Will: Florida race may be a bellwether

By Troy Wayrynen February 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Because it is this year's first federal election, attention must be paid to the March 11 voting to fill the congressional seat vacated by the death in October of Florida Republican C.W. "Bill" Young, who served in Congress 43 years. If Democrat Alex Sink wins, the significance will be minimal because she enjoys multiple advantages. Hence if Republican David Jolly prevails, Republicans will construe this as evidence that Barack Obama has become an anvil in the saddle of every Democratic candidate.

Event today celebrates cherry blossoms, friendship

By Troy Wayrynen April 18, 2013 9:20 a.m.

Cherry blossoms and a longstanding friendship between Vancouver and Japan will be celebrated at Clark College today.

Little League is big fun

By Troy Wayrynen March 24, 2013 3:04 p.m.

The joy on the faces of Phillies teammates Addison Ridenhour, 6, and Joshua Muchmore, 7, means it's spring and the annual opening of Little League baseball season.

Photos of the year: Heat of the moment

By Troy Wayrynen December 30, 2012 6 a.m.

Everyone has a story to tell, and capturing it with a camera -- be it a single image or a photographic essay -- is what drives news photographers. To be a good news photographer requires having an acute awareness of your surroundings and subject. You also need an innate ability to anticipate the best moment to press the shutter release. Every day at The Columbian, our photography staff is asked to tell many different stories. Many of these stories are challenging and require a combination of photographic skill, patience and at times a little luck. When we are successful in capturing a unique photograph, we hope our success provides you -- our reader -- with a better understanding of the story and a greater appreciation for our community. With this in mind, I hope you enjoy our annual photography year in review. With a second look at some of our photographic successes, we get a second opportunity to appreciate the rich community we live in.

Top photos of the year evoke emotion

By Troy Wayrynen January 1, 2012 6 a.m.

I’ve cried behind the viewfinder before.

Worth another look

By Troy Wayrynen December 26, 2010 6 a.m.

Timing, creativity and anticipation are some of the hallmarks of a good photojournalist. All the photographs presented in our annual 2010 year in review exhibit some, if not all, of these qualities. Photojournalists do have a unique opportunity to present pictures that help us better understand our community and offer distinctive and unusual subtleties. The goal is always to inform in a fair way, but the hope is to capture something different that extends our understanding beyond what words can.