Stories by Ray
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.
Ridgefield City Council has chance to buck nationwide trend when it fills 2 new positions
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.
Women make up just 27-29% of councils in county, state, U.S.
A sea change, a fluke, or part of a cycle.
At least $150,000 in labor, cash, materials needed to complete memorial
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.
Company celebrates 100 years of processing wool in the city
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.
Washougal's fabric-weaving factory plans tours, parade, live music, more
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.
Misstep could have resulted in higher utility rates for residents
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.
Bids could go out again this fall.
District pledges to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.
Winners will be announced Sept. 12
La Center rejects Holley Park bid
There will be no kick flips, ollies, or grinds at Holley Park in La Center this year.
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.
Overlook proposals too costly, interim city manager says; he'll advise rejection
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.
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.
At first blush, councilors, others at meeting dislike idea
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.
Superintendent says clashing with board members bad for her health
Mount Pleasant School Superintendent Linda Slattery has resigned her post due to "irreconcilable differences" with two longtime board members, she said Monday morning.
Linda Slattery cites two board members as reason for decision
"I've decided life is too short," superintendent says.
Upset by driver's theft, Mount Pleasant panel struggles for leadership
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.
Fire experts advise residents to watch for smoldering roots
A series of lightning storms were set to continue this morning in the eastern portion of Clark County and the Columbia River Gorge.
Voter approval would replace ambulances, shore up finances
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.
Halverson will remain full time until 2013; new search planned
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.
State review says theft of gas just the beginning
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.
Program focuses on similarities between Muslims, Christians
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.
Vancouver community has seen increased freedom to appear in public
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.
Territorial Days draws a crowd to appreciate skill of timber workers
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.
The car's driver will be ticketed for the crash, authorities said.
Both of the final two candidates are now holding similar positions in Oregon cities' management
A longtime Oregon city government leader is expected to become Camas' second-ever city administrator. Just who that person is remains unknown.
Leadership, planning will help fulfill vision for city with growing population
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.
Five candidates will meet with city officials and residents, attend open house this week
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.
A replacement for 6-year councilman Jon Russell may be named Monday
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.
Water in parks' shelters and restrooms not affected, officials say.
But fallout from theft still roils district
A former Mount Pleasant School District bus driver Thursday pleaded guilty in court to stealing $500 from the district in October.
Board president, superintendent clash
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.
Controversial figure praises staff, fellow councilors
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.
Humane Society calls for help finding either temporary or permanent homes for felines
A local animal shelter is asking for the public's help in caring for cats recently rescued outside an abandoned Hazel Dell house.
Controversy roils small Mount Pleasant district
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.
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.
Man caught after long police chase is married, mortgage underwater
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.
Air bag does its job as man gets sucked into high-speed chase
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.
Wild afternoon filled with crashes, carjackings, high-speed pursuit
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.
Deputies will be looking this weekend for anyone with a blood-alcohol content exceeding .08
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.
Meals will be served Monday through Friday.
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.
The Amboy School opened in 1947.
The free meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library’s Columbia Room, 901 C St.
The program begins Tuesday, July 3.
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.
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.
The thefts happened Friday morning, police said.
No one was hurt during the incident.
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.
Retirement coincides with change in how industrial arts is taught at middle school
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.