MONDAY, JAN. 14 2008
West Vancouver Barracks
In nearly rain-shortened ceremonies today, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Rep. Brian Baird presided over the transfer from the U.S. Army of nearly 12 acres of Vancouver Barracks, known as West Vancouver Barracks.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Chris Ingram presented the official deed to the property and buildings to Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard.
The deed acquisition of the west portion of the historic barracks has been a seven-year project, according to Vancouver Historic Reserve Trust president and CEO Elson Strahan.
The property will be developed to serve the arts, education and hospitality, says Strahan. The owner is the City of Vancouver, and the reserve trust holds the master lease to develop that barracks area similar to how it has developed Officers Row, north of the now city-owned barracks.
Development is a joint effort among the reserve trust, city of Vancouver and National Park Service.
Sen. Patty Murray, National Park Service Fort Vancouver superintendent, Rep. Brian Baird and Mayor Royce Pollard discuss future of West Vancouver Barracks today after 12 federal acres were turned over to the City of Vancouver.
Michael Williams joins Port of Ridgefield
Michael Williams has joined the Port of Ridgefield as marketing and communications manager, reports port executive director Brent Grening.
Williams succeeds Jordan Meade, who left to become public relations director for the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Williams, a long-time Clark County resident, brings over 20 years of marketing and business communications experience to the port. He has worked for Intel, FLIR Systems, First Independent, Biggs Insurance and Izzy’s Pizza. As a former partner with the Vancouver firm ScreenWrights, Williams worked on projects for Tidewater Barge, C-TRAN, Officers Row, Vancouver Housing Authority and the City of Vancouver.
The International Association of Business Communicators and the American Public Transportation Association have recognized Williams’ creative work.
Azumano Travel awarded
Portland-headquartered Azumano Travel has been awarded an exclusive contract to provide Internet travel services for the State of Washington, reports Sho Dozono, president and CEO of the travel services company.
The actual internet travel service for state offices will be handled by the Vancouver Azumano office, which opened in 1990, Dozono reported.
Azumano already had a similar contract with the State of Oregon.
“There has been an increasingly high level of interest in the use of self-booking travel products for speed, efficiency, convenience and cost savings,” Dozono says..
Clark College Running Start
High school sophomores and juniors can learn how to prepare for the Clark College Running Start program during the first of two informational sessions at the college at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the O’Connell Sports Center on the main campus.
The running start program provides college credit courses for high school students, who often are able to graduate from high school and with a two-year college degree simultaneously.
According to Clark’s Running Start manager Linda Calvert, the winter quarter of 2008 is shaping up as the most successful in the history of the college’s Running Start program, with just over 1,000 students registered.
Because of the interest in the program, a second informational night has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24.
Bothel company opens
Bothel-based DRS Inc. has open a 21,000-square-foot shop at the Port of Ridgefield, according to port executive director Brent Grening.
The company, which also has a shop in Portland, provides custom services for commercial and residential construction sites, including job site cleanup, internal dust collection and debris recycling. The company will employ 15 persons at the Ridgefield site.
The Vancouver City Council meets in a workshop session at 4 p.m. today. On the agenda is a report from Michael Kissinger, Bravo! Vancouver, and producer of the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, on the Vancouver-Dubrovnik International Jazz Festival. <> The Vancouver City Council will consider a consent agenda at 6 p.m. today. One of the items on the agenda is a report from David Hunt, executive director of the Columbia River Channel Deepening Project <> The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees meets at 6 p.m. this evening in the Washougal Community Center, 1661 C Street, Washougal. <> The Neighborhood Associations of Clark County meets at 7 p.m. this evening in the Clark County Public Works Conference Room, 4700 NE 78th Street. <> The Building Industry Association’s annual membership meeting and dinner is at 7 p.m. this evening in the Hilton Vancouver, Washington. <> Clark Public Utilities’ commissioners meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. <> The West Coast Bank is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the downtown West Coast Bank office, 500 Broadway. To make reservations, go to www.givelife.org. <> Clark County commissioners meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.
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