By Scott Hewitt May 1, 2015 5:41 p.m.
What Friends of the Carpenter has to offer — conversation, connection, compassion — isn't for sale. It's always free.
By Scott Hewitt May 1, 2015 6 a.m.
You've probably covered big swaths of Clark County at 35 or 40 or 60 miles per hour. (Or much faster than that, but we won't go there.) You might occasionally remember to notice some scenery as it flashes by. But when you're inside that four-wheeled, climate-controlled, sound-surrounded capsule, it's easy — too easy — to feel about as connected to the world beyond your windshield as to a screen shot of a tree.
By Scott Hewitt May 1, 2015 6 a.m.
The real Kurt Wohlers, who is precise and confident enough to get himself elected senior class president at La Center High School this year, found himself hemming and hawing and dithering and "well-um"ing a lot this spring.
By Scott Hewitt April 30, 2015 6:56 p.m.
Evictions were underway Thursday at the rental properties at 2009 and 2015 Norris Road that were declared dangerous and uninhabitable by the city of Vancouver last month. Several tenants told The Columbian they didn't know what their next move would be.
By Scott Hewitt April 28, 2015 6:33 p.m.
Tenants at the Norris Road apartment complex that was recently declared unsafe by the city of Vancouver have been given until the end of this month to get out, according to a city building official. Eviction notices were served by the landlord that fix April 30 as the final date to vacate.
By Scott Hewitt April 27, 2015 6 a.m.
The Courtyard Village Apartments are now Parc Central. Teachers at Washington Elementary School dislike the new name — partially because it's teaching children to misspell, according to Carla Feltz, the school's Family-Community Resource Center coordinator. (The Columbian checked several dictionaries; there is no English-language word spelled "parc.")
By Scott Hewitt April 23, 2015 9:45 p.m.
The worst thing about growing up with severe mental illness in the family wasn't the suicide attempts or ambulances or blood or other insanity, rock singer Storm Large told an audience at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
By Scott Hewitt March 27, 2015 6 a.m.
When you're nervously headed for the doctor's office, isn't it nice to feel as calm and mellow and maybe even as playful as some warm, undulating undersea creature?
By Scott Hewitt March 22, 2015 4:21 p.m.
Rents are rising. Wages are not. Construction costs are rising. Public assistance is not. Desperation is spreading. Vacancies are not.
By Scott Hewitt March 11, 2015 6 a.m.
If you feed them, they will come. And stay. And get wasted, urinate, litter, fight, vandalize the place and intimidate people going to the farmers market, or a concert, or the kid-friendly fountain for some good clean fun.
By Scott Hewitt March 10, 2015 7:45 p.m.
Vancouver attorney Peter Fels filed nine tort claims in late February against Clark County, claiming illegal theft and destruction of homeless people's personal property. Fels plans to sue on April 21 unless the county responds with a change in policy and more than compensates his clients for their lost property, he said.
By Scott Hewitt March 6, 2015 6 a.m.
When you think about the Great Depression, classic photographs probably come to mind: bowler-hatted men selling pencils on the street or lining up for soup; a grim-faced mother surrounded by barefooted children, contemplating the future.
By Scott Hewitt March 4, 2015 6 a.m.
It broke my heart to hear that the Masons in Hazel Dell lost so much money because of embezzlement. But I was glad to see they started a farmers market last year to help pay the bills on their property. Will the market have another season this year?
By Scott Hewitt March 3, 2015 5:18 p.m.
When it comes to thrift stores, the days of cold and dark and dank are over. "We're changing from those old hole-in-the-wall thrifts," said Salvation Army Capt. Dennis Earnhart as he surveyed the new Orchards store that will open on Thursday. "We call them 'family stores' now and we want them to be clean and bright and safe."
By Scott Hewitt February 26, 2015 7:49 p.m.
At a time when decision-making in Clark County and Southwest Washington seems increasingly fractious and angry, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Washington State University Vancouver are making a display of problem solving through respectful civil discourse and listening to people.
By Scott Hewitt February 23, 2015 7:24 p.m.
Twenty days' notice to vacate a rental for no reason in particular — except that the landlord wants you to leave — seems like "cruel and unusual punishment," Vancouver City Councilman Larry Smith said Monday afternoon. "It's very harsh. It bugs the daylight out of me."
By Scott Hewitt February 22, 2015 6:29 p.m.
The Vancouver City Council will hold a one-hour workshop to start exploring affordable housing issues and remedies — what can be done to build more and to protect vulnerable tenants from displacement — beginning at 4 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street.
By Scott Hewitt February 21, 2015 6 a.m.
Singing came as naturally to Anne Maguire as life on the Skamania farm where she grew up.
By Scott Hewitt February 15, 2015 6 a.m.
WASHOUGAL — There must be more to life than designing printers, Dave Pinkernell decided. He took an early retirement buyout from Hewlett-Packard after 32 years and started considering what’s truly most important to him: the well-being of local children and the whole east county community.
By Scott Hewitt February 9, 2015 4:53 p.m.
As part of a strategic refocusing effort, the Oregon-based Meyer Memorial Trust announced Monday that it will stop donating money to charities and causes in Clark County.
By Scott Hewitt February 5, 2015 8:51 p.m.
One of the very last things Jean Norwood ever did was help keep Vancouver beautiful. In December, she saw to it that the Vancouver Women's Club, of which she was a longtime member, donated $5,000 to an arboretum on Old Evergreen Highway that's always in need of help.
By Scott Hewitt February 4, 2015 10:04 p.m.
Wanted: tolerant landlords and eager advocates who recognize that there really is an affordable housing crisis underway in Clark County.
By Scott Hewitt February 3, 2015 7:39 p.m.
The Courtyard Village Apartments complex is far from the only one in Vancouver where rents are rising and current residents are getting left behind.
By Scott Hewitt January 31, 2015 6 a.m.
Hey, Meek! Have a heart, will ya?
By Scott Hewitt January 29, 2015 6:28 p.m.
Attendance was visibly down from previous years at Thursday's Project Homeless Connect, the annual roundup of services, benefits and hands-on care hosted by the Council for the Homeless and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver.
By Scott Hewitt January 28, 2015 8:34 p.m.
Daniel Seavey loves making people happy. To help him do that, he's got a sweet, clear, startlingly strong vibrato and a familiar way around the piano keys and guitar strings.
By Scott Hewitt January 28, 2015 6 a.m.
Federal funding of $1.25 million means that nonprofit agencies in Clark County will be able to continue housing and helping chronically homeless people here.
By Scott Hewitt January 23, 2015 6:29 p.m.
Miles of roadway and three annoying stair steps have long separated FISH of Vancouver, downtown's major weekday food pantry, from the efficient and people-friendly fulfillment of its mission. New real estate is about to change that.