Whipping through downtown on two wheels

By Stevie Mathieu July 27, 2014 9:38 p.m.

As people perused the farmers market or relaxed in the sun in downtown Vancouver, nearby bicycle racers zipped around corners, pedaling furiously.

Three injured in separate motorcycle crashes

By Stevie Mathieu July 27, 2014 9:27 p.m.

Three men sustained injuries in separate motorcycle crashes over the weekend in Southwest Washington.

Battle Ground man hurt in motorcycle crash

By Stevie Mathieu July 27, 2014 8:13 a.m.

A Battle Ground man sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash on state Highway 503 Saturday night when his bike left the roadway.

Vancouver man injured in Kelso motorcycle crash

By Stevie Mathieu July 27, 2014 8:02 a.m.

A Vancouver man was transported to the hospital in a Life Flight helicopter Saturday after his motorcycle left a southbound lane of Interstate 5 in Kelso and struck a barrier.

Several crashes reported amid stormy weather

By Patty Hastings , Stevie Mathieu and Sue Vorenberg July 23, 2014 11:21 p.m.

Amid Wednesday’s record-breaking rainfall, a tractor-trailer and three other vehicles were involved in an injury crash on Interstate 205 in Vancouver that clogged traffic for several hours.

Woman arrested after fight involving knife

By Stevie Mathieu July 20, 2014 8:44 p.m.

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a domestic violence altercation involving a knife, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Body discovered along Columbia River near Woodland

By Stevie Mathieu July 20, 2014 4:34 p.m.

Anglers found a person’s body along the banks of the Columbia River near Woodland, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

88-year-old Salmon Creek man found safe

By Stevie Mathieu July 20, 2014 10:15 a.m.

An 88-year-old Salmon Creek man who drove away from his home on Friday was found safe in southern Oregon, the Clark County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday morning.

Man wounded in Vancouver officer-involved shooting

By Mark Bowder and Stevie Mathieu July 20, 2014 6:46 p.m.

A man who was allegedly threatening members of his family with a gun was shot by a police officer late Saturday night.

July 4 gunshot into air hits man in arm

By Stevie Mathieu July 8, 2014 10:49 p.m.

A Vancouver man suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm Friday night as he celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with friends at his home in the Orchards area, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Hot rods still cool

By Stevie Mathieu July 6, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Bob Robinson said he remembers the exact moment he fell in love with cars. He was 7 and heard the vroom of an engine and then spotted the red hot rod.

Vancouver man, 19, presumed drowned in reservoir

By Stevie Mathieu July 6, 2014 9:48 p.m.

A 19-year-old Vancouver man is believed to have drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming with friends in Yale Reservoir, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrest 2 after beach argument turns physical

By Stevie Mathieu July 6, 2014 4:25 p.m.

A dispute over loud music early this morning along the Columbia River turned physical when the two men playing the music assaulted the people they were arguing with and threatened them with a gun, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

B.G. man injured Saturday in vehicle collision

By Stevie Mathieu July 6, 2014 7:53 a.m.

A Battle Ground man was hospitalized Saturday evening after a minivan crossed the center line on state Highway 503, striking his car and causing his car to hit a third vehicle, according to Washington State Patrol.

There's art in recycling

By Stevie Mathieu June 29, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Michelle Griffin wanted her husband to make her a planter box, but she soon realized he didn't have the time.

Man missing from boat presumed drowned

By Stevie Mathieu June 29, 2014 4:09 p.m.

A 25-year-old Battle Ground man who went missing Saturday night on the Columbia River is presumed drowned, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Heavy rain causes minor flooding in county

By Stevie Mathieu June 25, 2014 9:51 p.m.

Heavy rain caused flooding in some parts of Vancouver and Battle Ground Wednesday evening, as standing water flowed over roadways and into some buildings.

Catholics take to the streets of Vancouver

By Stevie Mathieu June 22, 2014 9:08 p.m.

The sun shone down on St. James Catholic Church on Sunday as the voices of a choir emanated onto 12th Street from inside the downtown Vancouver cathedral.

