By Erin Middlewood January 25, 2013 8:52 p.m.
Attention on guns — their use in crimes and their regulation — has intensified since last month's shootings at Clackamas Town Center in the Portland area and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
By Erin Middlewood January 3, 2013 7:38 p.m.
The fiscal cliff deal that raises taxes on top earners begs the question: Who earns that much around here?
By Erin Middlewood May 28, 2011 6 a.m.
When a Brush Prairie church received a letter from a man identifying himself as “Reverend Garner” pleading for money for Bethany Storro’s medical expenses, the church’s business administrator smelled a scam. Instead, the letter seems to be a well-meaning but misguided effort by someone Storro met at Elahan Place, a Vancouver rehabilitation program operated by Columbia River Mental Health Services.
By Erin Middlewood May 24, 2011 7:56 p.m.
The Washington State Department of Transportation took another step toward removing traffic signals from state Highway 500 on Tuesday when it broke ground on a $49 million interchange at St. Johns Boulevard.
By Erin Middlewood May 19, 2011 6 a.m.
The American dream of homeownership has become more elusive in Clark County over the past decade, no surprise to anyone who has watched foreclosure rates here skyrocket during the Great Recession. The homeownership rate dropped from 67.3 percent in 2000 to 65.8 percent in 2010, but remains higher than Washington’s rate of 63.9 percent, according to U.S. Census figures released today.
By Erin Middlewood May 15, 2011 6 a.m.
Vancouver residents Mark McCloud and Fred Schwarz represent the two — what seem to be inevitable — outcomes of late-career job loss. McCloud, 63, hasn’t been able to find another job, and is at the brink of a retirement he wouldn’t have chosen and might not be able to afford.
By Erin Middlewood May 11, 2011 6 a.m.
Clark County commissioners Tuesday approved the purchase of the closed Leichner Landfill and surrounding land for $1.5 million. “By moving ahead now, we can bring this land into productive re-use,” said Jeffrey Mize, a spokesman for the county public works department.
By Erin Middlewood May 6, 2011 6 a.m.
Lori Volkman started a blog to cope with her husband’s military deployment last September. “It started out just as a diary,” the Ridgefield resident said. She gave little thought to the fact that people might actually read it. In less than a year, the blog has garnered almost 25,000 hits.
As arson investigators dug through the rubble of Vancouver’s deadliest fire in a half-century Monday, residents of Northeast 13th Circle in Vancouver questioned how such a horrific event could happen in their quiet neighborhood.
By Erin Middlewood April 8, 2011 6 a.m.
This weekend, a scaled-back International Discovery Walk Festival returns for its 15th year. The economic downturn didn’t spare the beloved celebration of walking. International participation fell last year, and so did sponsorships. Organizers are weary, and ready to hand on the baton. Sound like bad news?
By Erin Middlewood April 4, 2011 6 a.m.
If you’ve ever wanted to subscribe to receive a weekly delivery of fresh produce from a local farm, now’s your chance. The popularity of community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs, has rocketed in past years to the point that you’d be lucky to find a farm that still had openings in April. This year is different. Farms find themselves under-subscribed, perhaps because of the extended economic downturn, said Luisa DePaiva, owner of Purple Rain Vineyard in Brush Prairie.
By Erin Middlewood April 3, 2011 6 a.m.
More than a decade of meetings among Native Americans across the country have manifested in an elegantly appointed office near Fort Vancouver. There, a staff of four people work at creating a sort of National Endowment for the Arts for native artists. The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, created with a $10 million grant from the Ford Foundation, awarded its first grants last year — $394,319 to 26 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations in 12 states.
By Erin Middlewood March 11, 2011 6 a.m.
If you’ve ever felt like you were born too late, you can step back in time at Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater on Saturday to listen to the sounds of the 1930s as performed by The Stolen Sweets. “All of us in the band, we joke we were born in the wrong era,” said Jen Bernard, a vocalist in the Portland trio. “We just love old theaters. It’s where this music was originally played.”
