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Erica Sawyer, an art therapist, has seen a tremendous demand for therapy during the pandemic, but therapists are struggling too. "We do want to help so much, but the need is so great. It truly is," Sawyer said. "But none of us is immune to challenges in our home life and work life. Many of us therapists are seeking our own therapy, too.

Working in Clark County: Erica Sawyer, counselor and art therapist

Erica Sawyer, an art therapist, has seen a tremendous demand for therapy during the pandemic, but therapists are struggling too. "We do want to help so much, but the need is so great. It truly is," Sawyer said. "But none of us is immune to challenges in our home life and work life. Many of us therapists are seeking our own therapy, too.

April 10, 2021, 5:00am Business

Art therapy is an incredibly powerful healing tool, according to Erica Sawyer. Read story

Edward Eley, 45, opened Rollin Right Repairs in 2017. The store has been filled wall-to-wall with bikes during the pandemic. "I have no idea," he said when asked how many bikes were in the shop. "Enough so I have a walkway that I can get in and out. With the year I've had, that's fine with me because that's manageable.

Working in Clark County: Edward Eley, bicycle mechanic and owner of Rollin Right Repairs

Edward Eley, 45, opened Rollin Right Repairs in 2017. The store has been filled wall-to-wall with bikes during the pandemic. "I have no idea," he said when asked how many bikes were in the shop. "Enough so I have a walkway that I can get in and out. With the year I've had, that's fine with me because that's manageable.

April 3, 2021, 6:00am Business

Edward Eley might be one of the few with dirty hands during the pandemic. Read story

Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized, is "booked solid" through May, she said, now that we've entered the spring season and people are looking to declutter their homes as pandemic restrictions ease. "We're in that phase when things are opening back up and people want to spend time together and entertain again," she said. "So, I'm getting a whole new crop of clients who are feeling a lot of the pressure of what they were going through the past year -- they're ready to open their homes again.

Working in Clark County: Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized

Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized, is "booked solid" through May, she said, now that we've entered the spring season and people are looking to declutter their homes as pandemic restrictions ease. "We're in that phase when things are opening back up and people want to spend time together and entertain again," she said. "So, I'm getting a whole new crop of clients who are feeling a lot of the pressure of what they were going through the past year -- they're ready to open their homes again.

March 27, 2021, 6:04am Business

What does your closet look like right now? Is it a chaotic heap of everything, or is it meticulously organized with sleek containers and shelving? Read story

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

Working in Clark County: Weston ‘Wes’ Thelen, seismologist at USGS

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

March 20, 2021, 5:19am Business

It’s safe to say that the list of jobs out there that might require hiking around a volcano is a short one. Read story

Terry Bakker said her business started the season with 700 clients and can't accept anymore due to the complexity of filing taxes this year.

Working in Clark County: Terry O. Bakker, tax consultant at O’Leary Tax Service

Terry Bakker said her business started the season with 700 clients and can't accept anymore due to the complexity of filing taxes this year.

March 13, 2021, 6:03am Business

No one wants to think about taxes right now, especially as the nation gets a glimpse of post-pandemic life. Navigating the chaos that 2020 wrought on finances seems like torture. Read story

Harmony Roselli, upholsterer and co-owner at Roselli's Restoration, pauses for a portrait while working in her Vancouver warehouse Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2021.

Working in Clark County: Harmony Roselli, upholsterer at Roselli’s Restoration

Harmony Roselli, upholsterer and co-owner at Roselli's Restoration, pauses for a portrait while working in her Vancouver warehouse Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2021.

March 6, 2021, 6:03am Clark County At Work

If it were up to Harmony Roselli, everyone would think a little bit harder before buying furniture. Read story

Jainai Jeffries, owner of fyd mi ink, right, works with a client Audra Bergstrom, left, at the tattoo boutique in Vancouver. Jeffries is also an illustrator, concept designer and comic artist. "It wasn't until seventh grade when I was playing Final Fantasy 7, when I looked in the back of the book and I saw the term 'character designer,'" Jeffries said. "I said 'That's what I want to do.' I didn't get really serious about it until I was in Japan for a year in an exchange program with my college.

Working in Clark County: Jainai Jeffries, tattoo artist at fÿd mí ink

Jainai Jeffries, owner of fyd mi ink, right, works with a client Audra Bergstrom, left, at the tattoo boutique in Vancouver. Jeffries is also an illustrator, concept designer and comic artist. "It wasn't until seventh grade when I was playing Final Fantasy 7, when I looked in the back of the book and I saw the term 'character designer,'" Jeffries said. "I said 'That's what I want to do.' I didn't get really serious about it until I was in Japan for a year in an exchange program with my college.

February 27, 2021, 5:29am Business

Jainai Jeffries’ social media pages for her business read loud and clear that she is a nonbinary female of color, and there’s a specific reason for that. Read story

Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Kerry Martinson said high body mass index -- obesity -- is often why patients are referred to her.

Clark County experts weigh in on value of BMI

Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Kerry Martinson said high body mass index -- obesity -- is often why patients are referred to her.

February 23, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Health

If you’re trying to find your place in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll want to calculate your BMI. Shorthand for body mass index, it’s used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to define obesity, one of the underlying medical conditions that puts people at greater risk of… Read story

Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt, is happy the app is helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic. "That's what stops me from being cynical, especially during COVID as I'm just sitting in my apartment by myself, is that the work that I'm doing helps people find more jobs. I'm like this is good, I'm proud to be doing this," he said.

Working in Clark County: Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt

Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt, is happy the app is helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic. "That's what stops me from being cynical, especially during COVID as I'm just sitting in my apartment by myself, is that the work that I'm doing helps people find more jobs. I'm like this is good, I'm proud to be doing this," he said.

February 20, 2021, 5:51am Business

At only 24 years old, Conrad Engelbrecht has gone from painting and building homes to helping run a local tech company with his older brother, Josh Engelbrecht. Read story

Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie, leads Angel, 14, a Pony of the Americas, through lunging exercises. The ranch has experienced growth during the pandemic. "What I've found we are one of the few places where people can get out and do something while remaining safe and socially distanced because we are an open-air environment," Bullcreek said. "Even our covered arena is open on the sides. I think with the stresses of the pandemic a lot of people are looking for an outlet. It tends to be a release and a happy place to be around horses outside. It was a very sudden jump.

Working in Clark County: Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch

Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie, leads Angel, 14, a Pony of the Americas, through lunging exercises. The ranch has experienced growth during the pandemic. "What I've found we are one of the few places where people can get out and do something while remaining safe and socially distanced because we are an open-air environment," Bullcreek said. "Even our covered arena is open on the sides. I think with the stresses of the pandemic a lot of people are looking for an outlet. It tends to be a release and a happy place to be around horses outside. It was a very sudden jump.

February 13, 2021, 6:00am Business

Depending on the type of business, COVID-19 may have had a devastating blow or an unexpected boon. Read story