High school scoreboard April 22




R.A. Long (9-3) 7 0

Ridgefield (10-5) 5 2

Columbia River (8-6) 4 4

Hockinson (6-7) 3 4

Woodland (8-7) 3 5

Mark Morris (3-9) 2 5

Washougal (5-10) 2 6


Woodland 000 000 0—0 3 4

RA Long 200 011 x—4 9 4


Pitching — Wooden 5.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, loss; Logan 0.2 IP, 1 H. Highlights — Autrey 1-4; Pitner 1-3, 2B; Burns 1-3.

RA Long

Pitching  — Elias Farland 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, 3 BB, win; Jack Childers 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB.  Highlights — Conner Wallace 1-3, 2B; Jacob Childers 1-4, run; Jack Childers run; Parker Reeves 2-3, run; Kade Vanderwerf RBI; Justin Holmdahl 3-3, run, 2B; Alex Brady 1-3; Tanner Allen 1-3, RBI.


Ridgefield 000 204 1—7 7 2

River 000 000 4—4 8 4


Pitching — Kellen Bringhurst 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 4 BB, win; Wyatt Mersinger 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 K, 2 BB; Tim Radosevich 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, save. Highlights — Jeremy Martin 1-3; Quaid Kennon run; Jimmy Wallace 2-3, 3 runs, 2B, 3B; Tim Radosevich run, BB; Clayton Madsen 1-3; Daniel Tudor run; Boston Clark 1-2, 2 RBI; Cam Ryder 2-2, run, 2 RBI.

Columbia River

Pitching — Kade Gerlack 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 5 BB, loss; Derek Mettler 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 k; Nick Alder 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K. Highlights — Koben Jamison 1-2, run, 2 BB; Derek Mettler 1-2, BB; Nick Nygard run, RBI; Andrew Wisch 1-2, run, RBI; Kade Gerlack 1-4; Cole Delich 1-3, RBI; Parker McNeil 2-4, RBI; Thomas Karcher 1-1, run.


M. Morris 020 111 0—5 11 2

Hockinson 00 000 1—1 3 1

Mark Morris

Pitching — Jack Shipley 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 12 K, 0 BB, win; Ryan McCoy 0.1 IP. Highlights — Nate Tugaw 1-3, RBI; Dawson Fritz 1-4, RBI; Noah Mejia run; Anthony Morrow 2-4, 2B, RBI; Noah Jenkins 1-4, HR, RBI; Keoni Makaiwi 1-4, run; Ryan McCoy 1-4, 2 runs; Jack Shipley 2-3; Brayden Harris 2-2, RBI.


Pitching — Niehaus 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, loss; Matt Henry 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K. Highlights — Canon Racanelli 1-2; Colton Wheeler 1-3; Jon Domingos 1-3, 3B, run; Jake Beslanowitch RBI.



Lincoln 010 003 3—7 4 3

Skyview 000 020 0—2 4 1


Pitching — Mills 7 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 10 K, 2 BB, win. Highlights — Cable 1-4, run, RBI; Easton 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI; Parkel 1-3, run, 3B.


Pitching — Ryan Pitts 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB; Carson Mowrer 2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 0 K , 1 BB, loss; Michael Lundgren 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB. Highlights — Noah Guyette 1-4, RBI; Michael Hickey 1-2; Pete Ramsay 1-3, run; Hunter Renne 1-3, run; Alex Miller RBI.



Team scores — 1, Tualatin 107; 16, Heritage 10; 19, Battle Ground 5; 21, Mountain View 2.

1,500 — 1, Ryan Cibart (H) 4:01.07; 110 hurdles — 8, Grayson Goodwin (BG) 17.27; Discus — 7, Daniel Furcron (MV) 134-3; Javelin — 7, Trent Thompson (BG) 150-10; High jump — 7, Grayson Goodwin (BG) 5-8.


At Gresham, Ore.

Team scores — 1, Central Catholic 90; 8, Prairie 30; 9, Washougal 29.5; 14, Skyview 18.

