Local News
City of Battle Ground announces hiring of new police chief
Battle Ground City Manager Erin Erdman has announced the hiring of Dennis Flynn as the city’s next chief of police, effective March 18.  Flynn accepted the position following his …
Woodland Public School District selects new superintendent
Effective July 1, Woodland School District Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley will succeed Superintendent Michael Green, who will retire after 17 years of working for the district. The Woodland …
Learn to host ‘super-pollinator’ mason bees master gardener workshop
Learn about native mason bees at an educational workshop, presented by the Clark County Master Gardeners of Washington State University Extension from 10:30 a.m. to noon, March 9, Camas Library, 625 …
Local esthetician helps clients achieve healthier skin with customized facials
Smoothing skin, reducing scarring and lightening hyperpigmentation are all common benefits of the facials that Battle Ground esthetician Nora Tubbs offers at Finesse Beauty Bar in Battle Ground. …
Prairie student serves as state House page in Olympia
Addison Randall, a freshman at Prairie High School, spent a week serving as a Washington House page in Olympia, sponsored by 18th District Rep. Stephanie McClintock. “It was a pleasure to …
Student attends House of Representatives’ Page Program in Olympia
Maia Taylor, a ninth grade Woodland homeschool student, paged in the Washington State House of Representatives in Olympia, Feb. 12 through Feb. 16. District Rep. Ed Orcutt sponsored her week. …
Featuring blue glass orbs, “Drone Support Station” by Lois Steiner will be on display at the art exhibit.

BG Art Alliance ‘Our Universe’ exhibit coming to local library

From the spinning of galaxies to the orbiting of atoms, Battle Ground Art Alliance (BGAA) will open the “Our Universe” art exhibit at the Battle Ground Community Library starting March 3. …

Letter to the Editor: Vote to improve Ridgefield school facilities

Editor, Many folks are flocking to Ridgefield, often because they want good schools for their children. Ridgefield teachers and programs have good reputations, and justly. Teachers care deeply …

Clark County Public Health and FVRL host environmental education series

Clark County Public Health is joining Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries for a free educational series highlighting environmentally friendly lifestyles. Public Health’s Green Neighbors, …
A pair of tweens giggle while playing Dungeons and Dragons at Ridgefield Community Library.

Local libraries teach children valuable skills using Dungeons and Dragons

Youth playing Dungeons and Dragons at Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries (FVRL) across Clark County, including in Ridgefield, are doing more than weaving fantastic tales and slaying monsters. …
State & Regional News
Securing border high priority for GOP congressional candidate Lewallen
When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the Southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, …
MGP, DOT Secretary Buttigieg tour Cascadia Tech Academy, meet with local union members
District 3 U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited the Interstate 5 Bridge, toured Cascadia Tech Academy and met with members of Southwest …
Southern border, geopolitics hot topics at Joe Kent meet and greet
Joe Kent, a Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate, believes boosting Republican voter turnout and focusing on the small towns of Yelm and Rainier in rural Thurston County will be crucial in …
Ridgefield student attends House of Representatives Page Program in Olympia
Ridgefield 11th grade homeschool student Grace Erickson paged in the Washington State House of Representatives Jan. 22 through Jan. 26 in Olympia. She attended the House Page Program during the third …
‘The people in the state of Washington have spoken’: Rally attendees push for hearings for six initiatives
While they could ultimately end up before voters in November, approximately 200 rally attendees argued on the steps of the State Capitol Jan. 31 that a slate of conservative initiatives should be …
From Prairie High School to the national stage, local woman competes in Miss America 2024
Vanessa Munson has worn many hats and a sash while representing the state of Washington in the past year, and with five months left in her reign as Miss Washington, she is looking forward to the …
Mandatory process proposed to review complaints about school library books
A mandatory process to guide school districts should be required when protests erupt over books that deal candidly with sexual preferences and gender identity, some people are arguing. While …
Potholes were abundant in the region following the ice storms
Area drivers took to social media to show off their blown tires after driving over large potholes on area roadways over the last week following the winter weather. Potholes formed all over the …
Governor calls for action on climate, homelessness, and abortion rights
Defending his record and pressing for more action, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urged a joint session of the Legislature to stay on a path that protects a woman’s right to choose, improves public …
Police officer shortage a priority for legislators in short session as poll shows residents concerned on public safety
Lawmakers from across the state convened in Olympia on Monday to begin the short legislative session, with public safety and a need to increase the number of police officers in the state continuing …
Opinion
Community
North Clark County college students earn academic honors
North Clark County college students earn academic honors Many northern Clark County college students earned academic honors for the fall 2023 term. Honored students achieved a GPA of 3.0 or …
BGPS students chosen for North County Honor Band
Students from Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) were named to the North County Honor Band Feb. 3. A selection committee composed of local band directors reviewed applications and selected …
CAM Academy releases first-semester honor roll
CAM Academy Principal Ryan Cowl recently released the first semester honor roll, recognizing students who received a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students with 4.0 are followed by an asterisk. High …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Protect Chelatchie Prairie fisheries and wildlife, water and people from PVJR

