Clark County Fair Aug. 7 through 16

by DIwpBacon on August 3, 2015


Unknown-7“Hero Up” for the 2015 Clark County Fair opening this Friday Aug. 7, at 8 a.m. Festivities kick off with the annual Fred Meyer Pancake Breakfast. From 8 to 11 a.m., visitors get free admission. Coupons are required and can be picked up at Fred Meyer locations listed here.

Featured exhibits include: Superhero AdventureWild About MonkeysSea Lion SplashFairconFamily Activities, and the Carnival Midway. Visit the Comcast Kids Park and Westfield Vancouver Mall Kids Stage for Kidd’ Contests, local entertainment acts and pony rides. Keep an eye out for the Riverview Community Bank Clark County Fair Court that will be on the grounds, and check out 4-H Events and the Junior Livestock Auction. The 2014 Clark County Fair Concert Series at the 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands schedule includes:

  • Friday, August 7  Kansas
  • Saturday, August 8 John Kay and Steppenwolf
  • Sunday, August 9 Montgomery Gentry
  • Monday, August 10 The Guess Who

Pre-sale admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; and $6 for children ages seven through 11. All tickets at the gate are $2 more. Purchase discounted tickets at Clark County Fred Meyer stores, People’s Community Federal Credit Union branches, and participating Wilco Farm Stores, or online at Reserved tickets for concerts in the 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands can also be purchased online at








School of Piano Technology for the Blind “Keys to the City” program welcomes new partners

by DIwpBacon on August 3, 2015
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Ebony and Ivory and artists L-R Melville Tangen, Bryan McGee,
Antonio Ruiz of Larch Corrections Center.

Now in its fourth year, the School of Piano Technology for the Blind‘s “Keys to the City” has new artists and creative partnerships designed to expand the program which raises both funds and visibility for the school. Beginning this Friday, Aug. 7 and running through Sunday, Aug. 16, Keys to the City pianos will be placed in popular public gathering spots for a ten-day celebration of music and art. The pianos are available and accessible to all, from very beginning players to virtuosos.

The newest addition to the Keys’ lineup of pianos is “Ebony and Ivory.” Painted by Larch Corrections Center Art Club members, the piano features busts of famous pianists Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The Larch piano will be placed inside the Mill Plain New Seasons Market.

Also new this year is “City Escape,” featuring a Portland cityscape and the PDX carpet. The piano, painted by artist Natalie Andrzejeski and sponsored by Beaches Restaurant, will be placed in Terminal D of the Portland Airport.

“Little Hands, Big Hearts,” a last-minute addition to the program designed and painted by local aspiring artists ages 18 months to six years, will be showcased at the downtown branch of iQ Credit Union.

Funds raised through the program assist the School of Piano Technology for the Blind in fulfilling its mission of providing life-changing training to blind and visually impaired students. A complete list of piano placements, sponsorships, and performance schedules will be available on the School’s website at


Library Board invites the public to “meet and greet” finalists for executive director Aug. 10 and 11


The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees invites the public to casual “meet and greet” events around the district that will provide an opportunity to interact with the three finalists for the position of FVRL executive director. The three candidates, whose identities and backgrounds will be released Tuesday, Aug. 4, will all be present at each of three events:

Monday, Aug. 10 – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Stevenson Community Library – Lower-level Gallery
120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenso.

Monday, Aug. 10 – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver Community Library – Columbia Room, Level 1
901 C St., Vancouver.

Tuesday, Aug. 11 – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Three Creeks Community Library – Community Room
800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver.

Attendees may fill out comment forms at the events about the candidates, for use by the board in their final selection.The executive director position is open due to the pending retirement of Nancy Tessman, who has been FVRL Executive Director since July 2012. Questions about the candidate events may be directed to the library district at 360-906-5000.

City of Washougal launches new website


The City of Washougal is providing its residents and visitors a new website redesigned to provide easier access to government services and information and new ways to stay informed about topics of interest. Visit the website at

In partnership with Aha Consulting, a leading provider of open source city websites, the City of Washougal will be able to build upon its goal of providing more open communications with its citizens, increasing transparency, and enabling easy online access to city services. Highlights of the new site include:

  •  Responsive design, which means the site is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device.
  •  Social media integration.
  •  Citizens can search the website by keyword, subscribe to email notifications, track current city job openings, view the city calendar and upcoming events, and much more.

During the redesign effort, the City also endeavored to clean up its content from the old site. As a result, the city eliminated outdated and inaccurate or duplicate information and now hosts a trimmed up site. The site will continue to be a work in progress over the next few months as additional content is added and organized.


