Off Beat: They flew high, fueled by inspiration from Chkalov

By Tom Vogt March 30, 2015 10 a.m.

Game-players flew their versions of "Night Witch" bombing missions recently in a downtown Vancouver convention center. The game was inspired by Russian women who bombed German invaders during World War II.

Fort Vancouver will echo Appomattox bell ringing

By Tom Vogt March 29, 2015 4:41 p.m.

With pealing bells and booming cannon, Fort Vancouver will join in an April 9 national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox.

Off Beat: You just thought you knew how truly green Paddy was

By Tom Vogt March 23, 2015 10 a.m.

Paddy Hough was even greener than we thought.

Sex offender gets 23-year sentence

By Tom Vogt March 20, 2015 1:35 p.m.

A Vancouver sex offender was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 23 years in prison today for making sexually explicit images of an injured girl.

Another kind of legacy

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

Two legacies of a recently departed eatery have been built into Panera Bread, the new restaurant now occupying the former Steakburger site along Highway 99.

Off Beat: Guy who fought long hair has a namesake with a bare skull

By Tom Vogt March 16, 2015 10 a.m.

Lynyrd and Skynyrd are helping local students learn about the human body. And their names, appropriately, are inspired by two teachers.

A winning score makes a 'silent' sing

By Tom Vogt March 16, 2015 6 a.m.

It's a silent movie, so artillery blasts are represented by booming bass drums. During Civil War battle scenes, bugle calls blare from the brass section.

Library district director will retire

By Tom Vogt March 14, 2015 6 a.m.

As she approaches a good place to pass the baton, Nancy Tessman says she will retire this summer as executive director of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

New home for 'Father of Oregon' statue?

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

From his imposing residence inside Fort Vancouver's log stockade, John McLoughlin held sway over a region that stretched from San Francisco Bay to Russian outposts in Alaska, from the Pacific to the Rockies.

Off Beat: Vancouver woman's stories of Manila prison camp resonate

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

Brutal guards. Executions. Starvation rations. And finally, the joy of liberation.

Vietnam photos no longer MIA

By Tom Vogt March 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Smiling from atop the bronze shoulders of a frontier preacher sitting astride a tall horse, Paul Jarvis looks like he's part of the wrong sculpture.

Political women on the agenda

By Tom Vogt March 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Several women who have held community leadership roles — including some pioneering politicians — will share their perspectives in a Thursday panel discussion in Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver proposes stockade fee hike

By Tom Vogt March 2, 2015 9:42 a.m.

Officials at Fort Vancouver are proposing a two-step increase in the entry fee to the reconstructed stockade — from $3 a person to $5, and then to $7 in 2016.

Off Beat: Readers quick to catch mislabeled river photo

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

Talk about a navigational error.

Fort Vancouver library's virtual services go off the books

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

These librarians work in a realm without bookshelves, where the printed page is one of many options.

France honors local WWII veteran

By Tom Vogt February 19, 2015 8:07 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — Fern Shaw's arrival in France more than 70 years ago was grim business. Those waiting for him on June 9, 1944, included soldiers who never made it past the beach on D-Day.

Off Beat: Buzz words? With an assist, choosing can be a Snap

By Tom Vogt February 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Their aircraft and their units have been tagged with names fierce and fearsome.

'News Aloft' tells story of reporter Lev Richards

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

Launches at the Kaiser Shipyard were some of Vancouver's biggest events during World War II. But when the first vessel was launched in 1942, journalist Leverett Richards was not among the crowd along the north bank of the Columbia River; he was above it.

Friends of Fort say hello with Valentine's Day dance at hangar

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

Seventy years ago, a lot of people met for the first time at dances in the airplane hangar at Vancouver Barracks.

Vancouver Barracks to get $10M upgrade

By Tom Vogt February 12, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Three historic Vancouver Barracks structures will get upgrades in the first major construction project since the National Park Service took over the old Army post.

Concert will support veterans' gardening

By Tom Vogt February 10, 2015 6:25 p.m.

A garden to help veterans — and to help them assist hungry families — will get a boost from a Valentine's Day concert at Clark College.

Fighter pilot passes torches to comrade, son

By Tom Vogt February 9, 2015 6:26 p.m.

PORTLAND — When Col. Richard Wedan took his last flight as a fighter pilot, he was escorted into retirement by his son.

Off Beat: Taking recycling to new heights ... in Earth's orbit

By Tom Vogt February 9, 2015 10 a.m.

How on Earth could somebody propose using water from a sewage treatment plant for brewing beer?

Academy sale finalized

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

With donors following through on their pledges, the Fort Vancouver National Trust has officially acquired downtown Vancouver's historic Academy.

Light smoke prompts fire call to Truman elementary

By Mark Bowder , Craig Brown , Justin Runquist and Tom Vogt February 4, 2015 11:42 a.m.

A report of light smoke and an electrical odor brought Vancouver firefighters to Truman Elementary School around 11:20 a.m. today.

Off Beat: When an SP&S train became an ambulance

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

In a railroad career spanning more than 40 years, Harry Hendricks can remember an unexpected assignment. It was the day his freight train became an improvised ambulance.

Northwest's railroad history on display

By Tom Vogt January 30, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Over the years, the familiar clickety-clack of railroad traffic can fade into the background for many people, including Duane Cramer.

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.