THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2007

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Highway 99 planning continues this week
with van tours Friday, forum next Thursday

As part of the development of a new plan for Hazel Dell’s Highway 99 strip, Clark County Planning has scheduled 90-minute van tours of the Highway 99 area at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and is holding a day-long design forum that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the First Church of God, 3606 E 78th Street.

Registration is required for the van tours as well as the forum. For further information, call Colete Anderson, 397-2280, extension 4516.

At issue is the creation of a sub-area plan for the Hazel Dell Highway 99 area between NE 63rd and NE 134th Streets. Elements of the plan to be developed are a vision for the area, design standards, zoning and proposed improvements.

Clark College's quest for an historic first

With a decision expected in mid-October, Clark College and the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission of Portland are expanding their efforts to bring the first ever presidential debate to the Pacific Northwest.

Clark College president Bob Knight said, “We have received outstanding support on behalf of our bid. Our steering committee members include congressman Brian Baird, Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard and Jim Jacks, Southwest Washington representative for Gov. Chris Gregoire. We received a letter of support from George R. Boggs, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. And all nine members of our Washington State legislative delegation signed a letter of support.”

Knight noted that if the bid is successful, “It would mark the first time that a presidential debate has been sponsored by a community college.”

Mark Kirchmeier, project director for the presidential debate bid, said, “The Pacific Northwest is the sole American region never to have hosted a presidential debate. This is the only application in recent years, and perhaps the only one in debate commission history, from a metropolitan region representing two states.”

According to Knight and Kirchmeier, the Oregon Convention Center would host the debate, with Clark College providing the focal point for a rich “Debate Month” of national-level speakers, symposia and Commission on Presidential Debates “Debate Watch” events for students from throughout the metropolitan Vancouver-Portland area.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is expected to announce the debates sites shortly after their Oct. 15 or Oct. 22 board meeting.

Historical museum presents
free Harvest Fun Day Saturday

Pie eating and corn shucking contests are highlights of the fourth annual Clark County Historical Museum Harvest Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

The free event includes folk music, displays of antique farm equipment, museum exhibits, and demonstrations, including pumpkin decorating and scarecrow construction.

To pre-register for contests, call 993-5679.

News briefs

Notices that the second half of 2007 Clark County property taxes and lighting assessments are due have been mailed to property owners. Most residential property taxes are paid through mortgage companies, but for those who pay taxes separately, the second half of the year’s property taxes is due by Wednesday, Oct. 31. Taxpayers who did not get a notice from the county Treasurer’s Office should call county treasurer Dave Lasher, at 397-2252. Payments for second half property taxes may be made at any bank branch of First Independent. <> Riverview Bancorp quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share will be paid on October 15, 2007, to shareholders of record September 30, 2007. “A cash dividend is a tangible way for Riverview’s shareholders to benefit from the company’s continued growth,” said Pat Sheaffer, Chairman and CEO. “This is our 40th consecutive quarterly cash dividend and represents an annualized yield of 2.80% based on the recent price.” Riverview Bancorp has assets of $832 million, and had 18 branches, including ten in Clark County. <> The 2008 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Clark County, will be held in Felida neighborhood. It will be the first time in over a decade the Parade of Homes has been held in Vancouver. 


Vancouver Lake’s present and future are being explored at the Forum at the Library at 7 p.m. this evening in Library Hall of the Vancouver Community Library, 117 E Evergreen Boulevard. Speakers represent the Vancouver Lake Task Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There is no admission charge. <> Arts Equity presents Edward Albee’s Seascape at 8 p.m. this evening, tomorrow, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Main Street Theatre, 606 Main Street. Tickets are $10 to $24. For further information, call 695-3770.

Headlines Thursday, Sept. 20

Bob Laws' bonsai bonanza--Columbian, Mike Bailey

Officials criticize Cowlitz strategy--Columbian, Jeffrey Mize

Plan to build homes on Swift Reservoir OK'd--Columbian, Don Hamilton

Six tips fr smart investing--Columbian, Julia Anderson

Rebirth of the electric car--New York Times, David Pogue

Prize-winning rabbit stolen from Vancouver boy--KATU, AP

Washington's personal income growth tops 48 other states--Seattle Times, Drew DeSilver

Canada's "loonie" reaches parity with U.S. dollar, Seattle Times, AP, Bob Gillies

Euro reaches all-time high against dollar--New York Times, Carter Dougherty

Where military rules don't apply--Washington Post, Steve Fainaru

Stocks decline (Dow down 48.86) after mixed earnings reports--USA TODAY, AP, Madlen Read

