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Automotive professor Mike Godson awarded L1 Master Technician of the Year award

Automotive technology professor Mike Godson (second from left) received the L1 Master Technician of the Year award from ASE and Motor Age Training for receiving the highest score on the national L1 (advanced engine performance) exam. Presenting the award at the ASE board meeting in November were (from left) Joe Torchiana, ASE board chair, James Hwang, national brand manager, Motor Age Training, and Tim Zilke, ASE president. (Photo courtesy Advanstar Communications, Inc.)

The honors continue for Clark College automotive technology professor Mike Godson, who was the highest scorer among nearly 15,000 people on the national L1 (advanced engine performance) exam. In recognition of his achievement, Godson was awarded the L1 Master Technician of the Year award by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Motor Age Training during the ASE board meeting held Nov. 18-19 in New Orleans.

This is the second honor Godson received in recognition of his performance on the exam. In July, he was named Educator of the Year during the 2009 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference for excelling on all ASE automotive tests (A1-A8) and the L1 exam.

Godson, who heads the automotive department at Clark, is a Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) instructor, a chairperson on the Toyota T-TEN national advisory council, National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) evaluation team leader, and a Washington Department of Ecology authorized emission specialist. He is ASE master and L1 certified. Godson, who resides in Washougal, has worked in the automotive technician industry since 1978 and has been an instructor at Clark College since 1995.

Commissioners balance budget for 2010 with sharp cuts

The Board of Clark County Commissioners approved a revised budget for 2010, which included cutting $12.5 million from the general fund. By law, the board is required to readopt the two-year budget by the first full week of December.

With the readoption, Clark County has cut its general fund budget three times for a total of 22 percent, or $62 million, since its peak in the 2007-2008 budget. The cuts eliminated 270 positions, or about 15 percent of the county workforce. About half of the jobs were filled.

The readopted budget preserves five of 14 jail custody officer jobs previously slated for elimination, pending the Clark County Custody Officers Guild’s final agreement to forego a 3.25 percent cost-of-living raise in 2010. Giving up the raise would save the county $325,000 next year and provide money to keep five custody officers employed, if approved as currently proposed.

Similarly, Clark County Sheriff’s Office will use a one-time $250,000 grant to keep seven patrol deputies slated for layoffs on the job until March 31 as the county works to complete contract negotiations with the Deputy Sheriff’s Guild. The county could prevent some layoffs if the guild will forego cost-of-living raises for 2009 and 2010. The sheriff would have the authority to use the savings to keep the seven deputies on the road.

The board also asked the director of Community Development, who oversees Animal Control, to generate additional revenues from dog licensing and to work with the Clark County Executive Horse Council on ways to manage issues related to horses.

On the revenue side, the board voted to maintain the one percent general fund property tax increase allowed by law and originally projected for 2010. The total increase is estimated to be about $527,000.

However, the board rejected potential one percent increases in the road fund, conservation futures fund, and metropolitan parks district levy fund. The commissioners agreed to hold the line on spending in those special funds in light of the difficulties currently confronting local property owners.

In an effort to maintain park services, the board passed an emergency resolution raising parking fees from $2 to $3 and raising picnic shelter reservation fees. The board will hold a public hearing on park fees within 60 days, as required by law.

Businesses invited to participate in WSU Vancouver Career Fair

Washington State University Vancouver invites businesses in Southwest Washington and Portland to participate in its 2010 Career and Internship Fair, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 23-25.

The fair will focus on a different collection of jobs and industries each day. Tuesday's job fair will focus on nonprofit and government, Wednesday's fair will focus on general business, and Thursday's fair will focus on science and engineering.

This event is free to employers. Businesses may register online to participate for one or more days by visiting at www.vancouver.wsu.edu/career. For questions, call Christine Lundeen in WSU Vancouver Career Services at 546-9155


Auditions for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, by Charles Busch, is 6:30 Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15, at the Slocum House Theatre, 605 Esther Street. For more information, visit http://www.slocumhouse.com/auditions.htm. <> Vancouver City Council meets for workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a consent agenda meeting, Monday, Dec. 14, in Council chambers. <> Washougal City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in City Council chambers. <> Neighborhood Council of Clark County meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, Public Works Conference Room, 4700 NE 78 Street.

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Forestry family plays key role in creation of nature preserve--Columbian, Erik Robinson

Dozens help family celebrate 19th house built by Evergreen Habitat for Humanity--Columbian, Dave Kern

Radiation from CT scans linked to cancers, deaths--USA Today, Liz Szabo

Banks could heed Obama's call to lend more--if they wanted to--Huffington Post, Shahien Nasiripour

Poll shows mounting toll of joblessness on nation--New York Times, Michael Luo

Burn ban lifted--Columbian, AP

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