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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

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

John Furniss, also known as The Blind Woodsman, rolls up his sleeves before getting to work at his studio in Washougal.

The Blind Woodsman: Washougal artist’s creativity is inspired by love

John Furniss, also known as The Blind Woodsman, rolls up his sleeves before getting to work at his studio in Washougal.

February 3, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

There’s an old pearl of wisdom: “When you can’t see very far, go as far as you can see.” But John Furniss, aka The Blind Woodsman, might improve upon the adage to say, “go as far as you can imagine.” Read story

Butterscotch Crunchies are crunchy on the sides and bottom but chewy inside.

Wrangling some cookie comfort: Transforming Mom’s cowboy bars into cookies

Butterscotch Crunchies are crunchy on the sides and bottom but chewy inside.

January 31, 2024, 6:02am Food

My mother was crazy about a homemade cookie that she called cowboy bars. They had all her favorite things: oats, cinnamon, pecans, coconut and three kinds of chips — chocolate, peanut butter and my absolute favorite, butterscotch. She’d press the dough into a big glass baking dish and then cut… Read story

The Clark College Jazz Festival runs Jan. 25-27 at Clark College.
Turkey soup with dumplings is so simple you can make it with one hand.

Turkey soup simply delicious: Fluffy dumplings cook right in the warming, bubbling soup

Turkey soup with dumplings is so simple you can make it with one hand.

January 24, 2024, 6:00am Clark County Life

What do you do when life gives you lemons? Make soup, of course. We’ll get to that. But first, let’s discuss the lemons. It’s not so much that life gave them to me but more that I went looking for them. Life, astonished at my foolishness, said, “You want lemons?… Read story

&ldquo;I fell in love with that &lsquo;X&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s so iconic. It&rsquo;s just such cool advertising,&rdquo; said Vancouver beer historian and collector Pat Franco, whose basement is full of Lucky Lager memorabilia.
These waffles make your house smell like you're baking banana bread.

Waffle Weather: Banana bread waffles just a touch sweet with ingredients likely on hand

These waffles make your house smell like you're baking banana bread.

January 17, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

After my daughter left for college and my husband and I were left to our own devices, we settled into a comforting and predictable routine. One feature of our new empty nest lifestyle has risen to the top of my priority list: waffles. On weekend mornings, that’s what I want… Read story