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Columbian staff reporter

Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth to help ease utility bills

January 20, 2023, 6:04am Business

The ninth annual Race for Warmth, produced by Clark Public Utilities, is rapidly approaching, taking place in downtown Vancouver on Jan. 29. The run raises money to support Operation Warm Heart, helping families in need who may not qualify for other assistance programs, according to a press release. Read story

COVID-19 case rate up in Clark County; hospital admissions fall

January 20, 2023, 6:02am News

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rose slightly this week, with 238 new COVID-19 cases reported, bringing county totals to 110,710, according to Clark County Public Health data. Read story

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards $28.6 million to nonprofits

January 20, 2023, 5:58am Clark County News

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust published its “Fall 2022 Grants Report” Thursday. The organization awarded 82 grants to nonprofits throughout the Pacific Northwest, totaling $28.6 million, according to a press release. Read story

Dr. Jeff Fries, left, works with client Megan Morrell during the Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office eye clinic Thursday afternoon. Morrell is one of around 160 patients who received a free eye exam at one of six Kaiser locations during the Martin Luther King Jr. week of service. Kaiser partnered with health clinics across Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area to provide free eye care to individuals in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Kaiser clinics providing free eye exams in Southwest Washington

Dr. Jeff Fries, left, works with client Megan Morrell during the Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office eye clinic Thursday afternoon. Morrell is one of around 160 patients who received a free eye exam at one of six Kaiser locations during the Martin Luther King Jr. week of service. Kaiser partnered with health clinics across Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area to provide free eye care to individuals in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 19, 2023, 7:07pm Clark County Health

Optometrists at Kaiser Permanente clinics across Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area were hard at work providing free eye care exams to patients on Thursday. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity up slightly, hospitalizations down

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January 19, 2023, 3:08pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rose slightly this week, with 238 new COVID-19 cases reported, bringing county totals to 110,710, according to Clark County Public Health data. Read story

Cascade Care Savings has special enrollment

January 19, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Health

The open enrollment period for Cascade Care Savings is closed, but Washington Healthplanfinder has opened a new special enrollment period for individuals and families who make up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, according to a press release. Read story

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Vancouver Clinic partners with Cascade Physicians of Oregon

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January 17, 2023, 6:00am Business

Vancouver Clinic announced Thursday that the Oregon-based Cascade Physicians medical practice will be joining the clinic as of Feb. 1. Read story

Pastor Joyce Smith leads the crowd in a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during the 13th annual "Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration" hosted by iUrban Teen.

Vancouver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast celebrates service

Pastor Joyce Smith leads the crowd in a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during the 13th annual "Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration" hosted by iUrban Teen.

January 16, 2023, 2:18pm Churches & Religion

Hundreds of smiling faces filled the main conference room at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Monday morning, there to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Between guest speakers and a musical performance from Take 6, the crowd was endlessly entertained. Monday marked what would have… Read story

Caring for a sick child has become even more stressful than usual for many U.S. parents in recent weeks due to shortages of Children's Tylenol and other medicines.

Clark County hospitals remain stressed

Caring for a sick child has become even more stressful than usual for many U.S. parents in recent weeks due to shortages of Children's Tylenol and other medicines.

January 14, 2023, 6:04am Business

With parts of the country still in the midst of a tripledemic of respiratory viruses, emergency departments across Clark County continue to be overwhelmed with patients — on top of that, certain medicines and antibiotics are hard to come by. Read story

Volunteers plant trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail as part of the annual MLK Day of Service in 2015.

Clark County organizations plan, offer events for MLK Jr. Day

Volunteers plant trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail as part of the annual MLK Day of Service in 2015.

January 12, 2023, 6:30pm Clark County News

Honoring the legacy of civil rights activist and leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many organizations offer service opportunities and celebrations during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day that falls on the third Monday in January. Read story