Stories by Maecy
Since the rise of video cameras and video-enabled smartphones, Fort Vancouver Community Television has seen an increase in participation. FVTV is a public access cable TV station where community members can create and broadcast their own content. The station has had a huge response to training classes and a change in fees. Ronald Carr, the board chairman of FVTV, said participation has doubled in the past couple years.
Ridgefield’s Maxine Osborn honored for her years of work with 4-H, sheep-related activities
When Maxine Osborn of Ridgefield was first told by Sharon Marble that she received this year’s Volunteer of the Year award for the Clark County Fair, she didn’t know what to say. “Why me?” Osborn asked.
Since breaking ground in April, the Luke Jensen Sports Park construction is on schedule despite the biggest problem: rain. The soil has to be flattened for the turf. When it gets soaked, the soil must be plowed. Then it needs to air dry and be re-compacted to the original flattened state. Doing this numerous times causes delays. Elizabeth Jordan, parks capital program manager said it’s been difficult to move forward.
Accident blamed on driving too fast
A Vancouver woman suffered injuries early Wednesday when she struck a power pole on Highway 500.
Ambulance, cars hit by rocks on Highway 14
Washington State Patrol troopers are looking for people or a person that were responsible for throwing rocks along Highway 14 last week. The patrol is asking for any witnesses or information about this incident. Early on July 21, troopers received five reports of passing cars being hit by rocks. The vehicles were traveling westbound between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., near Southeast Ellsworth Road and Leiser Road.
Fuel truck accident still under investigation
Interstate 84 still has the right lane closed 11 miles west of Cascade Locks by milepost 34 after the commercial tanker truck crashed last night.
The Vancouver firefighters union will join with other union locals in the Portland area to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during August’s annual “Fill the Boot” benefit. For the ninth consecutive year, firefighters will stand at intersections filling fire boots with money from passers-by. Randy Marler, local coordinator of the event, said the goal this year is to raise $25,000. The money buys medicine and medical equipment including wheelchairs, and supports a weeklong summer camp for people with muscular dystrophy.
Here’s how Vancouver’s Toland family and friend Kevin Putnam are spending the summer: Traveling from Canada to Mexico on a 1,700-mile bike trip, helping out nonprofit Share and dedicating the ride to the memory of Terry Toland’s mother. Terry and Diane Toland and their two daughters are calling their bike ride the Border to Border Benefit. They will ride the distance with Terry Toland’s friend, Kevin Putnam of Camas.
She's accused of escaping from community custody
A Vancouver resident wanted on a felony escape warrant was arrested by Oregon state troopers Saturday. Michelle Carpenter, 31, was arrested on a warrant charging escape from community custody.
Northwest critically short
Blood donations are critically low around the Northwest and nationally.
A runaway barge on the Columbia River has been secured 12 miles east of the Hood River Bridge on the Washington side of the river near the town of Lyle.
Waddling into the parking lot, giving a good quack, laying eggs in the flower beds and gobbling down some bread is how these ducks spend their days. A family of ducks has made its home near the Albertsons Fuel Center in the Salmon Creek area. For at least 10 years, if not longer, observers say, the ducks have been crossing the grocery store parking lot from a marshy area at a Kaiser Permanente office building. Kim Benson, who works at the gas station, said that someone started feeding the waterfowl, so they keep coming back.
Home-style patriotism struts its stuff on streets, on sidewalks, in spectators’ hearts
Community members crowded the sidewalks for Ridgefield’s Fourth of July Parade. Red, white and blue decorated people and buildings. On sidewalks, American flags were placed every few feet. The parade brought in 75 entries and even more people. Festival Director Sandy Schill said there were more than 5,000 spectators.
Family is raising funds for a diabetic alert service animal
A new dog will change Bekah Timm’s life and could one day save it. Bekah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March 2010, when she was 6 years old. Heidi Timm, her mother, said every family struggles when a child is diagnosed with diabetes.
Battle Ground sculptor Jim Demetro believes that although his latest work is not his largest, it is probably the most significant and meaningful to him. He designed four figures to be added to a 9/11 monument that will likely be located in the Chehalis Veterans Memorial Museum. Constructing part of a monument for the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, Demetro says, involving work for nine years off-and-on, has given him a sense of closure.
Painting project aims to enhance Fourth Plain corridor
With the help of a large collaborative effort, the first “City of Abundance” mural will be put together in hopes of boosting the Fourth Plain corridor. About 200 youth from all over Vancouver, including the Boys & Girls Club, Fort Vancouver High School and middle-school students around the Rose Village neighborhood are participating in the project. Urban Abundance, which is helping to create the mural, asked the students what food abundance looks like in an urban area.
Columbia River flooding had closed popular walkway
Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail reopened near Columbia Shores condominiums Tuesday. The section of the trail along the Columbia River had been flooded since late last month.
In the worst disasters amateur radio operators, or hams, can provide communications to pass along emergency information. On Saturday, a Field Day is planned as an opportunity for community members to learn about amateur radio operators and see demonstrations of the kind of equipment that is used in emergencies.
Comedy was written, directed and edited by Vancouver teen
When 18-year-old director Nick Shaw learned from his mom that he won the regional student Emmy award on June 11 for his film “The Muffin Man,” he was shocked. “Won what?” Shaw said.
Business is ‘up from the ashes’ in Carter Park neighborhood
Lorenzo’s Coffee and Wine House opened its doors to the Carter Park neighborhood Friday in a historic store that was heavily damaged in a December 2009 fire. At 3100 Columbia St., the building has been completely restored.
Enjoy today’s sunshine because it’s not here to stay for good —yet, at least.