Camas homeowner has questions after landslide

By Tom Vogt January 28, 2015 8:03 p.m.

A crew started to remove remnants of a landslide from John Trost's backyard Wednesday, 10 days after part of a Camas hillside peeled off and rolled through his fence.

Vancouver teen's train death ruled a suicide

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2015 6:54 p.m.

The 17-year-old Vancouver boy who was killed by a train early Monday morning has been identified as a junior at Mountain View High School. Following an autopsy, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office issued a news release Tuesday afternoon that listed the manner of death as suicide.

Evergreen drama teacher accused of raping high school student

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2015 5:55 p.m.

A drama teacher at Evergreen High School was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of four counts of rape of a child.

Woman shot near rifle range treated and released

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2015 4 p.m.

A Hockinson-area woman has been treated and released after she was shot Monday afternoon.

Pearson Air Museum explores aviation history

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Nobody could summarize the pace of aviation progress better than an Army pilot who was assigned to Vancouver's Pearson Field in 1924.

Choice Act funds boost local VA

By Tom Vogt January 25, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Health care for Vancouver-area veterans will get a share of $33.9 million allocated to the VA Portland Health Care System.

Off Beat: World War memories go back to Armistice Day

By Tom Vogt January 25, 2015 4:30 p.m.

As Harris Dusenbery approaches 101, he still has vivid memories of World War II. He can recall combat in the mountains of Italy, like the night of "shooting stars" he described in his book about the 10th Mountain Division.

Vancouver veteran still on the move at 100  

By Tom Vogt January 24, 2015 4:36 p.m.

When Harris Dusenbery fought for the cause of freedom during World War II, he wanted to remain as free as possible. So he volunteered for the ski troops.

Camas landslide dredges up lots of questions

By Tom Vogt January 22, 2015 9:05 p.m.

After a landslide rolled through John Trost's back fence, the Camas homeowner had to deal with several cubic yards of soggy soil slumped up against his house.

Family gets keys to Habitat for Humanity home

By Tom Vogt January 19, 2015 7:30 p.m.

It was the focus of a high school math class and it was a volunteer project. In a couple of weeks, the Frost family will call it home.

Off Beat: Where the Heisman meets the Oregon Trail

By Tom Vogt January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

It's always nice to get a nod on national television, which is what happened a week ago on "Jeopardy!"

Habitat group's 31st home to be dedicated today

By Tom Vogt January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

The local Habitat for Humanity group will dedicate its 31st home in Clark County at 3 p.m. today.

On the wings of a monarch

By Tom Vogt January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The muscular monarch: It's not a word we associate with a butterfly.

Coat drive brings warmth to children, others in need

By Tom Vogt January 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Racks of jackets and stacks of coats were gathered up Friday for delivery to kids who can use some winter warmth.

Off Beat: Henry J. Kaiser set Garner's TV career into motion

By Tom Vogt January 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Maybe Henry J. Kaiser was the real maverick.

Off Beat: This battle wouldn't wait for him to put on rest of his clothes

By Tom Vogt January 5, 2015 6 a.m.

John Leach's name was on a list of local Pearl Harbor survivors we ran on Dec. 7, when four veterans looked back on the attack some 73 years ago.

Scouts' tree recycling drive will be Saturday

By Tom Vogt January 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Local Boy Scouts will hold their annual Christmas tree recycling drive Saturday, with a supplementary effort to collect coats for people in need.

Off Beat: Giving a locomotive a lift can be a chore

By Tom Vogt December 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County companies played a big role in getting the ZooLights train back on track in Portland.

Our top stories of 2014

By Tom Vogt December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

News can happen in a couple of heartbeats. Other stories take years to play out.

Bird-watching by car at refuge's River 'S' Unit in Ridgefield

By Tom Vogt December 27, 2014 8:42 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Saturday's showers were no barrier to wildlife viewing.

Library video helps kids grasp lyrics to holiday song

By Tom Vogt December 24, 2014 2:36 p.m.

Here's the horse. Here's the sleigh.

Remembering mom with dazzling display

By Tom Vogt December 24, 2014 6 a.m.

With tens of thousands of Christmas lights razzling up one side and dazzling down the other, it's easy to overlook the simple symbols on the corner of Brandon Whitehead's garage roof.

Off Beat: Old-school approach to building pays off at Academy

By Tom Vogt December 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Talk about your old-school approach to architecture.

National trust acquires Academy building

By Tom Vogt December 16, 2014 10:07 p.m.

One of the most historic buildings in the Pacific Northwest has entered a new era, with Fort Vancouver National Trust acquiring the Academy building in downtown Vancouver.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church remodel opens doors

By Tom Vogt December 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Since 1825, the path of Washington's first Episcopal church has been influenced by a global trading empire, the U.S. Army and a devastating fire.

Fort Vancouver to re-create 1840s Christmas

By Tom Vogt December 11, 2014 6 a.m.

The sights and sounds of an 1840s Christmas will be re-created Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Longtime philanthropist, civic leader Hepola dies

By Tom Vogt December 8, 2014 8:30 p.m.

