Safety is Job 1 at Bike 101

By Scott Hewitt July 29, 2015 6:36 p.m.

The best-case scenario is that all these skilled young cyclists go home and train their parents with their new knowledge. That way, whole families can enjoy the beauty of safe cycling this summer, and into the future.

"Pastor Brooks" finds his next river to cross

By Scott Hewitt July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

What the Rev. Brooks Berndt did for his Hazel Dell church, he now hopes to do for many more congregations in the United Church of Christ family: get them actively fighting for environmental causes.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Kiggins, library make Harry's birthday magical

By Scott Hewitt July 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Get out your time turner. Take a deeply magical breath. Give it the number of turns you'll need to absorb the entire eight-movie adolescence of Harry Potter and his pals in a single weekend.

Festival celebrates aloha spirit in Vancouver

By Scott Hewitt July 24, 2015 6 a.m.

The first time Deva Leinani Yamashiro saw people dancing in Esther Short Park, it felt like a homecoming.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Magenta offers a hands-on approach to theater production

By Scott Hewitt July 24, 2015 6 a.m.

The neighboring but deeply divided worlds of Lady O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Rose Fleishman's Jewish Deli needed to look as gritty and real as the mistrust between these two widows and the global war that was on the horizon in 1938.

Habitat for Humanity helps repair Piano Hospital lodging

By Scott Hewitt July 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Most students who come to the Piano Hospital in Vancouver to build careers in piano technology and tuning are low income and blind, executive director Cheri Martin said.

Find your way to Harvest Days in Battle Ground

By Scott Hewitt July 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Think you know Battle Ground?

Company bring bard's own style to series of park performances

By Scott Hewitt July 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Zounds and forsooth, gentle folk: there will be Shakespeare in Esher Short Park again this summer — this Sunday afternoon, in fact.

Playground games serious fun for neighbors

By Scott Hewitt July 12, 2015 6 a.m.

The secret, experts say, is in the leading edge of the leading toe.

Far segment of Lower River Road closes to cars Tuesday

By Scott Hewitt July 12, 2015 6 a.m.

This really is the end of the road. You've probably got this year's lack of precipitation to thank for keeping it open so long.

Amboy Territorial Days celebrates north county heritage

By Scott Hewitt July 10, 2015 6 a.m.

AMBOY — Julie Lynch won the first-ever parade trophy given out at Amboy's second-ever hometown celebration.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Book details local stories of addiction and recovery

By Scott Hewitt July 10, 2015 6 a.m.

'Addiction is a disease, not a choice," says Athena, who's been sober since 2012. "It is something that just overpowers you in a way that nobody would understand unless it happens to you."

Vancouver Pops tops summer concert lineup

By Scott Hewitt July 8, 2015 6:05 p.m.

Too hot for the Pops? Not a chance. With temperatures climbing rapidly toward 80 degrees, the Vancouver Pops took the Esther Short Park stage Wednesday to kick off the city's free Noon Concert Series. The homegrown, all-volunteer community orchestra has been raising smiles at parks, schools and other public spots since 1970. Meanwhile, the city's equally free Science in the Park session was also taking place and teaching children about ocean life and the scientists who study it.

Fort fireworks: Here's what you need to know

By Scott Hewitt July 3, 2015 8:32 p.m.

Saturday's the day, you know. Big explosions overhead and all around, whether or not you've bought a ticket to the Fort Vancouver National Trust's fireworks show.

Vancouver ready to have a blast

By Scott Hewitt July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

You've probably heard that Independence Day fireworks have been canceled in various towns in California, and elsewhere, due to drought and fire risk.

2 nonprofits receive Meyer Trust grants

By Scott Hewitt July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Two homegrown Vancouver nonprofit agencies have received significant grant awards from an Oregon charitable foundation that's winding down its work in Clark County.

Crisis largely averted for Courtyard Village tenants

By Scott Hewitt July 1, 2015 10 a.m.

Robert Mitchell has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies.

