Library to Close Thursday

All Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries will be closed Thursday September 28th for all-staff training. The Ridgefield Community Library will be open regular hours on Friday September 29, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Many of our services are available 24/7 through the Library District’s website (

‘Command and Control’ is next Meaningful Movie

The screening for the next movie in the Meaningful Movies series, Command and Control, is this Wednesday, the 27th at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

From the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes Command and Control, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Special guest speakers Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Doors open at 6:45, previews start at 7:15, show at 7:30, beverages and snacks available for purchase. Donations are welcomed.

The big news is that we have two speakers from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey. These gentlemen will be talking about issues surrounding the impact of the nuclear industry in our area.

The Meaningful Movies series is sponsored by the Ridgefield Library.

Hope to see you all there!

Stream Life

Paul Snoey took the photos above and below in Abrams Park just below the Division Street Bridges. The two photos are of the same spot before and after the sediment was brushed away.

Aquatic insects, mollusks, small fish, and crustaceans need areas free of sediment.

Thought for the Week

Pearls of Wisdom

Love is grand! Divorce is a hundred grand.

I am in shape. Round is a shape.

Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

~ Author unknown

Response to Paul Snoey Article on Storm Water Run Off

I thought this comment was worth publishing because I know not every one reads the comments under posts, and it is worth reading.

Sadly, the silt is not surprising given the poor storm water runoff control by developers and lack of enforcement by our city. As an example, drive along Royle Rd. and look at all the dirt in the ferns along the drainage ditch on the outside of their storm water runoff fencing on the southeast side of road near the HS…this is right above Gee Creek, and just waiting for a rainfall event to wash all that dirt into the creek!!!  This is exactly why we need storm water runoff permits and regulations at construction sites! I hope these folks get fined for their disregard to our environment and storm water drainage systems. Their mitigation tactics are sub-par and they have the means to do better!

Make it 2 M

I went to the monthly Trustees Meeting of the Fort Vancouver Library on Monday, and the representative from Woodland reported that someone who is moving to Woodland in April donated $7000 to their library building fund. I was so jealous! These people are not even residents yet, and they’ve donated a HUGE amount of money to the library in their new town. That’s community spirit.

Did you know an anonymous donor has pledged to match every donation to our Ridgefield Library building fund over $10,000? So far only two people have taken advantage of this very generous offer. The offer is good up to a million dollars, but there’s a time factor involved, so it’s important to get these donations coming.

Where are you, people of Ridgefield? Your donation would be worth double what you give and would get us that much closer to having a new library.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.


Snoey Report on Fish

With the heavy rain this morning flows were restored on Allen Canyon Creek. The nice thing about it is how clean the stream is.  The stranded fish are now free but have chosen to stay in the area and when I dropped some food in the creek they eagerly ate it. If a way could be found to sustain some flow during the summer drought, this stream could maintain a population of salmon.
When I returned to town this afternoon I checked Gee Creek in Abrams Park and found a creek heavily laden with sediment.  This is not good.

Both photos were taken this afternoon on Allen Canyon Creek and Gee Creek.


Burger + Brew Pop-Up Saturday

The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club is planning a burger + brews pop-up at Zebrun’s Starliner in Ridgefield this Saturday from 5-9pm.  If you’re not familiar with the Starliner, it’s a quiet country store on Pioneer between 3rd and 4th, and in the back of the store there is a spot for chef Sebastian Carosi to take over for the evening and char up some killer burgers.

There are almost a dozen tap handles for your beer pleasure(s). The burgers will be grass-fed local beef and buffalo. For those not in the mood for a burger, there will be Kobe beef kimchi dogs. There will also do some made to order bar snacks like pan roasted chili-lime peanuts and wild nettle soup. Bring your girl, bring your man, but come on down to the Starliner Saturday night.

Contact Chef Sebastian here if you plan to come to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.

Last Day of Summer

Last day of summer. Tomorrow, autumn.

Super day. Don’t waste it. Last chance.

Take a walk. Go for a run. Hit the hammock.

Catch a fish. Watch a bird. Walk the dog.

Climb a mountain. Climb a tree.

Shoot the rapids. Shoot the breeze.

Sniff the flowers. Pick a a tomato. Plant some bulbs.

Ride a roller coaster. Scarf a scone. Cow a bunga.

Fun in the sun. Fade in the shade.

Chill out. Got down. Kick back. Go ballistic.



