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Stories by Mia Ryder-Marks

Columbian staff reporter

Chipotle is opening a store in downtown Vancouver.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opening downtown Vancouver location Tuesday

Chipotle is opening a store in downtown Vancouver.

May 20, 2024, 5:54pm Business

A seventh Chipotle Mexican Grill location in Clark County is opening Tuesday at 1600 Washington St., Suite 101 Read story

A parade of dignitaries follows Gustav Baur, left, as he plays the bagpipe during the 2023 Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Memorial Day events convene in Vancouver, Battle Ground, Washougal

A parade of dignitaries follows Gustav Baur, left, as he plays the bagpipe during the 2023 Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

May 20, 2024, 5:27pm Clark County News

Clark County cities will host myriad ceremonies May 27 to honor the fallen who fought for our freedom. Read story

Red dresses representing murdered and missing Indigenous women hang from trees outside the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health &amp; Human Services office in Hazel Dell on May 3. May is Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month.

Washington is 2nd in the U.S. for missing and murdered Indigenous women; have recent efforts made headway?

Red dresses representing murdered and missing Indigenous women hang from trees outside the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health &amp; Human Services office in Hazel Dell on May 3. May is Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month.

May 18, 2024, 6:14am Clark County News

Julian C. Ankney of the Nez Perce Tribe heard stories since she was a child that Indigenous people go missing at higher rates. The statistics showed Indigenous people go missing at a rate 10 times the national average. In 2018, Ankney’s then-26-year-old brother vanished from an Idaho mall. Read story

Tim Richardet, right, and Dawna Richardet play drums and sing at the Cowlitz Indian Tribe&rsquo;s drum practice. The group uses the tradition to heal from trauma, honor ancestors and connect with one another, both socially and spiritually.

‘Each drum is a heartbeat’: Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s drum circle uses music to heal, honor ancestors, make connectionsvideo icon

Tim Richardet, right, and Dawna Richardet play drums and sing at the Cowlitz Indian Tribe&rsquo;s drum practice. The group uses the tradition to heal from trauma, honor ancestors and connect with one another, both socially and spiritually.

May 16, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

On a Thursday in April, the late afternoon light drifted through an open door, clashing with the rhythmic sounds of drums and singing. Read story

Council for the Homeless will consolodate their offices in a new location on Fourth Plain Boulevard thanks to several grants.

Grants allow Council for the Homeless to move into new headquarters

Council for the Homeless will consolodate their offices in a new location on Fourth Plain Boulevard thanks to several grants.

May 15, 2024, 2:21pm Business

Council for the Homeless will soon serve the community from a new, central Vancouver headquarters. Read story

James McKinney stands outside his former pallet shelter at Vancouver&rsquo;s Kiggins Village Safe Stay community. McKinney recently moved into an apartment, which he views as his forever home.

‘You can have a brand-new life’: Once-homeless veteran becomes first graduate of Kiggins Village Safe Stay

James McKinney stands outside his former pallet shelter at Vancouver&rsquo;s Kiggins Village Safe Stay community. McKinney recently moved into an apartment, which he views as his forever home.

May 15, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

When James McKinney walked into Kiggins Village for the first time, he told staff, “This is not going to work.” Read story

Melissa Dodge, left, laughs as Dylan Dodge, 17, plays with the family dogs Scooter, left, and Samantha on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Dodge household in Vancouver. Melissa Dodge co-founded the Autism Mom&#039;s Support Group after Dylan was diagnosed and had trouble finding support.

Spurred by advocacy, these Clark County moms champion change for their children

Melissa Dodge, left, laughs as Dylan Dodge, 17, plays with the family dogs Scooter, left, and Samantha on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Dodge household in Vancouver. Melissa Dodge co-founded the Autism Mom&#039;s Support Group after Dylan was diagnosed and had trouble finding support.

May 11, 2024, 6:14am Clark County Health

Clark County is full of mothers who want a better future for their children. Then, there are the mothers who work toward a better future for all children. Here are stories of three such Clark County residents. Motherhood spurred their advocacy — for substance-use recovery programs, environmental protections and access… Read story

Heritage senior Alex Vo, from left, junior Anna Le, senior Lexi Vo, Clark College freshman Ashlynn Fredendall and Heritage senior Kevin Reyes give an educational presentation about sex trafficking. The group hosts community events in and out of their school.

‘Trafficking happens in every school’: Heritage High School students raise awareness of sex trafficking

Heritage senior Alex Vo, from left, junior Anna Le, senior Lexi Vo, Clark College freshman Ashlynn Fredendall and Heritage senior Kevin Reyes give an educational presentation about sex trafficking. The group hosts community events in and out of their school.

May 8, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Students from Heritage High School are equipping their peers with tools to spot red flags and prevent human trafficking in the community. Read story

Clark College hosts welding program open house

May 7, 2024, 6:00am Clark County News

Clark College’s Welding Technology department is hosting an open house 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 17 in Building AA2 on the main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Read story

A body was found in a homeless encampment south of Ridgefield.

61-year-old’s body found in wooded area near Ridgefield in April

A body was found in a homeless encampment south of Ridgefield.

May 6, 2024, 2:28pm Clark County News

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the 61-year-old man whose body was found in an encampment south of Ridgefield in April. Read story