Schwabe’s Vancouver office
grows commercial litigation practice
As an associate, John Davis
recently joined the Vancouver office of the regional law firm
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he will continue to help grow the
firm’s commercial litigation expertise.
“We are very excited to have John join
the team in Vancouver and look forward to putting his commercial
litigation expertise to work for the firm’s clients,” says Mark
Long, managing partner at Schwabe.
Davis assists in litigation ranging
from property disputes to construction defects to insurance, and
includes as well transactional work involving corporate, municipal,
and employment law. He has also participated in numerous appellate
cases involving both constitutional and statutory law.
Davis graduated first in his class
from Willamette University College of Law with a juris doctor
degree. He is a Northwest native and is actively engaged in Clark
County. In addition, he has written for publications such as the
Vancouver Business Journal and Willamette Law Online, and
currently authors the
Business Law Blog.
Levy approved with 68
percent “yes” votes
Voters in Clark County have approved a
maintenance and operations levy for Vancouver Public Schools for
every year since 1964.
This levy will provide local support
for basic education and services for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013.
That will make 50 years of continuous support for Vancouver Public
The replacement levy was
overwhelmingly approved, with 68 percent “yes” votes in the first
results released at 8:10 p.m. last night. There are ballots still
being tallied, and final election results will be certified by Feb.
24. A 50 percent majority of “yes” votes is needed for approval.
“We are extremely pleased with the
levy results,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “I want to
thank this community for continuing to support our local schools. I
particularly want to thank the thousands of volunteers who donated
their time and resources to promote the importance of supporting the
children in our community.”
“This replacement levy continues local
support for basic programs and services through the year 2013. We
will indeed have 50 years of continuous support. This is an
unparalleled achievement. I know of no other district in the state
that has this kind of track record,” added Dr. Webb.
Clark County Historical
Museum and WSU Vancouver's DTC program bring Brautigan home
The Brautigan Library, a unique
collection of nearly 400 unpublished manuscripts written by everyday
authors, will soon have a new home in Vancouver thanks to a
partnership between the Digital Technology and Culture Program at
Washington State University Vancouver and the Clark County
John F. Barber, Ph.D., faculty
member in the DTC program at WSU Vancouver, will coordinate students
and a team of local and international volunteers to reopen the
library and continue its mission of connecting writers and readers
of personal narratives.
Barber, a leading Brautigan scholar, is the developer and curator of Brautigan Bibliography and Archive (www.brautigan.net), an interactive, online resource generally acknowledged as the premier information source for the life and works of Richard Brautigan.
Brautigan (1935-1984) was a
Washington-born author who rose to international prominence as the
author said to best capture the zeitgeist of the counterculture
during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is best noted for his
novel Trout Fishing in America (1967), his poetry collection
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster (1968), and his
collection of stories Revenge of the Lawn (1971). Inspired by a
fictional library described by Brautigan in his 1971 novel, The
Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, The Brautigan Library
provides everyday writers a public shelf where their unpublished
manuscripts, free of restrictions on content or quality, are
available for anyone to read.
“The Brautigan Library is not about
publishing, or even literature. It's about people telling their
stories in a democratic way. It is a very public home for personal
narratives in a digital age,” says Barber.
The library will become a permanent
collection of the Clark County Historical Museum in the former 1909
Andrew Carnegie library building in downtown Vancouver. Future plans
call for the library to reopen as a permanent, interactive
collection, according to Susan Tissot, executive director of
the Clark County Historical
“There is international interest in
The Brautigan Library, both as a historical idea and an attraction
for Vancouver,” says Barber. “We are planning research activities,
conferences, exhibits and creative activities as part of the
community outreach focus of our partnership with the Clark County
This idea ties in nicely with the
mission of the Clark County Historical Museum, according to Tissot.
“This is a very exciting addition to our permanent collections in
that it highlights our mission of collecting, preserving and
interpreting the cultural history of the Pacific Northwest, along
with providing educational opportunities for the public. Richard
Brautigan is a native son, a rather famous one, and we look forward
to promoting his vision for a very public library through this
interactive partnership with the DTC Program at WSU Vancouver.”
The Brautigan Library was first opened
in 1990 in Burlington, Vt., by Todd R. Lockwood, a Brautigan fan.
True to Brautigan's vision, the library accepted manuscripts from
authors keen to tell their stories.
The decision to relocate The Brautigan
Library to Vancouver comes after two years of negotiations with the
estate of the late author. The library has been in storage since
To visit the website for The Brautigan
Library, go to
Local singer and rising star Katelynne Cox, 15, is the featured cover-girl of the Supermodel Unlimited February edition. Cox, a La Salle Catholic College Preparatory student, was also featured in the December issue of the magazine as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful up-and-coming stars. On Monday, Coz returned from the Grammy Awards, where she participated in the Supermodels Unlimited after-party as a celebrity guest model. This week, she is in Nashville, Tennessee, finishing the recording of her new album, which is set to be released this June. Katelynne’s new website will go live on Sunday, Feb. 14, at www.katelynnecox.com.
Southwest's Heart and Vascular Center will host nationally renowned author and lecturer Joe Piscatella at a free community presentation, "Positive Mind, Healthy Heart." The event, for those who are struggling to make healthful changes in their life, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive. Seats may be reserved at www.swEvents.org or by calling 514-2190. Piscatella will sign books following the presentation. <> Burgerville in Orchards, 10903 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., is having its Burgerville Partnership Night between 5 and 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 10. Ten percent of the proceeds raised during this time will be donated to Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF). For more information on EOCF’s programs, visit www.eocfwa.org. To view Burgerville’s menu and learn more about Burgerville, visit www.burgerville.com.
La Center City Council meets from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Feb.10, in Council chambers. <> Loaves and Fishes will be serving hot meals to senior citizens from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the La Center Community Center, 1000 E 4th Street.
Wednesday on the air
Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners (2-9)--4:30 p.m. CVTV
Town Tabloids and the weather
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