FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008

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WSU Presents Climate Change Panelists

Washington State University Vancouver presents the third in the Chancellor's Seminar Series spring season, entitled "Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?" This campus lunchtime presentation takes place noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Ticket price for each seminar is $30 per person, including lunch and parking. For more information and to register, go to http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/css, call 360-546-9600, or visit http://www.vancouverusa.com to purchase tickets online. Advance registration deadline is today.

In "Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?" George Mount, professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WSU, examines the impact of climate change on policy makers, scientists, conservationists, business owners, and the ordinary citizens.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

James Ballew passes away at 92

Less than two months short of his 93rd birthday, James “Jim” Ballew passed away on April 24, 2008.

Jim was born on June 15, 1915 in Bellefonte, Mo., to Arthur Ballew and Verda Wair Ballew. The family moved to the St. Johns community of Portland in 1917. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Oregon for a couple of years.

During World War II, Jim worked in the Portland Shipyards followed by 40 years with Wonder Bread Bakeries; first, as a salesman and then as a marketing director. Jim was well respected in the grocery industry in Southwest Washington and Oregon. After his retirement he worked part time with his son at Dick and Steve’s Grocery Co.

Jim was a lifelong participant in sports. He enjoyed tennis, fast-pitch softball, bowling and fishing. He continued to play golf through his 90th year.

Jim’s wife, Helen Acklen Ballew, preceded him in death by 27 years. He is survived by his daughter, Jean Tucker of Seattle; son, Richard Ballew, and wife, Jerrie of Vancouver; six grandchildren, David Ballew, Jon Ballew, Nicole Ballew Chang, Eric Tucker, Trent Tucker and Kevin Tucker; five great –grandchildren, Isaac Ballew, Macy Ballew, Carson Tucker, Kali Tucker and Alexander Chang.

Evergreen Memorial Gardens handled the arrangements.

Port to consider two authorization topics

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners will consider two action items, and hear a presentation from the City of Vancouver at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 13.

The meeting is set to begin at 9:30 a.m., in the Commission Room at the port’s administration building, located at 3103 NW Lower River Road in Vancouver.

Action items on the agenda include a request for authorization to solicit bids for laboratory analysis of soil, groundwater, and air samples; and a request for authorization for Executive Director Larry Paulson to sign an amendment to a Port Management Agreement with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Arts & Academics Students present The Sound of Music

An evening of theater will be presented by the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics (VSAA) through May 17. Produced by the Associated Student Body and Leslie Durst, the student production of The Sound of Music involves over half of the VSAA student body. Included are a live orchestra, a lavish student-built set, and a lively pre-show in the courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. Show dates are May 15, 16 and 17 in the Royal Durst Theatre located inside VSAA at 3101 Main St. in Vancouver. The free pre-show open to the public begins at 6 p.m. All performances on the Main Stage begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the VSAA business office. Prices are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students with a current ASB card. For further information, please contact the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics business office at 360-313-4603.

Clark College student Vasile Dediu named semifinalist in the international 2008 "Film Your Issue" competition

Vasile Dediu, a Clark College student, is receiving global attention for his two-minute film through the "Film Your Issue" competition.

"Film Your Issue" is an international initiative and competition to engage global young adults 14 to 24 in pressing social issues via the creation of two-minute films on any issues. The project is in partnership with USA TODAY, MySpace, MTV, the United Nations, the Associated Press, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the NAACP, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Film Institute and other organizations. 

A native of Moldova, Dediu came to Vancouver in February 2008 and enrolled at Clark College for spring quarter.  He is currently studying math while majoring in computer science.

Dediu says computer games have had a great influence on his life:  "At the age of 16, I began to find information about computer games. I found out that virtual worlds are created by using 3D graphics applications."  Dediu studied 3D Studio MAX on his own and, in his words, "understood that 3D animation is a great way to express myself, to create my story."

Dediu added, "This film shows that 'Wish' is a strong power and a strong 'Wish' can change the world."

The winner will receive an award at the Film Your Issue 2008 Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2008.  The ceremony will be co-hosted by Sony Pictures Entertainment, USA TODAY, Best Buy, MySpace Impact, Think MTV and Wells Fargo.

"The LIFE" has also been selected as one of the semi-finalists for public voting online on MySpace, in the running for the FYI-MySpace Audience Award:   http://www.myspace.com/filmyourissue.  The winning film will be featured across the MySpace platforms.  The voting is currently underway, and the deadline is May 13 at 5 p.m. PT.

The film has also been selected by MTV as a semifinalist for its FYI-MTV Audience Award, and it has been posted online for public voting: http://think.mtv.com/groups/FilmYourIssue

The winner will be profiled on MTV News.  This voting is also currently underway, and the deadline is May 13. Vasile Dediu's film "The LIFE" is available online at

Headlines Friday, May 9, 2008

Casino decision in California could set precedent for Cowlitz, Columbian – Jeffrey Mize

Ridgefield settles open meetings act lawsuit, Columbian -- Stephanie Rice

More local unions vote no confidence against Bergeson, Columbian – Howard Buck

Getting their farm share, Columbian – Michael Andersen & Dean Baker

Trade Deficit Narrows Sharply, New York Times/AP

Man who lost home in Katrina claims $97 million Powerball prize, AP – Melinda DeSlatte

Privacy rules vex nursing director, Portland Tribune – Peter Korn

Region proves ideal for Agave, Vancouver Business JournalJodie Gilmore

 Friday eye-opener: LeBron’s Misery, USA Today

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Friday on the Air

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (5/6)—4:00 p.m. CVTV
Clark County Board of Health (4/23)—6 p.m. CVTV
Clark County Animal Control Hearings (3/26)—7 p.m. CVTV
Clark County/Cowlitz Tribe Memorandum of Understanding Public Meeting (4/7)--9:30 p.m. CVTV

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

Town Tabloids and the weather

Paul Donahue rallying the revelers. <> Lori Williams rallying the troops. <> Tauf Charneski cruising the strip. <> Kate Jobe seeking her signature. <> Sherri Falkner bringing the merriment. <> Gene Lynch pontificating. <> Michelle Golder taking names. <> Friday, look out the window! It’s gorgeous! 43-68. Saturday, partly cloudy, 48-65. Sunday, chance of showers, 45-62. Click here for additional local weather information.

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