By Mary Ricks March 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Joe Lanning has always been a person who could fix things. He was tired of having to relocate for his retail job, so he headed off in a new direction. Lanning took classes in diamond setting and jewelry repair and launched his own jewelry business. "I like the customers' reaction when they pick up their jewelry after it's cleaned and repaired. They get the enjoyment of wearing something that belonged to their parents or grandparents," he said.
By Mary Ricks February 24, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Denton Harlan trained as a dance instructor but later became a minister. He worked at a local funeral home at age 22, then left to study for the ministry. Disenchanted with ministry, he returned to the funeral business and has remained a mortician for the past 45 years. Harlan loves music — think Willie Nelson, not Lady Gaga. The most rewarding part of his job: "Helping people when they desperately need help."Name: Denton Harlan.
By Mary Ricks February 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Kevin Gorby was unemployed and living with his in-laws. Money was running out. He and his wife built a puppet for their daughter, and soon they had puppet parts all over the in-laws' living room. Gorby had found a new career. "When I build a puppet for my customer, I don't want it adequate," he says, "I want it to blow their mind. I want it to be the best."Name: Kevin Gorby.
By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Tyler Beardsley, 23, of Vancouver holds his 1-year-old son, Nathan Beardsley, in a five-generations photo taken in October. Other family members pictured, from left, are Nathan's grandfather, Richard Beardsley Jr., 44, Woodland; his great-grandmother, Pat Crawford, 65, Vancouver; and his great-great-grandfather, Warren Townsend, 86, of Camas.
By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Ray E. Wildman, 84, of Vancouver holds his great-great-grandson, Landon Wildman, 3 months, Vancouver, in a five-generations photo taken recently. Others in the photo include, standing from left, Landon's great-grandfather, Ray D. Wildman, 66, Vancouver; Landon's dad, Cole Wildman, 21, Vancouver; and Landon's grandfather, Chris Wildman, 40, of Washougal.
By Mary Ricks February 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Kate Singh, facing burnout after a 35-year nursing career, was ready for a change. She went back to college and studied graphic design and launched an award-winning photography career. "I take the time to make the best photos. I like letting people see they are special and look alright."Name: Kate Singh.
By Mary Ricks February 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Jan Asai, a dancer all the way through college, is passionate about the arts community in Vancouver. She worked as an accountant, then helped launched a nonprofit dance studio in retirement. With the support of her husband, Winston, she has been able to devote herself to volunteer activities. "At the end of the day," Asai says, "I feel so blessed."Name: Jan Asai, 360-737-1922.
By Mary Ricks January 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Jason Hutcheson thrives on changes to his work schedule and working long hours helping customers at Clark Public Utilities. He is happy when he can help senior citizens or people in need pay their bills using one of several assistance programs offered by the utility. "It's a great place to work," Hutcheson says. "I love this job."
By Mary Ricks January 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Nikki White has taken a spirited and energetic approach to her career in her 14 years as a Realtor. White has made time to get involved in helping others, and in 2013 she was honored with the Citizen Award from the Clark County Association of Realtors in 2013 for her "selfless and thoughtful" contributions to her community. "I like helping families fulfill their dreams," she says.Name: Nikki White, 360-921-7270.
By Mary Ricks January 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Two Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review during the month of November and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.
By Mary Ricks January 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Casey Wyckoff and his firm, LSW Architects, have helped shape Clark County with their designs of major public facilities including Clark College's Gaiser Hall, numerous public schools, and the Luke Jensen Sports Park. "It is so rewarding. … I absolutely love what I do," says Wyckoff, who started as an intern at LSW Architects 18 years ago and is now president. These days, Wycoff is investing his time and energy in pursuit of making a vibrant core in downtown, with even more restaurants and shopping.
By Mary Ricks January 8, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Greater Brush Prairie: The doctor told Jean Lacey's mother that her premature baby would not live through the night. That was Jan. 13, 1914. She lived through many more nights and will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday.
By Mary Ricks January 6, 2014 6 a.m.
David Seth knew he didn't want to fight fires or sit in the back of an ambulance as a career. He had always been interested in shooting and firearms as a hobby. Seth started working on friends' guns and was soon selling his services to many people on eBay. A new career was born.
