Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski March 26, 2012 9:07 a.m.

Local politics, C-Tran, social media among the hot-button topic issues among posters

Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski March 19, 2012 11:07 a.m.

Partisan paralysis, CRC among most-discussed issues last week

Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski March 12, 2012 10:54 a.m.

Fireworks and the latest CRC developments dominated discussion last week

Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski February 27, 2012 11 a.m.

Ron Paul's visit to Vancouver, gay marriage among the hot-button topics of discussion

Concert and auction raises money for local organizations

By Matt Wastradowski February 25, 2012 6:30 a.m.

Concert and silent auction raised nearly $11,000 for local organizations

Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski February 20, 2012 1:39 p.m.

Ron Paul's visit to Vancouver, gay marriage among the hot-button topics of discussion

Most commented stories on Columbian.com last week

By Matt Wastradowski February 13, 2012 3:19 p.m.

Lifeline Connections' loan, gay marriage among hot-button issues in Clark County

Announcing the Columbian's first tweetup

By Matt Wastradowski February 9, 2012 9:20 a.m.

We're holding a gathering for our Twitter followers on March 1 at Pizza Schmizza in Salmon Creek.

Wacky weather live coverage

By Matt Wastradowski January 18, 2012 6:08 a.m.

Stay updated on weather developments and breaking news this morning.

Live chat: Talking about BPA and its proposed line

By Matt Wastradowski December 9, 2011 9 a.m.

Join us for a live chat at noon to discuss BPA and its proposed transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Marissa Harshman and Matt Wastradowski October 27, 2011 9:15 a.m.

We go Inside the Huddle with high school athletes.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski October 21, 2011 9:33 a.m.

We go Inside the Huddle with high school athletes.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski October 14, 2011 9:47 a.m.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski October 7, 2011 10:55 a.m.

We're asking local high school football players what's on their mind each week throughout the season.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski September 30, 2011 4:33 p.m.

We talk with local student athletes each week.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski September 23, 2011 1:47 p.m.

Talking with high school student athletes.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski September 16, 2011 4:29 p.m.

We're asking local high school football players what's on their mind each week throughout the season.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski September 9, 2011 12:42 p.m.

We get to know high school athletes off the field.

Inside the Huddle: questions and answers with high school athletes

By Matt Wastradowski September 2, 2011 5 p.m.

We talk to the student athletes that take the field each week to find out what's on their mind.

Columbian.com launches new commenting system

By Libby Clark and Matt Wastradowski June 1, 2011 6 a.m.

Facebook comments boost accountability online, help readers share thoughts on community news. This new feaure also reflects a larger adoption of social media tools in The Columbian's newsroom.

The Columbian Asks: Whom do you want to chat with?

By Matt Wastradowski May 16, 2011 1 p.m.

The latest Columbian Asks wants to know whom you want to chat with.

The Columbian Asks: What would you say to the SEALs?

By Matt Wastradowski May 4, 2011 4:21 p.m.

If you had the chance to say something to the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden, what would you say?

Introducing your new community discussion guidelines

By Matt Wastradowski April 28, 2011 8 a.m.

We at the Columbian have put together a list of community discussion guidelines to hopefully improve the level of discourse, encourage new commenters to join the conversation and promote a positive experience for all Columbian.com users

County Folk Scene’s Soul Man

By Matt Wastradowski March 27, 2011 6 a.m.

Clark County is home to a thriving folk music scene. Misty River, led by Vancouver’s Carol Harley, commands a regional fan base and routinely packs houses for its local concerts. Vancouver guitarist Doug Smith has a Grammy award to his credit and regularly performs in the area. Battle Ground folk singer Tom May hosts a national radio show and puts on a benefit concert each winter that attracts top-flight folk artists from around the country. But the glue that holds the scene together is Amboy’s Wayne Hoffman.

Local folk trio’s annual Lions Club benefits give fans much to sing about

By Matt Wastradowski March 25, 2011 6 a.m.

Three Together has performed at Fort Vancouver Lions benefit concerts for the past four years. So when the local Lions Club approached band member Doug Smith about headlining the concert for the fifth straight year, he jumped at the chance.

Introducing The Columbian's first social media coordinator

By Matt Wastradowski March 21, 2011 6 a.m.

