VA set to build new care clinic in Vancouver

By Tom Vogt July 28, 2014 10 a.m.

A new primary care clinic is slated for Vancouver's Veterans Affairs campus.

Fort Vancouver site veteran will manage Pearson Air Museum

By Tom Vogt July 25, 2014 10 a.m.

Archaeologist Bob Cromwell has a new role at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, as manager of Pearson Air Museum.

Students dig in at fort flagpole site

By Tom Vogt July 23, 2014 10 a.m.

To track a historical flag pole at Fort Vancouver, an archaeology team is looking straight down.

Mount. St. Helens to become blast zone

By Tom Vogt July 22, 2014 8:55 p.m.

WOODLAND — When they set out to help chart the inaccessible regions far below a volcano, Nick Lock was swinging a pick and Leah Sabbeth was holding a GPS unit.

Orchards man, 18, arrested after early-morning grass fires

By Tom Vogt July 21, 2014 10:30 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office arrested an Orchards man Monday morning in relation to fires that occurred a few hours earlier.

Off Beat: Moonwalk talk links to late Salmon Creek man

By Tom Vogt July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

It's one of the iconic images in the history of human achievement: two astronauts planting an American flag on the surface of the moon.

Scientists plan explosions under Mount St. Helens

By Tom Vogt July 18, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Geophysicists will set off 23 explosive charges Tuesday night around Mount St. Helens as part of a study of the magma pipeline far below the volcano.

Volunteers prep for black powder shooting demonstrations at fort

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

Ramming and priming, sure. But biting and spitting? They're all part of loading a Civil War-era musket. Several volunteers recently went through the drill — literally — to prepare for the historic weapons program at Fort Vancouver. Re-enactors honed their skills for the summer schedule of black powder shooting demonstrations at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Air Force cites bird strikes in crash that killed Capt. Stover

By Tom Vogt July 16, 2014 6:28 p.m.

Several waterfowl that smashed through a helicopter windscreen caused the crash that killed Capt. Christopher Stover of Vancouver and three other Air Force personnel on Jan. 7.

Fort Vancouver Tapestry makes first Clark County appearance in three years

By Tom Vogt July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

A 108-foot-long summary of local history is back in public view. It's the Fort Vancouver Tapestry, which is on display at the downtown Vancouver Community Library. The community-based piece of folk art will be exhibited through Wednesday in the Columbia Room.

New museum chief in tune with history

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

In her previous museum job, Katie Anderson's collection included the piano John Lennon played while composing "Imagine."

Salmon Creek farmers market returns

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

The Salmon Creek Farmers' Market opens its fifth year Thursday with an anniversary celebration that will continue throughout the 2014 market season.

Off Beat: No express lane checkout for St. Helens shopping list

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

For such monumental research, the Mount St. Helens magma project is rooted in awfully down-home stuff. They couldn't start the world-class science until somebody bought a bunch of trash cans.

Twenty years of

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

The Columbian started distributing local news by pressing ink onto sheets of paper in 1890. The press, ink and paper now are optional. That process started 20 years ago Saturday with the launch of on July 5, 1994.

Local officer shooting one of several in recent years

By Tom Vogt June 30, 2014 10:56 p.m.

Monday's shooting is one of several high-profile incidents of violence in recent years against local law enforcement officers.

Battle Ground man missing after boat found on Columbia River

By Tom Vogt June 28, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Authorities were continuing to look for a 25-year-old Battle Ground resident Saturday night after his unmanned craft was found, with the motor still running, in the Columbia River.

Learning the ways of pre-GPS navigation

By Tom Vogt June 28, 2014 7:47 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND LAKE STATE PARK — After some serious map-reading and compass work, Lucas Carter and Joel Weinmaster navigated their way to the first control marker of their budding orienteering careers.

Deputies: Shotgun blasts damaged Washougal home

By Tom Vogt June 28, 2014 6:52 p.m.

Deputies now know what broke the window of a remote Washougal home Friday evening. They say a neighbor firing his 12-gauge shotgun damaged the home on Southeast 70th Street, in a densely wooded part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Summer of Archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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

The spot that signified America's presence in the Northwest 160 years ago will highlight the 2014 "Summer of Archaeology" at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Study of magma under Mount St. Helens underway

By Tom Vogt June 23, 2014 6 a.m.

LAHAR VIEWPOINT — Kelley Hall lay flat on her stomach, peeking into a 4-foot-deep hole.

Libraries want public input on new services, facilities

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

Library patrons in Ridgefield, Washougal and Woodland can discuss their visions for new libraries at community meetings over the next few weeks.

Brothers in arms to be honored together

By Tom Vogt June 18, 2014 10 a.m.

Harold Samsel came back from Korea. Denzil Samsel didn't. Today, both brothers will be honored when Harold Samsel is buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Samsel, a Carson resident, died on June 9. He was 84.

Clark College gets $315,000 for aerospace education

By Tom Vogt June 10, 2014 5:21 p.m.

A $315,501 grant to increase its enrollment in aerospace education also will help Clark College enhance its presence in the Columbia River Gorge.

Vancouver woman seeks dad's stolen military watch

By Tom Vogt June 9, 2014 7:44 p.m.

