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.
Woodland — The Promise Church has seen a change of leadership this year. Scott and Lori Schang, senior pastors for 25-plus years, have stepped down and the new leadership team is Jonathan and Malisa Christopherson, Casey (Scott and Lori's son) and Ashley Schang, Chris and Chelsea Donald, and Aaron and Tasha Christopherson.
Clark County — Three local Lutheran churches spent the first weekend of September giving back to the community, joining hundreds of other Evangelical Lutheran Church in American congregations who volunteered their services in early September. Over the weekend, Vancouver's St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran churches, and Zion Lutheran Church of Camas took part in service days. St. Andrew Lutheran members visited Orchards Elementary School to paint a large U.S. map in the playground and also pick up trash and trim brush. St. Paul Lutheran members put together food packets to give to the homeless, made bracelets for Good Deeds for Beads and sang at a local retirement home. And in Camas, Zion Lutheran members picked up litter along the streets near their church.
North Garrison Heights — PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center unveiled a new addition to its Family Birth Center and Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this month. The newly dedicated outdoor portico, a covered entryway, is meant to keep babies covered as they venture outdoors for the first time. The project was funded with donations of philanthropists David and Patricia Nierenberg and other hospital supporters.
Vancouver — Vancouver and the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance are offering yard signs for residents to help remind speeding drivers about their actions. Recognized neighborhood associations are allotted up to eight signs to place on private property. Sign slogans include: "Check Your Speed," "It's Your Neighborhood, Drive 25," "Slow Down, Watch for Children," and "What's Your Hurry?" Request signs at www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/neighborhood-traffic-calming-program.
West Hazel Dell — If you live in the neighborhood, it was hard not to notice the opening of a new Dutch Bros. Coffee location in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet at 9913 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. That's because Dutch Bros. drew a huge crowd by selling $1 drinks and donated the proceeds to the Columbia River High School Booster Club and the A.V.I.D. program, which provides college prep for first-generation, college-bound students. The fundraiser generated a $3,532 donation.
Vancouver Heights — A big crowd turned out to see a tiny house on Sept. 6. Author and urban trendsetter Dee Williams of Olympia brought her diminutive domicile on wheels to Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain, to answer questions about the tiny-house lifestyle, give "tours" of the 84-square-foot structure and read from her popular new book, "The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir."
Battle Ground — Battle Ground Public Schools teachers kicked off a series of professional development days on Sept. 10 by focusing on ways to support the academic success of students. Ten more professional development days have been scheduled throughout the school year, where students will be let out early, but teachers will stay behind to focus on implementing Common Core State Standards, assessments and more. "The past few years the district has realized that teachers need time to work together and collaborate around the new standards, new testing and new report cards," Battle Ground Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Mark Ross said in a press release. "There are a lot of things we are asking teachers to do in addition to assessing student growth and creating goals."
By Associated Press, The Columbian
September 17, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Salmon Creek — Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters welcomed students on the first day of school and showed a little school spirit. On Sept. 3, on-duty firefighters coated a large rock outside Columbia River High School and Skyview High School's Storm statue in fire engine red paint. Firefighter Bill Dulap said he wanted to do something special at the start of school to remind students to have a safe year.