Cheers: To the Vancouver City Council. In choosing a new member, the sitting councilors employed a civil and logical process. The result was the appointment of Laurie Lebowsky, a planner with Clark County, to fill the vacancy for Position 1. Scott Campbell had been elected posthumously to the post in November, leaving other council members to choose a replacement.
Starting from a list of 56 applicants, the six council members each chose their top 15 candidates, and that was used to narrow the field to six. Councilors then publicly interviewed the candidates before voting. After the first two nominations fell short of the required four votes, Lebowsky was chosen by a 4-2 count. In the process, council members demonstrated a fair-minded attention to detail that served the public well. Congratulations are warranted for Lebowsky, and cheers go to the other council members.
Jeers: To mining near Mount St. Helens. U.S. Forest Service officials have consented to a proposed mining project adjacent to the national volcanic monument. Approval of permits for mining exploration by Ascot USA Inc. remains up to the Bureau of Land Management, but consent from the Forest Service was necessary for the project to move forward.
While we oppose the project, believing that it would be detrimental to the ecology of the area, the process for approval deserves kudos. Proposals deserve fair consideration rather than an automatic rejection; due process does not mean you always get the result you seek, but that both sides are heard. That being said, we hope the project is rejected in the final assessment.
Cheers: To Washington State University Vancouver. Administrators at Clark County’s four-year university are preparing for the next stage of growth and updating the school’s master plan. Formally established as a branch of Washington State University in 1989, the campus has demonstrated steady growth; it now serves about 3,300 students on its Salmon Creek campus, which opened in 1996.