Identity Clark County names John McKibbin president

by DIwpBacon on April 22, 2014
John McKibbin

John McKibbin, photo courtesy of Identity Clark County.

Identity 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.

“We are pleased to engage a non-partisan leader with the depth of experience and track record to focus the business community on a few key initiatives that will help stimulate our region’s growth and development,” says Scott Milam, board chair of ICC and chief operating officer of startup business: On the Go Platforms.

McKibbin served three terms as a Clark County Commissioner and two in the Washington state House of Representatives. He was President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, operated a government relations consultancy, and began his career as a teacher in the Vancouver School District. He serves on the Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital Foundation Board, and is heavily involved with Pearson Field Education Center. For more information about ICC, visit

Dukes Night at the Kiggins for Glamorous Gams2 Apr. 30

by DIwpBacon on April 22, 2014


Join 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

“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. All net proceeds from Dukes Night benefit Children’s Center.

The event is presented by Nutter Foundation. All proceeds will benefit Glamorous Gams’2 presented by Riverview Community Bank, which takes place on May 31. This is the second year for this marquee fundraising event where local movers and shakers fundraise for Children’s Center to compete for the Golden Gam. For further details, visit and click on the “events” tab.

Register now for the Clark County March of Dimes “March for Babies” Apr. 26


On 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. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 8,476 in Washington.

Third annual “Our Community Salutes” ceremony this Saturday


Join 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.

Guest speakers include Army Colonel David Johnson, head of I Corps public affairs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Dr. Steven Webb, Vancouver Public Schools superintendent; Tim Leavitt, Vancouver mayor; Schuyler Hoss, SW Regional Representative to Governor Jay Inslee and Washington 3rd District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.

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.

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  • Hough Foundation adds three to board of directors

    Unknown-2The Hough Foundation has announced the election of Bill Hibbs, Roy Heikkala and Kim Meadors to the board of directors. Hibbs works for Clark PUD and has a long history of helping kids through the Hough Foundation and the Lunch Buddy Program. Heikkala is a lifelong resident of Vancouver with 40 years’ experience in construction and development. He has a history of contributing to the community and has served on several non-profit boards. Meadors has owned Juliano’s Pizzeria for the past 14 years. She is very community minded and has been a part of the Lunch Buddy program. The Hough Foundation works to to develop a community with citizens who are actively engaged in the creation of an environment where children and families learn, grow and strengthen their connections to one another. For more information, visit

  • 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 Further information about PAL can also be found here.

  • Freeholders to fill vacant District 3 seat, review entire draft charter tonight

    The Clark County Board of Freeholders will vote to fill a vacancy on the board when members meet at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Apr. 22, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The vacancy is due to the death of Freeholder Val Ogden of Commissioner District 3. The remaining four District 3 freeholders will nominate one or more residents of their district to fill Ogden’s seat. The board also will vote on Chair Nan Henriksen’s temporary appointment of Freeholder Temple Lentz to fill the office of Secretary, which Ogden held. Also Tuesday, the board will review the draft charter in its entirety for the first time. The final proposed charter will go to voters, likely in the fall general election. Public comment periods at the beginning and end of the meeting will be extended, if necessary.

  • “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

  • 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 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.

  • Fort Vancouver selected for “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” program, seeks applicants for summer 2014

    Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been selected as one of 13 national parks in the Pacific West Region to receive funding for a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) professional development opportunity in the summer of 2014. The National Park Service TRT program is for educators from Kindergarten through 12th grade schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver. Area educators interested in applying can access more information and an application form at

  • Niche Earth Day Dinner tonight

    1770711000ce1c7d88d1239f740f0189Niche Wine and Art Bar is hosting an Earth Day Vegetarian Dinner this evening, Apr. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Three courses will be paired with wines from Treveri Cellars, Burnt Bridge Cellars, Crowley Wines, and Bateaux Cellars. Cost is $65 per person. Niche is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To register, call 360-980-8352. Seats are limited. For further details, visit

  • 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 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

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • 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 For the original story, click here.