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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 02/23/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to the officer-involved shooting on Feb. 20, 2024.

 

This individual died on 02/20/2024 in Brush Prairie, WA.

The name of the decedent: Gale, Jonathan  Age: 53 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Brush Prairie, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Multiple gunshot wounds of torso

Manner of death:  Homicide

How the injury occurred: Shot by other person(s)

Place of injury: Outside decedent’s RV

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 02/23/2024

Map showing area of trail closure in Lacamas Regional Park, southeast of Round Lake.
Map showing area of trail closure in Lacamas Regional Park, southeast of Round Lake.
Trail to lower falls in Lacamas Regional Park closed (Photo) - 02/22/24

Vancouver, Wash. – For the safety of park visitors, the Parks and Lands division of Clark County Public Works has closed sections of trail in Lacamas Regional Park, near Round Lake. The footbridge located on the trail to the lower falls has sustained significant structural damage and will need to be removed and replaced. This process will take one to two years to complete, including environmental permitting. Fencing will be installed around the closed area and signage will alert visitors to the closure. Currently temporary signs, barricades and caution tape mark the closed area. Trail users can still access the lower falls via open trails. Visitors are reminded to never enter areas closed off by barricades, signs, cones, tape, fencing or other barriers, for their safety. To protect the area’s valuable ecosystem and visitor safety, visitors are also reminded to never follow unofficial trails or create their own trails or “shortcuts”.

A reopening date is unknown. Updates will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/lacamas-regional-park.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 02/22/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to the decedent recovered near the Ridgefield Marina on Feb. 14, 2024.

 

This individual was found on 02/14/2024 in Ridgefield, WA.

The name of the decedent: Silver, Darren  Age: 52 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Ridgefield, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Pending

Manner of death:  Pending

Place of injury: Marina

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Ridgefield Police Department.

Media release issue date: 02/22/2024

Conscious Consumption series offers tips for environmentally friendly lifestyles - 02/22/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is joining Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries for a free educational series highlighting environmentally friendly lifestyles.

Public Health’s Green Neighbors, Green Schools and Composter Recycler programs, along with several other community organizations, will be offering workshops as part of the Conscious Consumption series at the Cascade Park Community Library. The series features workshops and events for residents of all ages to learn about sustainability topics, including food waste reduction, worm bin composting, and sustainable fashion.

Join Public Health at the Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., for the following events: 

  • Saturday Family Fun: 3-4:30 pm Saturday, March 9. Green Neighbors and Green Schools programs invite children to get up close and personal with invertebrates like red worms, spiders and centipedes in a decomposer bingo game and participate in recycling relay stations. 
  • Recycling 101 & Organics 101: 10:30 am-12 pm Saturday, March 16. Public Health partners at the city of Vancouver and Waste Connections explain what items can be recycled in blue curbside carts and what happens to the items after they’re picked up. Participants will also learn about the curbside organics program available in the cities of Vancouver and Ridgefield. 
  • Recycling 201 & Organics 101: 2-3:30 pm Saturday, March 23. Public Health partners at the city of Vancouver and Waste Connections discuss options for recycling, donating and properly disposing of items that are not accepted in curbside recycling carts. Participants will also learn about the curbside organics program available in the cities of Vancouver and Ridgefield. 
  • Cooking with Leftovers: 6-7:30 pm Wednesday, April 3. Creative cooking expert Stacey Tigner-Loy from WSU Clark County Extension SNAP-ED will lead an interactive cooking demonstration and discuss mindful food purchasing, storing and cooking.
  • Trashion Show: 2-3 pm Saturday, May 18. People 12 years and older can create a wearable garment or accessory for the Trashion Show runway or submit artwork for a gallery show. Prizes will be awarded to participants, and all ages are welcome to attend the show. Registration is required for participants only. 
  • Composting with Redworms: 2-3:30 pm Saturday, June 1. Experts from the Composter Recycler program will teach participants how to compost using red worms. Upon completion, participants will have the chance to receive their own worm bin, free of charge.

Visit the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries event calendar for a complete list of upcoming Conscious Consumption events, including a clothing swap and a session that teaches participants how to hand sew. To learn more about recycling, composting and reducing waste at home, visit the Green Neighbors website.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 02/21/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to the vehicle crash on Northeast Risto Road on Feb. 16, 2024.

 

This individual died on 02/16/2024 in Battle Ground, WA.