A commemorative watch that was stolen from the daughter of a Medal of Honor winner is still missing, following a Saturday alert from Vancouver police.

Off Beat: Noting some less weighty WWII stories

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

When D-Day veteran Ted Van Arsdol wrote the history of his Army outfit, it included pivotal events of World War II.

He saw D-Day mapped out

By Tom Vogt June 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Ted Van Arsdol put the D-Day invasion on the map.

WWII fighter ace from Vancouver honored  

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

Almost 70 years after flying a middle-of-the-night mission on D-Day, Clayton Kelly Gross was on another midnight flight authorized by top-level command.

Off Beat: Doolittle Raiders honor touches home

By Tom Vogt June 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Commemorative events during Memorial Day weekend included a White House nod to a World War II airman from Vancouver.

Kitzhaber lauds Camas resident's service

By Tom Vogt June 2, 2014 6 a.m.

After helping almost 20,000 early learners, Jada Rupley will get to focus on one in particular.

In spite of it all some will act against best interests

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

It can be a freeway, a parking lot or a divorce court.

Off Beat: Remembering the day the WWII telegram arrived

By Tom Vogt May 26, 2014 10 a.m.

Roy Devers really admired his older cousin — one of millions of young Americans who served in World War II.

Community libraries size up their future needs

By Tom Vogt May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

An architectural team dropped in at three community libraries Friday to gather information for a project. The team members were not looking at reference materials.

Maker worth his salt: Bay alum built a business from waters of Netarts Bay

By Tom Vogt May 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Ben Jacobsen, following a path pioneered by the Corps of Discovery two centuries ago, turns Oregon coastal water into sea salt.

A flag for Capt. Stover

By Tom Vogt May 23, 2014 10:55 p.m.

A place where Chris Stover played soccer as a boy, then refereed games, now has a tribute to the Air Force pilot who died on Jan. 7.

Festival eyed as prelude to Hazel Dell market

By Tom Vogt May 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Organizers hope that a recent festival in Hazel Dell marking the arrival of Celtic summer is the spark for another arrival in a year or so: the debut of a community market.

Wife of Marine stops in Vancouver on special mission

By Tom Vogt May 20, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Olympia Yarger's husband had six combat tours in 10 years with his U.S. Marine Corps special-operations unit. Now Staff Sgt. Eric Yarger is staying home with the kids while Olympia is on a tour of her own. It’s a tour of 50 states in 30 days, and it brought her to Vancouver last week.

Off Beat: Railroad put stop to TV's all-access pass at St. Helens

By Tom Vogt May 19, 2014 6 a.m.

In Sunday's look back at the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, we told how Daphne Kivinen's family lived inside the restricted area, barely a dozen miles from the volcano.

Lungs burning, campers crawl to safety of getaway car

By Tom Vogt May 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Joan Magin took several photographs from a high-country campsite 34 years ago that captured the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Life in the Red Zone: A close-up view of spectacle, danger

By Tom Vogt May 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Living a dozen miles from the volcano, Daphne Kivinen and her family had a Red Zone view 34 years ago when Mount St. Helens blew itself apart.

Visiting general highlights link between Vancouver, Army base

By Tom Vogt May 14, 2014 9:37 p.m.

An Army site near Tacoma that supported Vancouver Barracks training operations a century ago now is a spearhead for U.S. military power in the Pacific.

Off Beat: Children left mark on St. James Proto-Cathedral 'pughs'

By Tom Vogt May 12, 2014 10 a.m.

The ongoing renovation of St. James Proto-Cathedral, which we explored Friday, offered a reminder of how people's names have become part of the historic Vancouver church in the last 129 years.

Faith in a new light at church

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

A light came down from above. And after a little metal-sawing on the old light fixture and a lot of rewiring, a new chandelier was reeled up to take its place high above the pews.

Off Beat: Japanese delegation in town to recognize castaways

By Tom Vogt May 5, 2014 10 a.m.

Fourteen Japanese sailors left port in October 1832; the ship's three surviving crew members reached Fort Vancouver in July 1834.

Confluence Project in transition

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

During his radio career, Colin Fogarty liked to tell stories about Northwest history.

Northwest imagery is hooked on salmon

By Tom Vogt May 4, 2014 6 a.m.

An iconic fish that has sustained Northwest families for thousands of years has become a popular source of artistic inspiration.

BNSF replacing bridge over Washougal River

By Tom Vogt May 1, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Replacement of a century-old railroad bridge over the Washougal River is part of a $235 million capital plan for its Washington rail system, BNSF Railway officials announced Thursday.

Off Beat: Val and Dan Ogden's marriage has charming back story

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

Dan and Val Ogden had a remarkable marriage of more than 67 years.

Closure of furniture store Sparks memories

By Tom Vogt April 27, 2014 6 a.m.

More than 120 years ago, before their names were on local streets and parks, they shopped at Sparks.

Trust wins $650K grant for purchase of Academy

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2014 5:15 p.m.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a $650,000 challenge grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help purchase the historic Academy building in Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver site chosen for teacher development program

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of 13 national parks in the Pacific West Region chosen to take part in a teacher development program this summer.