Bits 'n' Pieces: They Might Be Puppets  

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

Those sock puppets sure can harmonize, sling impressive guitar solos — and make sickly excuses.

Nicholson Commons: Seeds of community

By Scott Hewitt April 11, 2014 7:11 p.m.

Mark Maggiora has started thinking of Clark County the way urban park planners do: in terms of five-minute strolls.

Vancouver Housing Authority consolidates properties

By Scott Hewitt April 7, 2014 6:45 p.m.

Over the past few years, the Vancouver Housing Authority has jettisoned dozens of small scattered sites and a handful of large older buildings that generated meager rental income but were expensive and difficult to maintain. The public housing agency says its plan is to realize some economies of scale by consolidating its residential real estate holdings into larger multifamily buildings.

Bits 'n' Pieces: From the 'Big One' to bigger one

By Scott Hewitt April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Ready for "The Big One?"

The swales are alive with the sound of croaking  

By Scott Hewitt April 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Tilt an ear out your Felida window in the area south of Jefferson Middle School and you can't miss the soaring springtime aria of frog love.

What's Up With That? Overhead gadgets work traffic signals, don't photograph you

By Scott Hewitt April 2, 2014 6 a.m.

At Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 136th Avenue, I count five traffic signals. But there are at least five other items attached to the lighting standards. What are they?

Local leaders: 'Children Can't Wait'

By Scott Hewitt March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Is Clark County child-friendly?

Wages lag behind rental rates in Clark County

By Scott Hewitt March 24, 2014 7:03 p.m.

Thirty-four percent of all Clark County residents — approximately 54,000 households — live in rental housing. But approximately half of those renters can’t afford the federally determined fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment here — not without spending too much of their income on housing, that is.

Deciphering the teen brain and behavior

By Scott Hewitt March 23, 2014 6 a.m.

YOYO, you know? So GOMB! I'm LHHIMB!

Fee for homeless will last to '19

By Scott Hewitt March 14, 2014 5:55 p.m.

In one of the final actions of the 2014 session, the Washington Legislature preserved and extended through June 30, 2019, the collection of a document-recording fee that provides millions of dollars for homeless services.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Sing out with songs of labor

By Scott Hewitt March 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Pete Seeger may be gone, but we remain lucky still to have Joe Hickerson kicking around.

Plan for huge church rankles some Heisson residents

By Scott Hewitt March 12, 2014 5:32 p.m.

Public hearing today; staff recommend OK with conditions

What's Up with That? Connecting 'stumps' of Highway 501 can't happen

By Scott Hewitt March 12, 2014 6 a.m.

I love driving up state Highway 501 from Vancouver. Around Vancouver Lake and north of there is one of the most beautiful areas of Clark County. I would drive this road more if it also served a practical purpose, but heading north you are stopped by barricades in the road, and an old, dilapidated road continues. Being so close at that point, it seems it would make great sense to connect with the northerly part of state Highway 501 (Pioneer Street) or make some other connection into Ridgefield and/or Felida. Are there any plans to make such a connection?

Old idea made new: shared housing

By Scott Hewitt March 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Why would anyone ever want a roommate?

Yesterday's toy box a priceless gift

By Scott Hewitt March 8, 2014 7:49 p.m.

LA CENTER — What's an antique toy worth?

Bits 'n' Pieces: Guitar fest says 'aloha' to spring

By Scott Hewitt March 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Picture the warm, friendly, comfortable weather in Hawaii. Ahhh. Now tilt your inner ear and listen to the natural musical accompaniment.

Caring for a 'living' document

By Scott Hewitt March 6, 2014 8:15 p.m.

It's something like laying your hands on the whole history of your people.

Ashes to Go: Minister hit streets to reach out to faithful

By Scott Hewitt March 5, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Jesus met people exactly where they were. He didn't sit in comfort and wait for them to find him. He visited the marketplace. He hit the streets.

Activists to rally Thursday to save homeless-services fee

By Scott Hewitt March 5, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Poverty activists and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance are planning to rally at the state Capitol Thursday in support of an expiring state law that they say has been a huge help in curtailing homelessness.

Weber Arboretum to get cleanup

By Scott Hewitt March 3, 2014 10 a.m.

A crew from the Washington Conservation Corps will work throughout the month of March to spiff up the Weber Evergreen Arboretum, a historic property on Old Evergreen Highway. Volunteers from the community are welcome to join them March 15 for a work party.

Bits 'n'n Pieces: Novel tells tale of son's illness

By Scott Hewitt March 1, 2014 6 a.m.

When he was about 16 years old, Pamela Deane Stanek's son — "just a regular kid," she said — started acting alarmingly odd.

Downtown food pantries target 'changing face of hunger' on Vancouver's west side

By Scott Hewitt February 28, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Hunger has soared on the west side of Vancouver since the beginning of the Great Recession, according to George Kaufer, president of the downtown food pantry FISH of Vancouver.

World traveler helps patients manage health decisions

By Scott Hewitt February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

April Haydon’s quest to understand the big picture of public health has sent her from Wyoming to Corvallis, Ore., from Chile to Spain to Guatemala. And then, at last, to Clark County.

Magical music man: Concert will honor local composer

By Scott Hewitt February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Narod the Magician can still defy gravity. He shows off for visitors how he can make a ring climb a rubber band in a way that seems impossible.

Bird-watching 101

By Scott Hewitt February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County can get to be a little like Grand Central Station sometimes. And we're not talking trains and taxicabs. We're talking wings and waterfowl.

Courthouse fee that fights homelessness expiring

By Scott Hewitt February 15, 2014 12:08 a.m.

Every time somebody goes to a county courthouse anywhere in Washington to record a real estate transaction, a document recording fee is charged. By law, $40 of that money is dedicated to homeless services.

