Jacques Von Lunen
Stories by Jacques
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.
Both districts see slight rise in enrollment, revenue, expenditures
Several Clark County school boards approved their districts' annual budgets last week.
Mel Netzhammer succeeds Hal Dengerink
The new chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver seemed surprised by the thunderous applause he received Thursday night.
Washington schools superintendent gives credit to teachers, new standards
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says test scores have improved.
Washougal artist carves Sasquatch family for North Bonneville
NORTH BONNEVILLE — Leaving Clark County on Highway 14, a traveler enters a foreboding land.
Betty Jean Levy taught kindergartners for years
Betty Jean Levy, who touched the lives of thousands of Vancouver students, died Wednesday. She had just turned 87.
Computer glitch delays financial aid to thousands across state
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.
Jump Start program helps get low-income kindergartners ready to learn
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.
Proposed spending plan basically the same as last year's
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.
The Washington State University Vancouver campus was abuzz for the first day of the fall semester Monday.
Two large local districts have a year without cuts
The two largest school districts in Clark County, for the first time in years, were able to pass their annual budgets without painful cuts.
Sheriff deputies are investigating a report of a shooting at the Gee Creek rest area on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield.
A pair of teens were lucky to survive unscathed after a joyride on the Columbia River on Sunday, fire officials said.
Event at park organized by nonprofit advocacy, adoption group
Sunday's visitors to Esther Short Park seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
An illegal cooking fire in a wooded area near the fairgrounds ignited some old tires Sunday. The smoke was visible for miles.
Fans of monster trucks revel in the muscular mayhem
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.
German wouldn't trade years in city
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.
Her efforts to help kids eat better, exercise more draw wide interest
Jane Lanigan is involved in several national efforts to combat childhood obesity, and even made a splash in the international research community this spring.
The charter school initiative was certified for the November election.
Sea creatures painted in hospital stairwell will help keep kids going on hard rehab
The small blond boy looked at the wall and then up at his therapist. "I like the crab," he whispered.
State cases continue to climb, attract national attention
Washington now has more than 3,000 reported whooping cough cases. That's one-sixth of all cases nationwide.
Student has set her sights on becoming an aeronautical engineer in the U.S. Air Force, and she's working hard to make that happen
Many Clark County students have to put in volunteer hours during their junior and senior years.
Airplane mechanic, machinist apprenticeships offered
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."
After years of complaints, state issues 30-day hold
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.
The call Mandy Wilson had been training for came Tuesday afternoon: A hiker was lost on Mount Adams.
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.
Trevor Greene, the principal of Toppenish High School, is a finalist for the national Principal of the Year award.
Trial flight for Clark County Skills Center program shows signs of success
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.
Share steps in after previous provider suffers budget cuts
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.
Founder denies allegations, resigns amid controversy
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.
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.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill is collecting money to employ, train an intern
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.
The old Amboy School was demolished Saturday by burning it in a firefighter training exercise.
Washington's five highest-paid state employees in 2011 took in a combined $6 million. And they did so while wearing sneakers.
The state this week released the earnings of all state employees for 2011. Coaches at the large universities once again top the list.
Many students held jobs, raised families while going to school
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.
Vancouver, Camas close the books on another year
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.
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.
Twelve monthly payments can make a big difference for unemployed students without G.I. Bill support
A new program for unemployed veterans pays the costs of going to two-year colleges that offer vocational programs, including Clark College.
State-mandated pay cuts, tuition hike included in school's spending plan
The Clark College board of trustees on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a $132.8 million budget proposal for the coming school year.
Tukes Valley parents upset boundaries altered without notification
The Battle Ground school board last week voted to redraw many of the district's school boundaries.
Internship at local Frito-Lay plant inspires him to attend college, pursue engineering career
Daniil Popov had the federal administrators in stitches.
Rain stops, clouds part, spectators at Clark College see rare astronomical event
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."
Controversy centers on new WSUV science building
Washington State University is one of four defendants in a suit over an alleged breach of contract.
Board also votes to use $450K of $5.5M to pay down debt, lower taxes slightly
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.
He showed talent as a developer from an early age
Eli Aldinger clicks the start button and the screen in front of the 16-year-old springs to life.
Some high school seniors already have their futures mapped out
Ah, high school -- a time when you get to try out different personalities, explore potential career paths and slowly grow into yourself.
Mothers of fallen soldiers appreciate show of gratitude
Many stirring words were spoken in the shadow of the Clark County Veterans' Memorial on Monday.
Army officially transfers responsibility for East and South sections to National Park Service
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.
Programm offers a look at careers in science, technology, engineering, math
A group of students waded through the icy waters of the Muddy River near Mount St. Helens on Thursday, nets at the ready.