Clark Talks: Outdoors, Clark Asks focus of podcast

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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In this week’s episode of Clark Talks, the Columbian’s podcast, hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti talk about outdoor recreation and a new way for readers to engage with the newspaper’s reporters.

Outdoor writer Al Thomas talks about ways to get outside during the long Memorial Day weekend, including good hikes to start the summer season.

Then, metro team editors Mark Bowder and John Hill introduce Clark Asks, a new tool you can use to ask Columbian reporters the burning questions you have about Clark County.

Finally, Ashley Swanson offers a glimpse of events in Clark County this weekend. Events include:

• Open Cockpit Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Pearson Field Education Center, 201A East Reserve St., Vancouver; free. 360-992-1815 or fortvan.org

• Portland Rose Festival CityFair, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday to Monday, June 2-5 and June 9-11. Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland; $8 for ages 7 and older, free admission for military members. www.rosefestival.org

• Memorial Day Weekend Spring Wine Release, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday to Monday. Various locations, see website for details, in Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Yacolt; nominal tasting fees apply, ages 21 and older. swwawine.com

• Public Day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Alderbrook Park, 24414 N.E. Westerholm Road, Brush Prairie; $5 to $10, $3 to $6 for ages 4 to 14; free for ages 3 and younger. 360-882-4444 or www.alderbrookparkevents.com

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