Vancouver POW/MIA monument dedicated

By Scott Hewitt September 20, 2014 9:30 p.m.

Each stone is unique and storied, and each was shown meticulous care and dedication. Just like each member of the military who was honored and remembered on Saturday.

Sturgeon Festival a celebration of fish, ecosystems

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.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Symphony seeks out young musicians

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.

Charitable clicks generate over $431K in one day

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.

24-hour charity drive puts fun in 'crowdfunding'

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.

Author slams stigma surrounding addiction

By Scott Hewitt September 17, 2014 10:01 p.m.

After journalist David Sheff's heartbreaking memoir about his son's struggles with addiction — and with the American health care system — came out in 2008, the author started getting letters.

What's Up With That? Watch for stopping school buses, then check the type of road

By Scott Hewitt September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

What's Up With That? Stopping for school buses

Food pantry aids hungry WSUV students

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.

'Sesame Street' actor, writer discusses complexity of parenting in fundraising talk for YWCA

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.

All are invited to suicide awareness event

By Scott Hewitt September 10, 2014 6 a.m.

The death of one of the happiest-seeming clowns the world ever knew has focused attention on suicide in recent weeks.

Habitat for Humanity looks to get word out to public

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.

'Give More 24!' a full, fun day for giving

By Scott Hewitt September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Every day can be a day to give to charity. But if you want to maximize your effectiveness as a donor, make an online gift sometime during the 24-hour window that begins at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Battle Ground dahlia grower is a blooming success

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.

Abuse survivor thanks all who help

By Scott Hewitt September 5, 2014 7:15 p.m.

There were no laws, no precedents, nothing to protect Dave Pelzer from abuse when he was a child. There was only a culture of privacy and silence, of everyone knowing their place.

Tiny houses small solution to big problem?

By Scott Hewitt September 3, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Dee Williams was living for her property. Maintenance and the mortgage were the engines of each day.

What's Up With That? Citizens made park irrigation a low priority

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?

National Recovery Month: Conference, human chain and more

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.

Share tells homeless they must leave parking lot

By Scott Hewitt August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Homeless people who have been living in the shared parking lot of two charitable agencies that work hand-in-hand to fight homelessness will be evicted from the lot as of Sept. 2.

Bits'n' Pieces: Speakers show off at talkathon

By Scott Hewitt August 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Alexis Mason spent an entire teaching career terrified of speaking up.

Home offers second chances

By Scott Hewitt August 21, 2014 8:19 p.m.

Robben Ryder is looking forward to the day she regains legal custody of her youngest daughter. She knows her daughter is proud of her and eager to return.

Volunteers harvest Bob Buker's corn for Clark County Food Bank

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.

Clark County food banks hit by recall

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.

Youth jobs, education aim of $1.1M federal grant

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.

Criminal justice focus of mental health conference

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.

North county food bank seeks to expand

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.

Conference on mental illness will have diverse agenda

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.

Therapy aids Olivia’s quest

By Scott Hewitt August 7, 2014 7:18 p.m.

When Olivia Hughes wasn’t quite 2 years old, a physical therapists’s suspicions about her were confirmed: cerebral palsy. She’d been born prematurely, and her brand-new brain didn’t get all the oxygen it needed.

Family anchored farm in Felida Red Barn

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.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Master gardeners prove trees are the coolest friends we've got

By Scott Hewitt August 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Who are your BFFs on these scorching summer days? Trees, of course.

Sikh temple taking shape

By Scott Hewitt August 2, 2014 6 a.m.

A new Sikh temple is rising from the ashes of the nearly finished building that burned in October 2012. Construction is expected to finish in March 2015, or perhaps sooner, according to project manager Tony Singh.

Match fills kids' food backpacks for Share

By Scott Hewitt July 30, 2014 6 a.m.

The combined fundraising efforts of Share in Clark County and CenturyLink all across the nation have pulled in a total of $273,712 for Share and the hungry children it feeds.

Subsidized renters prove challenging, local landlords say

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.

Homeless: Placement thwarted by tight rental market

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.

Children's Center breaks ground on building

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.

Pot and apartments: clear restrictions, hazy realities

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.

Saturday downtown: Fire in the Belly

By Scott Hewitt July 19, 2014 8:12 p.m.

Forget the heat. Move as fast as you can. Lives are at stake.

Horse trailer comes unhitched, horses walk home

By Scott Hewitt July 19, 2014 6:43 p.m.

A horse trailer with two horses on board came unhitched from the truck pulling it at 3 p.m. Saturday. The accident occurred northeast of Battle Ground in the 22700 block of 182nd Avenue.

88-year-old Salmon Creek man considered as missing

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.

Arc afloat again

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.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Young hams, techs sought for free stagecraft camps

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!

Bits 'n' Pieces: Warm heart, warm heads

By Scott Hewitt July 11, 2014 6 a.m.

When she was just a little girl, Janet Holmes needed something to occupy her hands and her mind. Her mother had died when she was six years old, and she lived in misery with relatives.

What's Up With That? Which jurisdiction should you call about potholes?

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?

Affordable apartments coming to downtown Vancouver

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.

'Criminal subculture' follows ex-convicts, hard to escape

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.

Ways to Work: affordable loans with impact

By Scott Hewitt July 5, 2014 5:18 p.m.

The world is a better place because Jenny Rund, an itinerant personal caretaker and Certified Nursing Assistant, has affordable wheels.

Survey aims for '500,000 Voices'

By Scott Hewitt June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

What do you care about the most? What kind of future do you want for this region?

Ramadan unites Clark County Muslims

By Scott Hewitt June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Being Muslim in America is a little like being American in America. Look beyond the unity of belief and identity and you'll find a dazzling diversity of origins, ethnicities, accents and complexions.

Homeless students find Refuge with Vancouver couple

By Scott Hewitt June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver couple's program provides a home, stability with aim of helping them graduate

Twyla Barnes named Clark County First Citizen for 2014

By Scott Hewitt June 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Barnes has lead educational equity efforts across six counties for 20 years

Bits 'n' Pieces: Crime on the climb in mystery

By Scott Hewitt June 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Kate Dyer-Seeley is like her fictitious heroine, Meg Reed: She's somehow gotten herself into a surprisingly high spot.