Off Beat: Telling tales from 'The Roosevelts: Vancouver Edition'

By Tom Vogt September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

When members of America's most Burns-worthy family visited Vancouver 70 years ago, it was Page 1 news … even when the news wasn't reported for a week or so.

Former fire cadet welcomed home from hospital

By Tom Vogt September 27, 2014 8:55 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — When his family brought him back home Saturday from a long hospital stay, Jack Fletcher had a slight detour. He rode the last few miles in a fire engine.

Down-home delights at Harvest Fun Day

By Tom Vogt September 27, 2014 8:23 p.m.

The annual Harvest Fun Day at 78th Street Heritage Farm was a chance to enjoy a range of down-home delights.

Vancouver scene of WWII landing-craft reunion

By Tom Vogt September 24, 2014 8:10 p.m.

One thing set LCI crewmen apart from just about everyone else in the Navy.

Gifford Pinchot to move headquarters

By Tom Vogt September 22, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Vancouver's national park will become the home of another federal agency when the Gifford Pinchot National Forest moves its headquarters to Vancouver Barracks.

Off Beat: Post-war dads, through eyes of their children

By Tom Vogt September 22, 2014 10 a.m.

Saturday's dedication of the community's POW/MIA memorial was a chance to honor American troops who wound up in enemy hands.

33 take oath of allegiance at Fort Vancouver

By Tom Vogt September 19, 2014 9:08 p.m.

After spending 19 years in a refugee camp, Anita Sarki has a place to call home. The Beaverton, Ore., resident became an American citizen on Friday. As she was surrounded by friends, Sarki echoed a verse from the Bible: "This is my promised land."

Ground broken at VA for local Fisher House

By Tom Vogt September 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

Officials broke ground Friday on Vancouver's VA campus for the nation's 67th Fisher House — which means they've learned something since 1990 about building them.

Photos sought of Vietnam veterans from Clark County

By Tom Vogt September 17, 2014 8:44 p.m.

There are 58,286 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and Janna Hoehn wants a face to go along with every name.

WWII Vet Speaks for POWs

By Tom Vogt September 16, 2014 6:23 p.m.

As Dale Bowlin hunkered down in a trench, trapped between American lines and advancing German infantry, he considered his options: Surrender or die.

Off Beat: Another chance for Navy veteran and pet, Chance

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

Thanks to two local Gold Star mothers, a veteran got his Chance … and Chance — a mixed-breed dog — got a second chance.

Wishram will celebrate centennial Saturday

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

About 100 miles of steel track have linked Vancouver and Wishram for more than 100 years, which is why some Clark County residents will help the Columbia River Gorge community celebrate its centennial Saturday.

Candlelight tour illuminates fort's history

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

More than 150 volunteers, including — appropriately — the 1st Oregon Volunteers, will be part of Fort Vancouver's largest annual costumed re-enactment Sept. 13.

Vancouver men share memories of 9/11

By Tom Vogt September 10, 2014 5:20 p.m.

When Ray Garza walked into the emergency department of a Manhattan hospital on Sept. 12, 2001, he was jolted. Not by the sight of injured people: Garza expected to see the medical staff still treating casualties of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but it was a slow day in the ER.

The 'rat' race is on for Vancouver man

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

David Hubbard's challenge: Build a rat rod for $3,000 or less in the span of 30 days, then drive it 300 miles from St. Louis to the "Redneck Rumble" near Nashville, Tenn.

Tonight's 'super moon' is last one of 2014

By Tom Vogt September 8, 2014 12:17 p.m.

Orange color is result of atmosphere

Off Beat: Memories of the family farm include lots of hard work

By Tom Vogt September 8, 2014 6 a.m.

The memory of tree-ripe fruit makes Suzy Foley's mouth water after 50 years, and the fruit's still there for the taking.

Volunteers pick pounds of park's pears

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

A former parks administrator was examining a list of park properties a few years ago and came across an unexpected asset.

Zoo totem makeover

By Tom Vogt September 2, 2014 6 a.m.

The restoration of a Chief Lelooska totem pole at the Oregon Zoo is a chance for people to get back in touch with Northwest tribal themes.

Off Beat: Elk image on prosthesis? Some come in camo

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

A recent on-the-job feature for our business section provided an interesting look at prosthetic limbs … and an elk.

Off Beat: River grad helps bring new meaning to 'rock' music

By Tom Vogt August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Jon Miles played trumpet in several school bands, from Sacajawea Elementary through Columbia River High School.

Three Creeks library closing briefly during remodeling

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

Three Creeks Community Library will close for about two weeks in September for a remodel that will provide some new features for visitors.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse deemed success story

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

RIDGEFIELD — The Cathlapotle Plankhouse has been recognized as a leading example of historic preservation.

Zoo train restoration

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

RIDGEFIELD — Two heavyweight attractions from the Oregon Zoo are spending the summer in Ridgefield.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."