Matt Wastradowski starts today as The Columbian's first social media coordinator. Here, he explains what exactly he does.

Try This: A variety of venues to visit

By Matt Wastradowski March 19, 2011 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground Art Alliance is hosting a show and sale this weekend. Other events taking place this weekend include the return of the Vancouver Farmers Market and a concert in Camas.

Try This: Misty River plays for a good cause

By Matt Wastradowski March 12, 2011 6 a.m.

Folk-inspired acoustic quartet Misty River will headline for the seventh time a benefit concert for the Salmon Creek Kiwanis Club. The group, which blends folk, bluegrass, country and Celtic influences, will share the stage with Clark County Grammy-winning finger-style guitarist Doug Smith, who will also perform several solo tunes.

Try This: Let ‘Pirates’ steal the weekend

By Matt Wastradowski March 5, 2011 6 a.m.

Clark College Theatre’s updated version of “The Pirates of Penzance” wraps up this weekend. The update of Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic operetta brings together sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric major-general.

Try This: ‘A Celebration’ of Brubeck

By Matt Wastradowski February 26, 2011 6 a.m.

The latest Bravo! Vancouver concert pays homage to Dave Brubeck. The 60-voice Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, guest soloists and members of the Washington Chamber Orchestra will perform Brubeck’s “To Hope! A Celebration.”

Oh, the nightlife, it’s a good life in Vancouver

By Matt Wastradowski February 25, 2011 6 a.m.

Denny Shanahan has witnessed first-hand downtown Vancouver’s evolution and growth since the 1990s. He co-owned Shanahan’s Pub and Grill for more than a decade before moving into management at the newly opened O’Shansky’s in July. So he’s in awe when he sees nearby restaurants, bars and live music spots not just open, but thrive.

Try This: CYT stages precious quest

By Matt Wastradowski February 19, 2011 6 a.m.

Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey set off on a journey to reclaim a stolen treasure from a fearsome dragon in Christian Youth Theater’s production of “The Hobbit,” which opens this weekend. The production is based on the classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Try This: Big band, taste of tropics

By Matt Wastradowski February 12, 2011 6 a.m.

Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer will team up with the Vancouver Big Band for a concert. The artists will perform tunes that span the past 70 years. Vocalist Shirley Nanette will also perform with the musicians.

Try this: Artistic changes, love songs

By Matt Wastradowski February 5, 2011 6 a.m.

New paintings by Washougal artist Elida Field are now on display at downtown Vancouver’s Art on the Boulevard gallery. Field’s paintings focus on transitions in her life. Her works on display include mixed-media work and a series of paintings inspired by recent trips to Italy. Field has found success on the national art scene, as well. In 2007, she was selected by Fort Vancouver National Park to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.

Restaurants raise their game

By Matt Wastradowski February 4, 2011 6 a.m.

A pair of Clark County newcomers are putting their own spin on Super Bowl XLV festivities, and each has come up with a few twists to make its party stand out. Main Event Sports Grill opened in downtown Vancouver in November and distinguished itself by offering bar fare with an upscale twist. The sports bar will offer happy-hour specials on appetizers such as roasted red pepper hummus and marinated steak tips while broadcasting the Super Bowl on its 10 high-definition televisions.

The name game

By Matt Wastradowski January 30, 2011 6 a.m.

As far as problems go, having a difficult-to-pronounce, scary or intimidating last name doesn’t rank up there with, say, global warming. It’s probably not even in the same realm as having a flat tire. But that doesn’t mean that having a difficult last name doesn’t come with complications — as this author is willing to attest.

Try This: History, local and Egyptian

By Matt Wastradowski January 29, 2011 6 a.m.

The “Autumn Trout Gathering” event is one of many entertainment options available this weekend. Other highlights include the culmination of the Clark College Jazz Festival, Forever Fab in concert and the latest exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Try This: A magical night in Ridgefield

By Matt Wastradowski January 22, 2011 6 a.m.

Comedy magician Adam the Great will introduce illusionist William Scott Anderson and comedic juggler Alex Zerbe at “Night of Magic VI: Grand Illusion” in Ridgefield tonight. The evening’s performances will mix illusion and comedy. Anderson blends the art of magic with illusion and his own brand of humor.

