Civil War hero buried in Vancouver witness to history

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

As the state was celebrating its most recent Medal of Honor recipients, historian Jeff Davis found an intriguing update for a Medal of Honor winner buried in Vancouver.

Monday's eclipse opens a tetrad

By Tom Vogt April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

The first in a quartet of total lunar eclipses — the only such quartet in a span of 28 years — takes place Monday.

Couple on the road for clean water in Haiti

By Tom Vogt April 10, 2014 7:57 p.m.

In their mission to bring clean water to Haiti, Chris and Leslie Rolling rely on modern tools, but they also encounter technology the Romans would have recognized, like concrete, tile and donkeys .

Off Beat: Interesting reading freed from 150 years in satchel

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

For the better part of a century, some remarkable documents were locked up in Lewis Sutton's satchel.

POW/MIA Memorial milestone draws near

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

A ceremonial laying of the first stone at 8 a.m. April 18 will mark the construction of the community's POW/MIA Memorial.

Small acreage, big challenges

By Tom Vogt April 5, 2014 10:02 p.m.

Last year it was weeds.

Photographer digs out memories of April 5 tornado

By Tom Vogt April 4, 2014 7:23 p.m.

Forty-two years ago, a deadly tornado struck Vancouver. Larry Crispien took photographs of twisted metal, crumpled brick walls and a collapsed school roof on April 5, 1972.

County historical museum exhibit sheds light on Civil War

By Tom Vogt April 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Lewis Sutton was in quite a fix. The Confederates surrounded his regiment during the Battle of Shiloh and captured Sutton and 235 other Union soldiers.

Could gold coins found in Calif. have Vancouver connection?

By Tom Vogt March 31, 2014 7:17 p.m.

The career of Army paymaster Maj. Joseph W. Wham was approaching its inglorious conclusion in 1894 when he was court-martialed at Vancouver Barracks.

Three cities eyed for overhauls to libraries

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

New or expanded libraries in three cities top the list of potential projects for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Off Beat: Stitches in the fabric of a history forged by forest fires

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

Conversations with descendants of local pioneers often touch on common themes.

Swede visits Venersborg, hears tales of immigration

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

VENERSBORG — The Venersborg Church is nestled in a clearing, its white steeple dwarfed by towering trees. It's the embodiment of a peaceful countryside. But for people who came here from Sweden in 1909, it was the adventure of their lives.

Off Beat: Reader's Digest art director gave laundry list of instructions

By Tom Vogt March 17, 2014 10 a.m.

'Lean this way. Smile a little."

Navy wife regroups to help military families  

By Tom Vogt March 12, 2014 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Lori Volkman's reflections on life as a military spouse were midnight messages that bounced around the blogosphere. Now she can target her audiences. She's still sharing her perspectives as a Navy reservist's wife, but now Volkman wants to influence as well as to entertain and empathize.

Visitors center renovation approved for Fort Vancouver

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

Renovation of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, which has been on the local wish list for a dozen years, has been approved.

Off Beat: Weed the People could meet with Tokin' Resistance

By Tom Vogt March 10, 2014 5:59 a.m.

The Old Dope Pedaler? Or maybe a new take on the CRC? Those are just a couple of the ways this could play out. We've been doing a lot of coverage recently about legalized marijuana. The future of the industry is still uncertain, and the business implementation is a work in progress.

Old cash register found in store wall

By Tom Vogt March 4, 2014 1:46 p.m.

A century-old cash register was recently discovered stashed behind a wall in one of Vancouver's oldest businesses.

La Center boy, 6, dies in wrong-way crash on I-5  

By Emily Gillespie and Tom Vogt February 28, 2014 8:36 p.m.

A wrong-way driver was reported moments before a fatal head-on crash on Interstate 5 near just south of Exit 11, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

Apartment fire cause still under investigation

By Tom Vogt February 27, 2014 7:26 p.m.

Officials are still investigating the origin of Wednesday’s two-alarm fire north of Westfield Vancouver mall.

Public's help sought in Vancouver auto prowl case

By Tom Vogt February 27, 2014 4:20 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating an auto-prowl incident that occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday morning at a home on the 600 block of Rhododendron Drive in Vancouver.

Off Beat: Shirley Temple, peanut butter — and a pitcher of milk

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

Shirley Temple's recent death stirred up some memories about the time she passed through Clark County, thanks to a La Center woman who made the Hollywood legend a peanut butter sandwich.

Fort Vancouver’s past fascinates Shine  

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

As a boy, Greg Shine saw places where history was made loudly and abruptly, punctuated by artillery barrages and infantry charges.

Special lodging planned for local VA campus

By Tom Vogt February 21, 2014 10 a.m.

A home away from home in Vancouver for families of veterans receiving medical care is closer to reality. The National Fisher House Foundation has announced that it is moving forward with a facility for the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which includes a Vancouver campus.

