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FILE - Demonstrators gather at the federal courthouse following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, June 24, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Some opponents of the decision are feeling despair over the historic rollback of the 1973 case Roe V. Wade legalizing abortion. If a right so central to the overall fight for women's equality can be revoked, they ask, what does it mean for the progress women have made in public life in the intervening 50 years?

A ‘sucker punch’: Some women fear setback to hard-won rights

FILE - Demonstrators gather at the federal courthouse following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, June 24, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Some opponents of the decision are feeling despair over the historic rollback of the 1973 case Roe V. Wade legalizing abortion. If a right so central to the overall fight for women's equality can be revoked, they ask, what does it mean for the progress women have made in public life in the intervening 50 years?

June 26, 2022, 12:30pm Health

At 88, Gloria Steinem has long been the nation’s most visible feminist and advocate for women’s rights. But at 22, she was a frightened American in London getting an illegal abortion of a pregnancy so unwanted, she actually tried to throw herself down the stairs to end it. Read story

Photos by Dylan Jefferies/The Columbian 
Heritage High School English teacher Paul Hamonn speaks to a large crowd of demonstrators at a March for Our Lives rally at Vancouver Waterfront Park on Saturday.

Clark County schools strive to provide comfort, support in wake of school shootings, tragedies

Photos by Dylan Jefferies/The Columbian 
Heritage High School English teacher Paul Hamonn speaks to a large crowd of demonstrators at a March for Our Lives rally at Vancouver Waterfront Park on Saturday.

June 26, 2022, 6:05am Clark County Health

In the days that followed the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a communal grief washed across the United States. Read story

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Weather Eye: Vancouver gets hot, but at least it’s not a record

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

June 26, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

It was hot Saturday as we recorded our first 90-degree day, with a high as of 5 p.m. in Vancouver of 93 degrees. Today we’ll move upward to 100 degrees, or close to it. But we’ll set no records today; they were made last June in that dreadful heat wave… Read story

Swim teacher Jane Twinkel, facing, helps young students with their form during a lesson at Kids Club Fun & Fitness in Salmon Creek on Tuesday morning. Kids Club and other facilities offering summer programs have had a hard time hiring workers in a tight labor market. Lifeguards especially are in short supply.

Clark County’s recreation, child care facilities struggle to attract employees

Swim teacher Jane Twinkel, facing, helps young students with their form during a lesson at Kids Club Fun & Fitness in Salmon Creek on Tuesday morning. Kids Club and other facilities offering summer programs have had a hard time hiring workers in a tight labor market. Lifeguards especially are in short supply.

June 26, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Life

If it seems like you’ve had a tough time getting your kids into day camps and swimming lessons this summer, it’s not just your imagination. Recreation centers are struggling to hire in a tight labor market as demand for their programs rebounds from pandemic lows. Read story

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
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‘Roe’ ruling could jeopardize other civil liberties, Washington AG says

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
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June 26, 2022, 6:03am Latest News

On the eve of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he has a team of 20 getting ready to tackle its potential ramifications for Washington state. Read story

These booking images provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff'??s Office show the 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d'??Alene, Idaho, on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Top row, from left, are Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Mishael Buster, Devin Center, Dylan Corio, and Winston Durham. Second row, from left, are Garret Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessop, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Connor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman. Third row, from left, are Justin O'leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forrest Rankin, Thomas Rousseau, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Sisenstein and Derek Smith. Bottom row, from left, are Dakota Tabler, Steven Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsom and Robert Whitted.

Patriot Front arrests in Idaho unmask a new generation of hate groups

These booking images provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff'??s Office show the 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d'??Alene, Idaho, on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Top row, from left, are Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Mishael Buster, Devin Center, Dylan Corio, and Winston Durham. Second row, from left, are Garret Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessop, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Connor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman. Third row, from left, are Justin O'leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forrest Rankin, Thomas Rousseau, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Sisenstein and Derek Smith. Bottom row, from left, are Dakota Tabler, Steven Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsom and Robert Whitted.

June 26, 2022, 6:02am Latest News

Members of the white separatist organization Patriot Front spent hours in online chat rooms, meticulously planning how to avoid arrest when they carried out nighttime vandalism raids or tried to disrupt progressive events. Read story

Farms in Central Washington boost their yield with solar energy

June 26, 2022, 6:02am Latest News

Two geodesic domes are being built in Nespelem, 16 miles north of the Grand Coulee Dam and the headquarters of the Colville Indian Reservation. Ricky Gabriel jokes that they look like Thunderdome from the dystopian 1985 movie Mad Max. Read story

Tony Benton, station manager at Rainier Avenue Radio, on May 24, 2022, has seen the local media effort grow significantly in the wake of George Floyd???s murder, and the pandemic. His group hosted a discussion on Seattle redistricting in the Columbia City Theater, which they purchased and made their home.

Black-led media are seeing a resurgence in Seattle but ‘we’re so much further back than we used to be’

Tony Benton, station manager at Rainier Avenue Radio, on May 24, 2022, has seen the local media effort grow significantly in the wake of George Floyd???s murder, and the pandemic. His group hosted a discussion on Seattle redistricting in the Columbia City Theater, which they purchased and made their home.

June 26, 2022, 6:00am Business

As a small crowd filters into the Columbia City Theater on a gray May Tuesday, Tony Benton stands on the stage with a mic in one hand and a smoothie in the other, saying “one-two-one-two-one-two.” Read story

Carl Macpherson, executive director at Metropolitan Public Defender, examines the file in a double murder case that was recently pushed back for trial in his office in Portland on May 5, 2022. Macpherson says his firm of 90 public defenders recently stopped taking certain types of new criminal cases for a month in two local courts because they had so many cases that the attorneys were violating their ethical obligations to clients. A post-pandemic glut of delayed cases has exposed shocking constitutional landmines impacting defendants and crime victims alike in Oregon, where an acute shortage of public defenders has even led judges to dismiss serious cases.

Public defenders were scarce before COVID. It’s much worse now

Carl Macpherson, executive director at Metropolitan Public Defender, examines the file in a double murder case that was recently pushed back for trial in his office in Portland on May 5, 2022. Macpherson says his firm of 90 public defenders recently stopped taking certain types of new criminal cases for a month in two local courts because they had so many cases that the attorneys were violating their ethical obligations to clients. A post-pandemic glut of delayed cases has exposed shocking constitutional landmines impacting defendants and crime victims alike in Oregon, where an acute shortage of public defenders has even led judges to dismiss serious cases.

June 26, 2022, 6:00am Latest News

On any given day in Oregon jails, 40 or so people remain in custody without a public defender to represent them in court. Some have waited weeks for a lawyer, others have waited months. Several hundred more people charged with crimes but not in jail also await their constitutional right… Read story

Camas-Washougal Fire Department firefighter Trevor Guay shows off a fire truck to a group of kids Wednesday at Hellen Baller Elementary.

Consultants say Camas, Washougal should reshape firefighting partnership

Camas-Washougal Fire Department firefighter Trevor Guay shows off a fire truck to a group of kids Wednesday at Hellen Baller Elementary.

June 26, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

A little more than seven months have passed since consultants reviewing the Camas-Washougal Fire Department informed local city officials that the partnership that merged both cities’ fire departments in 2013 “has too many gaps to represent a sustainable model moving forward.” Read story