Lions make holidays bright

By Susan Parrish December 18, 2014 8:35 p.m.

Service organization helps ensure Washington Elementary students, families have Christmas gifts

Students use mushrooms to grow recycling efforts

By Susan Parrish December 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Lifting the lid from a plastic container, Cedric Hitzeman broke off a chunk of waste cardboard and paper decomposing with the aid of mushrooms.

Man suspected of hitting cars, fleeing police

By Susan Parrish December 14, 2014 9:37 p.m.

A Clark County man was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of hitting three cars while trying to elude police in a stolen vehicle.

Christmas behind bars: Larch inmates celebrate with loved ones  

By Susan Parrish December 14, 2014 9:10 p.m.

YACOLT — At first glance, it seemed to be a typical Christmas party. A decorated tree in a corner and paper snowflakes hanging in the windows added a festive touch. Children painted pictures of snowmen and decorated sugar cookies. Wearing Santa hats, band members tuned their instruments and prepared to play Christmas music. Piles of wrapped gifts waited for children. Families waited in anticipation.

Clark College cooks up changes to culinary facilities

By Susan Parrish December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College is moving forward with plans to renovate its outdated culinary and baking facilities.

Amboy students try hands at computer coding

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 7:48 p.m.

AMBOY — Two weeks ago in the White House, President Barack Obama kicked off a global effort geared to help kids learn basic computer coding. With students coaching him on either side, he wrote his first-ever computer code, a single line of JavaScript: moveForward(100). His line of code drew a line to complete a square on the computer screen.

School board member Greves to retire

By Susan Parrish December 11, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Mari Greves, longtime school board member with Vancouver Public Schools, announced her retirement at Tuesday's school board meeting. She will step down after the Jan. 13 board meeting.

WSUV rally seeks justice for black lives

By Susan Parrish December 10, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Carrying hand-lettered signs that read "Black lives matter" and "We the people," about 75 students, staff and faculty gathered in front of the library at Washington State University Vancouver on Wednesday to speak out about police treatment of black men.

Battle Ground program puts students on health careers path

By Susan Parrish December 4, 2014 6 a.m.

"Is this blurry?" asked Anna Gurnik, 15, pointing to the eye chart while Matthew Matey, 6, who wears glasses, squinted at the chart and nodded. "Let's try the row above then," she said.

'Nutcracker' nirvana: A show for every taste

By Susan Parrish November 30, 2014 6 a.m.

It's Nutcracker season. Around Clark County, hundreds of young ballet dancers wearing tights and frothy tulle tutus are working long hours in dance studios perfecting leaps and arabesques to bring "The Nutcracker" to life.

Woman tackles college on the fly

By Susan Parrish November 26, 2014 12 p.m.

Although turbulence has threatened flight attendant Karin Chandler's college path, she has stayed on course.

Dreaming, working at VSAA

By Susan Parrish November 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Cole Hansell learned it pays to be persistent.

Clark College Legislative Breakfast: Spending priorities among big issues

By Susan Parrish November 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College officials met with legislators and legislators-elect at the second annual Clark College Legislative Breakfast on Monday morning at the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Clark College in the Gorge sets open house

By Susan Parrish November 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College in the Gorge will host an open house at its new campus to introduce the facility and its winter 2015 class offerings to Columbia River Gorge communities. The open house is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Clark College in the Gorge, 310 S. Larch St. in Bingen.

Local Everest College campus, others sell

By Susan Parrish November 20, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Students who attend Everest College in Vancouver will notice some welcome changes — including reduced tuition and more help finding a job — when the college is under new ownership and moves from for-profit to nonprofit status in January.

Skills Center cosmetology program gets a makeover

By Susan Parrish November 19, 2014 8:29 p.m.

Desi Scheu knew the dark hair on the mannequin would react to the bleach she applied to lighten it.

Crowded classrooms in growing Battle Ground district

By Susan Parrish November 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Shouts and squeals erupt from the busy playground at Daybreak Primary School during recess.

