By Viki Eierdam for The Columbian
February 13, 2015 10 a.m.
The Discovery Channel's show "Deadliest Catch" is an action-packed, intimate look into the lives of men who dare to brave treacherous waters in frigid conditions aboard 70-foot vessels laden with stacks of 750-pound crab pots in the midst of unforgiving storms — all for a $40,000 to $70,000 paycheck for less than two months of grueling work.
Buying a light bulb was at one time simple, uncomplicated and boring. When you needed one, you bought it. No more. Last year, with the incandescent bulb phaseout in favor of more energy-efficient technologies, figuring out what to replace that old 60-watt bulb with can be a bit puzzling.
Much of the plant show at this time of year is low-key, more for the gardener than for someone who is visiting the garden. This may not have been the original motive of planting for winter interest. Most gardeners who take the step of adding winter plants to the garden do so with the intention of giving visitors something to see during the bleakest time of year.
I hope you don't think I'm really weird by writing about a Halloween book during the month of valentines and groundhogs. To be honest, I didn't even consider this week's book a spooky holiday book; I just liked it — a lot. It wasn't until later when I looked at the book's subject headings (a very librarian thing to do) that Halloween popped up. What I really want to impress upon readers is that "Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors" is funny, smart and a solid charmer, regardless of the time of year.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
February 6, 2015 6 a.m.
Tacos n' Cream serves up a fusion of Mexican, Latin and American flavors. The food truck recently relocated to a gas station near the corner of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and 137th Avenue, across from Kaiser Permanente. Menu selections provide a few meal choices, dessert and beverage items.
Nine finalists will perform head-to-head Sunday during the 21st annual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Three students will win a portion of the $5,000 prize as well as performing spots with the Vancouver Symphony in its April concert.
Alyssa Brasket is proud to call herself a barber. The Camas resident was crowned the American Crew U.S. All-Star Challenge winner on Jan. 25 at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, Calif. The competition looks to highlight the best stylists in the country, using American Crew men's grooming products.
The clarity of winter brings out the skeleton of your garden. In garden design terms, the bones. Paths, walks, hedges and walls are elements that provide background and form for your planting plan and must stand on their own merits. A cedar trellis or metal sculpture may be the only vertical element standing in a winter flower border. The bare branches of a dogwood tree may be the only feature in a sea of lawn. It is part of your overall garden plan to make sure that each element has the stature to stand alone.