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Stories by Scott Hewitt

Columbian staff writer

World War II veteran Julian &ldquo;Thorne&rdquo; Hilts displays a photo of himself when he was a commissioned Navy officer.

‘I would do it all again’: Vancouver WWII veteran of Merchant Marines invited to 80th anniversary of D-Day in France

World War II veteran Julian &ldquo;Thorne&rdquo; Hilts displays a photo of himself when he was a commissioned Navy officer.

May 23, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

Many fought hard on the front lines of World War II and paid the ultimate price. Read story

Karen Ceballos of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, center, operates a mobile device that records conditions and details (like distances, grades, bumps and holes) while traveling down hiking trails like this one at Whipple Creek Regional Park.

Slopes? Zigzags? Access Recreation aims to offer pros, cons of Clark County parks for differently abled people

Karen Ceballos of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, center, operates a mobile device that records conditions and details (like distances, grades, bumps and holes) while traveling down hiking trails like this one at Whipple Creek Regional Park.

May 21, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Health

For some people, the simple joy of hiking a trail is anything but simple. One person’s carefree dirt path can be another’s hazardous obstacle course. Read story

The scenic boardwalk at the foot of Coldwater Lake.

Summer on the Mountain: Mount St. Helens pinnacle of recreation, science and learning

The scenic boardwalk at the foot of Coldwater Lake.

May 18, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — The fact that unpredictably moving rock has blocked the road to its prime visitor center says a lot about Mount St. Helens. Much of the landscape around this active volcano is literally new, making it one of the most uniquely beautiful and educational… Read story

Stacey Condren looks over a broken gnome along The Gnome Trail, which was extensively vandalized recently. Top left: Stacey Condren and her husband installed this sign and the first small party of gnomes near the west end of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail.

Vandals destroyed a Gnome Trail in Hazel Dell; now the masterminds are looking for help to rebuild

Stacey Condren looks over a broken gnome along The Gnome Trail, which was extensively vandalized recently. Top left: Stacey Condren and her husband installed this sign and the first small party of gnomes near the west end of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail.

May 14, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Wanted, to repopulate the woods after a wave of senseless destruction: gnomes, fairies, elves and other magical minifigs, brave and true, to face down the mysterious menace. Read story

Chance Crocker, 18, of Vancouver enjoys the sunshine Friday afternoon while catching a ride on a jet ski along Northwest Lower River Road. Vancouver&rsquo;s high temperature was expected to reach 90 degrees. Clark County Public Health officials warn residents to use caution around lakes and rivers, which are still cold enough to immobilize even the strongest swimmers.

Stay safe on the water this warm weekend: Clark County Public Health urges caution in area’s cold, fast-moving waters

Chance Crocker, 18, of Vancouver enjoys the sunshine Friday afternoon while catching a ride on a jet ski along Northwest Lower River Road. Vancouver&rsquo;s high temperature was expected to reach 90 degrees. Clark County Public Health officials warn residents to use caution around lakes and rivers, which are still cold enough to immobilize even the strongest swimmers.

May 11, 2024, 6:10am Clark County Health

It’s an unusually warm weekend for mid-May. The National Weather Service predicts today will be sunny and could reach 89 degrees, with just the faintest of breezes cooling things off. Sunday will also be sunny, with a high temperature near 81 degrees. Read story

State Highway 14 closures slated at Lieser Road

May 11, 2024, 5:33am Clark County News

Travelers who use state Highway 14 or the Lieser Road overpass at night should plan for three weeks of overnight closures. Eastbound travelers will detour around the closure and keep going by using the offramps and onramps at Exit 4. Read story

As fields of wildflowers at Columbia Hills State Park prove, the Columbia River Gorge is one of a kind. A new guidebook will help you explore it.

Explore the Northwest’s one-of-a-kind site with ‘Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge’

As fields of wildflowers at Columbia Hills State Park prove, the Columbia River Gorge is one of a kind. A new guidebook will help you explore it.

May 9, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

The Columbia River Gorge is, technically speaking, one of a kind. It’s the hugest, most diverse, most complicated of 10 designated National Scenic Areas in the United States. It likely would have been designated a bona fide national park if not for the residents, industries and transportation infrastructure that got… Read story

The RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater has a full lineup this summer.

Feel the music with acts at biggest Clark County venues this season

The RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater has a full lineup this summer.

May 4, 2024, 6:10am Clark County Life

In summer 2019, southern-rock trendsetters Lynyrd Skynyrd said their concert at Clark County’s RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater was part of a farewell tour. Probably. Unless, you know, things turn out differently. Read story

The lively Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, led by Christian McKee (center), features many Clark County players, including Andy Blitzer of Ridgefield (right of McKee).

Step aside ukulele, mandolin madness comes to Vancouver

The lively Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, led by Christian McKee (center), features many Clark County players, including Andy Blitzer of Ridgefield (right of McKee).

May 2, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

For the past decade or two — and especially since a simplified mash-up of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” became maddeningly popular in the early 2000s — the ukulele has enjoyed a prolonged cultural moment as everybody’s favorite little musical buddy. Read story

Handing down Indigenous knowledge and traditions from elders to children is one of the themes embodied by the new Grandmother Camus statue unveiled on East Fourth Plain Boulevard.

‘We chose this artwork as a welcome’: Grandmother Camus statue unveiled on Fourth Plain

Handing down Indigenous knowledge and traditions from elders to children is one of the themes embodied by the new Grandmother Camus statue unveiled on East Fourth Plain Boulevard.

April 27, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

The Indigenous legend of Grandmother Camus is a story of love, sacrifice and transformation. Read story