An era ended at midnight Wednesday when military operations ceased at Vancouver Barracks.
After 162 years as a U.S. Army base during some defining periods of American history, the barracks site is preparing for a new role. It is destined to become part of the National Park Service, which operates the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Five years after voters approved a construction bond measure, the $38 million Vancouver Community Library debuts Sunday with a festive grand opening.
A block party on C Street will detour vehicle traffic until late afternoon.
Asher Webb learned a valuable lesson about reading the fine print Saturday. After inking his name — one letter at a time — to the bottom of a contract, he was reminded by fort official David Douglas and his son Andrew that the next two years of the boy’s life belonged to the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Asher quickly reconsidered. After all, two years is a big part of your life when you’re only 6.
This is a weekend to salute our servicemen who died in the line of duty, and to honor the families of the fallen.
It’s what Richard Landis did every day for almost four years. The Clark County veteran was chief of the U.S. Army’s casualty operations center from 1984 to 1987, and was called back to duty for the first Gulf War.
When Kevin Kowitz learned his construction company would do the Artillery Barracks renovation in Vancouver, Kowitz decided to get out of the front office and head for a job site again.
“I’ve been in management, and I wanted to do a historic building,” said Kowitz, the job superintendent for Payne Construction in Portland. “It’s not every day you get to work on a 107-year-old building.”
Rich Hatton was headed to breakfast aboard the USS Worden when he saw all the fancy flying going on in the sky over Pearl Harbor.
As Hatton saw planes swoop and dive and skim the water, “I couldn’t imagine what our Air Force was doing,” he said.
When America went to war 69 years ago, John Leach fought the opening battle in his underwear.
Leach was aboard the USS California when Japanese warplanes targeted Pearl Harbor’s “Battleship Row” on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Sixty-nine years ago, they were young sailors, soldiers and Marines enjoying a weekend morning in a Hawaiian paradise.
The next moment, they were fighting for their lives as that paradise exploded all around them — and in some cases, blew up under their feet.
David Patterson, who turned his native Navajo tongue into a secret weapon during World War II, will be the guest speaker Thursday at Vancouver’s Veterans Day observance.
Patterson was one of about 400 Navajos who joined the U.S. Marines and were used as communication specialists in the war in the Pacific.
The journey to citizenship was a family project for some newly minted Americans.
When the National Park Service teamed up with immigration authorities earlier this month for their first naturalization ceremony in Vancouver, some husband-and-wife pairs and at least one father-son combination raised their right hands together to take the oath of allegiance.
Clark College President Bob Knight, former commander of the U.S. Army’s Vancouver Barracks, has earned another three years at his current post.
Last week, Clark’s board of trustees voted to extend Knight’s original three-year contract through August 2013.