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Adam McIsaac works on the story pole he's carving and painting for a Tacoma casino. It was designed by another artist and isn't in McIsaac's usual style, but he's honored by the job, he said. "I love working with other artists and other traditions," he said.

La Center-area artist creates story pole to be displayed at casino

Adam McIsaac works on the story pole he's carving and painting for a Tacoma casino. It was designed by another artist and isn't in McIsaac's usual style, but he's honored by the job, he said. "I love working with other artists and other traditions," he said.

October 20, 2019, 6:30am Clark County Life

Long, long ago, people hit their heads on the sky because it was too low. Tribes worked together to lift the sky with cedar poles, but some beings got stuck up where they didn’t belong — including the songs of the birds, Elk and two brothers in a canoe. The… Read story

ilani casino near La Center.

Food & Drink: ilani event to celebrate fine food, drink

ilani casino near La Center.

October 18, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

You may have noticed the billboards and ads for the ilani Wine & Food Fest that runs from Oct. 25-27. This weekend-long celebration of food and drink was inspired by the enormous festival held every year by ilani’s partner, the Mohegan Sun. Read story

Mountain View Express.

Mountain View choir to sing with Foreigner at ilani

Mountain View Express.

October 10, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Mountain View High School’s 16-member a cappella choir won the chance to sing on stage with Foreigner on Sunday at ilani. Read story

MC Hammer, Chief Strategy Officer for DanceJam.com, poses for a photograph as a dancer performs near Pier 41 in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.   The Web site, scheduled to debut in mid-January, will try to upstage YouTube to become the Internet's hub for sharing and watching dance videos.

MC Hammer, Brian Setzer to play ilani

MC Hammer, Chief Strategy Officer for DanceJam.com, poses for a photograph as a dancer performs near Pier 41 in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.   The Web site, scheduled to debut in mid-January, will try to upstage YouTube to become the Internet's hub for sharing and watching dance videos.

July 25, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Hip hop maven MC Hammer and rockabilly bandleader Brian Setzer will both party hardy in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani later this year. Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Read story

98 Degrees will play at ilani on Sept. 22.

’90s heartthrobs 98 Degrees coming to ilani in September

98 Degrees will play at ilani on Sept. 22.

July 18, 2019, 6:10am Clark County Life

Boy band 98 Degrees again asks “Give Me Just One Night” as the ’90s heartthrobs stop at ilani this fall. Read story

Mark your calendar, girl, for Sedaka at ilani

June 28, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

The fickle music industry tried dropping Neil Sedaka several times. Everybody knows what it kept rediscovering: Breaking up is hard to do. There, we’ve provided your earworm for the day. You’re welcome. Read story

Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will perform July 31 at ilani’s Cowlitz Ballroom.

Melissa Etheridge to rock ilani stage

Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will perform July 31 at ilani’s Cowlitz Ballroom.

May 30, 2019, 4:20pm Clark County Life

Some folks might think of Melissa Etheridge as “the female Bruce Springsteen,” but as far as her die-hard fans are concerned, Bruce is only the male Melissa Etheridge. Read story

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairman William Iyall, left, ilani President and General Manager Kara Fox-LaRose, and Cowlitz tribal member David Barnett cut a ribbon at the casino’s April 24, 2017 grand opening ceremony.

Suit, petition offer glimpse into Cowlitz tribal conflict

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairman William Iyall, left, ilani President and General Manager Kara Fox-LaRose, and Cowlitz tribal member David Barnett cut a ribbon at the casino’s April 24, 2017 grand opening ceremony.

May 17, 2019, 5:38pm Business

David Barnett, an early driving force behind the ilani casino at the Cowlitz Indian Reservation near Ridgefield, filed a lawsuit this week accusing the tribe’s public safety director of defamation. Read story

Actor and comedian Nick Offerman reacts to the announcement that he is being given a Cowlitz Indian Tribe blanket made by Pendleton Woolen Mills following a performance in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani.

History of respect woven into Pendleton’s partnership with Cowlitz Tribe

Actor and comedian Nick Offerman reacts to the announcement that he is being given a Cowlitz Indian Tribe blanket made by Pendleton Woolen Mills following a performance in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani.

May 5, 2019, 6:02am Business

At the end of his show, Nick Offerman set down his guitar near his personally handmade ukulele, took a bow and headed off the stage at the Cowlitz Ballroom. Read story

Alisha Alexander, left, and her mother, Lisa Lugar, right, both of Ridgefield, play the new Willy Wonka World of Wonka slot machine at ilani. Lugar said she and her daughter have come to enjoy “Forever Young Mondays,” where guests 50 years and older receive special perks. Wednesday marks ilani’s two-year anniversary.

Two years in, ilani owners still have a winning hand

Alisha Alexander, left, and her mother, Lisa Lugar, right, both of Ridgefield, play the new Willy Wonka World of Wonka slot machine at ilani. Lugar said she and her daughter have come to enjoy “Forever Young Mondays,” where guests 50 years and older receive special perks. Wednesday marks ilani’s two-year anniversary.

April 21, 2019, 6:05am Business

Most of the same sights and sounds greet an ilani visitor today as they did two years ago, when the casino and resort opened 17 miles north of downtown Vancouver. Read story