Bits 'n' Pieces: Battle Ground quilter pieces together artistry

By Sue Vorenberg January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

If you think quilting is only about creating bedspreads, then the work of Melisse Laing might open your eyes to a new world.

Vancouver car revs up Wizard World Comic Con action

By Sue Vorenberg January 23, 2015 6 a.m.

At least one part of the Wizard World Portland Comic Con will have a decidedly Vancouver spin — complete with custom chrome, a deep, throaty engine and movie star flash.

Get out, give back during King weekend of service

By Sue Vorenberg January 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Amid the chaos of modern life, it can be easy to see almost any holiday as just an extra day off to catch up on chores, wrangle the kids or simply take a breather.

Two-story fire reported at Felida Marina

By Sue Vorenberg January 12, 2015 9:55 p.m.

Clark County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at Felida Moorage & Marine Services on Monday night.

Amphitheater has an opening for a sponsor

By Sue Vorenberg January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

The amphitheater formerly known as Sleep Country has a new name, but don't get too used to it.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Fundraiser benefits former Battle Ground teacher

By Sue Vorenberg January 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Micah Hilario first noticed a growing weakness in his left arm and foot in the summer of 2010.

Fat bikes hit trails in winter

By Sue Vorenberg January 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow can stop a new phenomenon out on the slippery winter biking trails of Clark County.

Marijuana market mellows

By Sue Vorenberg January 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Ramsey Hamide looked across the packed shelves and piled boxes of product in the cramped backroom of Main Street Marijuana and stretched out his arms.

Roach paper art a labor of layers  

By Sue Vorenberg January 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Cliff Maynard discovered his unusual artistic medium one stoned night in art school, as he clipped his way through copies of Fangoria and High Times magazines.

Pi ties it together, wraps it around

By Sue Vorenberg January 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Sally Sellers is sewing to great lengths to show her creative prowess as a math nerd.

Resolution Run rings in new year

By Sue Vorenberg January 2, 2015 6 a.m.

New Year's resolutions can run a little hot and cold — and it turns out so can New Year's runners.

Christmas week in Clark County in 1914

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

International stories of the bitter fighting in World War I peppered the news on a daily basis 100 years ago this week, but things were calmer closer to home.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Vancouver singer's CD an original

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

David Cooley found his calling at the tender age of 8, when his father brought him to see a concert by country singer Jimmy Dean.

Family fun hits high note with karaoke

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

It's Friday in Vancouver, a day when Laurel Bach and Brónagh Kelly like to belly up to a table at the Irishtown Pub, knock back a few Shirley Temples, and step up to the microphone.

100 years ago, as told in the Vancouver Columbian

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

Excerpts from stories that ran in the Vancouver Columbian around the holidays a century ago. The stories are told in their own words.

Happy holidays at Humane Society

By Sue Vorenberg December 25, 2014 6:52 p.m.

All was quiet along the streets of Clark County on Christmas morning, but that wasn't the case at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

Chronis' Christmas tradition serves up free meal

By Sue Vorenberg December 25, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Serving 500 guests a free Christmas meal can be hard work, but Chuck Chronis and his crew of volunteers said they can hardly imagine doing anything else on the holiday.

Small theaters in Clark County slow down at holiday

By Sue Vorenberg December 24, 2014 1:19 p.m.

Christmas may be a big day for family outings to blockbuster first-run films such as "Exodus: Gods and Kings," but for Clark County's smaller theaters, it's a very different story.

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?

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.