Port of Kalama announces lease for proposed methanol facility will end

The proposed $2 billion methanol production facility in Kalama is likely out of gas as the city’s port says the project backers will end their lease. On June 11, the Port of Kalama announced …
Local News
Woodland council mulls change of government structure
The conversation to change how Woodland government operates is back before council following a workshop session that considered putting the decision back on the ballot after voters rejected the move …
Battle Ground business owner to receive technology makeover
As a child, Elizabeth Gomez spent hours in her grandfather’s woodshop constructing various pieces of artwork. Each colorful, wooden barrel or handcrafted birdhouse had a …
Herrera Beutler introduces bill requiring search warrant for geolocation data
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pushing for legislation that would require government agencies to obtain a search warrant to access data to pinpoint a citizen’s location through mobile …
Ariel man charged with attempted murder
An Ariel man received attempted murder charges after police say he was seen on camera loosening the lug nuts on his former partner’s vehicle, with one wheel almost coming off before the victim …
Battle Ground councilor Dalesandro resigns
Battle Ground City Council will have to pick a new member ahead of the seat’s election this year as councilor and former mayor Mike Dalesandro announced his resignation last week. During …
Woodland royalty to compete for queen title
At age nine, Caitlin Daniels saw her babysitter crowned as Miss Woodland. That memory in part inspired Daniels to try to become royalty for Woodland Planters Days. “I looked up to her and …
Woodland Planters Days set to celebrate 99 years of traditions
The Woodland Planters Days celebration will return for its 99th year with mostly virtual programming this month, except for an in-person “reverse parade.” The reverse parade will …
Inslee: State on the brink of looser COVID restrictions
The number of Washington residents who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot is getting closer to the threshold needed to largely return to pre-pandemic operations earlier than the current …
Summer day camps planned for Ridgefield through YMCA
Children can attend a variety of week-long summer day camps this year hosted by the City of Ridgefield and the Clark County Family YMCA. The camps will include different activities aimed at …
More local news
To increase positive economic impacts, the city of Battle Ground is offering grants to establish local programs in hopes of attracting tourists. The grants will contribute funds for program …
Three law enforcement officers and the suspect who led a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 on June 3 have been identified by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Team. The officers …
The Port of Woodland Commission sold a 2-acre parcel of land to Taylor Trucking, owned by its parent company MMR Enterprises, at the Schurman Way Industrial Park. The property, near Guild Road and …
Business
County seeks business community member to serve on the Arts Commission

Clark County is looking to fill a volunteer position on the Clark County Arts Commission. The position is open to all members of the business community. The term is four years in length and begins …

State & Regional News
In Victory for Cantwell and Other Northwest Senators, Senate Passes Rare Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Outcompeting China
WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan vote following weeks of haggling and delays, on Tuesday the Senate passed a roughly $250 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. technology sector's ability to …
As Lawsuit Against Inslee Gets Supreme Court Hearing, Lawmakers, Activists Express Concerns for Future Compromises
OLYMPIA — As Gov. Jay Inslee faces a lawsuit from the state Legislature over line-item vetoes he issued on climate bills last month, some lawmakers and activists worry what Inslee's veto power …
Federal memo outlines constraints on Interstate 5 bridge replacement
The work to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge hit an unexpected constraint in its planning process as federal agencies indicated it couldn’t make large changes to a 10-year-old …
State Republican leaders decry L&I’s new mask guidance
Washington state’s newest relaxation of COVID-19 mask guidance may represent a return to normal, but new mandates requiring employees to prove their vaccination status before working unmasked …
State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to be cautious during yardwork
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents to use extra caution when doing yard work as part of Wildfire Awareness Month. More than 1,500 wildfires were reported in 2020, and …
New state COVID-19 vaccine incentives include $1 million “Shot of a Lifetime”
People who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine now have more reasons why they might reconsider as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Shot of a Lifetime” incentives …
No Discover Pass needed on Juneteenth, state land managers say
Following passage of a bill designating Juneteenth a state holiday, recreationalists now won’t need to display a Discovery Pass for day-use parking at many Washington state public lands during …
Inslee pushes COVID-19 vaccinations, defends climate change vetoes in interview
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that if sports fans want to root on the Cougars and Huskies this fall in-person, the best way to make that happen is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. "It's a distinct …
Washington state officials warn of record-breaking wildfire season to come
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight …
Inslee signs capital gains tax into law
A 7 percent tax on capital gains is now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the long-awaited bill on Tuesday, May 4, but there could still be a long way to go until it is implemented.The tax has been a …
Opinion
Community
Clark County COVID-19: county in range for rollback to Phase 2 next week
Both Clark County’s recent COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are high enough that the county would move back into Phase 2 of “Healthy Washington” reopening if numbers don’t drop. Clark …
Inslee visits Fort Vancouver to promote ‘Take It Outside’ campaign
Gov. Jay Inslee urged local residents to “Take It Outside” and visit Washington’s state and national parks as a free way to weather the COVID-19 pandemic this summer. In a statement to the …
Inslee warns of ‘COVID 2.0’
Gov. Jay Inslee is warning of “a more powerful and dangerous threat” in the ongoing pandemic that he called “COVID 2.0” while urging more vaccinations in an effort to stop an increase in …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Reminding us what Memorial Day really means

