Concussions can be life-altering for student athletes

By Ray Legendre and Jacques Von Lunen September 2, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Local city councils draw older members

By Ray Legendre August 27, 2012 6 a.m.

In his 30s, Don Stose crisscrossed the Pacific Northwest on a weekly basis as a factory representative for Toyota. When he returned home, he devoted his attention to his family. City issues were someone else's concern.

Washougal city council defies trend with majority of female members

By Ray Legendre August 27, 2012 6 a.m.

A sea change, a fluke, or part of a cycle.

Battle Ground seeks donations to honor war dead

By Ray Legendre August 6, 2012 6 a.m.

The Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department has the permits and designs to build a memorial to the city's fallen war heroes in Kiwanis Park.

Pendleton mill woven into Washougal's history

By Ray Legendre August 4, 2012 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL -- Over the years, the brass bell atop the brick machinery shop building at Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal has served as an alarm clock for workers who overslept and a reminder that lunchtime is almost over. On Friday morning, the bell served a ceremonial function, ringing in the mill's 100th anniversary operating in Washougal.

Pendleton Woolen Mills celebrates 100 years

By Ray Legendre August 1, 2012 6 a.m.

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal will celebrate its 100th anniversary in business this weekend with a two-day celebration that includes a community dance, the tasting of local beers and a parade.

State audit finds fault with Camas

By Ray Legendre July 31, 2012 6 a.m.

The city of Camas allocated more than $863,000 in administration salaries and benefits costs for utilities in 2011 without proper documentation for benefits received -- a misstep that could have resulted in higher utility rates for the city's residents, according to the Washington State Auditor's Office.

Ridgefield council rejects Overlook Park bids

By Ray Legendre July 27, 2012 4:11 p.m.

Bids could go out again this fall.

Camas School District joins national energy challenge

By Ray Legendre July 27, 2012 3:33 p.m.

District pledges to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.

Prioritizing youth lands B.G. among finalists for national award

By Ray Legendre July 27, 2012 3:09 p.m.

Winners will be announced Sept. 12

Construction date for La Center skate park slides

By Ray Legendre July 26, 2012 6 a.m.

There will be no kick flips, ollies, or grinds at Holley Park in La Center this year.

Maplewood neighbors' gathering aims to stop gangs, drugs

By Ray Legendre July 25, 2012 6 a.m.

There was no march, no slogans written on signs, no vocal cries for change -- just people gathered to enjoy a sunny day in the park.

Ridgefield council to vote on park bids

By Ray Legendre July 25, 2012 6 a.m.

The Ridgefield City Council will vote tonight on whether to accept bids on a long-delayed parks project that would strengthen ties between two of the city's chief attractions — its downtown and wildlife refuge.

Split from Harney Heights, Maplewood grapples with crime

By Ray Legendre July 25, 2012 6 a.m.

Gunshots are the neighborhood's occasional soundtrack, gang initiations its frightful live-action programming. In comparison, the graffiti eyesore that lingers on Maplewood's buildings, benches and storage containers is a minor inconvenience.

Washougal will mull public-private water, sewer

By Ray Legendre July 24, 2012 6 a.m.

The city of Washougal plans to evaluate whether a public-private partnership could cut rising water and sewage rates and help pay for a proposed $15 million wastewater plant upgrade, the city's administration informed the city council Monday night.

UPDATE: School chief plans to leave Mt. Pleasant

By Ray Legendre July 23, 2012 8:52 p.m.

Mount Pleasant School Superintendent Linda Slattery has resigned her post due to "irreconcilable differences" with two longtime board members, she said Monday morning.

Mount Pleasant superintendent plans to resign

By Ray Legendre July 23, 2012 1:41 p.m.

"I've decided life is too short," superintendent says.

Rebellion roils Mount Pleasant school board

By Ray Legendre July 22, 2012 6 a.m.