The name of the decedent: Wicht, Tyler   Age: 20 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Battle Ground, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Multiple blunt force injuries

Manner of death:  Accident

How the injury occurred: Driver of vehicle that crashed

Place of injury: On side of road

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Media release issue date: 02/21/2024

Curtin Creek Community Park development project open house on March 6 - 02/21/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands division, invites residents to an open house to learn more about the development of Curtin Creek Community Park, 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. The 17-acre property is located at 12603 NE 72nd Ave. in Vancouver. 

The park will be developed in two phases, due to funding constraints. The first phase of development will include parking, restrooms, inclusive and natural play areas, a picnic shelter, walking trails, viewpoints and a multipurpose synthetic turf field. Pickleball and basketball courts may also be included in the first phase. Phase two of development will include a second multipurpose field and a second picnic shelter. Construction of phase one is expected to begin in 2025. 

At the open house on March 6, parks staff will share information about the phasing plan in a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to discuss the plan with staff and provide input. Light refreshments will be provided. Residents can attend the presentation in person or online. The in person open house will be in the media center of Prairie High School at 11311 NE 119th St. in Vancouver. Signage will direct attendees to enter through the school’s north entrance. To participate online via WebEx, residents can register on the project webpage. An email reminder with a one-click link to join the meeting will be sent to those who register. Registration is not required, and a link to join the meeting will be posted on the website and available to join once the meeting starts. 

Handouts will be available in Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Meeting interpretation, additional translation and other accommodations can be requested by contacting Lynde Wallick, Parks and Lands Planner, at lynde.wallick@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.5882. 

The phasing plan, presentation documents and other project information will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/curtin-creek-community-park by Feb. 28. A 30-day comment period will also open on Feb. 28. Instructions for submitting comments will be posted on the webpage with the phasing plan. A recording of the open house presentation, presentation slides and handouts will be posted to the webpage within seven business days of the open house. 

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

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First installment 2024 property tax payments due Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 02/21/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper reminds residents that first-installment 2024 property taxes are due April 30. 

Tax statements will be mailed during the week of Feb. 19. If taxpayers are expecting a mailed statement and don’t receive one or have questions, they should visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 564.397.2252 for a duplicate statement.

“Tax statements are mailed to property owners who do not pay through an escrow company, if a homeowner has paid off their mortgage and does not receive a statement, they should contact our office,” Topper said. 

The Treasurer’s Office is recommending taxpayers pay by mail or online. If in-person service is needed, the Treasurer’s Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. The Treasurer’s Office is located in the second-floor Joint Lobby in the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St. A drop box for payments by check is located in the first floor lobby of the Public Service Center.

Topper will open a convenient drive-through drop-off location at the ground floor of the Public Service Center parking structure on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Taxpayers may pay property taxes online from their checking or savings account or using a credit or debit card. Payments from electronic checking and savings accounts are free, while debit card payments incur a $3.95 vendor fee, and credit card payments are assessed a 2.39% vendor fee.

To make a payment, go to www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/payment-options, or call 1.833.440.8685. To register to receive your tax statement electronically and manage your property taxes online, go to https://www.paydici.com/clark-county-wa/search/landing.

Payment transactions must be postmarked by midnight, Tuesday, April 30, 2024, to avoid interest charges.

Tax payments can be mailed to the Clark County Treasurer, PO Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5150. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the return envelope and payment coupon provided with their statement to mail their payments.

County releases 2023 vacant buildable lands model capacity report for public review - 02/20/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Community Planning and GIS departments are releasing for public review the county’s 2023 Vacant Buildable Lands Model (VBLM) capacity report. 

The VBLM is a planning tool developed to analyze residential, commercial and industrial lands within urban growth areas. The model serves as a tool for evaluating urban area alternatives during Comprehensive Growth Management Plan updates and for monitoring growth patterns during interim periods. 

The VBLM analyzes potential residential and employment capacity of each urban growth area based on vacant and underutilized land classifications. This potential capacity is used to determine the amount of urban land needed to accommodate projected population and job growth for the next 20 years during comprehensive plan updates. The county is required to complete the comprehensive plan update by June 30, 2025.

Recent model updates include: 

  • Modifying VBLM logic to calculate capacity based on zoning, 
  • Updating VBLM configuration to reflect allowed residential densities in the yield assumptions, 
  • Incorporating yield estimates from the local jurisdictions, and 
  • Documenting special cases/exceptions to the established logic.

