City of Vancouver recognized for outstanding performance of wastewater treatment facilities July 30

by DIwpBacon on July 29, 2014

cityofvanEcyLogoThe City of Vancouver is being recognized by the State of Washington for its outstanding performance at its two wastewater treatment facilities. It is the 11th consecutive Department of Ecology award for the westside facility and the ninth consecutive award for the Marine Park eastside facility.

“Perfect compliance reflects our commitment to serving the Vancouver community and safeguarding the high quality of life of our residents,” says Brian Carlson, director of Vancouver’s Department of Public Works. “Vancouver has a long history of successfully meeting Ecology’s strict rules, regulations, record-keeping and other requirements to the letter.”

Ecology officials will present awards to City leaders at a brief recognition ceremony Wednesday, July 30. Ecology monitors the effectiveness of each wastewater treatment facility around the state in meeting mandated permit conditions. The best – those which have achieved 100 percent compliance – are recognized each year with the award. A complete list by county of the state’s outstanding wastewater treatment plant award winners for 2014 is available on Ecology’s website at:





Accreditation assessment team invites public comment on CRESA Aug. 4

by DIwpBacon on July 29, 2014

cresaLawEnforcementA team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Saturday, Aug 2 to examine all aspects of the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency‘s (CRESA) policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Verification by the team that CRESA meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety communications excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 360-992-6274 on Monday, Aug. 4, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Persons wishing to submit written comments may send them to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Ste. 320, Gainsville, Virginia, 20155.

The agency has to comply with 219 standards in order to retain accredited status, Director Anna Pendergrass stated. Accreditation will provide official recognition of the dedication and hard work of the professionals at CRESA who work tirelessly to assist community members in emergency situations. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. For more information, call 800-368-3757 or email



Magenta Theater presents “Becky’s New Car” Aug. 1-16

BeckysCar3smallThe Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in Vancouver, presents Becky’s New Carwritten by Steven Dietz and directed by Jaynie Roberts. The play premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Aug. 16. Matinee performances will be held on Aug. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16, available here. For more information, patrons may also call 360-635-4358.

Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage , with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a millionaire stumbles into her work. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare; a thoroughly original comedy and a delightful romp down the road not taken.

The Magenta Theater Company is a family-friendly community theater committed to promoting contemporary new works by local playwrights and musicians, in addition to known comedies and mysteries. To learn more, call 360-635-4358 or visit

Six to Sunset concert series presents Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts July 31

johnny-limboThe Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts series continues Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m., in Esther Short Park. The concerts are held every Thursday through August 14. They are free, open to the public and family friendly. The series is an opportunity to hear some of the Northwest’s most talented artists and enjoy food from local vendors.

This week features Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic oldies hits. The Lugnut’s fame has spread beyond the Pacific Northwest, “dazzling” audiences from Washington State to Washington, D.C.

Pub in the Park seating is still available. This is a fenced off area with picnic tables and food and beer service offered from 5 to 9 p.m. The Fort Vancouver Trust also offers VIP tables for ten, which includes dinner from Hilton’s Gray’s at the Park, reserved seating in Pub in the Park and two beer/wine vouchers per person at each concert. Click here  for further details.


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News Briefs

  • Share raises $127,088 and CenturyLink matches with $146,624 to support hunger programs

    shareOver $273,000 was raised through community donations and 6:1 matching funds offered by CenturyLink to help support Share‘s hunger response programs. A check presentation to Share will happen this Thursday, July 31. Share’s mission is to lead the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion through the strength of our community. For more information, visit

  • New Seasons Market- Fishers Landing Bike fair event Aug. 7

    bike fair tileBike riders are invited to enjoy the festivities at New Seasons Market -Fisher’s Landing Bike Fair Thursday, Aug. 7  from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and participate in a variety of family friendly events. Visit the “Quick Fix Station” to check tires, chains and brakes. Add a free bucket to a bike, while supplies last, and fuel the afternoon with samples and beverages from over 20 participating vendors. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music performed by Tony Smiley beginning at 4 p.m. New Seasons is located at 2100 B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • “Keys to the City” community event Aug. 1-10