One month after board members unsuccessfully urged her to resign, Dolores Nelson's status as president of the five-member Mount Pleasant School Board will be up for review at Tuesday night's meeting. Board member Thomas Schlatter said Friday that the agenda will be revised to include the vote after the meeting begins.

Lightning puts on show; no damage cited

By Eric Florip and Ray Legendre July 20, 2012 5:56 p.m.

A series of lightning storms were set to continue this morning in the eastern portion of Clark County and the Columbia River Gorge.

Camas officials tout EMS levy increase

By Ray Legendre July 19, 2012 6 a.m.

One year after its system faced a six-figure budget shortfall, the Camas EMS Fund's financial situation has stabilized, thanks in part to modest rebounds in property tax revenues, city officials said last week.

Camas takes a pass on city administrator finalists

By Ray Legendre July 19, 2012 3:42 p.m.

Camas’ new city administrator will be … its old city administrator — for the time being, at least. After a lengthy search process that whittled 51 applicants down to two finalists, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins decided to keep longtime City Administrator Lloyd Halverson in his current position until spring 2013, city officials announced Wednesday.

Audit finds lapses around bus driver at Mount Pleasant

By Ray Legendre July 17, 2012 6 a.m.

A former Mount Pleasant bus driver convicted last month of stealing gas money from the district also received more than $3,300 in payments that were never approved or properly vetted by district officials, a Washington State Auditor's Office report revealed this week.

Cypriot teens put aside differences in B.G.

By Ray Legendre July 17, 2012 5:45 p.m.

They listen to Maroon 5, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, watch TV programs such as "Criminal Minds" and "Modern Family," and enjoy shopping at Forever 21.

Saturday in the Park celebrates LGBT victories

By Ray Legendre July 14, 2012 6 a.m.

There was a time when Vancouver had a gay bar -- out of necessity, Brett Allred recalled Saturday afternoon while standing with his friend Mike Fair near the center of Esther Short Park.

Logging memories at Amboy

By Ray Legendre July 14, 2012 6 a.m.

AMBOY -- Ben Clark stood to the side of the obstacle course at Amboy Territorial Days Park, an enthusiastic observer cheering his fellow competitors as they raced three across with 40-foot-long cables in their hands.

Four injured in wreck between car and tractor

By Ray Legendre July 14, 2012 9:20 p.m.

The car's driver will be ticketed for the crash, authorities said.

Camas nears administrator pick

By Ray Legendre July 13, 2012 6 a.m.

A longtime Oregon city government leader is expected to become Camas' second-ever city administrator. Just who that person is remains unknown.

Ridgefield faces 'a critical time' for its future

By Ray Legendre July 10, 2012 6 a.m.

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow pictures a future where his city is known for its booming commerce along the Interstate 5 junction, its relaxed, timeless downtown and its inviting waterfront.

Camas names administrator finalists

By Ray Legendre July 8, 2012 6 a.m.

Five finalists vying to replace Camas' first and only city administrator, Lloyd Halverson, will meet with city officials and residents this week in a series of tours, interviews and a community open house.

Washougal council to meet 7 applicants

By Ray Legendre June 30, 2012 6 a.m.

A former city councilman, a lawyer and an Air Force admissions officer are among the seven applicants who filed paperwork seeking Washougal's city council vacancy, city officials said.

Algae poses dangers to swimmers in Lacamas Lake, officials say

By Ray Legendre June 29, 2012 11:14 a.m.

Water in parks' shelters and restrooms not affected, officials say.

Mount Pleasant bus driver pleads guilty

By Ray Legendre June 28, 2012 6 a.m.

A former Mount Pleasant School District bus driver Thursday pleaded guilty in court to stealing $500 from the district in October.

Mount Pleasant school board meeting turns unpleasant

By Ray Legendre June 26, 2012 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL — Facing calls for her resignation Tuesday night, Mount Pleasant School Board President Dolores Nelson refused to resign and lashed out at district Superintendent Linda Slattery.

