Vancouver boy, 5, bouncing back from kidney disorder

By Marissa Harshman July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

In just a few weeks, Breanna Norton watched as her energetic 4-year-old son went from jumping on an indoor trampoline to burn extra energy to not having the energy — nor the desire — to move from the couch.

Tobacco compliance checks resuming

By Marissa Harshman July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Local retailers be warned: Clark County Public Health is resuming tobacco compliance checks in response to a sharp increase in the number of illegal sales to minors.

Health Worker Report

By Pauline Sipponen July 4, 2015 6 a.m.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division of the state Department of Health took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.

Kuni gives $5 million to OHSU cancer challenge

By Marissa Harshman July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

More than 400 donors from Clark County helped Oregon Health & Science University reach its $500 million Knight Cancer Challenge fundraising goal.

Officials prepare for sizzling July 4th at Fort Vancouver

By Marissa Harshman July 2, 2015 7:15 p.m.

With Clark County's hot streak forecast to stretch through the weekend, Independence Day at Fort Vancouver organizers are gearing up for a warm Fourth of July celebration.

Local donor centers issue pleas for blood

By The Columbian June 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Bloodworks Northwest and the American Red Cross are urging people to donate blood as donations dip during summer vacations and the current hot spell.

StarCycle new spin on fitness

By Marissa Harshman June 29, 2015 6 a.m.

At first glance, one of Clark County's newest boutique fitness studios seems to be a calming place.

Can PeaceHealth cure its ills?

By Aaron Corvin and Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Three weeks ago, PeaceHealth set out a belated welcome mat for hundreds of Clark County business leaders and elected officials. The operator of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and nine other medical centers in three states wanted to introduce itself to the community — something PeaceHealth leaders say they hadn't done since moving corporate offices here from Bellevue four years ago.

Heat hits folks hard on the streets

By Patty Hastings June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

At Share House's daily lunchtime on Friday, volunteers passed out bottled water for clients to take with them as they reentered the day's heat.

Clark County Public Health mainstay Bickett retiring

By Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

When Gary Bickett joined the local health department in 1983, Clark County had numerous landfills, including five public landfills. The metro area ranked No. 3 in the number of busted meth labs, behind only Los Angeles and Houston. And the county had just one person who inspected restaurants and ensured food safety.

5 do's and 5 don'ts to beating Clark County's heat wave

By Marissa Harshman June 25, 2015 8:07 p.m.

With temperatures soaring and extreme heat forecasted throughout next week, health officials are reminding people to stay safe — and cool — during the heat wave.

Summer meal programs feed hungry kids

By Susan Parrish June 25, 2015 6 a.m.

The Kalahan kids sat around a table in the Fruit Valley Elementary School cafeteria eating lunch Wednesday.

Low-cost summer fun for kids

By Susan Parrish June 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Kids have about nine weeks of summer vacation ahead — and keeping them engaged and active can get pricey.

$1 million allocated in medical technology aid

By The Columbian June 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Southwest Washington Behavioral Health has allocated more than $1 million for service provider information technology.