10-29 roundup




Fire official tapped to lead training program

A veteran Camas fire official has been selected by an outside panel to supervise Emergency Medical Services training for Camas, Washougal and East County Fire and Rescue’s departments.

This week, the Camas Fire Department made longtime interim EMS Capt. Cliff Free the department’s first division chief of EMS. In that capacity Free will also serve as second-in-command for Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart.

Free started his EMS career more than 15 years ago with a community ambulance service in Bozeman, Mont. After stints as a volunteer firefighter in Hood River, Ore., and working out of Denver General Hospital, he began working as a firefighter and paramedic in Camas in 2005.

The division chief of EMS position will not cost any additional money, Swinhart said, because it will replace the EMS captain position.

The new position will pay between $7,375 and $8,088 per month, or $88,500 to $97,056 annually, depending on experience, Swinhart said.


New church plans first services Sunday

The Crossing, a new faith community in Vancouver, will hold its first worship gathering this weekend.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at York Elementary School, 9301 N.E. 152nd Ave. The Crossing is a member of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Pastor Andy Oliver said The Crossing is unique in its approach to worship and encourages conversation and dialogue. The Crossing is also intentional in reaching out with acts of mercy and kindness and in seeking to address issues of injustice.

The Crossing holds weekly worship services at 10 a.m. Sundays, as well as a monthly dinner and discussion group.

For more information, visit http://www.thecrossingumc.org.


Environmental center seeks help for program

Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center needs volunteers to help with activities at its Fall Family Field Trip Day.

At the semi-annual event, Columbia Springs opens the 100-acre campus and historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery to the public to enjoy hands-on learning stations.

Volunteers will help with everything from registration to teacher assistance at each learning station.

Most volunteers are needed from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5, at Columbia Springs,12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway.

Additional volunteer help is needed for set up and clean up. Interested volunteers can sign up at https://columbiasprings.wufoo.com/forms/family-field-trip-day-fall-volunteer-signup.

For more information, contact Mariah Acton at 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or volunteer@columbiasprings.org.


Road work to change Highway 14 access

Construction work on state Highway 14 will reconfigure an access point at Sixth Street in Washougal starting Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

From both directions, drivers will no longer be able to cross the highway or make left turns onto Highway 14 at Sixth Street. Left turns off the highway to Sixth Street also won’t be allowed. Right turns will still be allowed at the intersection.

Motorists will, however, be allowed to cross and make left turns on and off the highway at Second Street to the west, according to WSDOT.

Crews are building a frontage road and roundabouts on the south side of the highway as part of a widening and interchange project in the area. That will divert traffic onto a temporary gravel road to reach Second Street until paving work resumes in the spring, according to WSDOT.

The $50 million widening project will expand Highway 14 to four lanes between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Washougal. The work is expected to be completed in early 2013.


School tour visits Franklin, Roosevelt

Vancouver School Superintendent Steve Webb will showcase learning opportunities at Franklin and Eisenhower elementary schools during a Nov. 16 tour.

Highlights will include the academically challenging program for developing bilingual proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and the rigorous Challenge/Honors program for elementary students in grades three through five.

The state recently named Eisenhower Elementary a 2011 School of Distinction for its success in improving student achievement.

The tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. An optional lunch prepared by students in the district’s culinary arts program will be available for $4. Students will also provide a musical performance.

To register for the tour, contact Susan Knable at 360-313-4720 or susan.knable@vansd.org.

This Vancouver patron tour is being held Nov. 13-19 in conjunction with similar events across the state as part of the Washington Association of School Administrators’ Focus on Education.


Lecture marks closing of bridge exhibit

A Thursday evening lecture at the Clark County Historical Museum will mark the closure of the “Bridging the Gap” exhibit, which documents the history of the Interstate 5 bridge.

The museum, at 1511 Main St., will be offer free admission beginning at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Robert J. Miller, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and chief justice of the Grand Ronde Tribe’s court of appeals, will give a lecture on “Manifest Destiny, Indigenous Peoples and the Oregon Country.”

Mount St. Helens

Very small earthquake detected under Helens

A small earthquake near Mount St. Helens was detected Friday morning, but scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey said it’s not a departure from the norm.

The 1:49 a.m. quake measured 0.8 in magnitude. It was 1.6 miles below the earth’s surface.


Corps of Engineers to offer sandbag classes

Members of the public interested in learning how to battle floods with sandbags will have two chances to take classes in Vancouver.

Classes will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark County Public Works facility, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Les Miller, of the Army Corps of Engineers, will provide hands-on instruction on how to fill, haul and place sandbags.

A portion of the class will be held outside. Anyone attending should dress appropriately for the weather, along with bringing gloves and good shoes. It is helpful if participants bring a shovel, according to the CRESA blog.

There is no need to pre-register for the class.