Kind words mark Russell's departure from Washougal City Council

By Ray Legendre June 25, 2012 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL — As his final meeting with Washougal's City Council ended Monday night, Jon Russell's youngest supporters raced from the audience to jump in his arms.

Rescued cats need places to live

By Ray Legendre June 22, 2012 6 a.m.

A local animal shelter is asking for the public's help in caring for cats recently rescued outside an abandoned Hazel Dell house.

School board chair urged to resign post

By Ray Legendre June 22, 2012 6 a.m.

In the build-up to Mount Pleasant School Board's meeting next week, Superintendent Lisa Slattery and two board members have called for Chairwoman Dolores Nelson to resign her post in the tiny K-6 district.

Suspect in crime spree no stranger to money troubles

By Ray Legendre June 22, 2012 5:15 p.m.

SALMON CREEK — The morning after Brent Woodall allegedly orchestrated a desperate two-state crime spree, Melinda Faller walked to his front door with a batch of muffins for his wife, Aimee.

From bodybuilder to suspected bank robber

By Paris Achen and Ray Legendre June 21, 2012 6 a.m.

The 29-year-old suspect in the Hazel Dell bank robbery, carjacking and high-speed chase into north Portland on Wednesday is a family man who might have been in financial straits.

Driver escapes injury after alleged bank robber hits van

By Andrea Damewood and Ray Legendre June 20, 2012 6 a.m.

SALMON CREEK — Miles from where Brent Woodall's alleged death-defying race from authorities ended Wednesday afternoon, Scott Lewis screamed for joy when he learned from a Clark County deputy of the bank robbery suspect's arrest.

Bank robbery suspect captured after crime spree

By Mark Bowder , Craig Brown , Eric Florip , Ray Legendre and Laura McVicker June 20, 2012 10:25 p.m.

A Hazel Dell bank robbery turned into a major crime spree Wednesday afternoon, engulfing local police agencies in high-speed chases through Hazel Dell, Vancouver and Salmon Creek before ending 90 minutes later in North Portland.

Skamania authorities to launch Operation Dry Water

By Ray Legendre June 18, 2012 3:58 p.m.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Operation Dry Water campaign this weekend in an effort to reduce the number of drunken boat operators on area waterways.

Woodland school district offering free meals

By Ray Legendre June 18, 2012 2:57 p.m.

Woodland Public Schools is sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children this summer, offering children younger than 18 free breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

Amboy School set to burn in firefighting exercise

By Ray Legendre June 18, 2012 2:24 p.m.

The Amboy School opened in 1947.

Vancouver library to host public records forum

By Ray Legendre June 18, 2012 10:35 a.m.

The free meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library’s Columbia Room, 901 C St.

Ridgefield offers free playground program

By Ray Legendre June 18, 2012 10:09 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Arts and crafts, games and other activities will be offered for free to Ridgefield-area children next month during the city's Summer Playground Program, co-sponsored by the city of Battle Ground.

3 sent to hospital after 2 wrecks entangle 7 vehicles on I-205

By Ray Legendre June 15, 2012 10:20 p.m.

A pair of rear-end collisions Friday afternoon on northbound Interstate 205 near Salmon Creek resulted in three people’s being transported to a nearby hospital. The wrecks happened within 40 minutes and a mile of one another.

Vancouver burglary suspects sought

By Ray Legendre June 15, 2012 4:54 p.m.

The thefts happened Friday morning, police said.

Authorities seek Hazel Dell bank robbery suspect

By Ray Legendre June 15, 2012 3:20 p.m.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Battle Ground flies high with Oregon Air National Guard jet

By Ray Legendre June 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Whether they're maintaining the jets that protect the Pacific Northwest's skies or flying them, Battle Ground residents make a daily impact on the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Ridgefield teacher closes up shop after 35 years

By Ray Legendre June 13, 2012 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD -- As he stood among his young pupils two weeks ago, wearing safety goggles and a dark, dust-covered overshirt, Kent Bennett grinned like a proud papa as students showed him their wares toward the end of one of his final industrial arts classes.