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Affordable-housing measures see mixed success in Olympia

In the thick of the Legislature’s 105-day session, various bills aiming to provide more affordable housing for Washington residents are gaining traction, while others have fizzled out on the floor.
Clark County Politics
Clockwise right to left, Cindy Eisenman, Dion Gutkind and Melanie Wilson of the East County Citizens Alliance tend to a small "demonstration" garden on state Route 14 close to the Washougal River Road roundabout in January 2023. ECCA members planted the garden to prepare for the 4,000-square-foot wildflower bed they will be planting on the highway later in 2023.

Group makes plan to beautify stretch of Highway 14 in Washougal

First, East County Citizens Alliance volunteers started picking up litter from state Highway 14 between Camas and Washougal. Then, they “adopted” the stretch of road through the Washington State Department…
Clark County News
Mattie English uses a small pump sprayer to soak a kitten with lime-sulfur treatment at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in December.

Wrangling ringworm saves kittens at Humane Society for Southwest Washington

The kittens up for adoption at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington are cute — pouncing on toys and chirping for attention.
Clark County Health
Union senior Yanni Fassilis stands for a portrait Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Union High School. Fassilis is The Columbian???s All-Region boys basketball player of the year.

All-Region boys basketball: Yanni Fassilis, Union

Even Yanni Fassilis was surprised by how quickly the results of his work came to fruition.
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As executive director of Furry Friends, Jenn Hutchman has her paws full. From managing staff, facilitating adoptions, to performing intake medical checkups for the shelter's newest tenants.

Working in Clark County: Jenn Hutchman, Furry Friends

For avid readers of the In Your Neighborhood section of the Sunday paper, the name Furry Friends is likely to ring a bell.


Passengers wait in line at a TSA security checkpoint inside Terminal C at DFW International Airport, Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Fights are still breaking out on airplanes even as pandemic restrictions loosen

Dallas-Fort Worth’s hometown air carriers are still breaking up fights and subduing unruly passengers nearly a year after the face mask mandate dropped, with incidents…

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Gonzaga forward Drew Timme reacts after scoring a basket against TCU during the first half of a second-round college basketball game in the men's NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Denver.

Gonzaga, Timme move to Sweet 16 with 84-81 win over TCU

Drew Timme extended his one-of-a-kind college career by at least one more game, finishing with 28 points and eight rebounds Sunday to help third-seeded Gonzaga…


FILE - People walk through floodwaters after heavy rainfall in Hadeja, Nigeria, Sept 19, 2022. Publication of a major new United Nations report on climate change is being held up by a battle between rich and developing countries over emissions targets and financial aid to vulnerable nations.

Nations approve key U.N. science report on climate change

Governments gave their blessing on Sunday to a major new U.N. report on climate change, after approval was held up by a battle between rich…

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Houngming Christopher, left, and her husband, Ronald, look over unpaid bills for their rental property, half of a duplex occupied by a family of five. The Christophers are owed thousands of dollars in rent and don't know where to turn. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Clark County’s small landlords: Pandemic has been tough on us, too

Ronald and Houngming Christopher started renting out half of their duplex in Vancouver’s Cascade Highlands neighborhood five years ago, thinking it would be a good…

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This image provided by Betty Seaman shows Navy A-6 Intruder pilot Jim Seaman. Navy Capt. Jim Seaman died of lung cancer at the age of 61. His widow Betty Seaman has been part of a large group of aviators and their surviving spouses who have lobbied Congress and the Pentagon for years to look into the number of cancers aviators and ground crew face. In a new study the Pentagon has found alarmingly higher rates of cancer among aviators than in the U.S. general population, and has further reviews planned.

Higher cancer rates found in military pilots, ground crews

A Pentagon study has found high rates of cancer among military pilots and for the first time has shown that ground crews who fuel, maintain…


Lt. Louis Barin (1890-1920) sports his Naval officer's uniform. Barin built his airplanes. One lifted 20 feet skyward, then nose-dived into the earth. He chopped it into kindling and stored it in the basement of his Portland home. In 1919, he piloted a flying boat attempting the first crossing of the Atlantic.

Clark County History: Louis Barin, heavy aviator

Louis Barin was a big man, overflowing the cockpit of his airplane. At 250 pounds, he was nearly twice the weight of other youthful aviators…

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Testing on an Adderall pill came back positive for meth in Cabo San Lucas.

Feds knew for years fentanyl-tainted pills from Mexican pharmacies were killing Americans

Officials at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and State Department have known for more than three years that some pharmacies in Mexico are selling counterfeit…

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March 19: Banking System

Editorial cartoons for week of March 19

Other Papers Say: Pass new police pursuit law

In Our View: Drawbridge, tunnel miss mark for I-5 Bridge

Westneat: Bill goes after biggest guns

Granderson: ‘Blame Mexico’ won’t help

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