Take it. Make it. Shake it. Don’t fake it.

Laugh and cry. Shout and sign. Whatever.

It’s your day. This is it. Do it right.

Summer’s gone. Tomorrow’ fall. That’s all.

~ Author unknown

Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2012, the Clark County Arts Commission created the Lifetime Achievement Award to formally recognize an artist who lives or works in the county and has made a significant contribution to the field of Arts and Culture during his or her lifetime. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, the deadline date for nominations is October 15, 2017. All applicants will be contacted no later than November 20, 2017 as to the status of the application. Please email information to:

Eligibility Requirements:

Current residency in Clark County or previous longtime Clark County resident. Must be 60+ years of age, active or recently retired in one of these major areas of the arts:  visual artist,  dancer, actor, musician, filmmaker, architect, literary artist, graphic artist, art educator, art advocate.

Criteria and Call for Nominations

The nominee(s) is recognized for artistic contributions locally, nationally, and/or internationally. This nomination must include both quantity and quality of descriptions of artistic accomplishments. (Be specific and cogent.)

The individual/group demonstrates a personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Clark County. (Be specific and cogent.)

Submission requirements

Nominee’s relevant biography, as well as addressing each of these four areas:

Distinguishing service impacting local culture, quality and quantity of personal achievements

Arts advocacy work indicating leadership, inspiration, and innovation

Personal qualities of vision

Initiative, implementation in his or her field

Name and contact information of nominating person

One personal reference with contact information

Any relevant supplemental materials such as:  website, brochures, galleries, studios, published books, videos, films

You may include representative photographs only if the artist does not have a website.

Include the nominee’s name, address, phone number and email or web URL.

The selection committee will be comprised of current board members of the Clark County Arts Commission.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Come join us for another Roundtable Discussion at this month’s Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting this Thursday, September 21. You will have a chance to meet our new Executive Director, Marykay Lamoureaux, and share ideas and concerns for our downtown area. As usual, it is at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Complimentary coffee. Breakfast service available.

Fish in Allen Canyon Creek

Paul Snoey took this picture yesterday morning at Allen Canyon Creek.  The remaining pools are lowering quickly but if it rains later this week they will be saved.  These fish are about 3 to 4 inches now and are much too crowded in the shrinking pools.  In an upper pool, which has an unknown fish, he noticed a lot of splashing at the surface and then a head popped up and then disappeared again and then more splashing.

The head popped up again and he saw that it was a garter snake.  It was trying to catch fish.  Fish trapped in pools are vulnerable because they have little room to escape.  In addition to snakes, kingfishers, herons, and even raccoons would make a meal of these fish.

Thought for the Week

No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years will this matter?

Always choose life. Forgive everyone every thing.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

Believe in miracles.

Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it  now.

Growing old beats the alternative: dying young.

News from Paul Snoey on the Eagle Creek Fire

The fire that started Saturday September 2nd  on Eagle Creek spread west with the east winds on Monday.  On Tuesday afternoon in the Gorge, the air was so full of ash and smoke that cars were driving with their headlights on.  The only view of the sun was on the crest of Cape Horn where the above photo was taken.

This is a photo of Eagle Creek before the fire.

(The photos below were taken Sunday, September 10th.)

Angels Rest is one of the first trails in the Gorge and the trailhead is near the Bridal Veil exit.  The fire spread along the south face of the gorge and burned the summit of Angels Rest.  Devils Rest is the peak in the background and there were many plumes of smoke coming from there as well.   But it is also apparent that there are many areas that did not burn. (Photos taken from Cape Horn trail)

A telephoto view just below the summit of Angel’s Rest shows switchbacks through an area that is burned.  Many trails have sections that are damaged.

Nesmith Point at almost 4,000 feet is part of a boxed canyon that contains several basalt domes. They are named Katanai Rock, Saint Peter’s Dome, Yeon Mountain, and Rock of Ages. All these peaks are burned. (Photos taken from Beacon Rock.)

A telephoto view of St Peter’s Dome shows a burned top.

This fire has been very destructive and disruptive, is not out yet, people are living in shelters, and a major freeway in the area is closed.   The best news is that in a few days we may be having the first significant rainfall in several months.

Thought for the Week

Let your boat of lift be light, packed only with what you need – a homely home and simple pleassures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and to love you…

~  Jerome K. Jerome, (1859-1927)

Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat, and several other novels.