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Nominations requested for people, organizations that protect, promote health - 02/20/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County Public Health is seeking nominations for the annual Public Health Community Award, which recognizes both an individual and an organization in Clark County for outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting community health.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Forms are available on the Public Health website at https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health. Completed forms can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Details are on the form.

"This award highlights the great contributions to public health of individuals and organizations across our community," said Adrianne Fairbanks, Public Health Advisory Council chair. "Public Health greatly values its partnership with the community in addressing health issues in Clark County."

A committee of council members and Public Health staff will review nominations and make the selections. The committee will give special consideration to individuals or organizations in Clark County that work to prevent health problems, forge partnerships, and strive for communitywide outcomes.

The award will be presented during the 8:30 a.m. Clark County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday, April 25, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
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Weather postpones State of the County, means late start Wednesday, cancels meetings - 02/20/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County offices will open two hours late Wednesday, Feb. 21, and the State of the County event that afternoon has been postponed because inclement weather threatens to pose driving hardships and hazards.

County offices, including Superior Court and District Court, will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Any updates will be available on the county website home page at https://www.clark.wa.gov/. Click on the weather-related banner at the top of the page for details.

The annual State of the County event, which was scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Event Center at the Clark County Fairgrounds, will be postponed, likely until late March.

Clark County also is canceling the:

* Commission on Aging meeting scheduled for 4:40 p.m. today. The meeting has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
* Clark County Council's 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Work Session on indigent defense.

Clark County hires law firm to file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, wholesalers - 02/20/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council voted Tuesday to retain a law firm to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers that make and sell opioids.

The vote adds Clark County to a growing number of jurisdictions nationwide that seek to hold the companies accountable for harm opioid addiction has done in local communities and recover public costs.

Attorneys with the Seattle-based law firm of Keller Rohrback will file the lawsuit on behalf of Clark County. The firm, which has offices in four states, earlier filed similar lawsuits on behalf of King, Skagit, Pierce and Clallam counties and the cities of Tacoma, Mount Vernon, Burlington and Sedro-Wooley. It also filed a case on behalf of the Arizona Municipal Risk Recovery Pool, a coalition of 76 cities and towns.

The law firm will be paid only if Clark County recovers damages in a settlement or at trial.

Opioids are medications in a class of pain relievers whose chemical composition is nearly identical to heroin. Since 1995, when the Federal Drug Administration approved OxyContin, opioids have become the most prescribed drug in America. In 2016, health care providers wrote 289 million prescriptions for opioids, enough for every adult in the US to have more than one bottle of pills. Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide.

In Clark County, at least 91 people died of opioid-related causes since 2014. Another 51 people died of heroin use during that time period. In Clark County's therapeutic Drug Court, opioid users made up one-third of defendants in 2010, half of defendants in 2014 and 55 percent in January 2018.

Since Clark County Public Health started an opioid overdose prevention program in 2014, it has distributed more than 3,600 kits containing naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose effects. More than 1,200 people, including Sheriff's deputies, have been trained to use the kits and carry them, and more than 660 overdoses have been reversed.
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Public Works ready to respond to more expected snow in Clark County - 02/20/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- With snow falling Tuesday morning and more expected this afternoon, Public Works is rearranging schedules for road crews to provide around-the-clock response.

Crews were out Monday and early Tuesday morning pretreating county roads with saline anti-icer, a mix of salt and water, which inhibits ice crystals from bonding to pavement.

Areas currently experiencing the most snow and ice are at higher elevations, 500 feet or more above sea level. In other areas, there is wet pavement and not enough snow to plow. However, with the afternoon forecast calling for up to 7 inches, crews are fully prepared and ready to respond.

Public Works will continue to adjust its staffing plans based on the latest weather forecasts and on-the-ground conditions. Road crews will be prepared to plow roads and spread gravel on curves, hills and other trouble spots where drivers can use more traction.

"We will deliver whatever response is needed to help our residents get through this late-season snowfall," said Scott Wilson, Road Maintenance and Safety Division manager.

