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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

Washougal artist Kathy Marty creates a rug using Pendleton Woolen Mills scraps on her home loom.
With shredded chicken and a whole can of salsa verde, this casserole is a comforting weeknight meal.

Comforting casserole: Classic mom food casserole with tangy salsa verde tastes like home

With shredded chicken and a whole can of salsa verde, this casserole is a comforting weeknight meal.

May 1, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

After several weeks of recipe wrecks (meh matzos, cayenne pepper doughnuts and Greek salad wraps that didn’t wrap), I was ready for something that couldn’t fail. I’m talking about the most basic of meals, the tried-and-true, handy-dandy rice-and-chicken casserole. Since Monday is Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d do something… Read story

Nighttime pavement work set on ramps for interstates 5, 205, Highway 14, Highway 500

May 1, 2024, 5:57am Clark County News

Beginning today, more than 40 ramps along Interstate 5, Interstate 205, state Highway 14 and state Highway 500 in Clark County will see intermittent closures for roadway improvements. Read story

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is working to take almost 60 acres east of Interstate 5 near La Center into its sovereign jurisdiction.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe expands reservation near La Center by about 60 acres

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is working to take almost 60 acres east of Interstate 5 near La Center into its sovereign jurisdiction.

April 30, 2024, 8:07pm Business

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is expanding its 152-acre reservation near La Center by about 60 acres. Read story

Darth Vader makes his entrance in the 1977 movie "Star Wars." Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries will celebrate Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day (May 4, as in "May the fourth be with you") in one giant event on Saturday.

Library Con: Free Comic Book Day meets Star Wars Day in one giant celebration in Vancouver

Darth Vader makes his entrance in the 1977 movie "Star Wars." Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries will celebrate Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day (May 4, as in "May the fourth be with you") in one giant event on Saturday.

April 30, 2024, 11:00am Clark County Life

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries will celebrate Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day (May 4, as in “May the fourth be with you”) in one giant event on Saturday: Library Con, a celebration of fan culture with activities at all local library branches. Read story

People explore the plant sale at the Home & Garden Idea Fair at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. The annual event is presented by Clark Public Utilities.
These cake doughnuts have cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and vanilla &mdash; things that would theoretically make them good.

Can you make your own cake doughnuts at home? Better question: Should you?

These cake doughnuts have cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and vanilla &mdash; things that would theoretically make them good.

April 24, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

I don’t like doughnuts that much, especially cake doughnuts. I know, I know — I might as well say I don’t like sunshine and money. I mean, I’m not crazy. I have reasons. Cake doughnuts just aren’t that exciting. They’re simply round pieces of cake. And cupcakes? Don’t get me… Read story

The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County Mothers&rsquo; Day Plant Sale returns May 10-12.

Plant party: Clark County plant sales have all the green you need

The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County Mothers&rsquo; Day Plant Sale returns May 10-12.

April 22, 2024, 12:53pm Clark County Life

If your yard is looking a little bare and colorless, or if your vegetable patch is forlornly plant-free, look no further than Clark County’s local plant sales. Read story

These thin, crispy crackers are eaten during the Passover season &mdash; but homemade matzos are quite different from what you&rsquo;d get in a box.

Marvelous matzos: Step outside the box with this homemade recipe

These thin, crispy crackers are eaten during the Passover season &mdash; but homemade matzos are quite different from what you&rsquo;d get in a box.

April 17, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

“Matzos are so delicious,” is something you’ve never heard anyone say. Yet people have been eating matzos (also called matzah) or similar unleavened flatbreads for thousands of years. Matzos famously taste of cardboard, a reputation perhaps well-deserved because this cracker-like bread made only of flour, water and sometimes salt. Read story