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Stories by Scott Hewitt

Columbian staff writer

Steve Slocum stands before his very stuffed yard in Vancouver. His neighbors complain that the place is a fire hazard and a magnet for rodents. The city is trying to &ldquo;nudge&rdquo; Slocum toward code compliance. Slocum says he intends to keep pushing back.

Dangerous junk or weird art? Mannequins and mess on Rose Village property frustrates neighbors

Steve Slocum stands before his very stuffed yard in Vancouver. His neighbors complain that the place is a fire hazard and a magnet for rodents. The city is trying to &ldquo;nudge&rdquo; Slocum toward code compliance. Slocum says he intends to keep pushing back.

March 16, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

The owner of a spectacularly strange and overstuffed rural property near Battle Ground, which was destroyed in July 2021 by an intentionally sparked fire, has brought what he calls his weird sense of humor to Vancouver. His neighbors are not amused. Read story

1984: &ldquo;Wizard of Oz&rdquo; (Contributed by Battle Ground Rose Festival Committee)

Barely afloat in Battle Ground: Without a site and new volunteers, the 69-year Rose Festival tradition is finished

1984: &ldquo;Wizard of Oz&rdquo; (Contributed by Battle Ground Rose Festival Committee)

March 9, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

DESPERATELY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS, BIG WORKSHOP. To maintain proud decadeslong tradition, Battle Ground’s Rose Float Committee needs new management, new muscle and a spacious new site. All for free, please. Read story

Relocated by the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, a beaver swims the headwaters of the Yakima River. Today&rsquo;s &ldquo;beaver believers&rdquo; are working to move dam-building beavers to places where their labor helps restore wetlands and salmon.

“Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America” author coming to Vancouver

Relocated by the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, a beaver swims the headwaters of the Yakima River. Today&rsquo;s &ldquo;beaver believers&rdquo; are working to move dam-building beavers to places where their labor helps restore wetlands and salmon.

March 7, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

that pleasant, low-key, increasingly hipster city on the mouth of the Columbia River — a current New York Times bestseller has the town’s absentee founder and namesake smelling less like a rose and more like a wet beaver. Read story

This longtime group of poker buddies has been gathering monthly for friendly, low-stakes games since 1968, first at their homes, more recently at Orchard Hills Country Club in Washougal. Clockwise around the table are Mike Cullivan (in ball cap), Jack Connolly, Phil Kalberer, Jim Kenney, Tom Skyler, Bob Haley and Alan Lee.
The angel Moroni statue sits atop the Salt Lake City temple during the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints&#039; conference in Salt Lake City.

First Latter-Day Saints temple in Clark County will be built in Camas

The angel Moroni statue sits atop the Salt Lake City temple during the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints&#039; conference in Salt Lake City.

February 27, 2024, 10:44am Churches & Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of a 43,000-square-foot, multistory temple to be built in Camas. Read story

Purple is a main theme in the Vancouver home of Rev. Marva Edwards: activist, mentor and cancer survivor.

Mentor to generations: Rev. Marva Edwards, cancer survivor and activist, counseled Black youth in Clark County

Purple is a main theme in the Vancouver home of Rev. Marva Edwards: activist, mentor and cancer survivor.

February 24, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

Back when she was teaching Sunday school and Black history, Rev. Marva Edwards knew that the real life lessons she was imparting to kids came through her personal example as well as the words she spoke. That’s why, when she gets to reminiscing today, her memories tend to turn to… Read story

A west Vancouver resident said a great horned owl, similar to the one pictured here, stole her hat one recent morning.

When Owls attack! Vancouver jogger lost hat to ‘swooping,’ a rare event committed by protective birds

A west Vancouver resident said a great horned owl, similar to the one pictured here, stole her hat one recent morning.

February 20, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

If you’re an early morning jogger or walker, here’s an unexpected reason to steer away from tall, mature trees when you head out between late fall and early spring: aggressively territorial owls. Read story

Longtime journalist and Vancouver native Gregg Herrington has delved into the zigzagging story of the historical Vancouver, Klickitat &amp; Yakima rail line.

Retired journalist Gregg Herrington tracks down history of railroad in Clark County

Longtime journalist and Vancouver native Gregg Herrington has delved into the zigzagging story of the historical Vancouver, Klickitat &amp; Yakima rail line.

February 17, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Gregg Herrington has been working on the railroad. Discover what his exhaustive research uncovered about the bumpy backstory of local railway development in the latest edition of Clark County History, the annual journal of the Clark County Historical Society and Museum. Read story

The documentary &ldquo;The Last Repair Shop&rdquo; visits the warehouse in Los Angeles where musical instruments are stored and repaired for local schoolchildren.

Clark County’s independent theaters showcase Oscar-nominated short films in three bundles

The documentary &ldquo;The Last Repair Shop&rdquo; visits the warehouse in Los Angeles where musical instruments are stored and repaired for local schoolchildren.

February 15, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

Director Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominated “Killers of the Flower Moon” clocked in at a whopping 3 hours, 26 minutes. Read story

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Rhapsody in new: Pianist and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra celebrate the centennial of Gershwin’s classicvideo icon

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February 8, 2024, 6:02am Clark County Life

‘Rhapsody in Blue,” George Gershwin’s groundbreaking blend of jazz sounds and classical-music structure, was subtitled “An Experiment in Modern Music” when it debuted in New York City on Feb. 12, 1924. Read story