East County Fire & Rescue is looking to appoint five residents who can represent the fire district and offer honest feedback about the services it provides. Anyone interested in participating should email Fire Chief Scott Koehler at SKoehler@ECFR.us with their name, address, phone number and email address, along with any interactions they've had with East County Fire & Rescue and the reason they want to get involved. The email has to be sent by noon April 1. Questions can be forwarded to Koehler by email or by calling him at 360-834-4908.
Fire damaged a home Wednesday night in east Vancouver. Just before 8 p.m., multiple people reported the fire at a house at 3614 N.E. 163rd Ave. They said flames were coming from the roof of the house, according to radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. Arriving Vancouver firefighters found smoke coming from under the eaves of the house and fire showing in a back bedroom. The crew extinguished the fire within about 10 minutes.
When Jack Phillips heard the screeching of metal, he ducked down in his tractor-trailer cab and hoped for the best. A massive steel beam tore through the truck, missing the 58-year-old Vancouver man by a few inches.
A Vancouver man has been ordered to spend two years in federal prison for sending approximately 100 letters containing white powder and threatening notes to media personalities and members of Congress.
Bagley Downs — Susan Nieman has joined the board of directors of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Nieman, a registered nurse who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, is an instructor in the medical-surgical and psychiatric training programs at Clark College. She is also a registered nurse and training officer in the United States Reserve Army, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 and again in 2012 to provide mental health care for soldiers. She is a graduate of the nursing programs at Clark College and Washington State University.
Landover-Sharmel — Vancouver's Moose Lodge gave $1,200 in on Feb. 5 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports injured veterans. Lodge 1774 presented the check to a representative from the Washington State Northern Idaho Moose Association, who will give it to the veterans project.
Mountain View — Mountain View's Lady Thunder basketball team and the Booster Club raised $1,620 in the fight against breast cancer at the annual Shoot for the Cure game. The team presented the money Feb. 7 to Breast Friends, an Oregon-based organization that helps women survive the trauma of cancer.
Opponents of a planned oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver urged the port Tuesday to cancel its lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. They leveled several arguments against the project, including that it undermines commercial/residential redevelopment of Vancouver's waterfront, won't help America achieve energy independence, and puts people in harm's way.