The report is available for review on the county’s website at https://gis.clark.wa.gov/vblm/

County council seeks volunteer for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board - 02/16/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking a community member with expertise in or experience with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities to fill an open position on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board. 

The 10-member advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues. Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

The position is for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2024. This position is eligible for reappointment to another term following the conclusion of this term. Members appointed to the board include people knowledgeable about developmental disabilities or interested in services to persons with developmental disabilities in the community. Individuals with disabilities, family members, members of the business community or other interested individuals are encouraged to apply. There is a specific need on the advisory board for a person with developmental disability.

The Clark County Developmental Disability Advisory Board values diversity and the advisory board has adopted equity as a priority. People identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ2+ as well as other historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, these meetings are held in an in-person/virtual hybrid format.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000, or email to Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov

Application deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

County Council hearing on proposed housing code amendments for unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area set for March 5 - 02/16/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council will consider proposed housing code amendments at a public hearing at 10 a.m. on March 5. 

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Anyone interested can join in person in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. or virtually via Webex. Additional meeting details will be posted on the project web page at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/housing-options-study-and-action-plan.

The council held a public hearing on July 25, 2023, regarding proposed middle housing/single-family housing code amendments and related comprehensive plan text amendments. At the hearing, council requested staff and the project consultants to complete additional work on the code amendments with review and consideration by the Technical Housing Code Forum. Forum meetings were held Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2023.

The related proposed comprehensive plan text amendments were approved by the council at the July 25, 2023, hearing. The comprehensive plan text amendments were needed to insure consistency between the proposed code changes and the county’s current 20-year comprehensive plan. 

The proposed code changes, comprehensive plan text amendments and other project information can be found on the project webpage at www.clark.wa.gov/housingoptions

County council approved the Housing Options Study and Action Plan (HOSAP) in May of 2022 and directed staff to begin working on implementing strategies in the plan. The purpose of the plan is to encourage development of housing that is affordable to a variety of household incomes through the removal of regulatory barriers and/or implementation of other initiatives within the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area. The neighborhoods in this area include Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Felida, Pleasant Highlands, Minnehaha and Orchards. These neighborhoods have urban services that could support diverse housing types, like duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, condominiums, and small-scale apartments, compared to the rural unincorporated areas of the county.

Residents invited to learn about Highway 99 sidewalk project at Feb. 29 open house - 02/15/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works will be constructing a sidewalk along the east side of Highway 99 from the vicinity of Northeast 102nd Street to Northeast 104th Street. A portion of sidewalk will also be constructed on the south side of Northeast 104th Street to connect the project with the existing sidewalk. Completing missing segments of sidewalks is highly desired by residents in the Highway 99 corridor to improve pedestrian mobility and improve streetscapes. 

Residents are invited to learn more about the project at an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29. At the open house, staff will share the draft concept during a presentation from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to review and discuss the plan with staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Residents can attend in person or online. The in-person open house will be in the cafeteria of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School, 2215 NE 104th St. Signage will direct attendees to enter through the doors to the left of the school’s main entrance. The presentation portion of the open house will also be streamed online. To participate in the online portion via Webex, residents can register on the project webpage to receive a one-click link via email to join the meeting. Registration is not required, and information for joining the meeting online will also be posted on the project webpage. 

Handouts will be available in Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Meeting interpretation, additional translation and other accommodations can be requested by contacting Paul Morin, project manager, at paul.morin@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.4394. 

More information about the project can be found on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/hwy-99-sidewalk.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

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County manager seeks volunteer for open seat on Arts Commission - 02/15/24

Clark County is accepting applications to fill an open position on the Clark County Arts Commission. 

The position is for a representative of the local arts education profession. The term begins March 1, 2024, and ends Feb. 28, 2026.

The Arts Commission is made up of 11 volunteers. Each participating city appoints one member, and the county manager appoints three members representing the arts, arts education and business communities. The commission meets at 5:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.

The commission advises and collaborates with the county council and city councils and reports accomplishments to the community. Members advocate for the arts in the community, at public hearings, budget hearings and other public forums.

Anyone wishing to apply should submit a letter and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm, Friday, March 15, 2024.

Learn more about the Clark County Arts Commission at https://www.clarkcountyartscommission.com/

County climate advisory groups to begin meetings - 02/15/24

Joint orientation meeting scheduled for Feb. 21.

