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Samantha Zeiner of the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge walks through her family's acreage between Ridgefield and Battle Ground while demonstrating how she records a virtual birding walk. The refuge is closed to visitors, so Zeiner streams her own live birding walk from this site, which is also on the Pacific Flyway and popular with avian visitors.

Ridgefield woman records, virtually shares birdsongs from family farm

Samantha Zeiner of the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge walks through her family's acreage between Ridgefield and Battle Ground while demonstrating how she records a virtual birding walk. The refuge is closed to visitors, so Zeiner streams her own live birding walk from this site, which is also on the Pacific Flyway and popular with avian visitors.

May 26, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

RIDGEFIELD -- Samantha Zeiner wasn't a real birder until coronavirus locked down her life. Now Zeiner goes on a rural birding walk early every Tuesday morning without leaving her home turf, and streams her journey for folks who wish they could go too. Read story

Sound technician Peter Wonderly wears a mask for safety as he snaps a selfie after putting the finishing touches on the front sign at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver on Friday. Magenta Theater, which is dark during the COVID-19 pandemic, came up with the idea of renting out its Main Street marquee for community messages.

Downtown Vancouver marquee messages go viral

Sound technician Peter Wonderly wears a mask for safety as he snaps a selfie after putting the finishing touches on the front sign at the Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver on Friday. Magenta Theater, which is dark during the COVID-19 pandemic, came up with the idea of renting out its Main Street marquee for community messages.

May 21, 2020, 6:21am Clark County Life

There’s a fine art to writing in jumbo letters. Read story

The Vancouver Master Chorale, plus full orchestra, squeezes together during a rehearsal at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. The physical closeness seen here is a good example of why choirs now see no choice but to wait out the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clark County choirs confront COVID-19

The Vancouver Master Chorale, plus full orchestra, squeezes together during a rehearsal at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. The physical closeness seen here is a good example of why choirs now see no choice but to wait out the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

May 19, 2020, 6:01am Clark County Health

Local choir directors see little choice but to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s no longer safe for singers to stand in close formation and powerfully belt out their breath. Read story

Alice Plebuch of Felida took a DNA test that unlocked surprising family secrets.

DNA tests reveal secrets lurking amid family backstories

Alice Plebuch of Felida took a DNA test that unlocked surprising family secrets.

May 18, 2020, 12:07pm Clark County Life

A curious lack of Collins family resemblance always bugged Alice Collins Plebuch. Read story

Organizers Kevin Hiebert, left, and Steve Valenta at 2016’s inaugural VANtalks event.

VANtalks would like to hear how you’re doing

Organizers Kevin Hiebert, left, and Steve Valenta at 2016’s inaugural VANtalks event.

May 15, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Life

If there was ever a time for outside-the-box thinking, it must be now — this era of isolation, uncertainty and feeling distinctly boxed in. Read story

Peggy McCarthy enjoys the spring sunshine while walking the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail. Her plan to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail was blocked by COVID-19, but McCarthy sees every step she takes as part of her pilgrimage of gratitude.

Vancouver woman’s plan to walk Camino de Santiago trail upended by virus

Peggy McCarthy enjoys the spring sunshine while walking the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail. Her plan to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail was blocked by COVID-19, but McCarthy sees every step she takes as part of her pilgrimage of gratitude.

May 12, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Health

Peggy McCarthy’s pilgrimage never really began, and never really ended. Even while walking on the familiar Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, checking on baby turtles and eagles along the way, she recites Buddhist chants of gratitude and sees every step as part of a spiritual journey. Read story

Volunteer Cathy Ahsam, left, waves goodbye to a drive-through food client at the FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver on Saturday morning.

FISH drive-thru food giveaway in downtown Vancouver doesn’t get many nibbles

Volunteer Cathy Ahsam, left, waves goodbye to a drive-through food client at the FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver on Saturday morning.

May 9, 2020, 4:24pm Clark County News

FISH had the food. What it didn’t have were many drive-thru takers. Read story

Brad Richardson, executive director at the Clark County Historical Museum, launched a new project called "Capture the Moment" which will collect Clark County citizens' writings, photos, artworks, memories and obituaries during the coronavirus episode.

Clark County Historical Museum captures history of pandemic as it unfolds

Brad Richardson, executive director at the Clark County Historical Museum, launched a new project called "Capture the Moment" which will collect Clark County citizens' writings, photos, artworks, memories and obituaries during the coronavirus episode.

May 7, 2020, 8:27am Clark County Life

Before Katie Richardson left for the first nursing shift when she would be caring for COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, her husband snapped a photo of her cuddling their daughters on the couch at home. It was a typically anxious moment in… Read story

The 2020 Clark County Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clark County Fair canceled due to coronavirus concerns

The 2020 Clark County Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 6, 2020, 11:47am Clark County Life

The 2020 Clark County Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

"Eagle Creek Burn from Sherrard Point" by Matthew Smith, taken November 2019, won an honorable mention in the Friends of the Gorge photo contest. "You can see the mosaic burn patterns in the landscape below," Smith wrote, "along with the Cascade sentinels: Mount St.

Friends of Gorge photo contest brings out best from Clark County shutterbugs

"Eagle Creek Burn from Sherrard Point" by Matthew Smith, taken November 2019, won an honorable mention in the Friends of the Gorge photo contest. "You can see the mosaic burn patterns in the landscape below," Smith wrote, "along with the Cascade sentinels: Mount St.

May 5, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Life

Something about that shapely highway winding around all those shapely bluffs and forests spoke to Vancouver photographer Matthew Smith, one of two local winners in the fifth annual Friends of the Gorge photography contest. Read story