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Stories by Scott Hewitt

Columbian staff writer

Light pollution from Goldendale floods the sky on a cloudy night at Goldendale Observatory State Park in 2014.

Darkness matters: Light pollution of night skies hurts people, animals in Southwest Washington

Light pollution from Goldendale floods the sky on a cloudy night at Goldendale Observatory State Park in 2014.

April 18, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Life

We usually see light in a positive light. It cheers up gloom. It clarifies our way. It’s the Bible’s opening metaphor for all of creation. Read story

Senior Mei Schillen, 18, listens to some drumming tips from longtime pro Gary Hobbs, who volunteers occasionally at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. "The vibe here is so healthy, and they are such talented kids," Hobbs said.

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Senior Mei Schillen, 18, listens to some drumming tips from longtime pro Gary Hobbs, who volunteers occasionally at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. "The vibe here is so healthy, and they are such talented kids," Hobbs said.

April 16, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Life

While pro drummer and music educator Gary Hobbs is an expert at keeping time in the present, the longtime Vancouver resident is also steeped in the past. He’s a big fan of the Clark County Historical Museum and an energetic administrator of the nostalgic Facebook page “Growing Up in Clark… Read story

An actual Albanian necklace, worn by Lydia (portrayed by Sarah Coombs), is the central, sought-after prize in K.C.

Playwright gets last word as dark comedy opens at Magenta Theater in Vancouver

An actual Albanian necklace, worn by Lydia (portrayed by Sarah Coombs), is the central, sought-after prize in K.C.

April 13, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Life

Playwright K.C. Cooper said now seems like the right time for a certain kind of comedy: a decidedly dark one, crammed with twists and turns and driven by the human appetite for sin. Read story

Maria Gonser of Attic Gallery, left, chats with Camas residents Robin and Kit Blair who were checking out artworks on a recent Friday morning.

Camas’ family-owned Attic Gallery turns 50

Maria Gonser of Attic Gallery, left, chats with Camas residents Robin and Kit Blair who were checking out artworks on a recent Friday morning.

April 6, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Fifty years of any business is a major accomplishment. Fifty years of a fine art gallery is almost unheard of. Read story

Pikas prefer the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Volunteers needed for pika patrol in the Columbia River Gorge

Pikas prefer the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.

March 30, 2023, 10:30am Clark County Life

If vast views of sublime scenery don’t lure you to the Columbia River Gorge, how about a little dose of irresistible cuteness? With a dollop of environmental virtue for good measure? Read story

Compressed air is forced into these large settling tanks so naturally occurring microbes can thrive and break down unwanted organic chemicals in the water.

How Vancouver’s wastewater goes from stinky to sanitary

Compressed air is forced into these large settling tanks so naturally occurring microbes can thrive and break down unwanted organic chemicals in the water.

March 25, 2023, 8:00pm Clark County News

If you tracked one drop of water through Vancouver’s Marine Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, you’d find that it takes about eight hours to go from raw sewage to reasonably clean. Read story

Author and retired literature professor Jessica Barksdale Incl?n moved to Vancouver from California a couple of years ago.

Vancouver author’s novel traces effects of trauma across generations

Author and retired literature professor Jessica Barksdale Incl?n moved to Vancouver from California a couple of years ago.

March 16, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

When 80-year-old Mary Jo Bradford overhears TV news about a wave of women reporting sexual harassment and assault by powerful men, her increasingly unfiltered brain drops a bomb on her family: Read story

The Reprise Choir is back with a series of celestial-themed concerts.

Twinkle, twinkle, Reprise Choir: Vancouver group aims for the stars

The Reprise Choir is back with a series of celestial-themed concerts.

March 9, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

It may look cloudy overhead, but you know what’s even higher up than our seasonal gloom? Blue skies, a gleaming sun and shining stars. Read story

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More coffee? OHSU expert says there’s little danger of caffeine overdose

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March 7, 2023, 6:01am Clark County Health

I’ve got to cut back on this stuff, it’s driving me crazy. Read story

Paul Christensen is all smiles at a recent Vancouver Symphony Orchestra gala event. With him are Ginger Metcalf and David Gellatly.

Vancouver philanthropist Paul Christensen honored for support of arts in Clark Countyvideo icon

Paul Christensen is all smiles at a recent Vancouver Symphony Orchestra gala event. With him are Ginger Metcalf and David Gellatly.

March 2, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Paul Christensen’s mother believed that a house is not a home until it has a piano. She insisted that her children take lessons from the piano teacher down the block, he said. Read story