Kearney Breast Center dragon boat takes first lap

By Marissa Harshman July 30, 2015 5:53 p.m.

A pink dragon slipped into Vancouver Lake Thursday morning, taking a lap in the calm waters the dragon will now call home.

Mount Vista pool removal decision makes waves

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

For eight years, the 70,000-gallon pool sitting behind the Mount Vista Homeowners Association recreation center has sat unused.

Recharge aims for faster recovery

By Marissa Harshman July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

A new athletic recovery lounge in Vancouver is giving Clark County athletes access to equipment regularly used — and touted by — some of the top professional athletes in the country.

Clark County boy infected in salmonella outbreak

By Marissa Harshman July 23, 2015 7:20 p.m.

A Clark County boy is among the more than 50 people statewide infected with salmonella in an outbreak that appears to be linked to pork.

Legacy Health, GoHealth team on urgent care clinic

By Marissa Harshman July 23, 2015 10 a.m.

Clark County residents with ailments that may not warrant a visit to the emergency department but need urgent attention will soon have a new option.

Whooping cough cases decline locally

By Marissa Harshman July 22, 2015 8:12 p.m.

Clark County is still in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak, even as case numbers dip while students are on summer break.

Lifeline Connections expands its mental health services

By Marissa Harshman July 22, 2015 9:54 a.m.

Lifeline Connections is expanding its services for the first time in its 53-year history as a behavioral health services provider in Clark County.

Kaiser taking a stand against falls with new program

By Marissa Harshman July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

A program spearheaded by two area Kaiser Permanente physicians is receiving attention from the White House.

Vancouver Clinic part of ulcerative colitis treatment clinical trials

By Marissa Harshman July 20, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Clark County residents with ulcerative colitis may have a new treatment option if previous medications were unsuccessful in managing symptoms.

Leaving a Legacy: Ex-nurse's path led to leadership

By Marissa Harshman July 17, 2015 6 a.m.

As a young nurse, Rhonda Turner never thought she would end up in a leadership role.

Hockinson boy, 10, designs Nike shoe for Doernbecher program

By Marissa Harshman July 13, 2015 6 a.m.

HOCKINSON — Ten-year-old John Charles had seen the collection of Nike shoes, designed by kids his age, on display at Doernbecher Children's Hospital while receiving medical care at the Portland hospital. But he never imagined he would one day be among the patient-designers.

Nonprofit Geriatric Dental Group opens clinic in Vancouver

By Marissa Harshman July 10, 2015 5:44 p.m.

Larry Greene first visited a Geriatric Dental Group office 10 years ago in Federal Way. He was on Medicare and didn't have dental insurance, and the clinic offered low-cost dental care.

Couple beat odds with triplets

By Marissa Harshman July 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Kadie and David Warner knew they had a narrow window of time to have a baby.

Vancouver boy, 5, bouncing back from kidney disorder

By Marissa Harshman July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

In just a few weeks, Breanna Norton watched as her energetic 4-year-old son went from jumping on an indoor trampoline to burn extra energy to not having the energy — nor the desire — to move from the couch.

Tobacco compliance checks resuming

By Marissa Harshman July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Local retailers be warned: Clark County Public Health is resuming tobacco compliance checks in response to a sharp increase in the number of illegal sales to minors.

Kuni gives $5 million to OHSU cancer challenge

By Marissa Harshman July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

More than 400 donors from Clark County helped Oregon Health & Science University reach its $500 million Knight Cancer Challenge fundraising goal.

Officials prepare for sizzling July 4th at Fort Vancouver

By Marissa Harshman July 2, 2015 7:15 p.m.

With Clark County's hot streak forecast to stretch through the weekend, Independence Day at Fort Vancouver organizers are gearing up for a warm Fourth of July celebration.

StarCycle new spin on fitness

By Marissa Harshman June 29, 2015 6 a.m.

At first glance, one of Clark County's newest boutique fitness studios seems to be a calming place.

Can PeaceHealth cure its ills?

By Aaron Corvin and Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Three weeks ago, PeaceHealth set out a belated welcome mat for hundreds of Clark County business leaders and elected officials. The operator of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and nine other medical centers in three states wanted to introduce itself to the community — something PeaceHealth leaders say they hadn't done since moving corporate offices here from Bellevue four years ago.

Clark County Public Health mainstay Bickett retiring

By Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

When Gary Bickett joined the local health department in 1983, Clark County had numerous landfills, including five public landfills. The metro area ranked No. 3 in the number of busted meth labs, behind only Los Angeles and Houston. And the county had just one person who inspected restaurants and ensured food safety.

5 do's and 5 don'ts to beating Clark County's heat wave

By Marissa Harshman June 25, 2015 8:07 p.m.

With temperatures soaring and extreme heat forecasted throughout next week, health officials are reminding people to stay safe — and cool — during the heat wave.

Meditation aids stroke victim

By Marissa Harshman June 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Rick Dobson begins every morning with meditation. He focuses on leaving yesterday behind and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead of him that day.