History and heritage weren't just armchair interests for Margaret Colf Hepola. Hepola's 97 years included some transformative chapters of Southwest Washington history, and she wanted younger generations to know what came before them.

Off Beat: Two cities, a bridge plan, and a full 'moon' with meaning

By Tom Vogt December 8, 2014 10 a.m.

Gerda McMillan has seen a lot of conflicts in her 90 years. In a recent story in The Columbian, she recalled the devastation of World War II; the post-war hostilities that split her native Germany into a free nation and a Communist state; and even a U.S. Army policy that defined Gerda and her future husband as enemies.

Local veterans share Pearl Harbor stories of survival  

By Tom Vogt December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

When Martin Knapp woke up 73 years ago today, he knew it was a Sunday he'd never forget.

Body recovered from Columbia River tonight

By Tom Vogt December 5, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Several agencies respond

Pearl Harbor veterans will speak Sunday at event

By Tom Vogt December 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Two men who jumped into action when the United States was launched into World War II are scheduled to speak at this year's Pearl Harbor observance.

Vancouver woman: 'I was the enemy'  

By Tom Vogt December 1, 2014 6 a.m.

In a life filled with remarkable journeys, a 14-year-old German girl was locked out of the house by her stepmother and had to set out on her own.

Off Beat: Things are looking up for family telescope

By Tom Vogt November 24, 2014 6 a.m.

For the last 10 years, Nick Giovanni's telescope saw a lot more garage dust than stardust.

Mural recalls 'The Forgotten War'

By Tom Vogt November 19, 2014 9:56 a.m.

As mural artist Guy Drennan's brush carefully applied paint to the corner of the concrete panel, a phrase came into clearer focus: "The forgotten war."

Off Beat: Freedom violated with tap on the shoulder

By Tom Vogt November 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A confluence of November events prompted a local legislator's speech at last week's Veterans Day observance.

Luepke Florist closing after 105 years

By Tom Vogt November 13, 2014 5:22 p.m.

After helping people mark weddings, births and deaths for 105 years, Luepke Florist is preparing for its own demise.

Ceremony honors Clark County veterans

By Tom Vogt November 11, 2014 8:02 p.m.

When World War II veterans were invited to stand Tuesday morning, two men rose to their feet: Art Schaeffer and Harry Sutherland.

Vancouver native served as WWII code-breaker  

By Tom Vogt November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Mary Sparks was at a slumber party in the Officers Row home of a girlfriend, Mickey Ostrander, on Dec. 7, 1941.

Off Beat: Barracks quartermaster duties far from glamorous

By Tom Vogt November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Lumber, laundry and lice. Not exactly the sort of wartime duty that comes to mind as we head into Veterans Day.

Company town celebrates 100 years

By Tom Vogt November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

WISHRAM — During part of their time as Wishram residents, Lewis Record and his family didn't just live in a railroad town, they lived in a railroad boxcar.

Veterans Day keynote speaker was Army Medical Corps officer

By Tom Vogt November 7, 2014 5:54 p.m.

A local Army veteran who commanded military medical centers across the nation and overseas will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at Vancouver's Veterans Day ceremony.

New libraries recommended for three communities

By Tom Vogt November 3, 2014 10 a.m.

Three new branches built in or near downtown have been recommended to improve library services in Ridgefield, Washougal and Woodland.

Strahan leaving Fort Vancouver National Trust

By Tom Vogt October 31, 2014 2:15 p.m.

No immediate plans, but retirement not in Strahan's plans

'Faces of World War II' return to Vancouver Barracks

By Tom Vogt October 29, 2014 5:44 p.m.

With a devil-may-care smile and his hat at a jaunty tilt, he looks proud to answer his country's call.

Zoo trains return following makeover

By Tom Vogt October 24, 2014 5:40 p.m.

After a four-month makeover in Ridgefield, a celebrity couple has returned home with all the bells and whistles.

Fighter pilot befriends Vietnam War foe

By Tom Vogt October 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Four decades after they met in jet-to-jet combat, U.S. Air Force veteran Dan Cherry and one-time North Vietnamese fighter pilot Nguyen Hong My will share a stage in Vancouver.

Mount St. Helens' glacier caves explored

By Tom Vogt October 21, 2014 7:18 p.m.

On a clear day, Mount St. Helens is the dominant feature on Clark County's northeast skyline. But hidden in its crater is a secret landscape that has been viewed by only a dozen people; they explored two glacier caves in June.

Clouds will beat moon during Thursday eclipse

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Skywatchers in the Vancouver-Portland area won't have much of a show Thursday during the fourth and final eclipse of 2014.

Off Beat: Pioneer had unique perspective on Fort Vancouver

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When a 94-year-old pioneer flew from Vancouver in 1924, retracing his Oregon Trail route in a DeHavilland biplane, it was an example of a historic figure going full circle.

Sprucing up Pearson: Scale model details 1918 mill

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Even in miniature, the mill is immense.