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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
By Scott Hewitt July 9, 2014 6 a.m.
I've been reporting the potholes at the intersection of Southeast 164th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard for months now using the Clark County online forms. The holes are so big someone is bound to break an axle on them and still they are there. What does it take for this state to do even basic maintenance?
By Scott Hewitt July 8, 2014 4:08 p.m.
An apartment building for people who earn substantially less than the local average will start rising this year on a wedge of land between 15th Street and Mill Plain Boulevard, just west of Columbia Street, in downtown Vancouver. An existing office building on the southeast corner of the property, at Columbia and Mill Plain, will remain.
By Scott Hewitt July 6, 2014 6 a.m.
The Portland-Vancouver area is a mixed bag for hard-core racists and violent white supremacists looking to get organized, if online discussions posted at sites such as Stormfront are any indication. Those discussions tend to bemoan the difficulty of finding like-minded people; they also betray ideological squabbling and name-calling over who truly grasps the white power picture.
By Scott Hewitt June 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Vancouver couple's program provides a home, stability with aim of helping them graduate
By Scott Hewitt June 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.
Barnes has lead educational equity efforts across six counties for 20 years
By Scott Hewitt June 19, 2014 8:06 p.m.
Thursday's meeting of the Intertwine Alliance happened to convene in Clark County, but it could have been anywhere in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. That's the whole point of the Intertwine Alliance, a regional partnership of anyone and everyone interested in developing parks, trails and green spaces.
By Scott Hewitt June 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Shy and nervous. Awkward but hopeful. That's how 15-year-old David Hinds felt when he met Jamie Stratton about a year ago.
By Scott Hewitt June 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Getting fired isn't so rare, especially in the churning world of broadcast media. But getting rehired by a media company that publicly apologizes for its flub is a singular career achievement.
By Scott Hewitt June 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Why do cyclists sometimes ride two or even three abreast, spilling outside the bike lane, on speedy roads? Are they “making a statement”? Or just clueless?
By Scott Hewitt June 5, 2014 6 a.m.
More than $2 million in federal Housing and Urban Development funds have been allocated by the Vancouver City Council to 20 local projects and programs. Housing agencies, mental health clinics, programs for homeless youth and the city's own housing rehabilitation, small business and infrastructure programs will share the dollars. They have approximately two years to spend the money.
By Scott Hewitt June 3, 2014 7:34 p.m.
Ridgefield kids will swing, East Vancouver grown-ups will work a new fitness circuit, pickleball will hit Washougal and needy children will enjoy fully funded access to Vancouver recreation programs — including swimming lessons, field trips and outdoor sports — thanks to the latest round of community grants from the Parks Foundation of Clark County.
By Scott Hewitt May 30, 2014 6 a.m.
It may be hard for kids to imagine right now, but parents know too well that sweet young dreams of endless summer with nothing to do can turn into a sour reality: Endless summer with nothing to do.
By Scott Hewitt May 22, 2014 6:08 p.m.
The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has reached a milestone. The homegrown nonprofit agency, the big vision of legally blind Billy Henry, has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant to expand its programs and services.
By Scott Hewitt May 16, 2014 6 a.m.
If you think the life of a painter is all about easy self-expression, inspired masterpieces forming out of nowhere and glamorous openings at fancy art galleries, think again.
By Scott Hewitt May 14, 2014 5:55 p.m.
Lloyd Halvorsen, Kelly Punteney, Barbara Anderson and Suzanne Grover are all recipients of a 2014 Florence B. Wager Award, given each year by the Parks Foundation to recognize leaders, volunteers and professionals for heroic efforts on behalf of local parks, trails and recreation programs.
By Scott Hewitt May 10, 2014 7:25 p.m.
Low-income senior citizens can sign up for vouchers that will help them buy produce at local farmers markets.
By Scott Hewitt May 5, 2014 6 a.m.
Proposed for downtown Vancouver: a 30-unit public housing building for chronically homeless people whose extreme vulnerability qualifies them for residence, and whose continued substance abuse doesn't disqualify them.
By Scott Hewitt May 3, 2014 4:26 p.m.
At 8:30 a.m. on a typical Wednesday in April, more than one dozen bedraggled folks are using a garage, driveway and sidewalk on King Street as a staging area after emerging from homeless shelters, downscale rentals and hidden nests around railroad tracks and the underbelly of the Mill Plain Extension bridge. From here, they begin hauling backpacks, shopping carts and plastic bags east through the morning.
By Scott Hewitt May 2, 2014 6 a.m.
How do you say "Cathlapotle"? How did the early Chinooks say it, where did it come from and what does it really mean?
By Scott Hewitt April 30, 2014 10:26 p.m.
A decade ago, Friends of the Carpenter was homeless. "When you're homeless and don't have a secure place, it's really hard to make headway," said the Rev. Duane Sich. Sich first launched the homeless day center and woodworking shop in his own garage in the Lincoln neighborhood in the late 1990s. That worked OK, although it inevitably meant a steady stream of people all through the house.
By Scott Hewitt April 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Getting a megachurch ready for Easter Sunday is a little like getting ready for the Super Bowl: What’s usually huge will be even huger.
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.