Iraq Coalition Casualties

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Thursday on the Air

   Northwest Indian News—3 p.m. FVTV
   Video Voters Guide—5:30 p.m. CVTV
   Vancouver City Council Workshop 9/10)—6 p.m. CVTV
   Cooking With Class—6 p.m. FVTV
   Animal Control Hearings (9/12)—6:45 p.m. CVTV
   Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles (live)—7 p.m. FSN, KFXX
   Vancouver City Council Position 6 Candidates—9 p.m. CVTV
   Vancouver City Council Position 5 Candidates—9:15 p.m. CVTV
   Vancouver City Council Position 4 Candidates—9:45 p.m. CVTV
   Port of Vancouver Commission Candidates—10:15 p.m. CVTV
   City  Minutes (9/9)—10:45 p.m. CVTV
   Clark County Board of Health (9/4)—11:30 p.m.. CVTV

CVTV programming on demand: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cvtv/cvtvindex.asp

Town Tabloids and the weather

John White perceptions prove prophetic.<> Wally Hornberger at work full-time, in tennis shoes. <> Mat McCudden getting free pass. <> Tamara Honeycutt promoting Aware Banquet <> Susan Tissot working up album of scarecrows. <> Thursday, partly cloudy, 70. Friday, mostly sunny, 76. Saturday, early showers, 66. Click here for additional local weather information.

For weather facts click on Pat Timm's Weather blog below

Caley & Associates, James Caley CPA, 695-0065
Peterson & Associates, P.S., Certified Public Accountants, 574-0644
Tax Advisors, PLLC, CPAs Property Tax/Cost Segregation 750-6884
Advertising Agencies
Canal Road. A new order in Advertising. Carol Lindstrom & Dana Larson. (503) 227-1191

Brian R. Heurlin, 750-7547
Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC, 699-1201
Miller Nash LLP. Steve Horenstein, 699-4771
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Lisa Lowe, 694-7551
LSW Architects PC, Building Stronger Communities Through Design, 694-8571

Bank of America, 696-5641
Bank of Clark County, 993-2265
First Independent Bank, 699-4200
West Coast Bank, 695-3439

Beauty and Wellness
Iduhair & Company Salon Retreat, Celinda Rupert, 735-1249
Civil Engineers/Landscape Architects/Land Use Planners
Hopper Dennis Jellison, PLLC, Gregory P. Jellison P.E. 695-3488

Charitable Gift Planning

Barbara Chen CFP, Clark College Foundation, (360) 992-2659
Sarah Nevue, The Community Foundation, (360) 694-2550
Dale Simison, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3182
Elson Strahan, CFRE, President, Historic Reserve Trust (360) 992-1835
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Earl C. (Duke) Simpson, DDS, PS, 993-0300
Construction Management and Development
Andersen Construction Co., Inc. Bob Durgan, (503) 720-5234
RSV Construction, Ron Frederiksen, 693-8830
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Columbia Credit Union, 891-4000
iQ Credit Union, 992-4242
Killian Pacific LLC, 567-0625
Prestige Development, Elie Kassab, 993-0010
Engineering, Planning and & Surveying
Mackay & Sposito, Jon M. Yamashita, 695-3411
Human Resources Consultation
O'Neill & Associates, Paula Johnson, 606-2961
Home and Small Business Computer Repair
Ryan Smith, 773-5789
Insurance Services
Keenan Insurance Services, Brandon M. Keenan, 213-1500
Investment and Retirement Planning

First Pacific Associates, Mark Martel, CFP, (360) 254-2585

Land Use, Natural Resources, Public Involvement, Engineering
JD White BERGER/ABAM Engineers, John White, 696-1338
Public Involvement and Natural Resources
Normandeau Associates, Karen Ciocia and Kent Snyder, 694-2300
Public Relations

Hunt Communications Tom Hunt, 693-8180
KMac & Associates LLC, Kathy McDonald, 607-8959
Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Commercial Wally Hornberger, 699-4494
NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson, H. Roger Qualman, 699-7181
Retirement and Inheritance Planning
Andy Nygard, CFP, (360) 695-6431
Security Signs, Designed to inform and sell! Carol Keljo, 817-9959
Vancouver Sign Group, lighting up Business since 1923! 693-4773
Speaking and Training
Kathy Condon, Career Communications, 695-4313
Window Washing
Quality Window Washing, Dave Beecher, 256-7370

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