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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

Washougal Art and Music Festival seeks artists

February 29, 2024, 5:52am Clark County Life

Artists are needed for The Washougal Art and Music Festival on Aug. 10, in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal. Festival organizers seek artists of all mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry and photography. The festival is open to both emerging and established artists. Applications will be accepted… Read story

This ooey, gooey dessert needs only a few ingredients (and a few hours).

The slow road: Although a breeze to assemble, slow cooker dessert only a partial success

This ooey, gooey dessert needs only a few ingredients (and a few hours).

February 28, 2024, 6:00am Clark County Life

I’ve always wanted to try a slow cooker cobbler, an assemble-it-and-walk-away dessert that bypasses the fuss of pans and ovens. However, I’m not convinced that it’s the best way to go, especially since a cobbler cooked in the oven is ready two or three hours sooner. Who wants to put… Read story

If you&rsquo;ve got a whole lotta eggs, a few veggies and cheese, you can make these egg muffins for breakfast or a dinner entree with a salad (or tater tots, no judgment).

Great Eggspectations: Simple egg muffins recipe uses anything you have on hand, is perfect for pairing

If you&rsquo;ve got a whole lotta eggs, a few veggies and cheese, you can make these egg muffins for breakfast or a dinner entree with a salad (or tater tots, no judgment).

February 21, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

One of the drawbacks of having a broken shoulder (acquired in my driveway during the January ice storm) is that I can’t drive. It’s just me and the cat at home during the week and, honestly, the cat has shown me no sympathy whatsoever. I eagerly await the weekends, when… Read story

Apply to be part of Clark County Green Neighbors’ Natural Garden Tour

February 17, 2024, 5:55am Clark County Life

Clark County Green Neighbors is accepting applications for host gardens in the 2024 Natural Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23. Read story

The upcoming Lunar New Year brings the Year of the Dragon, fifth in the 12-animal Chinese zodiac cycle. Dragons were born in the years 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952 and so on &mdash; but after the Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 10 this year.
Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, chairwoman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at ilani.

‘We’re a big business that serves our community’: ilani expands, showing commitment to future

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, chairwoman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at ilani.

February 13, 2024, 7:32pm Business

Today is the 24th anniversary of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s federal recognition. Tribal elders and council members marked the occasion Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 30,000-square-foot event and entertainment center at ilani near Ridgefield. Read story

Inside the box was a golden treasure chest, which could be exchanged for the real treasure: coins, gems, fossils, historical currency and other items.

X didn’t mark the spot but Vancouver couple win national treasure hunting contest

Inside the box was a golden treasure chest, which could be exchanged for the real treasure: coins, gems, fossils, historical currency and other items.

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

If you thought treasure hunting was just for pirates, you haven’t met Vancouver couple Dustin White, 41, and Deidra White, 38. Read story

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Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance seeks art for Reflection Plaza

February 8, 2024, 5:09am Clark County Life

Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance seeks artists to submit proposals for an art installation on the campanile in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal. Read story

These crispy potatoes are golden brown on the outside and fluffy and flavorful on the inside.

Time to talk taters: Lemony roasted potatoes full of bright, punchy flavors

These crispy potatoes are golden brown on the outside and fluffy and flavorful on the inside.

February 7, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

It’s February. It’s cold. It’s rainy. And it’s also really, really rainy. (I thought I would use this introductory paragraph to state the obvious.) What is the antidote to this relentless dreariness? A sunny Greek vacation in a whitewashed cottage overlooking the azure sea and your own private infinity pool?… Read story