News Briefs

"Hoops on the River" Registration Open

Share will host the fourth annual "Hoops on the River" 3-on-3 basketball tournament on August 15 and 16.  The event, which will raise money for the hungry and homeless of Clark County, will be at Vancouver Landing in downtown Vancouver. 

Seven divisions will be open, including ones for wheelchairs and Special Olympics, as well as adult and youth teams.  Prizes will be awarded in the Elite 6 feet and over division, the Elite Under 6 Feet division, and the Elite Women division.

Registration costs $50 for wheelchair and Special Olympic teams, $100 for the youth and adult teams, and $150 for the elite teams.  The fees go up after August 1st to $125 for the youth and adult teams, and $175 for the elites. 

Last year, this event raised $147,000 to support Share's programs and services, which are used by more than 10,000 people each year.

The complete event is being sponsored by Comcast, The Columbian, Vancouver Business Journal, Radio Disney, 1080 AM The Fan, 92.3 FM KGON, Les Schwab, Fred Meyer, Hilton Hotel Vancouver and IQ Credit Union.

Port of Camas-Washougal Begins "Shoes for Schools" Initiative

On July 14, the Port of Camas-Washougal announced a plan to help supply shoes for needy families and children at the local schools. 

The Port is working along with Interfaith Treasury House, a local charity, to collect shoes up to men's size 10.  Donation deadline is August 27.

Employment Security Department Awards $4.5 Million To Help Local Workers

Southwest Washington Workplace Development Council has received $4.5 Million from the Employment Security Department (ESD) to help workers upgrade their skills and qualify for better jobs.

The funding is for the July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 fiscal year.  The region's allocation decreased by more than $800,000 compared to last year due to budget cuts.

The money must be used to help laid-off workers, low-income adults, and disadvantaged youths.  Among these services are counseling, skill assessments, training, and job referrals. 

The funding comes from the Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act.  ESD will allocate $42 million dollars between the twelve workforce development areas, though due to budget cuts, the state of Washington is receiving $7 Million less this year.

City of Battle Ground Suspends Irrigation

In an effort to conserve water during the current hot weather conditions, the City of Battle Ground has suspended irrigation in city parks.  Irrigation practices will resume when water levels increase and demand lessens with cooler weather conditions.    

Residents are encouraged to join the effort to conserve water.  Water consumption skyrockets during the summer months, depleting water sources and making conservation a necessity.

There are many ways to conserve water both inside and outside your home or place of business.  The City recommends that residents and business owners avoid washing cars, sidewalks, driveways and minimize landscape irrigation.  


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