National Park Service and Confluence Project enter into partnership

by DIwpBacon on April 24, 2014

Graphic courtesy of NPS.

The National Parks Service and Confluence Project have entered into a new partnership to enhance programming at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The agreement will create educational events annually at the Fort, including Confluence’s “Gifts from Our Ancestors” program. The program connects Native American artists and storytellers with students to create hands-on projects that explore the rich history, culture and ecology of the Columbia River system.

“This is an excellent opportunity to enhance both organizations’ shared mission to be catalysts for discovery,” says Colin Fogarty, executive director of the Confluence Project. “Our move to the national park puts us closer to the Confluence Land Bridge, one of our six sites, and gives us the opportunity to raise our visibility with the 750,000 annual visitors to the national park.”

The Confluence Project will move into the historic Pilots’ Headquarters Building adjacent to Pearson Air Museum. The agreement includes the additional element of an on-site public service focus. The partnership between the NPS and Confluence also includes the development of public exhibits that will explore the history of the national historic site. For further details, visit

Port of Vancouver USA receives clean 2013 audit

by DIwpBacon on April 24, 2014

Photo courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA.

Last week, the Washington State Auditor’s Office released an official audit for the Port of Vancouver USA. The independent audit found the port to be in compliance in all areas of financial reporting, including federal laws and regulations. The Port of Vancouver was also the first port in Washington to complete its 2013 audit. There were no findings of deficiencies or recommendations for improvement.

State Auditor Troy Kelley sent the 42-page report to the port board of commissioners. In his letter, Kelley states, “The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.” The audit period was from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office also examined the port’s internal controls and found that they “were adequate to safeguard public assets,” and that the port “also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.” To view complete copies of the audit reports, please visit the port’s website at

M.J. Murdock Trust announces new Program Directors

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The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, has announced that  Lorin Dunlop and David Austin will join the staff as Program Directors.

Dunlop comes to the Murdock Trust with a rich, diverse background in Arts & Culture, health, education and, most recently, coordinating the Oregon Criminal Justice grants program in public safety and offender re-entry.

Austin joins the Murdock Trust from directing Mercy Corps’ (Portland, OR) Northeast China and North Korea programs and a decade of leadership and involvement with international development and initiatives. Prior to his work at Mercy Corp, Austin served in the U.S. State Department, The National Student Leadership Forum and in the Northwest Timber management industry.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the five Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Idaho by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Since its inception in 1975, the trust has awarded more than 5,300 grants and programs, totaling more than $730 million. For more information, visit

Country Life Fair and Herb and Plant Sale at Pomeroy Farms this weekend


Guests at Pomeroy Living History Farm‘s Country Life Fair and Herb and Plant Sale will find thousands of herbs and other plants to purchase, live music, and great food. The fair will promote local agriculture and entrepreneurs as well as independent living. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Apr. 26, and Sunday, Apr. 27.

A number of demonstrations of both historic and modern day crafts will take place around the farm grounds. Several local CSAs will be available for information. Short educational “out in the garden and orchard” sessions will be held on such topics as raspberry, blueberry and fruit tree pruning, and square foot gardening. In addition, there will be introductory classes on hot water bath and pressure canning.

The Farm Café offers fare such as sausage dogs, hot dogs, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Children will especially enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides and feeding and petting the farm animals. The weekend is a fundraiser to support the educational programs at Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd., between Battle Ground and Yacolt. Admission and parking are free, but donations are gladly accepted.

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News Briefs

  • Volunteer opportunities to recognize Earth Day this afternoon

    Volunteers are mobilizing throughout the community to recognize and celebrate Earth Day 2014. Youth volunteers will meet from 3 to 5 p.m., today, Apr. 24, at Burnt Bridge Creek for the monthly #VancouvervolunTEEN community service project. Teens wanting to join in the effort should bring a signed parent permission form and dress prepared for the weather. #VancouverVolunTEEN offers an opportunity for Vancouver youth to gain community service hours and give back to the community. The group meets the last Thursday of most months. To learn more or to obtain a permission form, visit

    Community volunteers are also needed this Saturday, Apr. 26 for the Blandford Canyon Ivy Pull team’s official season kick-off. Volunteers will meet at 2 p.m. near the southwest corner of North Blandford Drive and MacArthur Blvd. to remove invasive English Ivy from the forest in Blandford Canyon. Gloves and snacks will be provided. For more information about this event and future volunteer events, visit

  • Community Home Health & Hospice seeks hospice volunteers, orientations this weekend

    Community Home Health & Hospice is seeking individuals in Clark County to volunteer in their community with the Community Hospice program. Free orientation and training is scheduled for this Friday, Apr. 25 and Saturday, Apr. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Vancouver office, 14508 NE 20th Ave., Ste. 201. The training provides volunteers with information about the mission of hospice, diversity and cultural differences within the patient population, the role of various hospice team members, and the integral role the volunteer plays in providing respite and comfort to the patient and their family. Contact Sheryl Reeder at or 360-567-3511 for more information. Learn more about Community Home Health & Hospice here.

  • Salary Review Commission’s fourth meeting and public hearing tonight

    The City of Vancouver’s Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (Salary Review) will hold its fourth meeting and public hearing Thursday, Apr. 24, at 4:30 p.m., at City Hall, 415 W 6th St., 2nd Floor, Birch Room. The Commission’s purpose is to study the relationship of salaries to the duties of the Mayor and City Council members and to set their salaries. Salary reviews are performed every two years to coincide with the City’s budget cycle. The Commission must file the schedule of salaries for the Mayor and Council members with the City Clerk by May 1, for inclusion in the City’s 2015-16 budget. For further information, visit

  • Shorty’s Garden and Home supports Parks Foundation through annual St. Paddy’s Day events

    imagesColin Mahoney, General Manager of Shorty’s Garden and Home, met with the Parks Foundation Board of Directors last week, to report on the success of the annual St. Paddy’s for Parks and St. Paddy’s for Kids events. Shorty’s hosts the annual events that benefit the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County through the Foundation. This year’s event hosted more than 1000 families and children for both St. Paddy’s for Parks and St. Paddy’s for Kids. “We are always excited to sponsor the St. Paddy’s spring events,” says Mahoney. “Supporting the Parks Foundation and parks, trails, and outdoor recreation programs of Clark County is vital to maintaining a thriving community.” The events netted more than $15,000 for the Parks Foundation.

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

    1-give-onlineThe 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.For further information about the campaign, or call Strahan at 360-992-1835. For the original article, click here.

  • Petra House Mediterranean Feast & Concert 4 Vets this Sunday

    twoThe 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. 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 Interested parties can also reserve tickets by emailing or calling 360-397-2075 ext. 7842.

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

    Farrell bldg 4th ave early 1930sA 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. For the full article, click here.

  • 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, Comments can be submitted by email to

  • 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 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

  • “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 “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 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

  • 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.

  • 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