Port of Vancouver USA chooses energy project safety consultant

by DIwpBacon on July 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA.

Unknown-1The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has approved selection of The Sawicki Group LLC (TSG) as the port’s safety consultant for energy projects. The contract with Blaine, Washington-based TSG is not to exceed $200,000 for up to three years of services.

TSG’s initial scope of work includes review of Vancouver Energy‘s facility safety and operations plans; rail safety and operations plans; the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s (EFSEC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and support of port legal counsel through the EFSEC adjudication process.

Two Port of Vancouver tenants – Tesoro Corp. and NuStar Energy LP – are pursuing projects to bring North American crude oil through the port. The port issued a Request for Proposal in March to evaluate and select a consultant to provide safety and operations plan review and guidance services for energy projects.

TSG was one of three respondents. A panel of port staff interviewed all three, and TSG was selected in June as the most capable consultant. TSG will begin reviewing Vancouver Energy plans this summer. The company is expected to provide a report to the port by early 2016. For more information, visit www.portvanusa.com.








Annual Race for the Homeless Aug. 1

by DIwpBacon on July 29, 2015


The Race for the Homeless, benefiting Open House Ministries, is running for its 16th year in Vancouver, this Saturday, Aug. 1. It includes a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run. All races start and finish at the O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. Kid Fun Run and Fun Festival events are free. Registration is $20 and begins on race day at 7 a.m. Click here for a downloadable registration form. The schedule includes:

8 a.m. – 5K Run and 10K Run
8:05 a.m. – 5K Walk
9 a.m. – Fun Festival
9:15 a.m. – Kid Fun Run

Since incorporation in 1986, Open House Ministries has provided shelter, safety, and hope to families without homes. It seeks to equip families with life skills and foundational tools to help them regain healthy, independent lives. The ministry provides personalized case management, strong community networks, volunteer support, and the generous endowments of the community. Each family agrees to participate in a program designed to assist them in resolving their homeless situation.



Vancouver Police NOW Citizen Patroller needed, apply by July 31


If you have four hours a month to help the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) fight crime, canvass for missing people, find stolen automobiles, and conduct evidence searches, apply for the Neighbors On Watch (NOW) citizen patrol program by Friday, July 31.

NOW is a non-confrontational, highly visible, crime detection and prevention program. Citizens interested in partnering with the Vancouver Police Department to prevent crime are encouraged to apply. All training is free and hosted by VPD. NOW volunteers patrol city neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by vehicle and act as additional “eyes and ears” for the police department.

Interested parties must live in the city limits of Vancouver, be at least 21-years old, and successfully pass a background investigation. Contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Kelly Cheney at 360- 487-7467, or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us, for more information. Additional details and a printable volunteer application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.

Riverview Six to Sunset presents Flexor T July 30


The Riverview Six to Sunset concert series continues with Flexor T tomorrow, Thursday, July 30. The free series takes place every Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m. through August 14. Flexor T is considered one of the most exciting country/rock show bands in the Pacific Northwest. They cover everything from old school country –to 70’s and 80’s country/rock – to modern country, classic rock and beyond.

Visitors are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner, or purchase lunch from food vendors in the park. Smoking, alcohol and BBQ grills are not permitted. Use hashtag, #6tosunset and post photos, videos, updates and check-ins on social media for a chance to win prizes from Riverview Community Bank.

Leadership Clark County (LCC) still has Pub in the Park VIP tables for 10 people at each of the six concerts, which include dinner from the Hilton’s Gray’s at the Park restaurant, one drink voucher per person at each concert and free bottled water. To purchase a table, visit www.leadershipclarkcounty.com/contributesponsor/pub-in-the-park/.

“Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel racing benefit for the Humane Society Aug. 1


Clark County Saddle Club is home of the first annual “Chasin’ for Chopper” barrel race, benefitting the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The Chopper Fund was created by Tina Olson, wife of former HSSW Board President, Matt Olson, to honor their dog Chopper. Funds are used to pay for major medical expenses for shelter animals.

