Doug West didn't give up. A single father of two teenagers, he shared a room in a two-bedroom rental, and home ownership was only a dream. He applied for the Habitat for Humanity program but lost his job in the construction industry while he was in the application process. Employment is a requirement for the program, which helps struggling families become homeowners.
Five children who were abused by their parents in Vancouver have filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the state alleging that the Department of Social and Health Services failed to adequately investigate dozens of complaints about their welfare over an eight-year period.
Thomas Prill stifled a small, self-deprecating laugh when he admitted that as a 45-year-old, he's still fascinated with Lego toys. But the soft-spoken Vancouver engineer, president of the Portland-area adult Lego group PortLUG, is far from alone in his love for the interlocking plastic pieces.
Dan Berne began his novel, "The Gods of Second Chances," three years ago as a longtime resident of Vancouver. Now a resident of Portland, Berne will be reading his novel Sunday at Powell's City of Books in Portland as part of its debut launch.
Vancouver Public Schools' Jump Start kindergarten program has been named one of 15 first-place Magna Award winners by the American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association. The annual awards recognize best practices in school district leadership.
The former girlfriend of Pedro "Junior" Godinez Jr. changed her story Thursday, testifying that she was solely responsible for robbing a Beaverton, Ore., man in November 2012. She told the courtroom that Godinez had nothing to do with it.
East County Fire & Rescue is looking to appoint five residents who can represent the fire district and offer honest feedback about the services it provides. Anyone interested in participating should email Fire Chief Scott Koehler at SKoehler@ECFR.us with their name, address, phone number and email address, along with any interactions they've had with East County Fire & Rescue and the reason they want to get involved. The email has to be sent by noon April 1. Questions can be forwarded to Koehler by email or by calling him at 360-834-4908.
Fire damaged a home Wednesday night in east Vancouver. Just before 8 p.m., multiple people reported the fire at a house at 3614 N.E. 163rd Ave. They said flames were coming from the roof of the house, according to radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. Arriving Vancouver firefighters found smoke coming from under the eaves of the house and fire showing in a back bedroom. The crew extinguished the fire within about 10 minutes.
When Jack Phillips heard the screeching of metal, he ducked down in his tractor-trailer cab and hoped for the best. A massive steel beam tore through the truck, missing the 58-year-old Vancouver man by a few inches.