Sick Canadian cherry trees along Ward Road replaced

By Sue Vorenberg December 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Marilyn Eaton always loved the way the rows of Canadian cherry trees, with their red leaves, matched the changing colors of the ivy each fall along Ward Road.

Growing a Christmas tradition

By Sue Vorenberg December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

On a chilly early December afternoon, Glen Thornton stood by the barn on his Christmas tree farm and proudly pointed out his "marriage-saving tree stand."

Portland man buys Luepke Florist, its art deco building

By Sue Vorenberg December 8, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Bruno Amicci has a deep fascination with the 1930s and with the art, film and culture from a time when America — even after being knocked around in the Great Depression — retained a profound sense of inventiveness and optimism.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Legend of Krampus to hit the air

By Sue Vorenberg December 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Yes, Virginia, there is an Anti-Claus.

Come sail away with Christmas ships

By Sue Vorenberg December 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The Christmas Ships parade and its array of colorfully decorated boats is one of the annual highlights of the holiday season in Vancouver.

Census: Clark County incomes outpace U.S., on average

By Sue Vorenberg December 4, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Clark County residents had better incomes on average than their national counterparts, but they also paid more for rent and mortgages, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Judge upholds ban on marijuana businesses in Clark County

By Sue Vorenberg December 4, 2014 2:29 p.m.

A marijuana ban in Clark County was upheld by a Cowlitz County judge Wednesday, making it the fourth court to do so.

Statewide, pot sales set record on day before Thanksgiving

By Sue Vorenberg December 2, 2014 12:08 p.m.

Forget "Green Friday" — there's a new record-breaking shopping day for recreational marijuana in Washington.

Off Beat: 'Weird Dude,' 'Wild' woman: a memorable meeting

By Sue Vorenberg December 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Dan Considine's scene in "Wild" may be small, but filming with Reese Witherspoon left an impression on the actor that he won't soon forget.

Is Clark County ready for its close-up?

By Sue Vorenberg November 30, 2014 6 a.m.

With more than 100 million online video views, 190,000 subscribers and a new Hollywood book and movie deal, the Vancouver-made "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl" may be the city's most successful film and video project ever.

Festival of Trees: Magic of the season with Santa & Piney

By Sue Vorenberg November 29, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Two-year-old Ruby Bardzik peered nervously from her mom's lap across the five foot divide of carpet that lay between her and the large bearded man, dressed in festive red and white.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Cartoonist tackles faith, fraud

By Sue Vorenberg November 29, 2014 6 a.m.

It may be a work of fiction, but Monte Wolverton's book about a sham peddler of health supplements has a believable air of plausibility.

Colder temperatures, slushy rain on the way this weekend

By Sue Vorenberg November 28, 2014 2:03 p.m.

Cold temperatures and slushy rain are returning to Vancouver after a week of unseasonably warm and occasionally record-breaking temperatures.

Art of decorating on display at Vancouver Rotary Festival of Trees

By Sue Vorenberg November 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Robin Anderson admits that, despite her longtime career as a professional decorator, she still occasionally suffers from "tree envy."

Vancouver women reminisce about holidays during WWII era

By Sue Vorenberg November 27, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Sometimes it seems that the holiday spirit has become lost in a sea of glitz, competition and rampant consumerism — sometimes exemplified by the pushing and shoving that accompanies Black Friday weekend.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Local youths jump into ballet roles

By Sue Vorenberg November 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Annie Garcia has learned many ballet moves since she began dancing at age 3, but there's one in particular that will always be the Camas High School senior's favorite.

Veterans Day history filled with pride, solemnity

By Sue Vorenberg November 7, 2014 6 a.m.

The 28th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver will bring about 100 groups together to honor military members and their service Saturday, but its legacy stretches back much further.

Local woman finishes second in 'Big Buck' hunt

By Sue Vorenberg November 3, 2014 10:53 a.m.

Melinda Van Hoomissen can be highly competitive, especially when it comes to shooting digital animals with a plastic gun.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Allergies lead to the perfect startup mix

By Sue Vorenberg October 31, 2014 10 a.m.

Triann Benson came to one undeniable conclusion as she struggled to work around her family's assortment of food allergies: Hers wasn't the only family dealing with this.

Psychic medium helps connect clients with dead pets

By Sue Vorenberg October 31, 2014 10 a.m.

While it's not the most common thing, Seth Michael admits that he's sometimes haunted by goats.

Tales from Vancouver's spooky past

By Sue Vorenberg October 31, 2014 6 a.m.

The spooky fun doesn't have to end when the throngs of trick-or-treaters tromp home with their sugar-loaded treasure.

'Sunshine Girl' crew goes Hollywood: Local filmmakers produce short

By Sue Vorenberg October 30, 2014 6 a.m.

The Halloween goodies came early for the folks behind Vancouver's Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network on YouTube.

From 'gross!' to 'cool!' at Fall Family Field Trip Day

By Sue Vorenberg October 25, 2014 6:42 p.m.

Patricia Colburn, 10, backed away slightly when her mom, Denise Colburn, began to gently unwrap the foil casing of an owl pellet at Saturday's Fall Family Field Trip Day run by Columbia Springs.

Winds topple tree into historic Vancouver building

By Sue Vorenberg October 25, 2014 10:12 p.m.

Strong winds plagued much of Clark County and the greater Portland area Saturday afternoon. Gusts of 65 mph were reported in Aurora, Ore. and a spotter reported a gust of 70 mph near the Port of Vancouver, said Colby Neuman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.

