Local News
Clark County reports 1,100 new COVID-19 cases as numbers continue to increase
Clark County’s number of new COVID-19 cases broke four digits in the past week as activity continues to rise. Clark County Public Health’s May 19 report showed 165.7 COVID-19 cases per …
Braun calls for gas tax suspension; Inslee says that won’t happen 
On May 16, State Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, released a statement calling for a suspension of the 49.4 cent state gas tax, calling it the “one sure way to lower the cost of …
Firefighters rescue pets from house fire in Woodland 
Firefighters rescued multiple pets after they responded to a report of a kitchen fire in Woodland.  Just before 2:10 p.m. on May 18, Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue was dispatched to the scene in …
Longtime Reflector employee remembered for optimism and integrity
Those who spent a reasonable amount of time around Darlene Carr can attest to her seemingly endless optimism. Carr worked in advertising for The Reflector over the span of more than three decades and …
Chief Umtuch, Pleasant Valley middle school students win state History Day competition
Students from Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley middle schools won first place in multiple categories during the Washington History Day contest in late April, securing their spots in the national …
Congresswoman Herrera Beutler to host her 11th annual jobs fair
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office announced on Wednesday that she will be hosting her 11th annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on Wednesday, June 1. The event will be held at the Clark …

Battle Ground Equestrian Team moves onto state competition

The Battle Ground High School Equestrian Team participated in its third meet of the season at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds in Elma. The meet, which was held from April 22 to April 24,  yielded …

Hockinson Fun Days set to return after two-year hiatus

The Hockinson Fun Days celebration will return in the first week of June after a two-year hiatus with a packed schedule of events for attendees. Coordinator Julie Atchley said the event will …

Decision on Yacolt Mountain Mine expansion set for July

A decision on whether a key permit will be approved for the expansion of the Yacolt Mountain Mine will likely take place in July, as Clark County staff made proposed adjustments to requirements which …

Battle Ground School Board approves sexual education curriculum

Battle Ground Public Schools now has a full set of state-required sexual education curriculum in place, following a protracted process that involved restarts and multiple committees. During its …
State & Regional News
'They will be welcome': Inslee, Washington Democrats commit to 'sanctuary' for those needing abortions in other states
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democratic leaders pledged on Tuesday to maintain Washington as a safe place for those needing access to abortion. "Washington state was a pro-choice …
State Rep. Vick will not seek re-election
State Rep. Brandon Vick announced he will not run for re-election this year, making his fifth term representing Washington’s 18th Legislative district his last. On April 13, Vick, …
WDFW approves nine days of razor clam digs to close out successful season
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the final round of razor clam digging can proceed as planned from April 29 to May 7 to wrap up a memorable …
Sen. Cantwell says I-5 bridge replacement project is good candidate for federal funding
The project to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River may see some additional funding opportunities at the federal level because of Congress’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure …
COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for school entry in Washington state
The Washington State Board of Health has voted to not require COVID-19 vaccines  for children to attend schools and day cares. Earlier this year, the technical advisory group, made up of …
Local Rotary clubs, Polish Rotarians near Ukraine border meet to discuss needs
The Cowlitz-Lewis County line and the Ukraine-Poland border may be over 5,000 miles apart, but folks who live near both are currently united in a common goal: helping Ukrainian refugees. Four …
Jaime Herrera Beutler announces art competition for high schoolers
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, recently announced her office is accepting submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school …
Democratic auto shop owner seeks Herrera Beutler’s seat
An auto shop owner on the east side of Washington’s Third Congressional District thinks her knowledge of navigating small businesses gives her a better perspective on Southwest …
Mount St. Helens begins to shed winter snow coat as road to Johnston Ridge opens
Mount St. Helens is an elusive wonder.  It steps out of the morning fog to offer majestic views, only to don a veil of clouds moments later. Still, the headless peak has become an icon of …
Inslee signs four more bills by local legislators
Gov. Jay Inslee’s slate of signed bills from the 2022 Legislative Session continues to grow, as four lawmakers representing north Clark County had their bills signed in the past two …
Opinion
Community
Community Calendar, May 18 edition
Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Join the Battle Ground seniors for a game of bunco. It will be held at the Battle Ground Senior Center, 116 NE Third Ave., Battle Ground. For more information, …
Community Calendar, May 11 edition
Mad Hatter’s: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13. Join the Battle Ground seniors for Mad Hatter’s at Red Robin, 1112 SW Scotton Way, Battle Ground. For more information, call Sharon Wodtke at …
Community Calendar, May 4 edition
Historical speaker series: Doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Join the Clark County Historical Museum for its 2022 speaker series as they welcome Jim Pestillo, who will …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Common sense reform measures  are needed

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, in constituent communications continues to characterize police reform measures as unneeded and unwelcome. How so? A just-released watchdog report …

Sports
Life

Battle Ground Senior Center moves luncheons move to different location

The nonprofit group Battle Ground Senior Citizens (BGSC) has secured a new location to host their monthly luncheons. The group will meet at the Battle Ground Community Center instead of the …

Outdoors

The Ape Cave Has Reopened: Take a Trip to St. Helens for Some Bigfoot Lore and Hidden Gems

If you’re looking for some climbing, some slime and some Bigfoot lore, the recently-reopened Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens may be the sweet spot. The pitch-black cave provides a trek into where …

Obituaries
In loving memory of Harold ‘Hal’ Jones: 1933-2022
Harold “Hal” R. Jones passed away at home surrounded by family on May 12, 2022. He was 89 years old, born to Harold F. and Alta Jones. Hal is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jackie …
In loving memory of Jeanette DuBravac: 1955-2022
Jeanette Marie DuBravac, age 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from interstitial lung disease and dermatomyositis. She was beloved by her friends and family and will be greatly …
In loving memory of Rufus Winters: Jan. 12, 1931 - Dec. 7, 2021
Rufus Carlton Winters, 90, of Battle Ground, Washington, passed away on Dec. 7, 2021, surrounded by family. Rufus was born to Nana Bland in Clayton, Alabama. Shortly after, they met Henry Winter, …
In loving memory of Margaret Anne Rodda: 1945-2022
 Margaret Anne (Chapman) Rodda was born Oct. 29, 1945 to Kenneth and Margaret (Bramhall) Chapman and died April 11, 2022 from cancer at home surrounded by her family. Margaret Anne was …
In loving memory of Robert LaZelle Anderson: May 29, 1932 - April 18, 2022
Rev. Robert L. Anderson, known to most people as Bob, answered the Lord’s call to return to His eternal home on April 18, 2022. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 29, 1932. He died …
In loving memory of Elton ‘Gerald’ Tikka
Elton Gerald Tikka passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Vancouver, Washington, to Franklin and Eleanor (Foley) Tikka. He married Judy Molyneux on March 18, 1966. They …
In loving memory of Orson Ravenberg: 1932-2022
Orson Duane Ravenberg was born on March 27, 1932 in Doty, Washington. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1950. After high school, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War …
In loving memory of Sarah Goss: 1959-2022 
Our beloved Sarah Frances Goss born in Owensboro, Kentucky on May 5, 1959, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022. She fought a long two-year battle with an aggressive brain tumor. She was …
In loving memory of John Lee Lasher: 1934-2022
Leaving a tractor-sized hole in our hearts, John Lee Lasher passed away on April 23, 2022, at 87 years old.  He was born on Sept. 23, 1934, to William and Christina in Raymond, Washington. He …