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Cougar sighting in Battle Ground confirmed with photos (Photo) - 06/16/18

UPDATE 6/16/2018 5:28pm:

The photos provided by the reporting party of what was thought to be a juvenile cougar, has now proven to be nothing more than a house cat – a very substantial and fine-looking cat indeed -  but a house cat none-the-less.  

There have been enough recently reported sightings to both BGPD and Fish & Wildlife that we cannot rule out that a cougar (of the mountain lion variety) is not loitering in the Battle Ground area.  According to Fish & Wildlife, this is the time of year that juvenile cougars tend to be in the area.  Report any sightings to 3-1-1.

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Battle Ground, WA –  On the morning of Thursday, June 14 the Battle Ground Police Department responded to a report of a cougar sighting in an area near Onsdorff Boulevard and NW 6th Avenue.  Officers conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate any signs of a cougar.  The sighting was reported to the Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Police received another report of a cougar sighting this morning, June 16, at about 9:30 am, near the 300 block of NE 10th Street.  This morning’s sighting was confirmed by the attached photos taken by the reporting party. The Department of Fish & Wildlife has been notified and is monitoring the situation. 

Non-emergency sightings of the cougar can be reported to 3-1-1; information will be forwarded to the Department of Fish & Wildlife.  Any emergency that may arise should be reported to 9-1-1.

For more information about cougars and potential encounters, visit the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/cougars.html

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Damaged Vehicle
Newly obtained video shows both vehicle and persons of interest in Battle Ground vandalism case (Photo) - 06/14/18

Battle Ground Police detectives continue to investigate the vandalism that occurred throughout the city during the early morning hours of Friday, June 8.  Multiple vehicles and a building were damaged. 

Newly obtained video, available at https://youtu.be/f9ltFwHSJYo, captures the images of both a vehicle and persons of interest.  The vehicle in seen at the beginning of the video; the persons of interest are seen about 30 seconds in. 

Investigators ask that the public look at the video and contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or by email at mstrong@cityofbg.org">kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org if they have any information about the vehicle or its occupants.  Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.

Attached Media Files: Damaged Vehicle
Battle Ground's Summer Playground Program
Battle Ground's Summer Playground Program
Battle Ground's free summer playground program begins June 27 (Photo) - 06/14/18

Battle Ground, WA - The end of the school year is near and that means Battle Ground's Summer Playground program is just around the corner. The free program, designed for children aged 4 - 10, brings fun recreational activities to four Battle Ground parks each Wednesday and Thursday of the 9-week summer break.  

Weekly session begin Wednesday, June 27.  Each week features a different themed activity and provides children the opportunity to make at least one arts and crafts project to take home with them. No need to register, just come outside and play! 

Sessions are held: 

  • Wednesdays: 10:00 am-12:00 noon at Kiwanis Park (422 SW 2nd Ave) and from 2:00-4:00 pm at Horsethief Park (SW 12th Ave & SW 11th St) 
  • Thursdays: 10:00 am-12:00 noon at Florence Robison Park (1900 NW 9th St) and from 2:00-4:00 pm at Cresap Park (1911 SE 2nd Place). 

The full Summer Playground schedule listing weekly themed activities and locations is available online at www.cityofbg.org/SummerPlayground.

The Battle Ground Parks & Recreation program is made possible by funding from Riverview Community Bank and the Clark County Parks Foundation.  For more information, contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation at 360-342-5380.

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Battle Ground Police Seeking Information on Vandalism Spree (Photo) - 06/09/18

Update #2 (Satruday, June 9):

The Battle Ground Police Department has obtained a video (avaialable at www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA) that captures an image of a vehicle of interest in Friday's vandalism case.  Anyone recognizing it or with any information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or by email at kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org.  Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.  Investigators continue to receive reports and tips, and seek any other video surveillance from homes or businesses in the affected areas.

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Update #1 (Friday, Jun 8): Media Advisory

Lieutenant Mike Fort from the Battle Ground Police Department will conduct a press conference at 4:30pm at Police Station which is located at 507 SW 1st Street.  Pictures of damaged vehicles attached.

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During the early morning hours of June 8, 2018, unknown suspects damaged a building and multiple vehicles throughout the city during a vandalism spree.  The Police Department is seeking information from the public to help identify the persons involved, and are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to please report it.  In addition, those who have home video surveillance in the areas affected are being asked to please check their systems for anything suspicious. 

Those with information are asked to contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or by email at mstrong@cityofbg.org">kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org. Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.

No additional information is available at this time.

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WWII Veteran joins Battle Ground City Council in recognizing local enlistees (Photo) - 05/30/18

** Update:  Higher resolution picture attached (Mr. Davis with enlistees)**

 

Battle Ground, WA - At Battle Ground’s Military Appreciation Night on May 21st, sixteen high school seniors from the community were recognized by City Council for their commitment to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Councilmember Philip Johnson, U.S. Army retired, began the event by recognizing the many military veterans and active service members who were in attendance.  Amongst them stood Mr. Tudor F. Davis, U.S. Navy Retired, a WWII veteran who served in the Navy from 1941 to 1961.   Mr. Davis is a proud submariner who served as a submarine qualified Torpedoman on 10 different submarines – from diesel to nuclear - during his 20-year Navy career.   His active participation in the evening’s event was an honor to all in attendance, particularly to the young enlistees to whom he offered steadfast support and valuable perspective.

The council’s recognition of these young men and women comes during Military Appreciation Month, designated by Congress to ensure that the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members.

