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Clark County At Work

Debbie Proctor sweeps out dirt and pine needles from her bus after dropping off her last student from Green Mountain Elementary School in Woodland.

Working in Clark County: Debbie Proctor, bus driver and cafeteria worker for Green Mountain School District

Debbie Proctor sweeps out dirt and pine needles from her bus after dropping off her last student from Green Mountain Elementary School in Woodland.

September 30, 2019, 6:00am Business

Debbie Proctor starts her mornings at 6:15 a.m. with a pre-trip check of her No. 14 school bus. Read story

Bill Lamkin, a maintenance worker with Vancouver Public Works, checks his mirrors while driving a vacuum intake street sweeper through the DuBois Park neighborhood. Lamkin has worked for the city for the department for 12 years, rotating on and off sweeping jobs to other maintenance tasks.

Working in Clark County: Bill Lamkin, maintenance worker, Vancouver Public Works

Bill Lamkin, a maintenance worker with Vancouver Public Works, checks his mirrors while driving a vacuum intake street sweeper through the DuBois Park neighborhood. Lamkin has worked for the city for the department for 12 years, rotating on and off sweeping jobs to other maintenance tasks.

September 23, 2019, 6:02am Business

Have you ever awoken to the hiss and hum of a large, slow-moving machine outside your window? Read story

Joe Cryblskey, a Clark Public Utilities automated meter reading driver, uses a manual meter reader to look at customer usage, while covering his route in the Salmon Creek and Felida neighborhoods on Sept. 6. That particular meter was being taken apart for a new electrical panel, causing a failure reading for Cryblskey. Cryblskey said that he has to manually read about 10 meters throughout the day. Cryblskey, 34, has worked for the utility since he graduated high school.

Working in Clark County: Joe Cryblskey, automated meter reading driver at Clark Public Utilities

Joe Cryblskey, a Clark Public Utilities automated meter reading driver, uses a manual meter reader to look at customer usage, while covering his route in the Salmon Creek and Felida neighborhoods on Sept. 6. That particular meter was being taken apart for a new electrical panel, causing a failure reading for Cryblskey. Cryblskey said that he has to manually read about 10 meters throughout the day. Cryblskey, 34, has worked for the utility since he graduated high school.

September 16, 2019, 6:00am Business

It might be difficult to find someone out there whose knowledge of Clark County roads trumps Joe Cryblskey’s. Read story

Certified fitness instructor Amie Sowe, 25, leads a 50-minute African dance class at the Touchmark Health & Fitness Club on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sowe has worked at the facility since 2016 and enjoys channeling love of her home country — The Gambia — into the class. “Here are some moves to help your back, or your balance. That’s how I molded it. Just to showcase me and who I am. This is me,” she said.

Working in Clark County: Amie Sowe, instructor at Touchmark Health & Fitness Club

Certified fitness instructor Amie Sowe, 25, leads a 50-minute African dance class at the Touchmark Health & Fitness Club on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sowe has worked at the facility since 2016 and enjoys channeling love of her home country — The Gambia — into the class. “Here are some moves to help your back, or your balance. That’s how I molded it. Just to showcase me and who I am. This is me,” she said.

September 9, 2019, 6:00am Business

At 11 a.m. on a Wednesday, one could hear Amie Sowe’s voice carrying through the gym at Touchmark Health & Fitness Club. Read story

Sarah Croston, assistant guide and educator at the Mount St. Helens Institute takes stock of her equipment while preparing to lead a hike to the Mount. St. Helens crater.

Working in Clark County: Sarah Croston, assistant guide, Mount St. Helens Institute

Sarah Croston, assistant guide and educator at the Mount St. Helens Institute takes stock of her equipment while preparing to lead a hike to the Mount. St. Helens crater.

September 2, 2019, 6:03am Business

AMBOY — The scene at the Mount St. Helens Institute around noon Aug. 23 was a bit of a frenzy. Read story

Port of Vancouver Environmental Specialist Phillip Martello checks on bat boxes, brush piles, snags and new plant survival at a mitigation site off Lower River Road.

Working in Clark County: Phillip Martello, Port of Vancouver environmental specialist

Port of Vancouver Environmental Specialist Phillip Martello checks on bat boxes, brush piles, snags and new plant survival at a mitigation site off Lower River Road.

August 26, 2019, 6:04am Business

Environmental specialist Phillip Martello sometimes can be found wandering down abandoned back roads and into the weeds. Read story

Vancouver Parking Enforcement Officer Tim Brown patrols the streets surrounding the Clark County Courthouse last week. The area around the courthouse gets busy and the officers’ goal, he said, is to create turnover. “We’re not trying to punish people,” he said.

Working in Clark County: Tim Brown, parking enforcement officer with the city of Vancouver

Vancouver Parking Enforcement Officer Tim Brown patrols the streets surrounding the Clark County Courthouse last week. The area around the courthouse gets busy and the officers’ goal, he said, is to create turnover. “We’re not trying to punish people,” he said.

August 12, 2019, 11:13am Business

The scene by the Clark County Courthouse was calm last week. Dreary for a summer day, people hurried in and out of the building, then jumped in their cars and zoomed away. Read story

Jason Young, operations superintendent at the Clark County Fair, coordinates setup from his radio while simultaneously helping to set up a ticket booth Thursday, the day before the fair opened. Young’s first job in the event planning world was helping venues in Portland with booking and promotion.

Working in Clark County: Jason Young, superintendent of operations at the Clark County Fair

Jason Young, operations superintendent at the Clark County Fair, coordinates setup from his radio while simultaneously helping to set up a ticket booth Thursday, the day before the fair opened. Young’s first job in the event planning world was helping venues in Portland with booking and promotion.

August 5, 2019, 6:00am Business

Jason Young’s reality can drastically change with the squawk of his walkie-talkie. Read story

Pete Roberts, foreground, saws into PVC pipe during the installation of a septic tank at a home in Amboy last week. Roberts has owned Bloomquist Septic Inspections since 1997, after spending more than 10 years in the military. He never set out to work in the septic business, and acknowledges that it’s a dirty job.

Working in Clark County: Pete Roberts, owner of Bloomquist Septic Inspections

Pete Roberts, foreground, saws into PVC pipe during the installation of a septic tank at a home in Amboy last week. Roberts has owned Bloomquist Septic Inspections since 1997, after spending more than 10 years in the military. He never set out to work in the septic business, and acknowledges that it’s a dirty job.

July 29, 2019, 6:00am Business

AMBOY — The scene at a rural Amboy property last week looked like it could have been an archaeological excavation. Read story

Simon Rommel, 15, left, completes a walk-around of the Wake´s Driving School car before sliding behind the wheel.

Working in Clark County: Larry Bowman, driving instructor at Wake’s Driving School

Simon Rommel, 15, left, completes a walk-around of the Wake´s Driving School car before sliding behind the wheel.

July 15, 2019, 6:02am Business

BATTLE GROUND — Many of us can recall preparing for our first driving test as a teenager. It’s often a cocktail of excitement and agony — why, oh why, our teenage-selves lament, can’t we just jump in the car and go? More tests? Read story