Local News
BG Pride Festival begins late July
Battle Ground Pride, a festival presented by Evoke Cascadia, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Battle Ground Community Center on 912 E. Main St. Evoke Cascadia President …
Harvest Days returns for fun weekend on Battle Ground’s Main Street
Battle Ground’s Harvest Days festival will return Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, with a full schedule of events. The central location for events during Harvest Days will be …
Fifth annual Hockinson Blueberry Festival a blast for guests
Last week, guests arrived in the hundreds to try fresh blueberries and products from Hockinson’s local farmers. The fifth annual Hockinson Blueberry Festival, Saturday, July 13, at the …
County, Battle Ground, DNR issue burn bans
The Washington state Department of Natural Resources, Clark County and Battle Ground have all implemented burn bans because of the recent high temperatures and increased fire risks. Recreational …
Amboy teen earns full Portland Fashion Institute scholarship
An Amboy teen’s interest in pushing the boundaries and what is considered normal in fashion has paid dividends with a $20,000 Portland Fashion Institute scholarship Battle Ground River …
Clark County seeks public comment on park improvement plan
Clark County Public Works Parks and Lands is seeking public comment on the six-year Parks Capital Improvement Plan, which will provide maintenance and enhancements at existing and developing parks …

Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan available for public review

A preliminary draft of Clark County’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan is now available for public review and will be discussed during a public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at …
MacKenzie LeDoux, a 2021 Battle Ground High School graduate, and her fiance, Alex Wells, created a lifelong memory as Wells proposed to LeDoux on May 17 while she was teaching a kindergarten class at Stevens Elementary School in Spokane during her student-teaching work this last school year.

Former BGHS student marks college graduation with a series of firsts

A 2021 Battle Ground High School graduate will be entering the classroom this fall with a lot of firsts behind her. From student teaching to her first teaching job this fall, MacKenzie LeDoux …

Ridgefield to update stormwater oversight, regulations for businesses and developers

Ridgefield business owners, home owners associations and developers can expect more inspections from the city in the coming years. Because Ridgefield has grown beyond 10,000 residents as of the …
Ridgefield Lions President Josh Olson and Lions District Gov. Lisa Ikeda help prepare fair food, including the Lion Burger, at the food booth in 2023.

Ridgefield Lions prepare for Clark County Fair

The Ridgefield Lions Club will host its annual food booth at the Clark County Fair, running from Aug. 2 through Aug. 11 at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 7402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. The …
State & Regional News
Windy Ridge and visitor centers at Mount St. Helens open
Those looking for stunning views close to the crater of Mount St. Helens are in luck: The Windy Ridge Interpretive Site and nearby visitor centers opened to the public recently, according to the U.S. …
MGP, Sens. Murray and Cantell secure $1.499 billion for I-5 bridge replacement
On Friday, July 12, Washington Third District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez announced the Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) Program will receive $1.499 billion in federal funding from the U.S. …
Man who dived on his family to protect them killed at Trump rally shooting
Corey Comperatore, a 50-year-old man from Buffalo Township, Pa., died after a gunman opened fire during a rally for former President Donald Trump on Saturday evening. The former volunteer fire …
Trump assassination attempt: Washington state politicians respond after former president bloodied by shooter
Responses from Washington state politicians poured in following the attempted assassination of former U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. Trump suffered …
WSU professor says assassination attempt is stark reminder that heated political rhetoric must cool
Saturday's assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump could be a moment of unity, for partisan politicians to ease back toward civility. Or it could just make things worse, said Cornell …
Trump calls for unity, vows to move forward morning after attempted assassination
Former President Donald Trump said Sunday morning that it was "God alone who prevented" his death after he survived a Saturday evening assassination attempt at a campaign rally north of Pittsburgh. …
Fourth initiative to protect natural gas likely to qualify for November ballot
An initiative to protect the use of natural gas in Washington will likely be on the November general election ballot. In a press release, Let’s Go Washington, the organization that …
One year since Zack’s Law passes, cold water shock still poses a threat
When Centralia teen Zachary Lee Rager swam in a chilly river on a warm spring day in 2021, a cooling swim soon turned into tragedy when he suddenly experienced cold water shock and passed away. That …
Mount St. Helens alert level holds steady despite recent reports of “recharging”
Over the past several months, small magnitude earthquakes have been occuring at Mount St. Helens, the activity is similar to 2023 observations. The Cascades Volcano Observatory stated in a press …
Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez hosts child care roundtable with first responders
U.S. District Three Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez listened to first responders’ concerns about their struggles accessing child care while maintaining their jobs during a roundtable with first …
Opinion
Community
Furry Friends to host annual dinner and auction fundraiser
Furry Friend’s cat rescue is accepting donations for its annual dinner and auction fundraiser. All proceeds will support cat rescues, medical care and the construction of a new medical …
Local student nominees to attend United States service academies
Four local students have been appointed to attend United States military service academies after receiving nominations from Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez last February, a press release earlier this …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Government, religion should stay separate

