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Director Josh Murry-Hawkins and Autumn Andersen in harmonious pairing as the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Riverside Performing Arts' video, "A Tale of the Nutcracker." (Julie G Photography)

Clark County’s Riverside Performing Arts rushes to film ‘Nutcracker’

Director Josh Murry-Hawkins and Autumn Andersen in harmonious pairing as the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Riverside Performing Arts' video, "A Tale of the Nutcracker." (Julie G Photography)

December 17, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

Precious few nuts are cracking in Clark County this holiday season. Some dance companies were getting ready to record and stream video versions of “The Nutcracker,” the classic Christmas ballet, when the coronavirus pandemic started spiking again in Washington and all across the nation. Tighter restrictions on fitness and training… Read story

A Juno space probe passed below Jupiter and took this photograph of the giant planet's cloud bands on April 10. Jupiter and Saturn are having a Great Conjunction.

Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn comes to Clark County skies

A Juno space probe passed below Jupiter and took this photograph of the giant planet's cloud bands on April 10. Jupiter and Saturn are having a Great Conjunction.

December 15, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

When gigantic Jupiter overtakes gorgeous Saturn in the night sky, astronomers call it a Great Conjunction. In the coming days, starting at about 45 minutes after sunset, you should be able to catch the action in the southwestern sky as the two largest planets come within kissing distance. Read story

Rod Cook, left, helps load boxed-up bicycle kits into the back of a volunteer's pickup truck while Hayden Trent, right, repositions other boxes on Saturday morning at Taylor Transport in the Barberton area. Pre-registered volunteers drove though the warehouse to collect new bikes for home assembly. The bikes will be passed along to needy local families at Christmas.

Annual holiday bike build in Clark County rolls with changes due to COVID-19 pandemic

Rod Cook, left, helps load boxed-up bicycle kits into the back of a volunteer's pickup truck while Hayden Trent, right, repositions other boxes on Saturday morning at Taylor Transport in the Barberton area. Pre-registered volunteers drove though the warehouse to collect new bikes for home assembly. The bikes will be passed along to needy local families at Christmas.

December 12, 2020, 2:48pm Clark County News

The scene may have been different, but the spirit was exactly the same. Just ask Santa Claus, merrily boogieing to thumping dance tunes and schmoozing his way down the line of volunteers in cars who waited on Saturday morning, distantly and patiently, for boxes of brand new bicycle parts to… Read story

Doug Ballou speaks at a memorial service for Bud Van Cleve in Hazel Dell in 2014. Ballou served three decades as a Hazel Dell neighborhood leader, much of that time, alongside Van Cleve.

Hazel Dell neighborhood leader who advocated for parks moves to Portland

Doug Ballou speaks at a memorial service for Bud Van Cleve in Hazel Dell in 2014. Ballou served three decades as a Hazel Dell neighborhood leader, much of that time, alongside Van Cleve.

December 4, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

When Doug Ballou moved to Hazel Dell, he said, there was so much work to be done. Read story

Vancouver Master Chorale director Jana Hart records singers Amy Christenson and Ryan Allen on a recent Saturday morning at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver for a virtual holiday show that will be streamed all month, starting Dec. 7. The group wore masks except when recording an angelic rendition of "The Prayer," a song made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli. Then masks went right back on.

For Clark County performing groups, the show must go on(line)

Vancouver Master Chorale director Jana Hart records singers Amy Christenson and Ryan Allen on a recent Saturday morning at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver for a virtual holiday show that will be streamed all month, starting Dec. 7. The group wore masks except when recording an angelic rendition of "The Prayer," a song made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli. Then masks went right back on.

December 3, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

When the sweet conclusion “sleep in heavenly peace” sounds more like “sleep in heavenly pieces-s-s,” Matt Pollock reaches for his digital editing tools. Read story

The COVID-19 pandemic has made avoiding handshakes and hugs a necessary safety measure, but touch is essential to our health, scientists say.

Many in Clark County missing the miracle of touch

The COVID-19 pandemic has made avoiding handshakes and hugs a necessary safety measure, but touch is essential to our health, scientists say.

November 29, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

What a crying child really wants is a loving touch of a parent. A hug, a kiss, a comfy and comforting lap. Read story

Ridgefield artist Jennifer Williams, left, discusses her painting "Tatoosh" with studio visitors Ann Cavanaugh and Barrie Copeland on a recent Saturday. Williams, an organizer of the annual Clark County Open Studios tour that got canceled this year, has signed up with Artists Sunday, a nationwide campaign to promote local artists online. She's also starting to book private visits with patrons, as seen here.

Online-only Artists Sunday connects Clark County crafters, artists with patrons

Ridgefield artist Jennifer Williams, left, discusses her painting "Tatoosh" with studio visitors Ann Cavanaugh and Barrie Copeland on a recent Saturday. Williams, an organizer of the annual Clark County Open Studios tour that got canceled this year, has signed up with Artists Sunday, a nationwide campaign to promote local artists online. She's also starting to book private visits with patrons, as seen here.

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

Last year’s self-guided Clark County Open Studios tour of local artists’ private workshops and galleries was the best-attended, biggest-selling outing in the event’s history, according to organizer Jennifer Williams. Read story

John Bruns and Heather Wendling look at a picture of their daughter, London. London died by suicide in September and the couple now spends their time raising awareness of teen suicide.

Pandemic, winter may add up to mental health crisis in Clark County

John Bruns and Heather Wendling look at a picture of their daughter, London. London died by suicide in September and the couple now spends their time raising awareness of teen suicide.

November 15, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Health

RIDGEFIELD — London Bruns’ parents don’t know exactly how to say what they want to say, but they mean to keep talking. Talking to the media, fellow parents, school groups, friends, strangers — anyone who will listen to their concerns about depression, suicide and the upcoming winter. Read story

Kim Schneiderman, the executive director of NAMI Southwest Washington, poses for a photo at the group's  location in Vancouver  in June 2019.

Staying healthy, happy during pandemic and beyond

Kim Schneiderman, the executive director of NAMI Southwest Washington, poses for a photo at the group's  location in Vancouver  in June 2019.

November 15, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Health

The coronavirus pandemic has added obstacles, but it hasn’t changed the things that make us happy and mentally healthy. Read story

Dean Tate's B-17 crash landed on a hill above Monchy-Humieres, France. Tate and two crew mates bailed out.

Camas writer pens true-life World War II adventure about American parachutists in France

Dean Tate's B-17 crash landed on a hill above Monchy-Humieres, France. Tate and two crew mates bailed out.

November 8, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Author Susan Tate Ankeny has been contacted and thanked recently by many military families she’s never met, she said. As far as she’s concerned, the real thanks are due to ordinary French citizens who risked their lives decades ago to save the American soldiers who were trying to save them. Read story