Man surrenders after 9.5-hour standoff with SWAT team

By Mark Bowder , Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish March 27, 2015 10:35 p.m.

A Vancouver man who allegedly threatened firefighters with a firearm barricaded himself in his house for 9½ hours on Friday before surrendering to SWAT officers shortly before 10 p.m.

Technology giving every child a voice  

By Susan Parrish March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Standing in his living room, Bryce Smith told his son, Dylan: "Use your words. Tell me what you want."

Students gain knowledge as they release salmon into creek

By Susan Parrish March 19, 2015 9:30 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — Squatting on the bank of Gravel Point Creek, Andrew Swatosh, 10, released a scoop of tiny coho into the tributary of Salmon Creek.

Vancouver honors Irish pioneer at Paddy Hough Parade  

By Susan Parrish March 17, 2015 5:57 p.m.

Scarlett Heasley, 19 months, was too busy picking a bouquet of dandelions to notice the parade marching by her on Tuesday afternoon. Her mom, McKennah Heasley, waved at the marching students. Somewhere in the parade lineup was her son, Grant, who attend preschool programs at Hough Elementary.

'NERD Girls' burst into science with volcano project

By Susan Parrish March 9, 2015 7:26 p.m.

As they carried their clay volcanoes into a classroom, about 25 fourth- and fifth-graders talked excitedly about what would happen next at after-school science camp: volcanic eruptions.

Voice of experience opens eyes on poverty

By Susan Parrish March 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Donna Beegle spent her childhood as a migrant worker picking fruit alongside her parents and five brothers in fields from Central Washington to Arizona. She dropped out of school at 15.

Schools take on poverty

By Susan Parrish March 8, 2015 6 a.m.

When a Clark County family with elementary school-aged children was living with no heat and broken windows, the school community pitched in to help.

Hudson's Bay class project mushrooms into elite standing

By Susan Parrish March 8, 2015 6 a.m.

A Hudson's Bay High School horticulture teacher and his students, who have developed a process for growing mushrooms to break down the school's paper waste, have advanced to the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Hands-on instruction at HeLa High School

By Susan Parrish March 5, 2015 8:27 p.m.

While nursing student Chelsea Smith was taking her patient's blood pressure, she asked him, "Do you have any pain today?"

Local "Green Eggs and Ham" event turns 20

By Susan Parrish February 25, 2015 5:15 p.m.

First-graders at Walnut Grove Elementary donned striped Cat-in-the-Hat chapeaus and dined on a breakfast of green eggs and ham Wednesday morning during the annual breakfast celebrating Dr. Seuss, reading and family.

Students sink their teeth into shark lesson

By Susan Parrish February 24, 2015 6:24 p.m.

An enormous great white shark spotted in Orchards on Tuesday afternoon caused quite a ruckus.

Art teacher molds students with her can-do attitude  

By Susan Parrish February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Art teacher Tanya Bachman does not allow her students to throw away unfinished work and start over with a fresh piece of paper. Her reason reaches far deeper than stretching a tight art budget.

Battle Ground students look skyward at paper lanterns

By Susan Parrish February 18, 2015 6:34 p.m.

BRUSH PRAIRIE — Battle Ground students stood in a field and looked skyward Wednesday morning. While one student held a paper Chinese lantern, another attached a paraffin wax block to the string underneath the lantern. Being careful to not catch the lantern on fire, the student ignited the wax with a lighter. As the lantern filled with hot air, it began to rise.

Business After School: Students exposed to in-demand careers

By Susan Parrish February 16, 2015 9:38 p.m.

Many industries, including the rapidly expanding drone industry, will be woefully short of qualified engineers, machinists and other technical professionals in the next five to 10 years as older employees retire and labor needs outpace trained workers.

Unified Sports: Authentic competition, plus lots of hugs

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 8:49 p.m.

Daniel Barich, 18, made a 3-point shot for Fort Vancouver High School's Special Olympics Unified basketball team. His mom, Trish Smith, captured it on video on her smartphone.

Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Clark County

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 7:34 p.m.

Children wearing silky red and yellow long tunics called ao dai beat cymbals, drums and gongs on the stage to begin the Lion Dance.

Two motorcyclists crash near Vancouver Lake

By Susan Parrish February 14, 2015 1:05 p.m.

A motorcycle crash at 10:24 a.m. today west of Vancouver Lake sent one man to a local hospital with a possible broken leg.

Smarter Balanced tests demand more of students locally, statewide

By Susan Parrish February 12, 2015 10:24 p.m.

This spring, students throughout Clark County and across Washington will take a new standardized test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Eleventh-graders and students in third through eighth grade will take the new math and English language arts tests aligned to the Washington State Learning Standards.

Shane Gardner hired at Evergreen schools

By Susan Parrish February 11, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Shane Gardner has been hired as the new School Safety and Security Manager at Evergreen Public Schools. At Tuesday's meeting the board of directors approved the hiring of Gardner, currently the community outreach sergeant for Clark County Sheriff's Office.

WSUV professor's team wins puzzle challenge

By Susan Parrish February 10, 2015 5:51 p.m.

By day, Thomas Gazzola is a mild-mannered math instructor at Washington State University Vancouver. But when he leaves campus, he morphs into his alter ego: Game Master.

