Friendship blossoms at Clark College  

By Susan Parrish April 17, 2014 7:19 p.m.

Rainy weather moved Clark College's ninth annual Sakura Festival inside to Gaiser Hall on Thursday afternoon.

24 schools in area earn state achievement awards

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

Twenty-four area schools are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners.

Skills center seeks homeland security teacher

By Susan Parrish April 15, 2014 5:58 p.m.

With increased security measures affecting airline passengers, computer users and many facets of daily life, the demand for trained security personnel is growing.

Learning car tech specs  

By Susan Parrish April 10, 2014 9:57 p.m.

His head bent over a computer screen, Shaan Grissom worked at solving a problem: Why was the Toyota's TPMS light on? The tire pressure monitoring system light can be triggered for any number of issues.

Vancouver teacher, family, visit the president

By Susan Parrish April 10, 2014 6 a.m.

A Vancouver teacher and her family with West Wing connections met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on April 4.

Local sudents to give new test trial run

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

Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? Try to solve this math problem: Five friends ordered 3 large sandwiches. James ate ¾ of a sandwich. Katya ate ¼ of a sandwich. Ramon ate ¾ of a sandwich. Sienna ate 2/4 of a sandwich. How much sandwich is left for Oscar?

New Crestline elementary taking shape

By Susan Parrish April 1, 2014 7:27 p.m.

The construction site of the new Crestline Elementary School was a hub of activity Monday as heavy equipment and dozens of workers swarmed the property.

Employers, administrators tout business-education link

By Susan Parrish March 25, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Surveys indicate that roughly 60 percent of employers nationwide report a shortage of available workers with the skills they need to fill open positions, said Ben Bagherpour, vice president of operations for silicon wafer manufacturer SEH America. He said that can be remedied locally by forging partnerships between Clark County’s employers, community leaders and educational institutions.

Battle Ground picks new superintendent

By Susan Parrish March 24, 2014 8:48 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground has a new superintendent of schools. George Mark Hottowe will begin work July 1.

Detention offers lessons

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

During the five months Quincy Tuttle, 12, went through the legal process, he was held in custody at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and continued his education in a classroom behind locked doors.

WSUV event celebrates 28 women of distinction

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

Washington State University Vancouver will celebrate 28 women who inspire, mentor and empower others at the annual Women of Distinction event at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Welding students spark new skill  

By Susan Parrish March 17, 2014 7:38 p.m.

Blue sparks flickered from the welding torches wielded by Konner LaPlante and Raine Griffin. Clad in protective helmets, goggles, gloves and long sleeves, the welders bent to their task: fabricating bases for new benches at the city of Vancouver's tennis center.

Paddy Hough parade steps off in Vancouver  

By Craig Brown and Susan Parrish March 17, 2014 7:48 p.m.

The luck of the Irish held -- sort of -- as the annual Paddy Hough Parade through Vancouver's Uptown Village stepped off under mostly dry skies.

Rain gardens, center medians to help with drainage in Oakbrook

By Susan Parrish March 12, 2014 6 a.m.

When it rains, it pours. That can be an understatement in Vancouver, where more than 41 inches of rain fall annually.

Battle Ground schools select superintendent finalists

By Susan Parrish March 10, 2014 5:19 p.m.

Battle Ground school board members chose three finalists for the district’s superintendent position, narrowing the field from six semifinalists after interviews Saturday. Two of the finalists currently work in Clark County; the third works in Pacific County.

Inslee visits two Vancouver schools  

By Susan Parrish March 5, 2014 9 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee visited two Vancouver Public School buildings Wednesday morning to hear about programs for mentoring new teachers and improving the graduation rate.

Broken beam led ceiling to sag at middle school

By Susan Parrish March 4, 2014 5:56 p.m.

Battle Ground Public School officials now know what caused the library ceiling to sag at Pleasant Valley Middle School on Monday, sending students home early.