Vancouver, Wash. – With the passage of HB 1181 during the 2023 Washington State legislative session, Clark County is now required to add a Climate Change Element to its Comprehensive Plan by June 30, 2025. The new legislation mandates that greenhouse gas reduction and resilience are added into the county’s comprehensive plan, including goals and policies for the county to implement during the 20-year planning period, 2025-2045. Two advisory groups will begin meeting to assist the county in developing its Climate Change Element:

  1. A Community Advisory Group of 20 county residents will be using a consensus-based approach to develop policy recommendations for Planning Commission and County Council consideration.
  2. An Environmental Justice Coalition of 15 local community-based organizations will be collaborating with the county on public engagement activities with those who are at high risk to the impacts of climate change in our community.

These two groups will have a joint orientation meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, starting at 3:30pm. The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom. Computer and phone login information will be posted on the project webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning. The meeting is open to the public. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

After this initial meeting, a regular monthly meeting schedule will be established with each group. 

To learn more about county climate change planning, sign up for project updates, or learn about future advisory group meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The WA Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Scammers target Clark County residents with false jury duty calls - 02/15/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Residents in Clark County are being targeted in a wave of jury duty scams. Superior Court Administration has received more than 20 emails and phone calls from residents in the last week alone. 

Clark County Superior Court and Clark County District Court do not initiate calls about warrants, fines, fees, or other forms of payments for jury service. Clark County Courts would never ask residents for money over the phone. 

Scammers are contacting residents and telling them that they have missed jury service and must either meet with someone or provide banking, credit card, or other information to avoid being jailed. These contacts may occur via phone calls or other methods. 

Most scams involve a resident receiving a call advising they missed jury service and there is a citation for a bench warrant. Below are some examples of the interactions Clark County residents have had with jury scammers:

  • The caller states that a citation must be paid immediately, or the individual will be subject to arrest, or an arrest warrant will be issued. 
  • The caller states that District Court Judge James B. Smith or Judge Chad E. Sleight has issued the individual a warrant for a failure to appear for jury service.
  • The caller may identify themselves as a law enforcement or court deputy and provide a badge number and phone number.  
  • The caller may ask for the person’s name, address or social security number. 
  • The caller may tell the person to stay on the phone and not attempt to disconnect. 
  • The caller may direct the person to meet them with cash or pay for the citation over the phone.

All of these statements are fraudulent. These scammers can be quite convincing, even calling from spoofed Clark County Sheriff’s Office phone numbers at times. 

“If you receive a call from individuals using any of the above tactics, do not give any personal information or pay any sum of money,” said Superior Court Administrator Cheryl A. Stone. “Obtain as much information as you can about the caller and report it to your local police department or the Sheriff’s Office.”

Don't leave tax dollars on the table; learn about property tax exemptions at Feb. 20 and 23 events - 02/14/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Assessor’s office property tax exemption specialists will be available to answer questions and enroll property owners in the county’s property tax relief program at an upcoming public event.

The Tax Exemption Program for senior citizens and people with disabilities can reduce property tax liability for qualifying homeowners. Eligibility is based on age or disability, home ownership, residency, and income. Participants are not required to repay the taxes, and their homes are not subject to property liens. 

Representatives will be presenting information about the program at a Camas City Council workshop, which starts at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The workshop is held at the Camas City Council Chambers, 616 NE 4th Ave.

Exemption specialists will be back on hand to enroll applicants from 9 am to 2:30 pm Friday, Feb. 23, at the Camas City Council Chambers, 616 NE 4th Ave.

To schedule an appointment for the event, call 564.397.2391 or email taxreduction@clark.wa.gov. Walk-ins also are welcome. Homeowners interested in attending should bring photo ID, federal tax return, W-2 and/or 1099, and any deduction documentation. 

Learn more about the program and apply online at https://assessor-property-tax-exemption-program-clarkcountywa.hub.arcgis.com/.

Commission on Aging offers opportunities to advocate for older residents and more livable communities - 02/13/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants for three positions on its Commission on Aging. The commission manages and implements the county’s Aging Readiness Plan and fosters countywide awareness, dialogue and insight into challenges and opportunities for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities.

Positions begin June 1, 2024. Volunteers typically serve three-year terms, which will end May 31, 2027. Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply.

The county is looking for people who can bring:

  • Interest and experience in issues and advocacy for older adults, related to housing; transportation/mobility; supportive services; healthy communities; community engagement; and emergency preparedness which are elements of the Aging Readiness Plan; 
  • Ethnic, cultural, social, and geographic diversity to the group; and
  • Outstanding strategic communication and public speaking skills and experience meeting with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

The Commission is focusing their 2024 work on emergency preparedness. 

