Some Little Girl Must be So Sad

This bike was left behind the Sportsman’s during BirdFest Weekend. If you know who’s it is, please contact Terry Hurd at 360-887-3141.

Meaningful Movies

The Meaningful Movie this month is “Immigration Paradox,”  The movie takes a critical and in-depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history–immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to understand why people would risk their lives to come to the U.S. Her quest takes a shocking twist when she musters enough courage to cross the line at a protest and has an encounter with someone whom she believed was her enemy.

From there on her journey, spanning seven years searching for answers and solutions to this complex social issue, takes her and the audience to places never before considered in the immigration debate. THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX is a feature length documentary that exposes the missing information to the immigration issue by interviewing an array of people from various backgrounds,  that include economics, sociology, philosophy, history, policy, and activism. This documentary will move you beyond the villain or victim scenario, the heated rhetoric and sensationalism to reveal the bigger picture.

No matter what your viewpoints or beliefs are regarding this deeply emotional issue; the information exposed in THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX will surely leave you shocked.

The movie is this Wednesday, October 24, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. Previews start at 6:45pm, film at 7. The movie is free, but donations are accepted and welcome.

The discussion following should be great with immigration attorneys and SW WA League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) members, Eulalia Soto and Yessenia Martinez. They will be joined by Lindsay Luis who is the National LULAC Youth President and Phuong Tran, Ridgefield business owner and first generation immigrant. There is much to discuss especially with the latest news of migrants from Central America.

What Makes Ridgefield so Special #7

The golf cart zone. Several yeas ago the City Council decided to declare the downtown area a golf cart zone so citizens could legally use golf carts in that area. A few commercial carts have been spotted, and now hand-built carts are starting to show up.

The cart shown above is one-of-a-kind. It has all kinds of tricky features including lights that change color to match the music it play and storage on the roof. We are truly unique!

Traffic Update – This Week

Pioneer Street, west of 45th roundabout – One lane traffic control through October 26, 2018. Expect delays. This work is to connect sewer to the future multifamily housing.

1st Circle & So. 56th Place – Paving, one lane traffic control on 1st Circle, minor impacts to So. 56th Place. This is reconstruction of the road in conjunction with the Vancouver Clinic construction.

Pioneer Street, adjacent to the former View Ridge Middle School in downtown Ridgefield – Intermittent lane closures/traffic control as work on the school remodel continues.

So. Royle Road from Hillhurst to So. 15th Street – One lane traffic control as NW Natural gas installs gas lines.

Main Avenue from Depot Street to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – Intermittent lane closures with flagging.  This is utility work in preparation for the upcoming Main Avenue Access Improvements project.  The project will complete a pedestrian path to the Refuge and replace the existing bridge and culvert over Gee Creek. The bridge replacement will address periodic flooding on the road and remove an existing barrier to fish passage.  The full project is expected to begin construction in early spring of 2019.

So. 15th Street and So. 45th Avenue – Traffic control will be in place as work is completed on So. 15th Street. Frontage improvements are being completed as part of the Cloverhill subdivision. The road is being realigned for improved safety and sight distance and to match the City’s future planned So. 45th improvements, which will include road widening and frontage improvements.

For a map of road construction projects, see:

This is the most current information available to City staff at this time. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions, supply availability, unexpected conditions and other factors that may impact the work underway.

The City’s first priority is safety! So, please use additional caution anywhere work is underway, be considerate of flaggers and workers, and report any safety concerns through the City’s app or by contacting City Hall.

Thank you for your patience and support.

To connect with the City for more up-to-date information, visit the City’s website and Community Events Calendar at, download the City’s App Access Ridgefield or check out the City’s Facebook page.

More than Books!

Yesterday’s kick off of the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale was a big success, with people waiting at the door at 6:00.

When you come to the sale today or tomorrow, you’ll find more than books. There are tables of various items: dishes, plants, glassware, etc., for you to buy. There are raffles throughout the day – so come and stay awhile.

