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Night work ahead for several major Vancouver streets - 07/20/18

(Note: Correction to the headline)

City of Vancouver contractors will be working nights to apply an asphalt-rubberized chip seal to preserve and extend the life of pavement on portions of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, Northeast 137th Avenue and Northeast 192nd Avenue. Construction hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The work is part of the City's 2018 Pavement Management Program, the biggest one to date.

Work on Northeast Fourth Plain will take place between Northeast 117th and 162nd avenues. Fourth Plain will remain open, but only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction during the work. Drivers should watch for flaggers at intersections. The work on Northeast Fourth Plain will occur over three nights:
- Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, July 20: from NE 117th Avenue to NE 131st Avenue 
- Starting at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22: from NE 131st Avenue to  NE 147th Avenue
- Starting at 8 p.m., Monday, July 23: from NE 147th Avenue to NE 162nd Avenue

Work on Northeast 137th Avenue will take place between Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 76th Street for one night, starting at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. One lane of Northeast 137th Avenue will be closed during the preservation application. Detour routes will be posted. Drivers should be prepared for delays up to 15-20 minutes.

Work on Northeast 192nd Avenue will take place between Southeast 1st Street to Northeast 18th Street. The current schedule is for application to start at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. One lane of Northeast 192nd Avenue will be closed during the preservation work. Detour routes will be posted. Drivers should be prepared for delays up to 15-20 minutes.
Pavement work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change. Learn more about this summer’s Pavement Management work at, and view tentative schedules and a link to a map showing where work is occurring at

Slow-release watering bags keep young trees hydrated
Slow-release watering bags keep young trees hydrated
To beat the heat, young trees need water - Tips from Vancouver Urban Forestry (Photo) - 07/13/18

Young trees need your help during the hot, dry summer months. Vancouver Urban Forestry, a branch of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department, reminds residents that watering trees now leads to healthier trees later. Here are some simple tips on helping trees beat the summer heat:

Start with a good mulching around the base of trees. Bark chips make effective mulch, using the 3-3-3 rule: 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring with a 3-inch space around the tree trunk.

Water regularly. Young trees need 10-15 gallons of water once per week during the summer months. Older trees may need extra water during hot spells, too. How much water? It depends on the tree size. A general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter each time you water. The mulch will help reduce evaporation, as will watering in the late evening or early morning.

Water slowly, dispersing the flow to reach deep down to tree’s roots. Watering for short periods of time will encourage shallow rooting, which can lead to more drought damage. Here are some options to prevent wasteful runoff and ensure deep watering: 

  • Let a low flow of water from a hose run for 15 minutes at the base of the tree.
  • Punch holes in bottoms of 5-gallon buckets, fill with water, and place at base of the tree.
  • Install a slow-release, watering bag made for trees and plants.

The City of Vancouver is proud to have been recognized as a “Tree City USA” each year for the past 29 years. Vancouver’s trees provide natural canopies for neighborhoods, clean our air and water, and enhance the quality of life for all. Please help preserve and protect these important assets by watering trees during hot, dry summer months. View our video with summer tree care watering tips at

Interested in learning more? Join Vancouver Urban Forestry on an upcoming tree walk, other event or a hands-on workshop. For more information, including a list of tree care tips, visit the Urban Forestry webpage at or call (360) 487-8308.

City hosts 50+ Travel Expo July 13 - 07/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department will host a 50+ Travel Expo Friday, July 13, where local seniors and boomers can learn about fun day trips and overnight excursions happening this fall and winter.

The free 50+ Travel Expo starts at 1 p.m. with a presentation about upcoming trips. The expo will take place at the Marshall Community Center Oak/Elm rooms, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of West Coast Insurance, and Glenwood Place Senior Living will be giving away coupons for discounted trips.

The expo will highlight dozens of upcoming trips being offered by the City’s 50 and Better Program throughout Washington and Oregon. Staff will be available to answer questions and help attendees sign up for the trips they’re interested in taking.