Apple cider a pressing issue for some local farmers

By Sue Vorenberg October 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Asked if he needed help hauling a variety apples to his press to make cider, John Emmett instead reached into a bucket and pulled out a small green variety called a Vilberie.

Kiewit's Dick Geary, 79, dies in Lake Oswego

By Sue Vorenberg October 21, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Ed Lynch still remembers Dick Geary as the fresh-faced, super-smart kid he hired at Kiewit way back in 1957.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Scary good program set at Magenta

By Sue Vorenberg October 18, 2014 5:59 a.m.

When he was young, Jay Fredericks used to love watching his dad do a trick with a stick lined with red gemstones.

New name, same scary vibe at haunted houses

By Sue Vorenberg October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Brian Mudgett laughed when he was asked why he changed the name of his complex of Vancouver haunted houses from "Confront Your Fears" to "The Fear PDX" this year.

A proliferation of pumpkin patches

By Sue Vorenberg October 10, 2014 6 a.m.

The Pilgrims didn't need pumpkin pies. They had something that sounds far more tasty — and something that Clark County pumpkin seekers might want to consider as they head out to the area's many patches this month.

Yeast problem caused marijuana-infused soda explosions

By Sue Vorenberg October 8, 2014 10:33 a.m.

Mirth Provisions in Longview has solved the mystery of why its marijuana-infused sodas were exploding after delivery to some stores in late September.

Seeking spooky stories

By Sue Vorenberg October 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Looking for ghostly tales from Clark County? Want to add your own to the collection?

Long time ago, name was fittingly nipped in the Budz

By Tom Vogt and Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Having the name Budz seems almost too fitting for the co-owner of a store that sells — among other items — marijuana buds.

Local marijuana stores flush with supply

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Ramsey Hamide grinned as he leaned back in his chair, looking out at piles of palm-sized plastic bags stacked in containers in the back room at Main Street Marijuana.

Marijuana shop set with lease

By Sue Vorenberg October 5, 2014 3 p.m.

RWZ LLC, the company that won two lottery spots from the Liquor Control Board for marijuana stores in Vancouver, has signed the lease for its first Vancouver pot shop.

Kaiser, Komen join forces to aid Latinas

By Sue Vorenberg October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

After losing a sister to breast cancer nine years ago, Socorro Hernandez, 46, knew about the importance of early screening.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Back to music after adventure

By Sue Vorenberg October 4, 2014 6 a.m.

It took an adventure to bring Sarah Vitort back to the music she once loved.

Birdfest flies back to its roots

By Sue Vorenberg October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Birdfest is back at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge after last year's government shutdown — and that's not the only thing that's going back to normal at the popular celebration of nature and Native American culture.

Longview marijuana farm is preparing for its first harvest

By Sue Vorenberg September 30, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Greg Griffiths has a warning for parents: Don't tell your son to follow a career he's passionate about if you're not ready to hear his choice.

Sausage Fest will be reborn as International Food Festival

By Sue Vorenberg September 30, 2014 12:07 p.m.

The Vancouver Sausage Fest may be finished, but the event's meat-loving legacy will live on.

Arborists climb into Esther Short Park

By Sue Vorenberg September 29, 2014 10:04 a.m.

Don't be alarmed if you see large bands of mysterious tree climbers clustering in Esther Short Park today.

Harvest event at Heritage Farm stuffed with fun

By Sue Vorenberg September 26, 2014 6 a.m.

No scarecrows will haunt this year's Harvest Fun Day at the 78th Street Heritage Farm — but don't worry, the event will still be stuffed with fun.

Pot farmer plans mobile marijuana-processing business

By Sue Vorenberg September 25, 2014 4:12 p.m.

Vancouver medical marijuana farmer Tom Lauerman is launching a new business this fall, which he hopes to turn into a franchise.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Teens star in dark musical production

By Sue Vorenberg September 19, 2014 10 a.m.

Murder, lynchings and racism aren't generally topics that come to mind when you think of musical theater.

Celebrating sturgeon, a true survivor, at festival

By Sue Vorenberg September 19, 2014 6 a.m.

With five bony plates along its back and a fondness for deep murky waters, the sturgeon seems like a mysterious throwback to the age of the dinosaurs.

State: Some prospective pot shops may get the boot

By Sue Vorenberg September 18, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Two prospective Vancouver pot shops that haven't moved forward with the licensing process will have 60 days to do so before they get bumped off the Liquor Control Board list, a representative of the agency said.

Pot suit talk surprises local retailers

By Sue Vorenberg September 14, 2014 6:28 p.m.

Brian Budz at New Vansterdam said he was surprised to hear that Clark County retail stores were suing growers in the state for price gouging.

Teens work to turn their lives around through substance abuse treatment program

By Sue Vorenberg September 8, 2014 6 a.m.

About a dozen teen boys smiled and talked amid the calm breeze, tall trees and barnyard animals at the Grace Therapeutic Horse Program in Battle Ground.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Charity run nears finish line

By Sue Vorenberg September 5, 2014 10 a.m.

Sharon Crouch didn't realize just how much work went into creating a memorial run and fundraiser until she created one in honor of her son, Jordan Crouch.

Vancouver Sausage Fest plans sizzling end to 43-year run

By Sue Vorenberg September 5, 2014 6 a.m.

After 43 years, it's finally time to say so long, farewell, auf Wiener-sehen and goodbye to the Vancouver Sausage Fest.

New cannabis strains debut in Vancouver

By Sue Vorenberg August 31, 2014 4:17 p.m.

Customers at New Vansterdam, one of Vancouver's two recreational marijuana stores, got to witness something brand new last week.