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Sally Williams named to
medical center board


Sally E. Williams, a Vancouver Clinic physician, has been appointed to the board of directors of Southwest Washington Medical Center and Southwest Washington Health System, parent company of the medical center.

Williams is an infectious disease medical specialist. An Ohio native, Williams earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. She moved to Portland to complete her residency and fellowship training in infectious disease medicine.

The Medical Center, celebrating its 150th year of service, includes the medical center, health plans, physician practices and other integrated services throughout Clark County.


Economy down;
enrollment up

Challenging economic times have created an enrollment surge at Clark College, officials say.

The winter head count of students has increased more than 11 percent at Clark College, reports president Bob Knight. The total student head count for the current winter quarter has increased from 10,373 last year to 11,356 this year. Full-time equivalent student numbers have increased from 5,790 to 6,433.

Clark is offering three new class options to prepare students for associate degrees in two years.

One of the new programs requires students to attend classes only two days a week. Another program is almost entirely on-line. Last year, over 1,300 students were online students. Students may also earn community college degrees by attending classes only on weekends, one weekend per month.

For further information, go to https://www.clark.edu/online_advising, or elearning @clark.edu.

Vancouver Schools project a $4 million
shortfall based on governor's budget

Vancouver Public Schools superintendent Steve Webb reports that Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget would result in a deficit of approximately $3.8 million for the district in 2009-10. The impact in 2010-11 might be higher.

When the state legislature convenes on Monday, the House and Senate will begin crafting their own versions of the state budget, which currently has a $6 billion shortfall.

In a worst-case scenario, Vancouver schools face a potential loss of $20-24 million in state funding to the district for 2009-10 based on the state Office of Financial Management’s Priorities of Government, according to Webb.

Webb says that the district has no practical way to cut $3.8 million and avoid the loss of direct services to students.

Clark College Mental Health series renewed

Clark College’s “Mental Health Mondays” series, offering insights and advice on social issues, returns this year, opening at noon Monday, Jan. 12, in the Penguin Student Lounge.

The series is free. Guest speaker for the first session is Stephanie Spak, who will discuss behavior, addiction and the brain. For further information, call 992-2921.

Fairgrounds Neighborhood poll
elicits status quo preference

The results of a recent of Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association membership survey showed that those responding favored the status quo by 58 percent rather than becoming part of either Vancouver or Ridgefield.

When asked what city they would like to be a part of if that were the only alternative, 34 percent opted for Ridgefield, 23 percent said Vancouver, 18 percent suggested creating a new city.

The Fairgrounds Neighborhood includes homes and businesses in the vicinity of the I-5, 179th Street interchange.

News briefs

Major Washington state rivers are rapidly rising, including those near Centralia and Chehalis adjacent to Interstate 5 in Lewis county. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, portions of Interstate 5 could be underwater as early as this afternoon. WSDOT crews are monitoring the entire I-5 corridor and will immediately take the necessary measures to close the road if it becomes unsafe for vehicles. Plans for rerouting traffic are also underway. <> Battle Ground School District director of communications Gregg Herrington reports that in November 2007, from a pool of 10,463 students, 3,294 were eligible for free or reduced-price meals, based on family income. One year later, the pool had increased by 118 students to 10,581, but the number eligible for free or reduced-price lunches was up 600 to 3,894.


The first of two Running Start Information Nights at Clark College is at 7 p.m. this evening in the O’Connell Sports Center on the southwest corner of the main campus on Fort Vancouver Way. High school juniors and seniors interested in the accelerated college program are urged to attend. The next session will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan, 21. Further information is available at www.clark.edu/runningstart. <> Vancouver’s Downtown Association meets at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Hilton Vancouver, Washington. On the agenda are community policing activities and election of board officers. <> The Three Creeks Advisory Council meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in Clark Regional Wastewater offices, 8000 NE 52nd Court. Newly elected Clark County commissioner Tom Mielke will be in attendance. Under discussion is planning for the Mill Creek and Highway 99 areas. <> Clark County Communicators are holding a no-host luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Mint Tea, 2306 Main Street. For further information, call Sue Vanlaanen, 699-8835.

Additional Community Calendar Links

  • New! January edition! The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts has published its January newsletter and calendar of events. Click here for the PDF file.

  • Greater Vancouver Chamber Community Calendar:
     Click here

  • City of Vancouver Calendar of Community Events:
    Click here





Today's Headlines

Links to News of local & national significance

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Flood warning issued for
Woodland--Columbian, Craig Brown

Population influx slows--Columbian, Courtney Sherwood

Former state schools superintendent dears for education--Columbian, Tom Koenninger

State deficit looms largest--Seattle Times, AP, Rachael La Corte

$1.2 trillion deficit forecast as Obama weighs options--New York Times, David Stout and Edmund L. Andrews

Stocks fall on earnings gloom--New York Times, Jack Healy

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Tuesday on the air

Clark County Focus (12/21)—4 p.m. CVTV
Oaths of Office: Elected Officials (1/5)—4:30 p.m. CVTV
County Commissioners (1/6)—5:30 p.m. CVTV
Detroit at Portland Blazers (live)—7 p.m. CSN, KXTG
Portland Winter Hawks at Kamloops (live)—7 p.m. KKAD

Clark College Orchestra: Italia—8:30 p.m. CVTV
Clark County Land Use Hearings, (12/11)—10 p.m. CVTV

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Town Tabloids and the weather

Nancy Simmons earning smiley face. <> Sue Vanlaanen putting communicators together. <> Robin Jobe looking forward to driver’s permit. <> Ted Van Arsdol digging up more history. <> Barbara Allen promoting Daybreak party. <> Bridget Schwarz shoveling a foot of snow on the first day of Christmas. <> Gerry Jarvis talking about good health. <> Dane Anderson turning up in New Mexico. <> Wednesday, wind and heavy rain, 54-55. Thursday, continued rain, 37-51. Friday, partly cloudy, 36-45. 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
Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC, 699-1201
Jordan Schrader Ramis PC, Chris Reive 567-3902
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

Boyd Coffee Company, Coffee, tea and food service solutions since 1900. (503) 666-4545
Civil Engineers/Landscape Architects/Land Use Planners

HDJ Design Group, 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
Jean Rahn, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3670
Tom Bashwiner, FAHP, Director of Gift Planning, Historic Reserve Trust (360) 992-1815
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
Credit Unions
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, Helen Devery, 823.6100
Great Western Malting, Jay Hamecheck, director North American Business Development 
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, 360-852-9615
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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