9-1-1 Scam

CRESA 911 would like to warn the public of a new phone scam now hitting Clark County. Recently several news media outlets ran a story where it makes it look like 9-1-1 is calling you, then someone says you will be arrested if you do not send money. To complicate it more, if you do call back, it actually does call the real 9-1-1 center.

The message goes on to state that if you do not call back within 30 minutes, you will be arrested.

What is confusing most is that the Caller ID is coming in stating its 9-1-1. CRESA 9-1-1 would never ask for this type of personal information. We would never leave someone a voicemail telling them there is a warrant for their arrest.

If you receive one of these calls or voicemails, we encourage you not to call 9-1-1 back unless there is an actual emergency.

Please contact the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to file a complaint. His office can be reached at 360-753-6200 or you can complete the online complaint form. http://www.atg.wa.gov/file-complaint

We are also including a story about this shared on KGW last week. http://www.kgw.com/story/news/crime/2015…

Free Landscape Consultations Offered

Green Neighbors

Clark County Environmental Services is offering a limited amount of FREE consultations with a landscape designer who will show you how to create a backyard that is beautiful to the eye and kind to the environment – not to mention healthier for your family and pets. To learn more and sign up for a garden visit, please go to http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/Discover/ and select “Learn More” in the top right sidebar.

Clark County Environmental Services is providing this service to encourage citizens to reduce the amount of chemicals used in their landscapes and keep our waterways clean.

Did You Know Ridgefield’s students create murals, ceramic tiles, and sewing projects in art classes?

Seventh graders in Michelle Hankins' art class sewed device cases

Seventh graders in Michelle Hankins’ art class sewed device cases

Throughout Ridgefield School District, art students at each school finished the 2014-15 school year with amazing art projects including creating ceramic tiles, painting a permanent mural, sewing device cases, and compiling an illustrated book of student essays.

Creating ceramic tiles inspired by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

At South Ridge Elementary School, fifth and sixth graders in Heather Fukuchi’s art classes created ceramic tiles inspired from animals native to Ridgefield’s wildlife refuge. Students started by choosing and researching their animal using the Internet and then drew sketches from which they created prints.

Fifth and sixth graders at South Ridge created ceramic tiles based on animals native to Ridgefield's refuge

Fifth and sixth graders at South Ridge created ceramic tiles based on animals native to Ridgefield’s refuge

Students used the prints to create tiles made from clay which they glazed and fired to create the ceramic tiles. “Timing was the biggest challenge for this project because there were so many different elements to coordinate,” said Fukuchi. “Many students even came in during their lunch recesses so they could finish up their projects.”

Heather Fukuchi plans to use the sixth grader's tiles to create a mosaic installation in the new South Ridge building

Heather Fukuchi plans to use the sixth grader’s tiles to create a mosaic installation in the new South Ridge building

Fukuchi will create a mosaic mural of the tiles made by the sixth graders which will be installed in the new South Ridge building, “All of the tiles turned out so beautiful that it will be a wonderful project for the sixth graders to leave behind as they head to View Ridge Middle School.” Fukuchi received a $500 grant from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation to help purchase the equipment and material used for the project.

Students leave their mark by painting a permanent mural

Each year, Alan Adams’ sixth grade art students paint a mural on one of the walls of Union Ridge Elementary School. This year, Adams selected a reproduction of a mural painted by the famous pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the World’s Fair in 1964 to support the students’ studies of pop art from throughout the year. “I try to connect the material the students study throughout the year with the end-of-year mural,” said Adams. “I want the final project to help students further understand the material they studied by creating a bit of it themselves.”

Union Ridge sixth graders created a permanent mural inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein

Union Ridge sixth graders created a permanent mural inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein

On the day of painting, Adams introduced the students to the subject of the mural and explained the techniques the students would use to paint the mural. Adams used a grid enlargement technique to sketch the mural onto the wall, and then instructed the students how to paint the mural itself.

