Stories by Tom
North County operation applies ingenuity to serve more hungry households
Hunger continues to be a growing problem in rural areas of Clark County, said Candice Howell, one of the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank's organizers.
Stop in Camas was one of only two in state
CAMAS — Shauna Ahearn remembers when her folks introduced her to the Camas Public Library.
Train tours through Clark County's north woods start May 11
AMBOY — Luke Johnson's excursion ride doubles as a steam-powered time machine.
Historian Richard Etulain will discuss Abraham Lincoln's significant impact on the Pacific Northwest during the Civil War at this year's fundraising dinner for the Clark County Historical Museum.
Open to all levels
A 5:30 p.m. gathering will precede the run
Event director says Boston bombings may prompt changes at race
Following fatal explosions in the Boston Marathon, organizers of the Vancouver USA Marathon will be considering refinements over the next two months.
Several of almost 30 Vancouver-area runners in the Boston marathon report their experiences.
Relocation follows tussle with park service over permit
After a one-year hiatus, Clark County's All Church Picnic is back in business at a new spot, Esther Short Park.
Ismet Prcic didn't expect to win anything at the 2013 Oregon Book Awards.
He cites general as role model in visit to Vancouver
Robert Gates worked for eight American presidents, but the leader who inspired him most, said the former secretary of defense, was a person he’d never met. That leader was Gen. George Marshall.
Vern Toedtli's 1957 car featured in the 2013 Snap-on Tools calendar
A timeless beauty is, by definition, beyond any concerns of chronology and calendar.
Alpacapalooza fills fairgrounds with competitive fluffiness
RIDGEFIELD -- Lightly petting the back of King David is like stroking smoke.
The effort helps hungry schoolchildren in a variety of ways
The Backpack Program didn't take long to outgrow its initial clientele of 75 children. It didn't take long to outgrow its namesake, either.
Twenty-six area schools have been honored for achievement by state public education officials, including one school that's among the highest achievers in Washington.
Park Service debuts first comprehensive exhibit at museum
Cpl. Hugh Beirne arrived in 1849 after his Army artillery regiment was shipped around the tip of South America.
Vancouver just saw a mini-flurry of diplomatic activity, with top West Coast consular officials from Great Britain and Russia visiting to firm up some relationships.
Following a dispute over management of Pearson Air Museum, Russian officials made sure Wednesday that their artifacts linked to the history-making Chkalov flight were still in good hands.
Erin Iwata and her boys went home Monday with a book about raising baby chicks, as well as a few other books for the gardening season.
Next step would be consideration by full House
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee announced that it will advance U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s proposed legislation on the Pearson Air Museum to markup on Wednesday.
Goal is $200,000; Columbia CU announces $100,000 matching gift
Campaign will assist purchase, preservation of Mother Joseph's landmark
She was award-winning journalist, wrote several books
Kathie Durbin, an author and award-winning journalist who had covered the Washington Legislature and the environment for The Columbian, died Friday in a Portland hospice facility.
He coordinates mobile storytelling apps
America's national parks have a lot of human stories to share. A Vancouver researcher is breaking new ground in telling them, which is why Brett Oppegaard is the National Park Service's 2012 volunteer of the year.
Executive director of Vancouver Farmer's Market honored
Award celebrates legacy of former Vancouver military commander
Chamber hosts three officials who hope to refresh longtime ties
A British trading power set up shop in Vancouver almost 190 years ago.
Disc toss, climbing among tasks local teams' machines do at event
It isn't always enough to eliminate potential problems. Sometimes you just have to solve them.
National historic site's monthly open house tours offer an array of artifacts
Two footprints illustrate the faraway places and different eras that overlap at Fort Vancouver.
LA CENTER — The story of the old sewing machine reflects some of the historical influences that brought people to Clark County in the past 150 years.
Local musician was in club when 100 died in 2003
RIDGEFIELD — As John Reagle relaxed with a beer and burger before his band took the stage, he looked up at the ceiling of the night club.
It will feature spruce mill, auto exhibits instead of planes
Pearson has been closed for three weeks following a dispute between the NPS and the Fort Vancouver Historic Trust, which had operated the air museum on behalf of the city.
Harry Generaux says his stint as a bomber pilot over Europe was no different than what other American pilots did during World War II.
New crops sprout new agricultural business models
As anyone who grew up in Clark County can attest, thousands of acres of farm land have been paved over and populated with houses.
To reflect on local history, you might walk to a particular viewpoint where you can look to the sky, the water and the land. And fittingly enough, the historical reflections can include that viewpoint.
U.S. Army departs from longest continuously operating installation west of the Mississippi
An era ended in May when military officials handed over the East and South Vancouver Barracks to the National Park Service.
There is serious artwork on these warriors, created as tributes to fallen comrades or to signal a personal peace with a 40-year-old war.
Pearson Air Museum exhibits moving into Pearson Field hangar
The National Park Service has terminated an agreement with the city of Vancouver, putting Pearson Air Museum under management of the park service's Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
In the family photograph of the five Hall children, 11-year-old Harley is right in the middle. He's wearing a leather aviator's helmet, with the goggles pulled up on his forehead.
He understands what Crestline staff, students are facing
Evergreen officials will try to get the Crestline Elementary community back into classrooms as soon as possible, while other schools in the district might wind up accommodating the displaced staff and students.
Vancouver Navy pilot was last American designated a prisoner of war in Vietnam
Forty years ago, U.S. Navy pilots Harley Hall and Ernie Christensen met briefly on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. They reflected on what would be their final combat mission of the Vietnam War.
Two Washougal Air Force sergeants receive Bronze Stars for service in Afghanistan
PORTLAND — Military job titles don't always reflect the scope of such specialties as combat controller. The Bronze Star citations for two local Air Force sergeants, who served with special operations units in Afghanistan, offer a pretty good job description.
The site of the former Clark County Poor Farm has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
"You want education to be real and relevant," said David Richards, a teacher at Fort Vancouver High School.
Women are first members of local team to compete in USA Gymnastics event
Carissa Brown, Geneva "Gigi" Gernhart and Hadley Park each had a chance at center stage Sunday, performing their floor exercise routines to a doo-wop-flavored instrumental of "Blue Moon."
Events over weekend include YWCA work; bulk scheduled Monday
Fifteen men and women pitched in Saturday and Sunday on behalf of an agency that helps people in crisis.
Vancouver woman is part of the preparations
Back in September, when Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Watson started her advance work for Monday's inaugural parade, the guest of honor hadn't even been determined.
Some of the thousands who were trained in in area share their stories
More than 40,000 men passed through Vancouver Barracks as members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Some of their recently videotaped stories will be part of an exhibit on programs that put people to work during the Great Depression.
Friends of Carpenter sorts, helps distribute
If you've been challenged by an overflowing closet, consider 1,000 coats and jackets -- all balled into plastic bags and piled in a mound.
Agency joins others to help eligible people with urgent needs
The nonprofit Human Services Council has taken on a new role in aiding local veterans, and it will bring $350,000 in grant money to the effort.
A Vancouver motorist was taken to a Clackamas County, Ore., hospital for a mental health evaluation Tuesday after deputies responded to reports of a reckless driver.
"No visitors" signs are up at a Salmon Creek care center this weekend after gastrointestinal illness affected a dozen residents.
No longer décor, they benefit Scouts and will mulch gardens
Local Scouts helped their neighbors, provided a big recycling boost and raised a little money.