Local News
Kalama fire now more than 200 acres
The Kalama fire in southeast Cowlitz County continues to burn with the latest estimates placing it at 224 acres as of press deadline. In its Sept. 18 update, the U.S. Forest Service reported the …
Former Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow to receive First Citizen Award for 2022
Ron Onslow, the former mayor of Ridgefield, has been honored with the 2022 First Citizen Award by the Greater Vancouver Chamber and Riverview Bank.  The award has honored a local member of …
Port of Woodland will review the potential of riverside development
The Port of Woodland is seeking to realize the potential of land it has owned for more than 60 years as it looks to balance industrial development with public access.  On Sept. 7, the port …
Rocksolid Community Teen Center receives $7,000 grant
The Rocksolid Community Teen Center recently received a $7,000 grant to support more than 80 youth in the Battle Ground area. The funds from the grant, which came from the Taco Bell Foundation, …
Woodland man accused of shooting handyman
A Woodland man faces assault and unlawful firearms possession charges after he allegedly shot a man in July who performed work for him. Joseph Ralls, 82, was scheduled for an arraignment hearing …
BGPS launches transitional kindergarten program
Battle Ground Public Schools introduced a transitional kindergarten program this year at some of its primary schools to help 3 and 4 year olds better prepare for kindergarten. Mike Michaud, the …

Woodland rescinds planning agreements with Cowlitz County

In an effort to better handle the potential for growth outside of city limits, Woodland has formally cut ties with Cowlitz County in regard to the city’s development planning. During its …

Artist opens tattoo shop in Ridgefield

Chelsea Stowers recently opened C. Rose Ink, a new tattoo shop in Ridgefield, in July.  Stowers opened the shop out of necessity to be closer to home. She previously worked at a tattoo shop …

Officials from North Clark County discuss transportation issues with state commission

The state-level body that helps steer transportation policy in Washington had a chance to hear directly from local officials last week on issues they face while trying to build and maintain roads in …

Clark County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board

Clark County is currently seeking applications for several positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board. The board is made up of an elected official, a community representative, and …
State & Regional News
White House: Nearly 900,000 borrowers in Washington, Idaho are eligible for student debt relief
WASHINGTON — Nearly 900,000 borrowers in Washington and Idaho are eligible to have thousands of dollars of student loans forgiven under President Joe Biden's new debt relief plan, according to …
Washington state of emergency set to end Oct. 31
The last of dozens of executive orders issued by Gov. Jay Inslee due to the COVID-19 pandemic will end by November, the governor announced last week. During a Sept. 8 press conference, Inslee …
Clark County-based organization, OSU study fisher reintroduction in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
As fishers are carnivorous cousins of wolverines and predators of porcupines, one may think researchers would be hesitant about tromping through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to find …
Republicans shut out of Secretary of State race as nonpartisan, Democrat move on
OLYMPIA — Washington voters will choose between a Democrat and a nonpartisan candidate for Secretary of State this November, bringing back a question asked many times before by candidates, …
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 …
Opinion
Community
Robotics club at Prairie High School receives $10,000 grant
The CloverBots 3674 robotics program at Prairie High School recently received a $10,000 grant through the annual Pegasus Award. The award is given out by Kent-based company Saxton Bradley, Inc., …
Community Calendar, Sept. 21 edition
Bingo: 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Join Battle Ground Elks Lodge No. 2589 for a game of bingo. All members and guests are welcome. It will be held at the Battle Ground Elks Lodge, 907 SE Grace …
Community Calendar, Sept. 14 edition
Creative cardmaking class: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Join senior citizens from Battle Ground as they make homemade greeting cards. A donation of $5 is suggested, but not …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Ridgefield teachers strike is illegal 

How many times have we heard “but it’s for the children?” This phrase is usually uttered by parents and community members when trying to pass a levy or bond issue. Well, this time …

Sports
Life

Caregiver shortage in Washington exacerbated by pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, Washington state faces an unprecedented caregiver shortage, which has left some senior citizens without the crucial care they …

Outdoors

WDFW announces 56 days of tentative coastal razor clam digs, beginning Sept. 22

Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) last week announced 56 tentative dates for razor clam digs at coastal beaches from Sept. 22 through Dec. 28. "The …

Obituaries
In loving memory of Carl Schwartz: 1947-2022
Carlyle Jacob Schwartz died on July 15, 2022, at home in Walla Walla, Washington, after several years of decline due to Parkinson’s disease.  Carl was born to Isaac and Leona (Wagner) …
In loving memory of Ruth Taylor: 1957-2022 
Ruth Ann Taylor, an Endicott resident, passed away at the Whitman Hospital in Colfax, Washington on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 65. She was born June 2, …
In loving memory of Marvin and Sibylla Sands
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at 11 a.m. for Marvin Eugene Sands and Sibylla Paull Sands at the Brush Prairie Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life gathering at …
In loving memory of Ella Remmick: 1920-2022
Ella Schaffer Remmick was called home to heaven Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Brush Prairie at the age of 102.  Ella was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Streeter, North Dakota, to Joseph and Rosina …
In loving memory of Russell Wadleigh
Russell Leonard Wadleigh passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, in Vancouver, Washington. He was 74 years old. Russ was born in 1948 to Russell and Lily Wadleigh in Manchester, New Hampshire. He …
In loving memory of Jaclyn Horton: 8/5/1984 - 7/18/2022 
Jaclyn Cheryl Horton (Jolma) was born in August of 1984 along with her twin brother, Jude, in Vancouver, Washington. They perfectly completed Jack and Char’s family and brought so much joy to …
In loving memory of Viola Arola: 1928-2022
Viola M. Arola left us for heaven on Aug. 18, 2022. She was born on July 21, 1928, to Hilda and Eugene O’Keefe in Hockinson. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for …
In loving memory of Paul Gerald Mattila: 1943-2022
Paul Gerald Mattila, 79, of Battle Ground, quietly went to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 17, 2022. He was surrounded by much of his large family.  Paul was born in Bessemer, Michigan, …
In loving memory of Jerome Rogauskas: 1945-2022
Jerome “Jerry” Rogauskas, was born on Sept. 22, 1945, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Lincoln City, Oregon.  He is preceded in death by …