By Mary Ricks October 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Laureano Mier became interested in aviation at age 8. Now 53 years old, Mier is passionate about everything aviation and the historical importance of Fort Vancouver's Pearson Airfield. "The moment I built my first model airplane I knew I had to be involved with aviation," he says. "I want people to know that Pearson is the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest operating air fields in the world."
By Mary Ricks October 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Self-described as curious, Kathryn Kohl loves research, especially in the technology field. She thought she was finished with college for good, but when she decided that library school was the right thing for her, Kohl packed up her family and moved cross country to hit the books again. "It was fabulous, I felt like a sponge and was engaged in everything at school. I appreciated it more in my late 30s than I would have earlier in my life," Kohl said.
By Mary Ricks October 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Don Mitchell exudes music. He sings in a trio, plays numerous instruments and teaches music. When Mitchell teaches how to tune, repair and service pianos he said, "I love seeing a beginner grow from being immature and uncertain to a person who is confident with improving self-esteem." Although he doesn't teach anyone to play the piano, they receive some music instruction in order to learn to tune and repair a piano.
By Mary Ricks September 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Chris Baker was about 10 years old when he starting thinking he would like to be a pilot. He continued to think of flying all through high school and beyond. "I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida," Baker explained, "and was ready to get my career started." Although his job takes him away from home more than most, Baker likes the fact that he doesn't bring any work home with him.
By Mary Ricks September 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Paul Baldwin discovered his passion for teaching after subbing at the Washington State School for the Blind. He has been teaching visually impaired students since 1997 and loves it. "I certainly want the students to get an education, but I really want to see them develop into a complete individual. They can be successful in whatever endeavor they want to pursue," Baldwin said.
By Mary Ricks September 8, 2014 6 a.m.
Carolene Carroll worked several jobs before she found a job that she loves. When she finishes her work making the area around the county buildings look nice, chances are Carroll is off to help a relative or a friend with cleaning their house or working in their yard. "I especially like working outside, and when I finish work, I go home and work in my yard," Carroll said.
By Mary Ricks September 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Great-great-grandmother Mildred Becker, 91, of Vancouver, left, is shown in a five-generation photo taken recently. Other family members, from her left, include Becker's son, Lonnie Becker, 68, of Ridgefield; her granddaughter, Lonna Robertson, 44, of Vancouver; and her great-granddaughter, Ashley Keller, 22, of Vancouver holding son Hunter Keller, 5 months.
By Mary Ricks September 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Jeremy Hubbard feels he got lucky. After his Army service, he applied to work as a bail bondsman and got the job. Fourteen years later he still likes what he is doing. "More than 85 percent of my clients have never needed me before. They are good people that made a mistake," Hubbard says.