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Friday, December 8, 2023
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One man dead after shooting in Woodland, says Cowlitz sheriff

A 36-year-old man fatally shot his 27-year-old roommate Thursday at a home south of Woodland in Cowlitz County, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
Courts & Crime
Cars line a parking lot in front of the Washougal Rite Aid store and pharmacy in November 2023.

Washougal Rite Aid closes doors; company cites cost-cutting measures

Washougal’s Rite Aid store has closed in an apparent cost-cutting move by its parent company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.
Clark County Business

Clark County expert encourages vigilance as holidays are a prime time for scams, and AI could give scammers a boost

Artificial intelligence is making scams more difficult to identify. People should be cautious about giving away their information, especially during the holiday season when scams are more prevalent.
Clark County News
The second annual edition of &ldquo;Voices of the River,&rdquo; the journal of the Vancouver-based Confluence Project, is out now.

Latest ‘Voices of the River’ highlights dams: Confluence Project aims to revive tribal history along river

The fate of big hydroelectric dams on Pacific Northwest rivers is a longstanding, hot-button issue that gets hotter every day.

Clark County

Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg leads the crowd as they celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah Thursday evening at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

Celebrating Light over Darkness: Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County hosts lighting of menorah

The Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County  hosted Thursday evening’s Hanukkah celebration in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The event included a menorah-lighting ceremony.


A sign informing Ridgefield area residents of a proposed development sits in the front yard of a house on Northeast 29th Avenue. The developer has proposed splitting three parcels and subdivide them into 72 single-family home lots.

Developer plans 72 housing lots on Ridgefield-area farmland

More farmland south of Ridgefield may soon sprout housing. Developer Rotschy LLC plans to create 72 single-family home lots on three adjoining properties totaling 19.4…


Joseph David Emerson, left, appears in Multnomah County Circuit Court for an indictment hearing in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. An Oregon judge says the ex-Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to cut the engines of a passenger flight can be released from jail pending trial. Emerson pleaded not guilty to reduced charges of reckless endangerment at his arraignment Thursday.

Judge says ex-Alaska Airlines pilot who tried to cut plane’s engines can be released before trial

An ex-Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to cut the engines of a passenger flight while off-duty and riding in an extra seat in the…

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Varsity360: The 2023 All-Region Football Team is Revealed

The Columbian sports department unveils the 2023 All-Region football team, explains the process of selecting the team and highlights what made those players special.


FILE - President Joe Biden waves as he walks to Marine One to depart the South Lawn of the White House, Dec. 5, 2023, in Washington. Biden and first lady Jill Biden plan to attend six fundraising events between them this weekend in Los Angeles, asking some of the glitziest names in town to open their checkbooks for his reelection campaign.

Biden heads to Las Vegas to showcase $8.2B for 10 major rail projects around the country

President Joe Biden is heading to Las Vegas to showcase $8.2 billion in funding for 10 major passenger rail projects across the country, including to…

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From left to right: Stuart Rouse, 64, Melissa Rouse, 19, Cristina Rouse, 63, and Kristina Rouse, 33. The family, along with Eric Rouse, 57, were identified by relatives as those killed Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide in Orchards.

‘Our hearts are shattered’: Five dead in apparent murder-suicide in Orchards identified as Rouse family

Family members confirmed the Rouse family as the five people killed Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide at an Orchards home.

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Randy Krause, Port of Seattle Fire Chief, shows the Times a sample of the PFAS product that when mixed with 97% water, produces a bubble bath that puts out fires far faster and more efficiently than only water does on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. But research has shown that PFAS, known as "forever chemicals," can increase health risks for certain cancers and other diseases. Sea-Tac is now trying to phase out their use. (Ellen M.

WA proposes ban on ‘forever chemicals’ in clothes, other products

The Washington State Department of Ecology has proposed bans and new reporting requirements for toxic chemicals used to repel water, heat and fuel in some…


This image made with the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA on Aug. 10, 2020 shows the star Alpha Orionis, or Betelgeuse, a red supergiant. The star, one of the biggest and brightest in the night sky, will momentarily vanish as an asteroid passes in front of it late Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, into early Tuesday. The event should be visible to millions of people along a narrow corridor stretching from central Asia&rsquo;s Tajikistan and Armenia, across Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, all the way to Miami and the Florida Keys, and, finally, Mexico.

Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky will momentarily vanish as an asteroid passes in front of it to produce a…

Nation / World

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Recent assaults on two notorious, high-profile federal prisoners have renewed concerns about whether the federal Bureau of Prisons is capable of keeping people in its custody safe. Chauvin was stabbed nearly two-dozen times in the law library at a federal prison in Arizona in November.

High-profile attacks on Derek Chauvin and Larry Nassar put spotlight on violence in federal prisons

Derek Chauvin was stabbed nearly two dozen times in the law library at a federal prison in Arizona. Larry Nassar was knifed repeatedly in his…

The Columbian — for Kids

The Columbian — for Kids

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Editorial Cartoons for Week of Dec. 3

In Our View: Website good tool, but child care still needs help

Granderson: Only seismic shift can reverse rise in suicides in U.S.

Other Papers Say: Spread cheer by shopping local

Letter: Thoughts on the Middle East

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