Tissot stepping down after a decade as historical museum director

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

Susan Tissot, who has been executive director of the Clark County Historical Museum for 10.5 years, will leave in May for a job in California.

Geologists get scientific peek under Hood

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

From vantage points all around Clark County, the white volcanic peak of Mount Hood can dominate stretches of the horizon.

Off Beat: Pharmacy chain's tobacco announcement an echo

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

After almost three decades, the nation's second-biggest pharmacy chain is catching up with a Vancouver drugstore owner.

Program Vancouver man developed recognized by VA

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

A veterans-benefits program developed by Bill Allman of Vancouver received national recognition this week in a ceremony at the White House.

Never too late for love for Battle Ground residents

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

BATTLE GROUND — When George Bennett was at Pearl Harbor in September, the longtime sailor went to the base exchange and bought something romantic for his sweetheart.

Off Beat: Her husband mapped out their road to wedded bliss

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

Handmade valentines tend to be the most … well, heartfelt.

Air Force pilot recalled at Vancouver service

By Tom Vogt February 9, 2014 7:02 p.m.

The wreath at the front of the church featured a ribbon with four words: "That others may live." It was the motto of Capt. Christopher Stover's rescue unit. But it was more than a motto: It was his mission.

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.

Golden Gretchen made history at '48 Olympics

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

This week, American skiers will be trying to follow the route pioneered by a Vancouver housewife in 1948.

Some local library branches closed

By Tom Vogt February 6, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Museum event at library cancelled

Museum cancels tonight's event

By Tom Vogt February 6, 2014 11:12 a.m.

One of many schedule changes

Vancouver memorial service set for Air Force pilot killed in crash

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

Capt. Christopher Stover, an Air Force pilot from Vancouver who died a month ago in a helicopter crash, will be honored Sunday in a hometown service.

Off Beat: Previous Denver Broncos owner was a Vancouver native

By Tom Vogt February 3, 2014 6 a.m.

This is 12th Man territory, so most local Super Bowl viewers Sunday were rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.

Crews respond to school bus driver with chest pains

By Tom Vogt January 29, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Ambulance and fire crews responded Wednesday afternoon when a bus driver experienced chest pains at Vancouver’s Jason Lee Middle School.

Banker's suicide chapter in history of 1866 Charles Brown House

By Tom Vogt January 29, 2014 9:42 a.m.

Charles Brown was a prosperous banker. The former mayor and his family lived in one of downtown Vancouver's showcase homes at the turn of the 20th century.

Vancouver library's tax forms overdue

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2014 7:22 p.m.

Thousands of items are overdue at local libraries, and they can all be traced back to the same party: the Internal Revenue Service.

Vancouver pilot recalled as scholar, warrior

By Tom Vogt January 27, 2014 6:16 p.m.

Capt. Christopher Stover was buried Monday at the Air Force Academy, where the Vancouver pilot is being remembered as a scholar and a warrior.

Project gives John McLoughlin's story a digital reboot

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

The saga of John McLoughlin has gotten a high-tech retelling through a free digital publication. While the project represents new-wave story-telling, it also links to a soundtrack that's about as original as you can get, considering that Dr. McLoughlin died in 1857.

Off Beat: It took time for some MIA stories to finally be told

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

Some of them have been missing for more than 50 years, but they sure haven't been forgotten.

Vancouver getting MIA memorial

By Tom Vogt January 18, 2014 4:41 p.m.

More than 83,000 American military personnel remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.

Meaning in sacrifice for Vancouver airman

By Tom Vogt January 17, 2014 6:23 p.m.

More than 2,000 people gathered at a British air base Friday to honor four airmen, including Capt. Christopher Stover of Vancouver, who died Jan. 7 in a helicopter crash.

Body of local Air Force pilot back in U.S.

By Tom Vogt January 13, 2014 6:12 p.m.

The bodies of four airmen killed in a helicopter accident, including Capt. Christopher S. Stover of Vancouver, have been transferred to the United States.

Off Beat: Plot twists: King (County) takes bishop

By Tom Vogt January 13, 2014 6 a.m.

We lost a position of religious leadership more than a century ago when Washington's Catholic bishop left Vancouver and moved to Seattle.

Families remember MIA

By Tom Vogt January 11, 2014 6:39 p.m.

PORTLAND — The stories spanned decades of conflict in different areas of the globe. Gwen Davis and Dick Kim talked about their missing brothers; Ann Holland remembered her lost husband.

New name honors Catholic church's history

By Tom Vogt January 9, 2014 8:05 p.m.

Shaped in part by an Indian massacre and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a local church was the hub of Washington's Catholic ministry for more than 55 years.

Library turns new page on formats

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

It's a list with lots of slots, including "Wild" in two formats, two versions of Dan Brown's "Inferno" and four takes on "The Hunger Games" franchise.

Off Beat: Newsroom alums check in with St. Helens memories

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

Bill Stewart turned down an invitation to spend that Saturday night on Mount St. Helens, which saved his life.