Vancouver Vancouver — The city of Vancouver has received a clean audit from the state auditor’s office, which reviewed the city’s financial records, grant management and compliance with laws for 2013.
The state also reviewed the city’s internal controls for financial reporting.
Bagley Downs — The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington was given a $75,000 donation this month by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to continue to provide health services for low-income and uninsured Clark County residents.
Vancouver — A Vancouver native and improvised explosive device detection dog handler with the U.S. Marine's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, spent the Fourth of July weekend fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Daniel Buzalsky and those in the 1st Battalion's 7th Marine Regiment found themselves under fire from insurgents while in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The soldiers were investigating compounds to disrupt Taliban activity, and subsequently engaged the insurgents in numerous gun battles over the course of three days. The Taliban members eventually retreated. No marines were injured. "A lot of coalition forces haven't been present in that area recently," Bravo Company Platoon Commander 1st Lt. Robert Kay said in an article by the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System. "The Taliban start getting comfortable in places and think they can do whatever they want. We told them that they are not safe there. I don't care if they go north, south, east or west; the Marines are going to find them."
Esther Short — Five military members from the area were honored Friday for outstanding civic service. Receiving awards at the annual American Legion State Convention's Spirit of Service Awards were: U.S. Army Sgt. Rose M. Bonilla, U.S. Marine Cpl. Malina Mon, U.S. Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman First Class David R. SanLuis, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mathew R. Rehagen and U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain's Mate First Class Jason Gale. The ceremony was held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The service award is given to "outstanding military professionals who are actively involved in volunteer projects within their community during off-duty hours."
Kristin Dorsett lived at the Esther Short Commons apartment building for two years, and she logged her fair share of complaints about the place — including deferred maintenance and the stink of cigarette smoke, which her elementary-age daughter found especially gross, she said.