Some Information about Climate Change

The climate changes we are experiencing are serious and need action to be done soon, even yesterday.  This posting  is a follow up to the post done a few days ago.  The next post will discuss some of the changes that are  likely already happening in Ridgefield and what is likely to happen in the future—Paul Snoey


First: The site below is an ingenious animation of  the history of the levels of carbon dioxide on our planet for the last 800,000 years.   It plots carbon dioxide levels at points from the South Pole on the left of the screen to the North Pole on the Right of the screen,  There is a great deal of information in this animation.  Please don’t hesitate to pause or watch it again.


Second:  “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked.”  From this site you can watch on-line or download.  It’s interesting that this was published in 2014.  It’s 2017 and some things are already different.  For example, C02 has increased a bit.

Third:  A discussion from Wikipedia about the global warming controversy

Fourth:  The last site is given with  reluctance.   It is not good news.  It says that the changes we have set in motion are going to persist for a very long time, even if  all  climate changing emissions are immediately stopped.  As bad as that is, it will be much worse if nothing is done at all.





In Memory of Sydney

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Sydney Reisbick, due to cancer. Sydney was a quiet, unassuming person with an impish look to her. She was very active in many activities here in Ridgefield as well as around the world.

Here are some things you may not know about Sydney. She was in Uruguay with the Peace Corps from 1963-65. She had a PhD in behavioral neuro science, she was a past president of the Friends of Clark County and very active in the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  She cared about birds. She worked diligently with the Ilani Casino to make sure their buildings would not be harmful to our bird population, and that our night skies were dark.

Over the past several weeks Elizabeth Scoval has been asking Sydney’s diverse groups of friends to respond to this question:  “What is evoked in you when you think of Sydney?”


She would like to share some of these SENTIMENTS OF SYDNEY with all of you:

Sydney embodies a quiet courage towards her efforts of advocacy for people, community, animals, the preservation of history and the environment.

Sydney has a spirit of kindness and intelligence.

Sydney is willing to be sassy, devious, naughty, trivial, honest, impish, silly, delicate and fearless.

Sydney is a conservationist that has led us forward and embraces humanity broadly.

Sydney is “loved up real good.”

Sydney holds a spirit of opposition to the world’s wrongs.

Similar to the perspective of the 10th century mystic, Hildegaard von Bingen, Sydney understands much of what is around her because she uses what is within her.

Sydney’s mischievous grin and sparkling eyes make one want to know what wonderful secrets she has to share.

Sydney has a wealth of knowledge of diverse genres, but speaks so humbly that few may be aware of her breadth and range of knowledge.

Sydney is an inspiration with her engagement now with Hospice in living out a forward way.

Sydney’s excitement is barely contained, like a small child with its eyes dancing.

Sydney led The Friends of Clark County and Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge through difficult times with elegance, respectful testimonies and eventual successes.  Her representation helped our groups become well known and influential in helping to shape our community for the benefit of all, not just the few.

Sydney is a true friend.

And lastly, light of spirit but with earthly perspective, Sydney is endowed with The Wings of the World.

I think that summarizes Sydney. We will miss her.

There will be a celebration of Sydney at a time to be announced.

Halloween Hall Continues Tonight

Take your kids to Abrams Park tonight between 6 and 9pm to enjoy the Halloween Hall presented by the Ridgefield Art Association with support from other community organizations. Here are some pictures of the hay bale maze, which is free.

Entrance to the Hall, where you’ll wander through (not so) scary vignettes, costs $5.  It’s all in fun, and geared toward even the youngest children.



Ridgefield Students Personalize Steel Beam for New School

A new school complex for the Ridgefield School District is currently under construction, and this week, students got a chance to leave their mark on the building that will soon be their brand new school.

Earlier this week, Alliance Industrial Group (AIG), a local steel fabricator in Ridgefield, delivered a steel beam to the district for students to sign.  School district officials came up with the idea months ago as a cool way for students to take part in the construction process of their new building.

