Vancouver’s Columbia River Waterfront Trail reopens

by DIwpBacon on January 26, 2015

Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver has announced that the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail has reopened to the public. It was spring 2011 when snow melt and heavy rain drove the Columbia River to its highest flows since 1997 and severely damaged two sections of the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail along the Tidewater Cove area. To protect the public’s safety, the City of Vancouver erected barricades and fencing, blocking off a long stretch.

Now, 370 coniferous root wads, more than 2,500 trees and shrubs, 16,000 tons of rock, and numerous local, state and federal permits later, the reopening of the trail is both a community and an engineering success. Repair and stabilization of the western portion of the damaged trail, directly in front of the Tidewater Cove condominiums, began in August 2014 and was substantially complete last week.

While crews will continue to put finishing touches on the project, as of today, those wanting to reach Wintler Park by trail no longer need to follow a detour along Columbia Way. For more information about the trail, visit



“Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

by DIwpBacon on January 26, 2015

Photo courtesy Well Arts.

The number of homeless youth in the Portland area is growing every year. These rootless young people are often exposed to violence and discrimination, are afflicted by chronic physical and mental illnesses, and experience relentless trauma. Well Arts, a Portland-based organization focused on promoting health and well-being through writing for theater, is teaming up with p:ear to help local youth cope with their situation.

Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile) written and performed by youth from p:ear–street kids, youth on the edge, transitional youth– will give audiences a glimpse into their world as they reveal the issues closest to their hearts through poetry, song, and comedy. Audiences will walk away with greater awareness and knowledge of ways to help and interact with this tight-knit community.

The performance takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at p:ear, 338 NW Sixth Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and children under 18. For further details and to buy tickets, visit Learn more about p:ear at

Senator Ann Rivers named “Legislator of the year” by trade association

Sen. Ann Rivers

Sen. Ann Rivers

Senator Ann Rivers has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Associated General Contractors’ (AGC) Washington chapter. The recognition of Rivers’ work to encourage job creation came during the trade association’s 2015 convention in Seattle.

“This award is truly an honor,” says Rivers, R-La Center. “I see it as my job to do all I can in Olympia to encourage your businesses to flourish and grow.” Rivers could not leave the Capitol, where lawmakers are in the second week of the 2015 legislative session, and accepted the award by video instead.

AGC of Washington is the state’s largest commercial construction-industry trade association, with more than 600 member companies. For more information, visit To learn more about Sen. Rivers, visit

BGHS Drama Club premieres “Crimes of the Heart” Feb. 5


Battle Ground High School Drama Club‘s winter production of the play Crimes of the Heart opens Thursday, Feb. 5. Written by Beth Henley and directed by Stephen “Cash” Henry, performances will take place on campus in The Lair.

Crimes of the Heart is a dark comedy that follows the lives of three sisters in Hazelhurst, Miss. during the mid-1970s. Featuring a cast of six characters, the play’s themes include appreciation for one’s family and the intricate relationships of everyday life.

The play runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 5 through Feb. 14. Performances begin at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, in the office, or online at Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens, $10 for the general public.

WSU Vancouver offers free leadership conference for high school and college students Feb. 7


WSU Vancouver will host a free Cougar Leadership Program Conference for high school juniors and seniors, and college students from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Interested students must register at by noon on Monday, Feb. 2.

The event will begin with “Pace Yourself for Leadership” from keynote speaker Angela Cassel, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant and current CEO of TLC Moments, LLC. Cassel will focus on professionalism, attitude, courage, commitment and energy.

Local business leaders and WSU Vancouver alumni, staff and faculty will lead workshops that will develop new or build upon existing leadership skills. Lunch will be provided. WSUV is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver. For more information, click here.

Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern announces retirement

Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern

Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern

Fire District 3 has announced the retirement of Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern, who has served for 38 years in the Fire Service in Clark County. In addition to serving the District, he volunteered five years for Fire District 13/NCEMS and worked 18 months as a part-time employee for American Ambulance.

Mattern has started many programs, associations, committees, and groups that provide service affecting fire prevention & education, training, EMS, and fire service certifications both locally and abroad. ”Donavon has contributed so much to the success of Fire District 3,” says Fire Chief Steve Wrightson. ”His dedication, commitment to excellence, unique skills and experience have been invaluable. We will miss him greatly.”





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  • Clearwater Springs presents “Wild Horses of the Yakama Indian Nation” Jan. 29

    horsesClearwater Springs Assisted Living invites the community to a free presentation: “Wild horses of the Yakima Nation” by guest lecturer Teresa Hovland on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. When first introduced to the Native Americans, the horse became a coveted commodity. Now more than 15,000 wild horses roam the million acre reservation near Yakima, Wash. From their humble beginnings to their current situation, Hovland will share their history and possibilities for the future. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St. in Vancouver. For more information and to RSVP, call 360-546-3344.

  • “Super-Tax Saturday” event Jan. 31

    TaxesVancouver’s Community Housing Resource Center is officially kicking of the 2015 tax season with “Super-Tax Saturday,” this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at 103 E. 29th St. in Vancouver. This free, public event seeks to increase awareness of free tax assistance and preparation for low and moderate-income tax payers. The AARP Tax-Aide Program will be available to assist in preparing basic forms for personal tax returns, so participants are encouraged to bring W-2s. In addition, representatives will be on hand to explain additional programs and services available in Southwest Washington, such as 2-1-1 Info, Metropolitan Family Services, Share, Clark County Food Bank and Northwest Justice Project. For more information about Tax-Aide sites open this season, call 360-690-4496 ext. 105 or visit

  • Property Tax Foreclosure Auction Feb. 3

    DougLasher_Sep2013_WebSmaller (1)Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher, announced that the annual Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will again be held online via an internet-based foreclosure auction provider at: The auction will begin Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m. and end on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., PST. Interested persons may obtain a foreclosure property list from bid4assets, the Clark County Treasurer’s website at, or the Treasurer’s Office at 1300 Franklin St., second floor, Vancouver.

