North Main Culvert Project

This photo was taken Saturday morning downstream from the new N Main culvert.  I had hiked down thru the woods below HiddenVillage to get this view.  On Friday, I had also hiked down and saw that the work area was fairly dry.  Above that, the earthen dam was intact and the large pump was able to keep up with the flow from two days of moderate rain.  Crews were busy on the stream bank above and below the culvert.  They were laying down fabric and doing stream bank restoration.   Early Saturday  morning beginning at about 2 AM, we had a few hours of very hard rain.  For  three days, we had a rain total of about two inches ending Saturday morning.  When I checked the staff gauge in Abrams  Park it showed a flow of more than 150,000 gallons/minute, much more than any pump could handle.  Looking through the culvert,  you can see the remnants of the earthen dam that was washed away early Saturday.  It meant that all the yards of dirt that made the dam were washed downstream.  On Monday, the hoses that had pumped the streamflow past the site were removed.   The project was close to the point that the flow could have been restored, so that makes sense.   However, it needed to be done in a way that prevented sediment from entering the stream.

This morning I noticed the electric signboard on 289th Street said the detour  would last until December 31st.  The original time was October 3rd,then Oct 16th, then November 29th, and now New Year’s Eve.

There has been a great deal of silence about this project.  There has been a lot about this project that needs to be explained in some official capacity.   Clearly, things have not gone as originally scheduled.  The delay interferes with emergency responders, the ability of people to commute, and others things such as school bus routing.  Who is paying for the extra costs, why the long delay, and who is responsible?

Contributed by Paul Snoey

Ridgefield Fire Station Hosts Open House Saturday, October 12th

Reminder – Candidates Forum

Ridgefield Candidates Forum…Friday October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Clark County Fire & Rescue’s community room (911 N 65th Avenue Ridgefield)

Attend this event to meet local Ridgefield candidates Scott Hughes and David Kelly (for Ridgefield Port Commission #2), Dana Ziemer and Matt Swindell (for Ridgefield City Council #2), Rob Aichele and Darren Wertz (for Ridgefield City Council #5), and Ronald Rowan and Sandra Day (for Ridgefield City Council #7). Councilors Lee Wells and Jennifer Lindsay are running unopposed and will not be attending. Cosponsored with local Ridgefield citizens.

Davidson Referral Program

Thanks to all who participated in the Davidson Insurance Referral Program during September. Twenty-one quotes were given and Davidson donated $525 for the remodeled Ridgefield Library. We will post a picture of  some of the Friends of the Library accepting the check in the near future.

The people at Davidson Insurance have been supportive of the library for many years. We thank them.

Have you donated yet? We’re getting down to the wire. Naming opportunities are available for new donations.

 

Correction on Date of Candidates Night

The correct date for the Ridgefield Candidates meeting is Friday, October 11, from 7 to 9 pm in the meeting room at the Fire Station, 911 North 65th Avenue.

Wind Fields at Old Liberty

Rock Band Wind Fields will be at the Old Liberty Theater at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 14. The group is described as ‘entertainingly dark and twisty”, and tickets are $15. The group sings old pop music with short and sweet arrangements and quick changes.

Doors open at 6:45 with opener Max Hay presenting comedy and musicianship.

Flooded Worksite

 

The work area is flooded halting work on the section of N Main Ave and Gee Creek.  The work area is dependent on a pump to move water upstream to down stream of the work area.  We have had some heavy rain yesterday through this morning. The staff gauge in Abrams Park showed a flow of 70 cubic feet/second or 31,000 gallons a minute.  It is much too much for the pump and the creek has backed up almost to Heron Ridge Drive.  There will be some  more rain this week and flows should stay higher for a while.  Usually flows are less than 5 cubic feet/second in late summer.

~ Contributed by Paul Snoey

The End of The Drought

A couple of years ago I had mentioned to Kathy Winters that I had seen a garter snake chasing some fish in a pond that had almost gone dry.  With the long summer drought, the same pond has only a few inches of water left again this year.  In driving by a few days ago, there was another snake in the pond and I could see lots of movement from what I  thought were fish.  I was curious and came back with a bucket of water and a net.  A couple of scoops and these creatures were in the net.  I took a few home and put them in an aquarium.  I took the above photo and grabbed a field guide.  These are larval long toed salamanders.  These are what the garter snake was after.  They are very fast swimmers and could avoid a garter snake.  But as the pond got drier they were becoming more vulnerable.

The photo above is of Allen Canyon creek.  This creek had stopped flowing several weeks ago.  There are a few pools like this and the Coho fry released from the incubator are stranded.  This afternoon, we had two heavy rain showers and they dropped almost an inch of rain.  It may be enough to get the creek flowing again and save these fish.   I may be able to stop watering trees along Gee Creek if it rains just a little more.  Perhaps Autumn is a little early this year.

 

 

Good News for the Library!

Another anonymous donor has pledged $10,000 for the Library Building Fund. thanks to the hard work of Rick Smithrud of the Fort Vancouver Library Foundation. This put us farther along the road to getting our newly remodeled library.

Now if only we had ten more donations of this size we could start building the library next spring.

 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 receive recognition on a display in the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

The Birds and the Beans

The student-run coffee shop is being constructed at the RACC. Plans are to have it open in early October, but this gives you a preview of the location and design.

More on this later…

3Peaks Supports the Library

Tevis Laspa, Kathy Winters, Zach Goldfinch, Carrie and Kelly Beckwith

Yesterday Tevis and I picked up a very nice check for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library from 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. They donated a portion of the money spent at the Britnee Kellogg concert on June 29. With the money collected in the donation jar that evening over $1900 was added to the building fund for the library.

3Peaks has held an event for the Friends for the last several years, and this has made a big contribution to our building fund. Thanks Zach, Carrie and Kelly!

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #12

Tuesdays in the Park! Last night’s movie was ‘Babe,’ and as you can see, the multigenerational crowd was having a good time.

Meet with Architects Tonight

Farm to Table

The annual Farm to Table Dinner is this Saturday, August 17th from 6 to 10pm at Overlook Park.

There is a five course meal of the finest and freshest ingredients of the local harvest created by Crave Catering and Gather & Feast Farm. The evening begins on the plaza at six o’clock with happy hour and live music by Faisal & Mitch. Dinner is served family style on long tables brimming with fresh cut flowers at seven o’clock. After dessert, relax to music and dance under the stars with your friends and neighbors. Local wines served by Ridgefield Art Association and beer served by Trap Door Brewing. This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For more information visit: www.Ridgefieldwa.us/farm-to-table

National Night Out Tonight

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for the 15th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is tonight, Tuesday, August 6th, from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By your participation you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.