Traffic this Week

All-Way Stop at Hillhurst and Royle – A traffic change is coming to the Hillhurst at Royle intersection to help maintain worker, motorist and bicyclist safety.  There will be a lot of activity this summer so we believe this will help keep things moving while keeping everyone safe.

An all-way stop condition, similar to 9th and Pioneer, will be initiated at Hillhurst and Royle on approximately Thursday, May 24.  Traffic will now need to stop in all directions.  This traffic control will remain in place until the traffic signal is installed and operational later this summer in August.  This will help with cars trying to turn between Hillhurst and Royle along with construction vehicles entering and leaving the RORC site and improve safety overall with all of the activity going on in the area.

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging on Thursday to install a 4 way stop at Hillhurst and Royle.  Shoulder work the rest of the week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- One lane closure with flagging planned for Monday for sewer work for the Kennedy Subdivision.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

S 9th Avenue- Sporadic flagging and traffic impacts for sidewalk repairs.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Pioneer and 35th Avenue –  sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. The road is closed to north and south traffic. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.

South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

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.

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Time to Plant Veggies

If you’re wondering if the seeds you have saved are still viable, here’s a guideline to use:

Good for 1 – 2 years: corn, onions and leeks, parsley, parsnips, peppers

Good for 3 – 4 years: asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage family, carrots, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes

Good for 5 – 6 years: cucumbers, lettuce melons, spinach

If you thought you didn’t have room for vegetables, you can find room for at least a handful of onions., Tuck them in empty spaces in your ornamental garden. They add a perky touch of green and will give you delicious fresh onions this fall. Try it!

Barbara Bush RIP

A Request

This Letter to the Editor appeared in Sunday’s Columbian, and I thought some of you former school teachers (or others) might want to respond.

“Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our state fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Washington as I work on my report.

While we will research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get firsthand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I’m writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, general information, newspaper articles, or any other items that you think might be useful.

You can mail items to me at this address: Mr. McConaughy’s class, Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 by April 30, for our state fair on May 18.

I really appreciate your help and will do my very best to send a thank-you note to each and every person who takes the time and makes the effort to help me with this project. Thank you in advance!

Megan Morrison”

Thank You!

Thanks to the following businesses that supported Youth Arts Month by displaying student art.

Allstate Insurance, Barnes and Noble, Bob’s Automotive, Bodyworks Devine Day Spa, City of Ridgefield, Coach’s Cuts, Columbia Credit Union, Confluence Winery, Corwin Beverage, El Rancho Viejo, End of the Road Grill, IQ Credit Union, Dr. Joseph Sepe, Lily Wiggins, Mountain View Dental, Myrtle’s Tea House, North County Animal Hospital, NWCPA, Old Liberty Theater, Opus School of Music, Parr Lumber, Pioneer Market, Plush, Ridgefield Chiropractic and Massage, Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene, Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield Florist, Ridgefield Hardware, Ridgefield Liquor Store, Ridgefield Pack and Ship, Ridgefield Physical Therapy, Sage Organics, Sportsman’s, Starliner Food Mart, State Farm Insurance, Subway, The Barbers, Three Brother’s Winery, Three Peaks, Tri Mountain Golf Course, Vintage Revival, Vinnie’s Pizza, Windy Hills Winery,

And from Kathy – a special thanks to the organizers of all the events that took place during Youth Arts Month.

Community Garden

Did you have a plot at the Community Garden last year? If you want to keep it, the deadline for renewing is March 31. After that, any one on the waiting list will be assigned a plot. During May, gardeners with assigned plots may secure additional plots if available. If any plots remain unassigned, advertising will be done to recruit additional gardeners.

The garden is at 224 South 5th Avenue and there are 10’x10′ plots and 4’x10′ plots available for $35 and $17, respectively, for the whole year including water. All you have to do is plant, water, weed and harvest.

To apply, please complete the Community Garden Application found here and return it to the City of Ridgefield along with your payment.

For more info, visit Ridgefield City Hall on Pioneer or email or call 360 721-1046

Ridgefield Umpqua Closes Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last day of business for Umpqua Bank in downtown Ridgefield. We will miss having a bank close enough to walk to, and our older citizens who don’t drive will have a problem doind their banking business.

Come down and say goodbye to the staff at the bank, especially Debbie Raffelson who has seen the building transform from to First Independent to Sterling to Umpqua. She will be going to the Salmon Creek branch, and says she’ll miss the friendly citizens here and especially the large windows looking out into greenery.

We’ll miss you!

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.


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!

Misleading Articles

Both the Columbian and Reflector printed misleading articles about the owners of Teriyaki Thai restaurant that have hurt their business.

Seems the FORMER OWNER was charged and pled guilty to forced labor, visa fraud and tax evasion and both papers printed that he was “the owner of Teriyaki Thai restaurant in Ridgefield.”

But the current owners Sombat and Rujir Wongthawinkul bought it from this convicted owner two years ago!

Sombat reported their business has tanked in the last several days because local people think they are the guilty ones – instead of honest, hard working people who value and treat their employees very well.

More on Hairy Bittercress

Those of you who have been reading the blog for awhile may remember that I warned you about hairy bittercress, the pretty little weed that tends to take over our gardens in the spring. Now I find out the leaves are edible and add a mild and peppery flavor to spring salads.

The plants have actually been lurking near the surface all winter, having germinated in the fall and waited out the cold temperatures before sending up flowers and seeds.

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) leafs out in a basal rosette, and like other members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), its tender greens are edible. Though the flowers can be tough to chew, the tender leaves are suitable for a chic microgreens salad and have tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.

A warning – try to pull up all the plants before they flower and go to seed, or you’ll be sorry.

This information is from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.(not the last paragraph – that’s original Kathy Winters!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hug your sweetie.

Give your kids a hug and tell them how great they are and how much you love them – even if you don’t always! It means more to them than you’ll ever know!

Warning about renewing your passport

US Passport Invite (Blank) - Arts & Entertainment - Party &...My passport expired, so I went online and found a company called PassportUS. It looked very official. I paid $38 on-line to them. I filled out their form, added a photo and my expired passport and mailed it to passport services. It was returned to me, saying no fees were included.

I called PassportUSA to find out what happened. Turns out they are a private company and have nothing to do with our government. After I complained about losing my money, the woman who I talked to is going to refund my money.

This is just a warning not to make the same mistake.

Gouger Cellars Wins 3 Medals

The results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition were released recently. Gouger Cellars entered three wines and received three medals. Over 7000 wines were entered in this well-respected competition.

Gouger Cellars received a Bronze medal for their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (not yet bottled), the 2013 Zinfandel received a GOLD medal and the 2014 Syrah received a DOUBLE GOLD!

Gary Gouger, owner/winemaker, opened Gouger Cellars in 2009 after graduation from Adelaide University, Australia, with a degree in enology (winemaking). Gouger Cellars is located in a converted firehouse at 26505 NE 10th in Ridgefield and specializes in big reds and sparkling wines.