WSUV looks at hearing cell loss

By Sue Vorenberg January 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Fourteen thousand cells might sound insignificant when you consider the trillions inside every human body.

Home for the holidays? Get out and play

By Sue Vorenberg December 27, 2013 6 a.m.

The holidays are here, the kids are home from school and the whole world seems to have slowed down to a crawl.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Urban adventure racing team flies high in Puerto Rico

By Sue Vorenberg December 27, 2013 6 a.m.

Jennifer Cullison's recent racing win included some strange accomplishments, like swallowing a goldfish, tying a knot while blindfolded and walking across eight dozen eggs without breaking them.

Chronis' Christmas meal for needy feeds big 'family'

By Sue Vorenberg December 25, 2013 6:34 p.m.

With places set, plates of food at the ready and a small crowd gathered outside, Chuck Chronis brought out his best football voice.

Vancouver's 1913 news echoes 2013's

By Sue Vorenberg December 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Looking at The Vancouver Columbian's holiday season headlines from 100 years ago provides an unusual window into the past that is both antiquated and surprisingly modern.

Excerpts from 1913 Vancouver Columbian

By Sue Vorenberg December 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Excerpts from 1913 Vancouver Columbian

Brewers pleased at festival turnout

By Sue Vorenberg December 22, 2013 4:56 p.m.

Attendance dropped a bit at the second Vancouver Winter Brewfest, but local brewers still have a lot to toast to.

Pot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nears

By Sue Vorenberg December 18, 2013 6 a.m.

The number of Clark County applicants who want to open marijuana stores nearly doubled over the past week, with Thursday's deadline rapidly approaching.

Big tree holds moisture well on long trip

By Sue Vorenberg December 14, 2013 3:56 p.m.

Washington State University has some helpful news for you the next time you want to ship an 88-foot-tall Christmas tree across the country: Big trees appear to hold moisture well on long voyages.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Honored woman has caring streak

By Sue Vorenberg December 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Save a spot for Teckla Shaylor in the pantheon of Christmas elves and spirits that liven up Vancouver.

Vancouver Winter Brewfest kicks off 2nd year

By Sue Vorenberg December 13, 2013 6 a.m.

Expect more brewers, more time for tasting and more beer-loving revelers when the second annual Vancouver Winter Brewfest kicks off today at 3 p.m.

Christmas at fort, Marshall House blend modern, traditional

By Sue Vorenberg December 13, 2013 6 a.m.

There was no Santa Claus — or Christmas tree for that matter — at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. Those concepts hadn't yet taken off in the Americas.

List of applicants for pot licenses in Clark County grows

By Sue Vorenberg December 10, 2013 4:33 p.m.

The number of potential producers, processors and sellers of marijuana in Clark County continues to rise as the state nears the end of its application window.

Vancouver barbershop's straight razor shaves a relaxing treat

By Sue Vorenberg December 8, 2013 6 a.m.

With nothing but his nose peeking up through a steaming towel wrapped around his face, Tim Sullivan's body seemed to gently melt into the reclining chair.

Ever green, those Pollyannas

By Sue Vorenberg December 7, 2013 9:44 p.m.

It's OK to tell members of the Evergreen Pollyannas that they have one of the ugliest tablecloths you've ever seen. They know.

Walk & Knock: Giving together

By Sue Vorenberg December 7, 2013 7:22 p.m.

The three Cub Scouts gingerly lined up to grab food lowered from the back of a pickup truck full of Walk & Knock bags on what was an extremely brisk Saturday morning.

Inflatable Santa on a Harley on tap for Christmas Ship Parade

By Sue Vorenberg December 6, 2013 6 a.m.

James Dean Lucas is truly ready to launch at his second Christmas Ship Parade — but he's not talking about his 24-foot Bayliner, Cuddy.

Applicants for pot licenses increase in Clark County, state

By Sue Vorenberg December 3, 2013 6:04 p.m.

More applicants have joined the list of potential producers, processors and sellers of marijuana in Clark County.

As first Clark County businesses apply, potential pot industry takes shape

By Sue Vorenberg December 2, 2013 9:16 p.m.

So far there are fewer people aiming to open pot stores in Clark County than the maximum number allowed, but that could change before the window closes on Dec. 19.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Seven soulful sisters unite on album

By Sue Vorenberg November 30, 2013 6 a.m.

The seven sisters in Shiloh Rising almost named themselves the Seven Cs.

Festival of Trees lights up Clark County's holiday season

By Sue Vorenberg November 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Fans of the Vancouver Rotary Festival of Trees will find a transformed landscape when the city's holiday season kicks off with the big lighting ceremony tonight.

Farmers keep it cool in winter

By Sue Vorenberg November 27, 2013 6 p.m.

Frost on the ground and crows in the crops are telltale signs that winter is rapidly approaching on Clark County farms, but that doesn't mean the work year is over after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday Craft Winefest to toast season Saturday at Hilton

By Sue Vorenberg November 22, 2013 6 a.m.

A new Clark County festival may have the perfect solution for those in the market for an unusual local Christmas gift or Thanksgiving beverage.

Say goodbye to Esther Short Park sweetgums

By Sue Vorenberg November 21, 2013 1:30 p.m.

Crews from Vancouver Public Works today removed three sweetgum trees that were damaged in Esther Short Park in a late September windstorm.

Vancouver USA Singers Chorus celebrates 50 years

By Sue Vorenberg November 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Jana Hart has been planning this weekend's concert series by the Vancouver USA Singers ever since she took over as director four years ago.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Kitty Mao comes back from brink

By Sue Vorenberg November 16, 2013 6 a.m.

