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.

THC counts in marijuana: It's complicated

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

In the back room of Main Street Marijuana, Adam Hamide scrunched his eyes, puzzled, as he laid out four bags of pot that were harvested by the same grower on the same day.

Kumoricon draws thousands of animated fans

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

With a combination of post-apocalyptic visions, demons, heroes and just a dash of David Bowie, the cosplay group "Ninja of the Night" could be a top choice for the bizarre mash-up prize at this year's Kumoricon — if it had one.

Battle Ground City Council sets sights on veterans memorial

By Sue Vorenberg August 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Army Pvt. Andrew Shields was killed in action in Afghanistan six years ago, but the young Battle Ground soldier's legacy lives on.

State's slow approach on pot yielding bounty of data

By Sue Vorenberg August 25, 2014 8:41 p.m.

When it comes to marijuana legalization, lessons from the slow, clunky rollout in Washington may end up being more helpful to other states than lessons from Colorado's relatively smooth launch.

CannaCon showcases the business of buds

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

TACOMA — Under the massive, round roof of the Tacoma Dome, a button-down crowd from across the state gathered last weekend for CannaCon, billed by its organizer as the largest cannabis business conference in the nation.

Wine and Jazz Festival boasts variety of wineries, acclaimed musicians

By Sue Vorenberg August 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Those with eclectic taste in music will find a lot to like about the 17th annual Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival in Esther Short Park this weekend.

Marijuana prices hit another high

By Sue Vorenberg August 21, 2014 7:51 p.m.

You know what they say in the marijuana business — what goes up must ... continue to go up?

Hoops on the River returns, but at the park

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

Hoops on the River may want to change its name to Hoops in the Park.

Lightning, hail possible this afternoon in Clark County

By Sue Vorenberg August 12, 2014 1:52 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of Clark County and surrounding areas until 8 p.m. tonight.

Thunderstorms to follow record-tying heat

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

Clouds rolled into Southwest Washington on Monday like an electric blanket, adding insulation to a heat wave that tied the Aug. 11 high temperature record for Vancouver at 98 degrees.

Record high temp possible today

By Sue Vorenberg August 11, 2014 11:36 a.m.

Today's advice for those that hate the heat: Run, don't walk, to the nearest air conditioner.

Edible marijuana products in state, in local stores soon

By Sue Vorenberg August 11, 2014 6 a.m.

The first edible marijuana products have arrived in Washington and will be coming to Vancouver's two marijuana shops as early as this week.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Herding dogs not sheepish

By Sue Vorenberg August 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The love of border collies stretches back pretty much as far as Lynn Johnston can remember.

Beer on tap in Esther Short Park

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

Truckloads of local beer will descend on Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver this weekend for the third annual Vancouver Brewfest.

Taxes a problem with pot

By Sue Vorenberg August 8, 2014 1:22 p.m.

A new tax snag that has hit marijuana stores could cause delays in new openings, higher product prices, and even closures of newly opened stores.

Ferris Wheel family comes full circle

By Sue Vorenberg August 4, 2014 7:53 p.m.

A sheepish grin crossed Matt Ferris' face as he looked at a picture of his great-great-great-grandfather for the first time.

County Fair: Dock Dogs step aside for Sea Lion Splash

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

Everybody loves the Dock Dogs at the Clark County Fair, but this year they'll be taking a break to let a new show make a splash.

Legalized pot's growing pains

By Sue Vorenberg July 30, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Chaos is often the norm at the start of a new industry, and legal marijuana's launch on Main Street in Vancouver's Uptown Village is no exception.

Vancouver's Main Street Marijuana pot store reopens

By Sue Vorenberg July 28, 2014 6:09 p.m.

Prices haven't dropped much since Main Street Marijuana shut its doors last week in protest of price gouging, but at least the quality is improving, said Ramsey Hamide, a manager.

What's in a label? Local beer and wine makers get creative

By Sue Vorenberg July 27, 2014 6 a.m.

It may not work for book covers, but sometimes you really can judge a drink by its label.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Puzzle fiends flip for Flipzles

By Sue Vorenberg July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Inspiration struck Vicki Lewis one evening when she watched her children play with a hand-crafted puzzle made by her mother-in-law.

Tubs of fun await at Camas Days

By Sue Vorenberg July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Nobody knows who first decided to transform an old claw-foot bathtub into a wheeled steerable racer, but whoever it was surely deserves a place in the Camas Days hall of fame.

Vancouver pot store alleges price gouging

By Sue Vorenberg July 23, 2014 7:26 p.m.

Ramsey Hamide says he has had enough of cannabis price gouging.

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.

