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Top Stories: 3rd District race; Yacolt teen works with Nike; Nightmare on 7th Street

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: November 4, 2023, 6:02am

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

1. Leslie Lewallen sets sights on Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat

As Election Day 2024 slowly approaches, two familiar names are seeking a rematch: Republican Joe Kent of Yacolt and Democratic U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Skamania.

But another Republican candidate has thrown her name in the mix to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District: Leslie Lewallen of Camas.

2. Yacolt teen works with Nike to make sneakers that make a statement

After almost eight months, Macey Bodily of Yacolt, one of six young patient artists, finally saw her designs come to life as a part of the 19th Doernbecher Freestyle Collection.

On Friday, the designers, all of whom have experienced the care of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, gathered at the Portland Art Museum, alongside their friends, family and Nike’s design team, to celebrate the 19th annual Doernbecher Freestyle Auction, which successfully raised $979,000.

3. Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad’s Chelatchie rail yard expansion halted

Work to expand Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad’s Chelatchie rail yard has come to a halt, at least for now.

Following a site visit by the state Department of Ecology, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Clark County, the railroad company was told to cease operation and apply for needed permits.

4. The Romance Era: Vancouver bookstore owner strives to create a cozy, inviting place free of judgment

Ren Rice is crafting a love letter to the community. But instead of using a pen and paper, Rice has created a space for lovers of meet-cutes and happy endings to join together.

Romance readers have found a new headquarters in Vancouver. Over the weekend, The Romance Era Bookshop opened its doors on the second floor of 1701 Lincoln Ave. It’s a novelty in the area, selling only romance books. Rice wants to create a place for romance enthusiasts to hang out, find new books and see themselves within the pages of their favorite love stories.

5. Nightmare on 7th Street: Vancouver natives create ‘bad movies for bad people’

Two childhood friends from Vancouver dreamed of growing up to make horror movies together. Now they’re doing just that — and attracting national attention.

Calvin McCarthy and Josh Dietrich were 11-year-old neighbors when they founded 7th Street Productions, a nod to the road in east Vancouver where they first bumped into each other chasing an ice cream truck. They’ve kept the same slogan they came up with as kids — “Bad movies for bad people!” — even after progressing beyond filming themselves with a VHS camcorder.