WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2008

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Renata Fusso presented Gen. George
C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award

Renata Fusso, Skyview High School senior, who also is in the Running Start program at Clark College, yesterday was presented the 2008 Gen. George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award by Vancouver mayor Royce Pollard.

Mayor Royce Pollard, left, presents Renata Fusso with 2008
General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. 
Barbara Kerr photo

Fusso is a member of the Clark County Youth Commission, which nominated her for the award. Fusso also volunteers at a nursing home, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, Friends of Trees and the Steps Leadership Team of Clark County. Earlier, she received the Girl Scout Gold Award for developing a Web site to promote healthier lifestyle choices for teenagers.

As the Marshall Youth Leadership honoree, Fusso received a $1,000 scholarship and other gifts, including a biography of General Marshall. Fusso plans to study nursing at the University of Portland in the fall.

The Marshall Youth Leadership Award is presented by Celebrate Freedom, a program of the Vancouver National Historic Trust. ShinEtsu was this year's presenting sponsor.  

Prosecuting attorney to lead
discussions on Cowlitz MOU

Clark County commissioners have called for three public meetings to obtain public comment on the invalidated 2004 memorandum of understanding between the county and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe that limited the financial and environmental impacts of the proposed Cowlitz Casino Resort near La Center on I-5.

The 2004 MOU was invalidated by the state Land Use Hearings Board, partly because it lacked sufficient public input.

Troy Rayburn, spokesperson for the commissioner’s office, says that the commissioners are looking for ways of improving the first memorandum of understanding.

County chief deputy prosecuting attorney Curt Wyrick will lead the discussions in meetings at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the La Center High School Commons, 725 Highland Road, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Maple Grove Middle School, 12500 NE 199th Street, Battle Ground, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street.

The original MOU can be seen by going to www.clark.wa.gov, and clicking on Cowlitz Casino.

Sales tax hike would update emergency
communications systems to digital

Clark County voters will have an opportunity to bring Clark County’s 11-year-old analog emergency communications system into the digital age by approving a one-tenth of a cent sales tax increase at the countywide special election Tuesday, April 22.

Current analog communications systems, including television and radio, are being phased out over the next four years.

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, which runs the 9-1-1 system in Clark County, would oversee the change over to digital communications used by 2,500 responders and dispatchers throughout the county and in the county’s seven cities. 

The proposed new system would take up to four years to install at a total cost of $45 million. The sales tax increase would raise about $6 million a year.

Sleeping your way to success
is WSU Vancouver lecture topic

Gregory Belenky, director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University Spokane, presents “Sleeping Your Way to Success: Understanding Sleep in a 24/7 Society” in the first of a series of Chancellor’s Seminars at Washington State University Vancouver at noon Friday, April 4.

The $30 seminars are being held in the Firstenburg Student Commons on WSU Vancouver’s Salmon Creek campus.

To reserve tickets by Friday, March 28, call 694-2588.

News briefs

The deadline for submitting applications for a full-term on the Vancouver Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is Tuesday, April 1. For further information, call Jan Bader, 735-8870, or go to www.cityofvancouver/boards. <> Use of snow tires has been extended one week, to Saturday, April 5, by both Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.


The annual meeting of Vancouver's Downtown Association is 5 to 8 p.m. this evening in E. B. Hamilton Hall in the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes Road in Vancouver Barracks. <> The C-TRAN Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. this evening in C-TRAN administrative offices, 2425 NE 65th Avenue. 

Headlines Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ridgefield woman's son confirmed dead in Iraq--Columbian, Dean Baker

Cougars are comfortable as underdogs--a good thing vs. UNC--Washington Post, Liz Clarke

Independent grocer Scott Kooistra plans improvements for his IGA store in St. Johns when Fred Meyer abandons Fourth Plain site--Columbian, Cami Joner

Gregoire says light rail puts I-5 bridge proposal on right fiscal tracks--Columbian, Kathie Durbin

Tickets for Share concert fundraiser still available--Columbian

Boyd Coffee set to go fourth--Columbian, Jonathan Nelson

Vancouver Housing Authority approves 10-year program--Columbian

Geothermal plant wins land-use permit in near Klamath Falls--Oregonian, AP

Washington State's superdelegates sticking with Clinton--for now--Seattle P-I, Gregory Roberts

Thousands in Baghdad protest Basra assault--New York Times, James Glanz and Graham Bowley

Stocks fall n back-and-fourth session--New York Times, AP

North Korea expels all South Korean officials--New York Times, Choe Sang-Hun

Oil jumps as an attack on an Iraqi pipeline slows exports--USA TODAY, AP, John White

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Thursday on the Air

Northwest Indian News—4 p.m. FVTV
North Carolina vs. WSU (live)—4:25 p.m. KOIN-TV, KFXX
Clark County Board of Health (3/26)—4:30 p.m. CVTV
Cooking with Class—5:30 p.m. FVTV
Clark County Land Use Hearings (live)—6 p.m. CVTV
Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco (live)—7 p.m. FSN
Portland Blazers at Golden State (live)—7:30 p.m. TNT, KXL

Vancouver Land Use Hearings (3/18)—11 p.m. CVTV

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

Town Tabloids and the weather

Bob Durgan opining for appreciative audience. <> Pat McDonnell getting peer plaudits. <> Kristy Weaver taking names. <> Paul Quimbly answering 100th anniversary questions.<> Bob Schwarz putting party together. <> Thursday, early cold showers, afternoon sun breaks, 36-48. Friday, gnarly March rain, possible thunder storms, 37-47. Saturday, mostly rain, snow in some places, 32-49.  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

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

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
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, 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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