During this past Memorial Day all Ace Hardware stores were giving American Flags to  anyone who asked for one. Thank you Ace Hardware for giving back to the community, and reminding us what …

Letter to the editor: Elimination of HSRG is a huge win

There’s a long list of what is causing salmon problems, including denial. Science lollygagging is the issue. Mismanagement has decimated salmon life, stole every part of what works, locked it …

Letter to the editor: Voting is a foundational right  of democracy

My neighbor and I met over our driveways a couple of days ago retrieving our Columbians. “Good news and bad,” she said, pointing to a headline. “Bad because of this, and good …
Life, Sports & Outdoors
Life
‘It’s a wretched disease’: Local woman raises funds for Alzheimer’s

Over 120,000 Washington residents currently live with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. For Colleen Hoss, the disease means more to her than a statistic. …

Talks bring awareness to Clark County seniors every month The Clark County Commission on Aging has hosted educational talks for several years, but once the pandemic hit, the agency took a different approach. Typically, the commission would bring in …
HOPE bridges distance between caregivers, resources for dementia When Lynn Crawford’s husband died as a result of Lewy Body dementia, she turned her attention to supporting families and caregivers who needed more resources to care for loved ones with the …
Ridgefield students partner up with local coffee business Students in Andrea Reinertson’s business marketing two class applied concepts taught through textbooks to help a Ridgefield business operate. The Birds and the Beans coffee shop, 510 Pioneer …
Sports
Hockinson fourth quarter rally not enough against W.F. West in 2A District 4 semifinals

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 …
La Center baseball takes 1A District title for first time The La Center Wildcats finished their shortened 2021 baseball season in record-breaking fashion as they took home the 1A District title for the first time in school history after a 6-5 win over the …
Ridgefield High School senior finishes season with personal record Ridgefield High School senior Cade Bringhurst knocked in the final putt of his high school career at Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview on the afternoon of March 28, ending with a score of 65 …
Outdoors
Mount St. Helens beckoned climbers on final day of permit free climbs

Neal Kirby, an avid hiker, was among dozens of climbers to take advantage of the last day to ascend to the summit of Mount St. Helens without a permit on March 31.  Kirby, 68 of Centralia, …

Ape Cave to reopen with a new reservation system   Located on the south side of Mount St. Helens, the popular Ape Cave Interpretive Site will reopen to the public on May 18. The site was closed to the public in Spring 2020 in response to the …
Washington State Parks recruiting for permanent and seasonal Park Ranger 1 positions Washington State Parks is hiring for many different Park Ranger 1 positions across the state. Both permanent and seasonal positions are available. Those in the Park Ranger 1 position have the …
Washington State Parks Commission to meet Jan. 28 The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its next regular meeting virtually on Thursday, Jan. 28. At the meeting, the Commission is expected to take action on the United States …
Obituaries
Lawrence Fox
Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Fox was “born in ‘42” to parents, Frances J. Court and Alphonse P. Fox, of Vancouver, Wash. He lived in Clark County all his life. He passed away …
Cecil Felix Kopman
Cecil Felix Kopman was born in Brookings, S.D. on May 6, 2019 to Chance and Natasha (Reddig) Kopman. He was baptized into the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Lake Norden, S.D.; He spent most of his …
Roy Elmer
Roy Elmer, 97, died at his Battle Ground, Wash., May 25, 2020. He was born at Red Cross Outpost, Bengough, Saskatchewan. His family had a farm near the Village of Viceroy.The family moved to …
Margaret (Ferguson) Beck: 1941-2021
On May 24, 2021, Margaret (Ferguson) Beck passed away peacefully at home next to her husband of 59 years, James, and surrounded by her children, Jennifer, Jonathan, and David. She leaves two loving …
Mindy Michelle Sarkkinen: 2001-2021
Mindy Michelle Sarkkinen was born Sept. 11, 2001, in Vancouver, Wash. She was God’s own and he took her to Heaven May 23, 2021, at the age of 19. Mindy was a member of the Old Apostolic …
Charles E. Rhodes
Charles E. Rhodes, 91, passed away Monday, May 17, 2021, at the Woodland Retirement Center in Lacey, Wash. Charles was born April 13, 1930, in Wathena, Kans. He was the son of A.L. Rhodes and Ethel …