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Jim and Ceci Mains' preparations for a pandemic-safe Halloween include 6-foot distance markers and a 20-foot candy slide at their home in west Vancouver.

Clark County families keeping Halloween safe, sweet

Jim and Ceci Mains' preparations for a pandemic-safe Halloween include 6-foot distance markers and a 20-foot candy slide at their home in west Vancouver.

October 18, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

The treats haven’t changed, but it’s a much trickier world out there this fall. Look no further than the potential swapping of microscopic breath particles as people open their doors, shriek with fake fright and distribute candy to gasping, giggling youngsters. Read story

The acoustically impressive Skyview Concert Hall at Skyview High School seats up to 1,100 people and has been the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for years. But most arts groups can't afford to lease space like this.

Clark County arts need leadership, partnerships

The acoustically impressive Skyview Concert Hall at Skyview High School seats up to 1,100 people and has been the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for years. But most arts groups can't afford to lease space like this.

October 15, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

There’s never been a shake-up of the arts, all across America, like this year’s double-whammy of a global pandemic and a nationwide protest movement against institutional racism. Read story

Moviegoers line up for Liberty Theatre's reopening screening of "The Goonies" on Friday afternoon. The theater had been closed for months due to the pandemic lockdown, but local lobbying convinced the governor's office to OK reopening with strict new safety protocols in place-- including operating at just 25 percent capacity for counties like Clark that are in the second phase of reopening.

Clark County’s independent movie theaters, chain AMC reopen doors

Moviegoers line up for Liberty Theatre's reopening screening of "The Goonies" on Friday afternoon. The theater had been closed for months due to the pandemic lockdown, but local lobbying convinced the governor's office to OK reopening with strict new safety protocols in place-- including operating at just 25 percent capacity for counties like Clark that are in the second phase of reopening.

October 15, 2020, 6:01am Business

CAMAS — Here’s the plot twist movie lovers never expected: Clark County’s struggling independent cinemas are reopening their doors while industry behemoth Regal has gone officially dark until further notice. Also reopening hundreds of cinemas across the nation, including two in Vancouver, is AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest theater operator. Read story

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Red signals caution and slows drivers down. Blue is relaxing and slows people down. The new crosswalk mural and pedestrian "parklet" at 12th and Main streets in downtown Vancouver are designed to improve safety and contribute to an immersive, artistic welcome to lower downtown, according to Michael Walker of Vancouver's Downtown Association.

Park it at downtown Vancouver’s new parkletvideo icon

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Red signals caution and slows drivers down. Blue is relaxing and slows people down. The new crosswalk mural and pedestrian "parklet" at 12th and Main streets in downtown Vancouver are designed to improve safety and contribute to an immersive, artistic welcome to lower downtown, according to Michael Walker of Vancouver's Downtown Association.

October 11, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Even before the pandemic, Vancouver’s Downtown Association wanted to make Main Street’s portal into lower downtown a little more cosmopolitan, welcoming and wow! Read story

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

How to talk to children about cancer

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

October 11, 2020, 5:21am Breast Cancer

Figuring out what’s really up with your parents is child’s play. Just check their text messages or eavesdrop on a phone call. That’s what one child whispered during a support group hosted by oncology social worker Krista Nelson at Portland’s Providence Cancer Institute. Read story

Elizabeth Koch of Vancouver, who is a cancer survivor, points out some of her favorite areas in Jorgenson Woods Neighborhood Park. Koch believes in the therapeutic power of nature and forests.
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Get ready for spooky season with books from Clark County authors

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October 4, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Scary season used to mean the make-believe fun of Halloween. Nowadays it seems to mean this all-too-real, ongoing crisis in world history. Read story

Salvador Brotons, who has led the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, has won a lifetime achievement award from the Clark County Arts Commission.

Genial, jet-setting Salvador Brotons wins arts award for lifetime achievement

Salvador Brotons, who has led the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, has won a lifetime achievement award from the Clark County Arts Commission.

October 1, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Life

Maestro Salvador Brotons may still be stuck at home in Barcelona due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Clark County classical music fans cannot forget how he’s led the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for three decades: with uncompromising musical artistry and radiant good cheer that pours from the podium. Read story

David Cross stars as real-life naturalist and butterfly hunter Dr. Robert Michael Pyle as he takes an epic journey across "The Dark Divide," part of our own Gifford Pinchot National Forest here in Southwest Washington.

Kiggins offers streaming of indie release “The Dark Divide”

David Cross stars as real-life naturalist and butterfly hunter Dr. Robert Michael Pyle as he takes an epic journey across "The Dark Divide," part of our own Gifford Pinchot National Forest here in Southwest Washington.

September 18, 2020, 11:15am Clark County Life

He sets out searching for rare butterfly species in the remotest corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but widowed naturalist Robert Michael Pyle winds up catching much more than that — including glimpses of Sasquatch and of his own healing heart. Read story

Deborah Carter of Vancouver returns books next to the Little Lending Library, a machine that allows visitors to browse a small selection of books while the Vancouver Mall library branch remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Book vending machine outside Vancouver Mall library revives pleasure of browsing the stacks

Deborah Carter of Vancouver returns books next to the Little Lending Library, a machine that allows visitors to browse a small selection of books while the Vancouver Mall library branch remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

September 18, 2020, 6:03am Clark County Life

James Patterson, Harry Potter and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” are so much healthier for you than Snickers, M&Ms and Coke. Read story