Felida — "We are mothers, first, foremost and always. With a proper balance, we can serve our communities yet remain a constant in the lives of our grown families." That sentiment about the role of a mother whose children have grown and moved on won Francine Cowie the title of "State Mother of the Year" from American Mothers Inc. Cowie, who has four sons and 14 grandsons, worked for 16 years as a paraeducator at Felida Elementary School. She also has been a singer, property manager, ballot inspector, homeless shelter volunteer, literacy booster and Boy Scout leader. American Mothers is an independent nonprofit established in 1954.
Two men escaped injury after a fire broke out in a back bedroom at a Felida house early this morning.
Work is part of Salmon Creek Interchange Project
It’s not “carmageddon,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, but drivers should plan ahead to avoid a major, disruptive closure of Interstate 5 early next month.
Salmon Creek -- Students from four Washington high schools recently presented research they gathered during trips to Mount St. Helens last year. Students from Prairie High School, as well as Toutle, Castle Rock and Wahluke high schools, gathered April 17 at Washington State University Vancouver for the Mount St. Helens Eco-Research Conference to present final projects from their collaborations with the Mount St. Helens Institute. The young researchers spent a few days last fall at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to work with scientists and collect samples and data using a range of technologies.
Felida -- Some lucky cats and dogs will have full bellies thanks to the fundraising efforts of a brother and sister who asked for pet food donations instead of birthday presents this year. Felida Elementary School fourth-grader Jared Wallingford and Thomas Jefferson Middle School sixth-grader Alicia Wallingford collected more than 1,700 pounds of pet food for Pet Aid of Washington and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Its the fourth year the Wallingford family has gathered donations for the Julie Reamer Memorial Pet Food Drive, named after their friend and neighbor who died in 2009. In its first year, the family donated 200 pounds of food; the total has increased each year since. Jared's birthday was Feb. 1 and Alicia's was March 5. The kids got help from peers who competed classroom by classroom to see which could collect the most pet food.
Facility for seniors set to open this fall
Construction is well under way on a new memory care center set to open in the Salmon Creek area this fall near where Interstates 5 and 205 meet.
Salmon Creek — Thanks to a $65,000 research fellowship, Washington State University history professor Sue Peabody is able to take a year-long sabbatical to finish her book "Slavery and Emancipation in the Indian Ocean World: A Family Biography."
Three suspects who allegedly robbed the Salmon Creek iQ Credit Union this afternoon and fled in a Radiocab taxi van, were caught on Interstate 5 and later arrested.
Clark County Fire District 6 is scheduled to conduct a live burn today at 8 a.m. at a Salmon Creek house scheduled to be demolished.
Salmon Creek -- Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt … Fluffy Shark. The artistic puppy required cardiopulmonary resuscitation to make it through the first few minutes of life, was raised by Panda Paws Rescue in Salmon Creek, and was adopted last December by the Kelly family of Portland. Out of appreciation for Panda Paws founder Amanda Giese, the Kellys are raising funds for Panda Paws by having Fluffy Shark "do his own original one-of-a-kind art pieces," which are being auctioned off. All the money goes straight to Panda Paws, which cares for special-needs animals. The creative canine's first attempt to put paw to canvas drew a whopping $700. Visit pandapawsrescue.com.
Economy, dip in membership take their toll
RIDGEFIELD — In a storage room at the Clark County Fairgrounds, George Espinosa surveys the haphazardly jumbled collection of household sundries, then grumbles: "Meager, meager, meager."
Live burn in Salmon Creek gives crews chance to practice fighting actual blaze
As a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 6 for the past three years, Lanny Kipp has responded to one small fire. So he said Wednesday's training, his second live-burn training exercise, was very beneficial.
Two 149th St. houses will burn for training
Salmon Creek — Kathi Fountain, head of collection development for the library at Washington State University Vancouver, has been recognized for distinguished contributions to bibliography and information services in law or political science. She won the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries Law and Political Science Section Marta Lang/CQ Press Award, which was announced in February. Fountain will collect a $1,000 prize at the annual American Library Association conference, held June 27 through July 2 in Chicago. Award chairwoman Rosalind Tedford said Fountain's "ongoing scholarship on a wide variety of subjects provide an invaluable service to librarians and researchers in the field."
Effort follows outbreak of stomach illnesses that caused the restaurant to close for a few days last month
Supporters of Billygan’s Roadhouse plan to bombard it with business tonight in an effort to boost sales in the wake of an outbreak of stomach illnesses that caused the Salmon Creek restaurant to close for a few days last month.
We've got hot spots throughout the site. It creates a more interactive learning environment. History's important. This is the future of historic sites.Brady Berkenmeier, Student, Co-creator of Fort Vancouver Mobile Project, WSU Vancouver