By Erin Middlewood March 6, 2011 6 a.m.
From high class to low cost, Clark County’s movie-going options will expand this year. Twenty-six silver screens are expected to open here in 2011. Two historic venues, the two-screen Liberty Theatre in Camas and the single-screen Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver, will re-open. And luxury-theater operator Cinetopia plans to open a 23-screen venue at Westfield Vancouver mall in November.
By Erin Middlewood February 25, 2011 6 a.m.
The Vancouver Food Cooperative, a dream that dates back to 2003, is starting to materialize. It may only be open intermittently for pickup of online orders, but the co-op has an actual storefront in the Wallis Engineering building in downtown Vancouver.
By Erin Middlewood February 24, 2011 6 a.m.
Only in Clark County would population growth of 23 percent over a decade be considered slow. Clark County’s expansion over the past 10 years fell well short of the 45 percent growth of the previous decade, according to U.S. Census figures released Wednesday.
By Erin Middlewood February 13, 2011 6 a.m.
Competing in last month’s Miss America pageant in front of 6.67 million television viewers was so intense for Miss Washington Jacquie Brown, a Vancouver native, that she sobbed during commercial breaks. “For me to be there representing my state, it was emotional,” said Brown, 22. “Because I knew how much I put into it, and how much the people around me had put into helping me and supporting me.”
By Erin Middlewood January 18, 2011 6 a.m.
If you want to gain fitness and lose weight, think beyond protein shakes and supplements. Registered dietician Alison Ozgur and certified personal trainer Derrick deLay encourage their clients to eat whole foods, preferably plants.
By Erin Middlewood January 9, 2011 6 a.m.
Don Bivins became a firefighter 35 years ago to save lives. At age 19, he gave little thought to his retirement. Now, at a time when many of his private-sector peers have seen their own retirement dreams dashed, and with the state facing a two-year $4.7 billion shortfall, Bivins’ pension and those of his fellow government workers are drawing new scrutiny. A fight over public pensions may be looming in the legislative session that begins on Monday.
By Erin Middlewood December 26, 2010 6 a.m.
Krista Colvin slowly wakes from surgery. She slips in and out of consciousness. In this dreamy state, she thinks more about when she’ll get to see her family than about the fact that she no longer has breasts. She had time to work through the impending physical loss in the months leading to her mastectomy. Krista, 43, was diagnosed in March with cancer. Now surgeons have removed her right breast, which had two tumors, as well as cancerous lymph nodes. Because Krista carries a gene mutation that increases the chance of cancer recurring, her healthy breast was removed, too.
By Erin Middlewood December 13, 2010 6 a.m.
Jeff Horenstein, a 1997 Mountain View High School graduate, is competing for a Sony recording contract and $100,000 on the NBC show, “The Sing Off.” His a cappella group, Groove for Thought, consists of seven singers from Western Washington. He started the group 10 years ago.
By Erin Middlewood December 12, 2010 6 a.m.
When B.J. Babcock underwent surgery to replace a faulty heart valve, she asked her doctors if there was another woman with a similar problem she could contact. “Both the surgeon and cardiologist said ‘no,’” recalled Babcock, a 58-year-old Ridgefield resident. “I needed companionship from someone who had been through the healing process.”
By Erin Middlewood December 6, 2010 6 a.m.
Vancouver retiree Bruce Preece spent 50 hours crafting a lawn display of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, wise men and shepherds out of plywood a couple of years ago. The stark white figures stand out against a gold-hued cutout of Bethlehem, which he designed from his memory of a 1978 visit to the holy city. His handiwork will be among 600 similar scenes of all sizes and media on display this weekend at the 10th annual Festival of the Nativities at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vancouver.
By Erin Middlewood November 15, 2010 6 a.m.
The historic Schofield Building in downtown Vancouver will get a face-lift, but the property owners want to put a little lipstick on it in the meantime. The Schofields are renovating two buildings — one built in 1867 and the other in 1905 — that cover three-quarters of the block at Sixth and Main streets. During the work, six large windows will be boarded up. Instead of bare plywood, property manager Ed Aschieris envisions works of art.