Washougal, Hockinson election is Tuesday

By Susan Parrish February 9, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Voters in Hockinson and Washougal have until Tuesday to cast ballots in a special election regarding school bonds to construct and improve facilities.

Three will receive Iris Awards

By Susan Parrish February 9, 2015 10 a.m.

Lisa Schauer, Lori Pulliam and Victoria Bradford will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on March 5 at the college's Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Hudson's Bay counselor recovering from strokes

By Susan Parrish February 2, 2015 7:46 p.m.

Elizabeth Mikaele thought she was dying. The 33-year-old Hudson's Bay High School counselor was helping a student during lunchtime on Jan. 21 when she had a medical emergency.

Joy Team's messages rising across Phoenix

By Susan Parrish January 30, 2015 6:53 p.m.

As local Seahawks fans drive to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Super Bowl on Sunday, they may see four enormous billboards reminding them to smile. Be joyful.

Vancouver Public Schools fills board vacancy

By Susan Parrish January 29, 2015 6:43 p.m.

The board of directors at Vancouver Public Schools has selected Nada Wheelock to fill the board seat vacated by Mari Greves' retirement.

Clark College division has new name, aim

By Susan Parrish January 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark College's Corporate and Continuing Education division has changed its name to Clark College Economic and Community Development. It's a move that Kevin Witte, associate vice president, says better reflects the college's evolving role in the community and the region.

Clark College biology students search for new lifesavers

By Susan Parrish January 28, 2015 10 a.m.

Wearing a white lab coat and blue nitrile gloves, Ryan Kustusch stood in the front of his biology lab Tuesday at Clark College and instructed his students as they prepared to research new antibiotics.

Financial aid form help available

By Susan Parrish January 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Current and prospective college students who are applying for financial aid are invited to a free College Goal Washington event at Clark College at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vancouver chosen for school technology summit

By Susan Parrish January 21, 2015 10 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Education has chosen Vancouver to host one of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits scheduled across the nation in the coming months. The purpose of the summit is to help school district leaders use technology to improve teaching and student learning.

Program helps students hit the books in Yacolt

By Susan Parrish January 21, 2015 6 a.m.

YACOLT — Carrying a bag bulging with kids' books, Karen Homola, 31, and six of her children entered the library at Yacolt Primary School ready to choose more books.

Evergreen teachers achieve national board certification

By Susan Parrish January 16, 2015 9:51 p.m.

From the first moments of Kimberleigh Anderson's beginning creative movement class at Heritage High School, the students jumped, slid and danced. Facing a wall of mirrors, they moved together as Anderson counted and clapped out the beat.

Clark College president: 'Future is right now'

By Susan Parrish January 15, 2015 8:02 p.m.

During a packed State of the College address Thursday in the Gaiser Student Center, Clark College President Bob Knight gave a nod to the past but spoke with feeling about the college's future.

Vancouver Public Schools board to fill vacancy

By Susan Parrish January 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.

The board of Vancouver Public Schools is preparing to conduct interviews for the board position vacated by Mari Greves, whose last meeting was Tuesday.

Substitute shortage plagues local schools

By Susan Parrish January 13, 2015 8:58 p.m.

Here's a story problem common in Clark County schools: On Monday, 156 teachers at Battle Ground schools took the day off and requested a substitute teacher to cover their classes. After all possible substitutes were contracted from the substitute pool, 14 classrooms still did not have a teacher for the day.

Diversity in action at Fort Vancouver High School

By Susan Parrish January 8, 2015 6 a.m.

A family trip to Saipan helped Jonah Benavente appreciate the differences between his father's birthplace in the Northern Mariana Islands and the family's home in Vancouver.

Magnet school programs' application period to begin

By Susan Parrish January 6, 2015 6 a.m.

The application period for career-specific and college-readiness programs in Vancouver Public Schools will open at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 for the 2015-16 school year.

Students say parking still big problem at Clark College

By Susan Parrish January 5, 2015 10:43 p.m.

Monday was a typical first day of the quarter at Clark College. As a car vacated a parking space, a waiting car zipped into the space before another driver could grab it. Motorists lined up for precious parking spots in the popular two green lots north of Gaiser Hall.

Blind-deaf drummer beats physical hurdles  

By Susan Parrish January 1, 2015 7:41 p.m.

Some people achieve so much, despite the odds, that they inspire those around them. Vaughn Brown, a deaf-blind percussionist and music educator, is one of those inspiring people.

New Year's resolution: Clearing out the clutter

By Susan Parrish December 31, 2014 5:51 p.m.

After her divorce, Trish Palin had about six weeks to move her belongings from a three-story house to a 500-square-foot trailer. She had accumulated lots of stuff over the years. Her packed-to-the-rafters house was emptied by 22 trucks from Goodwill and other charities.

Vancouver boy, 9, Oregon Rail Heritage Center's youngest docent  

By Susan Parrish December 24, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Vancouver 9-year-old, who dreams of becoming train engineer, Oregon Rail Heritage Center's youngest docent

Immigrants practice conversation skills in Fort Vancouver Regional Library program

By Susan Parrish December 24, 2014 6 a.m.

When Judith Ramirez immigrated to Vancouver from Guadalajara, Mexico, in January, she couldn't speak English. Her husband, Javier Gaeta, who is fluent in English, suggested his family speak only English at home for Ramirez and their children to become comfortable speaking their new language.

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.