Landslide detour adds bustle to quiet Gorge towns

By Scott Hewitt February 14, 2014 8:08 p.m.

Oregon's slide means a Washington ride. Some residents of this north-side Columbia River Gorge town said Friday afternoon that they were already tired of an uninterrupted parade of eastbound 18-wheelers rumbling down First Street.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Protecting kids with a life of care

By Scott Hewitt February 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Lewis Hine Award winner Peggy Busick grew up in a small Midwestern town, where everybody had a strong sense of interdependency. Folks were hardworking and independent minded, she said — but they also knew that they had to hang together.

Stretch of Lower River Road steadily eroding

By Scott Hewitt February 13, 2014 6 a.m.

The future of Lower River Road just got shorter by about a mile and a third.

Mathematical minds find perfect volunteer outing

By Scott Hewitt February 8, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Jim Frahm knows what it's like to serve others with everything at stake. He's a retired pharmacist.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Nerds + beer = brainy fun

By Scott Hewitt February 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Eat, drink, be merry, and rub a couple of brain cells together while you're at it.

Local experts say workplace violence remains 'extremely rare'

By Scott Hewitt February 5, 2014 8:36 p.m.

It's impossible to say there's a trend of increasing gun violence in Vancouver or across the nation, according to sociologist Clay Mosher, who analyzes crime trends and teaches criminology at Washington State University Vancouver.

Poverty persists through generations

By Scott Hewitt February 2, 2014 6 a.m.

A new Boys & Girls Club is one example of many new or expanded Clark County programs aimed at children and families who are stuck in what experts call the cycle of "intergenerational poverty."

Homeless connections get personal this year

By Scott Hewitt January 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Bandages and blood pressure checks are fine, but they really aren't enough.

Oxford House champion Tony Perkins dies at 49

By Scott Hewitt January 29, 2014 5:37 p.m.

Clark County man went from recovery to network's chairman

Bits 'n' Pieces: Riding into the Year of the Horse

By Scott Hewitt January 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Like the horse itself, the upcoming Year of the Horse will be hardworking. It'll be a good year, but it won't be easy. In the end, results should be "outstanding," said Roger Young.

What's up with that? There's more to license plate replacement than meets the eye

By Scott Hewitt January 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Earlier this year, the state of Washington said I needed to get new license plates for my car, as they were by then 7 years old. I'd lived in Washington from the mid-1950s through the late 1970s, and it was never an issue then.

King Day of Service volunteers get busy

By Scott Hewitt January 20, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Despite struggling to penetrate soupy fog and thick woods at Vancouver Lake on Monday morning, volunteers had no problem seeing exactly what they were doing: making Clark County a better place.

Civil rights leader John Lewis is surprise guest at Vancouver MLK breakfast

By Scott Hewitt January 18, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Longterm Georgia Congressman was King's friend during the civil rights era

Bits 'n' Pieces: MLK more than one 'dream'

By Scott Hewitt January 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Dr. King had a dream. Everyone knows it. It was a beautiful dream, and it lives on today. There's no doubt about it.

Friends of the Carpenter builds new leadership

By Scott Hewitt January 16, 2014 7:51 p.m.

So many great ideas have emerged from American garages, Tom Iberle quipped: from Microsoft and Apple Computer to the Ramones.

VHA has big plans for Skyline Crest

By Scott Hewitt January 15, 2014 6:29 p.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority wants to bring $11 million in renovations, including a new community center and an adjoining Boys & Girls Club, to its aging public housing neighborhood in Vancouver Heights. The Boys & Girls Club would serve many students at neighboring schools, not just kids who live at Skyline Crest.

MLK Day of Service fills more than week

By Scott Hewitt January 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Next weekend, you may notice big groups of your neighbors roaming the landscape, performing good deeds. You wouldn't want to miss that fun, would you?

Woman with Down syndrome retires after fulfilling career

By Scott Hewitt January 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Shelli Fanning, 46, who has Down syndrome, retires after a 23-year career as housekeeper at Red Lion at the Quay

VHA sets meetings on apartments for homeless

By Scott Hewitt January 8, 2014 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority has scheduled a series of public discussions about its proposal to bring a 30-unit apartment building for chronically homeless people to downtown Vancouver.

Landowners say 'cabal' imposing environmental restrictions

By Scott Hewitt January 8, 2014 6 a.m.

A prominent house on sensitive and heavily regulated land near the corner of Ellsworth and French roads is the subject of a long-running civil lawsuit with no end in sight. The city of Vancouver is the plaintiff.

Columbian's Dave Kern retires from newsroom after 33 years

By Scott Hewitt January 8, 2014 6 a.m.

It's all over now, daily news.

Improving life, choices for those with disabilities

By Scott Hewitt January 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Lynnae Ruttledge may know better than anybody alive how limiting the term "person with disabilities" is, and how far such a person can go in the world of work and influence.

What's Up with That?: CCCP: Think surveying, not Soviet missiles

By Scott Hewitt January 1, 2014 6 a.m.

What are these street markers that say "CCCP" for? Construction at the intersection? They have been here for months. Speculation about "CCCP" has people wondering about underground Soviet missile silos!CCCP are the Cyrillic letters we used to see on the sides of Soviet military hardware and spaceships. They stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik), and folks who grew up during the Cold War could be forgiven for a little knee-jerk nerves when glimpsing the acronym.

A gift of freedom for paralyzed girl

By Scott Hewitt December 27, 2013 7:10 p.m.

Emily Benson is a normal, happy sixth grader — blessed with great spirits and big smiles, vital friendships and typically overactive thumbs. Over Christmas break she's been sleeping late, playing video games with her brother and listening to her iPod.