The commission meets 3:15-6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, which includes a work session followed by a public meeting with informational presentations/discussions. Additional meetings, review of materials and related tasks may require an extra 10 hours per month. Meetings currently are being held in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual options to attend.

Applicants should submit a résumé and letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, at Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov. Applications also may be mailed to P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

Submission deadline is 5 pm Friday, March 29, 2024.

The Aging Readiness Plan covers access to housing, transportation, health and safety, a variety of lifestyles, support services, and civic or social engagement. For more on the plan and commission, see www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission on Aging to present 2023 Annual Report to council - 02/13/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Commission on Aging will hold a joint meeting with the Clark County Council on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. At the meeting the Commission will present its annual report which highlights accomplishments from 2023.

The Commission on Aging dedicated 2023 to an update of the Aging Readiness Plan followed by a focus on community engagement. The Clark County Aging Readiness Plan assesses the county's readiness to serve as a home for a growing number of older residents. The plan was initially approved in 2012, with an update adopted in September 2023. It includes strategies to improve the community’s capacity to support its growing older population and ultimately benefit all ages.

Following adoption of the plan update, the commission focused the remainder of the year on community engagement for people 60 and older by hosting a three-part speaker series with the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW). The series explored ways the commission can help support an engaged and supportive community where individuals, businesses, and community groups understand best practices for engaging with older adults and where there is community-wide awareness of available aging resources. 

The Feb. 21 meeting will provide the opportunity for commissioners to share with the council and public what they learned. The commission will also outline its 2024 work program, which will focus on emergency preparedness.

Commission on Aging meetings are at 4:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are currently held in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in the sixth-floor Training Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join by phone or computer through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging-meetings

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission meetings are carried on CVTV Channel 23/323 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.   

Public Health offers guidance for Apple Health (Medicaid) clients struggling to access prenatal care - 02/13/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has learned from residents and community partners that pregnant people with Apple Health (Medicaid) insurance may be struggling to find prenatal care in Clark County. Prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy.

All pregnant people deserve prenatal care. Receiving prenatal care early and throughout pregnancy can prevent and reduce the risk of complications for both the birthing parent and the baby. Health care providers can identify and treat problems early when they see the pregnant person regularly.

Public Health recommends the following steps for Apple Health clients who are having difficulty finding prenatal appointments when they need them:

  1. Clients enrolled in managed care should call their Apple Health managed care plan to report that they have not been able to schedule an appointment with a prenatal provider. Clients can ask the care plan to help them find an appointment during their first trimester or right away if they’re seeking care after the first trimester. Clients can ask for help finding the prenatal provider type of their choice: licensed midwife, certified nurse midwife, family medicine doctor, OB/GYN, or maternal fetal medicine specialist (only for those who are considered high risk).

Here is the contact information for the managed care plans:

  • Molina Healthcare of Washington: 800.869.7165
  • Wellpoint (formerly Amerigroup Washington): 833.731.2167
  • Community Health Plan of Washington: 800.440.1561
  • Coordinated Care of Washington: 253.442.1577
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan: 877.542.8997 

    2. Clients who are not enrolled in a managed care plan (i.e., fee for service coverage) or whose managed care plan is unable to get them an appointment in a timely manner can contact the Washington State Health Care Authority for additional support. 

Here is how to contact the Health Care Authority’s Medical Assistance Customer Service Center:

Apple Health clients who previously struggled to access prenatal care in Clark County can also share their experiences with the Washington State Health Care Authority via the customer service center options listed above.

Clark County Public Health is committed to the health and wellbeing of pregnant and parenting families. Increasing access to high quality prenatal care that is comprehensive, coordinated, culturally appropriate, and adequately staffed is an ongoing priority for Public Health.

Apply to be part of the 2024 Natural Garden Tour - 02/12/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Green Neighbors is accepting applications for host gardens in the 2024 Natural Garden Tour. The annual tour features gardens across the county that are maintained using earth-friendly techniques.

Clark County residents with urban and rural gardens of all sizes can apply to have their property included in the tour, which offers free self-guided tours to the community. Properties considered for the tour must be maintained without the use of synthetic chemicals.

Applications to be a host garden will be accepted online through Feb. 29. After the application period closes, Clark County Green Neighbors will schedule in-person site visits for further evaluation.

