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Volunteers Andrea Nelson, left, Terri Pedigo and LaVonne Crimm work on making weighted teddy bears Wednesday, as part of a toy drive at The Children's Center in Vancouver.

Vancouver nonprofit toy drive collects ‘Heavy Helpers’ to soothe kids

Volunteers Andrea Nelson, left, Terri Pedigo and LaVonne Crimm work on making weighted teddy bears Wednesday, as part of a toy drive at The Children's Center in Vancouver.

December 16, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

This holiday season, the Children’s Center is hosting a toy drive to help bring cheer to the families the nonprofit serves. Read story

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‘Tripledemic’ tightens its grip on Clark County

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December 15, 2022, 11:57am Clark County Health

As Clark County continues to be in the midst of a tripledemic of respiratory illnesses, COVID-19 cases continue to rise alongside cases of the flu and RSV. Read story

Second Chance Companions is in need of more community volunteers to help foster cats and kittens.

Second Chance Companions seeks help after tragic fire

Second Chance Companions is in need of more community volunteers to help foster cats and kittens.

December 15, 2022, 6:01am Clark County Life

Following a devastating fire at the home of one of its main volunteers, local animal foster and adoption nonprofit Second Chance Companions is looking for community support, through donations and more volunteers, to get back on its feet. Read story

Columbia Credit Union golf tournament raises $42,396 for charity

December 14, 2022, 6:02am Business

The sixth annual Columbia Credit Union McKibbin Legacy Classic, a charity golf tournament hosted by Columbia Credit Union and presented by Vesta Hospitality, raised $42,396 for community nonprofits in August. Read story

FILE - Vials of single doses of the Jynneos vaccine for mpox are seen from a cooler at a vaccinations site on Aug. 29, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The federal government plans to end in January 2023 the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox left more than 29,000 people across the U.S.

Federal mpox emergency declaration to end in January

FILE - Vials of single doses of the Jynneos vaccine for mpox are seen from a cooler at a vaccinations site on Aug. 29, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The federal government plans to end in January 2023 the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox left more than 29,000 people across the U.S.

December 11, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

The federal government has announced plans to end the public health emergency declared for mpox by Jan. 31. Read story

$450K sought to finish inclusive playground in Vancouver

December 10, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

Local nonprofit Harper’s Playground is $450,000 short of its $3.2 million goal to complete the Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station at Marshall Park in Vancouver. Read story

Rachel Grant, right, a family navigator, visits with cafe member David Walker at Recovery Caf? of Clark County.

Family Navigator program charts Clark County woman’s path to recovery

Rachel Grant, right, a family navigator, visits with cafe member David Walker at Recovery Caf? of Clark County.

December 9, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

Clark County woman seeks help, gets sober, regains custody of children Read story

Washougal physician assistant Scott Miller speaks against COVID-19 safety precautions such as mask mandates and distance-learning during a Camas School Board meeting on May 10, 2021.

Washougal physician assistant’s license suspended

Washougal physician assistant Scott Miller speaks against COVID-19 safety precautions such as mask mandates and distance-learning during a Camas School Board meeting on May 10, 2021.

December 8, 2022, 7:03pm Clark County Health

The Washington Medical Commission issued an indefinite suspension to Scott C. Miller’s license to practice as a physician assistant on Oct. 6, following a five-day hearing in August, according to a press release. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 infections trending upward

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December 8, 2022, 2:37pm Clark County Health

The COVID-19 infection rate in Clark County continues to rise as health officials continue to urge anyone eligible to get an updated booster shot. Read story

Miranda Neumann holds her 14-month-old son, Collins, who was on a feeding tube while being treated for the flu at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Respiratory illnesses strike children, too: Trio of RSV, flu, COVID straining hospitals across Clark County

Miranda Neumann holds her 14-month-old son, Collins, who was on a feeding tube while being treated for the flu at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

December 8, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

As Clark County continues to battle the surge of respiratory-related illnesses, some parents are having to bring their little ones to the hospital for help. Read story