Try This: Tours light up Fort nights

By Matt Wastradowski January 15, 2011 6 a.m.

Lantern tours are returning to Fort Vancouver after a holiday hiatus. Each adult can carry a lantern and tour the counting house, fur store, kitchen, chief factor’s house and bake house. The tour gives visitors the chance to see what it was like to live by lantern light.

Whatever your taste, brunch is here

By Matt Wastradowski January 14, 2011 6 a.m.

Portland has been lauded in recent years for its bustling brunch scene, which inspires eclectic dishes, fawning bloggers and long waits. But you don’t have to cross the bridge for a late-morning breakfast. The brunch and breakfast options in Clark County are plentiful and inventive in their own right.

Try This: Arts taking center stage

By Matt Wastradowski January 8, 2011 6 a.m.

Pianist Jim Fischer and soprano Inna Karakuts will share the stage at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. The concert will feature light classics, sacred selections and popular Russian folk songs. The songs will be sung in Russian and English.

Shari’s in Orchards attains special niche as place to gather

By Matt Wastradowski January 2, 2011 6 a.m.

It didn’t take long for a post-show Shari’s stop to become a tradition for the Heritage High School drama department. It began during the 2005-2006 school year, when cast and crew members met friends and family to unwind at the Shari’s restaurant in Orchards after the department’s production of “Oklahoma.”

Try This: Ring in fun for new year

By Matt Wastradowski January 1, 2011 6 a.m.

Many of this weekend’s entertainment options were linked to Friday night New Year’s Eve celebrations, but there is still fun to be had. Fort Vancouver is closed today but will reopen Sunday. Visitors can take in the Vancouver landmark’s palisade and nine buildings, which have been reconstructed near their original locations. Along the way, visitors can see what life was like when Fort Vancouver was the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest.

Try This: Get into Christmas spirit

By Matt Wastradowski December 18, 2010 6 a.m.

Vancouver guitarist John Standefer is getting into the Christmas spirit with a holiday concert. Standefer is a finger-style guitarist, which means he plays the parts of the lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and bassist all at once, without a pick.

Try This: Season’s splendors abound in Clark County

By Matt Wastradowski December 11, 2010 6 a.m.

These holiday events are just the start of the seasonal activities in Clark County. Others include a local group’s dance production, the Christmas Ship Parade and a performance of “A Christmas Carol Times Two.”

Try This: Music, theater in spotlight

By Matt Wastradowski December 4, 2010 6 a.m.

Pianist and vocalist Jim Fischer will be joined by a number of performers for his annual holiday concert. Fischer will perform holiday tunes with local chorales, vocalists, dancers and musicians.

Christmas Ships sail into the holidays

By Matt Wastradowski December 3, 2010 6 a.m.

For the first time in more than 20 years, Clark County residents won’t just get the first glimpse at the annual Christmas Ship Parade. They will get the final look at the ships, as well. The annual attraction traditionally begins its run with a one-off parade of about 20 boats that departs from the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Try This: Seasonal events kick off

By Matt Wastradowski November 27, 2010 6 a.m.

Today is the last day to check out plein-air landscape paintings by Barbara Szkutnik and Gretha Lindwood at downtown Vancouver’s Aurora Gallery. The plein-air style involves artists working outdoors, compensating for light and scenery changes as they happen. Lindwood is showcasing new pastel and oil paintings of the Pacific Northwest landscape and waterways. Szkutnik is displaying new pastel paintings.

Try This: Step into stories of past

By Matt Wastradowski November 20, 2010 6 a.m.

Visitors can see what Fort Vancouver was like after dark by taking a lantern-lit tour tonight. Each adult can carry a lantern and tour the counting house, fur store, kitchen, chief factor’s house and bake house. The tour gives visitors the chance to see what it was like to live by lantern light. Following the tour, hot cups of cider will be available, and visitors can ask questions about the fort.

Local ‘Potter’ fan reveals tips for seeing movie

By Matt Wastradowski November 19, 2010 6 a.m.

Harry Potter will cast his spell on Clark County movie fans this weekend in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” an adaptation of the first half of the series’ final book. One “Potter” fan shared tips for braving the crowds and making the most of the seventh film’s opening weekend.