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Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


Recent Stories

Subsidized renters prove challenging, local landlords say

By Scott Hewitt July 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Local landlords Lyn Ayers and Patti Silver both dedicate a small percentage of their business to low-income tenants. Both say they keep the rent “artificially low” for needy but deserving folks whom they’ve selected with care.

Homeless: Placement thwarted by tight rental market

By Scott Hewitt July 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Getting seriously systematic about attacking homelessness has helped Clark County's Council for the Homeless solve a lot of problems — and brought it face to face with another big one.

Children's Center breaks ground on building

By Scott Hewitt July 23, 2014 4:46 p.m.

Children's Center, a homegrown Vancouver nonprofit agency that brings mental health care to uninsured and underinsured children, broke ground Wednesday on its new building in east Vancouver. Dignitaries, supporters and neighbors who turned out weren't deterred by strong rain during the noontime ceremony.

Pot and apartments: clear restrictions, hazy realities

By Scott Hewitt July 21, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Kristin Dorsett lived at the Esther Short Commons apartment building for two years, and she logged her fair share of complaints about the place — including deferred maintenance and the stink of cigarette smoke, which her elementary-age daughter found especially gross, she said.

Saturday downtown: Fire in the Belly

By Scott Hewitt July 19, 2014 8:12 p.m.

Forget the heat. Move as fast as you can. Lives are at stake.

Horse trailer comes unhitched, horses walk home

By Scott Hewitt July 19, 2014 6:43 p.m.

A horse trailer with two horses on board came unhitched from the truck pulling it at 3 p.m. Saturday. The accident occurred northeast of Battle Ground in the 22700 block of 182nd Avenue.

88-year-old Salmon Creek man considered as missing

By Scott Hewitt July 19, 2014 6 p.m.

Police and neighbors are looking for an 88-year-old Salmon Creek man who drove away from his home on July 18 and has not been seen since.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Young hams, techs sought for free stagecraft camps

By Scott Hewitt July 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Calling all high school theater geeks! That means you, stagehands and equipment techs, and you too, spotlight hogs and drama queens!

Arc afloat again

By Scott Hewitt July 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Mike Piper's first labor as the new executive director of the Arc of Southwest Washington, early in 2013, was overwhelmingly symbolic: there were burst pipes in the women's restroom. Who's our maintenance guy? You are, he was told. So there he was on day one, in the bathroom with mop and bucket, cleaning up the mess.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Warm heart, warm heads

By Scott Hewitt July 11, 2014 6 a.m.

When she was just a little girl, Janet Holmes needed something to occupy her hands and her mind. Her mother had died when she was six years old, and she lived in misery with relatives.

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