2016 Iris Award winners announced; ceremony March 9

by DIwpBacon on February 12, 2016















Vancouver City Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Katherine Garrett, Housing First Program Director at Lincoln Place, are the recipients of the 2015 Iris Awards. The winners will be honored at the annual Iris Awards ceremony on March 9. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at: www.vancouverusa.com/events/details/2016-iris-awards-7254.

Garrett has worked for Share for the past 14 years. She helped transform Share into one of the major voices for the homeless in Clark County. During the past nine years she led the Share House and Share Outreach programs. Recently she moved into a new leadership position as the Housing First Program Director at Lincoln Place.

Vancouver City Councilmember McEnerny-Ogle came to the Vancouver City Council after a 30-year career as an educator. Beyond her work on the city council, which includes the role of Mayor Pro Tem, she is the Chair of the C-Tran Board of Directors, is a member of the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors, and the Vice-Chair of the Clark County Historical Museum.

This year’s ceremony features a new award, the Legacy Award, to honor the legacy of a past Iris Award or Women of Achievement. The year’s Legacy Award winner has not yet been announced. Also new this year is the addition of H-RoC as a sponsor of the Iris Awards. H-RoC will announce another new award category which will begin in 2017.








Clark College Athletics to honor Hall of Fame inductees Feb. 20, register to attend by Feb. 17

by DIwpBacon on February 12, 2016


On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Athletics Department at Clark College will hold the annual Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Penguin Union Building. The banquet and ceremony will take place after the women’s and men’s basketball games that day, which start at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. The inductees will also be introduced during halftime of the men’s game. This year’s honorees include:

  • Gary Boggs (Track & Field) helped secure WSJCAC (now NWAC) Track Championships in 1960 and 1961, and was selected as Outstanding Athlete in 1961. He went on to Lewis & Clark College where he as an All-American athlete in football, wrestling and track. His career led him to Fort Vancouver High School, where he served as the Head Football Coach from 1967-2001 and had five league championships. Boggs passed away in 2011. His family will be accepting the award in his honor.
  • Bryony (Chase) Melcher (Women’s Basketball) led her team to 51 wins during her two seasons at Clark College. In 2000, the team was the West Region Champion. In 2001, Melcher was the West Region MVP, NWAACC (now NWAC) Player of the Year, and Clark College Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Steve Hook (Men’s Basketball) was named second team All League during his first season at Clark College, with a 20-9 record. In his second season, he was named a first team All- League performer and second Team All-Tournament with a 21-8 record.
  •  The 2007 Men’s Soccer Team were NWAACC Champions, as well as South Region Champions with a remarkable 12-1-3 season finish.

Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, visit http://www.clarkpenguins.com/hof.aspx. Individuals can also register online by February 17 at https://www.clarkcollegefoundation.org/hallfame2016.

50-Plus Travel Program visits Pittock Mansion Feb. 18


Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50-Plus Travel Program is offering a trip back in time with a guided tour of Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion Thursday, Feb. 18. The tour will be followed by a special costumed re-enactment of Mrs. Georgianna Pittock and her chauffer at the Luepke Senior Center.

The Pittock Mansion tour is open to people age 50 and up with lunch stop at Panera Bread in Portland. Transportation is provided. Bring money for lunch. The bus will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. The cost per person is $41 for Vancouver residents and $45 for non-residents and includes the re-enactment.

Tickets to the re-enactment can be purchased separately for $5. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage the re-enactors in conversation. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration for the full tour is required. To register for the tour or to buy separate tickets to the re-enactment, call 360-487-7100 or visit the Marshall Community Center at 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/50PlusTravel.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest moves headquarters to Fort Vancouver


Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters will be moving this spring to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Beginning March 1, forest visitor services will close their current location and re-open with the National Park Service at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center. The visitor center, located at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., was recently remodeled and re-opened in November.

By partnering with the National Park Service, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be able to reach more visitors and provide enhanced customer service through extended hours. Visitors can plan trips to the forest, purchase federal recreation passes, and explore the national park from the same location.

Later in the year, the entire forest headquarters office will relocate to one of the historic infantry barracks buildings on the site. The renovation of the 1906-1907 building is scheduled to be completed in the fall. During construction this spring and summer, forest employees will be in temporary quarters on the Fort Vancouver campus.


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News Briefs

  • The Daily Insider celebrates Presidents’ Day, will not publish Feb. 15

    images-1In honor of Presidents’ Day, this Monday, Feb. 15, the Daily Insider will not be published. We will resume publication Tuesday, Feb. 16. In the mean time, be sure to check our calendar for all the fun and family friendly things to do in Clark County. We wish you all a happy, extended holiday.

