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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

Hough Elementary School students march and hold a banner Friday during the Paddy Hough Parade in Vancouver in 2023.
Eliot Smith, aka the Patron Saint of Knives, estimates that he sharpens 46 knives a day in his Vancouver home workshop. The former hospital security guard is looking for an apprentice to inherit his business.

Patron Saint of Knives sharpens blades at his Vancouver workshop – and he’s looking for an apprentice

Eliot Smith, aka the Patron Saint of Knives, estimates that he sharpens 46 knives a day in his Vancouver home workshop. The former hospital security guard is looking for an apprentice to inherit his business.

March 14, 2024, 6:02am Business

If you’ve ever tried to cut a tomato with a dull blade, you know why it’s important to keep knives sharp. But who can restore your worn blades to their former razor-edged glory? Read story

FILE - This undated, colorized electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, indicated in yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, indicated in blue/pink, cultured in a laboratory. The National Institutes of Health is opening a handful of studies to start testing possible treatments for long COVID, an anxiously awaited step in U.S. efforts against the mysterious condition. The announcement, Monday, July 31, 2023 comes amid frustration from patients who've struggled for months or years with sometimes disabling health problems.

COVID-19, respiratory ailments ‘slowing down’ in Clark County

FILE - This undated, colorized electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, indicated in yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, indicated in blue/pink, cultured in a laboratory. The National Institutes of Health is opening a handful of studies to start testing possible treatments for long COVID, an anxiously awaited step in U.S. efforts against the mysterious condition. The announcement, Monday, July 31, 2023 comes amid frustration from patients who've struggled for months or years with sometimes disabling health problems.

March 13, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Health

“Respiratory illness in general in Clark County seems to be slowing down,” Clark County Public Health spokesperson Marissa Armstrong said, and that includes COVID-19. (See the data for yourself at clark.wa.gov/public-health/respiratory-illness-data.) Read story

This pay de queso, or Mexican cheesecake, is easy to make but you must start with room-temperature ingredients and chill it after baking for at least four hours or overnight.

Pay de queso is just right for celebrating Pi Day – or distracting from a daughter’s milestone

This pay de queso, or Mexican cheesecake, is easy to make but you must start with room-temperature ingredients and chill it after baking for at least four hours or overnight.

March 13, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

When I ruminate on the fact that I have a 21-year-old daughter, it makes me feel a bit woozy, like I’m standing on the roof of a skyscraper. I can see the view but I just can’t believe it’s real. Nevertheless, there she is, walking around and being competent and… Read story

This electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a cluster of norovirus virions. (charles d.

That ‘stomach flu’ could be norovirus, say Clark County health officials

This electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a cluster of norovirus virions. (charles d.

March 13, 2024, 6:00am Clark County Health

If you’ve recently been laid low with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and aches (or even two or three of those things), you might have had norovirus. Commonly called “stomach flu,” it’s unrelated to the virus that causes the flu. Read story

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Camas man struck, killed by train

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March 12, 2024, 5:22pm Clark County News

A 68-year-old Camas man was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck by a train, according to the Camas Police Department. Read story

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Try this: Clothes, comedy and serenades

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March 7, 2024, 6:02am Clark County Life

Five things to do this week Read story

With a pound of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach and lots of garlic, this dinner has a lot of flavor but only 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Pep up your pasta with chicken tenders, lemon pepper, fresh herbs and garlic

With a pound of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach and lots of garlic, this dinner has a lot of flavor but only 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

March 6, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

I never get tired of chicken. I fix a chicken dish once a week — usually roasted chicken thighs with various seasonings, or a recipe I call That Chicken Thing (chicken cooked in a covered casserole dish with vegetables). My daughter, bless her cotton socks, got tired of her mom’s… Read story

Daphne Andersons holds a completed, framed bouquet. Her business, Vancuterie, offers bridal bouquet preservation using ancient Japanese flower-pressing techniques.

A pressing need: Vancouver woman opens Washington’s only flower-drying business to balance nursing career

Daphne Andersons holds a completed, framed bouquet. Her business, Vancuterie, offers bridal bouquet preservation using ancient Japanese flower-pressing techniques.

February 29, 2024, 6:04am Clark County Life

Flower preservation is now de rigueur for many brides, a must-have wedding expense on par with cake and champagne. Yet very few artisans in the country offer this service. Vancouver-based Daphne Anderson, 55, owner of Vancuterie, is one of them — and business is blooming. Read story

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