By Erin Middlewood November 12, 2010 6 a.m.
At first, Matthew Dukart didn’t think of what he did as art. His wife and daughters were crafty, but he never had considered himself to be the type. Then, a couple of years ago, he started folding the pages of a sports magazine and weaving them together into a rudimentary purse. He gave it to his wife.
By Erin Middlewood November 7, 2010 6 a.m.
That the Vancouver Symphony is staging its second concert of the season this weekend is an achievement. Earlier this year it looked like the organization was in danger of folding altogether. It had to launch an aggressive fundraising campaign and slash its budget by about 25 percent to keep the music playing.
By Erin Middlewood October 31, 2010 6 a.m.
The evening before Krista Colvin undergoes surgery to remove her breasts, her children say goodbye. Both Annie, 8, and Wes, 10, are heading to friends’ houses for the night because Krista has to report to the hospital first thing in the morning. Annie smiles big, trying to stay strong and upbeat, but her eyes shine with tears as she lays her hand on her mother’s breast. Wes closes his eyes and snuggles into his mother’s bosom. This is the children’s way of bidding farewell to a part of her body that had nurtured and comforted them throughout their lives.
By Erin Middlewood October 21, 2010 6 a.m.
When Clark Public Utilities approached the Wrights to test out a heat-pump water heater, the Vancouver family of four decided to give it a go. They already had been systematically replacing their appliances with more energy-efficient ones.
By Erin Middlewood October 15, 2010 6 a.m.
Sure, you can pick up carving pumpkins at the grocery store. But when was the last time you saw hay rides or corn mazes or petting zoos there? Four farms in Clark County have carved out a niche for themselves at pumpkin time by offering a variety of activities to round out a fun family outing.
By Erin Middlewood September 24, 2010 6 a.m.
Much has changed in maternity wards since Gretchen Amacher entered nursing school in 1966. Then, mothers were sedated to deliver their babies. Fathers were sequestered in waiting rooms. Once born, babies stayed in the nursery and were wheeled to their mothers every three to four hours for feeding, mostly by bottle. Fathers were allowed only during visiting hours and didn’t get to hold their babies until they were discharged.
By Erin Middlewood September 12, 2010 6 a.m.
The stress mounted as Jacquie Brown, Miss Greater Vancouver, prepared for the Miss Washington pageant. Then her 1991 Honda Civic broke down. Not sure what to do, and preoccupied with the July pageant, she decided to ignore the car until things calmed down.
By Erin Middlewood August 27, 2010 6 a.m.
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is celebrating its first year in its east Vancouver location with a party for two- and four-legged friends. The animal shelter will offer reduced prices for animal adoptions during the celebration, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event offers family activities, free popcorn and drinks. Food vendors and peddlers of pet-related products will be on hand as well.
By Erin Middlewood August 23, 2010 6 a.m.
She’s known as the Central Park Jogger. Trisha Meili was 28 and rising fast on Wall Street when she went for a run in Central Park April 19, 1989. Her body was found hours later in a shallow ravine. She had been raped and so brutally beaten a co-worker could only identify her by a ring she wore. It took months for her to recover from traumatic brain injury, which left her with no memory of the attack. She had to learn to button her blouse again, to walk again, and later, to run again.
By Erin Middlewood August 20, 2010 6 a.m.
Amanda Greger almost gave up. She had auditioned four times for the Portland Trail Blazers’ dance team.
By Erin Middlewood August 16, 2010 6 a.m.
Growing vegetables takes seeds, soil, sun, water — and consistent effort. That can be tough for people juggling family and work responsibilities.
By Erin Middlewood July 30, 2010 6 a.m.
A visit to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill takes you back to a time before the terms “locavore” and “whole foods” were bandied about. Eating whole, local food wasn’t a matter of choice but of necessity. Refined flours were a luxury, not a staple.