Public workshop on Vancouver’s waterfront project May 26

by DIwpBacon on May 22, 2015


The community is encouraged to join the Port of Vancouver USA and its consultant, NBBJ, for a waterfront workshop on Tuesday, May 26. The board will meet at its regularly scheduled time, 9:30 a.m., and then will recess for the public workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. The port and NBBJ will discuss the planning process, initial concepts for the port’s waterfront property, and take public testimony.

The port is reinventing its birthplace on the Columbia River. The site, known as Terminal 1, is where the port established its first facilities in 1925. Today it’s home to the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, The Quay Restaurant, a small office building, public amphitheater and public docks.

NBBJ will use current city plans, market data, and discussions with key stakeholders and citizens to create an overarching master plan for the port’s property. Initial plans for redevelopment could include a mixed-use building, new hotel and public attractions.

Future public meetings will be held on specific alternatives and ultimate development of the master plan, which is scheduled for completion late this year. Visit for board meeting agendas, information about the port’s waterfront project and more. The workshop will be broadcast live on








Dedication ceremony for the Confluence Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park May 29

by DIwpBacon on May 22, 2015

Maya Lin with Nez Perce tribal elder Horace Axtell at Chief Timothy Park in 2005. Photo by Andrew Brahe.

In 2005, the Nez Perce blessed a site at Chief Timothy Park for the Confluence Listening Circle, designed by local artist Maya Lin. This is a gathering place, an amphitheater sculpted into the landscape with basalt. Confluence has been working with friends from Nez Perce homelands, Asotin and Nez Perce counties to host a dedication to celebrate the completed project.

The ceremony will be Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Guests should arrive at 9:30 a.m. to allow for a relaxed, ADA accessible walk to the Listening Circle. Golf carts will be available. Admission to the park and interpretive center is free for the dedication. Chief Timothy Park is located at 13766 Hwy 12, nine miles west of Clarkston.

Confluence is a donor-supported nonprofit that connects people to place through art and education. It works in collaboration with Northwest communities, tribes, and celebrated artist Lin, to create reflective moments that can shape the future of the Columbia River system. Confluences seeks to share stories of the river through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience. The project spans 438 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to the gateway to Hell’s Canyon, with sites in both Oregon and Washington. Learn more at

Nominations sought for annual First Citizen Award, deadline May 29


Nominations for Clark County’s 2015 First Citizen Award will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and community contributions in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources.

To nominate a Clark County resident as First Citizen, click here. Review the selection criteria and then complete and submit a nomination form. All nomination packets must be submitted to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington office at 610 Esther St., Ste. 201, Vancouver, WA 98660.

The First Citizen Award is selected by a volunteer committee of community leaders and past recipients. The award will be presented at a reception set for Tuesday, October 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets to attend the reception and awards ceremony will be available in mid-August.

“Creating Fine HeARTS” fundraiser for the Jack, Will and Rob Boys and Girls Club May 27


The Jack, Will and Rob (JWR) Boys & Girls Club in Camas will spotlight the talent and artwork of Club members during a two-day event week. “Creating fine heARTS” will feature the JWR Club Open House Art Showcase and Docent Dinner fundraising event at the Cantera Equestrian Center.

The docent dinner and fundraiser is Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lugliani Home at Cantera Equestrian Center, 4510 NW McIntosh Rd. in Camas. The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and a live art experience by award winning and nationally recognized artist, Elida Field, which will be auctioned off along with with pieces from JWR youth and several Northwest Artists, courtesy of Camas Gallery.

The showcase is Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 2033 NE Ione St., Camas. Tickets for the Docent Dinner are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting Stephanie Lindstrom at 971-803-7767 or online at:

Evergreen School District chef instructor named best culinary educator in the west


Andrew McColley, CEC, CCE, chef instructor, Evergreen School District, was named best culinary educator in the West, according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF). McColley received the ACF Western Region Chef Educator of the Year Award at ACF’s Central/Western Regional Conference, held last month in Indianapolis.

McColley started as a sous chef in 1986. He has 30 years of experience in the culinary industry and has been a chef instructor at the Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts program at Clark County Skills Center in Vancouver for 20 years. He developed and wrote the curriculum for the new Hospitality, Management and Culinary programs at the Northwest Culinary Institute, and championed Clark County School Center’s Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts program.

The ACF Chef Educator of the Year Award, established in 1998, pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise has enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has provided guidance to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. As the ACF Western Region recipient, McColley is a candidate to receive the national award at the ACF National Convention and Show in Orlando, Florida, July 30 to Aug. 3.


