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Evan Smith, left, owner of Canine Utopia, shares a laugh with customer Kathy Bender of Vancouver while helping her at his Vancouver store Tuesday morning.

Working in Clark County: Evan Smith: owner, Canine Utopia

Evan Smith, left, owner of Canine Utopia, shares a laugh with customer Kathy Bender of Vancouver while helping her at his Vancouver store Tuesday morning.

October 5, 2015, 6:01am Business

In 2011, Evan Smith left a career in which he had to make difficult, uneasy decisions. "As a Medicaid gatekeeper, I kind of held a lot in my hands negotiating prices and making approvals, and knew one day it could be my own mom's case. It hit home." Now Smith… Read story

Wally Melendez, owner of A& R Pest Solutions, performs a monthly perimeter service for general pests at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Vancouver on Thursday.

Working in Clark County: Wally Melendez, owner, A & R Pest Solutions

Wally Melendez, owner of A& R Pest Solutions, performs a monthly perimeter service for general pests at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Vancouver on Thursday.

September 28, 2015, 5:59am Business

A self-proclaimed pest-control industry nerd, Wally Melendez looks forward to his daily challenges, even after 25 years in the business. "You just never know what's going to come up," he says. "Whenever someone calls and says, 'You're not going to believe this,' I say, 'Try me. I'm all ears.' Whatever… Read story

Hot sauce maker Conan Miller prepares samples at his booth at a Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver on Thursday.

Working in Clark County: Conan Miller, owner, Conan’s Hot Sauces and Marinades

Hot sauce maker Conan Miller prepares samples at his booth at a Farmers Market at Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver on Thursday.

September 21, 2015, 6:10am Business

Conan Miller would like to offer you a piece of Chipotle Mango Lemon Meringue Pie. It's an example of the tongue-expanding ideas Miller has for hot sauce customers who buy his products online and at local farmers markets. "I like to help people get past the preconceived notions of what… Read story

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September 20, 2015, 6:02am Business

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Fleater Jackson and her family gathered recently for a five-generation portrait. Pictured in the front row from left are Monique Smith, 50; Fleater Jackson, 87; and Jamie McCoy, 70. Standing is Phillip Meade, 27, holding his son, Kaden Robert Miller Meade, 9 months.

5-generations: Jackson family

Fleater Jackson and her family gathered recently for a five-generation portrait. Pictured in the front row from left are Monique Smith, 50; Fleater Jackson, 87; and Jamie McCoy, 70. Standing is Phillip Meade, 27, holding his son, Kaden Robert Miller Meade, 9 months.

September 16, 2015, 5:55am Uncategorized

Fleater Jackson and her family gathered recently for a five-generation portrait. Pictured in the front row from left are Monique Smith, 50; Fleater Jackson, 87; and Jamie McCoy, 70. Standing is Phillip Meade, 27, holding his son, Kaden Robert Miller Meade, 9 months. All of the family are from Vancouver. Read story

Amy Vance of Vance Family Soy Candles prepares a selection of Vanilla Spice candles in her Vancouver home studio Thursday.

Working in Clark County: Amy Vance, Vance Family Soy Candles

Amy Vance of Vance Family Soy Candles prepares a selection of Vanilla Spice candles in her Vancouver home studio Thursday.

September 14, 2015, 6:15am Business

Amy Vance is terribly allergic to conventional candles with synthetic fragrance. But she still wanted candles, so she set out to make her own. Procuring organic, ethical, sustainable, USA-made ingredients, she's created not just any candles, but naturally scented soy candles with low smoke wicks. Add to that her desire… Read story

Chris Simons, owner of I Like Comics, shares a laugh with a customer at his Vancouver comic book shop Thursday afternoon, August 27, 2015.

Working in Clark County: Chris Simons, owner of I Like Comics

Chris Simons, owner of I Like Comics, shares a laugh with a customer at his Vancouver comic book shop Thursday afternoon, August 27, 2015.

September 7, 2015, 6:00am Business

Chris Simons stood in a pizza place about to apply for an assistant manager's position. It was the height of the recession, and he'd been laid off two years earlier from his management job at a large shipping company. He considered the application in his hand, turned and left. "I… Read story

Melanie Payne, an epidemiologist for Clark County Public Health, sits in her office in the Public Health Building in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Melanie Payne, epidemiologist

Melanie Payne, an epidemiologist for Clark County Public Health, sits in her office in the Public Health Building in Vancouver.

August 23, 2015, 5:00pm Business

"Epidemiology is not a hard-and-fast science," says Melanie Payne, who works as an epidemiologist for Clark County Public Health. "It's both art and science — not so much about just crunching numbers, but asking what they mean for who is requesting the information," she says. Payne often works in collaborative… Read story

Jennifer Petersen mans her booth Wednesday at the Clark County Fair in Rdigefield, where she was also a judge for the scone-baking contest.

Working in Clark County: Jennifer Petersen, tea mentor

Jennifer Petersen mans her booth Wednesday at the Clark County Fair in Rdigefield, where she was also a judge for the scone-baking contest.

August 16, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Jennifer Petersen wants people to know "tea is not just an old lady's drink. It is the second beverage of choice internationally," she says. Petersen travels worldwide as a tea mentor teaching people in the industry about tea's sources and chemical and botanical structure, as well as its healthful and… Read story

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Certified nurse midwife Elizabeth Morales examines patient Angela George. Morales works through Pacific Midwifery Service in Salmon Creek.

Working in Clark County: Elizabeth Morales, certified nurse midwife

Photo courtesy of Pacific Midwifery
Certified nurse midwife Elizabeth Morales examines patient Angela George. Morales works through Pacific Midwifery Service in Salmon Creek.

August 9, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Nurse midwifery is an occupation which itself was born in the early 20th century, but has found a firm footing today in Clark County, which has about 20 local practitioners. Nurse midwife Elizabeth Morales is a young mother herself, but sleep deprivation doesn't diminish her passion for helping families enter… Read story