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Columbian staff writer

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

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It’s a spring thing: In Clark County it’s Earth Day all week

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April 16, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Mother Earth is putting on a beautiful spring show with eye-popping blooms, blue skies (at least sometimes) and soft breezes. If that makes you feel like celebrating, head to one or two of these Earth Day events. Read story

The Night Loo is Vancouver resident Anna Meddaugh&rsquo;s solution for women and girls in refugee camps to relieve themselves without fear of assault. After use, women and girls toss in a super-absorbent pod, which absorbs urine and odor in a minute. The next day, the powdery contents can be poured out.

Vancouver woman designs award-winning Night Loo for women in refugee camps

The Night Loo is Vancouver resident Anna Meddaugh&rsquo;s solution for women and girls in refugee camps to relieve themselves without fear of assault. After use, women and girls toss in a super-absorbent pod, which absorbs urine and odor in a minute. The next day, the powdery contents can be poured out.

April 13, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Health

You probably don’t think about your toilet when you get up to pee in the night. A private, clean and functional toilet is simply there when you need it, 24/7. Read story

Kindred Homestead Supply hosts The Downtown Alley Flea Market on the second Saturday of each month, March through October.
These Greek salad wraps showcase punchy Mediterranean flavors but they didn&rsquo;t wrap so well.

Experiment with Greek-inspired salad rolls is a wrap (sort of)

These Greek salad wraps showcase punchy Mediterranean flavors but they didn&rsquo;t wrap so well.

April 10, 2024, 6:06am Clark County Life

I did quite a bit of cooking while my daughter was home for spring break, but the day after she left, I reverted to feral scrounging habits and, well, let’s just say I ate a lot of cold cereal. In a barely perceptible nod to nutrition, I did eat the… Read story

Trees line Fourth Avenue in downtown Camas. The east Clark County city landed a spot on Money.com's list of best places to live.

Camas one of best places to live in U.S., according to Money.com

Trees line Fourth Avenue in downtown Camas. The east Clark County city landed a spot on Money.com's list of best places to live.

April 9, 2024, 6:53pm Business

Money.com (formerly Money magazine) recently placed Camas on its list of “50 Best Places to Live” in the United States, ranking it shoulder-to-shoulder with much larger cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., and Cincinnati. The only other Pacific Northwest cities to land on the list were Boise, Idaho, and Eugene, Ore. Read story

Clark County Sheriff&rsquo;s deputies saw a gun in a Toyota Highlander suspected of being involved in drive-by shootings north of Vancouver.

Early morning drive-by shooting spree damages cars, churches in Clark County

Clark County Sheriff&rsquo;s deputies saw a gun in a Toyota Highlander suspected of being involved in drive-by shootings north of Vancouver.

April 9, 2024, 12:14pm Clark County News

Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old Felida man early today on suspicion of drive-by shootings that damaged two churches and two cars. Read story

Quiltfest Northwest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, celebrating 50 years of quilting by Clark County Quilters.
If you like peaches, pie and granola, then this breakfast is made for you.

Spoil someone you love with peachy granola

If you like peaches, pie and granola, then this breakfast is made for you.

April 3, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

My daughter is home for spring break and I’m having a ball spoiling her. She’s so much fun to buy things for because she has very specific tastes and I love the rush I get when I absolutely nail it, finding just the right thing to delight her. She’s also… Read story

A vintage television serves as a display case for cacti and succulents at Bright Indirect Light Social Club.

A growing trend: Indoor plant stores are sprouting up around Clark County

A vintage television serves as a display case for cacti and succulents at Bright Indirect Light Social Club.

March 30, 2024, 6:12am Business

Forget about the red and blue waves of politics. A green wave is sweeping the country, bringing a proliferation of indoor plants to homes near you (or perhaps to your own home). What may have begun as a pandemic-era pastime seems to have bloomed into serious obsession, generating $16.2 billion… Read story