Residents are urged to plan ahead and travel only if necessary. Please slow down and allow extra travel time. If there is major snow accumulation, drivers should watch for children playing in the snow or pedestrians walking in the street because of snow-covered sidewalks.

Clark County has almost 100 traffic cameras at signalized intersections, primarily in the urban area outside the city of Vancouver. The cameras, which can be accessed at https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/traffic-cameras, provide a handy way for residents to check out current conditions at specific locations before leaving home.

Fallen trees or limbs blocking county roads and other problems can be reported to Public Works at 360.397.2446. Downed power lines should be reported to Clark Public Utilities at 360.397.8000.

More information on the county's winter weather preparation and response is available on the county's website at https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/winter-snow-and-ice.

Clark County to recognize environmental stewardship at Green Gala - 02/16/18

Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County will host the Green Gala celebration on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. This free event is open to any business or individual interested in environmental sustainability.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation by Waste Not Food Taxi, a nonprofit that redistributes unwanted commercial leftovers to people in need.

Five awards will be presented to businesses and community members for their leadership in sustainability. The categories are:

* Green Apple Award for a school employee
* Green Business Awards for one small and one large business
* Green Neighbor Award for a citizen
* Master Composter Recycler Superstar for a volunteer

"This event is an opportunity to recognize achievements and highlight projects that demonstrate environmental stewardship," said Sarah Keirns, environmental outreach specialist. "It will be an informative and fun evening."

A reception will follow the awards ceremony.

Please register in advance at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/news-events/green-awards.

To learn more about the Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach program, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/solid-waste-environmental-outreach.

Council decides to restart national search for county manager - 02/14/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council agreed Wednesday to restart a national search for a new county manager.

In lengthy discussions over two days, the councilors determined that while each of the two finalists had strengths, neither had the specific combination of skills and qualities they were seeking.

The council has directed Strategic Government Resources, the Texas-based executive search firm that conducted the fall 2017 recruitment, to immediately restart a national search.

The council's decision followed a two-day visit by the finalists. They were Dan Chandler, assistant county administrator for Clackamas County, Oregon, and Randall Partington, administrator for Finney County, Kansas.
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Updated - Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 02/14/18

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

This individual was found dead on 02/10/2018 in the Lewis River Daybreak area.

The name of the decedent: Mukhin, Vadim Age: 27 Yrs

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Gresham, OR

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Pending

Manner of death: Pending

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.


Media release issue date: Prepared 02/14/2018 (corrected 11:45 am)
Nikki Costa
Operations Manager

Clark County Treasurer to hold auction for a previously unsold property - 02/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Clark County Treasurer is holding an auction for one unsold foreclosure property on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. All bidding must be done online at the Clark County Treasurer's auction page at www.bid4assets.com/ClarkWA.

The auction will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Please check the auction listing details for the closing time, Treasurer Doug Lasher said.

A $2,500 deposit, plus a $35 processing fee, must be received by Bid4Assets in order participate in the Thursday sale.

"If you placed a deposit for the Feb. 6 foreclosure sale and intend to participate in the Feb. 15 re-offer auction, your deposit may be carried over," Lasher said. "If you have not remitted a deposit to Bid4Assets, you must submit the deposit, via wire transfer only, no later than 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018."

For additional information about the auction, please visit www.bid4assets.com/ClarkWA. There, auction participants can review video tutorials and read Frequently Asked Questions to learn more information about the bidding process.

Tax foreclosure properties are sold as is and without any guarantees or warranties. Bidders are responsible for exercising due diligence by researching properties for sale.

Successful bidders must submit payment directly to Bid4Assets via wire transfer or cashier's check within one business days after the re-offer sale closes.

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Permit Center extends business hours for walk-in customers' convenience - 02/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Permit Center on the first floor of the Public Service Center has adjusted its business hours to better meet the needs of customers.

Marty Snell, director of Community Development, said staff added a day for walk-in customers to help meet the demand of those seeking building and other permits.

The Permit Center now is open to all customers 8 am-3 pm, Monday through Friday.

"The Permit Center used to be open on Wednesdays only for customers with appointments. "This caused a spike in clients coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays," said Snell. "By changing the hours, we are able to serve customers better and at a more even pace throughout the week."

