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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 05/18/18

The following information is in response to a media inquiry of a death(s) investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

These individuals died following a collision in Vancouver, WA on 05/11/2018.

 

The name of the decedent: Nameta, Tabo A.    Age: 24 Yrs           

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

Date of death: 05/11/2018

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Blunt Head Trauma

 

The name of the decedent: Kintin, Akiki           Age: 27 Yrs           

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

Date of death: 05/11/2018

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Blunt Cervical Trauma

 

The name of the decedent: Cheipot, Kenson     Age: 27 Yrs           

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

Date of death: 05/12/2018

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Blunt Force Injuries of the Torso

 

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 05/18/2018

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

Community invited to meet finalists for county manager position May 30 - 05/18/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council invites residents to meet the finalists for county manager during a moderated forum 9-10 am Wednesday, May 30, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The finalists are Rick Rudometkin, county manager of Eddy County, New Mexico, and Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

If you have suggested questions for the candidates, please send them to search@clark.wa.gov">countymanagersearch@clark.wa.gov.    

Rudometkin has held his current position since 2013 and previously served as Eddy County Public Works director. He has 24 years of progressive local and municipal government experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Woodbury University, Burbank, California. He also holds credentials as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics and Certified Public Manager through the New Mexico EDGE program. 

Henessee has been city administrator of City of Pleasant Hill since 2017, and served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wisconsin, from 2015 – 2017. He has extensive experience with county and local government departments and functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wichita State University, a master’s degree in political science from University of Kansas, and a juris doctor from University of Missouri.

Trails open to all users at Whipple Creek Regional Park following rainy season - 05/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The primitive dirt trails at Whipple Creek Regional Park will be open to all trail users, effective Saturday, May 19.

Since last November, dirt trails have been open only to hikers and joggers to preserve the trails during the rainy season. Equestrians and mountain bikers could continue using gravel trails at the 300-acre park, off Northeast 179th Street, during wet weather.

“The seasonal restrictions were effective, and the primitive trails are in great condition,” said Bill Bjerke, parks and lands manager for Clark County Public Works. “We appreciate trail users respecting the restrictions and hope people get out and enjoy the natural trails now they are open to all users.”

The park’s trails have been plagued by persistent heavy mud because of poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes. To improve trail conditions, volunteers have donated 7,600 hours during the past six years to build reroutes, improve drainage, and spread gravel across the park’s main trails, making them accessible year-round. Volunteers also realigned and restored a series of natural surface trails.

“The seasonal restrictions mean less maintenance for our volunteers this year,” Bjerke said. “And the recreational experience will be improved for everyone since there is less mud to contend with.”

Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store to host Morning Blend networking event - 05/14/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County’s Green Business program will host a free Morning Blend networking event 8-9 am Thursday, May 17, at the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 SE Second St.

Morning Blend is an opportunity for business leaders to network, discuss green business efforts at their workplaces and learn how businesses can reduce their impact on the environment. Members of the public who are interested in learning more about environmental issues related to businesses also are invited to attend.

The event will feature a presentation by representatives of the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store. The discount home-improvement store sells donated building materials, appliances and furniture to be reused by their customers.

“The Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store incorporates a number of green business practices, which helps them operate efficiently and keep costs low,” said Sarah Keirns, environmental outreach specialist at Clark County Public Health. “The store also includes an impressive recycling center. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about their efforts to reuse and recycle material that would otherwise go to landfill.”

To attend Morning Blend, please register at https://www.clarkgreenbiz.com/586/register.html.

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

Public Health evaluating active tuberculosis case at a Vancouver high school - 05/11/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is gathering information about an active case of tuberculosis at Skyview High School. The risk of the disease spreading to students, staff and the public is low. Public Health currently has no evidence of additional cases at Skyview High School.

Public Health was notified by a local health care provider on Tuesday, May 1, of a possible tuberculosis (TB) case involving an individual associated with Skyview High School. Health privacy laws prevent Public Health from disclosing how the person is associated with the school. Public Health confirmed the diagnosis on Monday, May 7.

Public Health is working closely with Vancouver Public Schools and Skyview High School. Parents and staff were notified by phone calls, emails and printed letters on Friday, May 11. Public Health is identifying those who may have been in close contact with the person who tested positive for active TB and will notify those individuals directly in the coming days.

Public Health will offer TB screening to students and staff identified as potential close contacts. That screening will take place at the high school later this month.

