By Scott Hewitt September 26, 2014 10 a.m.
The Amazon rain forest is hot and humid and sticky and, frankly, overwhelming. And it was nothing to complain about, Katie Kelley found right away.
Now that the Northeast 139th Street overpass is completed and open, you can really notice how curved it is rather than straight. On Google Maps, the road on both sides of the interstates (I-5 and I-205) seems to be in perfect alignment. Why did the designers curve the overpass slightly to the south rather than just build it directly with no curve?
By Scott Hewitt September 20, 2014 8:12 p.m.
The sturgeon is simply the most amazingly incredible fish there ever was. Just ask Sylvia Kern.
By Scott Hewitt September 20, 2014 6 a.m.
What's the key to a superb performance audition? Maybe it's meditation. Maybe it's hard work and deep familiarity with every micron of your material. Or maybe it's eating lots of bananas.
By Scott Hewitt September 19, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Grassroots generosity in Southwest Washington went digital in a big way this week, with individual donors at every level clicking their way to a grand total of $421,994.69 in gifts to local nonprofit and charitable agencies.
By Scott Hewitt September 18, 2014 9:19 p.m.
A 24-hour window, “Give More 24,” began at 7 a.m. today in Clark County. By the time the day is over, there will be serenades, celebrity hopscotch, outdoor bowling and dunk tanks, and, organizers hope, a influx of donations to local charitable groups and causes.
By Scott Hewitt September 17, 2014 6 a.m.
What's Up With That? Stopping for school buses
By Scott Hewitt September 13, 2014 6 a.m.
A 2012 financial aid system glitch at Washington State University that delayed the disbursement of millions of dollars in grants and loans also revealed just how needy some students really are. Many of the same students who relied on that money to pay for tuition and other expenses told school officials about being forced to make some very hard choices.
By Scott Hewitt September 10, 2014 9:31 p.m.
Sonia Manzano grew up loving television. "But I never saw anyone who looked like me" on the small screen, said the native of New York's South Bronx, whose family hailed from Puerto Rico. For that matter, she said, she didn't see blacks or any other minority groups — and certainly no women in leadership roles — on the TV of her childhood.
By Scott Hewitt September 9, 2014 7:40 p.m.
Most people know that Habitat for Humanity is that charitable homebuilder that President Jimmy Carter made famous — and that puts residents to work building their own homes.
By Scott Hewitt September 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Even for a repeat winner like Max Ollieu, facing thousands — literally thousands — of beautiful dahlia blooms is seriously daunting.
By Scott Hewitt September 3, 2014 5:59 a.m.
The deteriorating state of Franklin Park in Northwest Vancouver is an embarrassment. There is an irrigation system, but the city hasn't turned it on for a couple of years, I think. They mow the weeds occasionally, but that only leaves little spiky weed stems that are dangerous for anyone barefooted. This no longer is a pleasant place to spend time. It's become a wasteland. I've noticed that other neighborhood parks also are dry and brown and uncared-for. No money for maintenance?
By Scott Hewitt August 30, 2014 5:28 p.m.
September marks the 25th annual National Recovery Month — what used to be called National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month — and there will be lots to learn and celebrate here in Clark County about living a clean and sober life.
By Scott Hewitt August 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Before there was centralized, public acreage on Northeast 78th Street that's popular with volunteers who grow tons of produce each year for the Clark County Food Bank, there was Bob Buker.
By Scott Hewitt August 20, 2014 8:47 p.m.
A natural food manufacturer has announced a nationwide, voluntary recall of some peanut butter and almond butter products due to potential salmonella contamination. Some of the products were sold or distributed in this area.
By Scott Hewitt August 18, 2014 6 a.m.
As many as 60 Clark County youth who seem headed for trouble — dropping out of school, failing to find work — will benefit from a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that aims to help them stay in school or earn equivalency diplomas while also building construction skills.
By Scott Hewitt August 16, 2014 6 a.m.
Advocates and activists have been "piecemealing" changes and improvements in Washington state's mental health system for years. It hasn't been good enough, according to Gordon Bopp, president of the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a grass-roots group that kicked off a weekend conference at Vancouver's Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Friday.
By Scott Hewitt August 15, 2014 6 a.m.
BATTLE GROUND — Elizabeth Cerveny and the board of the North County Community Food Bank have a big vision for their future: a spacious $2.5 million building that sister social service agencies would also call home. They're not sure how realistic that is, but executive director Cerveny is spreading the word to see what turns up.
By Scott Hewitt August 8, 2014 6 a.m.
The statewide conference on mental illness that's coming to Vancouver next weekend will be totally serious and really fun.
By Scott Hewitt August 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Today's Northwest 119th Street is a major connector, busy with traffic and split by a double yellow line. A C-Tran bus route even passes near here, much to the amazement of three sisters who grew up on the family farm that became the Felida Red Barn.
By Scott Hewitt August 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Who are your BFFs on these scorching summer days? Trees, of course.
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