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Katie Raymond at the School for the Deaf in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Katie Raymond, American Sign Language interpreter

Katie Raymond at the School for the Deaf in Vancouver.

March 30, 2015, 12:00am Business

Meeting a family with three deaf children changed Katie Raymond's career. After getting to know the family, she decided to become an interpreter. Raymond says: "I am most excited about video interpreting. I am able to help people understand complex subjects." Read story

Professional organizing consultant Cathy Sevier shares her carefully appointed kitchen pantry.

Working in Clark County: Cathy Sevier, professional organizing consultant

Professional organizing consultant Cathy Sevier shares her carefully appointed kitchen pantry.

March 23, 2015, 12:00am Business

After retiring from the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and managing a military personnel office, Cathy Sevier attended a professional organizers meeting. She felt like she was home. "I like being a part of helping a client organize their cluttered spaces into organized spaces," Sevier said. "My actual reward… Read story

Woodworker Dave Smith is at home in his woodshop in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Dave Smith, woodsmith

Woodworker Dave Smith is at home in his woodshop in Vancouver.

March 16, 2015, 12:00am Business

For 42 years, Dave Smith built computers and had a woodworking hobby. Five years ago, he switched the two around. He now makes game boards that he sells, while building computers as a hobby. "There has always been the smell of sawdust in the air around me," Smith said. "When… Read story

Arthur Murray dance instructor Phil Auer demonstrates his moves with fellow instructor Christina Mullen  in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Phil Auer, dance studio owner

Arthur Murray dance instructor Phil Auer demonstrates his moves with fellow instructor Christina Mullen  in Vancouver.

March 2, 2015, 12:00am Business

Phil Auer was raised in a dance family and at age 24 he became the youngest-ever franchise owner of an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. After giving 40 to 45 private lessons per week for a few years, Auer now owns several Arthur Murray studios. "I like to say at the… Read story

Photos by Steven Lane/The Columbian
Joan Armstrong, center, trains dogs at Dog Days Dog Training.

Working in Clark County: Joan Armstrong, dog trainer

Photos by Steven Lane/The Columbian
Joan Armstrong, center, trains dogs at Dog Days Dog Training.

February 23, 2015, 12:00am Business

In early 2004, Joan Armstrong traded her software engineering job for something very different -- being a dog trainer. Working with a well-known trainer for several years, Armstrong learned many skills by training chickens. "The first thing is teaching your dog that it is worthwhile to pay attention to you,"… Read story

Kathy McLaughlin meets with a client at A Caring Heart Housing Referral Service on Tuesday in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Kathy McLaughlin, senior housing specialist

Kathy McLaughlin meets with a client at A Caring Heart Housing Referral Service on Tuesday in Vancouver.

February 16, 2015, 12:00am Business

Kathy McLaughlin has years of experience in social work and hospice care, which she now puts to use in helping people find housing for their loved ones in need of specialized care. Because she has been responsible for the care of parents and grandparents herself, she understands the emotional strain… Read story

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Livestock brand inspector Ron Balkowitsch demonstrates a typical inspection for branding, which is often done on the inside of the horse's lip.

Working in Clark County: Ron Balkowitsch, livestock brand inspector

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Livestock brand inspector Ron Balkowitsch demonstrates a typical inspection for branding, which is often done on the inside of the horse's lip.

February 8, 2015, 4:00pm Business

After eight years on the job as a livestock brand inspector for the state, Ron Balkowitsch still finds the job exciting. "People call 911 to report animals are on their property, he says. "Animal control doesn't deal with larger animals and it is not the sheriff's department's job, so I… Read story

Working in Clark County: Alicia Perry, fire code officer

February 1, 2015, 4:00pm Business

Alicia Perry admires her father and she is following in his footsteps. He is a fire chief and she has earned her fire prevention and fire investigation certifications. Read story

Acupuncturist Barbara Beale works with a patient Tuesday in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Barbara Beale, acupuncturist

Acupuncturist Barbara Beale works with a patient Tuesday in Vancouver.

January 25, 2015, 4:00pm Business

Barbara Beale mostly treats people for pain and injury. A former certified athletic trainer, Beale said she is able to get results for people through acupuncture. "It is a very gratifying career. I have never regretted one day of getting into acupuncture," Beale said. Read story

Mark Rodgers, a senior traffic signal technologist with Clark County Public Works, makes repairs at a traffic signal cabinet.

Working in Clark County: Mark Rodgers, traffic signal technologist

Mark Rodgers, a senior traffic signal technologist with Clark County Public Works, makes repairs at a traffic signal cabinet.

January 18, 2015, 4:00pm Business

Mark Rodgers likes to know how things work. He started taking computer programing classes after serving in the Army. While working for the Oregon Department of Transportation he figured out how to repair the computer-run traffic signals. Now he trains others on how to repair the signals. "I am known… Read story