Grad Night Fireworks Stand Open


Port Mtg Time Changed

The Port meeting has been moved to 11am this morning, not 2 as previously announced. Sorry for the confusion.

Special Port Meeting

The Board of Port Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday, July 2 at 2:00 to discuss real estate. Action will be taken at this meeting. Port Offices are at 111 West Division.

National Night Out

Ridgefield’s 14th annual celebration of National Night Out is fast approaching. We are so excited to once again invite you to come together with our community, neighbors and public safety representatives to commemorate this national event.

This year marks the 35th annual celebration of National Night Out nationwide.  This event began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Please join us in Scenic Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield, on August 7th 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, for our community gathering. You will enjoy free hot dogs, great music, and games for the kids.  A bike rodeo, ice cream, representatives from the public safety community, along with police cruisers and fire trucks and a variety of vendors from the Ridgefield area.

If you are a non-profit organization, you will be provided a free space to set up your own tent or display. If you are a “for profit vendor”, a nominal fee of $75.00 will be charged to help off-set the cost of the event. To reserve your space for our celebration, please contact Sandra Hoots our Police Clerk at (360) 887-3556, or you may email her at  We will provide for you a space to setup your own tent, booth or static display. There is limited spaces with a power supply, so make sure you let us know if you need electricity. Please call the police department if you have any questions regarding our event. Our staff is excited to serve you. We hope to hear from you soon.

Posted by Police Chief John Brooks

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #4

I went to Lava Java this afternoon because owner Phuong Tran was donating a portion of today’s proceeds to the family of Antonio Pickett and I wanted to donate money too. Phoung hung an umbrella from the ceiling for donations and folks filled it up.

She told me people had been coming in all day to donate, some even going over to IQ Credit Union to draw money from the cash machine.

Antonio worked at Lava Java for several years after he graduated from Ridgefield High School and studied music at Opus School of Music.

Rob Melton, owner of Opus played his guitar at Lava Java for three hours in honor of Antonio.

Where else could you find a community with such caring people? Thank you Ridgefield!

Winners of Book Mark Contest

Here are pictures of the winners of the Ridgefield Library’s Book Mark Contest.

As usual, the Friends of the Library provided refreshments for the event.

I hope everyone in the community appreciates the support of the Friends of the Library – they do a great job.

Help a Ridgefield Family

In honor of our friend Antonio Pickett, Lava Java will donate 25% of total sales to his memorial fund on Friday, June 29th.

Please come by to show your support.

Donations can also be made directly to Antonio Pickett Memorial Fund at any Columbia Credit Union.

All funds will go to help the Pickett family with funeral costs.

Note from Kathy – this is #3 in our series of What Makes Ridgefield so Special? 

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Today

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting at Windy Hills Winery on Wednesday the 27th from 11:30-1:00. The new format allows for networking from 11:30-12:00 and general membership meeting with guest speaker from 12:00-1:00pm. $15 for members and $20 for non-members which includes a catered lunch.

Meaningful Movies Tonight

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents this free documentary tonight at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. Doors open at 6:15, show starts at 7:00.

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.

“Kiki” follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. In “Kiki” we meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya. Each of these remarkable young people represents a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene in particular, as well as queer life in the U.S. for LGBTQ youth-of-color as a whole.

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Donations welcome. Snacks, ice cream, beer, wine and other beverages available for purchase.

District Surplus Sale Set for June 28-29

Ridgefield School District will hold a Surplus Sale on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at View Ridge Middle School, 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.

Items for sale include bookshelves, carts, desks, file cabinets, shelving, books, televisions, VCR’s, DVD players, video recorders, computers, and assorted office and classroom furniture.

For more information, call the Ridgefield School District Maintenance Office at 360-619-1390.

March for Immigration Policies

Can you march in support of immigrants? Please join thousands of citizens rallying in Washington DC and across the United States at an event here in Vancouver. MoveOn Clark County is hosting a march to bring attention to Immigration policies which treat asylum seekers as criminals, and break up or incarcerate families. Even though the Trump administration announced it will no longer take children from their parents, there is no current plan to reunite families. It appears that the next step is to incarcerate families until they can be deported, without proper hearings for those seeking asylum.

The march is Saturday, June 30, at 12:45 pm. Meet at Jamie Herrera Beutler’s office O.O. Howard House (Officers’ Row) , 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver.

March starts at 1 p.m.  We will march to Esther Short Park, Bell Tower Community Square.

Please bring a sign. If you do not wish to march, meet at Esther Short Park by 1:30 for a short program of CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND FAMILIES.

Please go this link to sign up.

What’s going on at the Fire Station?

Lots of work going on at the downtown Fire Station. Workers were busy on Saturday finishing the new outdoor stairs, and there are four large boxes waiting to go on the roof. Keep tuned!

Thought for the Week

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.

Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

Chase after money and your heart will never unclench.

Care about other people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.

  • –  Lao-tzu

Wood Bat Baseball Coming to Ridgefield

A press release from the mayors of towns and cities in Clark County:

As Mayors and County Council Chair in Clark County, we are individually and collectively excited that high quality summer collegiate wood bat baseball is coming to Clark County. News from the West Coast League that they are adding an expansion team in our market, to begin play in the spring of 2019, is just another example of the great progress we are making to provide top flight entertainment for our residents throughout the region.

Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose is “excited to host the region’s baseball team at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex’s 1,800-seat stadium field, and we look forward to having people from across the County come to Ridgefield for games.”

“I’m sure many people in our City and region – including Terry and I – are looking forward to grabbing a hotdog and watching the games,” added Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

For Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt, “it’s been a long-term effort to attract a team to our area, so we’re glad the West Coast League recognized the great interest and support for baseball in Clark County, and especially look forward to our team beating built-in rivals in Portland, Cowlitz, and beyond.” Congratulations to all those who helped make this day a reality. We look forward to our team’s first opening day in 2019.

Take me out to the ball game…

From Knotweed to Trees


One of the goals of stream restoration of Gee Creek is to rid the creek of weed species such as Japanese knotweed and blackberries and replace them with native species of trees and other plants.  This photo was taken in June of 2009.  It was  a dense tangle of Japanese knotweed, blackberries, and nettles.  The tops are about 13 feet above ground and many were bound together by morning glory vines. Getting rid of the knotweed and other weeds in the watershed was difficult.

The photo above is the same view after the knotweed ,blackberries, and nettles were removed.  The first trees planted here were willows and a few cottonwoods.  Later, Tevis planted cedars.  However, the fence along the creek was not a good one and eventually beavers took most of the cedars and many of the willows.  It was distressing to see the hard work lost.

The last photo was taken earlier this week.  Last fall, a good fence was built from here to the heron ridge bridge.  It has been successful, at least so far, in keeping out beavers.  There’s lots of new trees put in this spring  from here into the city’s storm water facility.  In time, the hope is to see a dense stand of trees all along Gee Creek from the east end of Abrams Park to the refuge.  There is a great deal more work to do that and many problems to overcome.  The photos are from Tevis Laspa’s property.

Contributed by Paul Snoey