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Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


Recent Stories

Changing keys at the Piano Hospital

By Scott Hewitt April 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Don Mitchell keeps pinballing around, student to student, project to project, with a near-permanent grin on his face and only the occasional, gentle collision with an equipment cabinet or piano bench.

Arc to float latest plans at Kiggins

By Scott Hewitt April 12, 2015 6 a.m.

After a long stretch taking on water and bailing as fast as possible, the Arc of Southwest Washington appears to be genuinely afloat again.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Classic Gospel Sons prepare for a song-filled farewell

By Scott Hewitt April 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Life happens. Things change. Just because you're rewarded far beyond your expectations doesn't mean time stops passing.

City of Vancouver declares apartments unsafe

By Scott Hewitt April 10, 2015 7:49 p.m.

In late March, Vancouver police swept through an eight-unit apartment complex and separate manager's residence alongside Warrior Field in the Maplewood neighborhood. Nearly 20 arrests were made at 2009 and 2015 Norris Road for drug and property crimes. A statement from the city said the place had been the source of more than 150 police calls from residents and neighbors in a single year.

Projects move forward as VHA faces steep costs

By Scott Hewitt April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority is preparing to open its new First Street Apartments, 152 units of largely "workforce" rentals on the east side of town, later this spring. The agency is also buying a parcel on the west side, near downtown, and will soon break ground on Lincoln Place Apartments, a 30-unit dormitory for the worst-off chronically homeless.

Battle Ground food bank struggling

By Scott Hewitt April 4, 2015 5:02 p.m.

The North County Community Food Bank has rarely faced such desperate straits before, according to executive director Elizabeth Cerveny.

Korean man facing possible deportation appears in court

By Scott Hewitt April 2, 2015 4:31 p.m.

PORTLAND — It was a halfway happy birthday for Adam Crapser of Vancouver, who turned 40 years old on the same morning he entered a federal immigration court for potential removal from the country.

What's Up With That? Kane's memorial needs public help to reach public view

By Scott Hewitt April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

I'm the mother of sculptor Mark McLean. He put all that work into the black basalt statue of Kane the police dog and donated it to the Sheriff's Office about two years ago. We're both curious to know what happened to the statue. It's not on display anywhere, is it?

Free food for homeless spurs worries

By Scott Hewitt March 31, 2015 7:49 p.m.

Volunteers regularly feeding homeless people in Esther Short Park over the winter have run into questions about food handling and safety from Clark County Public Health since their story hit this newspaper and other media a few weeks ago. But because the group is informal and essentially leaderless, those questions still haven't been answered satisfactorily, according to a health department official.

International adoptee faces deportation

By Scott Hewitt March 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Adopted from South Korea into the United States at age 3, Adam Crapser of Vancouver is now facing possible deportation to a country he can't remember.

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