On the morning of June 3, Jacques Cotton was standing on the sidewalk tending to his yard. Suddenly, a car attempting a U-turn in an adjacent intersection lost control and barreled into a yield sign on the corner. The vehicle tore the sign out of the ground and continued onto Cotton's property.
Clark County — Ed Hume was inducted into the Gold Circle of the northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 52nd Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 6 in Seattle. Hume was the garden editor at The Columbian in the 1970s and '80s. Hume's program, "Gardening in America" is celebrating its 50th year on the air this year.
Ridgefield — A new book in the South Ridge Elementary School library might have a list of authors that rivals its word count. "Eva Extraordinaire" is about the school's mascot, and it was written as a collaborative effort between all 500-plus students spread across each grade in the school. Sixth-graders visited students in kindergarten through second grade to brainstorm ideas for the book's plot, and the story was then passed up to older students to figure out where to take it next. Art students from each grade drew illustrations for "Eva Extraordinaire." The project also used a variety of topics the students were covering in their respective classes. The book has a local feel, as much of the story takes place in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and numerous local businesses are referenced.
Fisher's Landing East — Big Al's and Dru's chapter of Friends of Doernbecher raised $42,315 for Oregon Health and Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital at a Bowling with Heart event on June 14. For a month leading to the event, Big Al's in Vancouver and Beaverton, Ore., collected toys to donate to the hospital. Together, the two locations collected 220 toys for the children's hospital.
Felida — Felida Elementary School teacher Ron Wagner was selected to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources Summer Institute in Washington, D.C., from July 6 to 10. He was picked from more than 300 applicants. At the institute, Wagner will work with "education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the library's website," according to a release from the library.
Clark County — Taylor Vossen was selected as Miss Woodland 2015 at Planters Day on June 18. The Clark College Running Start Program student works at Woodland Presbyterian Church as a nursery caregiver on Sundays, and volunteered with Halloween for Hunger and Make a Difference Day. She's also interested in studying abroad and wants to become a doctor.
Clark County — Results of the third annual Washington Beer Awards were announced recently, and a few Clark County brewers were honored for their work. Vancouver-based Heathen Brewing's Absolution took home bronze in the Germany Hybrid category. Heathen's Bourbon Barrel Aged Epitaph earned the brewery a silver medal in the Wood & Barrel Aged Strong category. Loowit Brewing Company, of Vancouver, won a bronze in the German Wheat & Rye for its Der Couvensteiner Dunkelweizen. Loowit also took the silver for its Extrabeerestrial ESB in the Bitters category.
Hazel Dell — Before it could rush around the county keeping people safe, Clark County Fire District 6's new Squad 61 fire engine received a little push. On June 18, five firefighters, and one child, pushed the fire truck into station headquarters on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue. Pushing the truck into the station is a long-standing tradition of fire stations, dating to when firefighters used horse-drawn equipment, and the horses couldn't back the equipment into the station themselves. The old engine being replaced will be used as the district's maintenance vehicle.
The following are local land-use proposals. The county or city may rate them in three categories: nonsignificant, no environmental impact study needed; nonsignificant, provided proponents meet certain conditions; and significant, requiring an environmental impact study.
The Northeast 119th Street widening project is understood to also include moving the bed of Curtin Creek. If true, this should require a ton of permit writing and inspections. Who is paying the agencies for all of the time involved?
Battle Ground — Amy Schrater's entry was named the winner of the 2015 Harvest Days Poster Contest. Her poster contains smiling faces, hungry chickens and a large strawberry. Schrater, a stay-at-home mother and part-time nurse, will receive a framed copy of her poster at Harvest Days' opening ceremony on July 18. Her work will be used in the Harvest Days commemorative poster and other marketing pieces.