Local News
Battle Ground Senior Citizens receives donations from Rotary groups
Battle Ground Rotary and Lewis River Rotary recently hosted a friendly competition to collect item donations for Battle Ground Senior Citizens (BGSC), an organization that provides numerous social …
Local Art Chat groups bring artistic community together
Clark County’s artistic community events took a sharp decline after the COVID-19 pandemic. Art Chat, a show-and-tell gathering, provides the means for artists to connect and show their work …
Treehouse’s Graduation Success program aids Clark County foster teens
Over 100 youth who have experienced foster care in Clark County are benefitting from Graduation Success by Treehouse, a nonprofit organization providing multiple programs for foster youth, this year. …
Ridgefield awards contracts for road improvements connecting to Costco, YMCA
Ridgefield's City Council approved its costliest infrastructure contract last week, awarding $21.4 million to Active Construction for the widening of Pioneer Street and the construction of a new …
MOMS Club of Battle Ground offers support, friendship and community building
Lyndsay Tiger had few people to talk with about her experienc- es as a mother after moving to Battle Ground from Oklahoma in September of last year. To combat her loneliness, Tiger looked for …
Local fishing lure creator expands into fishing storefront
A Brush Prairie man who tackled the shortage of coastal fishing lures during the pandemic with his own Salty’s Spinners has now opened a fishing supply store in Battle Ground.  Thomas …
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Astoria, Oregon, assists a Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue training at Goheen Airport north of Battle Ground on Monday, June 10.

U.S. Coast Guard from Astoria assists Clark County search and rescue training

On Monday, June 10, the U.S. Coast Guard from Astoria taught the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (CCSOSAR) team in assisting helicopter rescues at Goheen Airport, north of …
The Port of Woodland celebrated the construction of its first two buildings in the Rose Way Industrial Park. The two sites span 16,500 and 23,000 square feet respectively and are ready for industrial manufacturing or warehouse use. The port expects all six buildings to be ready in 10 years and provide around 450 jobs.

Port of Woodland opens Rose Way Industrial Park’s first two buildings

The Port of Woodland celebrated Rose Way Industrial Park’s first milestone with the completion of its first two buildings, last week. When filled, the buildings are expected to generate 50 …

Is it Halloween yet?

A house in Battle Ground appears to be gearing up for Halloween a little bit early with these creative decorations that tower over the yard, making it a sight to see in June.

Heritage Farm hosting canning, food preservation classes

Residents can learn how to can and preserve foods during a free educational series offered by Sandy Brown, Washington State University Extension food safety emeritus, at the 78th Street Heritage …
State & Regional News
La Center local making waves in Arca Menards Series West
In his first full season in the Arca Menards Series West, a NASCAR touring series, La Center’s Eric Johnson Jr. has secured two top 10 finishes in four races. Johnson finished 10th in the …
In speech, congressional candidate Leslie Lewallen seeks to separate herself from Republican rival
As she seeks to unseat a freshman representative in one of the most hotly contested congressional districts in the country, candidate and Camas City Councilor Leslie Lewallen told a crowd at the …
Joe Kent focuses on immigration, war during town hall
Third District Congressional candidate Joe Kent drove home his conservative priorities on immigration, the war in Ukraine and American politics May 31 at a town hall in Kelso. The Third District …
MGP says Biden must do more at Southern border as president issues executive order
Following months of repeated criticism of the federal government’s immigration policy, Third Congressional District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, has renewed pleas for President …
Gluesenkamp Perez backs new ‘right to repair’ legislation
A group of lawmakers has introduced legislation they say would guarantee consumers a right to repair their own products, which they say could result in a savings of roughly $330 a year per household. …
Multiple visitor centers remain open along Spirit Lake Highway after 2023 debris flow
Several recreational sites remain open to explore at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument following the May 2023 debris flow, known as the South Coldwater Slide, according to a news release …
WDFW Free Fishing Weekend returns to Washington, June 8-9
For one weekend, anglers across the state can fish for various species without a license. This year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) annual Free Fishing Weekend event …
Co-owner of two Clark County automotive businesses convicted for violating Clean Air Act
The co-owner of two Clark County automotive businesses was convicted on Thursday, May 23, in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma of conspiracy and 11 felony counts of violating the federal Clean Air …
Washington Traffic Safety Commission unveils new messaging amid increase in fatal crashes
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is changing its messaging regarding its goal of reducing fatal and serious injury automobile crashes. The change comes after Washington state in 2023 …
Mount St. Helens Institute executive director steps down after more than a decade
After 13 years, Amboy-based Mount St. Helens Institute has a new director. Ray Yurkewycz’s last day was April 30, after serving since 2011 as the executive director of the nonprofit that …
Opinion
Community
North Clark County college students earn academic honors, others graduate
Many northern Clark County college students earned academic honors for the winter-spring 2024 terms. Honored students achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater, depending on the institution. Some institutions …
Hockinson teacher, student receive STEM Rising Star honors
Hockinson teacher Angelina Sarkinen and upcoming junior Elsie Lyon received recognition for their academic achievements during the fourth annual STEM Rising Star and Regional Partners Award Ceremony …
Community Calendar
Senior Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, Battle Ground Senior Center, 116 NE Third Ave., Battle Ground. Learn how to protect yourself and your finances from scammers and card …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Regional Transportation Council needs to act now

