Clark Talks: Podcast examines risk of landslides in Gorge

Columbian’s new food writer talks about local eateries

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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In this week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian’s weekly podcast, hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti discuss the risk of landslides in the Columbia River Gorge and introduce the paper’s new food writer.

To start the show, Gillespie and Pesanti interview Thomas Pierson, a research hydrologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver. Using lidar, a surveying technology using lasers to measure distances, Pierson and his cohorts study landslides along the Columbia River Gorge, including some more than 1,000 years old.

Then, Gillespie and Pesanti introduce Rachel Pinsky, The Columbian’s new food writer. Pinsky discusses her passion for local restaurants and Vancouver’s blossoming food scene.

Then, Ashley Swanson gives a rundown of events coming this weekend. Events featured include:

Camas First Friday: Gnome & Fairy Gala, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Downtown Camas, N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas; free, $6 for film. http://downtowncamas.com

Walk/Run for the Animals, 9 a.m. Saturday from Esther Short Park, West Columbia and Eight streets. Race registration is $50 to $55, free for ages 12 and younger. 360-693-4746 or http://southwesthumane.org/walk-run

Ridgefield First Saturday’s Spring Festival, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Overlook Park, Pioneer Street and Main Avenue., Ridgefield. Free. http://ridgefieldwa.us/event/first-saturday-spring-festival/2017-05-06

May Day Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. $5, $7 at the door, free for ages 10 and younger and Clark College students. http://kekukuifoundation.com

Ride Around Clark County, Saturday. Day of ride registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with registration closing at 9 a.m. for the 100- and 66-mile rides, and 10 a.m. for the 18- and 34-mile rides. Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver; $25 to $45; $15 for ages 13 to 17 with a paid adult; free for ages 12 and younger with a paid adult. 360-699-6398 or www.vbc-usa.com

Bridgetown Comedy Festival, through Sunday. Various venues in Portland, see website for details; $99 for festival pass, $5 to $35 for individual shows. www.bridgetowncomedy.com

You can find the weekly show on Soundcloud or subscribe for free weekly downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Pesanti and Gillespie about the podcast at podcast@columbian.com.