As the evaluation continues, it may expand to include other locations where the individual spent prolonged periods of time between July 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Public Health will directly notify those individuals who may have been exposed and who are potentially at risk for infection.

Tuberculosis is caused by a germ that is spread from person to person through the air. TB is usually spread through prolonged close contact with someone who is contagious. Active TB disease does not develop immediately after a person is infected. Early identification and treatment of people who are infected can prevent them from developing active TB disease.

Southwest Washington Regional Health Care Advisory Committee to meet May 24 - 05/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. ??' The Southwest Washington Regional Health Care Advisory Committee will meet 1:30-3:30 pm Thursday, May 24, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will include presentations by representatives of Health Care Authority, Beacon Health Options, Catholic Community Services, Lifeline Connections, Molina Healthcare, Community Health Plan of Washington and Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health.

A public comment period is scheduled after the presentations.

The Health Care Advisory Committee consists of a member of the legislative body for Clark and Skamania counties, a state senator and a state representative from each county, a representative of any local tribe and a consumer representative from the regional Behavioral Health Advisory Board.

Klickitat County will join the region and participate on the committee beginning in January 2019.

The committee meets up to three times a year to help ensure the region’s integrated health care system continues to meet the needs of the most vulnerable after physical and behavioral health services were absorbed by Medicaid managed care.

With integration, the financial risk for behavioral health services moved to managed care organizations overseen by the Washington State Health Care Authority. Counties retained some financial risk and full responsibility for services offered through the local criminal justice systems, Public Health and 10-year homeless plans.

Candidate filing for 2018 election begins at 8 am Monday, May 14 - 05/08/18

Candidate filing for the 2018 general election is rapidly approaching.

In-person filing will begin at 8 am Monday, May 14, and end at 5 pm Friday, May 18, at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. Filing fees must be paid by cash or check when filing in person.

Candidates also can file online, from 9 am Monday, May 14, through 4 pm Friday, May 18, at www.clarkvotes.org. Online filers must have valid email addresses and pay any filing fees using Visa or Mastercard.   

All candidates, regardless of whether they file in person or online, must be U.S. citizens and be registered to vote in the jurisdiction for which they are filing.

Open offices this year include U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District; State Representative positions in the 14th, 17th, 18th, 20th and 49th Legislative Districts; three Supreme Court Justice positions; one Court of Appeals Justice position; all six District Court Judge positions; Clark County Council Chair and Clark County Council positions, Districts 1 and 2; Clark County Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer; Clark Public Utilities Commissioner, District 1; Vancouver City Council Position 1; and 287 Republican Precinct Committee Officer positions and 287 Democratic Precinct Committee Officer positions.  

A complete list of open offices and filing fees is available at the Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St., or online at www.clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.

This year’s primary will be held Aug. 7, followed by the general election on Nov. 6.

Additional information, including a copy of the “2018 Election Guide for Candidates,” can be found on the Clark County Elections Office website at www.clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.

To determine if you meet all of the qualifications to file for an office, contact the Clark County Elections Office by phone, 360.397.2345, or email, elections@clark.wa.gov, or stop by the Elections Office at 1408 Franklin St.

Recognizing National Drug Court Month with success story, food drive - 05/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – May is National Drug Court Month, and drug court graduate Marisa Neth exemplifies what success in the program looks like. In her role as recovery support specialist in Superior Court, she provides an example of that success to drug court participants every day.

Marisa graduated from Clark County Drug Court in fall of 2003. She has come full circle and now works alongside Superior Court Judge James E. Rulli, the judge who helped her through the drug court program almost 15 years ago.

“National Drug Court Month is a time for me and other court graduates to remember the vital influence this program had on our lives,” said Marisa.

Therapeutic Specialty Courts have been in existence in Clark County for 19 years, and have played an important role improving substance abuse treatment outcomes and reducing recidivism. In addition to courts specializing in substance abuse, Clark County Therapeutic Courts include mental health, veterans, family treatment and juvenile recovery.

One of the goals of drug court is to reduce costs within the county’s criminal justice system.

“The community benefits when a person rises above drugs and related crime,” said Judge Rulli. “Drug Courts save up to $27 for every $1 invested and up to $13,000 for every individual served.”

During National Drug Court Month, Clark County Therapeutic Courts are giving back to the community with a food drive benefitting the Clark County Food Bank.

