FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

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Clark Public Utilities saves $3 million
on power purchases in June

Clark Public Utilities saved about $3 million in power purchases during the month of June, according to utility energy resources director Pat McGary.

McGary says that the late arrival of warm weather this year produced an abundance of hydroelectric power from the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. At the same time the region’s wind turbines, capable of producing twice as much power as they did a year ago, have also been turning out kilowatts.

The result was a glut of power that provided some good opportunities for power purchases.

According to McGary: “Some deals were so good that several days last month we were actually paid money to take power during off-peak hours. That’s because more power was being produced than could be used. The transmission lines to California were full, and there wasn’t room behind the reservoirs behind the dams to hold excess water.”

Additional power cost savings are expected in July and August, compared to our projected costs, McGary said.

“That should help a bit later this year when we’ll most likely be paying higher-than-expected prices for natural gas to fuel the River Road generating plant,” McGary concluded.  


Biker Rally next door to Hot July Nights

Vancouver's first Baby Boomer Biker Rally, being conducted under the watchful eye of Vancouver entrepreneur Paul Winters, is today and tomorrow, July 19, just off Columbia Street two blocks south of Hot July Nights in Esther Short Park.

There is no charge for the general public, according to Winters, who says there could be from 200 to 1,000 motorcycles at the event.

In addition there will be at least 28 vendors and three custom motorcycle vendors.

Hot July Nights features Peter Frampton this evening, the Beach Boys Saturday, July 19, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Sunday.

Admission to Hot July Nights is $35 today and Saturday, and $5 for single tickets and $10 for family tickets, Sunday, July 20.

Homeless Council awards announced

Tom Iberle is being recognized as a Community Advocate by the Council for the Homeless. Iberle is the volunteer coordinator for the winter shelter program known as WHO. Iberle is also a volunteer coordinator for Friends of the Carpenter and is a member of the Share board of directors.

Named Quiet Hero is Ken Burris, Clark College work-study student at the Emergency Shelter Clearinghouse.

Two were named Community Partners by the council. They are Peggy Sheehan, Community Development manager for the City of Vancouver, who is helping coordinate the ten-year plan to end homelessness, and Karen Evans, Clark County Community Action Program coordinator, who also is helping coordinate the ten-year plan.

Named Community Volunteers are the City of Vancouver employees who raised start-up funds for the Evergreen School District’s Homeless Education Program.

The council also recognized more than 300 concerned citizen volunteers of Project Homeless Connect who helped provide assistance to the homeless throughout the year.

The awards will be made during the Homeless Council’s Hope and Action recognition luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 26, in the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For further information about the $35 luncheon, call Kelly Adams, 993-9571.

Portland’s sandbox at Pioneer Square
benefits Vancouver’s Kids on the Block

Yoshida’s Sand in the City, in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland this weekend, is one of the primary financial supporters of  Kids on the Block/Powerful Puppetry, which has recently opened a Vancouver headquarters at 13023 NE Highway 99.

Kids on the Block delivers messages about understanding of disabled classmates through puppetry to local school classrooms.

The Pioneer Square sand project will see at least 17 teams building elaborate carvings from 450 tons of sand in a six-hour period that ends at 8 p.m. today. The sand carvings will be on display through 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20.


The musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is being presented by the New Blue Parrot Theatre at 7 p.m. this evening and tomorrow, July 19, in Mountain View High School, 1500 SE Blairmont Street. For ticket information, call 696-1155. <> An award-winning comedy film from the 1930s will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in the Washougal Community Library, 1661 C. Street. <> A used book sale is at the Three Creeks Library, 800 C NE Tenney Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. <> Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library are conducting a used book sale through Sunday, July 20, in the library in Battle Ground Village, 1207 SE Rasmussen Boulevard. <> A fundraising event for 49th District Democratic State Sen. Craig Pridemore is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20, in the home of Brian and Linda Wolfe, 5215 NE 58th Street. For reservations, go to savewolfe@comcast.net. <> The Southwest Washington Blood Program is holding a blood drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, in the Living Hope Community Church, 10702 N 117th Street. 

News of local significance
Friday, July 18, 2008

Metro gives I-5 bridge a tepid go-ahead--Oregonian, Dylan Rivera

Seven candidates in two words: Our future--Columbian, Michael Andersen

Mary White, in purple hair, helps others battle cancer--Columbian, Jeffrey Mize

Vroooom next to the park, Frampton and Beach Boys inside the park--Columbian, Mike Bailey

U.S., Iraq agree to set withdrawal timeline--Washington Post, Dan Eggen and William Branigin

Oil markets search for signs of a bubble bursting--USA TODAY, AP Adam Schreck

Mandela's 90th birthday message: Rich should help poor--USA TODAY, AP

Google, Microsoft, AMD drag down tech stocks--USA TODAY, AP, Joe Bel Bruno\

Jo Stafford dead at 90--New York Times, Stephen Holden

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Friday on the air 

Cleveland at Seattle Mariners (live)—7 p.m. FSN, KFXX
Colorado Springs at Portland Beavers (live)—7 p.m. KKAD

Animal Control Hearings (6/25)—7 p.m. CVTV
Neighborhood Forum on Light Rail (6/4)—8:45 p.m. CVTV
Economics, Comedy and Climate Change (7/11)—10:30 p.m. CVTV
Army News Watch—11 p.m. FVTV

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

Town Tabloids and the weather

Gabrielle Lennartz showing off tranquil retreat. <> Chris Gabriel making guitar sing. <> Nancy Simmons-Cheri Martin competition flourishing. <> Eleanor Glorioso getting lensful. <> Judy Fuller predicting warm sun, cool comfortable evenings. <> Kermit Macaulay has a line on a talk box. <> Terry Pace awash in accolades. <> Friday, a.m. sprinkles, mostly sunny, 56-75. Saturday, mostly sunny, 55-82. Sunday, sunny, 58-83.  Click here for additional local weather information.

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Ryan Smith, 773-5789
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Normandeau Associates, Karen Ciocia and Kent Snyder, 694-2300
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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
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Quality Window Washing, Dave Beecher, 256-7370

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