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Stories by Tom Vogt

Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

Lillian Christina describes seeing puffs of smoke in the distance after watching planes fly above her home in Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941. Christina now lives in Vancouver.

Recalling planes over Pearl Harbor

Lillian Christina describes seeing puffs of smoke in the distance after watching planes fly above her home in Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941. Christina now lives in Vancouver.

December 7, 2017, 6:03am Clark County News

Lillian Christina and her friends grew up on America’s stronghold in the Pacific, so the sight and sound of airplanes wasn’t unusual. Read story

Cody Messick stands in the stairwell of the STEM Building at Clark College, with works of art that were that were crumpled or dented after being dropped from different heights to illustrate the force of gravity. He was part of a project that won the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering gravitational waves.

Clark grad rides a wave after being part of Nobel project

Cody Messick stands in the stairwell of the STEM Building at Clark College, with works of art that were that were crumpled or dented after being dropped from different heights to illustrate the force of gravity. He was part of a project that won the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering gravitational waves.

December 5, 2017, 6:05am Clark County News

When Cody Messick switched his major from theater to physics, the drama was just beginning. Read story

Pioneering aviator Silas Christofferson in a 1911 photo.

Off Beat: Pusher aviator felt pull of adventure

Pioneering aviator Silas Christofferson in a 1911 photo.

December 3, 2017, 4:57pm Clark County News

By today’s standards, Silas Christofferson’s flight 105 years ago from Portland to Vancouver could be described as brief but spectacular. Read story

Jere Van Dyk: “I think I was kidnapped to be taught a lesson, and it got out of control.” Contributed photos

Vancouver native’s book digs deeper into his own kidnapping

Jere Van Dyk: “I think I was kidnapped to be taught a lesson, and it got out of control.” Contributed photos

November 29, 2017, 6:05am Clark County Life

Jere Van Dyk had a limited perspective on his 2008 kidnapping, when he spent 45 days as a Taliban hostage in Pakistan. Read story

Park Service volunteers Dennis Darby of Portland, from left, John Sutter of Portland and Don Erickson of Washougal work on the full-scale replica of a 1912 Curtiss Pusher at Fort Vancouver on Nov. 9. It is a replica of the Curtiss Pusher that flew from the roof of the Multnomah Hotel in Portland to Vancouver Barracks in 1912.

Volunteers re-create plane that made historic 1912 flight

Park Service volunteers Dennis Darby of Portland, from left, John Sutter of Portland and Don Erickson of Washougal work on the full-scale replica of a 1912 Curtiss Pusher at Fort Vancouver on Nov. 9. It is a replica of the Curtiss Pusher that flew from the roof of the Multnomah Hotel in Portland to Vancouver Barracks in 1912.

November 27, 2017, 6:05am Clark County News

A legacy of America’s first licensed airplane pilot is slowly taking shape inside a Vancouver warehouse. Read story

Four-year-old Kinsey Fleming, center, Beaverton, Ore., makes a tassle during the Christmas at the Fort celebration in 2016.

Fort raises spirits with 1840s Christmas

Four-year-old Kinsey Fleming, center, Beaverton, Ore., makes a tassle during the Christmas at the Fort celebration in 2016.

November 27, 2017, 6:04am Clark County News

Christmas at Fort Vancouver was a holiday tradition in the 1840s, and it seems to be a tradition again for many local residents. Read story

Astronaut Koichi Wakata, from left, Expedition 19 commander Gennady Padalka and astronaut Mike Barratt of Camas share a toast on May 20, 2009, to celebrate the space station’s new recycling system that converts urine, sweat and atmospheric humidity back into drinking water.

Off Beat: Astronaut toasts with out-of-this-world drink

Astronaut Koichi Wakata, from left, Expedition 19 commander Gennady Padalka and astronaut Mike Barratt of Camas share a toast on May 20, 2009, to celebrate the space station’s new recycling system that converts urine, sweat and atmospheric humidity back into drinking water.

November 26, 2017, 3:37pm Clark County News

So many things to do before we can take off for Mars ... Read story

Suits for Soldiers to outfit veterans for free

November 25, 2017, 4:48pm Clark County News

Current and former military personnel can get free business attire and other civilian clothing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7824, 400 N. Andresen Road. Read story

Vancouver’s community Christmas tree lights up the night in Esther Short Park as hundreds of people take part Friday in the annual celebration.

Vancouver lights its Christmas tree

Vancouver’s community Christmas tree lights up the night in Esther Short Park as hundreds of people take part Friday in the annual celebration.

November 24, 2017, 9:29pm Clark County News

Lincoln Horn didn’t want to be late. Read story

Ryan Schafte works on a 3-D model of the Providence Academy bell at Washington State University Vancouver in October. The students in Dene Grigar’s digital technology and culture program have partnered with The Historic Trust on new ways to tell the story of Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence.

Augmented-reality experience helps tell Academy’s history

Ryan Schafte works on a 3-D model of the Providence Academy bell at Washington State University Vancouver in October. The students in Dene Grigar’s digital technology and culture program have partnered with The Historic Trust on new ways to tell the story of Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence.

November 24, 2017, 6:05am Churches & Religion

Mother Joseph and her fellow Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver on Dec. 8, 1856. Read story