  • “The Art of Love” at North Bank Artists Gallery Feb. 13

    North Bank Artists invite the community to an evening creating uniquely love-inspired gifts from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.  Participants can stimulate their creativity with words of love, music of joy, and succulent handmade chocolates (with zesty essential oils) by local artisan chocolatiers, Fleur Chocolatte. All art materials and inspiration provided. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. The North Bank Artists Gallery is located at 1005 Main St. in Vancouver.

  • Wine & Chocolate Weekend kicks off this evening at Cellar 55 Tasting Room

    12717758_1136933269659854_6269915132081238457_nCellar 55 Tasting Room will once again host a Wine & Chocolate Weekend to celebrate Valentines Day. Beginning this afternoon, Friday, Feb. 12 and running tomorrow and Sunday, Feb. 14, visitors to the tasting room can enjoy a decadent lineup featuring Bleu Door Bakery’s Brownies From Heaven. A $10 tasting fee gets you four delectable brownie bites, each one paired with the perfect wine. The sinfully rich Brownies from Heaven as well as a limited assortment of their hand made truffles will be available to take home as well. Be sure to check out the other 12 participating Clark County wineries and tasting rooms for more Wine & Chocolate tastings all weekend. Cellar 55 Tasting room is located at 1812 Washington St. in Vancouver.

  • City Salary Review Commission meeting, public hearing Feb. 17

    imagesThe City of Vancouver’s Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (a.k.a. Salary Review Commission) will hold a combined meeting and public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. The meeting and public hearing will take place at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Free parking is available for visitors in the building’s south visitor parking lot. If this lot is full, paid on-street parking is also available. Visitors should check in with the information desk upon arrival. 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. 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 2017-18 City budget.

  • 2015 Game Changer Award winners announced at the VDA’s annual breakfast

    Toast-and-Jam-Email-HeaderOver 125 attended the Vancouver Downtown Association‘s (VDA) Toast and Jam annual breakfast yesterday morning. The event served to honor the 2015 Game Changer Award winners. The awards are given to those who garner the most votes in a public vote. For the original story, which includes the list of winners, click here.

  • Vancouver Public Schools takes wi-fi on the road

    ows_136296479212550Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) students in sixth through 12th grades have gained managed access to the internet while traveling on school buses. The district recently installed a wi-fi network on all of its buses as part of strategic efforts to improve internet access and capacity and create equity for students who do not have internet at home. VPS also implemented a wi-fi network on its mobile Family-Community Resource Center (FCRC). Find the full story, here.

  • New Port of Vancouver USA rail entrance wins Engineering Excellence Award

    POV-train-trench-071415-webThe Port of Vancouver USA’s new rail entrance won a 2016 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon. The rail entrance is a watertight, grade-separated concrete trench along the Columbia River. Part of the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access project, the trench reduces regional rail congestion by as much as 40 percent by providing a second dedicated rail entrance into the Port of Vancouver and eliminating conflicts with the east-west BNSF Railway mainline. The port and its consultants on the project, BergerABAM and HDR Inc., have submitted the trench for the national ACEC design competition in Washington, D.C. The national competition winners will be announced in April.

  • “Taming of the Shrew” at Battle Ground High School

    BGHS-Winter-Play-Taming-of-the-Shrew-Feb2016Battle Ground High School Drama Club’s (BGHS) winter production, The Taming of the Shrew. The play, directed by Stephan “Cash” Henry, is a modern-language version of William Shakespeare’s famed comedy set in Italy in the 1920s. The BGHS production features fun and beautiful costumes, detailed set pieces, and the wit and charm of the school’s talented student actors. The play runs Feb. 11-13 and 18-20. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org/.

  • Applications now available for Building Futures Foundation scholarship program
    logo-1The Building Futures Foundation, the educational foundation for the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is now accepting applications for academic scholarships this year. Scholarships will be awarded in April to qualified students pursuing an education in the building, construction and real estate trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Selection criteria are financial need, academic relationship to the building industry, community service, grade point average and quality of application submitted. For more information and to apply, visit www.biaofclarkcounty.org. Click on the “Consumer Resources” tab, and then on the “Building Futures Foundation” tab. The direct link is: https://biaclarkcounty.webconnex.com/scholarshipapp. Completed applications must be submitted by March 14.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Friends of Fort Vancouver hosts Sweetheart Dance Feb. 13

    03ImageThe 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends’ Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or online at: www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Click here for the full story.

  • “The Odd Couple” kicks off Love Street Playhouse 2016 season

    6e782c4511616c64d80e1be85cf1a51d_f164Love Street Playhouse opens its 2016 Season with the iconic American comedy The Odd Couple, directed by Tony Bump. After their thoroughly fed up wives throw them out, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Richard Barr of Vancouver) and uptight neat freak Felix Ungar (played by Gary Corbin of Camas) decide to move in together, thinking they’ll save on expenses and have a few laughs. It turns out the laughs are on them. The Odd Couple will run now through the 28. For the full story, click here.