Health officials: Doctor's license restricted for sex with patient

By Marissa Harshman June 18, 2015 11:10 a.m.

State health officials have restricted the license of a Vancouver physician for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a patient and overmedicating the woman.

Whooping cough diagnoses ahead of 2012 epidemic rate

By Marissa Harshman June 16, 2015 8:01 p.m.

Teresa Weese never imagined her 21-month-old daughter would be one of the hundreds of Clark County residents diagnosed with whooping cough this year.

Pilates proves font of power for Camas woman

By Marissa Harshman June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Most of Laura Kotsovos' life, she's been told she can't do things.

Happy Heart Day, Jack

By Marissa Harshman June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Jack Conover of Ridgefield is a goofy, full-of-life 8-year-old.

Making life better for Marriam

By Marissa Harshman June 12, 2015 8:25 p.m.

Marriam Biira doesn't have any memories of walking.

Prairie High teacher facing cancer fight gets support from Team Kristie

By Marissa Harshman June 10, 2015 7:34 p.m.

Kristie Vinyard is a warrior. The proof plasters the walls of the art teacher's classroom.

Supplement like a hazmat suit for the insides

By Marissa Harshman June 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Darrin Deming first ventured into the health supplement industry as an amateur pill-maker working out of his kitchen.

Legacy Health's food drive brings in bounty

By Marissa Harshman June 2, 2015 6 a.m.

The theme for Legacy Health's two-week food drive was "May no one go hungry."

Vancouver man wages campaign for a new kidney

By Marissa Harshman June 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Scott Warren of Vancouver is running a campaign unlike most others.

Marshall Community Center: Still new at 50

By Marissa Harshman May 30, 2015 7:17 p.m.

Hundreds of people joined the party Saturday to celebrate a milestone for Vancouver's Marshall Community Center.

Sneakers and paws run to help Humane Society

By Marissa Harshman May 30, 2015 6:09 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — Runners and walkers of all ages — and breeds — spent their Saturday morning hiking the dike to support the community's furry friends.

Clark County vaping law goes into effect Monday

By Marissa Harshman May 29, 2015 9:13 p.m.

Electronic cigarette users will have to take their vapors outdoors after this weekend.

Clark County woman sickened in national salmonella outbreak

By Marissa Harshman May 27, 2015 4:14 p.m.

A Clark County woman is among those sickened in a national salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna.

Clinic's new CEO sees opportunities to help growing community

By Marissa Harshman May 26, 2015 6 a.m.

A new face has taken the helm at The Vancouver Clinic.

Aftershocks: Camas couple from Nepal find ways to aid earthquake victims

By Marissa Harshman May 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Dipesh and Sagun Pokharel can only describe the early morning hours of April 25 one way: "Sheer panic."

Tips to ensure outdoor meals don't make you sick

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer — an event many will celebrate by firing up the grill.

Marijuana forum's focus on parenting

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

A Clark County substance abuse prevention organization wants to help parents tackle an important topic with their kids: marijuana.

Growing an improved healing garden

By Marissa Harshman May 20, 2015 10 a.m.

The third-floor terrace garden at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has the privacy of a fishbowl.

Agency suspends license of local masseur

By Marissa Harshman May 19, 2015 7:21 p.m.

The state Department of Health has summarily suspended the license of a Vancouver massage practitioner accused of sexual misconduct.

Clark County saw gonorrhea outbreak in 2014

By Marissa Harshman May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The number of gonorrhea cases across the state spiked in 2014, with six counties, including Clark County, experiencing outbreaks of the sexually transmitted disease.

Legacy Salmon Creek worker's service saluted

By Marissa Harshman May 14, 2015 8:37 p.m.

George Pobi plays a crucial role as an employee at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, but he fills a position most people don't think about when they visit the hospital.

Health plan options likely to increase in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman May 11, 2015 6:07 p.m.

Clark County residents who purchase individual health plans will likely have more insurers to choose from when open enrollment begins this fall.

A common myth knuckles under

By Marissa Harshman May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Moms who hate hearing kids crack their knuckles aren't going to like hearing this: Those threats that knuckle-cracking will cause arthritis just aren't true.

Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek official pollen counting station

By Marissa Harshman May 7, 2015 9:46 p.m.

Allergy sufferers in Clark County have a new resource for monitoring pollen levels — just in time for the dreaded grass season when hay fever reaches fever pitch.

Local students take to 2 wheels on National Bike to School Day

By Marissa Harshman May 6, 2015 6:36 p.m.

Wyatt Varashupe and Gary McCulley usually walk the short distance from their homes to Walnut Grove Elementary School.

Futuristic technology makes unsightly reminders of the past disappear

By Marissa Harshman May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Gloria Hellsund was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago.

Clark County bans e-cigarettes in public places

By Marissa Harshman April 30, 2015 11:22 a.m.

Beginning June 1, the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices will not be allowed anywhere in Clark County where smoking is banned, except for specialty vape shops.