Editor, Our Regional Transportation Council (RTC) recently said there is a “new normal.” More people are working from home — up 150%. People have resumed driving, but …

Sports
Life

Battle Ground senior walker group looking for new members

Battle Ground Senior Citizens (BGSC), a nonprofit dedicated to organizing community events for residents over 50, seeks new members for its recently established Thursday Walkers Group. The club meets …

Outdoors

Ridgefield Garden Club offers grants for native plants

The Ridgefield Garden Club is offering grants of up to $200 for residents interested in planting native plants. The grants are funded through an anonymous donation earlier this year with the …

Obituaries
Death notices
James A. Styres Jr., 80, of Yacolt, died June 10. Arrangements are under the care of Laynes Funeral Services, 360-687-3143. Scot A. Lang, 47, of Ridgefield, died June 9. Arrangements are under …
In loving memory of William (Bill) J. Cook Feb. 9, 1942 to May 26, 2024
William J. Cook passed away in Vancouver, Washington. He was born in Woodland, Washington, to John and Lillian Cook.  Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sharon J. …
In Loving Memory Of Rosaly Divens 1940 ~ 2024
It is with great sadness that the family of Rosaly (Bauer) Divens of Vancouver, Washington, announces her passing on June 3, 2024, at the age of 83 following a protracted illness.  Born in …
In Loving Memory Of Dorothy Bloomquist 1/6/1929 ~ 1/23/2024
Dorothy L. Bloomquist (Dottie), loving family matriarch, passed away on Jan. 23, 2024, at the age of 95.  We would like for you to join us in the Celebration of Life for Dorothy Bloomquist …
Death notices
William Deschamps, 67, of Ridgefield, died June 4. Arrangements are under the care of Northwood Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 360-574-4252. Lola R. Schreiner, 87, of Vancouver, died June 2. …
In Loving Memory Of Joan Krebser March 9, 1930 ~ March 31, 2024
Joan Lawrason Krebser was born in Pekin, Illinois and moved to Ridgefield, Washington as a young child. She graduated from Ridgefield High School in the class of 1948. She then moved to Vancouver, …
In loving memory of Stanley Paul Sigrist: 1947-2024
Stanley Paul Sigrist was born to Julian Sigrist and Sybil (Charpilloz) Sigrist on July 15, 1947, in Vancouver, Washington. He passed away at home in Battle Ground, Washington, on March 30, 2024. …
In loving memory of Keith Curtis Hegge: 1988-2024
Keith Curtis “KC” Hegge, 36, of Ridgefield, Washington, passed away suddenly at his family home in Ridgefield on May 14, 2024. He was born March 15, 1988, to Don and Lucy Hegge. …
In loving memory of Heidi K. Leitgeb 1949-2024
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Heidi Leitgeb, a remarkable woman who touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her.  Heidi …