Port of Vancouver USA evaluating Terminal 1 for new headquarters

by DIwpBacon on February 10, 2016

Rendering of the future Waterfront courtesy of the Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver USA is analyzing its Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment as the potential site for its new headquarters. The port plans to be an anchor for a new 85,000 square-foot office building, occupying approximately 25,000 square feet on one or two floors.

The port’s staff has doubled in size as business has grown and expanded. It has outgrown its current headquarters, which consists of four separate buildings. The main building, located at 3103 NW Lower River Rd., has been added onto several times and has limited space and remodeling options.

The port hopes to construct a modern facility that consolidates staff, facilitates better communication and teamwork, and improves connectivity with the community.

During the regularly scheduled Feb. 9 meeting, the port’s Board of Commissioners unanimously directed staff to begin evaluating a potential move to Terminal 1. Staff will evaluate the waterfront site along with other options, including Centennial Industrial Park and port-owned property along NW Lower River Rd., adjacent to Cadet Heating.








Science on Tap Vancouver: The Human Microbiome tonight at Kiggins Theatre

by DIwpBacon on February 10, 2016


The human body has trillions of cells, but only about 1/10th of those cells are actually human. The rest are microbes that live in and on our bodies and collectively, they’re called the “human microbiome,” and people can’t survive without them. They make vitamins, help digest food, battle disease-causing microbes, and they may influence behavior, particularly in what and how much we eat.

However, disturbances to the gut microbiome, perhaps through antibiotic overuse, have been associated with obesity, asthma, and autism. At this Science on Tap, Lisa Sardinia Ph.D, associate professor of biology at Pacific University, will explain what the microbiome is, how it can get out of balance, and how we may be able to restore health by deliberately changing the kinds or numbers of microbes that share our bodies.

Science on Tap is tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Kiggins Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 (suggested) at the door. Online sales end at 4 p.m. today. As always, beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks will be available for purchase.

Community Foundation adds position, welcomes new employees


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The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently added a key position to its team, and welcomed two new employees. Michael S. Macnab will fill the new vice president of gift planning role, while Chrissy Trammell brings her expertise to the position of operations assistant at the local grantmaking organization.

Macnab will strengthen partnerships with professional and financial advisors throughout the region and help meet the financial, estate planning and charitable goals of prospective donors. He has worked in the trust and investment management arena for nearly four decades and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Before joining the Community Foundation, Macnab worked as the senior director of gift planning at the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation.

Trammell will focus on coordinating office management and administrative duties to support the work of Foundation staff. She brings 15 years of administrative experience to her role at the Community Foundation. Most recently, Trammel worked in scheduling and diagnostics for the PeaceHealth Southwest Cardiology Clinic.

Camas High School IAA hosts program information meeting and art showcase Feb. 11

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The Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) program within Camas High School is hosting a short, public showcase of student art and performances followed by a program information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Camas High School Theatre. Prospective student applicants and their families are especially encouraged to attend.

The four-year program provides a unique learning experience where the visual and performing arts merge with the academics to cultivate thinking, creativity, and community. The integration of arts activities occurs within the academic classes for a dynamic way of learning. Then students work on studio projects related to curricular themes; and they participate in opportunities such as public showcases, field trips, community based projects, and professional guest artist experiences that make learning even more comprehensive, enjoyable, and meaningful.

The application window is now open to students who are entering ninth or 10th grade in 2016-17. Applicants do not need to audition, present a portfolio, or even have highly developed talent in order to be accepted into the IAA program. The curriculum is challenging, and while in the program, students are able to take AP classes, classes outside of the program, and multiple arts courses to develop their techniques. The application form and more information may be found online at the IAA website at: chs-iaa.blogspot.com.


