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.
By Scott Hewitt January 19, 2015 5:25 p.m.
What's reputedly the most gang-affected area in Clark County became the most volunteer-improved area on Monday morning.
By Scott Hewitt January 17, 2015 7:08 p.m.
In November 2013, Clark County law enforcement officials, always busy working with victims and potential victims of sex trafficking, decided to gather some data about the demand side. They posted some Internet ads hawking sex for sale and borrowed a couple of motel rooms for a sting.
By Scott Hewitt January 17, 2015 6:28 p.m.
In the tense and uncertain history of race relations in America, a recent string of high-visibility killings of unarmed blacks by police and others has made this a particularly tense and uncertain moment.
By Scott Hewitt January 17, 2015 6 a.m.
They're not three witches. But they have stirred up something scarily fascinating in their literary cauldron. Take a look next weekend, if you dare.
By Scott Hewitt January 16, 2015 6 a.m.
The little boy was playing soccer when he got knocked to the ground. He jumped up in anger, ready to hurl a rock at the miscreant who'd committed the crime.
By Scott Hewitt January 9, 2015 6 a.m.
Here's a quick, horrible history lesson that will be new news to some: In 1984, the Sikh bodyguards of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi assassinated her in retaliation for a military assault on their holiest site, the Golden Temple, which had become the base of operations where Sikh separatists stockpiled weapons.
By Scott Hewitt January 9, 2015 6 a.m.
You can build a trail, clean up a park or a yard, paint a house or shelter, or help sell used library books. You can cap it all off with a celebration of hard work and volunteerism that raised an affordable home for a family that needed one.
By Scott Hewitt January 7, 2015 9:39 p.m.
Local Muslims definitely feel more vulnerable to hatred — and misunderstanding — every time there's news of violence by Islamic terrorists or the Islamic group that is trying to create its own state in Syria and Iraq.
By Scott Hewitt January 7, 2015 5:52 p.m.
New legal notices to vacate — or to evict, in cases where departing tenants have decided against paying any more rent — went out on Tuesday to more residents in more buildings at the Courtyard Village Apartments complex. The complex was purchased last year by Parc Central LLC, a subsidiary of Metropolitan Land Group of Beaverton, Ore., which wants to improve the dilapidated complex and raise the rents.
By Scott Hewitt December 29, 2014 6:43 p.m.
Open House Ministries has cleared space for a new Family Resource Center that it wants to build just north of its family homeless shelter in downtown Vancouver.
By Scott Hewitt December 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Alexis Colson hid in her mother's closet with a bowl of cereal in her lap and beautiful little dresses dangling all around her head.
By Scott Hewitt December 26, 2014 5:16 p.m.
Kelly Punteney has spent the last few years slowly improving the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum, a historic property that rolls from Old Evergreen Highway down to the Columbia River. It's been an uphill battle, Punteney has said, toward his ultimate goal of getting the 7-acre oasis adopted by the city of Vancouver as a public park.
By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 8:14 p.m.
With fewer people coming to the Clark County Public Service Center to get property deeds and other legal documents recorded, fewer fees are landing in the bank account of Share Vancouver.
By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 7:50 p.m.
Andy Silver, the executive director of the Council for the Homeless, said Thursday that his agency will join forces with Clark County, the city of Vancouver, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the Vancouver Housing Authority to "start a really broad community conversation about affordable housing" in the wake of the Courtyard Village Apartments crisis that erupted this month.
By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 6 a.m.
Blake Sakamoto doesn't live in Vancouver. But sometimes it seems like he does.