People who need permits also can take advantage of the enhanced Clark County Land Management System, or CC LMS, that allows customers to apply for all building permits online. The system makes getting building permits more efficient, convenient and transparent.

To apply for permits online, check current Permit Center wait times or schedule an appointment, go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-development.

Learn how businesses exchange or reuse materials with other businesses at Morning Blend networking event - 02/08/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County's Green Business program will hold a free Morning Blend networking event 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Columbia Bank's Community Room, 101 E. Sixth St.

Morning Blend is an opportunity to network, discuss green business efforts at your workplace, and learn about solutions for reducing our impact on the environment.

The event will feature a presentation about ResourceFULL Use, an organization that builds connections between businesses so they can exchange and reuse materials.

"ResourceFULL Use is saving businesses money and preventing perfectly good, usable materials from going into the landfill," said Sarah Keirns, environmental outreach specialist. "The vision is to create relationships between businesses so unwanted materials or waste from one business can be reused by another business."

To attend Morning Blend, please register at https://www.clarkgreenbiz.com/336/102/february-green-business-morning-blend.html.

The Green Business program represents a growing community of businesses committed to making a positive impact on the environment. To learn more, visit https://www.clarkgreenbiz.com/.

Applicants sought for Historic Preservation Commission members - 02/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two seats on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.

The seven-member commission is responsible for:

* Reviewing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
* Reviewing nominations and designating properties to the Clark County Heritage Register
* Conducting design review for changes to buildings and sites on the local register
* Reviewing and deciding applications for the Special Valuation Tax Incentive for historic properties
* Overseeing education and outreach

Terms are for three years and begin in July. Service is voluntary.

The commission typically meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St.

Applicants must have demonstrated interest, experience or knowledge in history, historic preservation, architecture or related disciplines such as planning, cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural geography, American studies or historic rehabilitation or restoration.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and résumé to Tina Redline, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or tina.redline@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018.

For more information about the commission and the Historic Preservation program, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/planning/historic.

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Property tax payment mailing address has changed, in person payment remains - 02/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Treasurer's Office has a new property tax payment mailing address.

As of Feb. 1, 2018, people who pay their property taxes by mail should send payments to Clark County Treasurer, Caller Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5150.

In person payments still can be made in the second floor joint lobby of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., and online payment also is an option. For details, visit the Treasurer's website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer.

Please make a note of this new mailing address for future property tax payments. If you have questions, please call the Treasurer's Office at 564.397.2252.

The Treasurer's Office has made this change to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
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Commission focuses on transportation, mobility needs for those 60 and older - 02/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Commission on Aging is focusing this year on supportive services, especially for people 60 and older. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence. It is a hallmark of a livable community.

The year-long focus will educate and raise awareness about future transportation and mobility challenges and solutions that could help Clark County's older residents age in their homes and neighborhoods for as long as possible.

Meetings are at 4:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The commission has invited experts to speak on the specific topics. Members then will discuss the topic and answer questions from the audience. Here is a schedule of the 2018 topics:

Feb. 20: Transportation Issues for Aging in Place
March 20: No regular meeting
April 17: Alternatives to Driving - Part I
May 15: Alternatives to Driving - Part 2
June 19: No regular meeting; commission retreat
July 17: Senior Driving and Safety
Aug. 21: Planning for our transportation and mobility needs
Sept. 18: Community Design
Oct. 16: Vehicle Design and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Nov. 13: Transportation of the future

Dr. Alan DeLaTorre, research associate at Portland State University's Institute on Aging, will kick off the transportation series on Feb. 20. DeLaTorre will discuss issues pertaining to transportation options, safety, community planning and emerging technology for the growing number of older residents in the community.

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/community-planning/commission-aging.

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

Council seeks applicants for three-year position on Board of Equalization - 02/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Clark County Board of Equalization.

The three-year position runs from July 15, 2018 to July 14, 2021.