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News Briefs

  • Spay/neuter assistance grants now available

    clarkCountyLogoClark County Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board is accepting grant applications from local organizations with programs dedicated to spaying and neutering. Vancouver and Clark County are providing $15,000 in grants to applicants in the city and unincorporated county. Submittal deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Apr. 15. The Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board requires each spay/neuter grant recipient to be an active licensing agent for Clark County. All grants must be applied only to animals licensed and living in Clark County. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit www.clark.wa.gov/development/animals/spay_neuter.html. Applications also can be obtained by contacting Adrienne Powers at 360-397-2375 ext. 5852 or adrienne.powers@clark.wa.gov.

  • Valentines Day events at Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend

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    On Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., Burnt Bridge Cellars will “pre-release” their outstanding new 2013 Bordeaux blends. This year, they are introducing a Blend O in addition to the classic Blend X. Both have the wonderful fruit from Les Collines Vineyards, with the Blend X aged in all French oak and the Blend O aged in all Oregon oak. A variety of Creo Chocolate bars including Nibs & Sea Salt, Purely Dark, and Spicy Dark, will be available for $8 each.

    Then on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, Burnt Bridge will host a SW Washington Wine Association Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate event. From noon to 5 p.m. both days, Burnt Bridge will pair three wines with hand-made vegan chocolates from Barbara Chen, Chocolatier. The tasting fee is $10.

  • Vancouver noted by the White House as a leader in computer science education

    UnknownVancouver Public Schools is one of 25 school districts in the nation commended by the White House for its commitment in support of President Barack Obama’s initiative to expand computer science curricula for K-12 students. The White House briefing was released Jan. 30 in conjunction with President Obama’s announcement of a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science. President Obama announced he will ask Congress to provide funding over the next three years for computer science learning in elementary, middle, and high schools. Read more about the initiative here.

  • PeaceHealth Southwest welcomes two new members to its leadership team

    PeaceHealth logo header_logoPeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center recently welcomed two new members to its leadership team. Cindy Davis has been named chief nursing officer for PeaceHealth Southwest, and Marla Sanger has accepted the position of director of community benefit and advocacy for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview. Click here for the original story.

  • Learn about Leadership Clark County at an Open House Information Session Feb. 16

    leadership-clark-countyLeadership Clark County (LCC) will hold a free information session Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the community room at 610 Esther St. in Vancouver. The session is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the program, ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to director@leadershipclarkcounty.com or 360-567-1085. Find the full story, here.

  • BGHS student is state winner of Doodle 4 Google competition

    holly-halberg_2xBattle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Halberg has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day. The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at http://www.google.com/doodle4google (find Halberg’s in the “Grades 8-9″ category). The national winner’s Doodle will be on Google.com for a day. Click here for the full story.

  • “One November Morning” art exhibition at CCHM Feb. 13 – 21

    12647380_10153812395776328_7054129093275073753_n-1Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders. An opening reception and program with Learned and Levi will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the museum. Click here for the full story.

  • VDA announces Game Changer Award winners at “Toast & Jam” Feb. 11

    Toast-and-Jam-Email-HeaderVancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) has slated its annual awards breakfast for Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. This annual gathering showcases and honors those in Vancouver’s City Center who have brought extraordinary leadership and projects in 2015. The public voted for nominees in six categories. VDA will also showcase the many projects it delivered in 2015 as well as its game plan for 2016. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.vdausa.org. Details are also on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/events/927880257248403/.

  • YWCA Clark County seeks submissions for Social Change Film Festival

    WLCAd260x260-1YWCA Clark County is celebrating its Centennial Year with a Social Change Film Festival at Kiggins Theatre on April 14 and 15 to showcase a selection of winning film submissions from local, regional and national filmmakers of all ages. Filmmakers are invited to submit fifteen minute film shorts that create a vision for a community that is free of violence and oppression. The call for entries for the Social Change Film Festival opened in early January and will close on March 18 at midnight. Click here for the original story.

  • U.S. Bank now accepting donations for Sgt. Goodding’s family

    SeasideCitizens interested in helping support the family of Sgt. Goodding in their time of loss with monetary contributions can do so at any U.S. Bank branch. The Seaside Police Department officer was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant on February 5. Checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and the memo line should read: “For the Goodding family.” 100% of all donations will be contributed directly to the family. Cash, checks, and transfers are all accepted. For a list of local branches, visit www.usbank.com. Donations can also be made through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. Follow the link marked “Donate to OFBF.” After entering payment information and going to the next page, click on the “Add Special Instructions For Recipient” and type “For The Goodding Family.”

