Local News
Ridgefield native and first U-Haul employee Hap Carty dies at 95
U-Haul’s first employee and a member of a well-known Ridgefield family, William E. “Hap” Carty, died at the age of 95 in Tempe, Arizona, on June 24, the company announced. Hap …
New CAM Academy campus remains on schedule
The relocation of Battle Ground Public Schools’ CAM Academy is moving forward as scheduled, but the cost of a full buildout for modular classrooms at the district’s Lewisville Campus are …
Woodland Police Department recovers backpack with $27,000 in cash, over 200 fentanyl pills
Officers from the Woodland Police Department responded to Walmart just before 5:25 p.m. on June 29 to a found property call where they discovered a backpack that contained $27,000 in cash and over …
Battle Ground Harvest Days to feature cruise, fireworks and other activities
Battle Ground Harvest Days is set to bring the community together yet again for a fun-filled two-day festival in July. Organizer Kendra Laratta noted the event will be different this year, but …
Ridgefield schools to run replacement levy in August election
The Ridgefield School District has put a replacement levy on the August ballot to help fund a variety of its operations. If approved by a majority of voters in the district, the levy is projected …
Cowlitz Tribe awards grant to support home improvement program for veterans
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe recently awarded a $7,500 grant to support an ongoing veteran home improvement project titled Operation Home Rescue. The program, operated by TMG Cares, aims to assist …

Clark County courts warn residents of scam calls relating to jury service

Clark County is warning its residents of a scam involving jury services. Scammers have called citizens to tell them they have missed jury service and must either meet with someone or provide …

Clark County seeks applicants for its parks advisory board

Clark County is looking to fill four vacancies on its seven-member parks advisory board. The four terms will begin immediately. The advisory board advises the Clark County Council and county staff …

Woodland Grocery Outlet kicks off annual food drive

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market at 1325 Lewis River Road, in Woodland has launched its 12th annual Independence from Hunger Food Drive, which will run through July 31. The drive aims to help …

Battle Ground Police Department receives $413,000 in federal spending plan

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler recently announced she helped secure $413,000 in federal funds to improve Battle Ground’s safety and emergency response capabilities. As a senior member …
State & Regional News
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 …
Rep. Herrera Beutler introduces bipartisan bill aiming to increase the number of police officers
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, recently introduced legislation addressing staffing shortages among police departments in Southwest Washington and the country more …
Scenes from Mount St. Helens a week after the aftermath
May 18 marked the 42nd anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. At 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens collapsed in the largest landslide in recorded history following a magnitude …
'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 …
Opinion
Community
Community Calendar, July 6 edition
Mad Hatter’s: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8. Join the Battle Ground seniors for Mad Hatter’s at Brush Prairie Bar and Grill, 14925 NE Caples Road, Brush Prairie. For more information, call …
Community Calendar, June 29 edition
Yacolt Rendezvous Days: July 1 to July 4. Join the Yacolt community as they celebrate their annual Rendezvous Days. The event will feature a 5K or 10K run or walk during the Bigfoot Fun Run on July 2 …
Community Calendar, June 22 edition
Surplus sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. The Ridgefield School District will hold a surplus sale featuring bookshelves, desks, file cabinets, shelving, Chromebooks, desktop computers, …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: It costs a lot to support a growing child or a single mom

The recent abortion/choice debate has thrown a light on the five states with the strictest anti-abortion laws. Except for Idaho, the others are among those with the worst records for early child …

Sports
Life

Battle Ground horse therapy practice will expand business to Brush Prairie

Healing Steps, a horse therapy center in Battle Ground, recently acquired land to expand its business into Brush Prairie. Owner Kelsey Herman said the expansion will help cut down on an over …

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 Dorothy Mae Phillips  
A resident of Ridgefield since 1955, Dorothy Mae Phillips passed away May 28, 2022, at the home she built with her husband Roy. Born in Chadron, Nebraska, she moved to Vancouver with family in her …
In loving memory of David Sonntag: 1942-2022
David Karl Sonntag peacefully passed away on May 23, 2022, at his home in Kalispell, Montana. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, he was 79 years old. David was born in Vancouver, …
In loving memory of Bruce Larson: 1935-2022
Bruce Earl Larsen was born June 9, 1935, at his aunt Mary’s home, the son of the late Thorvel and Violet (Theilman) Larsen. He returned home to Mist, Oregon, that week. At the age of 9, he …
In loving memory of David Jay Mitcham: May 19, 1959 - June 3, 2022 
David Mitcham passed away June 3, 2022.  David was the son of Jay and Joyce Mitcham. He was a lifelong Clark County resident. He grew up in Hockinson and graduated from Battle Ground High …
In loving memory of David Creagan: 1960-2022
David “Dave” Allen Creagan, 61, passed away May 28, 2022, at Kaiser Sunnyside with his wife Brenda at his side. Living most of his life in Clark County, Dave was born in El Paso, Texas on …
In loving memory of Craig Maki: 1956-2022 
Craig Edward Maki peacefully passed away on June 8, 2022, at the age of 65. He resided in Battle Ground, Washington. Craig is survived by two sisters, Pam Minor (Dave) and Karen Maki, brother Curt …
In loving memory of Patty Sue Darden: 1934-2022 
After a brave battle with Alzheimer’s, Patty Sue Darden passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her devoted husband George; brother Jesse Saunders and his …
In loving memory of Cheryl Bellomy: 1957-2022 
Cheryl Kay Bellomy was born in Vancouver, Washington, on April 24, 1957. She passed away peacefully due to complications with her health on Friday, May 27, 2022.  Cheryl loved everything …
In loving memory of Dolores J. Tracy: November 1933 - April 2022
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Dolores Tracy, a kind and generous woman who lived a long, adventure-filled life in her own way and on her own terms. Were you to see her in the store …