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Fourth Plain Forward program manager Will Fuentes, from left, social media coordinator Almendra Velazquez and community development manager Sheila Davis during the &ldquo;Building Bridges&rdquo; marketing session workshop Tuesday at Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver.

Fourth Plain Forward’s ‘Building Bridges’ series: Community members of color get help growing businesses

Vancouver nonprofit Fourth Plain Forward hosted its second marketing session of the year Tuesday afternoon aimed at helping community members of color hone their digital skills.
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Jana Hart, music director of Vancouver Master Chorale.

Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Master Chorale offer concerts Saturday, Sunday

Music lovers can double their fun this weekend by attending two different concerts that have the same schedule. That’s because the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Master Chorale will offer…
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A sign welcomes students Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield. Classes began after a tentative agreement was reached between the Ridgefield School district and the Ridgefield Education Association.

Ridgefield School District announces three candidates for new superintendent, schedules community meet-and-greets

The Ridgefield School District announced Wednesday morning it had narrowed its search for a new superintendent to three candidates, all from outside the district.
A Vancouver Fire Department patch is seen here in the gear room of Fire Station 2 (The Columbian files)

Former Vancouver Fire Department captain sues city for negligence

A former Vancouver Fire Department captain is suing the city for alleged negligence after he was injured while fighting a 2021 duplex fire.
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A voting sticker is seen on the jacket of Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey outside the Clark County Department of Elections on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2016.

Ballots heading out Friday for March 12 presidential primary

Washington’s March 12 presidential primary is just around the corner. Clark County’s elections office will mail ballots Friday, and they should arrive in mailboxes no…


A worker at Reata Engineering and Machine Works programs a Mazak Variaxis machine used to make semiconductor pieces, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Englewood, Colo. Reata, which supplies the aviation and medical device industries, has invested heavily in software that automates its manufacturing processes. It&rsquo;s also been training workers to use more sophisticated equipment.

Robots and happy workers: Productivity surge helps explain U.S. economy’s surprising resilience

Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn’t easy. Attracting factory workers…


FILE - Kyla Carrillo, center, leads a chant on the steps of the Seattle Police Department&#039;s West Precinct as people protest after body camera footage was released of a Seattle police officer joking about the death of Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old woman hit and killed in January by officer Kevin Dave in a police cruiser, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Seattle. Prosecutors in Washington state said Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, they will not file felony charges against Seattle police officer, Dave, who struck and killed the graduate student from India while responding to an overdose call..

Seattle police officer who struck Jaahnavi Kandula won’t face charges

King County prosecutors will not file criminal charges against the Seattle police officer who struck and killed a young woman in a South Lake Union…

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Varsity360: Looking ahead to regional round of state basketball tournament

The Columbian's Micah Rice and Tim Martinez preview the matchups as Southwest Washington teams begin play in the state basketball tournament. It will be an…


FILE - Election judges demonstrate the accuracy of the city&rsquo;s voting equipment on Oct. 28, 2022, in Minneapolis. With election season already underway, state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has so far failed to allocate federal money they typically use for such things as securing voter registration systems, updating equipment and training staff.

Election officials in the U.S. face daunting challenges in 2024. And Congress isn’t coming to help

With election season already underway, some state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has yet to allocate federal money they have come to rely…

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Vancouver City Hall (The Columbian files)

Vancouver City Council wants to expand Affordable Housing Fund into county but details need ironing out

Allowing Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund to pay for city residents to live outside of Vancouver within Clark County may be key to moving people out…

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Editorial Cartoons for the Week of Feb. 19

In Our View: Stop pointing fingers and fix faltering FAFSA

Harrop: Clickbait fuels obsession on Biden’s age

Letter: Prepare for transportation future

Letter: Pass bill for border, foreign aid

Should the county prioritize more land for homes, or more for industry?

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