    Keys to the City,” offered by the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, is an interactive community art project where 10-15 pianos decorated by a local artists will be placed in the greater Vancouver area’s most public spaces and gathering spots. Some locations include: Fort Vancouver Regional Library, New Seasons Market at Fishers Landing, Esther Short Park, Kiggins Theatre and Westfield Mall. Professional and novice artists alike are invited to share their creativity by performing in public. Pianos will be arriving at their locations Friday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. and will remain through Sunday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the event Facebook page here. To learn more about the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, click here or call 360-693-1511.

  • “Happy Christmas” opens Aug. 1 at Kiggins Theatre

    happyxmasDirector Joe Swanberg‘s new film Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynsky, opens Friday, Aug. 1 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $5. Kelly, a budding novelist, her film director husband Jeff, and their two-year-old son live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. In Happy Christmas, Swanberg explores both sibling relationships and the choices women face in young families. Using his unique improvisational technique, Swanberg creates a dramatic experience that results in a natural, relatable peek into his characters’ lives. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver’s annual art festival “Art in the Heart” Aug. 1

    80Downtown Vancouver’s annual festival of the arts, “Art in the Heart,” happens First Friday, Aug. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists will set up on Main St., from Evergreen to 11th St., along the sidewalks of Evergreen Blvd. from Washington to Columbia, and also along the sidewalks on 9th St. in front of Gallery 360. The event is free and open to the public. Participating galleries include: Art on the Boulevard , Aurora GalleryGallery 360Rand Jeweler , and The Gallery Without Walls. For more information, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Register now for Race for the Homeless Aug. 2

    raceforhomelessThe Race for the Homeless 2014 will run for its 15th year in Vancouver. If pre-registered by today, July 29, the cost of the 5K Run, 10K Run and 5K Walk is $15 and includes a t-shirt available for pick up at the event. Day of race registration is $20. Kid Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. The start/finish line is at the O.O. Howard House on Fort Vancouver Way, just south of E Evergreen Blvd. All race fees will be matched with a generous donation to benefit Open House Ministries. Last year $7,800 was given to this organization to help homeless families regain their independence. For more information and to register, visit For the original article, click here.

  • Tour de Cure raises over $400,000 to help stop diabetes

    tourdeMore than 900 riders took part in the annual Tour de Cure event and raised over $400,000 for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Cyclists of all ages rode through Washington and Yamhill Counties covering 5-100 miles in an effort to raise awareness and funds. In Oregon and Southwest Washington 347,000 people have diabetes and an additional 675,000 have prediabetes. The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. For more information, call 1-800-DIABETES or visit For the full story, click here.

  • Concerts for a Cause features 5 Guys Named Moe tonight

    5guysnamedmoeportland2011Concerts for a Cause presents 5 Guys Named Moe, an 11-piece horn-driven show band, tonight, July 29, at Camas Meadows Golf Course. The concert is free with a $5 suggested donation. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase through Camas Meadows and Tommy O’s. This week’s proceeds benefit the Coastal Conservation Association, whose objective is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.For further details and the complete schedule of performances, visit Connect with them on Facebook, here.

  • Campaign fundraiser for Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher Aug. 12

    DougLasher_Sep2013_WebSmallerClark County Treasurer Doug Lasher will have a campaign fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the South Pacific Restaurant and Bar located at 1109 Washington St. in Vancouver. The host of the event will be Washington State Senator Annette Cleveland and includes special guest Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire. Interested parties can sign up to attend by calling 360-571-9160. For more information, visit

  • New practice Barnick Chiropractic celebrates with community Open House July 29

    c8fkebddufm8h0xwcmwxThe community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Barnick Chiropractic located at 13307 NE Hwy 99, Ste. 113 in Salmon Creek, during an Open House on Tuesday, July 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. Staff will be available to help attendees learn about the treatments and services offered. Festivities include light refreshments, free chair massages and great prizes. Dr. Roger Barnick, has been practicing chiropractic care in Clark County since 2008. His new practice brings together a team to serve the community with quality patient care, massage therapy and services to help with pain relief. For more information, visit

  • Science in the Park: “Those Amazing Plants” this Wednesday

    science-in-the-park-logoScience in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver’s summertime Noon Concert Series, held at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. This week’s theme is ”Those Amazing Plants.” For more information, and a schedule of the different themes each week, click here.

