Battle Ground: A Battle Ground High School trumpet player won soloist awards at two recent jazz festivals. Sophomore Steve Montecucco won awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in California on March 30 and the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York City on Feb. 16. Montecucco and other students traveled to the competitions with the American Music Program Jazz Band. Other Battle Ground trumpet players who attended the competitions include: Battle Ground High School juniors Mandy Quinn and Matthias Tyni, and Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth-grader Tyler Barnes.
Battle Ground: Clark County Fire and Rescue took part in a live fire training last week at a city-owned building on Main Street in Battle Ground. Nearly three dozen firefighters trained Thursday at 801 E. Main St., a building that once housed Galeotti's Restaurant. The city bought the property so it could continue work on the next phase of its Grace Avenue Improvement Project, which will align the intersection of Grace Avenue and Main Street. Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said the exercise was a win-win: it let firefighters fulfill their mandated live fire training while demolishing a building that needed to come down for the street project.
Battle Ground — Clark County Fire & Rescue will do a live fire training exercise from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 801 E. Main St. in Battle Ground. East Main Street between Southeast Grace and Clark avenues, and Northeast Grace Avenue between East Main and Northeast First streets will be closed starting around 8:30 a.m. A detour will guide motorists around the closure.