Woman dies in Rose Village apartment fire

By Stevie Mathieu June 22, 2014 8:43 p.m.

A 27-year-old woman who fell asleep with a lit cigarette died this morning after her apartment caught on fire in Vancouver's Rose Village neighborhood, according to Vancouver fire officials.

Food, brews, and dads

By Stevie Mathieu June 15, 2014 9:27 p.m.

Families out and about for Father's Day in downtown Vancouver didn't let an onslaught of rain ruin their plans to celebrate fatherhood.

Two people seriously injured in freeway ramp rollover

By Stevie Mathieu June 15, 2014 3:29 p.m.

Two people sustained serious injuries Sunday morning when an SUV rolled while taking a ramp from state Highway 500 to Interstate 205 in Vancouver.

Plankhouse speaker highlights native ties to region's land

By Stevie Mathieu June 8, 2014 9:11 p.m.

For many native people who have lived along the Columbia River and Pacific Northwest coasts, places have meaning.

Deputies: 1 dead, 1 injured in alcohol-related crash

By Stevie Mathieu June 8, 2014 7:50 a.m.

A man died and a woman was seriously injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle, hit-and-run crash in Salmon Creek that may have involved an intoxicated driver, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Alpacas shorn for summertime

By Stevie Mathieu June 1, 2014 9:37 p.m.

WOODLAND — Shearing wool from the 37 alpacas from the Columbia Mist Alpacas farm in Woodland is a sign of warmer days and new textile projects, its owners said Sunday. It will also keep the animals cooler this summer.

Boy saved from drowning in Ridgefield

By Stevie Mathieu June 1, 2014 10:45 p.m.

A 9-month-old boy nearly drowned in Ridgefield on Sunday afternoon but was likely saved by the quick action of his father, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Off-duty firefighter assists after serious-injury crash

By Stevie Mathieu June 1, 2014 6:31 p.m.

An off-duty Clark County firefighter witnessed a hit-and-run vehicle crash early this morning in Beaverton in which a pickup truck collided with a motorcycle, seriously injuring the motorcycle’s driver, according to the Beaverton Police Department.

Dragon boats with a cause

By Stevie Mathieu May 25, 2014 8:45 p.m.

As colorfully painted dragon boats assembled Sunday at the starting line on Vancouver Lake, one team knew the waters particularly well.

Vancouver woman seriously injured in Oregon crash

By Stevie Mathieu May 25, 2014 6 p.m.

A Vancouver woman suffered serious injuries today after the car she was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 26 west of Madras, Ore., according to Oregon State Police. Two passengers in her vehicle, one a Vancouver man, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Teen suffers knife wound to neck at party

By Stevie Mathieu May 18, 2014 9:56 p.m.

A scuffle at a Vancouver house party early Sunday could have ended up being much worse if the knife wound on a 19-year-old man's throat had been deeper, police said.

Rain fails to keep plant lovers away

By Stevie Mathieu May 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Mother's Day has come and gone, and that means it's safe for gardeners to plant their favorite flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Riding the rails with Mom

By Stevie Mathieu May 11, 2014 9:18 p.m.

YACOLT — At first, Michael Back planned to take his mother, Shirley Back, to see the new "Spider-Man" movie on Sunday, but the warm weather changed his mind.

Man allegedly scares off teens with shotgun blast

By Stevie Mathieu May 11, 2014 5:28 p.m.

A Battle Ground man was arrested after he allegedly fired a gun early Sunday morning to scare off teens who were in his home, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Cooking contest at Camas High School serves up fun, funds for school grants

By Stevie Mathieu May 4, 2014 10:10 p.m.

CAMAS — Two Camas chefs faced off Sunday to prove who could make the tastiest, prettiest and most creative dishes in just 70 minutes.

Missing Oregon girl found safe in Vancouver

By Stevie Mathieu April 30, 2014 11:11 p.m.

A missing Aloha, Ore., Oregon girl whom police worried was a human trafficking victim was found safe in Vancouver, officials with the Washington County (Ore.) Sheriff's Department said tonight.

