Local News
Portland man charged with vehicular homicide for crash that killed Woodland man 
A 50-year-old man from Woodland was killed in a rollover crash at state Route 500 and Interstate 205 in Vancouver on Wednesday, Feb. 1.  Dennis J. Coplin, the passenger of the vehicle, was …
WSU Vancouver to hold public workshops on how to pay for college
Washington State University Vancouver will host four “A – Z of Paying for College Workshops” this spring.  The workshops are a public service for all prospective and current …
Clark County seeks applicants for three openings on animal protection advisory board 
Clark County Manager Kathleen Otto is seeking applicants for several open positions on the volunteer animal protection and control advisory board.  All the openings are for terms that begin …
Sen. Braun criticizes Democrats on police pursuit reform
Republicans in the state Senate released a statement on Tuesday, Jan. 31, criticizing police reform legislation sponsored by Democrats on grounds the legislation was based on inaccurate data. …
Forest Service to discuss PNW wildfire risks in virtual forum
The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Forest Service will host a virtual community forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. Regional Forester, Glenn Casamassa, will discuss the service's …
Wilson, other lawmakers back legislation creating special Mount St. Helens license plate
The Mount St. Helens Institute recently announced its campaign for a special license plate featuring the image of Mount St. Helens is back on track.  After previously gathering almost 4,000 …

La Center man dies after boat capsizes on Lewis River

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has identified two men whose boat capsized on the North Fork Lewis River on Sunday, one of whom was recovered from the water the next day. At about 12:30 …

North Fork Neighborhood Association reactivates in opposition of proposed rock quarry near Woodland

Opposition over a potential rock quarry in North Clark County across the Lewis River from Woodland has led to neighbors in the area resurrecting an old group to organize. On Jan. 24, the reformed …

Brent Luyster Jr. appears in court for robbery, assault

The son of a convicted triple-murderer is back in court for robbery and assault, only months after being acquitted for the murder of his stepfather. On Feb. 3, Brent Luyster Jr., 18, is set to …

Downtown mail delivery, fee waivers approved in Ridgefield

The Ridgefield City Council held a meeting focused on its downtown corridor on Thursday as they passed a resolution for mail delivery and an ordinance on development fee waivers.  During the …
State & Regional News
Three days of razor clam digging starts Friday on Copalis Beach
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers on Wednesday confirmed razor clam digging reopens at Copalis Beach on Friday, Feb. 3, followed by additional opportunities on Feb. …
Effort to make roads safer wins bipartisan support
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and Gov. Jay Inslee said they are backing a package of new laws aimed at protecting workers, pedestrians and commuters. New bills would include reducing the …
Bills push for improving salmon habitat
Starting at The Olympia Ballroom in the state capital’s historic district, students from across Washington carried inflatable orcas and salmon as they marched through the streets of Olympia to …
State representatives sponsor bill attempting to reform governor’s emergency powers
State Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, introduced a new bill last week that would reform the governor’s emergency powers, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Jan. 17.  House Bill …
Elimination of cost-sharing for abortion services proposed in state Legislature
Insurance policies that cover abortion would be required to cover the entire cost of the procedure under provisions of a bill now being debated in the state Legislature. “This bill is about …
Bill proposes sealing name changes for abuse victims
People who change their names to hide from their abusers should be afforded more privacy. That, at least, is the conclusion Maia Xiao came to after a transgender friend committed suicide after …
Elimination of cost-sharing for abortion services proposed in Legislature 
Insurance policies that cover abortion would be required to cover the entire cost of the procedure under provisions of a bill now being debated in the state Legislature. “This bill is about …
Washington State Parks recruiting 305 seasonal aides
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced in a news release last week it is looking for 305 park aides for seasonal positions starting in April and ending in …
Washington Legislature looks to set up state-run apprenticeship programs for students
OLYMPIA — Washington students may soon have another option in high school — a state-run apprenticeship program in a number of different fields. As the Legislature looks to tackle …
Kent announces 2024 campaign for Congress
Not even a month after the formation of the 118th United States Congress, the Republican challenger to current U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the November election declared his candidacy for …
Opinion
Community
Community Calendar, Feb. 1 edition
Daughters of Pioneers meeting: Bring your own lunch for optional social time at 12:30 p.m., meeting starts at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington Chapter No. 19 …
Rotary clubs assist students with mock interviews
 Members of the Lewis River and Battle Ground Rotary clubs came together on Monday, Jan. 23 to provide mock job interviews for 22 students at Battle Ground High School.   Kevin …
Robotics students in Ridgefield lead SpudBot Academy
Students from Ridgefield High School’s Steel Ridge Robotics program took on methodical planning as they prepared to teach a large group of fifth to eighth graders during a day camp. At the …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: We are a mess with no plan out of the quagmire

In a 1951 science fiction film, and subsequent 2008 remake, Klaatu comes to Earth to warn its people to stop their violent tendencies or face serious consequences. As a child, I was pretty sure the …

Sports
Life

Woodland high schooler hooked on horses

One Woodland equestrian team member and 2023 graduate of the district’s alternative school has embraced her time volunteering at a horse therapy clinic as a way to help those with …

Outdoors

WDFW: Black Friday fishing set for Washington lakes, ponds

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced it is in the process of stocking rainbow trout in lakes around the state in preparation for Black Friday on …

Obituaries
Death notices, Feb. 1, 2023
Margaret J. Waletich, 72, of Battle Ground, died on Jan. 20, 2023. Arrangements are under the care of All County Cremation and Burial Services. Charles Schwartz, 71, of Ridgefield, died on Dec. …
In loving memory of Mary Heidegger: 1958-2023
Mary Irene (Nylund) Heidegger was born on June 8, 1938, in Vancouver, Washington, to Albert and Juanita (Colvin) Nylund. She passed away on Jan. 21, 2023, in Battle Ground, Washington, at the age of …
Celebration of life for Wilma Johnson: 1937-2022 
A celebration of life for Wilma Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Layne's Funeral Home, 16 NE Clark Ave., Battle Ground, Washington, 98604.  Our beautiful and vibrant …
In loving memory of Anita Joy Correy: 1938-2022
Anita Joy Correy, 84, of Battle Ground, passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2022.   Anita was born in Seattle on July 2, 1938, to Heinrich (Henry) and Emma Tarrach. She grew up on Beacon …
In loving memory of Kathy J. Leyva: Feb, 7, 1953 - Dec. 30, 2022
A celebration of life for former Battle Ground Public Schools teacher Kathy Leyva has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in the gymnasium of the district’s Glenwood Heights …
In loving memory of Paula Stephenson: Dec. 14, 1933 - Jan. 14, 2023
Paula Gabrielle Stephenson was born on Dec. 14, 1933, to Henry and Pearl Rotschy. She lived almost all of her life in the Yacolt area. She married her husband of 48 years, Ward Stephenson, on April …
In loving memory of Clinton ‘Pete’ Hutchison: 1925-2022
Lifelong Ridgefield resident Clinton “Pete” Edward Hutchison died peacefully in his home Dec. 13, 2022. He was 97.  Pete was born in his parents' Ridgefield farmhouse to John and …
In loving memory of Wilma Johnson: 1937-2022
With a sad heart, we announce the unexpected loss of our beautiful and vibrant mother, Wilma Louise Johnson on Nov. 6, 2022, to a brain aneurysm. She was 85, born to Gordon and Emma Brownell, and …
In loving memory of Raymond Tebo 
Raymond Earl Tebo, 82, of Battle Ground, Washington, passed away Jan. 1, 2023.  He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon. He worked as a cabinet maker and was a …