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Clark County At Work

Olivia VanNatta, employment consultant with Trillium Employment Services, says goodbye to Tammi Graves at the Salmon Creek Albertsons on Feb. 15. VanNatta checks in with Graves on a weekly basis to ensure her success at the job. In April Graves will celebrate 20 years of working at Albertsons.

Working in Clark County: Tammi Graves, courtesy clerk at Albertsons

Olivia VanNatta, employment consultant with Trillium Employment Services, says goodbye to Tammi Graves at the Salmon Creek Albertsons on Feb. 15. VanNatta checks in with Graves on a weekly basis to ensure her success at the job. In April Graves will celebrate 20 years of working at Albertsons.

February 25, 2019, 6:03am Business

On a recent weekday after Valentine’s Day, Tammi Graves slipped on black rain pants over her jeans in the back room of Albertsons grocery ahead of a four-hour shift at the Salmon Creek location. Read story

Nathan Howard/The Columbian Becky Leventis shows a painting to seniors at The Quarry Senior Living. Leventis teaches monthly art classes at The Quarry, its sister facility Glenwood Place Senior Living, and less often at Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood.

Working in Clark County: Becky Leventis, painting instructor at local senior living facilitiesvideo icon

Nathan Howard/The Columbian Becky Leventis shows a painting to seniors at The Quarry Senior Living. Leventis teaches monthly art classes at The Quarry, its sister facility Glenwood Place Senior Living, and less often at Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood.

February 18, 2019, 6:02am Business

Becky Leventis has a lot of tips for takers of her watercolor painting class, but one is essential: “I always tell people, don’t worry if your hand shakes.” Read story

Florist Jane BonVillain arranges a vase of red roses at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. Though Ridgefield is her hometown, she began her floral career working in a shop in Manhattan and returned to Clark County to be closer to her mother.

Working in Clark County: Jane BonVillain, floral designer at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

Florist Jane BonVillain arranges a vase of red roses at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. Though Ridgefield is her hometown, she began her floral career working in a shop in Manhattan and returned to Clark County to be closer to her mother.

February 11, 2019, 6:03am Business

A bouquet of cut roses lasts about one week before they shrivel and die. Read story

Owner and executive chef Tamara Leibfarth pan sears halibut at Simply Thyme Catering. She and her staff were preparing food to go for a client who ordered paleo meals.

Working in Clark County: Tamara Leibfarth, executive chef, owner of Simply Thyme Catering

Owner and executive chef Tamara Leibfarth pan sears halibut at Simply Thyme Catering. She and her staff were preparing food to go for a client who ordered paleo meals.

February 4, 2019, 6:02am Business

As she entered her kitchen and employees were diligently focused on prepping orders of paleo meals for a client, Tamara “Tammy” Leibfarth yelled, “Corner! Corner! Corner!” Read story

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, climbs a ladder leading to the bridge’s machine room during a tour on Thursday morning.

Working in Clark County: Marc Gross, Interstate 5 Bridge supervisor

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, climbs a ladder leading to the bridge’s machine room during a tour on Thursday morning.

January 28, 2019, 6:03am Business

One could think about the Interstate 5 Bridge as being sort of alive. Read story

D.J. Trussler, 12, plays “The Shortest Straw” by Metallica on the drums while Jim Pitts, drum instructor at the Opus School of Music, watches during a lesson at the Ridgefield location, 414 Pioneer St.

Working in Clark County: Jim Pitts, Opus School of Music

D.J. Trussler, 12, plays “The Shortest Straw” by Metallica on the drums while Jim Pitts, drum instructor at the Opus School of Music, watches during a lesson at the Ridgefield location, 414 Pioneer St.

January 21, 2019, 6:00am Business

Aspiring musicians who saw the Academy Award-winning 2014 film “Whiplash” might have been frightened by conductor Terence Fletcher’s ruthless approach to drum instruction. Read story

Elena Chaudhry, 12, left, follows Anna Oulashin, master instructor at Camas Soo Bahk Do, right, as Oulashin leads the class at the Camas Community Education gymnasium. Top: Nine-year-old Adiv Chaudhry of Camas takes a class at the Camas Community Education Gym.

Working in Clark County: Master Anna Oulashin, Camas Soo Bahk Do

Elena Chaudhry, 12, left, follows Anna Oulashin, master instructor at Camas Soo Bahk Do, right, as Oulashin leads the class at the Camas Community Education gymnasium. Top: Nine-year-old Adiv Chaudhry of Camas takes a class at the Camas Community Education Gym.

January 14, 2019, 6:05am Business

Just before 5 p.m. on a drizzly Wednesday evening, children lined up in the Zellerbach Administration Center gymnasium wearing traditional white “dobok” martial arts uniforms. Read story

Dr. Megan Wickersham, left, works with her patient, an 8-year-old Irish wolfhound named Cliff, while his owner, Jean Ault of Camas, watches the acupuncture procedure to treat an ailing leg.

Working in Clark County: Dr. Megan Wickersham, veterinarian acupuncturist

Dr. Megan Wickersham, left, works with her patient, an 8-year-old Irish wolfhound named Cliff, while his owner, Jean Ault of Camas, watches the acupuncture procedure to treat an ailing leg.

November 19, 2018, 6:02am Business

Jean and Girard Ault’s passion for dogs is evident upon entering their Camas home. Read story

Dylan Taylor, left, and his father, Steve Taylor, check out some of the signs created at Garrett Sign, 811 Harney St., Vancouver. The company, started in 1946, has created signs for many types of businesses, from local mom-and-pop shops to chains with faraway locations.

Working in Clark County: Steve and Dylan Taylor, Garrett Sign Co.

Dylan Taylor, left, and his father, Steve Taylor, check out some of the signs created at Garrett Sign, 811 Harney St., Vancouver. The company, started in 1946, has created signs for many types of businesses, from local mom-and-pop shops to chains with faraway locations.

November 12, 2018, 6:00am Business

Steve Taylor, his wife and three sons spend their work days surrounded by the names of companies. Read story

Teresa Tollen, owner of Teresa’s Little School in La Center, gives student Harlow Webb handouts for a geometric shape exercise during class last week in La Center. Teresa’s Little School has been open for three years and recently expanded to accommodate more students.

Working in Clark County: Teresa Tollen, owner of Teresa’s Little School

Teresa Tollen, owner of Teresa’s Little School in La Center, gives student Harlow Webb handouts for a geometric shape exercise during class last week in La Center. Teresa’s Little School has been open for three years and recently expanded to accommodate more students.

November 5, 2018, 6:02am Business

Mace Koski, 8, is shown a square with the text “This tall wall.” Read story