By Susan Parrish May 16, 2015 8:30 p.m.
Families lined the streets of Hazel Dell on Saturday to partake in an annual tradition: the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. This year’s theme, the Wild, Wild West, was rendered with hay bales, cowboy hats and cowboy boots galore.
A 17-year-old boy killed in a single-vehicle crash south of Hockinson early Friday morning has been identified as Adam C. Karlsen of La Center. The cause of death was blunt head trauma, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.
Large groups of teachers are rallying around Clark County today in support of increased education funding and to vent their frustration with what they perceive as legislative inaction. The biggest rally of the day is taking place at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.
By Susan Parrish May 12, 2015 9:26 p.m.
Nearly 2,500 teachers in four Clark County school districts are participating in a one-day walkout today. As a result, school buildings will be shuttered for almost 38,000 students. That means almost half of the 80,000 K-12 students in the county's public schools won't be in school today.
The debate over school funding will hit home Wednesday when nearly 2,500 teachers walk off the job in a one-day protest that will shutter schools for about 38,000 students in the Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson and Washougal districts.
By Susan Parrish May 10, 2015 6 a.m.
If any mom deserves breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, it's Vancouver's Candace Hart.
Vancouver teachers won't join a one-day walkout planned for Wednesday, the Vancouver Education Association announced Friday. Evergreen, Camas, Washougal and Hockinson teachers are planning to picket that day to pressure legislators for more education funding and smaller class sizes, as ordered by courts and approved by voters.
By Susan Parrish May 7, 2015 5:59 a.m.
Families with children who will attend kindergarten in the fall can glean resources at a free kindergarten readiness event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at community libraries in Battle Ground, Cascade Park, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal.
By Susan Parrish May 4, 2015 6 a.m.
Jack Fletcher is the "Comeback Kid."
By Susan Parrish May 1, 2015 9:58 p.m.
The 1,800-member Evergreen Education Association has voted to hold a one-day strike in Evergreen Public Schools on May 13, and teachers in several other districts are considering joining in.
By Susan Parrish April 30, 2015 6:54 p.m.
An audit report released Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office noted that Clark College's facilities department did not properly record capital assets, such as buildings, land and improvements, to the state.
By Susan Parrish April 28, 2015 6:21 p.m.
Fed up with inaction by state legislators to fully fund basic education, some teachers' unions in Clark County school districts are taking resolutions to their membership for a one-day walk out on May 13.
By Susan Parrish April 22, 2015 6 a.m.
BATTLE GROUND — Atticus Tatum, 26, settled into a short chair in the library at Captain Strong Primary in Battle Ground. Clutching library books, third-graders David Josephson and Ian Ebinger, both 9, sat in chairs across from him.
By Susan Parrish April 21, 2015 6 a.m.
When Katherine Rodela told her high school counselor she planned to attend a four-year university, the counselor suggested she set her sights on community college instead. Her parents hadn't gone to college, the counselor said. She might not fit in on a university campus.
By Susan Parrish April 20, 2015 6 a.m.
It's been a long time since kindergarten was synonymous with nap time, graham crackers, stories and playtime. Today's kindergarten classrooms are more academic than ever.
By Susan Parrish April 16, 2015 9:12 p.m.
Vancouver celebrated the 10th annual Sakura Festival at Clark College under deep blue skies and pale pink cherry blossoms Thursday afternoon.
By Susan Parrish April 14, 2015 6 a.m.
Twenty Clark County schools have earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2014. The 401 recipients across the state are the highest performing schools based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index.
By Susan Parrish April 11, 2015 6 a.m.
One day, drug abuse may be less compulsive and users may be able to resist seeking another hit.
By Susan Parrish April 8, 2015 6 a.m.
BATTLE GROUND — Less than a decade ago, the ground where the campus of Tukes Valley Middle School stands was farmland. Despite high-end homes being built on acreage near campus, the pastoral vibe remains. Cattle graze along the northwestern boundary.
By Susan Parrish March 29, 2015 6 a.m.
Dana Greyson and Wayne Seitz celebrated their eighth anniversary last week with cranberry mimosas, bacon and buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup. Although it sounds ordinary, it was hardly a common celebration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.