Vancouver library receives New Landmark award

By Tom Vogt August 27, 2015 5:15 p.m.

It's an early-education center that has added vitality to downtown Vancouver.

Off Beat: Tobacco plants? Now, wait a cotton-picking minute

By Tom Vogt August 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver's cotton and tobacco plants are all abloom, and the lime crop is ripening nicely.

Entrance fee for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site stockade to increase

By Tom Vogt August 20, 2015 10 a.m.

Starting on Aug. 29, the adult entrance fee to the stockade at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will increase to $5.

Library district picks executive director

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

RIDGEFIELD — Amelia Shelley, executive director of a county library system in Colorado, is the choice for new executive director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Off Beat: Before 'incoming wounded,' an incoming helicopter crash

By Tom Vogt August 16, 2015 4:53 p.m.

Most of us have viewed the scene hundreds of times: doctors and nurses running to meet a helicopter that's delivering a wounded soldier to an Army field hospital.

Murray meets with vets at stand-down

By Tom Vogt August 12, 2015 6:34 p.m.

James Cook was waiting in line for military surplus clothing when a United States senator walked up and introduced herself.

Vancouver woman's Manhattan Project memories  

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

People would ask Martha Frederick why she came home from work covered in black dust.

Men hurt in crashes upgraded to 'serious'

By Tom Vogt August 11, 2015 9:32 p.m.

The conditions of two men who were critically injured Sunday in two separate automobile crashes were upgraded Tuesday at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center.

Up to 70 groups to participate in annual veterans stand-down

By Tom Vogt August 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Even more agencies and nonprofits are reporting for duty at this year's event to help local veterans.

Off Beat: Getting away from it all can be tough

By Tom Vogt August 9, 2015 4:38 p.m.

Sometimes you want to get away from it all.

Meet the library director finalists

By Tom Vogt August 9, 2015 4:32 p.m.

Fort Vancouver library officials will introduce three finalists for the job of executive director in public meet-and-greet sessions Monday and Tuesday.

Operation Ivory Soap was a secret, but no beauty secret

By Tom Vogt August 9, 2015 6 a.m.

"I figure the tuba saved my life," Bernie Hulse said. It isn't the only remarkable item on his World War II résumé. Hulse left his tuba assignment to join a secret project called Operation Ivory Soap.

Shark with a porpoise

By Tom Vogt August 7, 2015 6 a.m.

It's tough not to notice the teeth.

Clark County wildfires under control

By Craig Brown , Lauren Dake , Emily Gillespie and Tom Vogt August 4, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Wildland fires erupted in Clark County this afternoon, challenging firefighters to respond to all of them. By 5 p.m. all were under control.

Off Beat: Years later, Capt. 'Grumpy' flying high

By Tom Vogt August 2, 2015 6:39 p.m.

Navy Capt. Keith Kimberly is Grumpy.

Search continues today for missing woman

By Tom Vogt August 1, 2015 3:18 p.m.

Sheriff says search will continue Sunday if woman isn't found today

Chkalov flight documents land at Pearson

By Tom Vogt August 1, 2015 6 a.m.

The president of the United States took a couple of minutes out of his schedule on June 20, 1937, to send a telegram to Vancouver Barracks.

Japanese flags to be returned home

By Tom Vogt July 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Dozens of small Japanese flags taken as battlefield trophies by American troops are heading home. Some might wind up back with Japanese families that sent their young men off to combat in the Pacific during World War II.

Cowlitz bring tradition ashore

By Tom Vogt July 28, 2015 8:17 p.m.

As Ty Koch takes part in a tribal tradition that goes back untold generations, "It's very humbling," the 19-year-old said.

Naval aviator lands in elite company

By Tom Vogt July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

When it comes to his family's aviation heritage, "The roots go back quite a ways," U.S. Navy Capt. Keith Kimberly said.

Off Beat: Artists follow many roads to Tin Man's heart

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

When L. Frank Baum created the Tin Woodman in 1900, he gave the "Oz" character a great story line, but no heart.

Artist gets to the heart of arts

By Tom Vogt July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

The Tin Man has a heart, after all.

Archaeology field school uncovers artifacts

By Tom Vogt July 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver's World War I spruce mill was a massive undertaking, and a lot of artifacts remain just below the surface.

Off Beat: Reminders of Harley Hall's flyover above Vancouver

By Tom Vogt July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

When the Blue Angels flew over the Harley H. Hall Building last week, it wasn't the first time the Navy aviators saluted a member of the Hall family in the skies above Vancouver.

WWII vet returns to bunker where his life changed

By Tom Vogt July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

If a couple of American artillery shells had landed in different spots, Dale Bowlin's battery might have killed a few more Germans, or at least chased them out of their concrete bunker. And later that day, Bowlin would have bled to death.

Housing for homeless, disabled vets on the way

By Tom Vogt July 16, 2015 4:32 p.m.