All of Union Ridge's sixth graders have a hand in creating the final art mural

All of Union Ridge’s sixth graders have a hand in creating the final art mural

Adams believes that being an art teacher involves a lot more than just loving art. “Working with kids is what really moves me,” said Adams. “You can’t be an art teacher if you simply love art; you also have to love working with the kids.”

Learning to sew both as a life skill and to create art

At View Ridge Middle School, Michelle Hankins teaches seventh graders how to sew as a way to create useful art projects as well as to help them throughout life. “Learning to sew is one of the most requested projects from my students; students just love learning to sew,” said Hankins. “One of the things I hear all the time is how students go home and use the skills they learn in class to fix their own clothes!”

Hankins used a Google app, Google Classroom, to create videos of her sewing lessons, a total of ten videos that teach students the variety of sewing techniques they need to know to begin and finish the project. “The kids can use Chromebooks during class or their own computers at home to learn how to sew and finish their projects,” said Hankins. “By using videos, I can show kids the really small details of sewing which I wouldn’t be able to do in a classroom with 30 students.”

This year, students used the sewing techniques they learned to create cases for their cell phones and portable electronic devices. “Students’ phones are almost their lifelines to the world now,” said Hankins. “By creating cases for their phones, I found that this project really helped make a connection with my students.” Hankins’ used leftover supplies from an advanced eighth grade sewing project for the seventh graders’ device cases.

Brooke Weese, seventh grader, sews a device case for her cell phone

Brooke Weese, seventh grader, sews a device case for her cell phone

Students truly took to the project, creating complex designs for their device cases. “I’ve sewed before, but I was never very skilled at it,” said Brooke Weese, a seventh grader in Hankins’ class. “The most challenging part is making sure all the pieces are lined up, but Mrs. Hankins is such a good teacher and really helps out; plus, she’s really nice and enjoys interacting with all the students.”

Erik Fabyanchuk, a classmate, agreed with Weese. “Mrs. Hankins is my favorite teacher: she’s easygoing and fun, but still keeps the classroom on-topic and under control; art is one of my best classes.”

Art collaborates with English at Ridgefield High School

At Ridgefield High School, art students collaborated with the language arts classes to create a book of student essays compiled along with student-created illustrations. Jill Uhacz, a language arts teacher, teamed up with Tamara Hoodenpyl, the illustration teacher, to develop the project.

Illustration students at Ridgefield High School created art inspired by classmates' student essays

Illustration students at Ridgefield High School created art inspired by classmates’ student essays

“All of the essays were so different from each other but all revolved around the same theme,” said Uhacz. “It was wonderful to see how the students from all the classes really came together to embrace the project.”

To learn more about the collaborative art project from the high school, you can read the previous Did You Know covering the project by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/RHS-Illustrated-Essays.

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here: http://bit.ly/DYK-Submit

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter. You can also subscribe to receive the Did You Knows directly in your inbox by clicking here.

Car Show Friday

American Legion

The American Legion Post 44’s 5th annual car show downtown will be this Friday evening.

Don Stose, Dave Taylor and Chief Carrie Greene will be in a “Dunk Tank”, with the chief in uniform!

Chief Greene will be in the tank starting at 4pm; the other two times have not been set yet. There will be raffles, 100+ cars, and fun for all.

A Call for Volunteers


Main Street collageThe Ridgefield Main Street (RMS) Program is seeking volunteers to join our Design Committee! They say it’s all about being in the right place at the right time…well, here’s your chance to be a part of the rejuvenation of a city! These opportunities are project specific and will not necessarily require attendance to all monthly meetings.


RMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of downtown Ridgefield, while advocating for its future through economic development, community events, public and private partnerships, and unified branding and marketing of the downtown core.  The RMS Design Committee is working alongside various groups to brand, beautify and rejuvenate the appearance and atmosphere of the downtown area, while still maintaining the small-town charm we all love. This group has the unique opportunity to play a leading role in a wide variety of projects to include building improvements, signage, window displays, landscaping and environment in this exciting season of growth and revitalization. Our primary goal is to create a safe, healthy and vibrant place for all to enjoy.


