Concussions can be life-altering for student athletes

By Ray Legendre and Jacques Von Lunen September 2, 2012 6 a.m.

The lives of Sarah Parsons and Zach Brady once revolved around rebounds, tackles and college applications … until multiple concussions derailed their athletic dreams and nearly kept them out of college.

Washougal, Woodland OK school budgets

By Jacques Von Lunen September 2, 2012 6 a.m.

Several Clark County school boards approved their districts' annual budgets last week.

New WSUV chancellor gets warm reception

By Jacques Von Lunen August 31, 2012 6 a.m.

The new chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver seemed surprised by the thunderous applause he received Thursday night.

UPDATE: Standardized test scores edge up locally, statewide

By Paris Achen and Jacques Von Lunen August 29, 2012 8:40 p.m.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says test scores have improved.

Bigfoot big draw for small town

By Jacques Von Lunen August 26, 2012 6 a.m.

NORTH BONNEVILLE — Leaving Clark County on Highway 14, a traveler enters a foreboding land.

Former record-setting Vancouver teacher dies

By Jacques Von Lunen August 25, 2012 6 a.m.

Betty Jean Levy, who touched the lives of thousands of Vancouver students, died Wednesday. She had just turned 87.

WSU students still wait for money

By Jacques Von Lunen August 24, 2012 6 a.m.

Thousands of Washington State University students, including many attending the Vancouver campus, still have not received their financial aid disbursements for the current semester because of a computer glitch.

Getting a jump on the school year

By Jacques Von Lunen August 23, 2012 6 a.m.

Most of Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver was still this week, as were most Clark County schools two weeks before the start of the new school year. A few teachers sorted through boxes, setting up their classrooms for the coming onslaught of kids.

B.G. school budget to be rolled out Thursday

By Jacques Von Lunen August 23, 2012 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground school district will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget for the coming school year at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the old Lewisville Middle School, in building C.

WSUV welcomes students for fall

By Jacques Von Lunen August 21, 2012 6 a.m.

The Washington State University Vancouver campus was abuzz for the first day of the fall semester Monday.

For Vancouver, Evergreen schools, painless budgets

By Jacques Von Lunen August 18, 2012 9:31 p.m.

The two largest school districts in Clark County, for the first time in years, were able to pass their annual budgets without painful cuts.

UPDATE: No evidence to support shooting claim at Gee Creek rest area

By Paul Suarez and Jacques Von Lunen August 14, 2012 10:02 a.m.

Sheriff deputies are investigating a report of a shooting at the Gee Creek rest area on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield.

Boys lucky to survive raft trip on Columbia, officials say

By Jacques Von Lunen August 12, 2012 10:03 p.m.

A pair of teens were lucky to survive unscathed after a joyride on the Columbia River on Sunday, fire officials said.

Dogs have their day in sun

By Jacques Von Lunen August 13, 2012 6 a.m.

Sunday's visitors to Esther Short Park seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Tires burn in woods near Clark County Fair

By Jacques Von Lunen August 12, 2012 10 p.m.

An illegal cooking fire in a wooded area near the fairgrounds ignited some old tires Sunday. The smoke was visible for miles.

Monster trucks. Big. Noisy. Impossible to resist.

By Jacques Von Lunen August 12, 2012 6 a.m.

The monster trucks arrived at the fair and packed the grandstands with spectators, who cherished the earsplitting noise and plumes of dust. For more than an hour, the crowd cheered the humongous vehicles as they jumped, spun and crushed.

B.G.'s first exchange student back as advocate of study abroad

By Jacques Von Lunen August 8, 2012 6 a.m.

When Gretel Rieber-Wicke was a young girl, she walked to school past bomb craters in Dusseldorf, Germany. The smell of the ruins would never fade from her memory.

WSUV professor earns acclaim for childhood obesity research

By Jacques Von Lunen July 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Jane Lanigan is involved in several national efforts to combat childhood obesity, and even made a splash in the international research community this spring.

Charter school initiative certified for November

By Jacques Von Lunen July 25, 2012 7:22 p.m.

The charter school initiative was certified for the November election.

Healing kids take steps with mural

By Jacques Von Lunen July 21, 2012 6 a.m.

The small blond boy looked at the wall and then up at his therapist. "I like the crab," he whispered.

UPDATE: Whooping cough cases in Washington top 3,000

By Jacques Von Lunen July 19, 2012 7:34 p.m.

Washington now has more than 3,000 reported whooping cough cases. That's one-sixth of all cases nationwide.

Ridgefield teen soaring toward a lifetime goal

By Jacques Von Lunen July 19, 2012 6 a.m.

Many Clark County students have to put in volunteer hours during their junior and senior years.

Nonprofit eyes Clark County for job training program

By Jacques Von Lunen July 17, 2012 6 a.m.

A long, shiny semi trailer was parked at Pearson Field last week. Big letters on its side announced it to be an "Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit."

Former School for Deaf teacher's credentials suspended

By Jacques Von Lunen July 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Debbie Pietsch, a teacher who in December resigned from the Washington School for the Deaf, has had her teaching certificate suspended for 30 days by state education officials.

New equestrian search team rides to the rescue

By Jacques Von Lunen July 13, 2012 6 a.m.

The call Mandy Wilson had been training for came Tuesday afternoon: A hiker was lost on Mount Adams.

Rate of college grads in Washington dropped, Feds say

By Jacques Von Lunen July 12, 2012 12:54 p.m.

