Bits 'n' Pieces: Pageant promotes acceptance

By Stover E. Harger III July 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Born with spina bifida, Evelyna Castro has parents who have been her biggest boosters. Now, as the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Washington, she has taken on the role of advocate for others with disabilities.

Squirrel Refuge a squirrel safety zone

By Stover E. Harger III July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Jackie Marsden's phone rang, as it does most days, with a plea for help: A postal worker had accidently hit a squirrel with her truck.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Burgers fuel charity bike ride

By Stover E. Harger III July 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Their hunger to give back rivals their hunger for burgers.

Off Beat: Nearly 60 years later, Vancouver still on Willie Nelson's mind

By Stover E. Harger III June 22, 2014 8:27 p.m.

During Willie Nelson's time in Vancouver in the late 1950s, he was a "cotton-pickin', snuff-dippin', tobacca-chewin', stump-jumpin', gravy-soppin', coffee-pot-dodgin', dumplin-eatin', frog-giggin', hillbilly from Hill County, Texas."

Bits 'n' Pieces: Kids have appetite for culture

By Stover E. Harger III June 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Sunset Elementary School teacher Rachelle Matheson knew kids love to eat, but she was surprised at how hungry they were to learn.

The new bounty at Orchards Elementary

By Stover E. Harger III June 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Now Orchards Elementary can live up to its name.

Taking the dogs for a long walk

By Stover E. Harger III June 13, 2014 9:57 p.m.

When his dog Malcolm died in 2006 after a devastating battle with bone cancer, Luke Robinson found solace in an inspired mission: to spread awareness about cancer in dogs as a way to learn more about the horrible disease that affects so many, from pups to people.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Art about the power of 'YES!'

By Stover E. Harger III June 6, 2014 6 a.m.

'YES!" is about big ideas and big art.

Bits 'n' Pieces: B.G. teenager pins her Rose Festival queen hopes on pennies

By Stover E. Harger III May 24, 2014 6 a.m.

A century ago, a 17-year-old Portland railroad office clerk became queen. That was Thelma Hollingsworth, the first to be elected queen of the Portland Rose Festival. It cost a penny to buy 10 votes, and she won with more than 2 million nods. Now, 100 years later, a Clark College freshman is hoping to wear her crown.

'Gideon's Army' rallies around 4-year-old boy

By Stover E. Harger III May 22, 2014 8:22 p.m.

For one night, at least, the 4-year-old boy didn't think about the terrifying truth of cancer.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Artist's Burnt Bridge Creek school mural fetes literacy

By Stover E. Harger III May 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Eve Ellis-Carlson likes to paint big, in scope and size.

Memories of Mom: A mom is many things

By Stover E. Harger III May 9, 2014 5:14 p.m.

A mom is many things. She brings life. She is a friend. She holds you when you cry. She sets the rules. She lets you break a few when you say please.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Author finds passion in prose

By Stover E. Harger III April 26, 2014 6 a.m.

For Christi Krug, writing is about finding freedom.

Q & U: A match made in alphabet soup

By Stover E. Harger III April 24, 2014 6 a.m.

I, Q, take you, U, to be my beloved letter, in queasiness and in quality. There’s plenty of fish in the sea, and there’s plenty of letters in the alphabet, but Q and U manage to find each other time and time again.

Off Beat: Nearly two decades later, reporter still revels in Nirvana

By Stover E. Harger III April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

When I found Nirvana, it was 1996 and Kurt Cobain was two years gone. But he lived on in my Discman.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Magenta Theater presents a steamier 'Romeo and Juliet'

By Stover E. Harger III April 12, 2014 6 a.m.

It's a steamier take on "Romeo and Juliet."

Nirvana legacy endures 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death  

By Stover E. Harger III April 5, 2014 8 a.m.