By Mary Ricks November 25, 2013 6 a.m.
Bruce Holt said his company distributes products worldwide with full sales and marketing support provided by Shimano American Corporation of Irvine, Calif. Loomis works with promotional anglers, fishing guides and numerous types of news advertising media, including magazines, websites, radio and television. The company has two sales representative groups that serve their dealer business across the entire United States. Loomis also has five international sales groups that sell and promote products outside of the U.S.
By Mary Ricks November 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Vancouver Woodworks sells quality wood furniture and accessories including tables, chairs, bedroom furniture, desks, bookcases, television stands, futons, kids furniture, lamps and artwork.
By Mary Ricks October 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Sam Braden, general manager, said United Natural Foods is the largest wholesale distributor of natural/organic foods in the nation. The independent distributor also provides marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services for its customers.
By Mary Ricks October 7, 2013 6 a.m.
Allweather Wood/Humboldt Redwood is a manufacturer and distributor of pressure-treated lumber and redwood products. Today, the inventory features pressure-treated and redwood lumber products for building decks, fences and landscaping projects. In addition the company carries pressure-treated lumber that can be used in applications for docks, bridges and pole-type buildings.
By Mary Ricks September 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Dresscode, formerly known as The Scrub Shop, caters to local medical, restaurant and spa professionals who wear uniforms. Dresscode assists clinics of all sizes to ensure the proper fit, fashion and function. And Dresscode goes to its customers. The company takes uniforms to hospitals and clinics to make it convenient for employees to shop.
By Mary Ricks August 26, 2013 6 a.m.
Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. is a full-service automotive and industrial coatings supplier, providing products and services to the collision repair and industrial manufacturing industries. It offers tools and equipment for the auto body professional and also carries a complete line of automotive car wash and detailing supplies.
By Mary Ricks August 19, 2013 6 a.m.
Global TTL is a locally owned manufacturer of energy-efficient LED commercial and industrial light fixtures sold under the EnviroLux brand name. EnviroLux LED fixtures are ranked No. 1 for efficiency, which qualifies buyers for Department of Energy rebates. Some of the typical uses of EnviroLux LED lighting fixtures are for parking lots and garages, building walls, interior office and warehouse space, industrial flood lights, and hazardous locations.
By Mary Ricks August 3, 2013 3:30 p.m.
In the simplest terms, Jane Dudik said her office offers clear skin treatment to people of all ages who have acne. Effective treatment sometimes can change a person's life, Dudik says. For example, one young man in his mid-20s with severe cystic acne was brought into her clinic by his clear-skinned brother. The brother with acne didn't have a job, and he hid in his apartment. By his third visit he was smiling and shaking Dudik's hand.
By Mary Ricks July 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Vancouver's oldest bicycle store sells new bicycles, all types of accessories for bikes including tires, tubes, bags, gloves and parts for the repair of used bikes. They also sell cycling shoes and clothing. The store does not sell used bicycles.
By Mary Ricks June 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Applied Motion Systems helps manufacturers improve the performance, reliability and operation of their production equipment. General manager Paul Johnson said his company specializes in upgrading the control and drive systems of machinery that require precise coordination of multiple motors. The company also develops complete specialty machines for niche applications. This often involves introducing new technology to companies big and small across industries such as paper, glass, aerospace, wood products and renewable energy.
By Mary Ricks May 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Alpha Ecological is a pest management company located in Vancouver, with service in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Idaho. The company says it focuses on preventing infestation by identifying conditions conducive to pests and by assessing the biology of the insect, using as little product as possible. The company says it uses reduced-toxicity products that are a combination of natural, botanical-mineral and biodegradable products that target specific pests. In addition to commercial and residential pest control, Alpha specializes in air-duct cleaning, crawl space restoration, and commercial gutter and window cleaning.
By Mary Ricks May 6, 2013 6 a.m.
Earthworks specializes in new and existing sewer and septic system construction and replacement. The company also does any work related to excavation, including all phases of residential, commercial and light industrial site development.
By Mary Ricks April 29, 2013 6 a.m.
Integrity Tree Care Inc., is a full-service residential and commercial tree care company operated by International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists, specializing in the preservation of old growth trees as well as low-impact removal of large trees in confined spaces.