The federal Department of Education published a list of how many 25-34-year-olds hold some kind of post-secondary degree in each state.

Toppenish principal finalist for national award

By Jacques Von Lunen July 9, 2012 1:10 p.m.

Trevor Greene, the principal of Toppenish High School, is a finalist for the national Principal of the Year award.

Aviation-loving teens fill first class

By Jacques Von Lunen July 7, 2012 6 a.m.

A group of teenagers ran across the grass behind a hangar at Pearson Field on Thursday. They laughed and chased the paper airplanes they'd tossed into the blue sky.

Nonprofit takes over summer meals program for kids

By Jacques Von Lunen July 5, 2012 6 a.m.

A line of children snaked out of the cafeteria at Silver Star Elementary School on Tuesday. School in the Evergreen district had ended more than two weeks earlier.

Vancouver private school's finances questioned

By Jacques Von Lunen July 5, 2012 6 a.m.

A private school in Vancouver has been rocked by allegations of financial mismanagement made against its founders. Parents also are upset over what they see as a tepid response to the allegations by the newly installed school board.

State school officials confident about federal waiver

By Jacques Von Lunen July 2, 2012 5:29 p.m.

OSPI reportedly sent out a message to school districts Monday, in which it told the districts to prepare for a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind rules.

Old mill, new miller

By Jacques Von Lunen July 1, 2012 6 a.m.

The miller with the white beard nodded to a man across the room, who turned an iron throttle wheel. Bearings, belts, wheels and shafts inside the old mill began to spin.

Old Amboy school demolished in controlled burn

By Jacques Von Lunen June 30, 2012 7:28 p.m.

The old Amboy School was demolished Saturday by burning it in a firefighter training exercise.

UW, WSU coaches state's top earners

By Jacques Von Lunen June 28, 2012 6 a.m.

Washington's five highest-paid state employees in 2011 took in a combined $6 million. And they did so while wearing sneakers.

Top salaries on state payroll rise, others drop

By Jacques Von Lunen June 27, 2012 4:19 p.m.

The state this week released the earnings of all state employees for 2011. Coaches at the large universities once again top the list.

Clark College graduates its largest class yet

By Jacques Von Lunen June 22, 2012 6 a.m.

Thursday's Clark College graduation ceremony carried the themes of perseverance, generosity and hope. Those themes became apparent not just in speeches, but in actions.

Last of Clark County schools end the year

By Jacques Von Lunen June 20, 2012 7:47 p.m.

School ends today for thousands of kids in the Vancouver and Camas districts, joining their peers who have already been enjoying the first few precious days of summer vacation.

Debris from salvage business builds up in Salmon Creek neighborhood

By Jacques Von Lunen June 20, 2012 6 a.m.

The triangle immediately west of Interstate 5 and north of Salmon Creek is a nice neighborhood. Most front yards show off neatly arranged flower beds and manicured lawns.

New federal grant can help veterans in Clark College's vocational retraining

By Jacques Von Lunen June 16, 2012 6 a.m.

A new program for unemployed veterans pays the costs of going to two-year colleges that offer vocational programs, including Clark College.

Clark College board passes no-cuts budget

By Jacques Von Lunen June 14, 2012 6 a.m.

The Clark College board of trustees on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a $132.8 million budget proposal for the coming school year.

School map shifts for Battle Ground

By Jacques Von Lunen June 13, 2012 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground school board last week voted to redraw many of the district's school boundaries.

Vancouver teen dazzles D.C. officials with work experience

By Jacques Von Lunen June 13, 2012 6 a.m.

Daniil Popov had the federal administrators in stitches.

Venus in view in front of sun

By Jacques Von Lunen June 6, 2012 6 a.m.

On Dec. 7, 1882, a New York City newspaper proclaimed that those who, "through smoked glasses …caught a glimpse" of the sun the day before, had "witnessed one of the rarest and most important of astronomical events."

WSU drawn into Oregon contractor's lawsuit

By Jacques Von Lunen June 5, 2012 6 a.m.

Washington State University is one of four defendants in a suit over an alleged breach of contract.

Leftover bond money will help repair Battle Ground schools

By Jacques Von Lunen June 5, 2012 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground school board voted Monday to use most of the money left over from a 2005 bond measure for some major repairs needed in its schools. The board voted 4-1 to use the money to fix a long list of health and safety hazards.

Vancouver teen's video game wins national prize

By Jacques Von Lunen June 4, 2012 6 a.m.

Eli Aldinger clicks the start button and the screen in front of the 16-year-old springs to life.

A passion and a plan for Clark County grads

By Ray Legendre and Jacques Von Lunen June 4, 2012 10:24 a.m.

Ah, high school -- a time when you get to try out different personalities, explore potential career paths and slowly grow into yourself.

Vancouver Memorial Day ceremony pays tribute to region's war dead

By Jacques Von Lunen May 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Many stirring words were spoken in the shadow of the Clark County Veterans' Memorial on Monday.

A bittersweet day at Vancouver Barracks

By Jacques Von Lunen May 29, 2012 6 a.m.

As a 21-gun salute echoed across the historic grounds, a flag detail of U.S. Army soldiers lowered the Stars and Stripes flown at the artillery barracks at Fort Vancouver.

Students get an electrifying lesson with fish

By Jacques Von Lunen May 26, 2012 6 a.m.

A group of students waded through the icy waters of the Muddy River near Mount St. Helens on Thursday, nets at the ready.