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Working in Clark County

Junior Alex Reif, 17, from left, joins aviation technology instructor Robert Reinebach and Kevin Gamble, 17, also a junior, as they take to the sky in a flight simulator during class at Cascadia Tech Academy. Boeing’s Pilot Outlook for 2018 to 2037 estimates a large shortage of pilots -- 790,000 worldwide, so Reinebach hopes to prepare students for a robust future in the field. ‘All the major airlines are hiring like 500 pilots a year to 1,000 pilots a year,’ he said.

Working in Clark County: Robert V. Reinebach, aviation technology instructor at Cascadia Tech Academy

Junior Alex Reif, 17, from left, joins aviation technology instructor Robert Reinebach and Kevin Gamble, 17, also a junior, as they take to the sky in a flight simulator during class at Cascadia Tech Academy. Boeing’s Pilot Outlook for 2018 to 2037 estimates a large shortage of pilots -- 790,000 worldwide, so Reinebach hopes to prepare students for a robust future in the field. ‘All the major airlines are hiring like 500 pilots a year to 1,000 pilots a year,’ he said.

April 1, 2019, 6:04am Business

Despite threats of automation, the world will need 790,000 pilots worldwide between now and 2037, according to Boeing’s Pilot Outlook report. Read story

Kristen Starr moves Cenoura, a 5-month-old kitten, to a holding cage before a medical checkup. Animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits, are surrendered to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington for many reasons and can be an emotional job. ‘You never know what’s going to come in the doors, and you absolutely have to be neutral in every single case,’ Starr said.

Working in Clark County: Kristen Starr, customer care counselor at Humane Society for Southwest Washington

Kristen Starr moves Cenoura, a 5-month-old kitten, to a holding cage before a medical checkup. Animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits, are surrendered to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington for many reasons and can be an emotional job. ‘You never know what’s going to come in the doors, and you absolutely have to be neutral in every single case,’ Starr said.

March 25, 2019, 6:01am Business

An emotionally distraught woman walked through the doors of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington on a Wednesday, carrying a cardboard box formed into a cage that held a cat that she had adopted the previous Friday. Read story

Phlebotomist Sotheary Chet, center, works with platelet donor John Reinhardt of Battle Ground at the American Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Vancouver. Reinhardt, a regular platelet donor, decided to watch “Crazy Rich Asians” over the two-hour donation process. Platelets, which have a shelf life of five days, are mainly used for trauma injuries.

Working in Clark County: Sotheary Chet, phlebotomist with the American Red Cross

Phlebotomist Sotheary Chet, center, works with platelet donor John Reinhardt of Battle Ground at the American Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Vancouver. Reinhardt, a regular platelet donor, decided to watch “Crazy Rich Asians” over the two-hour donation process. Platelets, which have a shelf life of five days, are mainly used for trauma injuries.

March 18, 2019, 6:02am Business

When longtime Red Cross phlebotomist Sotheary Chet, 61, was first exposed to the historic nonprofit organization, it wasn’t because she was applying for a job. Read story

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Tandy Slaton works with people from all walks of life and says one of the toughest parts of her job is always being present with people as they are telling her their difficult stories, which could include childhood trauma and other types of abuses.

Working in Clark County: Tandy Slaton, substance abuse counselor at Lifeline Connections

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Tandy Slaton works with people from all walks of life and says one of the toughest parts of her job is always being present with people as they are telling her their difficult stories, which could include childhood trauma and other types of abuses.

March 11, 2019, 6:00am Business

When Tandy Slaton was 18 years old, she made a decidedly drastic change in her environment — moving from the very small town of Republic in northeastern Washington to Southern California. Her parents had divorced; she bounced around from Oregon to Washington, graduating high school in Colorado. Read story

Greg Davis, day custodian, helps students organize their lunch plates for the cafeteria composting system at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Vancouver. Davis has worked for the school district since 1986 and at Martin Luther King Elementary School for 25 years. He has plans to retire shortly after the school makes a big move to a new building by September 2020.

Working in Clark County: Greg Davis, custodian at Martin Luther King Elementary School

Greg Davis, day custodian, helps students organize their lunch plates for the cafeteria composting system at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Vancouver. Davis has worked for the school district since 1986 and at Martin Luther King Elementary School for 25 years. He has plans to retire shortly after the school makes a big move to a new building by September 2020.

March 4, 2019, 6:02am Business

With light blue cleaning gloves hanging out of the back pocket of his blue jeans, Greg Davis, 63, strolled into the cafeteria of Martin Luther King Elementary School just before the mid-morning lunch rush. Read story

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