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Clark County Life

Everybody Has a Story: Late night phone call changes course of life

December 26, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

I had a degree in geology. Those were just rocks. I was at the top of the class. I wanted something more. I had dreamed my whole life about doing something in health care. Not rocks. I liked studying them, but they were not inspiring. Read story

Check It Out: ‘12 Days’ final trio includes pipers, drummers and lords

December 26, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Life

Well, I’ve reached the end of my “Twelve Days of Christmas” series, and let me tell you, this final trio of True Love’s gifts has been challenging. In relation to the song, I can’t imagine what anyone would do with ten lords a-leaping, eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming… Read story

Energy Adviser: What happens when the lights go out

December 25, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

Even the most carefully maintained electric systems can experience outages, especially during extreme weather. As we settle into winter and prepare for potential snow, ice and wind storms this season, it’s important to understand what happens at Clark Public Utilities when the lights go out, and how customers can help. Read story

Hybrid tea roses in the Portland Rose Test garden.

Gardening with Allen: Shrub roses useful for landscape

Hybrid tea roses in the Portland Rose Test garden.

December 25, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

I quit growing roses years ago because they required too much maintenance. I heard that there are now some roses that require a lot less work. Could you help me identify some of them? Read story

Actors perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14 during dress rehearsal for a Fort Vancouver-inspired rendition of the famous holiday ballet by Columbia Dance at Skyview High School.

Fort Vancouver-inspired ‘Nutcracker’ stays on pointe

Actors perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14 during dress rehearsal for a Fort Vancouver-inspired rendition of the famous holiday ballet by Columbia Dance at Skyview High School.

December 24, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Life

Christmas Day, 1845, Fort Vancouver: Cecilia Douglas and her sisters, the daughters of James Douglas, Fort Vancouver’s chief trader, are getting ready for a holiday party being held in the chief factor’s dining room. People from all over the world live and work at Fort Vancouver, and many of them… Read story

Filet mignon is on the menu for Acorn & The Oak's $150-per-person prix fixe dinners on Dec. 30 and 31.

Clark County restaurants offer options for reveling on New Year’s Eve

Filet mignon is on the menu for Acorn & The Oak's $150-per-person prix fixe dinners on Dec. 30 and 31.

December 24, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Business

Several restaurants will host New Year’s Eve gatherings this year, good news for those who are ready to venture out after being stuck at home. Whether you’re an extrovert seeking to show off a glittery gown and fancy face mask, or a parent who can’t find a babysitter, you’ve got… Read story

This image released by Disney+ shows, background from left, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and foreground from left, Yoko Ono and John Lennon in a scene from the nearly eight-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary "Get Back." (Disney+ via AP)

Re-meet the Beatles in Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Back’

This image released by Disney+ shows, background from left, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and foreground from left, Yoko Ono and John Lennon in a scene from the nearly eight-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary "Get Back." (Disney+ via AP)

December 23, 2021, 6:03am Clark County Life

In 1969, being a Beatle was a little like living through a pandemic. Read story

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights features holiday light displays, outdoor caroling, indoor choral concerts and more through Dec. 30 at The Grotto in Portland.

Everybody Has a Story: Christmas memory rich in happiness

December 23, 2021, 5:56am Clark County Life

Many years ago, on Christmas Eve, I don’t even remember eating our evening meal. All I remember is getting dressed up for Christmas. I was so excited. Read story

My homemade coffee eggnog gets a caffeinated boost from instant coffee, but you can jazz things up even more with the tipple of your choice.

A Cup of Cheer: Caffeinated twist on festive favorite, eggnog

My homemade coffee eggnog gets a caffeinated boost from instant coffee, but you can jazz things up even more with the tipple of your choice.

December 22, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

Almost nothing elicits stronger opinions than eggnog, with views ranging from “gross” to “like angels roller-skating on my tongue.” (The first quote is from a friend, the second quote is all my own, just so you know where I stand on the subject.) Read story