Come be a part of what’s happening in Ridgefield! We are looking for volunteers with key skill sets that will serve the Design Committee as we work together to make the exciting vision of our community come to life. Committee membership represents a fabulous opportunity to build your portfolio or simply enjoy being a part of all that’s happening in the changing times of Ridgefield, Washington. The positions we are looking to fill are:

Clark County/Ridgefield Historian


Branding Consultant

Blog Writer

Landscape Designer

Sign Painter/Artist

Graphic Designer

Streetscape Designer

Map Designer

Outdoor Muralist

Design Engineer


Please contact: Frank Shuman (RMS President) at s_human@mac.com and 360-980-1717 , or Steve Coxen (Design Committee Chair) at sacoxen2000@gmail.com

To learn more about RMS, please visit our Facebook Page and website: www.ridgefieldmainstreet.com.

Thank you for your interest!

Thought for the Week

Be concerned about the future. The rest of your life will be spent there.

–  Charles Francis Kettering

FLASH SALE at the Merc

Barb Blystone at the Mercantile is having a FLASH SALE tonight between 4 and 6pm, and she’ll donate 20% of all sales to the library building fund.The Merc is at 419 Pioneer.

Let’s see how many people came to the sale because of this post – I’ll give $8 for everyone who mentions she/he saw the info on FYI. GO SHOP!

And the good news is…

It's raining

Ridgefield Living Magazine Needs Photos

Rick Browne, publisher and editor of Ridgefield Living Magazine, is looking for Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge pictures and invites submissions of images of both scenery and wildlife for a contest which will be held every month in the magazine.

Each month four of the photos will be selected for publication on a double-page spread in the magazine. There will be prizes for at least the 1st and 2nd place winners, possibly for all four.

At the end of the first year we will publish all the photos in a desk calendar that we will sell locally with the major portion of the profits going to the Friends of the Refuge group so they can continue their good works on behalf of the RNWR.

We need images in hand by July30th at the latest.

Please send your images ASAP to rickbrowne@me.com. Include your name, contact information, and if you wish details of the image (where, when it was shot – camera/lens used, etc.) Images should be a minimum of 300 dpi, sent as .jpgs with a maximum size of 5 MB.

Notes from City Council Meeting 7-23-15

A motion was made to excuse John Main.


Ordinance 1191 – pertaining to an Amendment to the 2015 Budget

The budget amendment totals $704,237 in one-time appropriations. Funding for the proposed increase comes from the increased revenue projections in Park Impact Fees, Real Estate Excise Tax, a rebate from Clark Utilities for upgrading the street lights to LED and use of fund balance. This is the first reading and no action is needed

Ordinance 1192 – Amendment to Speed Limits

This will reduce the speed limit on 85th Ave (10th Ave) to 35 mph for the length of roadway within the City limits. This is the first reading and no action is needed

Ordinance 1186 – Development Agreement for Bella Noche Planned Unit Development

Bella Noche is surrounded by Green Gables on the west, north and east by Pioneer St and Smythe Rd to the south. It would allow construction of 30 single family units. Passed 6-0

Ordinance 1187 – Development Agreement for Schuck Corporation

The Schuck Corp is requesting approval of impact fee credits associated with the construction of the capital facilities set forth in the Capital Facilities Plan in the amount of $2,142,036.53. If the City contracted to do the work, it probably would have cost around 6 million dollars. In essence, by Schuck doing the work it saved Ridgefield a few million dollars. The Schuck Corporation will have 15 years from approval to use the credits. Passed 6-0

Ordinance 1188 – Ridgefield Municipal Code 12.12 Amendment to Revise Street Tree Regulations

The revision would better regulate street trees and it would include a list of approved tree species. The amendment just includes street trees. The revisions also clarify that street tree maintenance is the responsibility of the abutting property owners. Passed 6-0

