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The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. To prepare the property, a 40-by-100-foot tarp was laid down to kill off unwanted grasses, weeds and plants.

Port of Vancouver, Vancouver Bee Project collaborate on new bee habitat on port property

The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. To prepare the property, a 40-by-100-foot tarp was laid down to kill off unwanted grasses, weeds and plants.

May 22, 2024, 6:06am Business

The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. While it’s just a big black sheet of plastic at the moment, eventually the area will be filled with native plants and flowers that will attract native bees. Read story

Genevieve Fisher of Vancouver, from left, takes a break in the front yard of the house she purchased with her mom while joined by tenants Stephaun Gallaread and Helen Lowdermilk.

Vancouver woman creates home for people with mental illness or who’ve been chronically homeless

Genevieve Fisher of Vancouver, from left, takes a break in the front yard of the house she purchased with her mom while joined by tenants Stephaun Gallaread and Helen Lowdermilk.

May 21, 2024, 6:10am Clark County Health

Life used to look a lot different for Siddhartha Fisher. He was a gifted child — class president of his elementary school and winner of a state chess championship in sixth grade, his family said. Read story

The Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland is seen in 2016.

Private equity moves into care in Northwest: Investment firms buying mental health, substance use clinics

The Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland is seen in 2016.

May 21, 2024, 6:09am Business

A national study published by the journal JAMA Psychiatry earlier this month found private equity firms now account for as much as a quarter of practices providing mental health services in some states. In Washington, about 3 percent of mental health clinics and 8 percent of substance use clinics are… Read story

Survey flags placed by Clark County Public Works crews at Cougar Creek Woods Community Park sparked concerns among neighbors abut what the county is planning for the property.

There is no plan to sell Cougar Creek Woods park in Felida, says official

Survey flags placed by Clark County Public Works crews at Cougar Creek Woods Community Park sparked concerns among neighbors abut what the county is planning for the property.

May 21, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

When crews from Clark County Public Works recently began placing survey flags along the perimeter of Cougar Creek Woods Community Park, some neighbors worried the county was moving forward with an old plan to sell off part of the park for development. Read story

Red dresses representing murdered and missing Indigenous women hang from trees outside the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health &amp; Human Services office in Hazel Dell on May 3. May is Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month.

Washington is 2nd in the U.S. for missing and murdered Indigenous women; have recent efforts made headway?

Red dresses representing murdered and missing Indigenous women hang from trees outside the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health &amp; Human Services office in Hazel Dell on May 3. May is Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month.

May 18, 2024, 6:14am Clark County News

Julian C. Ankney of the Nez Perce Tribe heard stories since she was a child that Indigenous people go missing at higher rates. The statistics showed Indigenous people go missing at a rate 10 times the national average. In 2018, Ankney’s then-26-year-old brother vanished from an Idaho mall. Read story

Andrew Reed of City Electric Co., left, helps Christian Trokey-Backman of Pallet unload roofs for the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 7. The city approved an emergency declaration for homelessness Nov. 6.

‘They need more than rent’: Support at Safe Stay communities helps residents address problems, exit cycle of homelessness

Andrew Reed of City Electric Co., left, helps Christian Trokey-Backman of Pallet unload roofs for the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 7. The city approved an emergency declaration for homelessness Nov. 6.

May 17, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Several readers have contacted The Columbian to ask how much it costs to house someone at one of Vancouver’s four Safe Stay homeless shelters, each of which comprises 20 huts surrounded by a fence. Wouldn’t it be cheaper, they ask, to just pay each person’s rent? Read story

Karen Morrison, right, executive director of Odyssey World International Education Services, works with Abby Hollopeter, women&rsquo;s health advocate/researcher, in their downtown Vancouver office Monday morning.

CEO of Vancouver nonprofit sees ‘good things’ as Clark County makes strides to diversify leadership

Karen Morrison, right, executive director of Odyssey World International Education Services, works with Abby Hollopeter, women&rsquo;s health advocate/researcher, in their downtown Vancouver office Monday morning.

May 17, 2024, 6:04am Community Funded Journalism

A recent national study found diversity among nonprofit leaders has not increased in the past three years, but one Vancouver CEO is optimistic about strides toward diversity, equity and inclusion. Read story

Tim Richardet, right, and Dawna Richardet play drums and sing at the Cowlitz Indian Tribe&rsquo;s drum practice. The group uses the tradition to heal from trauma, honor ancestors and connect with one another, both socially and spiritually.

‘Each drum is a heartbeat’: Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s drum circle uses music to heal, honor ancestors, make connectionsvideo icon

Tim Richardet, right, and Dawna Richardet play drums and sing at the Cowlitz Indian Tribe&rsquo;s drum practice. The group uses the tradition to heal from trauma, honor ancestors and connect with one another, both socially and spiritually.

May 16, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

On a Thursday in April, the late afternoon light drifted through an open door, clashing with the rhythmic sounds of drums and singing. Read story

Council for the Homeless will consolodate their offices in a new location on Fourth Plain Boulevard thanks to several grants.

Grants allow Council for the Homeless to move into new headquarters

Council for the Homeless will consolodate their offices in a new location on Fourth Plain Boulevard thanks to several grants.

May 15, 2024, 2:21pm Business

Council for the Homeless will soon serve the community from a new, central Vancouver headquarters. Read story

James McKinney stands outside his former pallet shelter at Vancouver&rsquo;s Kiggins Village Safe Stay community. McKinney recently moved into an apartment, which he views as his forever home.

‘You can have a brand-new life’: Once-homeless veteran becomes first graduate of Kiggins Village Safe Stay

James McKinney stands outside his former pallet shelter at Vancouver&rsquo;s Kiggins Village Safe Stay community. McKinney recently moved into an apartment, which he views as his forever home.

May 15, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

When James McKinney walked into Kiggins Village for the first time, he told staff, “This is not going to work.” Read story