Trip fees range from $25 per person to $200 or more for overnight trips. Transportation is always included in the fee, along with things like admissions and meals, depending on the trip.

Examples of upcoming 50 and Better trips include:

  • A trip to the Salem Art Fair and Festival
  • A wine and chocolate-themed trip to Hood River, Ore.
  • A boat cruise up the Columbia River Gorge
  • A hot air balloon ride over Oregon’s wine country
  • An Oktoberfest lunch cruise on Lake Union in Seattle
  • Several “Adventures in Eating” trips to area restaurants specializing in ethnic foods
  • Trips to various local theaters to watch stage plays and musicals

For more information about the 50 and Better trips program and to view a list of upcoming trips, pick up a Messenger newspaper or visit


City seeks volunteers to serve on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee - 07/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two positions on the City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, August 6.

The City is authorized to collect a 4 percent lodging tax on hotel, motel or bed and breakfast stays. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is a volunteer body that makes recommendations to the Vancouver City Council about how that tax revenue is spent. In 2017, the committee helped award $691,872 in lodging tax grants to local projects and events that increase tourism within the city.

To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office by mail at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at">, or by calling 360-487-8607.

Applicants must either represent a hotel or motel that collects lodging taxes or be an employee or board member for an art, tourism, cultural or community organization that is eligible to receive lodging tax funding.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members serve two-year terms and meet 4-6 times per year. Guidelines for committee membership are set by the State of Washington through RCW67.28.1817.

For more information about the committee, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas, visit


Second Saturday event banner
Second Saturday event banner
Water Center presents special July Second Saturday: Design Zone Day -- Engineer Your Creativity (Photo) - 07/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. – What does it take to create an awesome videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes into designing a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills? Discover the secrets behind how creative problem solvers do what they do at the Water Resources Education Center’s new exhibition, Design Zone – free to the public and open now.

To showcase the touring exhibit and encourage inquisitive minds to engineer their creativity, the Water Center presents Design Zone Day, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Families are invited to explore underwater robotics, build a bridge out of newspapers and create a musical ‘wastrument’ with recycled materials. During this special Second Saturday, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library will showcase a 3D printer, and the Union High School Robotics Team will demonstrate their creations. Jacobs, a global professional services provider with a local tradition of engineering and STEM support established by CH2M, will display a mini wastewater treatment plant. Spark your interest with design challenges, demonstrations and hands-on science-based learning!

The Design Zone, presented with partner Jacobs, will be on display at the Water Center through the end of August. The exhibit is highly interactive, offering visitors real hands-on exploration of a variety of creative concepts to learn the processes and tools needed to create a successful design. Design Zone appeals to all ages, but the content is especially geared toward grades three through eight and is organized into three thematic zones, highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking that is critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music and engineering.

The City of Vancouver’s Water Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, is free to the public with general hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The creation of Design Zone was made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).


Jacobs is a global professional services leader delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Jacobs offers a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit


Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at or by calling 360-487-7111. Follow us on Facebook at


City issues reminder about fireworks ban in Vancouver - 06/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver would like to remind residents and visitors that the sale and use of all types of fireworks are completely banned on all days within the city limits.

Violators of the city’s law may be fined $500 or more.

Just because your mailing address is “Vancouver, WA” doesn’t necessarily mean you live inside the city limits. To find out for sure, visit

Fireworks laws vary throughout Clark County, depending on what city you live in and whether you live north or south of NE 219th Street in the unincorporated areas of the county. Please contact the appropriate jurisdiction to learn more about their fireworks laws.

To report illegal use of fireworks in Vancouver, please call the non-emergency 3-1-1 number, or 360-693-3111. You will need to provide the address or nearest cross streets of the location where the fireworks are being discharged when you call.

The city’s fireworks ban first went into effect in October 2016. For more information about Vancouver’s fireworks law, visit