Ordinance 1189 – Ridgefield Municipal Code Amendment to Animal Regulations

This will amend Ridgefield Municipal Code Chapter 7.04 to update penalty provisions. This is a Statewide increase approved by the State Supreme Court that would increase the maximum penalty for most infractions by $12, the first increase since 2007. This ordinance will remove any monetary amount listed within the code and replace it with the appropriate infraction language so that future increases will not require a code change. Passed 6-0

Ordinance 1190 – Ridgefield Municipal Code Amendment to Administration Fee List

With the passage of Resolution 483 that established a Master Fee Schedule for the City, the Ridgefield Municipal Code contains provisions that are inconsistent with Resolution 483. This ordinance would correct the inconsistences. Passed 6-0

Motion Approval of Funds Requested by City Partner-Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library.

The City Manager is authorized to provide certain benefits to these partners. Benefits include a financial contribution or in-kind services not to exceed $1200.00 The Friends will purchase 2 banners: 1 for over the lobby door leading into the Ridgefield Community Center and one that hangs over Pioneer Street as that space is available.   Passed 6-0

City Development Report – Single Family permits – 15 issued in July, ready for pickup: 10, in review: 10. Year to date total is 100.


Library programs Saturday July 25 to Saturday August 1

Special Programs

Tuesday, July 28 – 2:30 pm – Nuestro Canto – Enjoy a performance of “Legends of Mexico/Leyendas de Mexico” an original bilingual performance with masks, movement, dance, songs, and music.

Saturday, August 1 – Look for the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library selling books at 9:00 am at the Farmers’ Market and down at the Port at the Rover Romp activities starting at 9:30 am. Arf!

Regular Programs

Saturday, July 25 – 10:30 a.m.-Family story time, 2:00 pm – Chess Club, 5:00 pm – Teen Video Gaming

Tuesday, July 28 – 6:00 pm – Adult Book Discussion. We are discussing Border Songs by Jim Lynch. September’s title is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Wednesday, July 29 – 10:00 am – Stitchery Group 10:30 am

Preschool Story time, 4:00 pm – Ridgefield Gaming Group.

Thursday, July 30 – 1:00 pm – Mahjong at the Library; 3:30 pm – Spanish Conversation Circle.

Friday, July 31 – 10:30 am – Toddler story time; 4:00 pm – Teen Gaming Night

Saturday, August 1 – 10:00 am – Join us at Davis Park to make juggling balls and cool down by playing with a water rocket.

80 for 80 Update

You had a good time at the Dewey Decimal Picnic and Pizza Party – now you can have even more fun at the Much Ado about Golf tournament at Tri Mountain Golf Course on Monday, September 14. It will be an afternoon of golf, food, prizes and fun. You don’t have to be a super golfer to enjoy this tournament – the main idea is to have a ball while raising money to build the new Ridgefield library. We have a challenge planned for each hole, with lots of prizes to be awarded. There’s even a prize for the golfer with the highest score. (To you non-golfers, a high score is a bad thing.) We’ve found a host of ways to honor our Shakespearian theme – come see what we have in store for you.

Cost for a foursome is only $280, with a $20 discount for early registration by September 1. Find one other person to play and your cost is $150 for two, with a $10 discount. Or come by yourself and you’ll pay $80/$75. This is a chance to kick back and just have fun – don’t miss it!We are quickly reaching our limit of teams, so please call me (887-2160) to sign up. We’ll take checks or credit cards. If you pay by credit card the card will not be run until August 31, so the charge will not show on your bill until September.

I’m pleased to say the community has now contributed $50,000 to the library building fund. We are 5/8th of the way to the $80,000 I have committed to raise. I’m tempted to raise the amount to $100,000, but that may be premature. Help us get to our goal!

The money has been coming in – a very generous gift of $2500 was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Speere, Rhidian and Martha Morgan pledged $1000, and $500 was given in memory of Paul Peck. Thank you so much.

