Federal funds to improve access to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

by DIwpBacon on January 27, 2015


Up to $3 million in federal funds will be used to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Last summer, Clark County and the city of Ridgefield jointly applied for funding to improve NW Main Ave., from 300 feet inside the city limits north to the wildlife refuge headquarters at 28908 NW Main Ave.

Western Federal Lands Highway Division, part of the U.S. Transportation Department, informed the county and city this month that funding has been approved for the project, which is expected to cost $3.7 million to design and build.

The project will improve access to the refuge’s 710-acre Carty Unit, which includes the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and Oaks to Wetland Trail. A planned nature/visitor center would attract an additional 30-50 vehicles an hour to the Carty Unit during peak visitation. Clark County and Ridgefield will share costs not covered by the federal award. Design and permitting work is planned for the next two years, with construction in 2017 and 2018.



“Calendar Girls” premiers at Magenta Theater Feb. 13

by DIwpBacon on January 27, 2015

Magenta Theater Calendar Girls & Guys-1

Tickets are now on sale for Calendar Girls at Magenta Theater. After Annie’s husband John succumbs to leukemia, she and a friend resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They persuade some fellow Women’s Institute friends to pose nude with them for an “alternative calendar.” News of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire, bringing hoards of press to the small town.

Advance tickets are $15 to $18. The show premiers Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Saturday, Mar. 7. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.magentatheater.com.

In the spirit of Calendar Girls, Magenta Theater has an alternative calendar of its own. The Ladies of Magenta 2015 Calendar features everyone that goes into putting on a Main Stage production including: actors, directors, set builders, props designers, sound and lighting operators and more….in a way you’d never imagine. The calendar, a fundraiser for building improvements and operational costs, is now available at the reduced price of $15 which includes a $5 shipping & handling fee.

Veterans Appreciation Ball and Charity Fundraiser Feb 7


The community is invited to a Veterans Appreciation Ball and Charity Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post # 14, 4607 NE St. James Rd. in Vancouver. Semi-formal dress is suggested and uniforms are encouraged. Early bird pricing for tickets is $25.

The format will be a social mingle starting at 5 p.m. prior to ceremonies and dinner. Various veteran-related organizations will have informational booths to answer questions about their services. After dinner, the DJ will “strike up the band” for some dancing. Guests can expect a raffle a variety of prizes.

Proceeds will benefit Northwest Battle Buddies, an organization dedicated to procuring and training service and companion animals for veterans. This event is sponsored by Shanahan’s Pub & Grill, Southwest Washington Surplus, and The American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post #14. All are welcome, with or without a previous military service affiliation. For more information, find the event on Facebook, here or call 360-696-2579.

Laura Boldt announces retirement from Hathaway Elementary


Laura Boldt with a third grade class at Hathaway Elementary.

Laura Bolt, Hathaway Elementary School principal, has announced her retirement effective at the end of the current 2014-15 school year. Bolt has been with the Washougal School District since 2003, hired as Hathaway’s principal, a capstone to her 42-year career in elementary education.

“I have come to know Laura as a person who cares deeply for the welfare of every child and every staff member,” says Dawn Tarzian, WSD superintendent. “Her caring manifests itself in so many practical ways – from opening hundreds of milk cartons each day to working with a desperate mother to help her find the resources needed so her child can be successful in class the next day.”

Bolt brought to Washougal more than 29 years of experience as a teacher and instructional leader having taught for the Tahoma, Battle Ground, and Vancouver School Districts. Bolt also taught at a private parochial school, Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver, for one year.





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  • Battle Ground Chamber’s general meeting Feb. 5, register by this Wednesday

    2063All are invited to join the Battle Ground Chamber for its February General Meeting at The Cedars on Salmon Creek Thursday, Feb. 5. Interested parties can register at the door, but are requested to pre-register by tomorrow, Jan. 28. Registration is $17 for pre-registered members, $20 for non-members and at the door. Guest speakers Karla Obester and Lori Ryf from the Washington State Department of Revenue will present “How To Prepare For Your Audit.” Networking begins at 11 a.m. and the buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. For further details and to register, visit www.battlegroundchamber.org and find the event in the “Calendar of Events.”

