Off Beat: Hanks film features use of locally made technology

By Tom Vogt December 30, 2013 6 a.m.

Some locally made technology is getting a shout-out in one of the year's most acclaimed films.

Top 10 Clark County stories for 2013

By Tom Vogt December 29, 2013 6 a.m.

After a news-filled 12 months, CRC issues led the list for the second straight year, followed by topics related to David Madore.

Photographer's parting shots of Mount St. Helens live on

By Tom Vogt December 26, 2013 6 a.m.

They're brand new images of a Northwest icon that disappeared more than 33 years ago — the conical summit of Mount St. Helens.

Off Beat: Ex-top cop approached traffic from different direction

By Tom Vogt December 23, 2013 6 a.m.

Just as Vancouver was introducing its new police chief, we also got an introduction to the guy who'd held the job 70 years ago: the chief who created the nonticket traffic ticket.

Fire damages home in Vancouver's Harney Heights neighborhood

By Mark Bowder and Tom Vogt December 21, 2013 9:13 p.m.

Fire damaged a house Saturday in the Harney Heights neighborhood of Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic.

Record crowd greets Santa

By Tom Vogt December 21, 2013 7:24 p.m.

Santa's steam train has become a Christmas tradition for a lot of local families, one that can span several generations.

Distracted driver cited as cause of accident

By Tom Vogt December 21, 2013 2 p.m.

Car crossed center line

Driver taken to hospital after early morning crash

By Tom Vogt December 21, 2013 1:02 p.m.

Accident was near Southeast 192nd Avenue exit

Helen Arnold remembered as community activist

By Tom Vogt December 18, 2013 9:51 a.m.

As a student more than 80 years ago, Helen Arnold helped create the landscape along Main Street we see today.

Forward Edge organizes Philippines assistance

By Tom Vogt December 13, 2013 10 a.m.

A Vancouver-based relief organization is gearing up to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. Based on recent -- and not so recent -- disaster responses, Forward Edge International will be there for a while.

Christmas in Afghanistan: Marine moms send gift packages

By Tom Vogt December 10, 2013 6 a.m.

A Marine unit in Afghanistan lost one of its own in October, and a Wisconsin woman lost her son.

Off Beat: Camas man's oboe in classic 'Sound of Music' film

By Tom Vogt December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

During Julie Andrews' twirl around a mountain meadow, the hills are alive with the sound of a Camas musician and about 70 orchestra mates.

Lego League tackles 'disasters'

By Tom Vogt December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

While edging away from the volcano, you had to make sure to avoid the tsunami. Those were just some of the disasters that challenged more than 200 young problem-solvers at Salmon Creek Elementary School over the weekend.

Vancouver's low of 9 degrees sets Dec. 8 record

By Tom Vogt December 8, 2013 10:01 p.m.

The temperature has dropped to record-setting levels the past couple of days — but that's not the full extent of our cold snap, according to Steve Pierce, The Columbian's weather blogger.

Visions of nativity span the globe

By Tom Vogt December 8, 2013 8:41 p.m.

A child's birth that was reported in a small town on the other side of the world has been inspiring artists for 2,000 years.

Rear-end crash pushes into third car, hurts 1

By Tom Vogt December 7, 2013 6:07 p.m.

One person was hospitalized after a three-car accident Friday night just north of the Vancouver city limits.

Veteran's Path to Pearl Harbor

By Tom Vogt December 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Paul Johnson's path to Pearl Harbor included an expedition along the Great Wall of China.

Christmas Ships cancelled

By Tom Vogt December 6, 2013 8:04 p.m.

Updates information on Christmas Ships' web site

Weather cancels local Pearl Harbor observance

By Tom Vogt December 6, 2013 11:27 a.m.

Some were below decks and felt it. Some heard it as explosions shattered the Sunday morning calm. And some watched in disbelief as the United States was thrust into World War II.

Off Beat: In death, Gettysburg officer found way home

By Tom Vogt December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Capt. Leander Gage King's regiment got lost on the way to Gettysburg. But even after death, he found his way home.

Local midshipman pursues high-tech future

By Tom Vogt November 30, 2013 6 a.m.

Class of 2011 Columbia River honors grad born in China gets high-level STEM education

Vancouver Barracks HQ front and center

By Tom Vogt November 26, 2013 6:31 p.m.

The Vancouver Barracks renovation project will follow the pattern set at headquarters.

Vancouver couple were witnesses to history

By Tom Vogt November 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Like most Americans 50 years ago, Michigan residents Carol and John Van Zytveld were following the ongoing tragedy surrounding the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.

1960 Miss Vancouver recalls meeting JFK

By Tom Vogt November 22, 2013 6 a.m.

John F. Kennedy never visited Vancouver. Unlike rival Richard Nixon, who drew thousands of admirers for a speech in front of the Clark County Courthouse on Sept. 13, 1960, the Democratic presidential candidate didn't campaign here.

Where were you when JFK was shot?

By Tom Vogt November 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Recollections and remembrances by Clark County residents. On Nov. 22, 1963 …

Gettysburg artifacts on display at Fort Vancouver

By Tom Vogt November 20, 2013 6 a.m.

