Officer's promotion follows road back from low point

Friday's promotion ceremony at the Vancouver Police Department's west precinct was newsworthy for two reasons: By elevating an officer to the rank of corporal, Chief James McElvain again illustrated he's willing to promote from within, and by doing so he chipped away at long-held concerns about room for advancement in the department.

Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Columbia River football preview: Don't sell him short

All Nathan Hawthorne has done, in three sports, is prove that he can compete with any and all opponents, that he can get the best of most of his opponents.

Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

WASHINGTON — Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Miley Cyrus' VMA date turns himself in to Polk County Jail

Miley Cyrus' date to the MTV Video Music Awards, Jesse Helt, turned himself in to Polk County Jail on Thursday, Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said.

Stevenson woman donates kidney to Michigan man

Kia Calderon-Dillon traveled more than 2,000 miles to give away one of her organs. She made the trek from her home in Stevenson to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a man she met only a couple of months earlier on Facebook.

Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

AUSTIN, Texas — A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from Perry's account that disavowed the post.

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The price to pee privately in a public park

Scanning through city council emails the other day, this phrase caught my eye: “port-a-potty

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Scotland’s Music United at Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield

Old Liberty Theater presents, Scotland’s Music United, Saturday, Aug. 30th 2014 at 7:30 pm

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This year's edition reflects a new approach as we share stories and videos of some of the people who make our county such a special place to live, work, learn and play. More