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New Columbia Crossing Coalition
going for possible new federal dollars

A new Columbia Crossing Coalition of Washington and Oregon businesses and business-related organizations, including the ports of Vancouver and Portland, has been organized to promote and find financing for the already envisioned
  12-lane, plus light rail Columbia River connection between Vancouver and Portland on Interstate 5, according to former Washington State Rep. Bill Fromhold,
co-executive director of the coalition.

At stake may be a massive infusion of federal money aimed at helping fix the economy through public works projects. Initial board members of the new coalition are
Larry Paulson, executive director, Port of Vancouver, Bill Wyatt executive director, Port of Portland, Ginger Metcalf executive director Identity Clark County and Sandra Mc Donough, Portland Business Alliance.According to Fromhold, representatives from business, labor and community groups in Washington and Oregon are joining to form this non-profit coalition.

It is expected to be financed through support organizations.
The original Columbia Crossing Coalition completed its work with proposed designs for the crossing and has become known as the Project Sponsors Council and is co-chaired by Washington State University Vancouver chancellor, Hal Dengerink, co-chair of the original organization.

Parks Foundation awarded $3,000 Wal-Mart grant

The Parks Foundation has received a $3,000 Wal-Mart Community Giving Program Grant in support of the 10
th Annual Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association Kids Christmas Party.The party will be held at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School, located at NE 104th Street and NE 23rd Avenue, on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6-8 p.m. Last year’s party welcomed 474 children.

Event organizer and neighborhood association president
Bud Van Cleve anticipates more than 500 children will attend this year. In addition to a wrapped gift for each child, the party includes photos with Santa Claus, tree decorating, craft tables, face-painting, and refreshments. Organizers said the event is made possible through the generosity of many local businesses and community members. The neighborhood association is seeking donations of cash and/or wrapped gifts marked “boy” or “girl” and age.

Volunteers are also needed on the night of the event. For more information, please contact Bud Van Cleve at

Northern Concepts honored by Camas-Washougal Chamber

Northern Concepts LLC, founded in 2006 by Camas native
Jon Russell, was the first to be recognized through the Camas-Washougal Chamber’s new “Business of the Week” program. Northern Concepts LLC provides promotional services, including direct mail, television advertising, fundraising, and event planning.  

Russell, a Camas City Councilmen, and his wife run the business out of their home in Camas. Recently, the duo put on the Harvest for the Hungry fundraiser for the Interfaith Treasure House Food Bank. The Interfaith Treasure House has served the local community since 1970 and is the major local organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate in their own backyard. The Interfaith Treasure House has a thrift store, food bank and many outreach programs. 

Northern Concepts is in the process of restructuring the business for the New Year.
“We will have an announcement in February,” said Russell “We will be expanding into new markets outside of retail businesses & non-for-profit organizations.”

Clark County Fire & Rescue to host holiday celebration

Clark County Fire & Rescue will host a community holiday celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the
Ridgefield Community Center located at 210 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Community members are invited to enjoy hot cocoa, cider, and donuts while listening to live holiday music.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 p.m. via a Clark County Fire & Rescue engine. All visiting children will receive a gift bag and will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa.

The event is sponsored by the Donut Nook, the CCF&R Volunteer Association, IAFF Local 3674, and the Dollar Tree for their generous support of this event. For additional information, call 360-887-4609 or visit www.clarkfr.org.


  • 12/13--St. Joseph Catholic Church presents a live Biblical Christmas Story as part of its day-long Advent Festival Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. in the church at 400 Highland Drive. An exhibit of Madonnas will be shown in the church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Choir International performs from 1 to 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a presentation of the Rosary. Following a 5 p.m. mass, participants are invited to go caroling with parishioners.

  • 12/16Rescheduled Meeting: The Vancouver Library Capital Facility Area Board will meet on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. (meeting was previously scheduled for December 9) in the Clark County Commissioners Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Washington, for review and approval of the final design for the new main library.

Additional Community Calendar Links

  • The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts has published its December 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






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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

Columbian's News Map: Find news in your area

Vandalism closes Vancouver skate/sports park--Columbian, Craig Brown

Police release composite sketch of payday loan robber--Columbian, Laura McVicker

Clark County home sales down sharply--Columbian, Cami Joner

Good deed is child's play--Columbian, Scott Hewitt

Oil demand down for the first time since 1983--New York Times, Jad Mouwad

Obama says he never spoke to governor on Senate seat--New York Times, Jack Healy

Google blesses Chrome as official product--PCNews.com

Late Neandertals and modern human contact in Iberia--ScienceDaily.com

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4:30 p.m. Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners

7:30 p.m. Clark County Board of Commissioners (11-26-08)
9 p.m. Clark County Board of Commissioners - Stormwater Hearing (12-8-08)

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Greg Duplessie bouncing. <> Cheri Martin spreading cheer.<> Derrick DeLay handing out treats.<> Jennifer Werdel stocking up.<> Kelly Walsh not surprised. <> Keith Wallace coming out of hiding. <> Wednesday, chance of rain, 37-45. Thursday, fog, cooler 35-43. Friday, rain arriving in earnest, chance of snow possible late 32-45.

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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
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Earl C. (Duke) Simpson, DDS, PS, 993-0300
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RSV Construction, Ron Frederiksen, 693-8830
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Prestige Development, Elie Kassab, 993-0010
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Mackay & Sposito, Jon M. Yamashita, 695-3411
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O'Neill & Associates, Paula Johnson, 606-2961
Home and Small Business Computer Repair
Ryan Smith, 773-5789
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Keenan Insurance Services, Brandon M. Keenan, 213-1500
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First Pacific Associates, Mark Martel, CFP, (360) 254-2585

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JD White BERGER/ABAM Engineers, Helen Devery, 823.6100
Great Western Malting, Jay Hamecheck, director North American Business Development 
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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
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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
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