The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was a pivotal event in the Civil War. Less than five months later, its battlefield fatalities -- including a general who'd served at Fort Vancouver -- were the focus of another historical milestone when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19.

Off Beat: Former JFK advance man has no shortage of stories

By Tom Vogt November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

When Dan Ogden recently told us about participating in John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign, he happened to mention another notable aspect of that presidential race. Ogden and his brother were working for opposing sides.

Dan Ogden: Paving the way for JFK

By Tom Vogt November 17, 2013 6 a.m.

Dan Ogden was an advance man during John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign, and he was invited along when the president scheduled a series of appearances in Texas in November 1963.

B.G. library evacuated because of smoke

By Tom Vogt November 14, 2013 1:50 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — The Battle Ground Community Library was evacuated this morning after someone set a book on fire in a restroom.

Veterans Day ceremony salutes Clark County's military

By Tom Vogt November 11, 2013 8:03 p.m.

Community members gathered today to thank those who have served, salute current military personnel, and remember 23 servicemen who died overseas in the last 10 years.

Vancouver Navy veteran lied about age to enlist

By Tom Vogt November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

When a regulation barred Ed Maresh from enlisting in the Navy at the age of 16, he changed it.

Off Beat: Pace of news has changed since our WWII headlines

By Tom Vogt November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

Our story about the death of Vancouver fighter pilot Lt. Royce Griffin in 1945 shows how the pace of news has changed since World War II.

Former agent opens up about the day JFK died

By Tom Vogt November 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Clint Hill had planned to become a high school history teacher.

Grant helps vets at Clark College

By Tom Vogt November 8, 2013 6 a.m.

Veterans attending Clark College will benefit from the first in a series of $30,000 grants to be awarded by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

Local events pay tribute to military veterans

By Tom Vogt November 7, 2013 7:09 p.m.

The community's annual Veterans Day ceremony shifts to a new location Monday, with an 11 a.m. observance at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.

Salmon Creek veteran's home remodeled

By Tom Vogt November 7, 2013 6 a.m.

After a bit of pounding or sawing, somebody in an orange T-shirt would walk out the front door and toss a little more of Rocco Tedesco's house into a big trash bin. Sitting in his wheelchair, Tedesco watched it all with understandable satisfaction. Each armload of discarded drywall or 2-by-4s gets him a little closer to an accessible home.

Onslow bests challenger in Ridgefield

By Tom Vogt November 5, 2013 10:39 p.m.

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow is in position to retain his post after defeating write-in candidate Tim Wilson, but Battle Ground's leadership is in churn mode as challengers beat incumbents in three of the four contested city council races Tuesday.

Church celebrating 70 years

By Tom Vogt November 3, 2013 7:35 p.m.

The black binder on Kathy White’s desk is an account of the events that have taken place at Memorial Lutheran Church in the past 70 years.

WWII-era telegram redelivered

By Tom Vogt October 28, 2013 7:31 p.m.

A local family recently received a message informing them that 2nd Lt. Royce E. Griffin had been killed in the war.

Off Beat: Sherlock Holmes inspires imagined correspondence

By Tom Vogt October 28, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in 1930, the Sherlock Holmes bookshelf gets longer.

Fun's in fashion at Trunk or Treat

By Tom Vogt October 26, 2013 11:17 p.m.

In a place where clothing leans toward military camouflage, Kate Baumgartner was dressed as a ballerina.

Making a difference: Volunteers step up around the county

By Tom Vogt October 26, 2013 7:21 p.m.

Some made a nice haul of cigarette butts. Some made gravestone inscriptions at the Old City Cemetery more readable. And some made local parks more welcoming. They all made a difference.

Exploring cool beauty of Mt. Hood

By Tom Vogt October 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Highlighted against a brilliant blue sky, the white-cloaked flanks of Mount Hood provide a dazzling spectacle.

Off Beat: Astronaut connects with local school kids, 'Gravity' star

By Tom Vogt October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock now has something in common with hundreds of Clark County schoolchildren. They've all learned about life in space from Cady Coleman.

Fundraiser will feature former Secret Service agent

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

A former Secret Service agent who was in the Dallas motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated will headline a Nov. 8 fund-raising luncheon in Vancouver.

Washougal school board has one contested race

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Candidates with two different perspectives on school district experience are on the Nov. 5 ballot in the Washougal School District.

The game is afoot at OMSI

By Tom Vogt October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

One of his teachers beat on corpses with a club to learn about bruising. Another professor could tell a man's occupation by examining the calluses on his hands.

Local airman in world news: Shipping it back home

By Tom Vogt October 18, 2013 9:32 p.m.

A Vancouver airman is part of the push to wind down the United States' military presence in Afghanistan while continuing to support combat operations.

School race in Camas drama-free

By Tom Vogt October 16, 2013 6 a.m.

With only one contested Camas school board race, both candidates agree that this election is not a matter of turning things around in the district: It's about making good programs even better for the district's 6,000 or so students.

Two seek lone open Ridgefield school position

By Tom Vogt October 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Ridgefield's new school director will get to weigh in on one of the biggest choices a board can make -- picking a new school superintendent.