Standing with Mr. Davis are nine of the enlistees who were in attendance (in no particular order):

  • Richard Landon (US Army)
  • Tyler Sandel (US Army)
  • Spencer Hamilton (US Air Force)
  • Orion Macy (US Air Force)
  • Clayton Hively (WA Army National Guard)
  • Cristian Whitney (US Navy)
  • Braxton Haushild (US Navy)
  • Alexander Perry (US Navy)
  • Matthew Collyer (US Navy)

Enlistees recognized, but unable to attend the event:

  • Jennifer Oschner (US Army)
  • Christopher Flynn (US Army)
  • Noah Cyr (US Army)
  • Christopher Mogk (US Army)
  • Michael Walker (US Army)
  • Ryan Rodgers (US Army)
  • Liam Neuenschwander (US Marine Corps)

Water - Conserve It!
Water - Conserve It!
City of Battle Ground takes proactive approach to water conservation with voluntary odd/even watering program (Photo) - 05/29/18

During the peak of the summer season, from June through September, Battle Ground water utility customers use nearly 3 million gallons of water per day – more than twice the typical amount of water used during the rest of the year.   The difference highlights the significant amount of water being used for outdoor applications, and the need to proactively manage the city’s water resources.

Beginning June 1, the city of Battle Ground is implementing a voluntary Odd/Even Watering (irrigation) Program for all residential, commercial and public customers.  The program will remain in effect through September 30: 

  • Water customers with addresses ending in an odd number may water/irrigate outdoors on Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays only
  • Water customers with addresses ending in an even number may water/irrigate outdoors on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only
  • Friday is a non-watering day for everyone, allowing the water system to refill city reservoirs.
  • Exceptions are granted for vegetable gardens, newly planted lawns, and potted or hanging plants.  These may be watered as needed to prevent damage and protect your investment.  Best practices to use the water efficiently is always encouraged.

“An odd/even water management program is simple in its application, can save a half-million gallons of water per day, and is essential to maintain safe levels of water in the city’s reservoir tanks,” said Public Works Director Scott Sawyer.

Water resources are not an unlimited supply; on days when temperatures soar, local water demand can easily exceed production. The city uses eight wells - the maximum allowed by state regulations - to draw water from the Troutdale and Sand & Gravel underground aquifers.   The aquifers are a natural resource, used regionally for a growing population.  Their storage capacity can vary from season to season and from year to year.  Rainfall, even in the amounts we experience here in the great Pacific Northwest, does not immediately or completely recharge the aquifer.  

Water production levels in the city of Battle Ground are at about 80% of capacity and continue to decline.  To supplement the amount of water produced by the city’s wells, an intertie with Clark Public Utilities (CPU) was established in July of 2014.  The intertie allows the city to purchase water directly from CPU to serve customer demand.  The cost is factored into overall city water rates.  

Water management is a growing concern throughout the state.  While conservation efforts are important year-round, the impacts of rising summer temperatures and the resulting water demand, makes summertime water conservation efforts that much more important.   

There are many ways to conserve water both in and outside your home or business.  Participating in the Odd/Even Watering Program and using other simple conservation techniques can cut your summer water usage appreciably and every little bit helps, both in your pocketbook and in your community.  The city’s Water Conservation website page at www.cityofbg.org/conserve-water contains links to some of the best conservation resources and tips.  We encourage you take a look,  implement ways you and your family can conserve water, and make it regular part of your household activities.   

Attached Media Files: Water - Conserve It!
Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
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Battle Ground Memorial Day Ceremony (Photo) - 05/22/18

A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country will be held on Monday, May 28, 11 am at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 SW 2nd Ave in Battle Ground. 

Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names. 

New to the memorial this year are an additional 16 commemorative bricks installed at the foot of the memorial's wall.  The bricks are purchased by family and loved ones to honor any veteran, living or deceased, and display the veteran's name, branch of service and dates of service. Commemorative bricks are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day. 

To learn more about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, the 31 honored veterans whose names are engraved on the wall, and commemorative bricks, visit our Veterans Memorial page.

Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
Battle Ground adopts changes to city fireworks regulations - 05/22/18

After months of discussion and input from the public, the Battle Ground City Council has adopted new regulations affecting the city’s fireworks regulations.

By state law, fireworks, during the 4th-of-July season, may only be sold and discharged between June 28 and July 5.  The law, however, also gives local jurisdictions the authority to adopt more restrictive regulations, such as a complete ban of fireworks or a reduction in the number of days that sales and discharge is allowed.  Any new regulations further restricting when fireworks may be sold or discharged may not take effect until one year after adoption.

The new fireworks regulations adopted by Battle Ground City Council on May 21, 2018 reduces the number of days fireworks can be sold and discharged in Battle Ground city limits.  By state law, the new regulations cannot take effect until May 21, 2019.    

Effective 2019, the sale of fireworks will be restricted to July 1 through July 4 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm each day, and during the new year’s holiday season from December 27 to December 31 from noon to 11:00 pm each day.

Effective 2019, the discharge of fireworks will be restricted to July 3 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, July 4 from 9:00 am to midnight, and on December 31 from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am.

In effect, the new regulations reduce the number of days fireworks may be discharged within city limits during the 4th-of-July season from eight to two days, and reduces the number of days fireworks may be sold from eight to four days.   There is no change to the sale or discharge of fireworks during the New Year’s holiday timeframe.

Also adopted by city council is a provision giving the Fire Marshal emergency authority to suspend or ban the discharge of fireworks should there be a threat to public safety. 

Because these newly adopted regulations cannot take effect until 2019, the sale and discharge of fireworks will remain as-is this year - the maximum days allowed by state law.   It is always important to be prepared, safe and responsible when discharging fireworks – take every safety precaution and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings.  Use of fireworks in city parks or on school grounds is prohibited.   To view this year’s regulations and safety tips visit www.cityofbg.org/fireworks.