In Our View: Cheers & Jeers

Get out and enjoy fair in its final days; fireworks rules need consistency



Cheers: Few traditions serve up a slice of Americana as effectively as a good, old-fashioned county fair — and that should be reason enough to visit the Clark County Fair this weekend. The event, an annual gathering that dates back to 1868 in this area, concludes its 10-day run Sunday with a bevy of family entertainment, rides, exhibits and food.

While county fairs find their genesis in this country's agrarian roots, current fairs also incorporate a variety of modern entertainments and indulgences. Today's marquee events are Tuff Trucks shows at 2 and 7 p.m. in the main grandstand; Sunday's headliners are Monster Trucks shows at the same times. Visit for details and a full schedule of events.

Jeers: Stories about Vancouver residents being ticketed for setting off fireworks around the Fourth of July generate plenty of Bronx cheers. A total of 46 residents face a fine of $250 for violating the city's new fireworks law, which limited the use of explosives to only the actual holiday.

One reason for confusion regarding the law was a failure of the Clark County commissioners to adopt similar restrictions — ignoring the will of the people as expressed in an advisory vote on last November's ballot. That left city residents and those in unincorporated parts of the county to be governed by different sets of rules. But jeers also go to those who do not know whether or not they live within the city limits. We hope the city and the county can find some middle ground on fireworks regulations to make them easier for residents to comprehend. At the same time, we urge residents to consult a map of the Vancouver city limits.

Cheers: The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site continues to serve as a real-life history lesson. The latest example is an archeology project in which students are unearthing the tales told by one of the fort's old home sites.

"It's discovering people's stories, even when they can't write," said Washington State University Vancouver student Justine Hanrahan. The excavation project has dug up artifacts from the household of Little Proulx, who was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1840s, and from Capt. Levi Holden, who lived there after the U.S. Army moved into the area. Layer by layer, the dig is a reminder of Vancouver's deep and rich history.

Jeers: The latest twist in the dispute between United Grain Corp. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union at the Port of Vancouver has state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, weighing in. Benton filed a misconduct complaint against Gov. Jay Inslee after the governor stopped providing security for grain inspectors at the site.

The complaint has been dismissed without a hearing, and the issue is complex, but in the end it is the job of the company, not the governor, to ensure protection for inspectors. Still, jeers go to both United Grain and the ILWU for allowing the dispute to linger for more than a year as it hampers the port's ability to export grain.

Cheers: It is a paws-itively awwww-inspiring story. A badly burned black bear cub in north-central Washington, near last month's massive wildfires, has been rescued thanks to a caring homeowner, several volunteers,and state Fish and Wildlife officials.

The 37-pound bear had severe burns on all four paws when it was found last week. The cub was treated by a Wenatchee-area veterinarian who donated time and medicine, and a Seattle-based pilot volunteered to deliver it to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. The bear is recovering at the center in California and has made national news. It even has been given an appropriate name — Cinder.