Powwow pride in age-old footsteps

By Susan Parrish March 1, 2014 10:53 p.m.

Six boys dressed in traditional regalia sat around a large octagonal drum, chanting and pounding a rhythm on the elk-hide drumhead with buckskin-covered drumsticks.

Oil terminal supporters skip forum

By Susan Parrish March 3, 2014 11:18 a.m.

About 250 people gathered Saturday morning at the Kiggins Theatre downtown to hear from five opponents of a proposed $110 billion oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver. If built, it would be the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal.

ESD 112 Superintendent Twyla Barnes to retire in September after 20 years

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

Twyla G. Barnes, superintendent and chief executive officer of Educational Service District 112 for the past 20 years, this week announced her plan to retire Sept. 30.

Perkins unanimous choice for Evergreen school board

By Susan Parrish February 27, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Members of the Evergreen School Board unanimously selected Rob Perkins to fill the vacant District 2 school director position at its Feb. 25 regular meeting.

County first-graders dig in to 'Green Eggs and Ham'  

By Susan Parrish February 26, 2014 7:23 p.m.

"I do not eat green eggs and ham.

Wind turbines propel learning at WSUV

By Susan Parrish February 25, 2014 8:43 p.m.

Thirty feet above the ground, the blades of five wind turbines rotated Tuesday as a slight breeze wafted through a field on the eastern border of the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

One career, ready for launch

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

Flames dance from the frying pan, shooting almost as high as the sous chef’s head. With practiced precision, Gerald Morales lifts the pan from the burner, flicking his wrist to flip the beef he is sautéing for chipotle Baja tacos.

Former juvenile detention center teacher remembered

By Susan Parrish February 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Good teachers not only teach, they inspire their students to push themselves to reach their potential. When the students are juvenile delinquents and the classroom is at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, the ripples of influence can be profound, turning lives around and reaching across decades and even generations.

Fort Vancouver High dugout mural to be modified

By Susan Parrish February 20, 2014 5:05 p.m.

A controversial mural teens painted on the softball dugout at Fort Vancouver High School last month has not been painted over.

3 women to be honored for works

By Susan Parrish February 18, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Kris M. Henriksen, Sherri McMillan and Kristy Weaver will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on March 13 at the college's Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Explicit tweets about teens go on

By Susan Parrish February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Adults across the country and even across the Atlantic appear to be all abuzz about the Twitter account set up Feb. 6 for Clark County teens to log graphic descriptions of their alleged sexual experiences and drug use.

Teacher sues Evergreen schools

By Susan Parrish February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

An Evergreen Public Schools educator has filed a lawsuit against the district. Elizabeth Uelmen, a teacher at Shahala Middle School, claims sexual harassment, gender discrimination, unlawful retaliatory adverse employment action, retaliatory adverse employment action for opposing an unfair practice and negligent and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress. She is claiming damages of not less than $4 million.

Twitter account details local teens' alleged sexual experiences

By Susan Parrish February 11, 2014 7:59 p.m.

Parents beware: An anonymous Twitter account set up Feb. 6 to log the alleged sexual experiences of Clark County teens is gaining momentum. The account had 3,711 followers and 1,471 tweets had been posted as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Local snow, ice rapidly giving way to rain

By Susan Parrish and Sue Vorenberg February 10, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Snowbound Clark County residents emerged from their homes Monday, ready to say goodbye to freezing temperatures and to return to normalcy.

All Clark County public schools closed today

By Susan Parrish February 10, 2014 9:33 a.m.

All school districts in Clark County are closed today due to icy roads and snow accumulation. Educational Services District 112 also is closed. Clark College opens at noon. Washington State University Vancouver opens at 11 a.m.

Workplace Violence Hits Home

By Susan Parrish , Tom Vogt and Sue Vorenberg February 9, 2014 6 a.m.

After the second workplace shooting in less than 48 hours last week, Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Fred Neiman said he wasn't surprised by the comments from survivors.

