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April 1, 2023

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Kirkland C. Warren, 28, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of tampering with a witness, violating a no-contact order and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Warren facing first-degree murder in shooting deaths of Meshay Melendez, daughter Layla 

The Vancouver Police Department announced Friday that Kirkland C. Warren is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his former girlfriend, Meshay “Karmen” Melendez, and her 7-year-old…
Courts & Crime
Hikers ascend Beacon Rock.

A triple scoop of Southwest Washington spring break adventures

If rising prices have squeezed your family out of a big adventure over next week’s spring break, why not have a little adventure instead? Here are three ideas for local…
Life
Cupcakes by Simply Sweets.

Easter treats hopping into Vancouver bakeries

Flower buds are ready to burst, birds are gathering bits to feather their nests, and Vancouver bakery cases are filling up with pastel-colored and bunny-eared treats for Easter.
Food
Clark County for years has been trying to expedite state funding for rebuilding or improving the 179th Street interchange at Interstate 5.

179th Street project is in House budget

Funding for the long-awaited 179th Street interchange on Interstate 5 may not be in the proposed state Senate transportation budget for 2023-25, but it is in the House of Representatives’…
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Clark County

The crash scene March 14 on Northeast Covington Road at 73rd Street. Clark County sheriff's deputies are seeking information after they say the driver and his 9-year-old child ran from the scene.

Clark County deputies seek info about March crash, say man and child ran from scene

Clark County sheriff's deputies are seeking information about a man they say crashed a stolen car March 14 in the Five Corners area and ran…

Business

Workers prepare the site of a $4 billion Panasonic EV battery plant Thursday, March 30, 2023, near DeSoto, Kan. Economic incentives offered by Kansas state and local governments beat out those offered by neighboring Oklahoma to help lure the project to the site on land formerly occupied by an Army ammunition plant.

‘War of the states’: EV, chip makers lavished with subsidies

States are doling out more cash than ever to lure multibillion-dollar microchip, electric vehicle and battery factories, inspiring ever-more competition as they dig deeper into…

Northwest

FILE - Southern Resident killer whale J50 and her mother, J16, swim off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew, B.C. on Aug. 7, 2018. Teams searched Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, for the sick, critically endangered orca in the waters of Washington state and Canada, but a scientist who closely tracks the population in the Pacific Northwest said he believes the whale, known as J50, has died. New research suggests that inbreeding may be a key reason that the Pacific Northwest's endangered population of killer whales has failed to recover despite decades of conservation efforts. The so-called "southern resident" population of orcas stands at 73 whales. That's just two more than in 1971, after scores of the whales were captured for display in marine theme parks around the world.

Southern resident orcas are visiting us less often, new study shows

Finding fewer Chinook salmon to eat, the endangered southern resident orcas are visiting the San Juan Islands, their traditional summer home, less often.

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Sports

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, left, reaches for the ball as Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 31, 2023.

Now eliminated from playoff contention, the Blazers’ future takes center stage

Rookie Shaedon Sharpe puts together another impressive performance in loss to Kings and the Blazers improve NBA Draft lottery position

Politics

FILE - House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2023. This year's debt ceiling debate has a different feel to it for some lawmakers. The most recent debates over increasing the nation's borrowing authority generally have been contentious but resolved before markets started to panic. But this year, a new Republican majority in the House is itching for a spending showdown.  (AP Photo/J.

Intensity and insults rise as lawmakers debate debt ceiling

Fights over increasing the nation’s borrowing authority have been contentious in Congress, yet follow a familiar pattern: Time and again, lawmakers found a way to…

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Reader Karen Lander bakes these family-favorite brownies all the time.

Salmon Creek resident shares ‘Hattie Barton’s famous brownie recipe’

Karen Lander, a Columbian reader from the Salmon Creek area, recently gave our family a priceless gift: her mom Hattie Barton’s famous brownie recipe. At…

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