Port of Vancouver's bike path keeps growing

By Scott Hewitt June 30, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver on Tuesday opened a simple new segment of the pedestrian path it means to extend from downtown Vancouver all the way out Lower River Road to Vancouver Lake. And, it announced $500,000 in public funding for construction of the next segment — which won't be simple at all, as it rises into the air to pass over sensitive wetlands.

Farmers market plans east Vancouver expansion

By Scott Hewitt June 29, 2015 4:34 p.m.

The Vancouver Farmers Market plans to launch a satellite market on Thursday afternoons and evenings at Columbia Tech Center, mid-July through late September.

Hazel Dell church to celebrate Supreme marriage equality ruling today

By Scott Hewitt June 26, 2015 11:30 a.m.

Leavitt will speak during today's 6 p.m. gathering

Bits 'n' Pieces: Opus School spreads student jams to east county

By Scott Hewitt June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Rob Melton wanted so badly to be a rock star.

'Tin' years of recycling art

By Scott Hewitt June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

When Clark County started cooking up the idea of a whole Recycled Arts Festival of its own, a decade ago, metals artist Joe Clifton was glad to be in on the ground floor. The first festival was pretty meager, he and organizer Sally Fisher agreed, with something like 30 artists participating — but what it lacked in big numbers it more than made up in passion.

Ridgefield Confederate flag 'sends a message,' black leader says

By Scott Hewitt June 22, 2015 7:03 p.m.

Rocked by mass murder committed in the name of racism, South Carolina may be lurching toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of its state capitol.

Family Room: Summer's here: It's time to volunteer

By Scott Hewitt June 21, 2015 6 a.m.

When you've just been sprung from school, summer seems gigantic, endless, brimming with freedom and possibility — or, perhaps, just brimming with endlessness.

Grants focus on health, poverty

By Scott Hewitt June 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Making Clark County a healthier place to grow up — and to live out your life — is the emphasis behind the biggest grants in a big round of giving just announced by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

Racing and reveling in marathon and brewfest

By Scott Hewitt June 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Runners and walkers of all stripes — the serious and the silly, the striving and the imbibing — can have a ton of fun in downtown Vancouver this weekend.

Korean adoptee faces uphill battle to stay in U.S.

By Scott Hewitt June 18, 2015 2:51 p.m.

PORTLAND — The case of Adam Crapser, the Vancouver man who is fighting deportation to South Korea, has been continued until October. But Crapser and his attorney both emerged from a Thursday morning hearing at a federal immigration court saying that they can see high hurdles ahead.

Juneteenth event to note slavery's end, racial politics

By Scott Hewitt June 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Nothing goes better with freedom than historical perspective, hope for the future — and a little sweet potato pie.

End of Lower River Road remains open

By Scott Hewitt June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Who keeps closing Lower River Road?

Bits 'n' Pieces: Felida man helps shelter kits reach disaster zones

By Scott Hewitt June 13, 2015 6 a.m.

John Cordell was recently in a far-off place that reminded him very much of home.

Latte Da going with flow

By Scott Hewitt June 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Let there be beer. And let it flow.

Get Outdoors Day fun for all

By Scott Hewitt June 12, 2015 6 a.m.

How much time each day do you — and your kids — spend staring at screens, both for work and leisure? And how much time do you spend staring at trees, flowers, birds, the sky— and your own happy family members, doing fun stuff outdoors?

Perez, Tyler are local racial, social justice award winners

By Scott Hewitt June 12, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Two citizens who are carrying on the work of the late Val Joshua, a leader in the local African American community and a former board president of the YWCA Clark County, will be honored with awards in Joshua's memory on June 17.

What's up with that? Special parking spaces LEED the way

By Scott Hewitt and Ashley Swanson June 10, 2015 6 a.m.

I noticed that the closest-in, most convenient parking spaces at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center campus say they are for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles only. They don't have electric charging stations, so they don't benefit electric cars. Why are they limiting parking spaces like that? I pay taxes.

Cleanup crew tackles sound wall in Hough neighborhood

By Scott Hewitt June 9, 2015 6:41 p.m.

