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.

Off Beat: Colonial Williamsburg aided by Lynches' generosity

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

If you're lucky enough to visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, pause briefly in the visitors center and check out the list of prominent benefactors. The names include Edward and Virginialee Lynch.

Students look to unearth history at Fort Vancouver

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

In 1852, a Hawaiian native operated a one-man cooper's shop at Fort Vancouver, assembling wooden barrels for the Hudson's Bay Company's global trading empire.

Vietnam-era boat returns to duty

By Tom Vogt June 5, 2015 7:04 p.m.

Decades after patrolling the Mekong Delta, the Gamewardens are back on the river.

Old friend returning to Nepal

By Tom Vogt June 3, 2015 10 a.m.

Since 1963, Don Messerschmidt has gone to Nepal in a lot of different capacities, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Off Beat: Once off the hook, he could joke about being 'live bait'

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

A human target seems an unlikely candidate to win a medal for wartime achievement.

Bluebell, PT boat in Rose Festival Fleet

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

A dozen vessels, including two with local connections, will be part of this year's Portland Rose Festival Fleet.

Local schools commemorate Magna Carta anniversary

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

In a busy season of anniversaries marking events that happened 35, 40, 50, 70, 100 and even 150 years ago, some Clark County students are reaching even further back to note a historic milestone.

Off Beat: Family archivists preserve stories of fallen relatives

By Tom Vogt May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Many of the war fatalities we are remembering today have family members who are carrying on the names of the fallen.

Top Titles: It's not your father's library

By Tom Vogt May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

"Fifty Shades" x 3 = 1,511.

Paying tribute to 70 years of sacrifice

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

Some of them died on European battlefields or in the Pacific. Combat in Korea and Vietnam claimed more lives. In the last dozen years, conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan expanded the roster of wartime fatalities.

Cyclorama captures general's Civil War role

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

As the 25th anniversary of Gettysburg approached, the commander at Vancouver Barracks went to Portland to relive that pivotal battle.

Acrobatic archer hit the target on Letterman  

By Tom Vogt May 19, 2015 5:16 p.m.

David Letterman was sure that Brittany Walsh was going to fire an arrow right into his crotch. After all, isn't that the worst-case scenario for any late-night TV stunt involving weapons?

$11 million contract OK'd for barracks

By Tom Vogt May 18, 2015 6:34 p.m.

The National Park Service has awarded an $11.28 million contract to rehabilitate four Vancouver Barracks buildings, including two that will be the new home of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Brigadier general to be keynote speaker at Memorial Day event

By Tom Vogt May 18, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan will be the keynote speaker Monday at Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance.

So, you want to be a Marine ...

By Tom Vogt May 17, 2015 8:37 p.m.

When Nicole Carlson accompanied a friend during a visit to a local Marine recruiting office, he didn't see a future in the Corps. Carlson, however, is going to be a Marine.

Forward Edge prepares to support rebuilding in Nepal

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

As a Vancouver-based relief organization enlists volunteers and collects money to help earthquake victims in Nepal, the effort already has a crucial resource there: someone to work with.

Off Beat: Director stalls because venue isn't flush with facilities

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

A local theater group with a couple of different problems just might find relief (and we're thinking about two different applications of that word) at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Historic Vancouver Barracks site opens doors to modern uses

By Tom Vogt May 7, 2015 11:46 p.m.

As the venerable infantry barracks prepares for its second act, it just might find a fitting partner in a theater company.

Off Beat: Getting name on election ballot just the beginning

By Tom Vogt May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Who am I? It's something we all need to figure out. It can be particularly helpful if you are planning to run for office.

Parks pumped $459M into state economy in 2014

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

About 7.6 million visitors to national parks in Washington — including Fort Vancouver National Historic Site — spent $459.3 million in the state in 2014, according to a recent federal report.

Off Beat: Spring brings bevy of anniversaries

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

When four groups of local folks — including Eagle Scouts and Kiwanians — celebrated major anniversaries recently, they fit right into a busy season for observances.

8 more Clark County vets get housing vouchers

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Eight additional Clark County veterans will get places to call home, following a new round of federal housing vouchers.

Vancouver Eagles Scouts reunite for 50th anniversary

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Twelve boys in Vancouver's Troop 326 became Eagle Scouts in 1965. Fifty years later, the lessons that came with all those merit badges are still part of their lives.

Off Beat: Soldiers' surrender souvenirs and Custer's night stand

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

Gen. Edward Ord helped block the escape route when Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army tried to withdraw from the battlefield at Appomattox Court House on the morning of April 9, 1865.

Civil War players had ties to Clark County

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

Philip Sheridan described the Army's 1855 campaign against the Yakama Indians as "a wretched failure." Things degenerated to the point in which one officer accused another of stealing a missionary's shoes.

At Vancouver VA, 4.1% of wait times at least 31 days

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

At Vancouver's Veterans Affairs division, about 4.1 percent of medical appointments in a recent six-month span were delayed at least 31 days.

Off Beat: Recounting pioneering aviator's fascinating highs, lows

By Tom Vogt April 5, 2015 9:57 p.m.

Jimmy Rinehart experienced the highs and lows of flying as a pioneering aviator in Clark County.

'The Easter story' shines through

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

He is risen.

Toddler was bathing when she drowned

By Tom Vogt April 4, 2015 10:07 p.m.

A 1-year-old girl was taking a bath when she drowned Friday night in Woodland, a Clark County sheriff's sergeant said Saturday.

Former PeaceHealth fundraiser Rahn dies at 68

By Tom Vogt April 4, 2015 10 p.m.

Jean Rahn, who guided a landmark Clark County philanthropic campaign, died Friday after an extended illness.

Eggs were hunted, eggs were gathered

By Tom Vogt April 4, 2015 7:04 p.m.

It was a good morning for Easter egg hunters Saturday at Water Works Park — and the organizers had plenty to smile about, as well.

Downtown Vancouver library receives design award

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

The Vancouver Community Library is among six facilities honored this week with a national award for library design.

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.