The personalized steel beam will be installed in the 7-8 classroom wing of the district’s new Grades 5-8 schools complex scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

Union Ridge Elementary School students from Mindy Morris’ and Nani Mack’s fourth grade classes shared their thoughts on the beam signing:

“It meant a lot to me to sign the beam because it means you will be in that school forever.  It’s amazing to be part of the history of our new school.”  Caitlyn Hittle

“It felt good to sign the beam so I can remember that I am a part of this school.  Also, if you have a younger sibling, they can say my brothers or sisters wrote that.”  Wyatt Hemmelman

“Signing the beam was important because it makes me feel like I will always belong in this school.”  Riisa Berg

“To me, signing the beam meant I am never going to leave that school.  My body will leave, but my heart and soul will stay there forever.”  Drace-Ari Henning

“By signing the beam, it meant that my mark will be forever in that school and that school will forever be a part of me.”  Shaylynn Wright

“To sign the beam means to me that I can look back and see all of our fourth grade class was part of the first fifth grade in our new school.”  Ally Nebeker


Ridgefield School District Releases 2017-18 School Improvement Plans

Ridgefield School District officials concluded presentations of their 2017-18 School Improvement Plans at the regular Board of Directors meeting on October 10.

The School Improvement Plans (SIP’s) for each of the district’s four schools are based on the school district’s goals as specified in “Pursuing Premier,” the district’s planning blueprint.  Each school’s SIP maps out the strategies that will be used to achieve these goals and defines how successes will be measured.

The district goals specified in “Pursuing Premier” are as follows:

Goal #1:  Achieve high outcomes through quality instruction, personalized learning, and continuous improvement resulting in success for every student.

Goal #2:  Provide safe, inclusive, and supportive environments that nurture the well-being of the whole child.

Goal #3:  Provide collaboration and communication opportunities with families, staff, and the community resulting in strong partnerships.

Goal #4:  Close the disparity gaps by ensuring high expectations, removing barriers and providing opportunities for all students.

Annual development of School Improvement Plans is a State Board of Education requirement for every school in the state of Washington (WAC 180-16-220).

To see Ridgefield’s School Improvement Plans, click on any of the following links:

South Ridge Elementary School

Union Ridge Elementary School

View Ridge Middle School

Ridgefield High School

The SIP’s can also be accessed on the district’s website at by navigating to each school’s webpage and locating the SIP in Forms.

Students Invited to Enter Superintendent’s 2017 Holiday Greeting Card Contest

The Superintendent’s 2017 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest is now underway!  All students are invited to participate in creating artwork for the district’s 2017 holiday greeting card.

This year’s theme is “Together for the Holidays.”

The winner and three semi-finalists will win cash prizes.  Additionally, the winning designs will be printed, bundled and made available for purchase.

Click here for contest rules, Parental Permission Form and Holiday Greeting Card Art Label.  All entries must be received in school offices by the end of the school day on Monday, October 30.

Community Education will once again host a free Holiday Card Workshop open to students of all ages.  All supplies will be provided — only creative inspiration is required!  Completed projects, with parental permission, will be collected for the contest.

Workshops will be held at South Ridge Library on Tuesday, October 24 (3:40 – 4:30 pm) and at Union Ridge Library on Wednesday, October 25 (2:40 – 3:30 pm).

The workshops are optional.  Although they are FREE, pre-registration is required.  Go to to reserve your spot.

The district is grateful to the Ridgefield Art Association for sponsoring this annual art contest.

Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide

Mauna Loa CO2

Measurement of Atmospheric CO2 at the Summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii since 1957

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the level of global carbon dioxide has increased  40%.  It is increasing at more than 5% a decade, and  in spite of a lot of discussion and proposed actions, the increase is unabated.  It is higher than it has been in more than eight hundred thousand years.  As a result of the increase the worlds ocean  temperatures has risen  on average 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit and the land   temperature has risen an average of  1.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Much of the increase has occurred since 1970.  There is really little  debate in the scientific communities worldwide that the cause of the increase is mostly due to the increase in carbon dioxide.

Three Hurricanes in the Atlantic this year were categories 4 or 5.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria were very destructive.  All formed over waters that  were warmer than average.  Hurricanes and typhoons get their energy by removing heat from ocean water.  With higher sea surface temperatures these storms can rapidly intensify.  If the water is warmer at higher latitudes they can stay stronger.  Hurricane Ophelia became a category 3 hurricane in the northeast Atlantic and did great damage to Ireland.  It was the strongest hurricane  ever to form in the northeast Atlantic.

On land,  many areas are having record heat and drought.  In our area, the years 2009 , 2015, and 2017 had the highest numbers of days with temperatures over 90 degrees.  The extended summer drought  and heat in the Columbia River Gorge set the stage for a fire that began on September 2nd and burned an area almost 50,000 acres.  The fires in Northern and Southern California burned thousands of homes and killed dozens of people.  Like here,  California experienced an extremely hot summer.  Portugal and Spain have had terrible wildfires that have killed  well over 100 people.  In the rest of the European Union,  the number of fires has doubled over the past few years.  The fire season is starting earlier and lasts longer.

There is an intense debate about climate change in the US.  Our president has placed many agencies in the hands of climate change deniers with ties to oil and coal.  Their claim is that the science is flawed and that there really is not a scientific consensus about climate change or even its causes.

The goal of the Paris accords, from  which Donald Trump has removed the United States, was to curb emissions world wide to prevent an increase of global temperatures of over 2 degrees Centigrade.   The scientific community argues that if emissions are not cut, our world could see a  temperature increase of 5 degrees Centigrade or more by 2100.

So, who to believe?  It may help to look at the evidence  and how it was obtained.  If it is so very important for the future of our planet, then it is worth taking time to consider it.  In the next post there will be some references to help with that.


Main Street Program Thursday

The Ridgefield Main Street Program will hold its monthly Community Meeting, Thursday, October 19, at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The speaker this month is Bradley Richardson, Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum.

Complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast is available for purchase.

Ridgefield Library Programs week of October 24 to October 28

Friends of the Ridgefield Library Book Sale

Thursday Oct 26, 6-8 pm-Members only sale. Memberships available at the door. Consider joining as a lifetime member.

Friday Oct 27, 10-7 pm-The book sale begins in earnest!

Saturday Oct 28, 9-4 pm – The book sale races to its finish. 3-4 pm is five dollars per bag of books.

Enjoy a baked goodie or hot beverage too!

Also on Saturday at 11:00 am – The Tell Tale Heart and Other Spooky Tales from Around the Globe-Master storyteller, Christopher Leebrick, present a riveting performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece and other spooky tales. For ages 12 and up please.

Wednesday October 25 – 10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group

10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story time

4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group

7:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Meaningful Movies-Watch a film that relates the life-history of Minoru Yasui, the first Japanese-American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated a legal test case by deliberately violating military orders that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans. Discussion follows. The film is being shown at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Avenue.

Thursday October 26-1:00 p.m.-Mahjong at the library

3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

First Saturday Events

November’s First Saturday is Wine & Chocolate. Sweet, spicy-hot and even tangy chocolate options paired with soft, smooth, flavor-filled local wines.

This is an over 21 event at Overlook Park from 11- 6:00 pm with wine tasting, chocolate pairing, live music – all under tents with twinkling lights and heating. Co-sponsored by the SW Washington Winery Association.

The Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar for all ages at the Ridgefield Community Center with arts & crafts, non-alcoholic wine tasting and a bake sale. Sponsored by Ridgefield Art Association. Chocolate tastings, wine & chocolate based products and lots of specials around town.

Halloween Hall this Friday and Saturday

The Ridgefield Art Association is hosting its 2nd annual Halloween Hall October 20 & 21, this Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, located at Bennett Hall in Abrams Park. This is a family-friendly event, no blood and gore, with free activities along with $5 admission to the hall. Dance Fusion will dance to Thriller three times each night, there will be a hay bale maze for the little tykes and a professional puppeteer, Whorls of Wonder. Popcorn and cider is available for purchase from the Friends of the Library and we will also have a food vendor, Fire and Ice, with meal and snack options. Non gory costumes are welcome. The Hall will be decorated with different vignettes for touring and the outdoor area will have covered canopies in case of rain.

The Association is still looking for some volunteers to help build the vnignettes, Tuesday through Friday and tour guides for Friday and Saturday evening. Questions call or text Jan Haig, 360-798-6508.


Thought for the Week


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  • Epictetus

Make it 2 M

You don’t want to miss the FRIENDS BIG Autumn Used Book Sale! The large room at the Ridgefield Community Center will be filled with hundreds of gently used books for only $1! The doors open early for the MEMBERS ONLY SALE on Thursday, October 26th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Not a member? No problem! Join at the door and shop early for the best selection of books. An annual adult membership is only $10!

The PUBLIC SALE begins Friday, October 27th from 10 am to 7 pm and continues on Saturday, October 28th from 9 am to 4 pm. During the last hour of the sale get a bag of books for only $5!

The Friend’s 2018 Membership Drive will kick off during the 3-day used book sale! Join during the sale and your membership will be valid through 12/31/18. As a special bonus, if you join or renew your membership anytime during the 3-day sale you’ll be entered into one of the hourly drawings to win a FREE Bag of Books!

The Friends are still looking for volunteers to help with set-up, during the sale, and packing-up after the sale. Email the Friends at  (correction from earlier version)if you’d like to help out for an hour our two or more! President Jeanne Androvich will forward you via email information about dates and times the Friends need help. Contact Jeanne at 360-887- 2579 if you have any questions.

This is one of the Friend’s largest fundraisers of the year. Monies raised will go towards the new library building campaign and other Ridgefield Community Library programs and projects.

2017 Turkey Trot Scheduled for November 23

Save the Date!

Why not do something good for yourself while helping others this Thanksgiving holiday?

This year’s Turkey Trot 5K family-friendly walk/run and 10K run is scheduled for Thursday, November 23.

The event starts and ends at View Ridge Middle School.  All proceeds will benefit the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation and the Ridgefield Family Resource Center.

For registration and more information, go to  Sign up today!


Ridgefield School District Honors October Employee and Students of the Month

On October 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the October Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Nani Mack.  Mrs. Mack’s dedication to her students is limitless.  Her students know from the very first moment they step into her classroom, that they are loved, cherished, valued and appreciated.  Nani teaches with passion and humor, which the students love.  She uses her creativity to inspire them.  She has a natural ability to meet students where they are while also showing them what they will become.

Nani Mack

Nani is also a valued member of the Union Ridge staff.  She is the first to offer her assistance to our newest teachers during New Staff Induction and takes the time to share her knowledge with colleagues through Google classes she teaches each month.  Nani’s personalized approach to learning, quick smile and easy-going sense of humor make her a joy to work with.  We celebrate Nani Mack as Union Ridge Elementary’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Wyatt Bilek

Brady Winter

Cameron Jones

Cesar Rojas-Rincon










Wyatt Bilek, a kindergartner, is October’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Wyatt started off the school year with an amazing attitude in the most positive way.  He is cheerful, kind, friendly and respectful and comes to school ready to learn.  He has proven himself to be an excellent role model for his new kindergarten classmates.  South Ridge Elementary is proud to name Wyatt Bilek as their Student of the Month for October.

Brady Winter, a sixth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Brady is kind-hearted and considerate of others.  In addition to being a hard-working student, he takes the time to coach other students to help them understand their assignments. On his own, Brady helps to check in Chromebooks in math class and regularly offers teachers his help in other ways.  The sixth grade team would love to have a classroom full of students just like Brady!  Union Ridge Elementary is proud to name Brady Winter as their October Student of the Month.

Cameron Jones, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Cameron is an amazing young lady.  She is kind, responsible, and a go-getter.  Whenever help is needed for setting up, cleaning up or assisting her classmates, she works hard and tries her best.  Cameron says thank you after class every day and is a prime example of what a Student of the Month exemplifies.  View Ridge Middle School is proud to select Cameron Jones as their Student of the Month for October.

Cesar Rojas-Rincon, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Cesar is an excellent student.  His schedule includes an advanced Spanish language class, an online Advanced Placement class in Stats and Advanced Placement classes in Literature and Government.  In addition, he is a cross country runner and soccer player at RHS.  He excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.9+ GPA.  Teachers describe Cesar as a model student, polite, hardworking and one who strives for success, and focuses on education and learning.  He is “rocking AP Lit,” said one teacher, “setting the bar for everyone else.”  While RHS has many students worthy of Student of the Month honors, Cesar rose to the top to be the first student selected from Ridgefield High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Employee and Student of the Month honorees are recognized on October 10 at the regular Board of Directors meeting for Ridgefield School District.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.