A ceremony Thursday morning signified that 50 local veterans will have an alternative to sleeping in their cars or living in the street.

Blue Angels soar in salute to former commander  

By Tom Vogt July 15, 2015 8:47 p.m.

See a video of the Blue Angels' flyover with this story atHarley Hall, a Vietnam War casualty from Vancouver, got a jet-powered salute Wednesday from his old team.

Blue Angels to fly over Vancouver in honor of former commander

By Tom Vogt July 15, 2015 6 a.m.

The Blue Angels will salute Vietnam War casualty Harley Hall, who was their commanding officer 45 years ago, with a Vancouver flyover today.

In StoryWalk, kids run to the next page

By Tom Vogt July 14, 2015 10 a.m.

"Animal Boogie" definitely was a fast-paced story: A few readers were running from one page to the next.

Off Beat: They see themselves in a tapestry, stitching a tapestry

By Tom Vogt July 13, 2015 6 a.m.

When needle-workers look at particular panels of the Fort Vancouver Tapestry, they just might see themselves looking back.

Body of drowning victim recovered

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 9:30 p.m.

The body of a Vancouver man who drowned Friday in the Columbia River was recovered Saturday morning.

Saturday in the Park Pride: Celebrating a 'sea change'

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 9:01 p.m.

When James Phelps was a law student back in the 1970s, he figured that the United States eventually would recognize same-sex marriages.

Illegal firework blamed in Vancouver house fire

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 5:07 p.m.

An illegal bottle rocket sparked a fire that did about $85,000 worth of damage Friday to a house in east Vancouver.

Off Beat: Pearl Harbor survivor gets special salute in final months

By Tom Vogt July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Martin Knapp, who was part of our most recent story about local Pearl Harbor survivors, has died.

Fort Vancouver Tapestry: Connective threads

By Tom Vogt July 3, 2015 8:10 p.m.

As Clark County's 108-foot-long history lesson unfolded, several Japanese women could track their own paths in the fabric.

Historical tapestry to hang in library

By Tom Vogt July 2, 2015 10 a.m.

A summary of local history is coming to Vancouver Community Library, but don't look for it on a bookshelf in the 900 section.

All Aboard: Railroad families take special trip

By Tom Vogt June 29, 2015 9:31 p.m.

Jordan Dobson represents the third generation of railroading in his family, with a combined 91 years on the job among the three men.

Second escaped Larch inmate caught in Vancouver

By Tom Vogt June 29, 2015 7:26 p.m.

The second of two inmates who had escaped from Larch Corrections Center two weeks ago is back in custody.

Off Beat: In Korea, he listened to languages he was to never speak

By Tom Vogt June 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Jim Moody's job during the Korean War included gathering intelligence.

Tidewater christens new towboat

By Aaron Corvin and Tom Vogt June 28, 2015 3:59 p.m.

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, the Vancouver-based marine transportation business, highlighted its new towboat, Crown Point, at a christening ceremony Saturday.

Immigrants settling in at Skamania General Store

By Tom Vogt June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

SKAMANIA — The sign in front of the Skamania General Store still advertises biscuits and gravy.

Cloud cover provides slight reprieve

By Tom Vogt June 27, 2015 9:36 p.m.

Some unexpected cloud cover kept temperatures from reaching record-threatening highs Saturday, and today's outlook is fairly similar, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

'Window Shopping' at the Recycled Arts Festival

By Tom Vogt June 27, 2015 8:06 p.m.

Liz Wallace stopped and gazed at a window into wonder.

Korean War mural dedicated

By Tom Vogt June 25, 2015 9:18 p.m.

George Raynor hasn't forgotten the Korean War.

Trail users, park planners on same page

By Tom Vogt June 24, 2015 6 a.m.

CAMAS — It turns out that trail users and park officials agree on a lot about the parking lot at the north end of the Lacamas Heritage Trail.

Off Beat: Glacier kept bracelet safe for decades after B-17 crash

By Tom Vogt June 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Not all the B-17 losses we suffered during World War II were a result of enemy fire.

Tales from a flying fortress

By Tom Vogt June 21, 2015 6 a.m.

As the crippled B-17 bomber fell to earth near Belheim, Germany, the first man to bail out was Don Millar.

From Moscow To Pearson: Event marks Chkalov flight anniversary

By Tom Vogt June 16, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Re-enactors, vintage aircraft and a new generation of Russian visitors will help set the scene on Saturday for the 78th anniversary of the Chkalov flight.

Off Beat: Vancouver High class of  ’43 still doing good deeds

By Tom Vogt June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver High School's Class of 1943 won't be holding any more reunions, members say. When members want to get together, they can pretty much sit down around a table.

Library district's summer reading program to include adults

By Tom Vogt June 12, 2015 4:41 p.m.

Southwest Washington's most popular library program is getting bigger. Some new participants will be bigger, too.