It really shouldn't be anybody's problem — but it's everybody's problem. That was the consensus among about a dozen people who gathered on Tuesday morning to attack the trash that's regularly strewn along the Mill Plain Boulevard sound wall at the southern edge of the Hough neighborhood.

$250,000 gift to help Clark County Food Bank expand its focus

By Scott Hewitt June 8, 2015 7:52 p.m.

The Clark County Food Bank capped off years of planning and fundraising in early 2012 when it opened the doors of a spacious, new, state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution center. It was a huge step forward for a key local agency that long made do with cramped and insufficient operations and storage space.

Walking tours in step with Vancouver history

By Scott Hewitt June 6, 2015 6:37 p.m.

The closer you look, the more you learn.

Community activist, entrepreneur Sheila Walsh Guenther dies

By Scott Hewitt June 5, 2015 3:52 p.m.

Sheila Walsh Guenther gladly sold furniture for less. But her commitment to justice for women and a quality community for everyone never got marked down.

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Piano Hospital' fetes graduating class of one

By Scott Hewitt June 5, 2015 6 a.m.

John Pastorius used to take two buses and a commuter train to reach his summer job at the Denver Art Museum. That's enough of a burden for anyone, let alone somebody who was born blind.

Battle Ground's float family reunited for annual parade entry

By Scott Hewitt June 5, 2015 6 a.m.

BATTLE GROUND — Like any family, they come in all ages, sizes, interests and talents. There are burly welders and meticulous decorators. There's a fairy godmother, you might say, for the festival princesses who ride the float, and a tunesmith who composes and programs the ditties pouring out of hidden speakers. There are retirees, recent college graduates, high school students. And there are friends of friends who turn up randomly at the rented shop on Southeast Grace Avenue maybe slightly embarrassed to pitch in a little.

Temple Lentz new Parks Foundation of Clark County chief

By Scott Hewitt June 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Temple Lentz, a local community activist, marketing professional and nonprofit agency consultant, has been hired as the new executive director of the Parks Foundation of Clark County. She'll begin her new job on June 8.

Clark County homeless census improves slightly

By Scott Hewitt June 3, 2015 8:08 p.m.

A single-day snapshot of homelessness in Clark County in January 2015 proves that more funding and better coordination of services makes a difference, according to Council for the Homeless Executive Director Andy Silver.

Community Foundation honors philanthropists

By Scott Hewitt June 2, 2015 9:24 p.m.

Lynda Coates wasn't any brighter or harder working than anyone else who gets born into the trap of generational poverty, she said. What lifted her out of the trap, she said, was the support and mentorship of people who understood where she was coming from.

Student portraits turn Skyview Inside Out

By Scott Hewitt June 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Skyview High School is a surprisingly diverse place full of smart, talented, conscientious young adults. Three student photographers wanted the whole world to know it.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Outdoors deadly fun in author's mysteries

By Scott Hewitt May 30, 2015 6 a.m.

The best thing about being a successful author is meeting your adoring — and surprising — fans.

Share takes pot luck at food drive

By Scott Hewitt May 30, 2015 6 a.m.

All Vancouver neighborhood associations are invited to share with nonprofit agency Share as it feeds hungry children this summer and fall.

Work begins on homeless housing at complex

By Scott Hewitt May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new home is rising for people who could die without one.

Volunteers aim to clean up childhood poverty

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 7:13 p.m.

Stefanny Caballero, left, and Sierra Smith, along with other volunteers, flocked to the YWCA Clark County on Wednesday afternoon to spruce up the grounds with fresh paint, plants and flowers, garden tools and good clean dirt.

Rose Village charity looking for new help as volunteers grow older

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Gene Scott, spry and wiry at 79, doesn't plan on slowing down. But he allowed that it may be somewhat inevitable.

What's Up With That? Sideways smoke may be breaking clean air rules

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Could you please explain why Vancouver residents are allowed to build campfires in their backyards, allowing smoke to blow into neighboring homes? When I informed my neighbors that their fire pit was hazardous to my family's health, I was told it's legal. Why would this blatant air pollution be allowed?