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Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Tandy Slaton works with people from all walks of life and says one of the toughest parts of her job is always being present with people as they are telling her their difficult stories, which could include childhood trauma and other types of abuses.

Working in Clark County: Tandy Slaton, substance abuse counselor at Lifeline Connections

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Tandy Slaton works with people from all walks of life and says one of the toughest parts of her job is always being present with people as they are telling her their difficult stories, which could include childhood trauma and other types of abuses.

March 11, 2019, 6:00am Business

When Tandy Slaton was 18 years old, she made a decidedly drastic change in her environment — moving from the very small town of Republic in northeastern Washington to Southern California. Her parents had divorced; she bounced around from Oregon to Washington, graduating high school in Colorado. Read story

Florist Jane BonVillain arranges a vase of red roses at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. Though Ridgefield is her hometown, she began her floral career working in a shop in Manhattan and returned to Clark County to be closer to her mother.

Working in Clark County: Jane BonVillain, floral designer at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

Florist Jane BonVillain arranges a vase of red roses at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. Though Ridgefield is her hometown, she began her floral career working in a shop in Manhattan and returned to Clark County to be closer to her mother.

February 11, 2019, 6:03am Business

A bouquet of cut roses lasts about one week before they shrivel and die. Read story

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, climbs a ladder leading to the bridge’s machine room during a tour on Thursday morning.

Working in Clark County: Marc Gross, Interstate 5 Bridge supervisor

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, climbs a ladder leading to the bridge’s machine room during a tour on Thursday morning.

January 28, 2019, 6:03am Business

One could think about the Interstate 5 Bridge as being sort of alive. Read story

D.J. Trussler, 12, plays “The Shortest Straw” by Metallica on the drums while Jim Pitts, drum instructor at the Opus School of Music, watches during a lesson at the Ridgefield location, 414 Pioneer St.

Working in Clark County: Jim Pitts, Opus School of Music

D.J. Trussler, 12, plays “The Shortest Straw” by Metallica on the drums while Jim Pitts, drum instructor at the Opus School of Music, watches during a lesson at the Ridgefield location, 414 Pioneer St.

January 21, 2019, 6:00am Business

Aspiring musicians who saw the Academy Award-winning 2014 film “Whiplash” might have been frightened by conductor Terence Fletcher’s ruthless approach to drum instruction. Read story

Elena Chaudhry, 12, left, follows Anna Oulashin, master instructor at Camas Soo Bahk Do, right, as Oulashin leads the class at the Camas Community Education gymnasium. Top: Nine-year-old Adiv Chaudhry of Camas takes a class at the Camas Community Education Gym.

Working in Clark County: Master Anna Oulashin, Camas Soo Bahk Do

Elena Chaudhry, 12, left, follows Anna Oulashin, master instructor at Camas Soo Bahk Do, right, as Oulashin leads the class at the Camas Community Education gymnasium. Top: Nine-year-old Adiv Chaudhry of Camas takes a class at the Camas Community Education Gym.

January 14, 2019, 6:05am Business

Just before 5 p.m. on a drizzly Wednesday evening, children lined up in the Zellerbach Administration Center gymnasium wearing traditional white “dobok” martial arts uniforms. Read story

Brian Houghton, host of “The Horror Aisle” podcast, poses for a press photo at Kiggins Theatre on Dec. 20. Below, right: “Silent Night, Deadly Night” shows tonight at the Kiggins Theatre.

Take a trip down ‘The Horror Aisle’

Brian Houghton, host of “The Horror Aisle” podcast, poses for a press photo at Kiggins Theatre on Dec. 20. Below, right: “Silent Night, Deadly Night” shows tonight at the Kiggins Theatre.

December 28, 2018, 6:05am Clark County Life

Back in 1984, an advertising campaign for a film called “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” shocked consumers with its poster donning an ax-wielding Santa Claus. Read story

Clark College scholarships specialist Lizette Drennan, left, visits with Esmeralda “Vita” Blanco at Drennan’s office at Gaiser Hall. Drennan has helped Blanco with many scholarship applications over the years.

Working in Clark County: Lizette Drennan, scholarships specialist at Clark College

Clark College scholarships specialist Lizette Drennan, left, visits with Esmeralda “Vita” Blanco at Drennan’s office at Gaiser Hall. Drennan has helped Blanco with many scholarship applications over the years.

November 26, 2018, 6:00am Business

In the early 1970s in Guatemala City, Lizette Drennan’s father was hounding her to become a teacher. But it’s not what she wanted to do. Read story

Aliyah and Gwen Bumala prepare for Thanksgiving by baking sugar cookies and treats Tuesday at their home near Washougal. Born to methamphetamine-addicted parents, Aliyah, 2, was adopted out of the foster care system by the Bumalas this summer, making this her first Thanksgiving with the family.

Always room at Clark County foster family’s table

Aliyah and Gwen Bumala prepare for Thanksgiving by baking sugar cookies and treats Tuesday at their home near Washougal. Born to methamphetamine-addicted parents, Aliyah, 2, was adopted out of the foster care system by the Bumalas this summer, making this her first Thanksgiving with the family.

November 21, 2018, 1:00pm Clark County News

On Tuesday evening, flour and colorful sprinkles were strewn on the Bumalas’ kitchen counter as they worked together to bake sugar cookies ahead of their annual Thanksgiving feast, which will also include a 21-pound turkey. Read story

Dr. Megan Wickersham, left, works with her patient, an 8-year-old Irish wolfhound named Cliff, while his owner, Jean Ault of Camas, watches the acupuncture procedure to treat an ailing leg.

Working in Clark County: Dr. Megan Wickersham, veterinarian acupuncturist

Dr. Megan Wickersham, left, works with her patient, an 8-year-old Irish wolfhound named Cliff, while his owner, Jean Ault of Camas, watches the acupuncture procedure to treat an ailing leg.

November 19, 2018, 6:02am Business

Jean and Girard Ault’s passion for dogs is evident upon entering their Camas home. Read story

Dylan Taylor, left, and his father, Steve Taylor, check out some of the signs created at Garrett Sign, 811 Harney St., Vancouver. The company, started in 1946, has created signs for many types of businesses, from local mom-and-pop shops to chains with faraway locations.

Working in Clark County: Steve and Dylan Taylor, Garrett Sign Co.

Dylan Taylor, left, and his father, Steve Taylor, check out some of the signs created at Garrett Sign, 811 Harney St., Vancouver. The company, started in 1946, has created signs for many types of businesses, from local mom-and-pop shops to chains with faraway locations.

November 12, 2018, 6:00am Business

Steve Taylor, his wife and three sons spend their work days surrounded by the names of companies. Read story