On track for rail work

By Susan Parrish February 8, 2014 4:41 p.m.

Despite temperatures in the 20s and falling snow, Ana Green's eyes are fixed on the locomotive slowly moving down the track toward her. Green, 21, motions with her hands to signal the engineer driving the train.

All local school districts closed Friday due to snow

By Susan Parrish February 6, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Schools in the Battle Ground, Evergreen, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal and Green Mountain school districts will be closed Friday. All school activities are canceled.

Fort Vancouver High mural controversy spurs debate

By Susan Parrish January 30, 2014 9 p.m.

Controversy surrounding a student-created mural spray-painted onto the girls' softball dugout at Fort Vancouver High School last weekend is sparking debate in the community after some media attention.

Fort Vancouver High School mural may get brush-off

By Susan Parrish January 29, 2014 8:35 p.m.

When the softball coach at Fort Vancouver High School asked students to create artwork for the school's softball dugout, the teens gathered cans of spray paint last weekend and went to work.

Battle Ground, Ridgefield superintendent searches progress

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

BATTLE GROUND — About 20 people have shown interest in applying for the position of superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools.

Teacher likely to sue Evergreen schools

By Susan Parrish January 22, 2014 6:33 p.m.

A tort claim filed by a current Evergreen Public Schools educator against the district is likely headed for the courtroom.

Clark College offers financial aid help at College Goal Sunday

By Susan Parrish January 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Maria T. Santos Pinacho made one tiny oversight in the process of submitting her Free Application for Federal Student Aid last January. Because of that error, she missed out on receiving a key State Need Grant and had to take out a $10,000 student loan to pay for her junior year at Washington State University Vancouver.

President marks Clark College's 80 years

By Susan Parrish January 16, 2014 7:20 p.m.

As Clark College celebrates 80 years, it's grown considerably from its birth in 1933, when 22 students studied one program, liberal arts, in the college's one building, the Hidden House in downtown Vancouver.

Skelton resigns from Evergreen school board; applicants sought

By Susan Parrish January 15, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Evergreen Public Schools has set a Jan. 31 deadline for applicants seeking appointment to the district's board of directors.

Isolation rooms focus of new law

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

In response to a new state law, school boards throughout Clark County are crafting policies about isolating or restraining students who are in special education programs.

Wheelchair archer back on target

By Susan Parrish January 6, 2014 10 a.m.

His left arm outstretched, Chris Cash lightly closes his fingers around the handle grip of his compound bow.

Skyview grad Ashley Nelson finds adventure in Antarctica

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

An overnight field trip to Sea World in San Diego in seventh grade changed the course of Ashley Nelson's life.

B.G. Schools addressing audit points

By Susan Parrish December 31, 2013 6 a.m.

The Washington State Auditor's Office released its accountability audit report of Battle Ground Public Schools on Monday, but district officials already had begun to take steps to comply with concerns the auditor's office presented to the district in a management letter Dec. 19.

College comes calling for Seton Catholic senior

By Susan Parrish December 27, 2013 8:21 p.m.

On a mission trip to a Cabo San Lucas slum, Julianna Vidales was handing out food, clothes and toys to dirty, barefoot kids when she met a little girl who shared her name.

New Crestline rises in fire's wake

By Susan Parrish December 23, 2013 6 a.m.

As a new Crestline Elementary School rises, it's still unknown what caused the fire that destroyed the nearly 40-year-old building more than 10 months ago.

Fire department called to Pleasant Valley Middle School

By Susan Parrish December 20, 2013 11:04 p.m.

A malfunctioning HVAC system led brought firefighters to Pleasant Valley Middle School just 16 minutes before school the beginning of winter break Friday. Vancouver Fire Department responded to the smell of smoke in the gym.

GED changes take effect after today's deadline

By Susan Parrish December 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Today is the last day people can take the current General Educational Development test at Clark College, the only designated GED testing center in Clark County.