Clark County wildfires under control

By Craig Brown , Lauren Dake , Emily Gillespie and Tom Vogt August 4, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Wildland fires erupted in Clark County this afternoon, challenging firefighters to respond to all of them. By 5 p.m. all were under control.

Off Beat: Years later, Capt. 'Grumpy' flying high

By Tom Vogt August 2, 2015 6:39 p.m.

Navy Capt. Keith Kimberly is Grumpy.

Search continues today for missing woman

By Tom Vogt August 1, 2015 3:18 p.m.

Sheriff says search will continue Sunday if woman isn't found today

Chkalov flight documents land at Pearson

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

The president of the United States took a couple of minutes out of his schedule on June 20, 1937, to send a telegram to Vancouver Barracks.

Japanese flags to be returned home

By Tom Vogt July 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Dozens of small Japanese flags taken as battlefield trophies by American troops are heading home. Some might wind up back with Japanese families that sent their young men off to combat in the Pacific during World War II.

Cowlitz bring tradition ashore

By Tom Vogt July 28, 2015 8:17 p.m.

As Ty Koch takes part in a tribal tradition that goes back untold generations, "It's very humbling," the 19-year-old said.

Naval aviator lands in elite company

By Tom Vogt July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

When it comes to his family's aviation heritage, "The roots go back quite a ways," U.S. Navy Capt. Keith Kimberly said.

Off Beat: Artists follow many roads to Tin Man's heart

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

When L. Frank Baum created the Tin Woodman in 1900, he gave the "Oz" character a great story line, but no heart.

Artist gets to the heart of arts

By Tom Vogt July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

The Tin Man has a heart, after all.

Archaeology field school uncovers artifacts

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

Vancouver's World War I spruce mill was a massive undertaking, and a lot of artifacts remain just below the surface.

Off Beat: Reminders of Harley Hall's flyover above Vancouver

By Tom Vogt July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

When the Blue Angels flew over the Harley H. Hall Building last week, it wasn't the first time the Navy aviators saluted a member of the Hall family in the skies above Vancouver.

WWII vet returns to bunker where his life changed

By Tom Vogt July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

If a couple of American artillery shells had landed in different spots, Dale Bowlin's battery might have killed a few more Germans, or at least chased them out of their concrete bunker. And later that day, Bowlin would have bled to death.

Housing for homeless, disabled vets on the way

By Tom Vogt July 16, 2015 4:32 p.m.

A ceremony Thursday morning signified that 50 local veterans will have an alternative to sleeping in their cars or living in the street.

Blue Angels soar in salute to former commander  

By Tom Vogt July 15, 2015 8:47 p.m.

See a video of the Blue Angels' flyover with this story atHarley Hall, a Vietnam War casualty from Vancouver, got a jet-powered salute Wednesday from his old team.

Blue Angels to fly over Vancouver in honor of former commander

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

The Blue Angels will salute Vietnam War casualty Harley Hall, who was their commanding officer 45 years ago, with a Vancouver flyover today.

In StoryWalk, kids run to the next page

By Tom Vogt July 14, 2015 10 a.m.

"Animal Boogie" definitely was a fast-paced story: A few readers were running from one page to the next.

Off Beat: They see themselves in a tapestry, stitching a tapestry

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

When needle-workers look at particular panels of the Fort Vancouver Tapestry, they just might see themselves looking back.

Body of drowning victim recovered

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 9:30 p.m.

The body of a Vancouver man who drowned Friday in the Columbia River was recovered Saturday morning.

Saturday in the Park Pride: Celebrating a 'sea change'

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 9:01 p.m.

When James Phelps was a law student back in the 1970s, he figured that the United States eventually would recognize same-sex marriages.

Illegal firework blamed in Vancouver house fire

By Tom Vogt July 11, 2015 5:07 p.m.

An illegal bottle rocket sparked a fire that did about $85,000 worth of damage Friday to a house in east Vancouver.

Off Beat: Pearl Harbor survivor gets special salute in final months

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

Martin Knapp, who was part of our most recent story about local Pearl Harbor survivors, has died.

Fort Vancouver Tapestry: Connective threads

By Tom Vogt July 3, 2015 8:10 p.m.

As Clark County's 108-foot-long history lesson unfolded, several Japanese women could track their own paths in the fabric.

Historical tapestry to hang in library

By Tom Vogt July 2, 2015 10 a.m.

A summary of local history is coming to Vancouver Community Library, but don't look for it on a bookshelf in the 900 section.

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.