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Clark County At Work

Working in Clark County: Erica Sawyer, counselor and art therapist

April 10, 2021, 5:00am Business

Art therapy is an incredibly powerful healing tool, according to Erica Sawyer. Read story

Working in Clark County: Edward Eley, bicycle mechanic and owner of Rollin Right Repairs

April 3, 2021, 6:00am Business

Edward Eley might be one of the few with dirty hands during the pandemic. Read story

Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized, is "booked solid" through May, she said, now that we've entered the spring season and people are looking to declutter their homes as pandemic restrictions ease. "We're in that phase when things are opening back up and people want to spend time together and entertain again," she said. "So, I'm getting a whole new crop of clients who are feeling a lot of the pressure of what they were going through the past year -- they're ready to open their homes again.

Working in Clark County: Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized

Melanie Summers, professional organizer and owner of I Speak Organized, is "booked solid" through May, she said, now that we've entered the spring season and people are looking to declutter their homes as pandemic restrictions ease. "We're in that phase when things are opening back up and people want to spend time together and entertain again," she said. "So, I'm getting a whole new crop of clients who are feeling a lot of the pressure of what they were going through the past year -- they're ready to open their homes again.

March 27, 2021, 6:04am Business

What does your closet look like right now? Is it a chaotic heap of everything, or is it meticulously organized with sleek containers and shelving? Read story

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

Working in Clark County: Weston ‘Wes’ Thelen, seismologist at USGS

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

March 20, 2021, 5:19am Business

It’s safe to say that the list of jobs out there that might require hiking around a volcano is a short one. Read story

Terry Bakker said her business started the season with 700 clients and can't accept anymore due to the complexity of filing taxes this year.

Working in Clark County: Terry O. Bakker, tax consultant at O’Leary Tax Service

Terry Bakker said her business started the season with 700 clients and can't accept anymore due to the complexity of filing taxes this year.

March 13, 2021, 6:03am Business

No one wants to think about taxes right now, especially as the nation gets a glimpse of post-pandemic life. Navigating the chaos that 2020 wrought on finances seems like torture. Read story

Harmony Roselli, upholsterer and co-owner at Roselli's Restoration, pauses for a portrait while working in her Vancouver warehouse Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2021.

Working in Clark County: Harmony Roselli, upholsterer at Roselli’s Restoration

Harmony Roselli, upholsterer and co-owner at Roselli's Restoration, pauses for a portrait while working in her Vancouver warehouse Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2021.

March 6, 2021, 6:03am Clark County At Work

If it were up to Harmony Roselli, everyone would think a little bit harder before buying furniture. Read story

Jainai Jeffries, owner of fyd mi ink, right, works with a client Audra Bergstrom, left, at the tattoo boutique in Vancouver. Jeffries is also an illustrator, concept designer and comic artist. "It wasn't until seventh grade when I was playing Final Fantasy 7, when I looked in the back of the book and I saw the term 'character designer,'" Jeffries said. "I said 'That's what I want to do.' I didn't get really serious about it until I was in Japan for a year in an exchange program with my college.

Working in Clark County: Jainai Jeffries, tattoo artist at fÿd mí ink

Jainai Jeffries, owner of fyd mi ink, right, works with a client Audra Bergstrom, left, at the tattoo boutique in Vancouver. Jeffries is also an illustrator, concept designer and comic artist. "It wasn't until seventh grade when I was playing Final Fantasy 7, when I looked in the back of the book and I saw the term 'character designer,'" Jeffries said. "I said 'That's what I want to do.' I didn't get really serious about it until I was in Japan for a year in an exchange program with my college.

February 27, 2021, 5:29am Business

Jainai Jeffries’ social media pages for her business read loud and clear that she is a nonbinary female of color, and there’s a specific reason for that. Read story

Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt, is happy the app is helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic. "That's what stops me from being cynical, especially during COVID as I'm just sitting in my apartment by myself, is that the work that I'm doing helps people find more jobs. I'm like this is good, I'm proud to be doing this," he said.

Working in Clark County: Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt

Conrad Engelbrecht, operations director at ToolBelt, is happy the app is helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic. "That's what stops me from being cynical, especially during COVID as I'm just sitting in my apartment by myself, is that the work that I'm doing helps people find more jobs. I'm like this is good, I'm proud to be doing this," he said.

February 20, 2021, 5:51am Business

At only 24 years old, Conrad Engelbrecht has gone from painting and building homes to helping run a local tech company with his older brother, Josh Engelbrecht. Read story

Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie, leads Angel, 14, a Pony of the Americas, through lunging exercises. The ranch has experienced growth during the pandemic. "What I've found we are one of the few places where people can get out and do something while remaining safe and socially distanced because we are an open-air environment," Bullcreek said. "Even our covered arena is open on the sides. I think with the stresses of the pandemic a lot of people are looking for an outlet. It tends to be a release and a happy place to be around horses outside. It was a very sudden jump.

Working in Clark County: Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch

Kassandra Bullcreek, ranch manager at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie, leads Angel, 14, a Pony of the Americas, through lunging exercises. The ranch has experienced growth during the pandemic. "What I've found we are one of the few places where people can get out and do something while remaining safe and socially distanced because we are an open-air environment," Bullcreek said. "Even our covered arena is open on the sides. I think with the stresses of the pandemic a lot of people are looking for an outlet. It tends to be a release and a happy place to be around horses outside. It was a very sudden jump.

February 13, 2021, 6:00am Business

Depending on the type of business, COVID-19 may have had a devastating blow or an unexpected boon. Read story

Priscilla Mosby of Amboy Market, from left, pauses for a portrait with Gurvinder Sarai, and her husband, Bharwinder Singh, the store's owner. Singh moved from India to America once he was an adult for better opportunity.

Working in Clark County: Bharwinder Singh, owner of Amboy Market

Priscilla Mosby of Amboy Market, from left, pauses for a portrait with Gurvinder Sarai, and her husband, Bharwinder Singh, the store's owner. Singh moved from India to America once he was an adult for better opportunity.

February 6, 2021, 5:00am Business

Bharwinder Singh was a boy in the town of Jalandhar, not far from the Pakistan border in northern India, when his father came to America for work in the 1980s. Read story