  • Clark County Quilters February meeting Feb. 11

    image-1 Clark County Quilters will have their 2016 February General Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 NE 86th St. Members will display and vote on the 2016 Challenge Quilt Contest entries. The name of the contest is “I Can Do This!” This year’s participants were tasked with making quilts that were six-inches by 60-inches, and of any design. General meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September through June. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per meeting to help cover speaker fees.

  • Thomas Lauderdale joins the VSO for All-American concerts Feb. 20, 21

    Thomas LauderdaleThe second concert of 2016 promises to be one of the highlights of the Vancouver Symphony‘s 37th season when Maestro Brotons conducts an All-American concert of compositions by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Special guest artist is the one and only Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini. Opening the concert will be Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, followed by Rhapsody in Blue. In the second half, the audience will be treated to Aaron Copland’s spirited El Salon Mexico, followed by his majestic Appalachian Spring. The concerts are Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Both are at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Reserved tickets are $50, general admission is $37 per person. Seniors 62 and over are $32, and students are $10. for more information, visit www.vancouversymphony.org.

  • Vancouver Chamber opens registration for March workshop series

    GVCCWorkshopSeriesLogo_spring2016WEBRegistration is open for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s (GVCC) eight-part Spring 2016 [Engagement] Workshop Series. The series will kick off on Tuesday, Mar. 1, with “Top Events for Businesses to Engage with the Community” instructed by Stacey Donovan, the special events director at the City of Vancouver. Workshops will run every Tuesday and Thursday at the chamber, 1101 Broadway Ste., 100, from noon to 1 p.m. through the month of March. Find the full story, here.

  • Vacancy on the Clark County Arts Commission

    cropped-cropped-BIG1Acting County Manager Mark McCauley is seeking a local resident to represent a local arts education profession on the Clark County Arts Commission. The Arts Commission is made up of 11 volunteers. Each participating city appoints one member and the county manager appoints three members representing the arts, arts education and business communities. The arts board advises and collaborates with the Clark County Council and city councils and reports accomplishments to the community. Members advocate for the arts at public hearings and other public forums. The new member’s four-year term begins immediately. Letters and résumés should be sent to: Jennifer Clark, Clark County Council Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA, 98666-5000. Applications can also be faxed to 360-397-6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov. Application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Mar.11.

  • New networking event bridges gap between arts and business Feb. 17

    FBProfileAn inaugural Arts + Biz Quarterly Mixer will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver. Organized by local artist Erika Bartlett and marketing specialist Melinda Cannell, Arts + Biz is a new networking-focused organization created for the purpose of bridging the gap between arts and business in southwest Washington by fostering connections and encouraging collaboration within the community. Click here for the full story.

  • Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day

    6cd51a99-6db0-4dc6-8559-797def2b8ca7Couples are welcome to Niche on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, for a special, five-course “Aphrodisiac Dinner” prepared by Chef David. The menu features oysters on the half shell, fennel cream soup, arugula salad, poached breast of pheasant, and a fig dessert. All the courses are paired with wine. The cost is $70 per person and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended. For more information, call 360-980-8352 or visit www.nichewinebar.com.

  • Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13

    fb_feb13_partynotice2016_allinfoKids and their families are invited to join in a free, special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center. Visitors will have a “River of Fun” learning about February Floods. Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats. Special guest, Eartha the Ecological Clown, will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Click here for the full story.

  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic February 11
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    Ghost Town Poetry will once again host an Open Mic on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Angst Gallery. Open Mic nights are hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna. This month’s featured writer, Steve Williams, is the author of a new chapbook entitled Thirteen, a poem. Food and libation are available during the event from Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in Vancouver. Find more details about this evening of poetry at www.printedmattervancouver.com. Interested parties can also call 360-910-1066.