Editor, I write in favor of protecting our wildlife at Chelatchie, Curtin Creek (Barberton) and the rest of our county from the current operator and his illegal and unpermitted activities. I …

Sports
Life

Thanksgiving: From our family to yours this holiday season

Easy, “Almost” Consomme Madrilene From Reflector editor Jessica Keller While traditional recipes for Consomme Madrilene are much fancier, this is easy to make and hard to mess …

Outdoors

Dippin’ for smelt in the Cowlitz River

Eager net-anglers packed the banks of the Cowlitz River on Thursday, Feb. 15, for a one-day smelt-dipping opportunity. People could catch a daily limit of 10 pounds with a net because it is …

Obituaries
Death Notices
Sylvia Hood, 70, of Portland, died Feb. 18. Arrangements are under the care of Northwood Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 360-574-4252. Clifford D. Clark, 53, of Ridgefield, died Feb. 17. …
In Loving Memory Of Kimburly Compson 1951 ~ 2024
Kimburly Scott Compson, a loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at the age of 72.  Kim was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1951, to Jack …
In loving memory of Jace Allan VavRosky
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, Jace Allan VavRosky was called home, and Heaven gained a truly inspirational and extraordinary young man. Jace’s brave fight against melanoma came to an end in the …
In Loving Memory Of Kathleen Warner 1943 ~ 2024
Born June 23, 1943, to Anna (Branch) and Glover “Red” Blevins of Tigard, Oregon, Kathleen Ann (Blevins) Warner died Jan. 14, 2024, in Vancouver, Washington.  Kathie grew up in …
In loving memory of Henry 'Hank' Raz Jr. June 22, 1926 - Jan. 25, 2024
Henry "Hank" Raz Jr. passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2024, in Vancouver, Washington, at the age of 97. Born on June 22, 1926, in Portland, Oregon, Hank was the eldest child of Swiss immigrants, …
In loving memory of Jared Edison Newman
Jared Edison Newman, devoted husband and father, died Feb. 11, 2024, at home in Provo, Utah. Jared was born Aug. 2, 1978, in Portland, Oregon, to Thomas and Teridee Newman. He was raised on the …
In loving memory of Betty Lorena Westley
Betty was born in Salem, Oregon. She relocated to Portland, Oregon, where she married Lloyd Krebs, with whom she shared 22 years. In 1978, Betty moved to Battle Ground, Washington, and in 1981, she …
Death Notices
Bryan D. Jameson, 50, of Battle Ground, died Feb. 13. Arrangements are under the care of Camas Cremation and Burial Services, 360-858-8919. Bridget M. Dennison, 50, of Vancouver, died Feb. 12. …
Death Notices
Harold D. Harmon, 83, of Brush Prairie, died Feb. 5. Arrangements are under the care of Laynes Funeral Services, 360-687-3143. Jerome “Jerry” Bennett, 92, of Kalama, died Feb. 3. …