Local placers

100 — 3, Nolan Mickenham (P) 11.05; 5, Ryan Davy (Wa) 11.18; 200 — 6, Ryan Davy (Wa) 23.56; 800 — 5, Troy Prince-Butterfield (Wa) 1:59.21; 110 hurdles — 4, Caleb Sagert (P) 15.77; 300 hurdles — 4, Jett Pharn Cromb (P) 41.94; 7, Caleb Sagert (P) 43.11; 4×110 relay — 3, Prairie 43.56; 5, Washougal 44.38; 4×400 relay — 6, Washougal 3:37.53; Shot put — 5, Taylor Vo (Sky) 46-0.5; Discus — Cristopher Barron (Sky) 137-9; Javelin — 3, Nathan Tofell (Wa) 157-10; High jump — 2, Ethan Gould (Sky) 6-4; 7, Judson Mansfield (Wa) 5-10; Pole vault — 5, Tanner Lees (Wa) 12-6; Long jump — 3, Darius Dancel (Pr) 20-8.



Team scores — 1, Tualatin 90; 16, Mountain View 12; 22, Heritage 3.

100 hurdles — 3, Katherine Kadrmas (MV) 15.89; Discus — 6, Mykala Preston (MV) 103-2; High jump — 6, Erika Strait (MV) 5-1; Long jump — 6, Lexie Klinkhammer (Her) 16-2.5.


At Gresham, Ore.

Team scores — 1, Centennial 82; 15, Prairie 12.5; 16, Washougal 12; 17, Skyview 11; Fort Vancouver 4.

1500 — 5, Emily Phelps (FV) 4:52.26; 8, Presley Timmons (Sky) 4:58.12; 3000 — 5, Amelia Pullen (Wa) 10:26.87; 100 hurdles — 3, Valerie Schmidt (Pr) 15.89; 5, Olivia Green (Sky) 16.50; 300 hurdles — 8, Valerie Schmidt (Pr) 50.19; 4×100 relay — 8, Washougal 53.11; 4×400 relay — 7, Washougal 4:29.95; Shot put — 5, Abigail Brotherton (Pr) 36-3; 8, Elle Raunig (Sky) 32-10; Discus — 4, Elle Raunig (Sky) 106-5; Javelin — 8, Malaika Quigley (Pr) 103-4; High jump — 8, Valerie Schmidt (Pr) 4-8; Long jump — 7, Gracie Dolan (Wa) 15-9.

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Inslee tags county for tax breaks, investment

Seven Clark County communities were dubbed “Opportunity Zones” by the governor’s office Friday, positioning them for more investment — although it is unclear when.

Parts of Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Washougal were named among 139 underserved” census tracts in Washington that can now house projects with special tax breaks for developers.

The hope is that investors who might have shied away in the past might now see the communities as better places to build affordable housing, expand businesses and create jobs.

“I think it’s a huge win,” said Mike Bomar, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.

Three zones cover Vancouver’s core from The Waterfront Vancouver to Clark College, while a fourth zone spans the neighborhoods of Bagley Downs, Meadow Homes, Northcrest and Harney Heights.

Zones outside of Vancouver include Hazel Dell between 78th and 99th streets; and two zones covering almost the entire southern half of Washougal, including downtown and properties owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal.

The Fourth Plain Corridor, a stretch of multicultural businesses and a focal point for concerns of gentrification, lies within the Opportunity Zones. City officials say they are mindful of helping spur economic growth without pushing families and businesses out.

“We’ll specifically work with Fourth Plain and with the business district there,” said Theresa Brum, the city’s economic development manager. “We have been working with them for the past three years and we’ll continue that relationship to avoid any kind of negative gentrification.”

Arrested development

Money won’t pour into these areas overnight.

State officials say they are still waiting for formal rules from the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department. The latter has been administering the program since it was created by Congress in December as part of the federal tax cut package.

Many of the current questions revolve around how these investments will work in practice. Investors will be able to put money into an “opportunity fund” and thus either skip or defer paying capital gains taxes. But details are still unknown.

“How does a fund become designated? What are the rules for those funds? How do they operate? They might (answer) some of that later this year,” said Chris Green, assistant director for the state Department of Commerce. “What we do know is that the capital markets are very interested.”

Once those rules do get sorted out, local officials say they are excited to see what’s next.

Paul Dennis, president of the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, said his organization is hoping to talk with potential investors while the rules are getting sorted out. He could not get specific, but said the zones in Washougal could help.

“There’s still large tracts of land that are ripe for development,” he said.

Dennis added that costs saved by the zones might help builders who are fighting against the rising costs of construction materials and labor.

“You’re starting to see the costs… are outstripping the percentage increases in lease rates or values,” he said. “This would help as kind of a readjustment.”

