Off Beat: Firing Civil War cannons at tanks just part of the job

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

Mike Twist's job at Fort Vancouver puts him in a place that overlays almost two centuries of frontier heritage and American military history.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Sentences so awful, they're good

By Tom Vogt August 15, 2014 6 a.m.

That was a pretty bad sentence Vancouver's Damian Alabakoff wrote about twitchy knees and steam engines, but it wasn't the worst opening sentence of the year. That gem introduced a seafaring saga featuring a dead moose.

Murray visits Vancouver VA to talk about wait times

By Tom Vogt August 14, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Thanks to volunteers and providers working weekend shifts, electronic waiting lists for patients seeking appointments for primary care are down to zero in the Portland Veterans Affairs medical system, its director said Thursday in Vancouver.

Stand-Down steps up service outreach to veterans

By Tom Vogt August 13, 2014 7:02 p.m.

While a referral slip isn't as substantial as a sleeping bag, or even a barbecued pork sandwich, it could have a better payoff over the long haul.

Stand-down will align services for veterans

By Tom Vogt August 10, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Veterans in need will be able to find immediate assistance and access some long-term services Wednesday in the annual stand-down.

VA leader lays out care improvements

By Tom Vogt August 8, 2014 6:47 p.m.

Upgrades of health care for veterans at Vancouver's VA campus were announced Friday by a top administrator.

VA official announces regional upgrades

By Tom Vogt August 8, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Better access for vets is goal

Challenger Briggs collects more votes than incumbent Vick

By Tom Vogt August 5, 2014 11:16 p.m.

Democratic challenger Mike Briggs has a five-point lead over Republican incumbent Brandon Vick in the 18th Legislative District’s Position 1 race after Tuesday’s primary, but plenty of votes remain in play heading into the Nov. 4 general election.

Harris gains nearly 50% of votes

By Tom Vogt August 5, 2014 11:05 p.m.

Incumbent state Rep. Paul Harris came close to cresting the 50 percent mark in a three-way primary race for the 17th Legislative District's Position 2.

Off Beat: Clark County cedes distinction 112 years after Yacolt Burn

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

Clark County and its environs recently yielded a century-old distinction to another region of the state.

House's history dug up

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

That compact patch of neatly excavated landscape is another one of Fort Vancouver's historic crossroads, but on a more intimate scale.

American Empress riverboat tour calls Vancouver home port

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

The Columbia River has powered this region's economy for hundreds of years.

Memories of the moon landing

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

The last people inside the Apollo 11 lunar module were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Vancouver resident Jack Atkinson.

Work on Fort Vancouver's visitor center to begin

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

With the awarding of a contract, the long-sought rehabilitation of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center is slated to be finished in the summer of 2015.

Vancouver Marine has explosive 4th of July

By Tom Vogt July 29, 2014 7:33 p.m.

Daniel Buzalsky spent July 4 listening to the same percussive soundtrack as most Americans: boom-boom-boom, crack-crack-crack.

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.