Casino opening leads new podcast

Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners race among other topics on Clark Talks

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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Clark Talks, The Columbian’s weekly podcast, previews the opening of the Ilani casino and the coming Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners race.

Hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti are joined by business reporter Troy Brynelson to discuss the history of the Cowlitz Tribe’s Ilani casino, opening outside of La Center this spring. The group discusses the legal history of the project, and looks ahead to additional construction slated at the 368,000-square-foot facility.

Gillespie and Pesanti then talk about the race for Port Commissioner Brian Wolfe’s seat. Wolfe, who represents east Vancouver, will retire at the end of this year. Pesanti, who covers the Port of Vancouver, discuss the views of candidates Don Orange and Kris Greene on the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal.

Then, the pair are joined by features news coordinator Ashley Swanson to talk about the weekend ahead. Events featured are:

La Center Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. egg hunt Saturday. Holley Park Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center. Free, $5 for breakfast. http://lacenterlions.org

Helicopter Egg Drop and Spring Festival by City Harvest Church, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 N.W. Ninth Ave., Vancouver. 360-546-1000 or http://www.cityharvestchurch.com

Activate Church Easter Egg Hunt, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver. 360-989-9414 or http://www.activatechurch.org/events/2017/4/15/easter-egg-hunt

IQ Ridgefield Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Overlook Park, South Main Ave. and Pioneer St., Ridgefield. 360-887-3557 or http://ridgefieldwa.us/event/iq-ridgefield-easter-egg-hunt/2017-04-15

Crown Park Easter Day Egg Hunt, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Crown Park, N.E. 15th St. and Everett St., Camas. 360-834-5307 or http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/parkshome

Woodland Tulip Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15-16 and 22-23. Holland America Flower Gardens, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland. Free. 360-225-4512 or http://hollandamericaflowergardens.com

Junior Ranger Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15. Yuri’s Night World Space Party, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Free for ages 15 and younger, $5 for adults at the reconstructed fort. 360-816-6246 or www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/juniorrangerday2017.htm

Hortlandia: Spring Plant and Art Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland; Free, $8 for parking. 503-736-5200 or www.hardyplantsociety.org/hortlandia

OMSI After Dark: Tapas and Tequila, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland; $32.50 to $35 for those 21 and older. 800-955-6674 or www.omsi.edu/afterdark

You can find the show on Soundcloud, or subscribe for free weekly downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Pesanti and Gillespie about the podcast at podcast@columbian.com.