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?

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.

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.

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.

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.