Hours today are 11 to 7 and tomorrow 11 to 3. The last hour on Saturday you can buy a bag of books for $5.

Lots of the books look brand new – what a great way to find presents for your favorite people!

Hope to see you there!


This month’s auction item at the library is actually two baskets, to be bid on separately. They both contain two bottles of local wine as well as various chocolate items to go along the First Saturday’s theme of Wine ‘n Chocolate.

Money raised from the auction goes to fund the Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s many projects, including the new building. The baskets are displayed in the library, and bidding closes on Saturday, November 3. Put in your bid and enjoy some great goodies!

 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. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

Back a Spudder!

Kellen Bringhurst of Ridgefield High School is running for the Fall Sports Prep Athlete of the Week sponsored by the Columbian newspaper. Every week the Columbian asks its readers to vote on their favorite prep athlete from six choices.

Let’s make Kellen a winner. His sport is golf, and he shot a 2-over-par 74 to win the 2AGSHL championship at Lewis River.

Vote for Kellen at Vote ends at 8 pm Thursday.

Getting ready for the Book Sale

These people worked hard today moving books and getting ready for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s Used Book Sale. This is one of our big fund raisers and we’re hoping everyone in town comes to check out the 1,000’s of books and buy a batch.

Sale to members starts Thursday at 6 pm, with a reception and early bird sale, then continues Friday and Saturday, opening at 11 am and closing Friday at 7 pm and Saturday and 3 pm.

Not a member? Join at the sale – the dues are only $15 and are good thru 2019. Already a member? Re-up your membership and pay the current price – cost goes up in January.

Billy Griffith Memorial Campaign

Billy Griffith was struck by a vehicle and killed October 11, 2018.  Billy was a 2017 Ridgefield high school graduate who was attending school at the University of Washington.  A Memorial will be held October 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Hazel Dell.  A Go-Fund-Me Campaign has been set up in Billy Griffith’s name to help his family with funeral costs.  Please donate and keep Billy’s family in your prayers.   ~ Contributed by Pamela Lehto

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Please join the Ridgefield Main Street group Thursday, October 18 at 8:30 am to hear Mayor Don Stose update us on happenings and plans in the city.

Meeting is at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Complimentary coffee is served, and breakfast is available.

Watercolor Class Starts October 30

Sample of student’s work

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed, positive atmosphere and watch your amazement grow as you create an original water color painting.

Our next series of watercolor classes start Tuesday, October 30 from 9 to 11 am at my home studio in downtown Ridgefield. Lots of individual instruction for a small group of students.

Cost is $60 for a series of six lessons. Call today to register – this class fills up quickly and is limited in size. 360-887-2160 or

Thought for the Week

Sounds like Fun!

Interested in doing a marathon but not in one day? Join us for the inaugural Couch Potato Run organized by the Ridgefield High School cheer team. Run, walk, hike, jog and keep track of your miles. Then on Nov 10th at RHS come at noon to run your final 1.2 miles.

Meet a Local Merchant

This is one of a series of articles about local stores.

John Rose Real Estate recently moved into downtown Ridgefield because John felt the time was right to bring a real estate office downtown. He grew up on a local dairy farm and takes great pride in servicing local people.

Rose Real Estate offers residential appraisal and real estate service with a focus on Ridgefield and North Clark County properties. There are two appraisers and five realtors working out of the office, and offer a free analysis of your property. Rose Realty is located at 414 Pioneer Avenue in the building shown above.

John is an active member of our community – he serves on the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Board and is vice-commander of the Ridgefield American Legion Post 44.

If you would like your business profiled on, give me a shout: I’ll send you a form to fill out with the information you’d like included. There is no cost to this service.

City has Openings

The City of Ridgefield announces openings on several commissions: Planning Commission, Parks Board, Civil Service Commission, Safety Commission, and the Arts Commissions. If you are interested in volunteering in one of these groups, there’s more information on the city website, here.

Applications may be obtained by contacting City Clerk at 360-887-3557, or City Website