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Community Creatures collection by Sue Clancy at Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery (Photo) - 03/21/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The paintings of Vancouver artist Sue Clancy will be on display in the Rebecca Anstine Gallery throughout March, April and May.

A reception honoring Clancy will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the gallery on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission. It is free and open to the public.

Clancy is a professional artist who works in fine art and illustration. Her artwork can be found in numerous public art collections, and her illustrations bring life to the pages of books and magazines.

Clancy is often found sketching in the Vancouver area. The local landscape and community inspire many of her artworks.

Learn more about Clancy and her work by visiting her website at

The Rebecca Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery was named in honor of Rebecca Anstine, a local artist and founding curator of the public exhibit space in the Public Service Center. She served as a Clark County Arts Commission board member.

The Anstine Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 03/21/18

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

This individual was found dead on 03/18/2018 in Camas, WA.

The name of the decedent: Guitron-Lopez, Luz E. Age: 35 Yrs

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

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Homicide

Manner of death: Multiple Sharp Force Injuries

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Camas Police Department.

Media release issue date: Prepared 03/21/2018

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager

New financial assistance program available to Clark County septic system owners - 03/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County onsite septic system owners now have an additional financial resource when they need to repair or replace their systems.

Low-interest loans with flexible terms can be acquired through Craft3, a regional non-profit lender.

"The cost of completing significant repairs or replacement of septic systems can be a barrier for many people," said Chuck Harman, program manager with Clark County Public Health. "This can lead to improper treatment of sewage, which increases risk to human health and safety in addition to threatening surface and groundwater. We hope that by having this financial assistance program available, people will take advantage of it to make needed repairs."

Clean water loans are available through a regional program funded, in part, by the Washington State Department of Ecology and operated by Craft3. Members of the program include Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom counties.

Since the program's launch in 2016, more than 300 septic systems, valued at $7.3 million, have been repaired or replaced.

Sean Hawes with Public Health's Onsite Operation and Maintenance staff, leads the department's effort to access additional financing options for county residents.

"We work with property owners on a daily basis to guide needed repairs and replacements for systems that are not performing adequately or have failed," Hawes said. "We recognize that one of the challenges facing system owners is the cost. Being able to bring this resource to help address those challenges was important to our program."

Public Health also will share information to septic system providers in the county so they can tell their customers how to apply for low-interest loans.

The county does not make loans or manage the funds. Interested homeowners can visit the county's or Craft3's websites to learn more and connect directly with Craft3 to learn how to apply.
For more information, visit:

* Financial assistance programs,
* Craft3 announcement,
* Craft3 website,
* Clark County webpage, with links to service providers,

Protecting groundwater is a community-wide effort - 03/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County Public Health reminds residents that protecting our groundwater is important and a responsibility that all of us share.

In Clark County, 98 percent of our drinking water comes from groundwater.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 11-17. This year's theme, selected by the National Groundwater Association, is "Test. Tend. Treat."

Better stewardship and protection of groundwater by well owners and other residents is encouraged and promoted through information on the association's website:

Chuck Harman, program manager for Environmental Public Health, said these types of campaigns help people understand the importance of groundwater and what they can do to protect it.

"Some residents may not be aware of the vast underground lakes, known as aquifers, several hundred feet below us," Harman said. "These aquifers are recharged through snow and rainfall that start at the surface and percolate down. All of us have a role in properly managing and disposing of potential pollutants and contaminants to keep them from reaching surface or groundwater."

While federal, state and local rules are in place to control potential sources of pollution, individual efforts also are important to ensure groundwater resources are protected to safeguard water quality.

* Residents should inspect and maintain onsite septic systems on a regular basis to ensure that wastewater is treated adequately before it is dispersed deeper into the ground.
* Be sure to properly use, store and dispose of hazardous substances, such as fuels, oils, pesticides and herbicides, to keep them from reaching ground and surface water.

A few key tips for homeowners who have private wells or operate small public water systems:

* Periodically send water samples to a qualified laboratory to test for arsenic, bacteria (fecal coliform), lead and nitrate.
* Inspect wellheads and water connections to make sure that contaminants cannot enter your well and the aquifer. Clark County Public Health can provide guidance on what to look for and improvements you can make. Professionals are available for hire.
* If you do find problems with your water quality, take steps to resolve the problems or treat your water.
* Keep potential sources of contamination away from your wellhead. Public Health recommends maintaining a 100-foot sanitary area free of all potential contamination sources, such as stored chemicals and manure piles, around wellheads.

