By Scott Hewitt December 25, 2013 2:56 p.m.
For Gary Wright, leading the Vancouver conference of St. Vincent de Paul is all about personal connections.
By Scott Hewitt December 20, 2013 11:51 p.m.
Hate to say it, but some folks find the Salvation Army's signature sound — that endlessly tinkling bell, as rung by some hopeful kettle maven — about as endearing as the 473rd chorus of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
By Scott Hewitt December 16, 2013 6:44 p.m.
Despite freezing temperatures, more volunteers turned out for the annual Interservice Walk & Knock food drive on Dec. 7 than organizers expected. There were 4,500 people scooping up food donations from snowy streets and icy porches that Saturday morning, Walk & Knock President Roxie Olsen said.
By Scott Hewitt December 11, 2013 6 a.m.
I drive past "Jefferson Davis Park" every day on my way to work at Ridgefield High School, where I teach English. Each year, I teach the memoir "Warriors Don't Cry" by Melba Patillo Beals, one of the "Little Rock Nine" who were threatened by a lynch mob while trying to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.; she was injured when acid was thrown in her face.
By Scott Hewitt December 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Rob Figley may be gone, but all the good things he brought to Clark County keep percolating. You can still enjoy that special Figley flavor via Compass Coffee, which launched a commemorative "Figley's Blend" for Christmas.
By Scott Hewitt December 6, 2013 2:17 p.m.
Midtown Vancouver church ready for 25 additional homeless through Tuesday morning
By Scott Hewitt December 6, 2013 8:45 p.m.
Snow, ice won't slow down Clark County's biggest annual food drive
By Scott Hewitt December 2, 2013 10:50 p.m.
BATTLE GROUND — Nutrition and human development is what Stacy Pfeifer wants to study in school. But here's a more pressing task: the nutrition and development of her three young children, her husband and herself.
By Scott Hewitt November 27, 2013 2 p.m.
Maybe the cheerleaders don't show quite as much leg as they used to, but they sure wave their pompoms and clack their blue clackers with spirit. Maybe the players are slower getting up to the pitcher's line, but Rick Owen is there to cheer them on and then challenge them with his cries of "Hey batter, hey batter."
By Scott Hewitt November 27, 2013 6 a.m.
Here's our update of free Thanksgiving meals for the needy — or anyone looking for a little warmth and society along with their turkey.
By Scott Hewitt November 26, 2013 6 a.m.
CAMAS — Todd Williams was at the podium, making a top-level pitch to a firm considering his help with a complicated telecommunications system, when he sniffed something stinky.
By Scott Hewitt November 25, 2013 6 a.m.
There's no stopping Chuck Chronis. The Vancouver restaurateur has had his share of health troubles — he said it's "tough to walk" and that he's facing yet another foot surgery after the first of the year — but that's not going to slow down his annual tradition of serving up a free Thanksgiving meal to everyone who walks in his downtown door, he vowed.
By Scott Hewitt November 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Portlanders Grant Edwards and Jim McPartland "waited and waited" to get married.
By Scott Hewitt November 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Viktoriya Camp was at a low point in life when she surprised herself by pouring out her heart in art.
By Scott Hewitt November 21, 2013 6 a.m.
The Vancouver Housing Authority will pursue building a 30-unit apartment building for chronically homeless people. The building, to be called Lincoln Place, is proposed for property right across the street from Share House on West 13th Street, and the idea is that case-management staff at Share would be able to serve the building tenants conveniently.
By Scott Hewitt November 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Think about the last time you skipped lunch. A long meeting, a pressing task, no offramp, whatever.
By Scott Hewitt November 13, 2013 6 a.m.
Now that the big street improvement project is winding down on Northeast 10th Avenue between 141st and 149th streets, it's looking increasingly clear that street lights are NOT going to be part of the equation. Driving that stretch of road at night has always been difficult as you go from a well-lit area near 139th Street to virtually no lights at all north of there. Oncoming headlights make it difficult to see, especially when you approach a sharp downhill at 148th and 149th streets. I'd hoped the project to raise 10th Avenue to urban standards would also include urban street lighting. Why hasn't it? Don't get me wrong, it's a great new street. But it'd sure be nice to be able to actually see it -- and see where I'm going.
