When Jere Van Dyk participated in a recent White House conference on hostages, he didn't say a lot. Just the fact that he was there seemed to mean a lot. The Vancouver native was told that he symbolized hope.
Walking through the small historic garden to the entrance of Fort Vancouver, you realize: With 1,500 acres of vegetables once under cultivation there, those Hudson's Bay Co. gardeners must have needed some rakes.
ROSEBURG, Ore. — A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in this southern Oregon timber town.
Salvador Brotons stands still and gazes into space. A rare moment of silence. He's listening, inside his head, to Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet" -- clearing away all other sounds and distractions, steadying himself, summoning the precisely right tempo.
Every year The Columbian takes the opportunity to share portraits of some of the people who make Clark County such a special place to live, work, learn and play. In this year's edition, we highlight small business owners, a cancer survivor and many volunteers and experts who have left an impact on their chosen field or the community as a whole.