The zones also could help projects get built that will help low-income communities, said Jennifer Rhoads, president of The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

From her standpoint, she’d like to see the program trigger investments in affordable housing and small business. “In my mind it would not be a success if it results in gentrification,” she said.

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Volunteers scrub Land Bridge

Many walkers, runners, cyclists and sightseers love the Vancouver Land Bridge. “It is highly popular and used and loved,” said Confluence program manager Courtney Yilk.

But not that many people understand exactly what it is and what it does, Yilk said. That’s why Saturday’s big Earth Day volunteer work party on the bridge was also an educational outing. Volunteers with groups such as local Boy Scouts and The Mission Continues, a veterans organization that promotes ongoing service through volunteerism, didn’t just spread mulch, yank weeds and collect trash — they picked up some historical understanding, too.

The Vancouver Land Bridge is one of several architectural art projects along the Columbia River developed in the early 2000s to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s historical Corps of Discovery expedition through the American West. It’s a uniquely curving pedestrian overpass that links historic spots that once were one and the same — the fur-trading fort and the riverfront — before modern infrastructure including a railway and a highway got in the way. For about a century, Yilk said, the historic connection between the fort and the river was completely broken — until the Vancouver Land Bridge restored the link in 2008.

“You have to know our history to create a more thoughtful future,” said Confluence executive director Colin Fogarty.

Since then, Yilk said, Confluence — which works with the City of Vancouver and the National Park Service to maintain the bridge — has only hosted two big volunteer outings here. The first was last year on Earth Day and it was such a success, Yilk said, that Confluence decided to do it again this year.

“Honestly, I just like volunteering,” said Mitchell Evans of Portland, a Navy veteran with The Mission Continues. “It keeps you young. I like to stay young. I like to know what’s cool today. Today, volunteering is cool.”

Approximately 40 volunteers were on hand Saturday morning to spiff up the landscaping, scour for trash and listen to tales of the bridge and its significance. For example, the south side of the bridge is also the gated home of the legendary Old Apple Tree, reportedly the oldest such tree in the Pacific Northwest and the “matriarch” of Washington ‘s apple industry. Park ranger Brett Roth told a group of Boy Scout volunteers the basic tale: a Briton attended a party in London in early 1820s, ate a delicious apple there, pocketed the seeds and forgot all about them — until he arrived in America about a year later, discovered the seeds in his pocket and planted them. (The romanticized version has a lady at the party giving the seeds to the traveler — a blessing from home for someone headed for the unknown.)

Continue past the Old Apple Tree onto the bridge itself, and you can’t miss native plantings, words and expressions in indigenous local languages, artworks by noted Native American artist Lillian Pitt and historic images and photographs of the area, from the fort itself to the Kaiser shipyards of World War Two.

“It’s an overpass but it’s also a work of art,” said volunteer and retired park ranger Pat Barry, a Vancouver resident who staffed the Bonneville Dam visitor center for decades. Barry was shoveling mulch with his 11-year-old son, Will. “We always like to do something useful on Earth Day,” Barry said.

Mulching, weeding and collecting litter are useful, Yilk said, but that’s not all the bridge needs. It’s a frequent target of graffiti, and Yilk is interested in putting together smaller groups of skilled volunteers who can paint over that this summer; it’s also in need of some longer-term surface repairs.

That’s because the bridge’s surface material is softer than standard asphalt, according to Fogarty. It’s made of something called decomposed granite — the same stuff that’s used for wheelchair-accessible pathways at all national parks, he said. Decomposed granite is handier to work with and more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt, but it also weathers more quickly.

July road trip

Major Confluence fans can really dig into the project and its historic sites this summer during a private three-day tour July 13 to 15. The Confluence Lower Columbia Road Trip will visit the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale,Ore., the Vanoucver Land Bridge, Chinook Nation headquarters and village in Bay Center and Cape Disappointment, on the mouth of the Columbia River; a busy lineup of guest speakers, walking tours, cultural outings — such as Chinook song, dance and a salmon bake — will be part of the experience. Lillian Pitt, who created art for the brige, and Doug Wilson, a ranger and archaeologist at Fort Vancouver, will be among the speakers during the Land Bridge visit here in Vancouver.

The base price for the road trip is $325. To learn more, contact Yilk at Courtney@ConfluenceProject.org or visit www.confluenceproject.org/news/confluence-on-the-columbia.

Scott Hewitt: 360-735-4525; scott.hewitt@columbian.com; twitter.com/_scotthewitt

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