Columbian Newspaper

Washougal students get new shoes through Shoe-a-palooza
Author: The Columbian

WASHOUGAL — The annual Shoe-a-palooza event held on June 9 at Hathaway Elementary School was a success. One pair of shoes for each student were sourced through Operation Warm and funded by a local nonprofit. The value of 260 pairs of shoes ordered by families was close to $6,000. “I am thrilled for this opportunity for our families,” said Principal Wendy Morrill. “It has been a challenging year and this type of event sends a message of hope and that life is coming back to normal. The school is reopened and providing resources for our families again.” All families received a form to order their child’s shoe size. The shoes were organized by grade level on tables to be picked up and tried on. Students who missed the event had shoes sent home with them the following day. “In my experience shoes are in high demand from our families,” said Penelope Porche, Washougal School District family resource coordinator. “Children are always growing and needing new ones.”

Ridgefield student selected for national STEM program
Author: The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD — Teegan Moore, a seventh-grader at View Ridge Middle School, was selected to take part in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM. The forum is an academic and career-oriented development event in Denver. Moore was nominated by Sheila Davis, his STEM teacher. Outside of school, he’s involved with church and youth group, and loves to build, be creative and explore nature. At the forum, he’s excited to explore forensics and robotics. “Teegan has shown so much growth this year,” Davis said. “I really appreciate his attention to detail in his designs and his ability to turn his thoughts into drawings and models that communicate those ideas thoroughly. I am so excited for him to expand his interest and knowledge in STEM fields by taking part in the NYLF.” The forum is part of a series of programs by Envision by WorldStrides. The expenses for this experience will cost approximately $3,700. A fundraiser has been set up for those interested in supporting Moore. Contact the family directly at for information about how to make a donation.

Death notices
Author: The Columbian

Biefke V. Saulino, 78, Vancouver, died June 15, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Dorothy Martha Frantzen, 90, Vancouver, died June 17, 2021. Brown’s Funeral Home, 360-834-3692.

Emma Mnatsakanova, 82, Milwaukie, Ore., died June 12, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

George A. Rohrbach Jr., 84, Longview, died June 14, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Thomas G. Foutz, 56, Vancouver, died June 15, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Thomas Dean Long, 79, Vancouver, died May 29, 2021. Evergreen Staples Funeral Home, 360-693-3649.

Vasiliy P. Knysh, 65, Vancouver, died June 13, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Victor M. Cantu, 59, Vancouver, died June 13, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Vladimir Kostenko, 70, Vancouver, died June 16, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Vladimir V. Kryshtal, 28, Vancouver, died June 13, 2021. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Vital Statistics
Author: The Columbian
Marriage licenses


Adam Tyler Price, 37, Vancouver, and Rebekah Katherine Coons, 50, Vancouver.

Albert Ernest Regeza, 20, Camas, and Isabella Nadia Panfilov, 18, Camas.

Alec John Watts, 29, Washougal, and Aimee Teresa Banuet, 29, Washougal.

Courtney Rose Lee, 27, Vancouver, and David Andrew Marcus, 30, Vancouver.

Crystal Ann Rhodes, 43, Battle Ground, and Ronald Paul Smith, 54, Battle Ground.

Emily Jo Burton, 27, Vancouver, and Riston B. Andrews, 27, Vancouver.

Erin Statia Greiner, 39, Vancouver, and Sean Westergaard Flindt, 34, Vancouver.

Gary Deion Stokes, 27, Camas, and McKenzie Anne Pfeifer, 27, Camas.

James Arthur Hart, 67, Los Angeles, Calif., and Linda Sue Younger, 63, Toppenish.

Jennifer Yevgenyevna Babarina, 18, Camas, and Valery Timofeyvich Tikhomirov, 19, Vancouver.

Jessica Ann Moody, 24, Vancouver, and Joshua Scott Hanshew, 27, Vancouver.

Kaitlin Rose Rowley, 22, Vancouver, and Chad Ryan Beidas, 22, Vancouver.

Korey Ann Irey, 28, Vancouver, and Tyler Gregory Moltke, 27, Vancouver.

Melissa Jean Zorij, 27, Washougal, and Adam John Merkel, 28, Washougal.

Meridee Joelle Cowan, 31, Milwaukie, Ore., and Hasariain Al-Humairi, 38, Portland.

Nicole Marie Bennett, 30, Vancouver, and Sean Patrick Van de Voorde, 34, Vancouver.

Richard Anthony Warner Jr., 32, Washougal, and Kristen Marie Hay, 29, Washougal.

Sadie Leah Heffler, 26, Washougal, and Anthony Emil Bisconer, 35, Washougal.

Taylor Ann Merritt, 27, Vancouver, and Austin Croix Boeck, 27, Vancouver.

Tiffany Dawn Lawrence, 35, Vancouver, and Isaiah Nathaniel Alanis, 39, Vancouver.

Vanessa Rachelle Sills, 22, Portland, and Mitchell Patrick Joseph Jr., 32, Portland.

Wendi Ann Kingsland, 50, Eugene, Ore., and Philip V. Costa, 52, Eugene.

Marriage dissolutions


Bryan and Cindy Krane. Respondent’s name changed to Cindy Swift.


Aleksandr A. Andryushin and Kara Lee Andryushina.

Chad Mitchell and Kelli Mae Burton.

Divine Grace Mandal Cochran and Douglas Leroy Cochran. Petitioner’s name changed to Divine Grace Mandal Espanola.

George E. and Sandra K. Wiebe.

Joshua R. and Jennifer L. Roberts.


Bradley S. and Tracy A. Muller.

Corinne Mae Archer-Wyman and Sean E. Walters.

Emily and Chad Cherry.

Harpreet Kaur Sandhu and Harpartap Singh Deol.

