Students use mushrooms to grow recycling efforts

6 a.m. December 18
Hudson's Bay teacher, students are state winners in national contest

Lifting the lid from a plastic container, Cedric Hitzeman broke off a chunk of waste cardboard and paper decomposing with the aid of mushrooms.

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Dog gives ailing Battle Ground teen new leash on life

6 a.m. December 15
Battle Ground teen who lost lower leg after being hit by car receives service canine, helping him cope with depression

Losing part of a leg at age 16 hasn't been easy for Justin Carey. The Battle Ground High School student has had to re-learn how to walk, this time on a prosthetic leg. He takes an hour longer to get ready in the morning and has had to learn to drive with his left foot. But the biggest change he's had to deal with is letting go of his dreams of one day joining the military — a heartbreaking reality he's still facing.

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Education budget gets varied response from local officials

7:52 p.m. December 16
They offer praise, criticism of $2.3 billion Inslee plan

Local officials' reaction to the governor's education budget, which was unveiled this week, ranged from praising his proposal as ambitious to slamming it as insufficient.

It's a trip: Skyview band music marathon

By Justin Runquist December 13, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Dozens of Skyview High School band students pulled out their instruments this weekend for a 24-hour music marathon.

Diabetic beauty queen visits diabetic middle-schooler

December 13, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Sifton — Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, a champion for people with diabetes who took to the stage in a swimsuit while wearing her insulin pump, appeared at Frontier Middle School on Dec. 10.

VPS hires new leader for special services

By The Columbian December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver Public Schools has hired Brenda Martinek as executive director of special services. The board of directors approved her appointment at its meeting Tuesday. Her annual salary is $131,928.

Clark College cooks up changes to culinary facilities

By Susan Parrish December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College is moving forward with plans to renovate its outdated culinary and baking facilities.

WSUV brings program, artwork to downtown

By The Columbian December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Students of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program are hosting two events beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Vancouver.

WSU regents approve health clinic on campus

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press December 12, 2014 7:48 p.m.

SPOKANE — Washington State University's board of regents on Friday approved the designs for a teaching health clinic on the WSU Spokane campus.

Schools to release for break on Dec. 19

By The Columbian December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

All K-12 public schools in Clark County release for winter break after classes on Dec. 19. That includes students in the Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Green Mountain, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal and Woodland school districts.

Amboy students try hands at computer coding

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 7:48 p.m.

AMBOY — Two weeks ago in the White House, President Barack Obama kicked off a global effort geared to help kids learn basic computer coding. With students coaching him on either side, he wrote his first-ever computer code, a single line of JavaScript: moveForward(100). His line of code drew a line to complete a square on the computer screen.

School board member Greves to retire

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Mari Greves, longtime school board member with Vancouver Public Schools, announced her retirement at Tuesday's school board meeting. She will step down after the Jan. 13 board meeting.

High-speed Internet on its way to more schools

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press December 11, 2014 12:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to boost spending dramatically to bring high-speed Internet to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas. The $3.9 billion plan would likely increase Americans’ phone bills by about $2 a year.

WSU program offers ag entrepreneurship class

By The Columbian December 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Washington State University Clark County Extension will offer a 10-week course starting next month designed to help farmers hone their business and planning skills.

WSUV rally seeks justice for black lives

By Susan Parrish December 10, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Carrying hand-lettered signs that read "Black lives matter" and "We the people," about 75 students, staff and faculty gathered in front of the library at Washington State University Vancouver on Wednesday to speak out about police treatment of black men.

Washington's first charter school is struggling

By Associated Press December 10, 2014 10:18 a.m.

SEATTLE — Washington's first charter school is struggling months after opening its doors.

Police work with children to encourage reading

By The Columbian December 10, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Cascade Park West — The Vancouver Police Activities League hosted a literacy event at Crestline Elementary School on Dec. 4 to encourage reading and help cops connect with kids.

Few campus sex assaults reported to police

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press December 9, 2014 1:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don't report it at all.