Local News
School, fire district ballot measures on track to pass
Measures to renew, replace or add property tax levies in North Clark County school and fire districts have enough support from voters in the August primary election to pass as of the latest vote …
Charges to be filed in Woodland shooting that injured one person
Officers from the Woodland Police Department were called to the Horseshoe Lake Mobile Home Park in Woodland on July 27 in response to a reported shooting.  Upon their arrival, officers found …
Royalty is crowned at 18th annual Miss Teen La Center Pageant
After a two year hiatus, the 18th annual Miss Teen La Center Pageant took place on Saturday, July 23, at La Center Middle School. This year, titles were added for participants from Ridgefield. From …
Public safety sales tax to fund camera program for sheriff’s office is likely to pass
An effort to impose a .1% sales tax to fund a camera program for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is likely to pass as of the latest August primary election results. As of Thursday, Aug. 4 …
Opdahl Chiropractic organizes promotion to help skilled laborers
In a show of appreciation for skilled workers, Opdahl Chiropractic and Regenerative Medicine has launched a deal to help people who work in fields that require manual labor. From Aug. 8 to Aug. …
Democrats ahead in primary races for state legislative positions
Competitive primary races for seats to represent the Washington State Legislature feature Democrats in the lead as multiple Republicans also sought a chance to represent the recently redrawn …

Sheriff’s position, county council seats will feature newcomers in November

Updated election results show positions in Clark County are poised for some new faces as newcomers to the seats are set to move on to the November general election.  Clark County …

Clark County seeks volunteers for law and justice council

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for an open seat on the county’s law and justice council. The position is open to a resident who lives in an incorporated city in Clark County, …

FCA Lumberjacks take fifth in 10u regional tournament, secure state tournament win

The FCA Lumberjacks took fifth place in the Cal Ripken 10u regional tournament after they beat Bitterroot, Montana, on July 22. The baseball team made up of boys from Woodland, Ridgefield and Kalama …

Community Calendar, Aug. 10 edition

Pomeroy Farm Days: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first weekend of every month through August. Join the Pomeroy Farm as they host an open farm weekend, which includes I-spy activities for kids, farm …
State & Regional News
Rescue Team responds to three incidents at Ape Cave Lava Tubes
It has been a busy week or so for the Volcano Rescue Team (VRT).  Rescuers from the organization, which focuses on assisting climbers on and around Mount St. Helens, have responded to three …
Washington law enforcement agencies report violent crime and vehicle thefts increased, drug arrests and number of officers decreased in 2021
Violent crimes and murders increased, while drug and fraud-related numbers decreased along with the number of commissioned officers in 2021, according to a report released last week by the Washington …
Herrera Beutler gains endorsement of Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has secured the endorsement of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) for her campaign to continue representing the 3rd …
Coldwater Lake offers an outdoor oasis at Mount St. Helens
The Coldwater Lake Recreation Area is located 45 miles east of Castle Rock in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone near the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater and Johnston Ridge …
Preparations for Spirit Lake infrastructure project to take place this summer
After 40 years, continued improvements are needed to support operations and maintenance of the Spirit Lake infrastructure that controls water levels in Spirit Lake.  In the summer and fall of …
Inslee makes COVID vaccines a permanent requirement for many state employees
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive making COVID-19 vaccines a permanent condition of employment for state workers in executive and small cabinet agencies, including …
New Washington laws: Rules take effect in areas ranging from guns to pickleball to license fees
OLYMPIA — Changes to gun regulations, new transportation fees and a new state sport are all among the changes Washington residents may soon see. Some of the bills the Legislature passed this …
Washington State Patrol launches statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people
The Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) system, a new statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people, went into effect on Friday, July 1.  The alert system adds a specific …
Bipartisan group of state senators call for state insurance commissioner to resign
A bipartisan group of state senators announced on June 16 they are calling for Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to resign after he allegedly fired a whistleblower who came …
Washington braces for higher than average wildfire season
Western Washington’s wetter and cooler spring this year could make for a milder fire season than in recent years, but parts of the state are expected to yield higher than typical forest fire …
Opinion
Community
Tickets on sale for Magenta Theater’s ‘Don Quixote de La Center’ production
Tickets are now on sale for Magenta Theater’s production of Don Quixote de La Center. The performance by local playwright David Bareford centers around a loose adaptation of the novel Don …
Community Calendar, Aug. 3 edition
Vancouver Goes to the Movies: Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Join the Clark County Historical Museum as historian and Historic Preservation Commission chair …
Clark County Historical Museum hosts ‘Vancouver Goes to the Movies’
The Clark County Historical Museum will continue its 2022 speaker series with “Vancouver Goes to the Movies” on Thursday, Aug. 4. The presentation will be hosted by historian and …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: We must vote for candidates who support private property, land rights

Elections are here and there were many candidates who ran in the primary. One must consider the most important thing that local and state legislators do that affects us all. Policies that protect and …

Sports
Life

USA Construction & Remodeling prioritizes customer satisfaction

USA Construction & Remodeling in Ridgefield strives to turn its customers’ remodeling goals into a reality. Owner Elijah Sannikov takes great pride in his work and does what he can to …

Outdoors

Camp at Battle Ground Lake teaches youth how to fly fish

The crack of a fishing line cut through the ambiance of a clearing at Battle Ground Lake State Park as one of several kids tried to pop a balloon with the hook at the line’s end. Back in the …

Obituaries
In loving memory of Jon Babcock: 1946-2022
Jon Babcock, 75, died on Monday, July 18, 2022, in Ridgefield, Washington. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. Jon was a firefighter with Vancouver Fire and Rescue for 31 years …
In loving memory of Lee Warren Joner: 1968-2022
 Lee Warren Joner passed away in Cowlitz County on July 19, 2022, at the age of 54.  Lee was born, along with his twin brother, Jeffrey Joner, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, …
In loving memory of Donna Walker: 1937-2022 
Donna Rae Walker of Yacolt, Washington, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her children on July 27, 2022. Donna was born on July 11, 1937, in Mount Vernon, Pennsylvania, to John and Martha …
In loving memory of Dorothy Davis: 1926-2022
Dorothy (Dot) Ellen Davis passed away July 15, 2022, in Battle Ground, Washington. She was 95 years of age. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at Paonia …
In loving memory of Gary Crawford: 1948-2022
Gary LeRoy Crawford, the only son of Harold and Josephine Crawford, was born in Vancouver, Washington, on Dec. 13, 1948, and passed away on July 15, 2022, at home.  He resided in the View …
In loving memory of Steven Kadow: 1953-2022
Steven Earl Kadow was called to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, July 26, after suffering a massive stroke. Steve was born in Vancouver, Washington, on Aug. 18, 1953, to Roy and Beulah (Boots) Kadow. …
In loving memory of Sandra Crawford: 1942-2022
Sandra Dawn (Folsom) Crawford was born May 14, 1942, in Leavenworth, Washington, the first daughter and second of seven children of Maxwell Peterson and Marjorie Emma (Wall) Folsom. In 1949, Sandra …
In remembrance of Donald Wray: 1935-2022
Donald Leroy Wray, who was born to John and Mamie Wray of Ridgefield, Washington, on March 28, 1935, passed away on July 20, 2022.  He is survived by brother Vernon Wray, of Sequim, …
In loving memory of Wilbur ‘Andy’ Andrus
On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Wilbur “Andy” Andrus, passed away at the age of 84. Andy was born Dec. 6, 1938, in Opelousa, Louisiana. He grew up in a large family, working farms, hunting …