Ridgefield — Ridgefield High School's "Spudder Olympics" on May 31 added some silliness to the standard end-of-the-school-year festivities. The graduating class of 2013 and others celebrated the beginning of summer with wacky events that included Human Bowling and Competitive Food Eating. More than 150 students and a handful of teachers took part in the yearly event, which culminated in a championship tug of war competition. "The leadership class always impresses me with their ability to organize complex events like the Spudder Olympics," said leadership teacher Kim Allais in a press release.
Ridgefield -- Before Memorial Day, thousands of young students learned about the significance of the holiday through civics lessons and flag presentations by local Lions Clubs. Lions members and volunteers distributed more than 6,000 small American flags to first-graders at 75 schools in Southwest Washington. Many classrooms, including in Union Ridge Elementary where teacher Jody McDonald taught facts about the flag, participated in Memorial Day-themed activities. "Understanding the significance of a holiday means students will appreciate that day for more than just time off school," McDonald said in a press release.
Ridgefield — Dean Millett will receive his Eagle Scout award at 7 p.m. Friday at CDM Services, 2409 Broadway. He is a member of Troop 310 in Ridgefield, led by Scoutmaster Patrick Bartos.
Embers from a burn pile are being blamed for causing a shop fire in the Sara area Monday evening.
Ridgefield — A View Ridge Middle School teacher will use a $5,000 grant to purchase 3-D printers for classrooms. Tylor Hankins, who developed an "Applied Technology" course in 2011, was awarded the CenturyLink "Teachers and Technology" grant May 28. Students at View Ridge already have experience using 3-D modeling software in class projects. "The students could use the printers to create parts for class projects," Hankins said in a press release. "For instance, students could print their own gears for our recent dragster-racing project."
Ridgefield — When 79-year-old Dolly Hanes' husband, Keith, died in March, she began a garden project in her yard to stay busy.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to rescue a deer that was stuck in a metal gate at a residence in Ridgefield.
A Saturday tour of a five-acre horse farm in Ridgefield will show property owners how to best manage mud, manure and other daily difficulties that come when living on a small farm.
Ridgefield — Josephine Finley, a staff member at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge who lives in Yacolt, is headed for the big island of Hawaii this summer. But it's not (all) a pleasure trip. Beginning in late July, Finley will study the extinction of species and what it takes to save them. It's part of a graduate course she's taking through Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and its Project Dragonfly, which has joined with a nonprofit called Earth Expeditions. Earth Expeditions brings university students to global "hotspots" to study ecology and conservation in the field. Visit EarthExpeditions.org to learn more.
Police are asking the public for assistance in locating two missing Ridgefield teens.
Dog being monitored for signs of rabies
The pit bull that bit a 3-year-old Hazel Dell girl will be euthanized at the end of the month. The dog's owner, a woman from Ridgefield, turned the dog over to Clark County Animal Control and Protection, which put the dog on a 10-day quarantine.
City the 5th fastest growing in state; Woodland population dips slightly
Ridgefield was the fifth fastest growing city in Washington between 2011 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday. City leaders say years spent laying the groundwork for business and residential development helped Ridgefield bounce back quickly from the Great Recession.
A former police chief, a formal-attire company owner and a man who says he was unfairly fired from his city job are among an eclectic batch of small-city candidates looking to unseat incumbents during this year's election.
Committee asks county to include park in master plan
Anita Will has worked for years to keep a historic mill near Whipple Creek from tumbling down.
37 white-tail deer adjust to new life at Ridgefield wildlife refuge
RIDGEFIELD — More than a month after an elaborate multi-agency operation moved some three dozen endangered Columbian white-tailed deer to protected habitat in Clark County, the animals are adapting to their new surroundings.