Former Vancouver resident and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Alanis competed on “Wheel of Fortune” on an episode airing Nov. 18 as part of “Wheel Salutes Our Military” week.
The training consultant and Arabic linguist won $10,360 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Hawaii.
This time of year, Santa and Mrs. Claus start making their lists and checking them twice. But for the rest of us, finding the perfect gift for loved ones can be challenging.
If you’re in need of inspiration, we’re here to help. The Columbian asked some high-profile, creative Clark County residents to suggest items they like to give during the holidays.
Battle Ground actor and Enation frontman Jonathan Jackson will pull double duty on the Nov. 16 episode of “General Hospital.” Jackson, 28, plays Lucky Spencer on the soap opera, and on this particular episode, his musical talents also will be featured.
The song “Eyes of Grace” off Enation’s “World In Flight” album will play during a “General Hospital” montage. “General Hospital” airs at 2 p.m. on ABC channel 2.
Locals will recognize plenty of Clark County spots in the short independent film “James vs. Reality.” Filming locations included various Camas locales, the golf course at The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie, and outside the Academy building in downtown Vancouver.
The film, which features cast and crew from the greater Vancouver-Portland area, will celebrate its theatrical release Tuesday in a free event at the Bagdad Theater in Portland (go to http://www.wellfixitinpost.com/jvrpremiere.html for more information).
Less than a year ago, Vancouver resident Jeff Allen knew nothing about running a radio show. Now he’s the host and producer of “Viva La Luna” on Portland rock station 101.1 FM KUFO. The show is on Sundays from 9 to 10 p.m.
Allen, 36, took over the show in January. It focuses on Northwest rock bands, both well-known ones, such as Everclear, Soundgarden and Nirvana, and groups still trying to break out.
Vancouver’s Jesse Vint had more than 35 years of experience to draw from when he wrote his first book, “The Film Actor’s Handbook.”
Fans might recognize him from guest-starring roles on TV shows such as “Chips,” “Walking Tall,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Matlock” and “S.W.A.T.”
When best-selling Vancouver Christian fiction author Karen Kingsbury launched an online contest to find the face for a character in her new series, she received more than 150 entries from across the country. But she didn’t have to look far to find the ideal person to portray Cody Coleman on at least one cover in the four-part Bailey Flanigan series.
Kingsbury and her team selected Solomon Rexius, a 25-year-old Eugene, Ore., native living in Camas while attending Western Seminary in Portland.
2010 Miss Orchards USA Angelina Kayyalaynen is no stranger to competing at the national pageant level. In 2008, she represented Washington at the National American Miss Pageant and finished in the top 10.
Kayyalaynen was crowned Miss Washington USA earlier this month, so her previous experience should serve her well next spring when she competes for the Miss USA title. If she wins, Kayyalaynen will go on to compete for the international Miss Universe title.
Industrial shipyards on Portland’s Swan Island turned into a sartorial epicenter Saturday evening as models, designers and fashionistas descended to see SethAaron Henderson and three other “Project Runway” alumni present collections.
The show was part of the seventh annual Portland Fashion Week, a five-day event that wrapped up Sunday and featured local, regional, national and international designers’ spring and summer collections.
Clinton Johnson Band made a name for itself in 2009 when one of the group’s songs appeared in a straight-to-DVD film.
More than a year later, clips from 10 songs by the country rock duo — made up of Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton — are slated to appear in the exploitation film “Nude Nuns With Big Guns.” The movie recently won the award for Best Exploitation Film at the Arizona Underground Film Festival.
For years, Mitch Thatcher was emotionally and physically withdrawn. He didn’t like to make eye contact or participate in groups and struggled with sensory overload. Even indoors, Mitch, who is on the autism spectrum, wore a coat with the hood up as a buffer from the outside world.
“I felt more in my own space,” Mitch, 14, recalled.
Filming for the documentary “Catfish” was nearly complete before Vancouver resident Aimee Gonzales even knew she had a starring role. Now it has generated buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, reached Portland movie screens and landed Gonzales an interview on “20/20” that airs tonight.
Gonzales is embracing the publicity and the attention it’s bringing her business, Bella Divine Photography. But the story at the heart of “Catfish” continues to trouble her.
‘Star Wars” was among the first things to pop into Vancouver fashion designer and “Project Runway” winner SethAaron Henderson’s mind when he toured the SolarWorld plant in Hillsboro, Ore., this summer. He was seeking ideas for a solar energy-inspired collection to debut at Portland Fashion Week.
“When I was there, it felt like I was on the Death Star. I felt like I was in outer space,” said Henderson, 39. “It just felt very futuristic. It’s all machines and metal. It was a very cold, industrial vibe.”
As the end credits of “Like Dandelion Dust” rolled, tissue packets crinkled, and some of the dozen or so friends and family and community members gathered in bestselling Vancouver Christian fiction writer Karen Kingsbury’s home theater dabbed their eyes.
The film, an adaptation of Kingsbury’s 2006 novel, centers on the battle between adoptive and birth parents over a 6-year-old boy. It’s a topic that struck a chord with Bethany and Allen Larson, who were among the guests at the private screening.