News Briefs 12_09_05

Health Department offers assistance to businesses implementing I-901
Approved by voters in November, Initiative 901, which prohibits smoking in all indoor public places and in the outdoor space within 25 feet of doors, windows that open and air intakes of public places, went into effect Dec. 8.

To help businesses and individuals comply with the new law, the Clark County Health Department will hold two education forums. The forums are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday Dec. 16 at Vancouver Fire Station number 83, 213 Northeast 210th Ave., and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 22 at Fort Vancouver Regional Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Questions can be directed to the Health Department, 360-397-2550.

Evergreen Insurance Associates named MetLife agent
MetLife Auto & Home named Vancouver’s Evergreen Insurance Associates Inc. independent agent. Evergreen Insurance Associates, established in 2000, offers a wide range of insurance services and products.
Evergreen Insurance Associates is located at 316 Southeast 123rd Ave., Suite A-2, and is open for business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Jesse Villfranca at 360-254-7166.

Waste Connections gives $260,000 to Red Cross relief fund
Waste Connections, Inc. a 21-state Vancouver company, donated about $264,000 to the American Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter for the National Disaster Relief Fund to help the survivors of this year’s hurricanes. Waste Connections matched employee contributions of a little more than $82,000 and then added another $100,000 to the pot. The Red Cross said this was by far the largest donation from a business in Clark County to the Red Cross for this year’s disaster season.

Merrill, the vice president of the Pacific Northwest region of Waste Connections has served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the chapter for the past two years. In addition, Waste Connections is a corporate sponsor of the Southwest Washington Chapter, having made a commitment to give $10,000 a year for five years.

Cowlitz Bancorporation awards stock options to employees
Longview-based Cowlitz Bancorp. announced stock options awarded to employees. Cowlitz named Joseph Storm and Jon McLean as vice presidents and commercial loan officers in the company’s Bay Bank Portland Branch and granted them each an option to purchase 1,000 shares of Cowlitz common stock. These options are for a term of 10 years and are fully vested with an exercise price equal to the market price of the stock on the date of grant. Cowlitz also announced previously awarded but unreported stock options. Mark Timm, senior vice president of the Bay Bank Portland Branch received stock options to acquire 6,000 shares of Cowlitz common stock exercisable at the current market price on the date of the award, which was July 12, 2004. Timm’s stock options are for a term of 10 years and vest over a three-year period from the date of grant. Former CFO Randy Blake received stock options to acquire 10,000 shares of Cowlitz common stock exercisable at the current market price on the date of grant, which was June 13, 2005. Blake’s stock options were fully vested when granted after recently leaving the company. Gary LaBerge received stock options for 6,000 shares of stock. This stock option has a term of 10 years, an exercise price equal to the market price of the stock on the date of grant and vests over a five-year period from the date of grant.

Pulp and paper industry supports Lower Columbia College program
Local pulp and paper companies, including Longview Fibre, Weyerhaeuser/NORPAC, Georgia Pacific and Boise Cascade have provided first-year funding of nearly $300,000 for Lower Columbia College’s new Pulp and Paper Technology program and training center. This investment provides lab equipment, instructors, scholarships and internships.

With the support and a grant from the National Science Foundation, LCC is offering a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in pulp and paper technology. The two-year degree program debuted at LCC this fall with 13 students. Specialized technical classes start next fall in the new computer simulation lab now under construction.

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