Arraignment delayed in motorcylist's death

The arraignment of an Amboy woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs was delayed Thursday because the woman hadn't retained an attorney.

Children's Center breaks ground on building

Children's Center, a homegrown Vancouver nonprofit agency that brings mental health care to uninsured and underinsured children, broke ground Wednesday on its new building in east Vancouver. Dignitaries, supporters and neighbors who turned out weren't deterred by strong rain during the noontime ceremony.

Show us how you define independence

The Columbian is continuing its a year of monthly reader photo challenge. In July, we're looking for photos that speak to independence. Send your photos to us by visiting We print a few of our favorites in the Neighbors section each week. All photos will be displayed in a photo gallery on

U.N. school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire today, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.


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Cannabis Chronicles

Cannabis and pain meds

If you missed it this weekend, Columbian health reporter Marissa Harshman had a great piece

Portland Timbers

Timbers win at home. Bout bloody time!

A game of two halves against Colorado?  Perhaps so… But in considering a match

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Portrait 2014

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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