By Scott Hewitt November 11, 2014 4:54 p.m.
Mike Burton and Isabel Kalnin were delighted to discover on Tuesday, over a few bowls of rice, just how much they have in common.
By Scott Hewitt November 8, 2014 7:28 p.m.
Debra Robillard, a former broadcast journalist who worked in radio and television news for a decade, was homeless in Vancouver for about a year. She spent last winter sleeping on church floors thanks to the local Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter effort, and she's just managed to rent her own apartment. Meanwhile, Robillard has been feeding herself thanks partially to a state food benefit for low-income people — a program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, generally known as food stamps.
By Scott Hewitt November 7, 2014 6 a.m.
The effort to keep marijuana out of the hands of children — and to treat those who become addicted nonetheless — is at a "critical juncture" in Washington state. And given this week's votes to legalize recreational pot in Oregon and Alaska, Washington is leading the way for the whole nation.
By Scott Hewitt November 5, 2014 10 a.m.
A couple months ago a huge cross built out of skateboards went up right next to Interstate 205 below Mill Plain. It's still there. In the beginning there were balloons and flowers attached. Now it's just an ugly relic of a tragic accident. Are there rules about roadside memorials?
By Scott Hewitt October 17, 2014 11:53 a.m.
A prayer breakfast featuring a speaker known nationally for his remarks denouncing Islam took place in Vancouver this morning. But retired Army Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin kept his remarks focused on his faith and military experiences.
By Scott Hewitt October 16, 2014 10 a.m.
Why doesn't she just leave? After all, what could be simpler? An avalanche of ugly revelations about domestic violence in the professional sports world has sharpened attention on a problem that is more complicated than it may seem. It's as complicated as cutting-edge social media and the very nature of masculinity, according to professionals who work on domestic violence issues for the YWCA Clark County.
Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt has reversed course and said he will boycott the 2014 Clark County Mayor and Civic Leaders Prayer Breakfast, where this year's keynote speaker is nationally known for denouncing Muslims and Jews.
By Scott Hewitt October 15, 2014 5:59 a.m.
The Oct. 8 article about bicycle sharrows raises a question: Is it illegal for a car to park in a marked bicycle lane? There is a bike lane that runs down Franklin Street on the west side of the road from Franklin Elementary. On a daily basis, cars park in the marked bike lane. This is particularly notable at school release times. Was the lane put there to provide a safe corridor for students on bicycles? Anyone attempting to ride a bicycle in the bike lane must instead take to the road to navigate around parked cars.
By Scott Hewitt October 14, 2014 7:38 p.m.
One event sponsor, regional YMCA, voted against retaining retired Pentagon official as keynote
By Scott Hewitt October 13, 2014 1:57 p.m.
Washington state Muslims are calling the retired Pentagon official who’s scheduled to keynote the 13th annual Mayors’ & Civic Leaders Prayer Breakfast later this week an “anti-Muslim bigot,” and urging organizers to drop him from the event.
By Scott Hewitt October 8, 2014 6 a.m.
What's getting built in my neighborhood, where my favorite store, my favorite landmark, my favorite dog run used to be?
By Scott Hewitt October 7, 2014 8:29 p.m.
The students in small school districts that most of us never hear of — far-flung districts off in the Columbia River Gorge, underfunded districts in need of teachers or technical expertise or even bus drivers — were the students Twyla Barnes always kept uppermost in her mind.
By Scott Hewitt October 7, 2014 5:19 p.m.
The virulence of the virus itself is just one reason why the ongoing rampage of Ebola across West Africa and beyond is now considered the worst outbreak ever of that deadly disease.
By Scott Hewitt October 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Forty new housing vouchers will help qualifying homeless veterans get into a new apartment complex that's planned for the edge of the Veterans Administration campus on East Fourth Plain Boulevard. As part of the package, residents will also get easy access to nearby VA case management and services.
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.