By Scott Hewitt November 8, 2013 6 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt wanted to light a fire under his Hazel Dell congregation. They're mostly comfortable, professional-class folks who "gravitate toward charity, service and education and not social action," he wrote.
By Scott Hewitt November 7, 2013 11:27 a.m.
A film crew working on Reese Witherspoon’s latest, the Pacific Northwest hiking saga “Wild,” has reserved some downtown Vancouver streets for filming today and on Friday, Nov. 15.
By Scott Hewitt November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Michele Kruchoski figured she was a goner. She’s been living with full-blown AIDS for more than a decade, and her compromised immune system waved the white flag years ago as a rare and usually fatal brain ailment, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, stepped in and took over.
By Scott Hewitt November 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Competitive yoga? Only in America, some critics might hold. Take a highly individual, deeply meditative health practice and shrink-wrap it inside the usual obsession about winning and losing. While you’re at it, you might as well vie to be the prayer champ.
By Scott Hewitt October 31, 2013 9:08 p.m.
Lord's Gym has closed its kitchen and its doors, but there won't be any interruption in weekday hot lunch service for needy people in Vancouver's Rose Village neighborhood.
By Scott Hewitt October 30, 2013 6 a.m.
It has puzzled me that a household with one person pays the same amount for wastewater (just went up to $70 a month) as a family of four or more. I was told that the wastewater department doesn't have a way to monitor the amount of sewage each household generates. Do you know if charging a flat rate is a common practice for other city/county entities?
By Scott Hewitt October 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest has been a "community secret" for too long, according to former official and continuing booster Ed Cote. That's changing now, if the crowd that turned out Wednesday to celebrate LCS's latest venture is any indication.
By Scott Hewitt October 16, 2013 6 a.m.
My question, with the news of major layoffs at PeaceHealth Southwest, concerns the recent removal of a number of vacated houses behind the hospital, in the vicinity of HeLa High School.
By Scott Hewitt October 13, 2013 6 a.m.
Ron Arp, a member of the Hockinson School Board since 2008 and its chairman since 2009, has drawn a challenger for the first time -- inadvertently, you might say. Kathy Nordberg, a retired Hockinson classroom teacher with 30 years experience, is running for Arp's four-year post -- but, she confessed, she had hoped to run for a different, vacant seat. It wasn't until she was busy filing to run that election workers got out a magnifying glass and determined that Nordberg' house is just inside in Arp's district.
By Scott Hewitt October 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Journalists deal with deadlines every day. But the late Kathie Durbin, who worked at this newspaper from July 1999 until December 2011, beat the deadliest deadline of all.
By Scott Hewitt October 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Northeast 66th Avenue, south of 40th Street, is a very short street between the Ford and Alan Webb car dealers. Yesterday I discovered the road has a 10 mph speed limit — I noticed because there has been a city cop at the end with his radar gun. Come on, is this not a blatant speed trap? Even school zones with children present are 20 mph. There are no houses, just businesses. A 10 mph zone seems crazy.
By Scott Hewitt October 5, 2013 1:18 p.m.
A guide boat fisherman found a body in the North Fork of the Lewis River on Saturday morning. The body is presumed to be that of Thadius M. Roberts, a kayak fisherman from Kelso who went missing on the river one week earlier, according to a statement from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
By Scott Hewitt October 4, 2013 6 a.m.
Some guitarists play to impress other guitarists. Not Brooks and John -- although they're capable of being mighty impressive.
By Scott Hewitt October 3, 2013 7:55 p.m.
The Lord's Gym just isn't working out. The homegrown, multifaceted community center and human service site — church, food pantry, hot meal site and public gymnasium — is losing money in a big way, according to new director Jamie Kingsbury. All functions except the church itself are due to stop as of Oct. 31, he said. That's despite the donation of a spiffy new commercial kitchen, about two years ago, for the Lord's Gym's busy hot meal service.