Gramma's Bazaar makes for crafty holiday season

By Susan Parrish November 15, 2014 8:41 p.m.

When Peggy Moore took a chocolate-making class at Clark College decades ago, she didn't imagine she would one day own a chocolate factory in a motor home behind her house.

Early 'Snowvember' was mostly a no-show

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish November 13, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Predictions of widespread snow in the metro area fizzled this morning after area schools announced delays or closures in anticipation of the threat.

State school board chief: New revenue essential to McCleary

By Susan Parrish November 12, 2014 8:30 p.m.

The Washington State Board of Education doesn't see a way to fully fund K-12 schools without finding new sources of state revenue, said its executive director, Ben Rarick.

Topper brings empathy to Vancouver schools position

By Susan Parrish November 12, 2014 7:09 p.m.

Alishia Topper knows what it's like to be a hungry student with no place to call home.

'Outlander' author learned characters have minds of their own

By Susan Parrish November 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Diana Gabaldon had never set foot on a heather-covered hillside in the Scottish Highlands when she wrote her first "Outlander" novel.

Family, school mourn 'awesome little girl'

By Paris Achen , Emily Gillespie , Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish November 3, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Grief counselors were at Orchards Elementary School on Monday after a second-grader who attended the school was killed Halloween night when a car struck four pedestrians.

Grief counselors at two Evergreen schools after three students die over the weekend

By Susan Parrish November 3, 2014 10:51 a.m.

Grief counselors are on site at two Evergreen district schools this morning after two unrelated accidents over the weekend that claimed the lives of three district students, said Gail Spolar, spokeswoman at Evergreen Public Schools.

Mock elections help students learn about good citizenship

By Susan Parrish November 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Sabrina Osman, 18, voted in her first election this month.

Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role

By Susan Parrish October 29, 2014 6 a.m.

As schools have stepped boldly into the 21st century, so have school librarians.

Living lab at Mount St. Helens

By Susan Parrish October 25, 2014 5:04 p.m.

CASCADE PEAKS, Mount St. Helens — A double rainbow emerged between Mount St. Helens and a group of students, teachers and scientists gathered to conduct field tests at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Ebola provides timely lesson for HeLa students

By Susan Parrish October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The minute that Susie Ridgway's epidemiology class at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School began Wednesday morning, it was clear her students had done their homework. They spent the entire class in an animated discussion of the Ebola virus that has been sweeping West Africa.

Vancouver Public Schools board to revisit policy

By Susan Parrish October 17, 2014 8:31 p.m.

The board of Vancouver Public Schools will reconsider its current policy of giving only the mandated 24-hour notice of special meetings and work sessions. Two board members made the request to reconsider the policy at Tuesday's board meeting.

Resource center big help at Silver Star Elementary

By Susan Parrish October 15, 2014 10:10 a.m.

When the family of a student at Silver Star Elementary was going to be homeless for two nights, Melanie Green called Jim Fitzpatrick, senior pastor at CrossPointe Baptist Church, about a mile from the school.

Security, aviation launch at Skills Center

By Susan Parrish October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

In a hangar at the Clark County Skills Center, students stood at tables calculating the wing size for the radio-controlled planes they were building. Made of inexpensive household materials — sheets of foam, sheet insulation and duct tape — these planes will soon fly. And, hopefully, so will the students' careers.

Vancouver school board meets with minimal public notice

By Susan Parrish October 13, 2014 7:54 p.m.

When Vancouver Public Schools called Monday's special board meeting to discuss communications, it was unusual in a number of ways.

Students across Clark County get new high-tech tools

By Susan Parrish and Justin Runquist October 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver and Evergreen plan to put a device in the hands of each student — 49,000 in all.

CASEE food science class gets cooking

By Susan Parrish October 8, 2014 10 a.m.

