telecommunications. The commission also serves as an advisory body during franchise renewal negotiations with Comcast Cable. Applicants for the appointment must be county residents. The term is for three years, and will begin in July. To be considered, submit a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applicants also can send information by email to Jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov or fax to 360-397-6058. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.

  • March of Dimes “March for Babies” this Saturday

    10639677-farmers-insurance-supports-march-of-dimesOn Saturday, Apr. 26, at Esther Short Park, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies–the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including the Kids’ Clinic Workshop hosted by Home Depot and music by 5 Guys Playing Jazz. For more information and to register, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

  • Identity Clark County names John McKibbin president

    John McKibbinIdentity Clark County, (ICC) a non-profit business advocacy group, has appointed area businessman and former elected official John McKibbin as president of the organization. McKibbin is a real estate investor and active community citizen who served as founding chair of ICC more than 20 years ago. For more information about ICC, visit www.identityclarkcounty.org. For the full story, click here.

  • “Dukes Night” at the Kiggins for Glamorous Gams2 Apr. 30

    DukesPhotoFB-300x300Join the Glamorous Gams2 Dukes of Hazzard team for a fun-filled Dukes-themed night at Kiggins Theatre on Wednesday, Apr. 30. View original Dukes of Hazzard episodes and enjoy live Dukes entertainment. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and available through www.tickettomato.com. “Dukes Dates” raffle tickets, drinks and food will be available for purchase to support the Dukes of Hazzard team - Mike Bomar, CREDC; Phoebe Krueger, Pacific Continental Bank; and Eric Golemo, SGA Engineering – in their efforts to win Glamorous Gams2. Click here for the full story.

  • Third annual “Our Community Salutes” this Saturday

    enlisted2A_1331148480Join local officials for the third annual “Our Community Salutes” ceremony, recognizing high school seniors throughout the Portland/Vancouver area who plan to enlist in the armed services after graduation this Saturday, Apr. 26 at 1 p.m. The free event is an all-community effort, with a vocal performance by Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds, musical support from the 204th Army Band and color guard presentation by Veterans of Foreign Wars. A cake and ice cream reception will follow the ceremony. “Our Community Salutes” will be held at Skyview High School Auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. For the original story, click here.

  • Vancouver PAL hosts charity basketball game Apr. 25

    1512398_525476644232621_1004067295_nJoin the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) this Friday, Apr. 25 for the first annual “Hoopin’ With Heroes” charity basketball game featuring players from the Vancouver Police Department taking on players from Vancouver Fire on the court. Admission is canned food to benefit Open House Ministries. This charity game is open to the public and promises to be a lot of fun for everyone. Tipoff is at 7 p.m., at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E 18th St. For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org. Further information about PAL can also be found here.

  • “Clothes for a Cause” supports scientific field studies at Clark College this Friday

    In celebration of Earth Day, the Clark College Science Consortium will be holding a textile collection event this Friday, Apr. 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Clark College’s science building in room 105. “Clothes for a Cause” will generate funds for the Clark College Science Consortium’s field studies classes, which provide students with valuable hands-on experiences in scientific field research. Collection items include all household textiles (in any condition), and paired shoes (in any condition).  All items must be kept dry, so they should be dropped off in tightly tied plastic bags. Plastic bags will be available at the donation site. Donors can park in Clark College’s Orange lot #2 off East Reserve St. Student volunteers will be on hand to help unload vehicles. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

  • Relay For Life: Pat Jollota to share her story as a cancer survivor Apr. 24

    Pat Jollota. Photo courtesy of Relay for Life Vancouver.

    Local historian, author, and Clark County First Citizen award recipient, Pat Jollota, will be the featured guest speaker at the Relay For Life of Vancouver’s April Rally “Food & Fundraising” meeting, Thursday, Apr. 24. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m., and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at 6:8 Church, 8802 NW 9th Ave. The Relay For Life of Vancouver will be held Saturday, July 26 and 27. For more information, visit www.vancouverrelay.org or find the event on Facebook here.

  • Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair Apr. 25-27

    UnknownThe 23rd annual Home & Garden Idea Fair, sponsored by Clark Public Utilities, will be held this weekend, Apr. 25 through 27 at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and venue parking is $6. A complimentary shuttle bus is also available from Fisher’s Landing or Stockford Village Transit Centers. Visitors  are encouraged to bring canned food or cash donations for Operation Warm Heart. For a show guide, click here. For the original story, click here.

  • Rx Take Back event Apr. 26

    takeback2014The community is encouraged to dispose of unused or out-of-date medication safely at the Rx Take-back event, Saturday, Apr. 26. Unwanted medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clark College‘s Purple Parking Lot No. 1 (by the soccer field), 1900 Fort Vancouver Way. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Environmental Services; and in partnership with Clark College and PREVENT!, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County. For more information on types of disposal, visit “Medications” at RecyclingA-Z.com. For more information about disposal or recycling options, call Clark County Environmental Services at 360-397-2121 ext. 4352.

  • Kiggins Theatre: Banff Mountan Film Festival World Tour Apr. 25

    banffKiggins Theatre will host the 38th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Friday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe with selected films ranging from exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here. Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.banffcentre.ca.

  • “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.

  • 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 http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers or contact the Background unit at 360-487-7454.

  • 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.

  • 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 www.vbj.com. For the original story, click here.