Local News
Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducts stolen vehicle emphasis 
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a “high intensity” stolen vehicle emphasis in a response to what the department said was a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles …
Battle Ground Public Schools offers summer meals program
Children and teens who are 18 years old or younger can enjoy a free breakfast and lunch in Battle Ground this summer through the Summer Food Services Program. Funded through a grant from the U.S. …
Fire marshal’s office releases safety tips for fireworks 
The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued safety tips for fireworks to help keep the holiday safe and enjoyable.  Its list of recommendations include:  Purchase …
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 …
Motorcyclist killed in North Clark County collision 
A motorcyclist died in a collision in North Clark County after crossing the centerline and colliding with an oncoming 2016 Ford Expedition on Wednesday, June 29. In a news release, the Clark …
Sheriff candidates detail their experience, goals for office
The three candidates seeking to replace Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins addressed issues facing the office during a June 23 candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Clark …

Local lawmakers react to overturn of Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule on a case that resulted in the effective overturning of abortion protections from Roe v. Wade has elicited a range of responses from local …

Yacolt’s Rendezvous Days will return on July 1-4

With Yacolt’s Rendezvous Days just around the corner, the community is ready for the annual festival which has become a staple in town. The four-day event will kick off on Friday, July 1 …

Fireworks on sale though discharge in Clark County is limited

Fireworks for the Fourth of July went on sale June 28 in much of the county, though lighting them off is confined to only Independence Day per county code. “Even though fireworks are offered …

North Clark County council district candidates discuss issues in forum

The 2022 primary election is only five weeks away and candidates for Clark County Council’s newest district stated their cases for election as part of a recent series of forums During a June …
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, 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, …
Community Calendar, June 15 edition
Planters Days: June 16 to June 19. Join the Woodland community for the city’s 100th Planters Days celebration, which will feature a parade, car show, vendors, a bingo bash, fireworks, and …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: I fear the problem is beyond anyone’s ability to solve

Placing the current gas crises at the feet of the president and his administration is short sighted and stupid. It is true that there are things the government could do or not do that might relieve …

Sports
Life

Junk Management turns trash into treasure

Dan Cain, the owner of Clark County-based Junk Management, uses his expertise to turn one person’s trash into a treasure for others. His business salvages junk from people’s property …

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 …