Kyle and Lindsey Renn.

Michael S. and Erin Emi Hauser.

Randall Lloyd Mosier and Edith Green Chan.

Rianne Rochelle and Chris Brian Melvin.

Robyn Lynn and Justin Benjamin Rupp.

Tonya Myong Erickson and Alex James Nikas.

Court sentencings

The Columbian’s policy is to publish all Clark County Superior Court felony sentencings, as provided by the Clark County Clerk’s Office. Addresses are provided by the courts and may have changed by the time of sentencing.


Alex William Billgren, 33, 3003 N.E. 57th Ave., Vancouver, 30 months, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

Danyielle Leslie Cunningham, 41, Portland, 38 months, first-degree robbery.

Edward Douglas Martin, 58, Portland, four months, criminal mischief – armed with a deadly weapon (domestic violence).

Estera Sabrina Ursu, 26, 2403 S.E. Blairmont Drive, Vancouver, 15 months, vehicular homicide (disregard for the safety of others).

Fred Ignacio A. Munoz Jr., 40, 1111 S.E. 146th Court, Vancouver, five months, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Willy Wagter, 23, 3708 Rossiter Place, Vancouver, 180 days, second-degree robbery.

Working in Clark County: Elizabeth Gomez, owner of Bridge City Contracting
Author: Lyndsey Hewitt

Who comes to mind when you think of a construction contractor? For many, it’s a man in a hard hat.

Elizabeth Gomez, owner of Bridge City Contracting and a Hispanic woman, is trying to buck that stereotype; she wants people to know that she doesn’t exist to fill a “diversity quota.”

“I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Oh they’re trying to fill the diversity quota,’” Gomez said. “I am educated and have so much experience. When people make those comments, it’s like definitely somewhere between a microaggression and completely ignorant. My husband and I have a good sense of humor. You can’t get offended by everything, but it does take away your dignity.”

Gomez, 43, spent her whole life in Vancouver, but her family is originally from Puerto Rico. Her husband, Roger Gomez, is Colombian.

Despite the challenges as one of the few Hispanic and women business owners in Clark County, Gomez is back on the upswing as the pandemic recedes. She recently was selected for a program by Comcast RISE, created to help lessen the impact of COVID on small businesses owned by people of color.

“I think that especially in this time when the conversations are surrounding BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) populations in this country and how we can improve as a nation – I think it’s so important to engage those companies. And as a business owner, I know it’s important for me to put my money where my values are,” Gomez said.

Bridge City Contracting, which specializes in residential and commercial remodeling, received several laptops, iPads and a desktop computer to help employees stay connected during the pandemic.

The Columbian caught up with Gomez to learn more about her and her job.

Tell me about some projects you’re working on.

We are working on quite a range of projects right now. We are doing a whole home remodel in Yacolt — a farmhouse built in the 1940s; we’re bringing it back to life. We’re doing a bathroom, starting a couple kitchens. We have a lot going on. A house I was at the other day is owned by former Clark County commissioner Judy Stanton. We were going over her design selections and her surface installations and looking at how her tile would be installed in her shower and her floor. I am a certified Aging-in-Place specialist through the National Association of Home Builders. A lot of times I work with occupational therapists on creating spaces to help people age in their homes. Typically what happens is people will wait until an event happens like a stroke when they start thinking about modifications to their home. Judy is thinking about planning her future and what her future is going to look like in her home. Part of that is we have created a huge shower that is a walk-in shower for her. We’re framing in grab bars and making the space very safe and livable for her as she looks toward the future.

Why did you pursue an aging-in-place certification?

I think there’s a lot of baby boomers, my parents included, who in the next few years really need to look at what their future looks like. Those are all tough conversations and challenging decisions to make, and I know that we had to go through that with my grandparents. We didn’t understand prior to both of my grandparents both having a medical event.

How did the pandemic impact your clients?

It has been really mixed. We’ve had a lot of contact with a lot of emotional people. I think especially coming out of the pandemic, we’re seeing this more so. I feel like people are really delicate right now, and I don’t think that isolation has been good for their health. During the pandemic, we had a client who called us and she said, “Hey my 401k just went from like, six digits to like four digits. I don’t feel comfortable doing this remodel because now I’m concerned about my future.” We said don’t worry about it. We didn’t charge her – we said we hope you’ll recover. My husband had to have a lot of really firm conversations with trade partners and clients who didn’t want to wear PPE (personal protective equipment). Then the supply chain is still seeing a lot of issues. One of the biggest issues are the shortages – there’s a lumber shortage and an insulation shortage. There’s a lot of price hikes on construction materials. Unfortunately, this is affecting and will continue to affect the affordability of housing.

So, construction is still a very male dominated business. Have you faced any challenges related to this and how did you overcome them?

That’s definitely the experience; when I walk into the room, it’s typically me and a bunch of guys. A lot of women are more in administrative roles and not necessarily in the field working with trades and managing projects. We are seeing a rise in the numbers, but it’s still a very male-dominated field. I think one of the biggest things is that people constantly underestimate me. I’m OK with that, because once we start talking they understand I know what I’m talking about.

You’re a woman, but also Hispanic. How has that experience been in your job?

A lot of people don’t understand racism happens every day, all day. I have white skin; I can’t imagine being Puerto Rican with Black skin. I hear their stories. It happens. It’s hard for people to understand because it doesn’t happen to them. In construction it happens a lot. People think we’re poor and dumb. They’re the general assumptions. I feel like my husband and I work overtime to break this stereotype. That is one of the things we can do and we do that by communicating with people and having conversations.

What are your hopes for the future?

I think one of my hopes is that I’m really in a position that not only can I advocate for my industry, but I can also advocate on behalf of the women in of my industry and on behalf of minorities in my industry.


Working in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Lyndsey Hewitt:; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

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