Editor, I don’t have a problem with the Ten Commandments. I have a problem with the first three. The first three commandments expect me to worship this one god, and at least one day out of …

Sports
Life

Retired Ridgefield resident makes quilts for sight-impaired youth to learn shapes, textures

A retired Ridgefield school teacher is using her decades of experience sewing and quilting to help sight-impaired youth learn shapes and textures with quilts. As a Ridgefield Lions member, Phyllis …

Outdoors

State asks boaters to clean, drain, dry to prevent spread of invasive species

The Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are asking boaters to “clean, drain and dry” their boats and equipment this boating season to …

Obituaries
Death Notices
Garrick Terrell, 81, of La Center, died July 6. Arrangements are under the care of Northwood Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 360-574-4252. Della J. Raisanen, 17 days, of Kelso, died July 5. …
In loving memory of Richard Louis Lee 1945-2024
Richard Louis Lee passed away on June 22, 2024, after struggling with progressive supranuclear palsy with loss of sight, hearing and movement.  Richard was born in Salem, Oregon, on Feb. …
In Loving Memory Of Virginia Clare 6/11/1939 ~ 6/5/2024
Virginia Gayle Swift Clare, a Battle Ground resident from 1969 to 1981, passed to her heavenly home on June 5, 2024, at the age of 84.  She was at home surrounded by her family in her final …
In loving memory of Donald Marion Cole June 10, 1935 - July 9, 2024
Donald, age 89, passed into heaven on July 9 in Vancouver. He was born in Kelso into a large family. He married Patsy, and together they created a beautiful life. Don worked hard to provide for his …
In loving memory of Fred Holtmann Dec. 17, 1965 - April 11, 2024
Fred Holtmann, age 58, passed away on April 11, 2024, in Vancouver, Washington, with family by his side. Fred was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 17, 1965. He was the youngest of four …
In Loving Memory Of Shirley Huestis 3/4/1945 ~ 6/23/2024
Shirley Ann Huestis was born in Deshler, Nebraska, to Loetta and Brownie Hagler. She had two daughters, Sonja McCoy and Yvonne Szczepaniak, and two grandchildren, Brian Szczepaniak and Melanie, who …
Death Notices
Bob T. Jones, 85, of Battle Ground, died June 30. Arrangements are under the care of Laynes Funeral Services, 360-687-3143. Lawrence Michael Kujava, age 95, of Amboy, died June 29. Lawrence …
In Loving Memory Of Frank Scott 1946 ~ 2024
Frank (Frankie) H. Scott, age 78 years, went home to be with the Lord on June 13, 2024. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones in Vancouver, WA. Born in Vancouver, WA and raised with …
Death Notices
Jeffrey Webb, 77, of Vancouver, died June 27. Arrangements are under the care of Northwood Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 360-574-4252. Virginia L. Kammer, 85, of Vancouver, died June 25. …