    Payments must be made via wire transfer, cash, or cashier’s check payable to the Clark County Treasurer and must be received by 4:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, Feb. 5. Personal or business checks will not be accepted. For further information, contact Lasher at 360-397-2255, option 2.

  • New parks and trails maps make it easy to get outside and play

    14118.COV_trail_FOLD.inddThe Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department has announced two new maps of local parks and trails. The Guide to ParksTrails and Community Centers and Trails of Vancouver and Clark County. Both maps are available at no charge at: Vancouver City Hall, Marshall Community Center, Firstenburg Community Center, Vancouver Tennis Center, Water Resources Education Center, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor’s Center, Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center (temporary location through summer 2015). To view an interactive online map of all parks and trails managed by the City of Vancouver, visit For the full story, click here.

  • 53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival Jan 29 – 31

    Page 1The 53rd Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and SaturdayJan. 29 through 31, at Clark College. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition. Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. For the full schedule, visit Read the full article here.

  • Revival Energy Group selected by Clean Energy Works as first contractor in Clark County

    lsThe Northwest’s largest non-profit home performance provider, Clean Energy Works, has announced that Revival Energy Group will be the first local contractor to deliver the organization’s unique “one-stop shop” for upgrades to homeowners across Southwest Washington. Clark County customers will receive an introductory offer of $250 applied toward a completed home performance project, that begins with a free 100 Point Performance Check. Apply by Saturday, Jan. 31 with promo code CEREG250 at For more information about Revival Energy Group, visit Read the full article here.

  • Educational Service District 112 announces regional Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 3
    NVEnergy_POL2012logo_400x400Educational Service District 112 announces the Southwest Washington regional competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Twelve students from 12 regional high schools will participate.

    The community is invited to the first leg of the competition, set for Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information, call Kelly McPherson, Regional Coordinator, at 360-952-3474. For the full story, click here.

  • Still time to register for Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth Feb. 8

    2015 Daily insider CS.inddJoin Clark Public Utilities for the inaugural Race for Warmth on Sunday, Feb. 8, to support Operation Warm Heart. Entry fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt, goody bag, snacks and entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration is available through Friday, Feb. 7. Day of race registration will be available for $40, but a t-shirt will not be guaranteed. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities on Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here. For the full story, click here.

  • Hello Vancouver! returns Jan. 28

    UnknownThe next Hello Vancouver! is set for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kiggins Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. and Hello Vancouver! begins at 7 p.m. The bar and concession stands will be open. The show features local artist Sally Sellers of The Pi Project, and Nick HagenMercedes Rose, and Paige McKenzie, creators and star of the hit YouTube series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Musical guest is Orphan Train. Find the full story, here.

  • Applications now available for BIA’s Building Futures Foundation Scholarship Program

    Unknown-2The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County has announced that the Building Futures Foundation is now accepting applications for academic scholarships this year. The Building Futures Foundation, the educational foundation for the BIA, has promoted public education, student scholarship and environmentally sensitive building practices in the building industry since 2002. Click here for the full story.

  • Networking event at Victor Fitness Jan. 28

    iStock_000005218304SmallThis month’s networking series at Victor Fitness Systems will include an hour of unstructured networking and half an hour of training. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Business coach and owner of Aushi Mizani, Patricia Zamboni will speak on “3 Keys to Networking for Business Success.” The cost is $10, which includes two beverages and a raffle ticket. Victor Fitness Systems is located at 1721 NE 64th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • February 10, 2015, Special Election – Ballots in the mail – Election night results

    Ballots are in the mail to all eligible registered voters for the upcoming February 10, 2015, Special Election. For this election, only voters in the Hockinson School District and Washougal School District will receive a ballot. If a voter does not receive their mail ballot by Friday, Jan. 30, they should call 360-397-2345 and request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots can be requested in person at: 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., by email:, or regular mail to: Elections Department, P.O. Box 8815, Vancouver, WA 98666-8815. Election results will be available on Feb. 10, after 8 p.m., at A sample ballot for this election is currently available at this website address. Smartphone users can find results and more at

  • Business After Hours at the Gardner School Jan. 27

    BAHLogoJoin the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (VCC) Tuesday, Jan. 27, for the next “Business After Hours” event at the Gardner School, 16413 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver. The GVCC “Red Coat” Ambassador team will be there to greet guests and help lead the way in evening networking. There will be great prizes, delicious food and drinks, along with tours of the Gardner School. Attendees can also more about sponsorship opportunities for the schools upcoming gala. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. For further details and to RSVP, click here.

  • Fruit tree pruning workshop Feb. 7

    imagesThe WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener program is partnering with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit on Saturday, Feb. 7, to offer a fruit tree pruning workshop for community members who have or who are considering getting fruit trees. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It starts with a classroom presentation at the Luke Jensen Sports Complex community room. After a brown bag lunch break, the class will move to the 78th Street Heritage Farm orchard for a hands-on winter pruning lesson in the afternoon. The cost of the workshop is $45 and registration is required at Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. Dress for weather and uneven, wet ground. For more information, contact Erika Johnson at or 360-397-6060 ext. 5738.