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News Briefs

  • Opposing statements needed for November voters’ pamphlet

    Unknown-6Each year the Clark County Auditor’s Office publishes a local voters’ pamphlet for the General election. Included in the pamphlet are statements and photographs for the candidates for elective office as well as supporting and opposing statements for local ballot measures appearing in the General election. The auditor’s office has received five charter amendments from the City of Vancouver and a levy lid lift measure from Fire Protection District No. 6. Committees have been appointed to write statements supporting the charter amendments and the measure. They have not been able to identify anyone willing to write a voters’ pamphlet statement against the amendments and the measure. If any citizen is interested in writing an opposing statement, he or she is urged to contact Cathie Garber at the Clark County Elections Department by calling 360-397-2345. The deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7.

  • Public Health issues algae advisory for Vancouver Lake

    images-3Clark County Public Health is advising the public to avoid direct contact with Vancouver Lake water due to the presence of cyanobacteria. Because blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water, public health officials are recommending: no swimming or wading, no wind surfing or sail boarding, no water contact for animals, and precautions against contact with water while boating or fishing. Caution signs have been posted at the lake and will remain as long as cyanobacteria are present. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink. Eating fish from the lake is considered safe if organs such as liver and kidney, where toxins can build up, are carefully removed and people wash hands after cleaning fish. For more information and current updates, visit

  • WWII hero Robert Weiss speaks on his experience during the invasion of Normandy at the Oregon Historical Society Aug. 4

    51VE7XF4CNL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_In August 1944, Oregonian Robert Weiss made history in a decisive battle during the invasion of Normandy. Over 70 years later, Weiss will detail this momentous event at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a Q&A with Weiss on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and copies of Weiss’ memoir Fire Mission!: The Siege of Mortain, Normandy will be available for sale.

  • Public encouraged to attend Vancouver’s City Council Workshop Aug. 3

    Housing-Advocacy-AlertThe public is invited to the Vancouver City Council Workshop on Monday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m., at 415 W Sixth St. City staff will present the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force recommendations on protections for vulnerable renters to the City Council. The Council will then direct staff regarding which of these protections should move forward for a public hearing and formal Council vote. Click here for the full story.

  • Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out Aug. 4

    NNO2015The Fircrest Neighborhood Association (with help from several other neighborhoods) is hosting the Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park this Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Festivities include a bounce house and obstacle course (25 cents per turn, or $5 for unlimited turns), the EDITH Trailer (fire safety), and more. Families can bring a picnic or enjoy food from local food carts. Vancouver residents can find out if their neighborhood is participating by visiting Find the full article here.

  • Watch your vote count live Aug. 4 on CVTV Channel 23,

    Unknown-3Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, local primary election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Comcast subscribers can tune to Channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming CVTV election coverage will also be available online at www.cvtv.orgDave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Washington State University, Vancouver, also will conduct live election-night candidate interviews from the 6th Floor Hearings Room at the Clark County Public Service Center.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler to host free Senior Resource Fair Aug. 5

    Senior Resource Fair May 6-15 (16)Jaime Herrera Beutler is hosting a Southwest Washington Senior Resource Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver. The Senior Resource Fair is free and open to any resident of Southwest Washington. It will allow seniors and their families to connect with a variety of useful experts and organization. Find the full story in the archives, here.

  • Fire Chief available to speak at community groups

    chiefFire Chief Jerry Green of Clark County Fire District 6 welcomes invitations to provide a 15-minute update to local service organizations and homeowner associations (HOAs) in its service territory. This area is north of Vancouver and includes Fairgrounds, Felida, Hazel Dell, Lakeshore, Mt. Vista, and Salmon Creek. In an effort to address higher emergency call volumes and maintain service levels, Fire District 6 Fire Commissioners recently passed a resolution placing a levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot. The lid lift is estimated to cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $4.79 per month or $57.50 per year. Chief Green will provide a general overview of Fire District 6 and address its challenges in his presentation. To schedule a meeting time with Chief Green, contact him directly at 360-576-1195 or

  • One vacancy serving two Vancouver authority boards, apply by Aug. 28

    The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) boards. The position serves on both boards. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28. The DRA and the CCRA are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The vacancy is for a four-year term. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Alexis Bafus in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, or by calling 360-487-8607.

  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival August 6 – 16

    tiny-Locust-art-Cosmonaut-639x1024The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF) will bring fresh cinema talent to venues in Clark County from Thursday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Now in its eighth year, CGIFF is a grassroots festival with an international scope. The festival will present approximately 250 films and screenplays from over 30 countries around the globe in all categories, genres and lengths. All screenings and special events will take place in a variety of venues including the Washburn Auditorium in Washougal High School, the Camas Library, and the Fort Vancouver Community Library. For additional information, visit