Brigette Bashaw, an environmental health specialist with Public Health, said drinking-water protection specialists are available to help county residents.

"We've found that once well owners and small water system operators learn how to care for and protect their wells and water systems, they really appreciate the importance of maintaining and caring for them," Bashaw said. "Once a well or aquifer is contaminated, it can be difficult and costly to rehabilitate it."

More information on protecting groundwater is available online at:

* Clark County Public Health Drinking Water Program,
* Washington State Department of Health,
* National Groundwater Association:

Join the Clark County Youth House for a youth art show, March 22 - 03/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- An art show highlighting local youth artists is scheduled for 4:30-8:30 pm Thursday, March 22, at the Clark County Youth House, 1012 Esther St.

The show, "Vulnerability: An Unfiltered Identity," will feature many forms of art, including canvas, rock and tile paintings, sculptures, a coloring book and more.

Many of the young artists will be present to answer questions, and some artwork will be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event, which is free and open to the community.

The Clark County Youth House is a youth empowerment center developed by Clark County Community Services that provides a safe, inclusive and youth-focused environment.

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County students honored for work to develop Parks Advisory Board logo (Photo) - 03/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. - A Heritage High School student designed the winning entry in a logo contest for the Clark County Parks Advisory Board.

The Clark County Council honored Heidi Hayden, who designed the winning logo, and three other Heritage students during its Tuesday night meeting. Eli Entwistle crafted the second-place logo, and Jennifer Jones and Viktoria Kryshtal, jointly designed the third-place entry.

All four students were presented with trophies and gift baskets during Tuesday's council meeting.

The Felida Neighborhood Association paid for the trophies. The Parks Foundation of Clark County solicited donations for some of the items in the gift baskets, with private residents providing the remainder. No county funds were used for trophies or gifts.

Troy Wayrynen, a digital arts teacher at Heritage High School, also was honored at Tuesday's meeting. Wayrynen incorporated the contest into his graphic design class.

Last year, the Parks Advisory Board decided to tap the artistic talents of county students in developing a board logo. Board members sent information to all public and private high schools in Clark County. Students from four high schools -- Fort Vancouver, Heritage, Hudson's Bay and Skyview -- submitted nearly 50 entries.

A four-person selection committee reviewed all entries and narrowed the field down to the top 10 entries. All entries were assigned numbers so judges were not swayed by names or schools and based their decisions solely on design factors.

The Parks Advisory Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, reviewed the 10 entries and narrowed the list down to the top three. A final vote was taken to determine the first, second and third place entries.

The attached photo was taken by Troy Wayrynen during Tuesday's Clark County Council meeting. Pictured, from left to right, are Council Chair Marc Boldt, Councilor Jeanne Stewart, first-place winner Heidi Hayden, second-place winner Eli Entwistle, third-place co-winner Jennifer Jones, third-place co-winner Viktoria Kryshtal, Parks Manager Bill Bjerke, Councilor Julie Olson and Councilor Eileen Quiring.

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County seeks spay/neuter assistance grant applications by Friday, April 20 - 03/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. ??' Clark County's Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board is accepting grant applications from local organizations with programs dedicated to spaying and neutering animals. For the past 18 years, Clark County and Vancouver have provided $15,000 annually for grants to applicants in the city and unincorporated area of the county.

"With this year's grant, $270,000 has been infused into spay and neuter programs countywide, which helps reduce the number of animals that end up abandoned or at a shelter," said Paul Scarpelli, Animal Control manager. "Altering your pet has proven to be healthier for the pet, as well as the community."

Groups seeking grants can find application information at or by contacting Adrienne Powers at 360.397.2375 ext. 5852 or

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018. Applications can be submitted by:

* Mail to Animal Protection and Control, P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666. Postmarks will be accepted.
* Fax to 360.759.6807
* Email to
* Dropping them at the Animal Protection and Control office on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The advisory board will review the applications and make grant recipient recommendations to the county manager, who will award the grants.

The Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board requires each spay/neuter grant recipient to be an active pet licensing agent for Clark County. All grants must be applied only to animals licensed and living in Clark County.

First half of 2018 property tax statements are mailed, due date Monday, April 30 - 03/02/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Property tax statements for the first half of 2018 are in the mail, Clark County Treasurer's Office Tax Services Manager Alishia Topper announced today.

Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments and certain fees.

The Treasurer's Office sent 89,936 paper statements, 80,274 postcards to taxpayers whose mortgage companies pay their taxes, and 5,432 e-statements to people who registered to receive tax bills online.

"Property owners who pay taxes directly to the county rather than through a mortgage company should receive their statements this week," Topper said. "If they don't, please visit or call the Treasurer's Office at 564.397.2252."

Taxpayers who have moved in the past six months must notify the Treasurer's Office.

The first installment of 2018 property taxes is due Monday, April 30, 2018. After that, interest and penalties will accrue.

Payments can be mailed to Clark County Treasurer, Caller Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5140. Payments also can be made in person at the Treasurer's Office on the second floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Other payment options are online at or by phone at 1.877.778.4606. Paying from a checking or savings account costs $1 per transaction. Credit card payments carry a 2.39 percent convenience fee.

Before mailing delinquent taxes or assessments, check or call the Treasurer's Office at 564.397.2252 to determine the correct payment amount.

Senior or disabled citizens may qualify for a property taxes exemption. Call the Clark County Assessor's Office at 564.397.2391 for more information.

County council seeking applicants to fill vacancy on Clark County Arts Commission - 02/28/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Clark County Council is seeking an individual to serve on the volunteer Clark County Arts Commission as the education arts commissioner.

The Clark County Arts Commission is made up of 11 voting members. Each participating city appoints one member, and the Clark County Council appoints three members representing the arts, arts education and the business communities.

The term is effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2021.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

* Attend nine of 12 regularly scheduled meetings a year; excused absences excluded.
* Support the work of the commission by serving on board committees or ad hoc committees and participating in its programs, projects and events. Committee meetings are in addition to regular monthly meetings.
* Participate in giving advice and collaborating on recommendations to the Clark County Council and city councils.
* Assist the chair in routinely reporting accomplishments to the community, county council and city councils.
* Assist in setting the commission's strategic direction.
* Work with staff to ensure policies are carried out in a financially, ethically and legally sound manner.
* Secure funding and in-kind goods and services as needed.
* Engage in the development, monitoring and evaluating of the Annual Work Plan.
* Serve as an ambassador for the Arts Commission supporting its mission and goals while building enthusiasm for its programs, projects and events.
* Act as arts, culture and commission advocate in the community, at public hearings, budget hearings or other public forums, as needed.

Anyone interested in serving should submit a letter to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018. Applicants also may send information by email to

State of the County rescheduled to Tuesday, March 20, food bank donations requested - 02/27/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Clark County Council again invites the community to the 2018 State of the County at the Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. The program is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

The event was postponed earlier this month due to inclement weather.

The venue was selected to honor this year's 150 anniversary of the Clark County Fair.

Councilor Marc Boldt, chair of the county council, will present State of the County remarks prior to comments by councilors Jeanne E. Stewart of District 1, Julie Olson of District 2, John Blom of District 3 and Eileen Quiring of District 4.

The State of the County event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Council members urge those attending to bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food bank in Ridgefield. The organization needs: canned meats, vegetables and fruit; peanut and other nut butters; fruit juice; cooking and olive oil; canned and dried beans; canned and boxed meals; pasta, rice cereal and corn meal; shelf-stable milk products; and spices and sauces.

A food drive has been a key part of the State of the County for nearly a decade. Donations at the event have supported the countywide network of 40 agencies that distributed food to more than 112,550 people last year.

For those unable to attend, the program can be seen later on CVTV, Clark-Vancouver Television, Channels 21 and 23.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 02/27/18

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

This individual was found dead on 02/26/2018 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Lyons, Benjamin O. Age: 83 Yrs

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

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Homicide

Manner of death: Multiple Sharp and Blunt Force Injuries

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: Prepared 02/27/2018

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager