Make it 2 M

The library will be open an extra hour on Fridays, starting immediately.

We will have a new librarian, Jessica Butler, starting this month, and the Friends of the Library are planning a ‘Meet and Greet’ welcome to her on March 27 at 4:00. Come by and say ‘hello’.

We had over 800 entries to the library’s Book Mark contest. They are on display inside the library and are very impressive. Librarian Sean McGill says it was difficult to chose a winner.

We are Stewards of the RNWR

I contacted Byron Brink after a Letter to the Editor he wrote to the Columbian, and asked him to expand his comments on the Refuge. Here are his thoughts.


We are Stewards of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – Part One.

When the adventurer drops their foot on the bridge, the dance begins. Mycorrhizal fungi stretch through the soil, gathering items for breakfast with the plants. Well-fed Camas flowers burst from the soil cascading violet over basalt outcroppings. Black tailed bumblebees mingle as they mine gold from the Camas. A lone bee buzzes to and fro, sprinkling gold onto a Columbian White Tailed Deer munching on a Cottonwood lunch. It’s fluffy white tail moves side to side. The adventurer yelps with glee at the sight. The deer bounds away and a flock of geese thunder across their lake as they fly to a deeper part of the refuge – reprimanding the adventurer along the way.

Trumpets announce the arrival of the Keepers to the Gates of Heaven, the sandhill cranes. A gust from a crane’s wing brushes the bark of a white oak tree. The old tree may only watch the fun of the dance, but her leaves can flap, twist, and rustle with each gust of wind. The commotion calms as the adventurer crosses back over the bridge, but the drum beat of the wildlife refuge will continue to reverberate all the way home.

Aldo Leopold, an early theorist of wildlife ecology, wrote of the presence a bear had on a mountain named Escudillo:

“There was in fact only one place from which you did not see Escudillo on the skyline, that was on top of Escudillo itself. Up there you could not see the mountain, but you could feel it. The reason was the big bear.”

To Leopold, the bear residing on the mountain is an essential part of what it means to experience the mountain. In a similar way, the biodiversity of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an essential part of the experience. The activity of the soil organisms, Camas, bumblebees, deer, cottonwoods, geese, cranes, and the oak trees entices one to feel the pulse of the refuge as they wander.


What is Biodiversity?

In addition to the intrinsic value, biodiversity is crucial to ecosystem and environmental health. Defined, biodiversity refers to the quantity of different living species within a given area. It is also measured by variance and amount of habitat opportunities (a large oak tree and a small oak tree are of the same species, but they provide two different habitats). Having high levels of biodiversity increases an ecosystem’s resilience to damaging disturbances such as fire, flooding, pollution, disease, and encroachment of non-native invasive species.

Biodiversity may also be a tool in addressing climate change through enhanced ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration. The result of multiple species filling multiple niches allows for a higher yield of ecosystem services. This is proven by a study in the journal BMC Ecology that finds forests with diverse tree species support more productive ecosystem functions than less diverse, or mono-culture forests (Aerts).

Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the refuge is important to our planet’s health and the enjoyment one finds in its riches. Excitingly, there are ways in which each of us may be stewards of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Next week I’ll share how we can help secure the sanctuary of the Refuge!

Sources & Acknowledgements:

Aerts, Raf, and Olivier Honnay. “Forest Restoration, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning.” BMC Ecology 11 (2011): 29. PMC. Web. 22 Feb. 2018.

Anderson, Eric. “Questions about the Refuge.” 15 Feb. 2018. Deputy Project Leader, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. FWS.

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand county almanac and sketches here and there. OUP, 1968.

Zeiner, Samantha. “Questions about the Refuge.” 13 Feb. 2018. Administrative Assistant, Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Article Editors: Kaylene Brink & Emma Crippen

All photos of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge contributed by Emma Crippen


I’m on a Mission

Last week I went to the Port meeting, and noticed they are still providing bottled water at their meetings. I was surprised, not only because plastic bottles are so detrimental to our environment, but also because it says to the public that Ridgefield water is not good enough to drink right out of the tap.

A year or so ago I brought these facts to the attention of the City Council members, and they now provide water in pitchers and paper cups.

I wonder how many other groups still use bottled water? Guess I’ll have to go to some meetings to find out!

This is my mission.


Just in Case You Missed the First Posting…

Mayor Ron Onslow and wife Sandy Schill are hosting an all inclusive seated dinner with entertainment to raise money for Parks and Trails in Ridgefield.

This year’s project will be to purchase sunshades for the plaza in Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield. THE GOOD OL’ DAYS is this year’s theme. Wear retro clothes and enjoy comfort foods highlighting the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

It will be held March 24, 2018 6pm at the Hunter’s Ranch Event Center. $65 per person. RSVP required, by calling 360 887-0329. This event is limited to the first 100, so don’t delay.

Thought for the Week

Before you speak


T – Is it TRUE?




K –  is it KIND?

Watercolor Classes Start Next Week

Unleash your creativity! Come to my watercolor class, starting next week, Tuesday, Mardh 13. We’ll have fun and you’ll learn simple ways to make beautiful paintings. This class is for beginner and intermediate painters, even those who have never picked up a brush or say they can’t draw a straight line.

There’s a lesson planned for each day, and it’s fun to paint with others and get ideas from them.