“Our goal is to donate 500 pounds of food to the Food Bank,” said Marisa. “We encourage community members to join us and donate non-perishable food items by Saturday, May 19.”

Drop off locations include the Center for Community Health second-floor lobby, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Clark County Public Service Center lobby, 1300 Franklin St. and all Clark County Les Schwab Tire Center locations.

Commission on Aging's May meeting to continue examining driving alternatives - 05/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- Ensuring access to safe, affordable transportation for those who do not drive is vital for independent living. Community transit and new technologies may be able to assist and provide more options for those most in need of transportation services.

Clark County’s Commission on Aging will continue its yearlong focus on transportation during its next meeting, at 4:30 pm Tuesday, May 15, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will feature two speakers:

  • Colleen Kuhn is the Executive Director of the Human Services Council, a nonprofit corporation providing transportation and volunteer services in Southwest Washington. Kuhn will discuss the council’s transportation programs, as well as the importance of partnerships, coalitions and service coordination to address transportation barriers for an aging population.
  • Kevin Chambers is an independent consultant focusing on transportation, technology and human services. From 2015 to 2017, Chambers was Chief Technology Officer of Ride Connection, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides transportation services to Portland-area residents with limited options, primarily those 60 and older and people with disabilities.

The May 15 discussion is the Commission on Aging’s third meeting this year on transportation, which is critical for a livable community. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain their independence. For a schedule of topics, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2018-transportation-speaker-series.

The Commission on Aging is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership to address the needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

Clark County Finance Committee meeting scheduled for May 14 - 04/30/18

Vancouver, Wash. ??' The Clark County Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 2:30 pm Monday, May 14, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 243 on the second floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The agenda includes discussion of the First Quarter 2018 County Finance Report.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 04/23/18

The following information is in response to a media inquiry of a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

This individual was found dead on 11/05/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Holmes, Michael R.           Age: 66 Yrs           

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

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Methamphetamine Intoxication

 

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 04/23/2018

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - 04/23/18

 

The following information is in response to a media inquiry of a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

This individual was found dead on 12/27/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Rennells, James M.           Age: 41 Yrs           

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

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Methamphetamine Intoxication

 

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 04/23/2018

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

County to honor individuals, organizations for contributions to local public health - 04/23/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Board of Health will recognize winners of the 2018 Public Health Community Award at 8:30 am Wednesday, April 25. The ceremony will open the board’s monthly meeting in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Winners are:

Jan Wichert, individual award – Wichert has recently succeeded in establishing the Bridgeview Education & Employment Resource Center, in collaboration with 25 community partners. In this effort and her work with the Vancouver Housing Authority, Wichert has shown herself to be committed to social justice and assisting underserved low-income families. Exhbiting creativity, innovation and a collaborative spirit, she contributes to the health of different communities.

Clark County Food Bank, organization award – Clark County Food Bank’s efforts to alleviate hunger and its root causes demonstrate a dedication to collaboration, education and excellence. Last year, the food bank worked with 40 partner agencies to distribute nearly 7 million pounds of food to 112,553 individuals throughout Clark County and provided nutrition education to 3,696 individuals. The food bank grows crops at the 78th Street Heritage Farm, gleans healthy food from grocery stores, runs a mobile food distribution, Food Bank Fresh, and recently opened a pantry serving the Fruit Valley neighborhood in Vancouver.

The following were selected for “Honorable Mention” recognition:

Bloodworks Northwest, Volunteer Team – Volunteering thousands of hours each year to help ensure blood is available for local patients.

Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition – Ensuring education, collaboration and support for mothers to get connected to resources, become comfortable with breastfeeding, and to advocate for families.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners – Providing free community education classes focusing on baby boomer and senior health by volunteering time and expertise as licensed medical professionals.

Jonathan Hokama, Vancouver Run, Grub and Chug Club – Encouraging physical activity and community connection through organizing an inclusive running club that has touched more than 1,700 individuals.

Kachina Inman, Healthy Living Collaborative – Providing leadership and dedication to the Healthy Living Collaborative and development of a network of Community Health Workers.

Leontina Liebe, Camas High School – Supporting student wellness in excess of her responsibilities as a school counselor.

Teresia Hazen, Legacy Health Healing Garden Program – Supporting patient wellness and recovery by developing and overseeing a therapeutic garden program.

Unite! Washougal – Addressing community health issues through collaboration with volunteers from various community sectors.