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News Briefs

  • The Daily Insider observes Memorial Day, will not publish May 25

    The Daily Insider will not be published on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will return on Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe and happy long weekend. And thank you to all who have served our country.

  • City seeks volunteers to write pro, con statements for proposed charter amendments

    Unknown-8The Vancouver City Council is seeking volunteers to write pro and con statements about five proposed amendments to the city’s charter. The statements will be included in this year’s Voter’s Guide, published by the Clark County Elections Office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election. Clark County’s election regulations require the City Council appoint committees of up to three people to write pro and con statements. Statements are limited to 250 words each and must be completed by Aug.13, 2015. Complete text of the proposed charter review amendments maybe found at To volunteer to serve on a pro or con committee, contact Jan Bader at 360-487-8606 or

  • Vancouver Chamber seeks sponsorship for Legislative Review Luncheon in July

    Unknown-7The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is seeking sponsorship for the Legislative Review Luncheon. This is an important community event as it provides businesses direct access to legislators. Additionally, it is a forum for questions and a discussion on the issues important to business in Southwest Washington. Sponsorships begin at $700 and include a wide variety of publicity benefits via the Chamber’s bi-monthly Vancouver VISION magazine, website, and event promotions. The luncheon will take place at the Heathman Lodge on Tuesday, July 7. For more information, contact Teresa Lawwill, GVCC fund development and community relations director at or 360- 567-1090.

  • Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance May 25

    memorial-day-rememberThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) will present Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m., at the Bandstand on the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver. Keynote speaker is Brigadier General Kurt J. Ryan. Additional speakers include: US Army Col. John Sweeney, Commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-BeutlerVancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt, and National Park Service Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. Find the full story here.

  • Giving Circle awards grants to benefit children

    image001Three area organizations focused on the needs of vulnerable children were awarded grants at a reception of the Nonprofit Network Giving Circle earlier this month. The Giving Circle educates themselves about the needs of the community while supporting local charitable organizations. Grants for 2015 were given to Autism Empowerment: $2,050; Bridge the Gap: $2,050; and Police Activities League: $4,441. Click here for the full story.

  • H-RoC welcomes two new board directors

    Unknown-6H-RoC, a nonpartisan political action committee that promotes women in leadership positions in Clark County, welcomes two new board directors: Barbara Johnson and Michelle Winnett. The two join Lisa Schauer, former County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris, former Clark Public Utility Commissioner Carol CurtisHeidi Johnson BixbyJada RupleyKathy McDonaldLynn ValenterStacey Graham and Nancy Retsinas on the H-RoC board of directors. Click here for the original story.

  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad hosts Memorial Day rides May 23 – 25

    steam_trestleThe Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is offering Memorial Day train specials this weekend. The diesel engine will make two trips, at noon and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 23Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25. Tickets are $16 per person; $15 for seniors; $11 for youth ages five to 12; and $9 for youth ages two to four. Reservations are recommended at Find the full story, here.

  • Westside Mobility Strategy community forum May 30

    Unknown-4Those who live or work on the west side of I-5 in Vancouver are invited to attend the first Westside Mobility Strategy community forum from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30, at the Discovery Middle School Commons, 800 E 40th St. The City is working on developing a long-term mobility strategy that will look at various transportation issues on this side of the city and propose attainable solutions that strike a balance between the thriving and growing industrial areas, safe and livable neighborhoods, and a revitalized urban core. For more information and to sign up for email updates, go to:

  • Freshii opens new location at Columbia Tech Center May 26

    Unknown-3On Tuesday, May 26, Freshii; ­a fast, casual, fresh food franchise, will open a third location. The new store is located in the Columbia Tech Center at 18919 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Ste. 200. Freshii offers a menu of healthy options with high-quality ingredients to its customers in over 70 cities and 13 countries, always maintaining its manifesto to provide nutritious meal choices. The two other Clark County locations are: 2420 Columbia House Blvd., Ste. 100, and 910 NE Tenney Rd., Ste. 103. For more information, visit

  • GVCC’s Business After Hours May 26

    EventPhotoFull_BAHLogoJoin the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) for the next Business After Hours (BAH) this Tuesday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The networking event will be held at the new offices of Northwest Association of Blind Athletes (NWABA) located at 311 W Evergreen Blvd., Ste. 200. Guests can create new leads and nurture existing ones while enjoying food, drinks and prizes. The cost is $10 for members; $20 for non-members. NWABA will welcome participants to the organization’s new offices with an official ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m. NWABA is currently raising funds and recruiting volunteers to support its summer programs that begin on June 1. Registration closes at noon on the event day. For more information and to register, visit

  • Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Field May 30

    Open_Cockpit_Day-2It’s Open Cockpit Day next Saturday, May 30. Visitors to Pearson Field Education Center will have the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of selected vintage aircraft and experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective. Weather permitting, the pilots of EAA Chapter 105 from Hillsboro and EAA Chapter 782 from Grove Field will give free airplane rides to children ages eight to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. Find the full story, here.

  • Living Hope Church hosts prom for those with disabilities May 29

    18825_10153281514284469_7728480097720392944_nOn Friday, May 29Living Hope Church will open the doors and roll out the red carpet for some very special guests. The Prom – “A Nght to Shine,” is a free event for teens and adults ages 16 and up with developmental disabilities, which aims to provide an evening of acceptance and love, giving everyone a chance to shine.From 6:30 to 10 p.m., guests can expect entertainment from a local DJ and a magician, a full meal, a hair and makeup salon, a photo booth, goodie bags and a ‘respite room’ where caregivers can take a break and be pampered. Click here for the original story.

  • Charter Communications hosts hiring event May 30

    Unknown-2Charter Communications is hosting a job fair on Saturday, May, 30. The fortune 500 company is expanding and hopes to hire 100 Customer Service/Billing Representatives. Session times are from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to each session. Interested parties must attend the full two-hour session to be considered. Candidates should have one year of customer service experience, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be 18 years of age or older, and flexibility between 5 a.m. and 12 a.m., seven days per week. The wage is $13.18 per hour. Charter offers full-time hours, set schedules, benefits, competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, and a fitness room on site. The event takes place at Charter, which is located at 521 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Annual dinner and auction for Daybreak Youth Services May 30

    10920908_569324936542459_4967823442508373591_nThe Daybreak Youth Services‘ 11th annual dinner, auction, and fundraiser is Saturday, May 30, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Fire and Ice, An Evening of Dueling Pianos, features renowned pianists Robert Baird and Joshua Stuart. The artists will perform live and offer stand up comedy as guests duel (bid) for their favorite songs. The evening is hosted by Riverview Bank’s Kim Capeloto, and features real stories of youth transformation and exciting opportunities to reach more teens as Daybreak grows. The live auction will feature an amazing fishing trip in Alaska, valued at over $11,000. Tickets cost $75; $700 for a table for 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit Connect with the event on Facebook, here.

  • Representatives hold two town halls May 23

    UnknownIn light of ongoing education discussions and recent teacher walk-outs taking place throughout Washington state, Senator Ann Rivers and Representative Brandon Vickes will be hosting two town halls Saturday, May 23 to hear directly from residents of the 18th District. The meetings will focus on the Legislature’s attempts to ramp up K-12 education funding and the current “rolling” special session. The two community events are scheduled as follows:

    Camas Public Library, meeting room A/B — 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas
    Clark County Fire Station at Dollars Corner — 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 21609 NE 72nd Ave., Battle Ground

  • Hello Vancouver! at Kiggins Theatre May 27

    logo2_hello-vancouverJoin Hello Vancouver! Wednesday, May 27, at the Kiggins Theatre. This month’s special guest is XRAY.FMExecutive Director Jefferson Smith and morning show host Carl Wolfson will join Temple Lentz to talk about how XRAY got started, what they offer, and how they will be managing their growth to include voices from Southwest Washington. Click here for the full story.

  • Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Festival this weekend

    Photo courtesy of The Columbian

    Paddle for Life, a Washington based non-profit group, will hold its third annual Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at Vancouver Lake. Spectator friendly races are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Sunday morning at 9 a.m., Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt will ride the dragon in a special tribute race honoring our fallen solders. Registration information including cost and course details, can be found here. The deadline is Thursday, May 21. Find the full article, here.

  • Tickets now available for “Our Town” May 29 – 31

    1427895286_11078274_10152632022896541_6848521048568604932_nJourney Theater Arts Group presents Our Town, the 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning Thornton Wilder classic following the small town of Grover’s Corners, NH through three acts:  “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Performances are Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. All shows are held at Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School. Pre-sale adult tickets are $12; youth and senior tickets are $10. Tickets for all performances will be $3 more at the door. Find the full story, here.