  • Volunteers needed for “Adopt-A-Park” at Kevanna Park July 30

    liberty_mutual_at_kevanna_5.7.145-150x141“Adopt-A-Park” volunteers are needed to clean up and remove invasive species at Kevanna Park, 10500 NE 47th St., Vancouver, this Wednesday, July 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Volunteer opportunities are available every Wednesday and Saturday at this site. The five acre neighborhood park offers a walking path and views of Burnt Bridge Creek. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Hailey Heath at 360-487-8316 or email

  • Two fundraisers in August for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial

    kiwanis-parkjpg-716c1e0627dc8ed1Generous contributions from individuals, local organizations and businesses are helping to make the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial a reality with a planned groundbreaking in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park in March 2015. The names of twenty-seven local veterans, who died in service to country, will be engraved on the wall of the memorial. Two upcoming events provide an opportunity for individuals to contribute: Thursday, Aug. 7, Girls’ Night Out Bunco Party at the Battle Ground Community Center; Saturday, Aug. 23, Fairgrounds Park Flea Market at Fairgrounds Park in Old Town Battle Ground. For more information about the project, visit or contact Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson directly at 360-342-5385 or at For the full article, click here.

  • Safeway awards $2,000 to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington

    FreeMedical-1-0The Northwest Division of Safeway, Inc. has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic). The grant will help provide medications and supplies for low-income, uninsured patients enrolled in the Free Clinic diabetes program. The Free Clinic diabetes program helps recently-diagnosed diabetes patients stabilize their illness through medication management and regular blood sugar testing. Patients in the program receive monthly medication, a free eye exam, and free lab tests and custom orthotics if needed. For more information, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Free tree identification walk this evening

    9726432The community is invited to attend a free tree walk and basic tree identification workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 29. The walk will begin near the playground at Marshall Park, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., and continue to the grounds of Clark College and back. This learning event is part of Tree Talk, a series of free workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry. Pre-registration is requested. Participants should wear walking shoes and suitable clothing for outdoor weather conditions. For more information or to register, call 360-487-8308 or email

  • Arts Commission calling for entries for two-dimensional art show

    The Clark County Arts Commission announces an open call for two-dimensional art to hang in the Sixth-Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The pieces would be on exhibit from October through December. Interested artists can send four JPEG images representative of a larger body of work ‒ at least eight pieces ‒ and a unifying theme title to by Friday, Aug. 1. Works will be juried, and artists notified by Friday, Aug. 8. To be eligible to participate, artists must live or work in a studio in Clark County. For questions, contact Rebecca Anstine at

  • Vancouver receives positive state audit

    The City of Vancouver recently received a positive audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office of its 2013 financial records, grant management and compliance with laws and regulations. The audit concentrated on accountability and compliance with state laws and regulations and City policies and procedures. The State Auditor also issued a clean and unmodified opinion on the financial condition of the City, which included a thorough consideration of the internal control structure of the City’s financial reporting.

  • Dine at The Original Taco House July 30 to support Daybreak Youth Services
    Unknown-2Join Daybreak Youth Services at The Original Taco House in Vancouver on July 30 and August 20 anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and half of your purchase will be donated to support summer programs for teens in treatment. Don’t forget to tell the server: “I am here to support Daybreak.” The Original Taco House is located at 10820 NE Coxley Dr., Vancouver. For more information about Daybreak Youth Services, visit Connect with them on Facebook, here.