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Top Stories: Man fatally shot; PeaceHealth job cuts; Doughnut taste-off

By The Columbian
Published: April 29, 2023, 6:00am

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Here are the top stories on columbian.com this week:

1. 68-year-old man dead in east Clark County shooting

A Camas woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder Thursday after investigators say she fatally shot her 68-year-old husband that morning at their east Clark County house.

Beverly Ann Tafolla, 67, was booked into the Clark County Jail, according to Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Skidmore. Jail records show she is scheduled to appear on the murder allegation Friday afternoon in Clark County Superior Court

2. PeaceHealth cuts 51 jobs in Southwest Washington

PeaceHealth has laid off 51 people in its Columbia Network, the Vancouver-based health system said in a statement Tuesday.

“PeaceHealth is actively responding to the significant challenges faced by health care organizations across the U.S.,” said Debra Carnes, senior marketing and communications director for the Columbia Network.

3. Clark County sheriff, prosecutor named in suit over Washington gun law

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Second Amendment Foundation and others, including Vancouver-based gun store Sporting Systems, in response to the Legislature’s passage of a semi-automatic weapons ban names Clark County Sheriff John Horch and Prosecutor Tony Golik as two of several defendants.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, also lists the Firearms Policy Coalition and private citizens Brett Bass, Douglas Mitchell and Lawrence Hartford as plaintiffs. All are represented by Seattle attorney Joel Ard.

4. Tree-of-heaven is an otherworldly invader in Northwest

Who knew something so sweet-sounding could be incredibly menacing.

Tree-of-heaven is obnoxiously noxious, earning it a designation on Washington’s quarantine list, which prohibits its sale or distribution within the state.

5. Great Doughnut Taste-Off: Five Clark County bakeries go dough-to-dough

What is it about doughnuts? There’s something about that sweet fried dough that beckons more powerfully than a siren’s song. Slather it with glaze, dust it with powdered sugar or fill it with jelly and people lose their minds. For just a couple bucks per doughnut, more or less, a little piece of deep-fried happiness can be yours. If you suggest that all doughnuts taste basically the same, be prepared for impassioned arguments to the contrary. Whatever you do, don’t admit indifference. Not liking doughnuts is the social equivalent to not liking dogs. It’s just not something you say out loud.

If you’re a doughnut aficionado, you already know that all doughnuts are not the same. But which Clark County bakeries are the best? To answer that question, The Columbian appointed four judges (restaurant critic Rachel Pinsky, food columnist Monika Spykerman, innovation editor Will Campbell and web editor Amy Libby) to sample apple fritters, maple bars, jelly doughnuts and old-fashioneds from Angel’s Donuts and Ice CreamDonut NookDot DonutsMr. Maple Donuts and Tonallis Doughnuts & Cream. The entire Columbian staff was also invited to partake of the doughy bounty and share their opinions.