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.
When we recently asked readers to share their Vancouver Barracks memories, we didn’t expect a Cinderella story.
But that was how Louise Van Brocklin described her stint working as a maid on Officers Row in 1937 and 1939.
With the cry of “Fire!” six Civil War soldiers’ muskets roared to life and enveloped them in a cloud of smoke.
Cheers greeted the exhibition at the Fort Vancouver National Site, punctuated by a 3-year-old boy’s shouting, “That was awesome.”