The Board of Equalization is a three-member, impartial citizen panel that hears and decides property owners' appeals of assessed property valuations and exemptions. Members are paid $100 per day while attending hearings and meetings. Board hearings usually are held in alternating weeks, Tuesday through Thursday mornings on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Applicants must be Clark County residents. They cannot hold any elective office or be an employee of any elected official. Persons who have been employed by the Clark County Assessor's Office are not eligible to be a board member for two years after leaving their employment.

Applicants also should have knowledge of Clark County real property and personal property appraisal techniques and property tax law. Knowledge of building trades is helpful. Computer skills are helpful.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Tina Redline, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email her at tina.redline@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018.

To learn more, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/board-of-equalization.
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Council urges county residents to complete freeway value pricing feasibility survey - 02/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council urges county residents to complete an online survey about the possibility of Oregon applying a toll on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 to ease congestion in the Portland area.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting the Portland Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis and hosting an online open house through Monday, Feb. 5.

"The public's review and input on value pricing options will be essential to help fully evaluate the option that is the best fit for our region," the transportation department states on its website, http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/Value-Pricing.aspx.

To reach the survey directly, go to http://openhouse.oregondot.org/portland-metro-area-value-pricing-feasibility-analysis.

Oregon's House Bill 2017, known as Keep Oregon Moving, directs the Oregon Transportation Commission to develop a proposal for value pricing on I-5 and I-205 from the state line to the junction of the two freeways just south of Tualatin. The Oregon Legislature directed the commission to seek approval from the Federal Highway Administration no later than Dec. 31, 2018. If the highway administration approves, the commission is required to implement value pricing.

Value pricing, also called congestion pricing, is a user fee system in which a higher price is set for driving on a specific road during more congested times of the day.
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Youth Commission seeks nominations for achievement awards - 02/01/18

Vancouver, WA -- The 20th annual Youth Achievement Awards celebration is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, and nominations of youth ages 11-19 are being accepted. Up to 300 young people will receive awards.

Coordinated by the Clark County Youth Commission under the guidance of Community Services, the award program recognizes youth who have demonstrated achievement in any of 13 categories. The categories are: arts; career development; citizenship; courage; education; empathy; environmental stewardship; family life; inspiration; leadership; personal achievement; sportsmanship; and tolerance.

Anyone may submit nominations, and youth may nominate themselves. Nomination forms are online at https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/youth-achievement.

Please mail completed nomination forms to Youth Achievement Celebration, Attn: Clark County Youth House, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

Mailed forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, March 12. Forms may be faxed to 360.397.2164 by 5 p.m. Monday, March 12.

For more information, or to have a nomination form mailed to you, please contact the Clark County Youth House at 360.397.2075 ext. 4122.

The Youth Commission is a leadership development program and advisory board established in 1998. Members from throughout the county provide a youth-oriented point of view to the Clark County Council, county departments and community organizations.

Council invites community to State of the County at fairgrounds Wednesday, Feb. 21 - 01/31/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council 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. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

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.
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Community invited to meet two finalists for county manager position Feb. 12 - 01/29/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council invites residents to meet the two finalists for county manager during an open house 5-6 pm Monday, Feb. 12, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The two finalists are Dan Chandler, assistant county administrator for Clackamas County, Oregon, and Randall Partington, administrator for Finney County, Kansas.

Chandler, a previous 20-year resident of Clark County, has worked in public, private and nonprofit management. He has expertise in land use, transportation, strategic planning, performance budgeting and economic development. He has held his current position since 2011. Earlier, he worked as an attorney, executive director of American Wildlands and small business owner. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Western Washington University and a law degree at Harvard Law School.

Partington has been Finney County administrator since 2010 and earlier served as the county's assistant administrator and Human Resources director. Earlier, he worked as a city administrator and county budget analyst in Kansas. He earned a bachelor's degree at Kansas State University and Master of Public Administration at Wichita State University.

The candidates also will have several opportunities to meet county employees and community leaders during their two-day stay in Clark County. A panel of county employees and a panel of community members will interview the candidates Monday, Feb. 12, and the Clark County Council will interview them Tuesday, Feb. 13. The council is expected to make a selection soon thereafter.
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