The class is held in my home studio right here in downtown Ridgefield, and will be from 9 to 11 am for six weeks. Cost is $99 and includes materials. Class size is limited, so call today to reserve a spot. 360-887-2160

Only in Ridgefield

It’s great to see the community support of Teriyaki Thai restaurant after incorrect information was sent out by the United States government. The two new owners, Sombat Wongthawinkul and Rujira Woraphan reported record sales after the error was corrected.

May I remind you that all the stores and restaurants in our area need and welcome customers? They can’t stay in business without you folks – the closing of Buckets came with a shock for many, and the Mercantile is gone too. What a shame!

Please support our local businesses. Think Ridgefield first!

Mayor’s Ball

Mayor Ron Onslow and wife Sandy Schill are hosting an all inclusive seated dinner with entertainment to raise money for Parks and Trails in Ridgefield.

This year’s project will be to purchase sunshades for the plaza in Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield. THE GOOD OL’ DAYS is this year’s theme. Wear retro clothes and enjoy comfort foods highlighting the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

It will be held March 24, 2018 6pm at the Hunter’s Ranch Event Center. $65 per person. RSVP required, by calling 360 887-0329. This event is limited to the first 100, so don’t delay.

At Last – a Grocery Store!

Produce Department at Rosauers Bozeman

The City and Port of Ridgefield together announced today that a new retail development center that includes a grocery store will move forward on a portion of the port’s Discovery Ridge property at the southeast corner of the roundabout at 45th and Pioneer streets.

At its regularly-scheduled meeting on February 28, the Port of Ridgefield commission voted unanimously to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the port and holding company Discovery Ridge LLC, for around nine acres of the 30-acre site, paving the way for the development of a 53,000 square foot, full-service, regional grocery store with a fueling station. Discovery Ridge LLC will contract the project to FDM Development, owned by Ridgefield-based developer Dean Maldonado.

Prior to the port’s approval of the property sale, the port completed required environmental and other due diligence to satisfaction.

The grocer, Rosauers Supermarkets, (pronounced “Rose are zz) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of URM Stores, headquartered in Spokane, Wash. There are 21 Rosauers stores in the region. The Ridgefield location will be the company’s first store in western Washington. Rosauers had previously signed a lease agreement with Maldonado, contingent on the holding company’s purchase of the property from the port.

Rosauers Bozeman Bakery

This is a long-awaited project and will be a welcome addition to our community.

First Saturday Fun

Come downtown on Saturday and get creative with a full day of kick-off events for Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

9:00 am – Tundra Swans Paddle Ridgefield Kayak/Alder Creek.
10AM-2 pm – Art Fair & More Ridgefield Community Center.
Farmer’s Market Vendors, Community Mural, LOTS of crafts activities & an Art Puzzle Scavenger Hunt
11AM-3pm – Art Alive Performances Sportsman’s Steakhouse.
7:30pm – The Strange Tones & The Volcano Vixens Concert Old Liberty Theater.

AROUND TOWN – art displays, festivities, local eateries, shopping bingo @ Vintage Revival, Coloring Contest @ Ridgefield Floral & Gifts


If you are concerned about the bill exempting legislators from the state’s Public Records Act, here are the numbers to call to register a protest

Governor Jay Inslee  360-902-4111

Senator Ann Rivers: 360-786-7634

Representative: Brandon Vick: 360-786-7850

Representative Liz Pike: 360-786-7812

You might also want to give a ‘shout out’ of praise to Rep. Vicki Kraft, (360-786-7994) who was the only legislator to vote against the bill.

These people work for us  – let them know how you feel. For more information, read the editorial on the front page of yesterday’s Columbian. You can get it at the library if you don’t subscribe, or go on-line.

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies continues with a great film tonight.  “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” is about the amazing Shirley Chisholm. She was the first Black congresswoman, elected in 1968 and the first Black presidential candidate. She served in congress from 1969 to 1983. This showing is in celebration of Black History Month in partnership with the Vancouver NAACP.

Volunteers from the NAACP will be present and will have the book “First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community from WWII to the 21st Century” for purchase. This ongoing grassroots community project aims to document the memories, culture, contributions and heritage of these early families down through today. Its first production, a book written by Jane Elder Wulff and co-published by NAACP Vancouver in 2012 is also available at the Clark County Historical Museum, 16th & Main in Vancouver.

The film is appropriate for all ages and there is so much to discuss! As always the showing is free and at the Old Liberty Theater, doors open at 6:15, film at 7.

Hope to see you there!

Grocery Store


The name of the grocery store that will anchor the commercial development at 45th will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Port Meeting – 3:00. The long-awaited day is here at last!


Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting: 6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 South Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene McCann at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Make it 2m

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, spoke to city council Thursday night and discussed a proposal to have the library expand into the Community Center Space. Council seems to support this idea.

The Ridgefield Community Center board is very excited that their long time partner (FVRL) is interested in considering an expansion of the library at this location. They want to donate the building to FVRL! The value of this donation would be based on the building’s assessed value, likely over $650,000. Amelia reported that it looks like the Southwest Washington Community Foundation may match this donation through a donor advised fund.

FVRL is still in the analysis and feasibility phase of considering this opportunity. They have contracted withBergerABAM for a survey of the property, a phase one environmental analysis, construction analysis of the deficiencies discovered in the first phase analysis as well as having an architectural analysis of the space for program needs and possible exterior facade changes. This work will cost FVRL just under $35,000.

FVRL will share the results of this study and seek feedback from the community to assist them in making this decision. They will be hosting a public meeting at the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday April 14th at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. FVRL will also take written comments through the Ridgefield Community Library prior to that time for those who can’t attend.