When Scott Weissbeck noticed the skinny, malnourished cat roaming near his Rose Village home about six years ago, he knew he had to help her.

Saws come for Esther Short Park's sweetgums

By Sue Vorenberg November 15, 2013 7:44 p.m.

The debris is long gone from the violent rain and windstorm that smacked into Clark County in late September, but for the area's sweetgum trees, the ordeal is far from over.

Actor aims to carve own niche as Poirot

By Sue Vorenberg November 15, 2013 6 a.m.

There are pitfalls to playing a well-known character like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, even if it is in a play that's not often produced.

Vancouver woman wins Big Buck Hunter video game tournament

By Sue Vorenberg November 12, 2013 6 a.m.

Melinda Van Hoomissen of Vancouver clenched her teeth when she realized she'd be facing rival Sara Erlandson early in the Ladies Big Buck Hunter championship in Chicago.

Pfc. Slocum one of many women to serve in WWII

By Sue Vorenberg November 8, 2013 10 a.m.

When World War II started, Irma Slocum just knew she had to find a way to serve her country.

Herrera Beutler seeks updates on Pearson Air Museum

By Sue Vorenberg November 6, 2013 7:28 p.m.

As the mediation process continues, there's not much anybody can say about the fate of the embattled Pearson Air Museum.

Capitol Christmas tree to make Vancouver stop

By Sue Vorenberg November 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Christmas is rolling into Vancouver a little early this year — for a cameo appearance, at least. From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Santa Claus, his elves, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will look on as a gigantic Engelmann spruce tree makes a quick stop at Heritage Square on its way to the nation's capitol.

Vancouver workshop addresses business of pot

By Sue Vorenberg November 1, 2013 9 p.m.

Fear of stigma seems to be slowly giving way to larger business concerns for those hoping to enter Clark County’s recreational marijuana market.

North Bank Artists Gallery celebrates 10th year

By Sue Vorenberg November 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Personality shouts from the walls of the studio spaces that weave and sprawl through the North Bank Artists Gallery.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Hockinson High thespians on board with The Bard

By Sue Vorenberg November 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Written in a different time and in what is essentially another language, Shakespeare is often looked upon with a certain amount of dread by high school students.

Fireball blazes through Pacific N.W. skies

By Sue Vorenberg October 30, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Did you see it?

Propstra Square's clock falls back a week early

By Sue Vorenberg October 29, 2013 3:03 p.m.

Time decided to "fall back" a little early this year in Vancouver's living room.

Getting in spirit with ghostly guides

By Sue Vorenberg October 27, 2013 6 a.m.

There were no crystal balls, flickering candles or hand-holding seance circles in Patricia Lelevier's spacious and tastefully decorated living room.

Alcohol having spirited growth in county

By Sue Vorenberg October 27, 2013 6 a.m.

Over the past few years, the malty smell of brewing beer, the earthy air of growing grapes and the coppery scent of distilling vodka have spread across Clark County like a permeating fog.

Small theaters add trivia, spirits

By Sue Vorenberg October 25, 2013 6 a.m.

About 20 movie fanatics clustered in small groups around the tables and lounge chairs at the upstairs bar at Kiggins Theatre.

Bits: Alpacas a longtime passion for this Woodland couple

By Sue Vorenberg October 19, 2013 6 a.m.

You could consider Daryl and Ruthie Gohl to be Clark County alpaca ambassadors. The couple, who own Columbia Mist Alpacas in Woodland, have been raising the peculiar creatures for 15 years — and they even sometimes give them to folks looking for unusual pets, Daryl Gohl said.

Ghastly, gory ghosts — and goofballs

By Sue Vorenberg October 18, 2013 10 a.m.

Bloody-torso-sized animatronic spiders, skeletons and, well, bloody torsos pepper the landscape of Brian Mudgett's new collection of attractions at Confront Your Fears.

Science takes on question of Sasquatch

By Sue Vorenberg October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

You can doubt the science, but there's no doubt that people who claim to have seen a Sasquatch feel stigmatized.

Minus Frightland, pumpkins still aplenty

By Sue Vorenberg October 11, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark County pumpkin patches

Chemical weapon led to chemotherapy

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Chemotherapy is a lifesaving treatment today, but it has far more sinister origins.The therapy evolved from studies of mustard gas, a warfare agent used in World War I to incapacitate enemy troops by chemically blinding those exposed to it and burning and blistering their skin and bronchial tubes.

Long a major weapon against tumors, radiation was also used in less helpful ways

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

There’s an odd balance to using radioactive materials to treat tumors: They are a great tool to fight cancer, but they can also cause cancer.

Mastectomies have become much less invasive, debilitating

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Breast cancer surgery has come a long way since ancient times. As early as 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians tried removing tumors with a flaming hot drill without much success.

Clark County Historical Museum presents haunted history tour

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Winter's chill was just setting in on the drizzly October morning when former Vancouver mayor Grover R. Percival told his wife he was heading out for a long walk.

Knowledge of cancer grows

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

People throughout history have come up with some strange ideas about the origins of cancer, but even today we don’t know for sure why it makes some cells behave badly.

Ancient Greeks, Egyptians were no strangers to cancer

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians were no strangers to breast cancer, even if they weren’t sure exactly what it was.“They were just as smart as we are; they just didn’t have the technology,” said Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, a breast surgical oncologist at Compass Oncology. “(The Greeks) were already doing surgery, though, and thinking about what was going on.”