BRUSH PRAIRIE — Food science students at the Center for Agriculture, Science & Environmental Education harvested their quarter-acre cornfield Tuesday morning and piled the ears of corn into the bed of a pickup. Later they planned to shuck and cook the corn.

Abortion foes protest at Fort Vancouver High School

By Susan Parrish October 8, 2014 9:35 a.m.

Protesters carrying signs with graphic images of aborted fetuses are standing on the public sidewalk in front of Fort Vancouver High School today. They plan to be there all week.

Local winery has grown up with industry

By Susan Parrish October 7, 2014 5:59 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — On a sunny autumn morning, Walt Houser walked the rows of his vineyard, examining the deep purple grapes and calculating when they'll be ready for harvest.

B.G. schools share mental health grant

By Susan Parrish October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Battle Ground Public Schools is one of three Washington school districts to share in a $10 million Project AWARE grant to support student mental health and wellness over five years. The district was notified last week, but not the exact amount of its share.

Vancouver elementary school student dies from brain injury

By Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish October 3, 2014 8:38 p.m.

A Fisher's Landing Elementary School student died after getting a brain injury, possibly on the playground at school.

Healthy foods: Will students at Heritage High bite?  

By Susan Parrish October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Heritage High School's marketing teacher, Shawn Perez, gave last-minute directions to her students as they prepared to celebrate Wednesday's grand opening of the new, improved menu in the student store, the Wolf Den Cafe. The healthier menu meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Season change ushers in fall classes at Clark College

By Susan Parrish September 22, 2014 8:02 p.m.

With leaden skies and cooler temperatures, autumn arrived in Clark County on Monday. It also was the first day of fall quarter at Clark College.

Clark College, WSUV students feel textbook sticker shock

By Susan Parrish September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Jemma Gonzales and her mom, Brynn Gonzales, stood in an aisle at the Clark College Bookstore, looking at the required textbook for the 18-year-old's German class.

WSUV enrollment continues growth trend

By Susan Parrish September 17, 2014 10 a.m.

The student body continues to grow at Washington State University Vancouver, where enrollment increased by 5.4 percent over last fall.

'Unauthorized' B.G. school bus: District was training new driver

By Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish September 16, 2014 3:32 p.m.

The 'unauthorized school bus' reported to be offering rides to Battle Ground students last week was nothing more than a new bus driver and a trainer, according to a statement released by Battle Ground Police Department this afternoon.

Battle Ground woman goes cycling, Italian-style

By Susan Parrish September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Cindi Rauch, a retired Battle Ground teacher, knows how to pack her summer with fun and adventure.

Cyclists enjoy sharing stories, s'mores

By Susan Parrish September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Newlyweds Matthew and Shannon Vilhauer didn't fly to Maui or Mexico for their honeymoon.

Canceled class spells chagrin for WSUV

By Susan Parrish September 8, 2014 6:50 p.m.

Oops! Students at Washington State University Vancouver were alerted by this note that their freshman English writing class was off Monday:

Adult volunteers sought as school Lunch Buddy mentors

By Susan Parrish September 6, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Elementary school children in Vancouver Public Schools are waiting for an adult Lunch Buddy mentor to meet them over a school lunch once a week.

Jack Fletcher's fight: A life changes in the blink of an eye

By Susan Parrish September 4, 2014 10:07 p.m.

Jack Fletcher's life changed in an instant on the afternoon of July 30. Just beginning a promising career as a firefighter, the 18-year-old Prairie High School graduate was driving home to Battle Ground to surprise his family for a short visit.

Work starts on Clark College STEM building

By Susan Parrish September 4, 2014 5:24 p.m.

Construction crews from Skanska arrived at Clark College on Wednesday morning with heavy equipment and started preparation for a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility on a campus west of Fort Vancouver Way. The site formerly was a parking lot for the Clark College Foundation.

Students across Clark County return to school

By Susan Parrish September 3, 2014 6:44 p.m.

With summer adventures now just a memory, all students across Clark County are back in school.