Wildfires cause problems for marijuana stores in Vancouver, elsewhere

By Sue Vorenberg July 21, 2014 5:31 p.m.

Yet another supply issue has been causing shipment delays and problems for marijuana stores in Vancouver and around the state — this one, though, isn't related to a lack of licensed growers.

Expanded Cruisin' the Gut revs up downtown Vancouver

By Sue Vorenberg July 18, 2014 6 a.m.

What started as a nostalgic effort to bring back the glory days of cars cruising along Main Street has turned into one of Vancouver's biggest annual events.

Product flies off shelves at local pot stores

By Sue Vorenberg July 14, 2014 5:39 p.m.

About the only consistent thing throughout the first week of marijuana sales in Vancouver was that nothing remained consistent.

Calm, steady crowds appear for New Vansterdam’s grand opening  

By Sue Vorenberg July 11, 2014 7:14 p.m.

No street fair or throngs of media greeted the 35 or so customers lined up at 8 a.m. Friday for the grand opening of Vancouver’s second legal marijuana shop.

Get into the swim with Tiki Kon

By Sue Vorenberg July 11, 2014 6 a.m.

If Tiki Kon's growth is any indication, then the Polynesian pop culture trend that swept the country in the mid-1900s is well on its way back into fashion.

Vancouver's second marijuana shop to open Friday

By Sue Vorenberg July 10, 2014 8:13 p.m.

Main Street Marijuana once again had customers lined down the street for its Thursday opening. About 100 people waited by the doors at 11 a.m.

Legal marijuana sales begin in Vancouver  

By Sue Vorenberg July 9, 2014 7:12 p.m.

An expected large crowd assembled for this morning's grand opening of Vancouver's first licensed recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana.

Local marijuana shops prepare to open this week

By Sue Vorenberg July 8, 2014 8:07 p.m.

National media and large crowds gathered at the first cluster of pot shops to open in the state of Washington on Tuesday, but Vancouver remained quiet.

Vancouver issued two marijuana store licenses

By Sue Vorenberg July 7, 2014 8:02 p.m.

Two Vancouver marijuana stores received their licenses from the Washington State Liquor Control Board at 2:30 a.m. Monday as part of the first group of 24 stores to get them around the state.

Local pot stores opening ... soon

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

This week's marijuana forecast: Expect scattered openings with occasional shortages coupled with large crowds.

Light up the day, the night, the Fourth

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

Swimming fish, flashing thunder and white strobes will decorate the skies over Clark County tonight as part of the annual Independence Day at Fort Vancouver celebration.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Singer Sweeney happy to go it alone

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

Striking out on her own was a smart decision for Battle Ground musician Amber Sweeney.

Recycled Arts Festival fetes old stuff put to new uses

By Sue Vorenberg June 27, 2014 6 a.m.

The Recycled Arts Festival doesn't have an official theme, but it often has an unintentional one.

Weather Service: Worst flooding over, but rain to continue

By Emily Gillespie and Sue Vorenberg June 26, 2014 9:36 a.m.

Flooding conditions have passed, but rain will likely continue into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

First marijuana stores could open July 8

By Sue Vorenberg June 24, 2014 1:44 p.m.

The state's first batch of marijuana stores could open on July 8 at the earliest, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

Transportation issues give pot retailers pause

By Sue Vorenberg June 23, 2014 10:18 p.m.

Few things will make you feel more paranoid than traveling with a large wad of cash in your pocket. But for Washington's young cannabis companies, it's looking like that may be a daily reality.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Pot farmer still has high hopes for business

By Sue Vorenberg June 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The future is always a challenge for small farmers, but for medical marijuana growers, it's even more uncertain.

Craft Winefest of Vancouver toasts local, state wineries

By Sue Vorenberg June 20, 2014 6 a.m.

It almost goes without saying that Clark County has a strong love of things that are local, especially when it comes to wine, beer and food.

Marijuana store eyes July opening in Vancouver

By Sue Vorenberg June 19, 2014 9:24 p.m.

The first recreational marijuana store in Clark County could open on Main Street in Vancouver in about two weeks.

Madore suggests Pearson museum be transferred to county

By Sue Vorenberg June 19, 2014 2:11 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore has a new option for the Pearson Air Museum that he's curious to explore. He wants to know if the museum and land could be transferred from the National Park Service to the county, according to a post on his Facebook page.

Preventive steps can help limit mosquito populations

By Sue Vorenberg June 16, 2014 4:47 p.m.

Nothing like a little spring rain to bring new life, colorful flowers, green leafy plants and, well, a brand new generation of mosquitoes to Southwest Washington.