His howl was born under a hazy Washington sky, a melodic angst that wailed around the world.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Author, teacher achieves e-success

By Stover E. Harger III March 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Mystery author Carolyn J. Rose's writing career didn't take off until she started to do it her way.

Vancouver plant provides sand for elephant exhibit at Oregon Zoo  

By Stover E. Harger III March 10, 2014 6 a.m.

PORTLAND — Not all sand is created equal. Just ask Lily, the Oregon Zoo's youngest elephant. On a recent morning, the 1-year-old Asian elephant, all 1,400 pounds of her, dug her feet into the smooth grit as she poked around in the rain for tree limbs, bamboo and other food.

City, neighbors work to curb speeding

By Stover E. Harger III February 26, 2014 6 a.m.

A busy four-lane arterial in east Vancouver sometimes feels like a drag strip, with drivers taking advantage of the long stretch to press down their pedals and blast past 25 mph signs.

Bringing kids into the STEM fold

By Stover E. Harger III February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Deena Pierott wants to help guide youth of all backgrounds toward a brighter future, with a helping hand.

Bits 'n' Pieces: VSAA student finds inspiration, affirmation, success in poetry

By Stover E. Harger III February 21, 2014 6 a.m.

During one of her first times reciting poetry, Elizabeth Williamson found an artistic calling.

In the media's spotlight in Clark County

By Stover E. Harger III January 26, 2014 6 a.m.

When the spotlight shined on Teri Joy's impulsive anti-panhandling campaign, spurred by her stepson's heroin addiction, she was taken aback.

Bits n Pieces: For Va Va Voom founder, age inspires

By Stover E. Harger III January 18, 2014 6 a.m.

The senior's upcoming role is bawdy, flamboyant and quite the diva.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Girl foots shoe-drive campaign

By Stover E. Harger III January 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Many kids wince at the thought of getting clothes for their birthday. But 8-year-old Teagan encouraged it.

2013 brought out the shutterbugs

By Stover E. Harger III January 1, 2014 6 a.m.

It's been another photo-finish year in Clark County.

DeafVibe prepares 2014 national tour

By Stover E. Harger III December 26, 2013 8:28 p.m.

Succeeding in college can be tricky, even without the ongoing struggle to communicate in a world without sound. That's why the DeafVibe Foundation wants to lend a hand.

Christmas dinner an important ritual for Vancouver family

By Stover E. Harger III December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

She built the paella piece by piece as the mouthwatering smell of a family tradition wafted through her downtown Vancouver kitchen.

Bits 'n' Pieces: TreeSong center takes root

By Stover E. Harger III December 21, 2013 6 a.m.

It all started in January when she found her "Little Red Schoolhouse in the Woods."

Clark County homes lit with holiday spirit

By Stover E. Harger III December 18, 2013 5 a.m.

The holiday spirit is strong in Clark County, at least based on the dazzling efforts of dozens of readers who sent us photos of their festive yard displays.

Coming together to help a homeless man

By Stover E. Harger III December 15, 2013 6 a.m.

WOODLAND — There was something about him — alone, head down, shivering — that drew in Donna Bergeron.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Surviving Alaska for TV show tested ex-Vancouver man

By Stover E. Harger III December 7, 2013 6 a.m.

It was determination that helped him shed 150 pounds. And that same attitude helped Eddie Ahyakak survive the harsh Alaskan wilderness.

Two-legged pup frolics in first snow

By Stover E. Harger III December 6, 2013 1:53 p.m.

Duncan Lou Who frolicked through his first snow with a spring in his step. You'd almost never know he only has two legs.

Clark County gets into spirit of charitable campaign

By Stover E. Harger III December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Some of us, no matter how charitable our spirit, don't give unless asked. So #GivingTuesday is all about asking us to help better the world, with dollars or deeds.

Smile & say 'woof'

By Stover E. Harger III December 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Watching her chocolate Labrador frolic through a lily field this summer would have been a heartwarming moment whether Sarah Price had her camera ready or not. Thankfully, she did.