The event is this Saturday, Aug. 1. “Pee-Wee” barrel racers start at 9:45 a.m., the open class begins at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. and parking and admission are free to the public (donations on site for HSSW are greatly appreciated.) The Chasin’ for Chopper committee also is offering a silent auction made up of great items, including a guided fishing trip.

Spectators can expect food concessions, espresso, and various vendors including horse items, clothing, and western décor/furniture. The race committee is expecting a record turnout for the barrel race with over 200 contestants. The race will be announced by professional rodeo announcer Scott Burks Davis.


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  • Webinar presentation: “Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery” this Friday

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  • Walking Tours with CCHM this Friday and Saturday

    cchm-logoThe Clark County Historical Society (CCHM) continues its Walking Tours Series with two walks this weekend. On Friday, July 31, join CCHM for “Entertainment Expedition,”a walk on middle Main St. from noon to 1 p.m. The walk starts at the Museum, 1511 Main St. “Business Marches On” is Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. The walk begins at Fifth and Main St. in Vancouver. These are the ninth of 12 walks in the series that take place Fridays and Saturdays through August 22. Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Visit www.cchmuseum.org to see the official tour schedule and more details. For more information, call 360-993-5679 or email info@cchmuseum.org.

  • PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center dragon boat blessing July 30

    dragon_boatPeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center‘s pink dragon boat will hit the water for the first time this Thursday, July 30, after a blessing ceremony performed by monks from Chu Lin Zen Temple. Made possible by generous donor support, the boat will promote breast cancer awareness and will be crewed throughout the Northwest by local breast cancer survivors. The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m., at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd. Mayor Tim Leavitt will be on-hand, as well as breast cancer survivors, community leaders, donors, local dragon boaters and more. The event is open to the public.

  • Call for submissions for “Poetry Moves,” deadline Sept. 1

    poetic-penPrinted Matter Vancouver has announced the submission period for Poetry Moves, poetry by Clark County Residents to be showcased on C-Tran Buses beginning January 2016. Authors agree to have their work appear online or in other publicity/promotions by C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 1. Poems are accepted via email only at printedmattervancouver@gmail.com. Click here for the original story.

  • Columbia Credit Union promotes Art Newby to Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer

    Art-cropColumbia Credit Union announces the promotion of Art Newby to Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer. Newby will lead and have overall responsibility for information technology, projects and automation initiatives that advance the strategic mission of the credit union. Newby, who previously served as Columbia Credit Union’s Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer, has 36 years of industry experience and has held a variety of IT management roles throughout his career.

  • Free back-to-school vaccinations available throughout Clark County

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  • 2015 deadline to inscribe Propstra Square bricks is Aug. 1

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    Each brick is $100 and holds up to 18 characters, including spaces. Funds raised through the sale of memorial bricks pay for the flowers and plantings in the park. More information and brick order forms are available at https://t.e2ma.net/click/zr34g/v891id/b1qq8b. For questions, contact the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370 or e-mail cheri.martin@parksfoundation.us.

  • Country Financial Friday Night Movies presents “Muppets Most Wanted” July 31

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  • Public invited to celebrate 30 years of Children’s Sharing Project July 30

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  • Kiggins Theatre hosts Harry Potter’s 35th Birthday Bash July 31 – Aug. 2

    rsz_harry_potter_poster_thumb_thumbThe Harry Potter 35th Birthday Bash, presented by IQ Credit Union, invites fans and new readers of all ages to celebrate with a “magical” weekend event featuring all eight Harry Potter films running from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 at Kiggins Theatre. Passes range from $40 to $65 and are available at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. Click here for the full story.

  • Clark County Green Business Morning Blend networking event July 30

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  • Moonlight and Motorcars benefits Fort Vancouver National Trust Aug. 1

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  • Call to vendors for the Columbia River Concours d’ Elegance & Car Show Aug. 2

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