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Elizabeth Cochran, left, and Ace Salu of Columbia River Mental Health Services take a break with the clinic&rsquo;s new community response team van on Friday afternoon.

New van allows Columbia River Mental Health Services team to aid those in need along Fourth Plain

A Vancouver agency is offering an alternative to police response for people experiencing mental health crises along the Fourth Plain corridor.
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This chicken mushroom wreath may look complicated, but it&rsquo;s easy to make a bakes in 20-25 minutes.

Wreathing is believing: Impressive edible wreath easier than it looks. Really.

I’m a fan of shortcuts. I make plenty of things from scratch but certainly not everything. I both admire and am baffled by those who make every single thing from…
Starter Bread 7 Grain loaf (Rachel Pinsky)

Food makes the perfect gift: Clark County businesses have your fill of tasty presents

Food and drink are perfect gifts for everyone because we all like to indulge at the end of the year. Plus, consumable presents don’t create extra clutter because they’re only…

One man dead after shooting in Woodland, says Cowlitz sheriff

A 36-year-old man fatally shot his 27-year-old roommate Thursday at a home south of Woodland in Cowlitz County, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
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Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg leads the crowd as they celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah Thursday evening at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

Celebrating Light over Darkness: Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County hosts lighting of menorah

The Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County  hosted Thursday evening’s Hanukkah celebration in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The event included a menorah-lighting ceremony.


A customer browses televisions at a Best Buy store on Black Friday in Charlotte, N.C. Inflation gradually loosened its grip on Wall Street and the economy in 2023, raising hopes for a gentler Federal Reserve and solid gains for the market next year.

Some states seeing economies cool; Washington one of the states that’s fared well after pandemic

A still-roaring national economy grew at an unexpectedly robust 5.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter of this year, but early indicators show a…


Hole-in-the-Wall, a popular destination at Olympic National Park&rsquo;s Rialto Beach, reflected in a tide pool in 2014.

Wondrous and weird Washington: Evergreen State offers unique places, hidden gems

The Evergreen State is full of quirky pockets of culture, experience and opportunity. No matter where you are in the state, you are likely only…

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Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump tosses out hats to the crowd during a caucus event, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Analysis: Trump initially sidesteps ‘dictator’ question before adoring Iowa crowd

Former President Donald Trump initially sidestepped a question about whether he intends to govern as a “dictator” or “abuse power” during a possible second term…

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From left to right: Stuart Rouse, 64, Melissa Rouse, 19, Cristina Rouse, 63, and Kristina Rouse, 33. The family, along with Eric Rouse, 57, were identified by relatives as those killed Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide in Orchards.

‘Our hearts are shattered’: Five dead in apparent murder-suicide in Orchards identified as Rouse family

Family members confirmed the Rouse family as the five people killed Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide at an Orchards home.

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FILE - Kevin Hoyt rolls along as he exercises using a paraplegic-friendly mountainboard that was adapted for his use, July 8, 2017 along the Jordan River Parkway trail in Saratoga Springs, Utah. The U.S. Census Bureau wants to change how it asks people about disabilities, and some advocates are complaining that they were not consulted enough on what amounts to a major overhaul in how disabilities would be defined by the federal government.

The Census Bureau wants to change how it asks about disabilities. Some advocates don’t like it

The U.S. Census Bureau wants to change how it asks people about disabilities, and some advocates are complaining that they were not consulted enough on…


Without mothers to teach them hunting and survival skills, cougar kittens usually die of starvation.

How orphaned Washington cougars end up in U.S. zoos

About six months after she and her family moved into an off-the-grid house on 35 acres near Husum, Kelsha Erickson started losing chickens.

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The Palestinian Tamimi family pose for a photo with their son Wisam, 17 rear left, a released prisoner under the Israel Hamas cease fire agreement last week, at the family house in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. The release of Palestinian prisoners under the Israel-Hamas cease-fire agreement last week has touched nearly everyone in the occupied West Bank, where 750,000 Palestinians have been arrested since 1967. In negotiations with Israel to free hostages in Hamas captivity in Gaza, the militant group has pushed for the release of high-profile prisoners. But experts say most Palestinians passing through Israel&rsquo;s ever-revolving prison door are young men arrested in the middle of the night for throwing stones and firebombs in villages near Israeli settlements.

Generation after generation, Israeli prison marks a rite of passage for Palestinian boys

NABI SALEH, West Bank (AP) — For all Palestinian parents, Marwan Tamimi said, there comes a moment they realize they’re powerless to protect their children.

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In Our View: Taking positive steps in fight against fentanyl

Houghton and Otis: Ranked choice voting won

Local View: Congress must prevent Medicare cuts

Letter: Pay now, spend later

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