Grave digger: A solemn profession

By Stover E. Harger III November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Greg Melum slowly drove his backhoe down a drenched road to dig a grave in the Garden of Hope.

Vancouver diversity champion on Ebony's Power 100 list

By Stover E. Harger III November 15, 2013 6 a.m.

She's not the type of woman to let a bout of walking pneumonia slow her pace. Vancouver resident and iUrban Teen Tech founder Deena Pierott has been quite the jet-setter lately, not only being invited in August to the White House as a "Champion of Change" but to a star-studded Ebony magazine gala this month at Lincoln Center in New York City. The magazine — which focuses on black culture in America — named Pierott on its annual Power 100 list as an "emerging leader."

Check out local Halloween haunts

By Stover E. Harger III October 30, 2013 12 p.m.

From terrifying "live" monsters to a "barely scary, rather friendly" Haunted Hall built onto a porch, many Clark County residents are going gangbusters this season with festive yard displays. Here are some homes, submitted by Columbian readers, where you are invited to pass by and check out their chilling creations. Happy Halloween!

La Center schools embrace Halloween as way to celebrate community spirit

By Stover E. Harger III October 30, 2013 6 a.m.

LA CENTER — If you want to see an explosion of excitement, just ask a group of kindergartners about their favorite candy.

Bits 'n Pieces: 'Backyard Field Trip' inspires

By Stover E. Harger III October 26, 2013 6 a.m.

For an imaginative kid, all it takes to go on an adventure is a little inspiration.

Once urban families getting back to the land

By Stover E. Harger III October 13, 2013 6 a.m.

Before they were farmers, this family's lone animal was a parakeet. What a change a few years can make. In 2011, the large Sturtevant clan moved from their modest lot in east Vancouver to start a farm on 34 acres in Brush Prairie. They were inspired in part by the 2008 documentary "Food, Inc." and had a dream of helping to steer society away from large-scale corporate farming toward locally sourced, organic food.

Construction equipment operators vie in crane rodeo

By Stover E. Harger III October 5, 2013 5:35 p.m.

At the Crane Rodeo, the action moved at a snail's pace.

Off Beat: Reporting history when details are lost in time's mists

By Stover E. Harger III September 30, 2013 6 a.m.

Good reporters do all they can to check facts with living, breathing sources who can verify if they're on the right track or dead wrong. But what happens when everyone in your story is long gone?

Bits 'n' Pieces: Woman carves out her niche

By Stover E. Harger III September 28, 2013 6 a.m.

What springs to mind when you think of watermelon? Family picnics? The heat of summer? Sweet succulent goodness?

Clark College classes focus on joy of 'Lifelong Learning'

By Stover E. Harger III September 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark College's new Lifelong Learning program is tearing down the barriers to adult education.

Clark County history: The 'hanging holiday' of 1890

By Stover E. Harger III September 15, 2013 6 a.m.

During Vancouver's hanging holiday of 1890, witnesses said Edward Gallagher "fought like a demon" to avoid his doom.

For 75 Years, hatchery fish have fed community, economy (video)

By Stover E. Harger III September 10, 2013 10:31 p.m.

Vancouver facility raises trout from eggs to stock local waters

Bits 'n' Pieces: 'Grape-ful' wine lovers give back

By Stover E. Harger III August 24, 2013 6 a.m.

The Grape-ful Women aspire to do more than tip back glasses of cabernet sauvignon or pinot blanc.

A happy ending for 'Hashi': Abandoned, hobbled puppy finds new home

By Stover E. Harger III August 15, 2013 7:29 p.m.

A shaking plastic storage bin abandoned outside the Humane Society for Southwest Washington's thrift store held a heartbreaking surprise.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Youthful vigor spices cookbook

By Stover E. Harger III August 10, 2013 6 a.m.

She might not know much about cooking — yet — but the 9-year-old has perfected being a kid.