This year’s Natural Garden Tour is 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, June 23. To learn more about the annual event or view the 2023 Virtual Natural Garden Tour, visit the Natural Garden Tour webpage.

Clark County Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 15 - 02/08/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Finance Committee is scheduled to be held on the second floor of the Public Service Center, Room 243 at 9:30 am Thursday, Feb.15, 2024.

Participants can also join online or by telephone via Teams.

  • To join virtually, please follow these instructions:
  • Dial-in number: 1-213-262-7043
  • Phone ID: 407 454 79#
  • Meeting ID: 238 920 113 210
  • Passcode:efWxF3 
  • Join online here.

See the agenda for the meeting on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/treasurer/investment-reports-meetings.

Downtown Vancouver Auto License updating hours beginning Feb. 6 - 02/05/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Auditor’s Auto License Office in downtown Vancouver is updating its hours of operation. 

Effective Tuesday, Feb. 6, the hours for walk-in services will be 1 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Phone services will be available 9 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The office is located at 1408 Franklin St.

Clark County has nine subagent locations throughout the county to serve residents. To see a list of  subagent locations and their hours of operation visit the county website at https://clark.wa.gov/auditor/licensing-locations.

County council appoints three volunteers to the Planning Commission - 02/02/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council today appointed Mark Bergthold, Jeremy Baker and Bryan Halbert to the county’s volunteer Planning Commission.  

Bergthold and Halbert will serve six-year terms that begin immediately and end Dec. 31, 2029. Baker will fill an unexpired term that begins immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2025.

Halbert currently serves on the Planning Commission. He has 40 years of construction experience and owns a construction company. Halbert attended the University of California, Irvine and has volunteered for several local organizations including building and contractor groups.

Vancouver resident Baker is a lifelong resident of Clark County and works as an operations manager for an industrial masonry construction company. He graduated from Washington State University and served as a Platoon Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Bergthold is retired and lives in Woodland. He recently served as business manager and bond project manager for the Clatskanie School District in Oregon. Bergthold has many years of public service including serving as the assistant superintendent of Business Services for the Adelanto School District in California. He earned an MBA from the University of Redlands. 

The seven-member Clark County Planning Commission serves as an advisory board on matters related to development of land in the unincorporated area. 

More information on the Planning Commission including its meetings is on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/planning-commission. Commission public hearings are aired on CVTV channel 23/323 and CVTV.org. 

Clark County seeks volunteer residential park hosts for Haapa Boat Launch, Frenchman's Bar and Lucia Falls regional parks - 02/01/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works is seeking applicants for open volunteer park host positions at Haapa Boat Launch and Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, and an upcoming position at Lucia Falls Regional Park. Volunteer park hosts live at their assigned park and assist with creating a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors. Host duties include (but are not limited to): 

  • Cleaning park restrooms daily and as needed in response to messes. 
  • Opening park gates by 7 a.m. and closing gates at dusk (one half-hour after sunset) daily. 
  • Notifying park users when the park is closing. 
  • Emptying park garbage cans at least once daily, and as needed. 
  • Picking up litter daily. 
  • Notifying staff of emergencies, urgent maintenance needs or impacts of severe weather. 
  • Helping to identify and respond to safety and security concerns in the park. 

The park host at Haapa must reside in the county-owned residence at the park. Applicants for the positions at Frenchman’s Bar or Lucia Falls regional parks must provide their own recreational vehicle to reside in at the park during their term as the park host. Clark County provides basic utilities for the host including electricity, water, sewer and garbage/recycling. 

All park host service terms are through Dec. 31. A host may be offered a term for the next calendar year, based on results of a performance evaluation performed in the fall. There is no maximum to the number of terms a host may serve. 

Applicants offered positions must submit to state and federal background checks and fingerprinting, provide a rental history and proof of renter’s insurance. Successful applicants will not be able to move into the park and begin service until all required documents have been submitted, they’ve been cleared through the background check and fingerprinting process, and their agreement has been signed by the county manager. Due to the variable amount of time required for these processes, successful applicants must be prepared to not be able to move into their assigned site for several weeks. 

More information about these positions, the volunteer park host program policies, requirements, minimum qualifications, duties, and more can be found at clark.wa.gov/public-works/volunteer#host.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online at clark.wa.gov/public-works/volunteer#host. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. First review of applications will be on Feb. 5. Applicants interested in more than one location must submit a separate application for each location. Paper applications, translated application materials and interpretation services available upon request to Cindy Gonzalez, volunteer program coordinator, at cindy.gonzalez@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.1679.

