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Katie Summers is a quality control tech at CEMEX in east Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Katie Summers, quality control technician

Katie Summers is a quality control tech at CEMEX in east Vancouver.

February 22, 2016, 6:05am Business

The complex material beneath our feet and vehicles is something we take for granted. We know big trucks dump loads of it and then it magically transforms into highways, overpasses and country roads. Katie Summers, quality control technician for CEMEX, asks that we all consider that material for a moment. Read story

Debbie Lehner works with a woman at Balanced Physical Therapy in Vancouver  on  Feb 8.

Working in Clark County: Deborah Lehner Warner, physical therapist

Debbie Lehner works with a woman at Balanced Physical Therapy in Vancouver  on  Feb 8.

February 15, 2016, 6:02am Business

Debbie Lehner Warner describes herself as a "why-things-work kind of person." She endeavors, through her practice at Balanced Physical Therapy in Salmon Creek, to help patients realize that there is a reason why they have pain, and that together they can get to the root of it. It doesn't have… Read story

Graphic designer Lori Reed started her business while living in California and built her client list before settling in Washougal, where he base continued to expand.

Working in Clark County: Lori Reed, graphic designer

Graphic designer Lori Reed started her business while living in California and built her client list before settling in Washougal, where he base continued to expand.

February 8, 2016, 5:59am Business

California transplant Lori Reed arrived in Washougal in 2011 assuming she would market her graphic design skills across the river. But not only has Southwest Washington become her home base, she's discovered that it has become her primary client base, as well. "I figured if there wasn't enough work to… Read story

Greg Guetlin is seen on the job in downtown Vancouver. Guetlin is employed washing windows as well as the exteriors of buildings, including many multistory structures.

Working in Clark County: Greg Guetlin, window cleaner

Greg Guetlin is seen on the job in downtown Vancouver. Guetlin is employed washing windows as well as the exteriors of buildings, including many multistory structures.

February 1, 2016, 6:06am Business

Rappelling off the roof of a multistory building is not for everyone, certainly not the faint of heart. But for Greg Guetlin, a maintenance technician for A-1 Integrity, it's just a routine part of his work. "I really do enjoy my job and my co-workers, talking with my customers, and… Read story

Clocks line the hall of Steve Ford's workshop in northwest Vancouver. Ford, and his wife, Susan, opened Remembering Time, a horological machine repair shop, in 2009.

Working in Clark County: Steve Ford, horological machinist

Clocks line the hall of Steve Ford's workshop in northwest Vancouver. Ford, and his wife, Susan, opened Remembering Time, a horological machine repair shop, in 2009.

January 25, 2016, 6:05am Business

With the twist of two fingers, a tiny mechanism can transport you back to a time when grandfather clocks had to be maintained to tell time accurately, or when music boxes and phonographs were wound so families could enjoy an evening of classical music. Steve Ford is a steward of… Read story

Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros says he can put together "anything that comes in a box." (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Working in Clark County: Ted Boudreaux, professional assembler

Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros says he can put together "anything that comes in a box." (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

January 11, 2016, 6:01am Business

So, is that home gym you bought to achieve your New Year's resolution still in the box? Is your resolve fading due to fear of following printed instructions or a lack of time or ability? Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros could be the answer to your dilemma. He has… Read story

Gary Rael, general manager of House of Sewing Machines & Vacuums, works at his shop in Hazel Dell last week.

Working in Clark County: Gary Rael, general manager, vacuum & sewing machine shop

Gary Rael, general manager of House of Sewing Machines & Vacuums, works at his shop in Hazel Dell last week.

January 4, 2016, 5:59am Business

Gary Rael has seen a resurgence of interest in sewing locally over the past 10 years. This may be why he services or repairs 150 sewing machines on average each month at his shop in Hazel Dell. Read story

Ryan Downey, left, works behind the front counter with Jeff Horowitz on Tuesday morning at When the Shoe Fits in Southeast Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Ryan Downey, shoe store manager

Ryan Downey, left, works behind the front counter with Jeff Horowitz on Tuesday morning at When the Shoe Fits in Southeast Vancouver.

December 28, 2015, 6:01am Business

Ryan Downey knows shoes. He should -- he owns more than 100 pairs himself. But his passion for shoes carries itself over to his work at When The Shoe Fits, where he helps customers when they have a foot ailment or special fitting situation -- or if they just want… Read story

Todd Kapral owns Backyard Bird Shop in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Todd Kapral, Backyard Bird Shop owner

Todd Kapral owns Backyard Bird Shop in Vancouver.

December 21, 2015, 6:05am Business

Todd Kapral has a lot going on at the Backyard Bird Shop. He's filled the store with bird seed and colorful merchandise, for sure. But beyond that, he helps the folks who walk into the store to connect with nature. "We do both education and retail, along with classes and… Read story

Kathryn Ross, right, of Artistic Catering, works with her daughter, Jessica Ross, 39, at an event in Vancouver. Other family members who help out with catering are Kathryn's mother, Kathryn Guffnett, 84; and Kathryn Ross' granddaughter Maya Ross, 18.

Working in Clark County: Kathryn Ross, caterer

Kathryn Ross, right, of Artistic Catering, works with her daughter, Jessica Ross, 39, at an event in Vancouver. Other family members who help out with catering are Kathryn's mother, Kathryn Guffnett, 84; and Kathryn Ross' granddaughter Maya Ross, 18.

December 14, 2015, 6:02am Business

For someone who was discouraged from even entering the kitchen as a child ("I never even washed a dish!") Kathryn Ross seems an unlikely candidate for owning and running a successful catering business. But, she says, "It was a given that this is what I was meant to do. Every… Read story