  • Book release party at Vintage Books Jan. 31

    Photo of the cover of "The Devil's Tombstone" bookLocal author Carolyn J. Rose will be at Vintage Books for a book release celebration Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn’t for Sissies series. The release party is for The Devil’s Tombstone, third in the Catskill Mountains mysteries. The series includes: Through a Yellow Wood, and Hemlock Lake. Rose is also the author of  An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and five novels written with her husband, Mike Nettleton. The event features light refreshments and readings by the author. Vintage books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For more information, check the event calendar at www.vintage-books.com.

  • Port of Woodland announces commission workshops

    The Port of Woodland Board of Commissioners has announced three upcoming workshops in the Port of Woodland office, 115 Davidson, in Woodland. Workshops are scheduled for:

    • Wednesday, Feb: 18, at 3:30 p.m. Agenda Topic: Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements
    • Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. Agenda Topic: Guild Road Industrial Park
    • Thursday, Mar. 5, at 3:30 p.m. Agenda Topic: Martin Bar Boat Launch
  • Vancouver’s Columbia River Waterfront Trail reopens

    WaterfrontTrailWest-BeforeRepairThe City of Vancouver has announced that the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail has reopened to the public. It was spring 2011 when snow melt and heavy rain severely damaged two sections of the popular trail along the Tidewater Cove area. Now, 370 coniferous root wads, more than 2,500 trees and shrubs, 16,000 tons of rock, and numerous local, state and federal permits later, the reopening of the trail is both a community and an engineering success. Click here for the full story.

  • “Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

    well-arts-promo-e1421356466426Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile) written and performed by youth from p:ear–portland area street kids, youth on the edge, transitional youth– will give audiences a glimpse into their world as they reveal the issues closest to their hearts through poetry, song, and comedy. Performances take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at p:ear, 338 NW Sixth Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and children under 18. For further details and to buy tickets, visit www.wellarts.org. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver offers free leadership conference for high school and college students Feb. 7

    osi-home-cougar-leadershipWSU Vancouver will host a free Cougar Leadership Program Conference for high school juniors and seniors, and college students from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Students must register at vancouver.wsu.edu/osi by noon on Monday, Feb. 2. Keynote speaker is Angela Cassel, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant and current CEO of TLC Moments, LLC. Local business leaders and WSU Vancouver alumni, staff and faculty will lead workshops that will develop new or build upon existing leadership skills. Lunch will be provided. For more information, click here.

  • BGHS Drama Club premieres “Crimes of the Heart” Feb. 5

    crimesBattle Ground High School Drama Club‘s winter production of the play Crimes of the Heart opens Thursday, Feb. 5. Crimes of the Heart is a dark comedy that follows the lives of three sisters in the mid-1970s. The play runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 5 through Feb. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, in the office, or online at www.payments@battlegroundps.org. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens, $10 for the general public.

  • Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern announces retirement

    Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern

    Fire District 3 has announced the retirement of Assistant Fire Chief Donavon Mattern, who has served for 38 years in the Fire Service in Clark County. In addition to serving the District, he volunteered five years for Fire District 13/NCEMS and worked 18 months as a part-time employee for American Ambulance. “Donavon has contributed so much to the success of Fire District 3,” says Fire Chief Steve Wrightson. ”His dedication, commitment to excellence, unique skills and experience have been invaluable. We will miss him greatly.”

  • Clearwater Springs presents “Wild Horses of the Yakama Indian Nation” Jan. 29

    horsesClearwater Springs Assisted Living invites the community to a free presentation: “Wild horses of the Yakima Nation” by guest lecturer Teresa Hovland on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. When first introduced to the Native Americans, the horse became a coveted commodity. Now more than 15,000 wild horses roam the million acre reservation near Yakima, Wash. From their humble beginnings to their current situation, Hovland will share their history and possibilities for the future. Clearwater Springs is located at 201 NW 78th St. in Vancouver. For more information and to RSVP, call 360-546-3344.

  • “Super-Tax Saturday” event Jan. 31

    TaxesVancouver’s Community Housing Resource Center is officially kicking of the 2015 tax season with “Super-Tax Saturday,” this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at 103 E. 29th St. in Vancouver. This free, public event seeks to increase awareness of free tax assistance and preparation for low and moderate-income tax payers. The AARP Tax-Aide Program will be available to assist in preparing basic forms for personal tax returns, so participants are encouraged to bring W-2s. In addition, representatives will be on hand to explain additional programs and services available in Southwest Washington, such as 2-1-1 Info, Metropolitan Family Services, Share, Clark County Food Bank and Northwest Justice Project. For more information about Tax-Aide sites open this season, call 360-690-4496 ext. 105 or visit aarp.org/taxaide.

  • Property Tax Foreclosure Auction Feb. 3

    The annual Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will again be held online via an internet-based foreclosure auction provider at: http://www.bid4assets.com/storefront/index.cfm?sfID=823. The auction begins Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m. and ends Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., PST. Interested persons may obtain a foreclosure property list from bid4assets, the Clark County Treasurer’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/salesinfo.html, or the Treasurer’s Office at 1300 Franklin St., second floor, Vancouver. Payments must be made via wire transfer, cash, or cashier’s check payable to the Clark County Treasurer and must be received by 4:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, Feb. 5. Personal or business checks will not be accepted. For further information, call 360-397-2255, option 2.

  • 53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival Jan 29 – 31

    Page 1The 53rd Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of big band jazz on Thursday, Friday, and SaturdayJan. 29 through 31, at Clark College. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition. Individual outstanding musician awards will also be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. For the full schedule, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/jazz_festival/index.php. Read the full article here.

  • Revival Energy Group selected by Clean Energy Works as first contractor in Clark County

    lsThe Northwest’s largest non-profit home performance provider, Clean Energy Works, has announced that Revival Energy Group will be the first local contractor to deliver the organization’s unique “one-stop shop” for upgrades to homeowners across Southwest Washington. Clark County customers will receive an introductory offer of $250 applied toward a completed home performance project, that begins with a free 100 Point Performance Check. Apply by Saturday, Jan. 31 with promo code CEREG250 at www.cewo.org/clark. For more information about Revival Energy Group, visit www.revivalenergygroup.com. Read the full article here.

  • Educational Service District 112 announces regional Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 3
    NVEnergy_POL2012logo_400x400Educational Service District 112 announces the Southwest Washington regional competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Twelve students from 12 regional high schools will participate.

    The community is invited to the first leg of the competition, set for Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information, call Kelly McPherson, Regional Coordinator, at 360-952-3474. For the full story, click here.

  • Still time to register for Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth Feb. 8

    2015 Daily insider CS.inddJoin Clark Public Utilities for the inaugural Race for Warmth on Sunday, Feb. 8, to support Operation Warm Heart. Entry fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt, goody bag, snacks and entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration is available through Friday, Feb. 7. Day of race registration will be available for $40, but a t-shirt will not be guaranteed. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities on Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here. For the full story, click here.

  • Hello Vancouver! returns Jan. 28

    UnknownThe next Hello Vancouver! is set for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kiggins Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. and Hello Vancouver! begins at 7 p.m. The bar and concession stands will be open. The show features local artist Sally Sellers of The Pi Project, and Nick HagenMercedes Rose, and Paige McKenzie, creators and star of the hit YouTube series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Musical guest is Orphan Train. Find the full story, here.

  • Networking event at Victor Fitness Jan. 28

    iStock_000005218304SmallThis month’s networking series at Victor Fitness Systems will include an hour of unstructured networking and half an hour of training. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Business coach and owner of Aushi Mizani, Patricia Zamboni will speak on “3 Keys to Networking for Business Success.” The cost is $10, which includes two beverages and a raffle ticket. Victor Fitness Systems is located at 1721 NE 64th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Business After Hours at the Gardner School Jan. 27

    BAHLogoJoin the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (VCC) Tuesday, Jan. 27, for the next “Business After Hours” event at the Gardner School, 16413 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver. The GVCC “Red Coat” Ambassador team will be there to greet guests and help lead the way in evening networking. There will be great prizes, delicious food and drinks, along with tours of the Gardner School. Attendees can also more about sponsorship opportunities for the schools upcoming gala. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. For further details and to RSVP, click here.