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

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Fallen cottonwood and eroding riverbank along the East Fork Lewis River at Daybreak Regional Park in January 2024.
Fallen cottonwood and eroding riverbank along the East Fork Lewis River at Daybreak Regional Park in January 2024.
County closing areas of Daybreak Regional Park due to riverbank instability (Photo) - 02/01/24

Vancouver, Wash. – For the safety of park visitors, Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands division, is closing areas of Daybreak Regional Park. The riverbank of the East Fork Lewis River at Daybreak Regional Park has experienced significant erosion and loss of bank-stabilizing trees. Fencing is being installed around the closed area, and signage will alert visitors to the closure. Visitors are reminded to never enter areas closed off by barricades, signs, cones, tape, fencing or other barriers, for their safety. 

High water and swift currents are common in the winter months. They can introduce new hazards to areas along their banks, and damage infrastructure. Visitors are reminded to: 

  • Stay away from rivers and streams during high flows. Never stand on rocks or logs in or near the water. River flows can change quickly and unexpectedly. 
  • Even after high water levels have receded, visitors should exercise caution. High water can erode river/streambanks and make them unstable or susceptible to collapse. It can also loosen rocks, trees and vegetation. 
  • Keep a close eye on children near any body of water. Younger children should always be within arm’s reach of a responsible adult. 
  • Wear a lifejacket whenever recreating on, in or near the water, including wading, bank fishing, boat fishing, kayaking, etc. Cold, swift water during the winter months is especially dangerous. 

A reopening date for closed areas is unknown. Updates will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/daybreak-regional-park-and-boat-launch

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

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Comprehensive Plan update site-specific review comment deadline - 01/31/24

Vancouver, Wash. – As part of the 2025 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update, Clark County Community Planning has been accepting site-specific comprehensive plan and zoning amendment requests. The next phase of the plan update process will be the creation of land use alternatives to be studied as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Site specific requests must be submitted by March 15, 2024, to be included in one of the alternatives to be studied in the DEIS. Site-specific request information and a link to an interactive map showing requests received to date can be viewed here: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2025-update-site-specific-requests.

The deadline for submitting site-specific review requests is 5 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2024. 

Property owners and other interested parties may continue to submit letters and written comments throughout the periodic comprehensive plan update using the webpage form at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/comp-plan-comments. Alternatively, these comments can be submitted by email to  comp.plan@clark.wa.gov or in writing to: 

Community Planning
Comp Plan Comments
P.O. Box 9810
Vancouver WA 98666

For questions, please contact Community Planning staff listed above.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 01/31/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to a Jan. 28, 2024 pedestrian vs. vehicle collision on Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver.

 

This individual died on 01/28/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Nevitt, George  Age: 67 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Blunt trauma of head, torso and extremities

Manner of death:  Accident

How the injury occurred: Pedestrian struck and subsequently run over by motor vehicles

Place of injury: City street

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Vancouver Police Department.

 

Media release issue date: 01/31/2024

Clark County Council seeks volunteer for Mosquito Control District Board - 01/30/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is requesting applications for an at-large volunteer position on the Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees.

The term for the position begins immediately and end Dec. 31, 2025. 

The Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Clark County Mosquito Control District. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures, and approves contracts for services. 

The Board of Trustees is comprised of one member from each city or town in Clark County and three at-large members appointed by the Clark County Council. 

The board meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of February, May, August and November. The meetings begin at 7 pm and are currently being held in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual attendance available. 

Applicants should send a résumé and letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000. Applications also can be sent by email to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.govor fax to 564.397.6058.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

For more information, visit the Board of Trustees website.

Public Facilities District board to hold online meeting Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 - 01/29/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The board of the Clark County Public Facilities District will hold a public meeting 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.

The meeting will be on the Teams platform. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting can Click here to join the meeting and use the meeting password d8VhTD or call +1.213.262.7043 and use the access code 573 704 027.

The Public Facilities District was formed in 2002 for the purpose of participating in the study, planning and development of one or more regional centers that would promote tourism, such as the convention center in downtown Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County fairgrounds.

The five-member board is comprised of two people appointed by Clark County and two appointed by the city of Vancouver. Those four appoint the fifth member.

The board typically tries to meet on the first Monday of February, May, August and November.