Gardeners find plants, inspiration at idea fair

By Stevie Mathieu April 27, 2014 7:57 p.m.

Eager gardeners turned out Sunday to one of the largest plant sales in the county, filling wheelbarrows and wagons with fragrant flowers and young vegetable plants.

Officials: United Grain fire unintentional

By Stevie Mathieu April 21, 2014 8:34 p.m.

A fire that started Sunday evening in a grain elevator at United Grain was unintentional and caused no damage other than business interruption, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said after reviewing logs kept by the Vancouver Fire Department.

Fire sparks in United Grain Corp. elevator

By Stevie Mathieu April 20, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Vancouver firefighters doused a fire reported tonight in a grain elevator at United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver.

Easter egg hunt 'fun but pure chaos'

By Stevie Mathieu April 20, 2014 7:02 p.m.

They came with baskets but left with candy Sunday afternoon at Crown Park in Camas.

Two hospitalized after high-velocity, rear-end collision

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 10:17 p.m.

Two people were hospitalized Sunday evening after a high-velocity, rear-end vehicle crash sent an SUV over a guardrail near the Salmon Creek trailhead in Felida, according to Clark County Fire District 6.

Camas to rise again in Ridgefield

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 8:55 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Visitors to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Sunday didn't just learn how native tribes incorporated roots of the camas plant into their diets. They had a chance to get their hands dirty as they planted dozens of the purple-flowering bulbs in a field overlooking the plankhouse, centuries-old oak trees and the Columbia River.

Truck takes off following collision

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 7 p.m.

Two women sustained minor injuries Sunday when a pickup truck, which later fled the scene, hit the vehicle they were in, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Woman injured in I-5 crash improving

By Stevie Mathieu April 9, 2014 9:06 p.m.

The condition of a Bellingham woman is improving after she sustained injuries Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield.

Woman injured Monday in I-5 crash improving

By Stevie Mathieu April 9, 2014 8:55 p.m.

The condition of a Bellingham woman is improving after she sustained injuries Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield.

Alpacas habit-forming for owners, admirers

By Stevie Mathieu April 6, 2014 6:04 p.m.

It started out small. Albert and Kris Olson moved to San Juan Island to enjoy retirement, and they found themselves living down the street from an alpaca farm. The couple, who previously worked as auto parts dealers, decided it would be fun to get some of the fluffy, doe-eyed livestock for themselves. They bought two males.

Quilting part of fabric of Amboy's history

By Stevie Mathieu March 30, 2014 9:42 p.m.

AMBOY — Years ago, quilt makers in this area would piece together colorful fabric blankets for employees at Amboy Middle School. If a teacher was expecting a baby, she'd get a quilt. If a staff member was retiring, a quilt was one of the parting gifts.

Time capsule packed with memories of 1994

By Stevie Mathieu March 23, 2014 8:48 p.m.

When Michael Terry was a third-grader at Salmon Creek Elementary School, he wanted to grow up to be a professional athlete, have a wife and three kids, "lots and lots of money," and, when his athletic career wound down, he would open a trading cards shop.

WSP identifies motorcyclist who died Saturday

By Stevie Mathieu March 23, 2014 9:01 a.m.

A La Center man died in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 Saturday night after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving, was flung from the motorcycle and struck by a nearby car, according to Washington State Patrol.

Fire damages double-wide near Dollars Corner

By Stevie Mathieu March 19, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Flames gutted the kitchen of a double-wide manufactured home in the Battle Ground area tonight in a fire that displaced the home’s residents.

Burkman takes stand against oil facility

By Stevie Mathieu March 17, 2014 9:20 p.m.

Vancouver City Councilman Jack Burkman came out in opposition Monday night to a planned oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver, saying the controversial proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies is “the wrong project, the wrong place, the wrong time.”

Three-alarm fire rips through Hazel Dell apartments

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu March 16, 2014 10:34 a.m.

A three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to a Hazel Dell apartment complex before dawn Sunday.