Morning Press: Drug Addiction; Confederate monuments vandalized; Vancouver Marathon




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Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this weekend.

Man’s addiction leaves trail of tragedy

Two years ago, Joshua Johnson stood outside the Clark County Courthouse and shook hands with the teenager who nearly lost his life — and did lose his lower right leg — after Johnson’s mother struck him with her car.

He had kicked his methamphetamine habit, he said, and was 27 months clean — the longest period of time since he started using drugs as a teenager. His mother, Shaun Johnson, unfortunately, still struggled.

Joshua Johnson managed to stay clean until about the end of 2015. But the siren’s call of addiction lured him back. This time, he said, “one hit” led to his life spiraling out of control.

Read more about Johnson’s struggle with addition and the consequences.

Confederate monuments in Ridgefield defaced

RIDGEFIELD — A pair of former highway markers honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis were defaced overnight Thursday just outside of Ridgefield.

Jefferson Davis Park sits on private land and is maintained and operated by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division. The quarter-acre site was dedicated in 2007, and it contains two markers for “Jefferson Davis Highway 99,” one from Vancouver and one from Blaine.

Learn more about the monuments in Ridgefield and why they won’t be removed.

Vancouver USA Marathon events canceled

Nicholas Cody had made his travel plans and, more importantly, boosted his longest training runs to 20 miles.

But his goal of running his first marathon was dealt a setback on Friday. Organizers canceled the 2017 Vancouver USA Marathon, citing low pre-registration numbers for the Sept. 17 race.

Cody, 22, grew up in Hockinson and attends law school at the University of Washington in Seattle.

An avid cyclist, Cody decided 2017 would be the year to give running a try.

Find out why the marathon’s organizers decided to cancel this year’s event.

Liz Pike says she’ll run for Clark County council chair

State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, announced Friday that she will run next year for Clark County council chair.

The announcement was made to a crowd of about 200 supporters at her farm who were gathered for an annual political fundraiser, according to a news release.

“As your State Representative and as a former elected Camas City Council Member, I’ve always put the citizens first,” Pike’s news release said. “I’m running for the citizens of Clark County. Let’s build on current successes to become the premier economic engine for our region so that everyone prospers.”

Learn more about Rep. Pike’s decision to run.

The imagery of infamy: Hazel Dell man writes his way into acclaim

Of all the truly terrible novels in this world, which stinks the worst? There’s no final answer. Great badness is a judgment call.

But when Michael Newton of Hazel Dell envisioned the horrible-est of all horror novels, its opening sentence went like this:

“I looked up at her breathless ‘hello,’ and knew I could never unsee her Bride of Frankenstein makeup, or the way she filled her clothes; which must have looked good form-fitting a younger, svelter her, but now resembled a sausage skin strained to its limits by a failure of the emergency stop on the filling machine; perhaps a developing grub, whose skin failed to molt, or a Michelin Woman, as imagined by Salvador Dali on acid.”

Find out more about why Newton’s writing is so bad it is good.