2015 BirdFest Mobile Photography Contest Rules – Sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association (RAA)

The Ridgefield Arts Association is sponsoring a mobile phone contest in conjunction with BirdFest. Listed below are the rules of the contest:

Open to all residents of SW Washington and Greater Portland area who take photos with a mobile phone or tablet cameras can submit images to the contest. Contest is FREE to enter. Photo should be of any bird taken in the local Washington/Oregon area. One entry per person to be emailed to “ridgefieldartists@live.com”. Deadline to enter is September 19, 2015 at midnight PT.

The top 20 photos will be judged by the RAA and printed for display at the 16th Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Celebration (http://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/schedule-of-events/) Oct 3 – 4, 2015 in the Birders’ Market in the Ridgefield Community Center. Viewing times are Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 4:00. The public will vote on “People’s Choice” award and winners announced at the end of BirdFest and through social media. Need not be present to win. The people’s choice winner will get their photo professionally edited, printed and framed. The top 2 vote getters will also receive ribbons and certificates of achievement.

Official Rules:

  • All entries should be emailed to “ridgefieldartists@live.com” along with any questions about the contest. Please include in your email subject: “BirdFest Mobile Photo contest entry”
  • The photo must have a bird as the main subject in the photo that was taken in the local Washington/Oregon area.
  • Editing of the photo is allowed. This is art!
  • The photo needs to originate from a phone or tablet device camera. No DLSR or point-and-shoot camera photos will be accepted.
  • Only one entry per person (any age) is allowed. Please submit full size (resolution) of photo from mobile device for best clarity. Please include your name and email address so we can contact you. If you have a title or caption for your photo, please include that too.
  • Photos of the top-20 will be printed and matted 5×7 in size for display at BirdFest Oct 3 – 4, 2015. These prints will be available for photographers to pick up from the RAA after the contest is complete.
  • Photographer retains all rights to their photo. By submitting any photo or information to the Ridgefield Art Association, you hereby represent and warrant that the submitted photo or information does not and shall not infringe on any copyright, any rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party, and you have the right to grant any and all rights and licenses granted to the Ridgefield Art Association herein, including but not limited to all necessary rights under copyright, free and clear of any claims or encumbrances.

A Ridgefield Story

A local citizen sent this in – it’s so typical of Ridgefield that I wanted to share it:

“Last night we were at the Sportsman Grill to have dinner with our daughter and our 3 yr old and 1 year old granddaughters. It was our 1 yr old’s birthday and they were supposed to have dinner with their daddy at the firehouse where he is a paramedic, but that got changed because he left at 3 pm to be medical support at the fire in Walla Walla – after dinner we had a small cake and sang. When we were ready to leave, the waitress told us that our bill was paid by the two ladies sitting behind us. This amazing gift made a daddy missing his little girl’s birthday dinner a little easier for her mama. Thank you to those two wonderful ladies. We live in a great place!”

Pioneer Street Overpass is Funded


rail overpass

Plans for a rail overpass on Pioneer Street in Ridgefield to allow safe passage for motorists and pedestrians between Ridgefield’s downtown and the waterfront are coming to fruition. In late June the Washington State Senate passed a $15 billion transportation budget that included funds for the completion of the third and final phase of the project.

On July 10, the House passed legislation for the necessary bonding to raise the funds for the new budget. A total of $7.8 million toward the $11.3 million projected cost for Phase 3 of the rail overpass project will be made available to the Port of Ridgefield over two biennium periods; the Port earlier secured $2 million in federal funding toward Phase 3. The remaining dollars needed for the project will be provided by the Port and others.

The Port has been working on the rail overpass project over the last several years. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2013, and provided an access road at the foot of Pioneer Street. Phase 2, completed in 2014, involved the construction of an overpass approach road between Division and Mill Streets; this road will connect to the rail overpass and the Port’s waterfront property at the completion of Phase 3.

The rail overpass will bring many benefits to Ridgefield including improved, safer access to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and a future jobs center at Millers’ Landing – the Port’s available 41-acre, mixed-use waterfront development site. Engineering for the final phase of the rail overpass project is currently underway. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016, with project completion in late 2017.