Local News
Clark County’s COVID-19 case rate and hospitalizations increase 
Clark County’s recent COVID-19 case rate continued to increase in the health department’s latest report.  Clark County Public Health’s May 12 report showed 149.6 COVID-19 …
Update: Clark County Sheriff’s Office locates missing, endangered man from Woodland 
Update: The Clark County Sheriff's Office announced Ismael Magan was found "alive and well." Magana has been reunited with his family. "The Clark County Sheriff's Office appreciates the public's …
Clark County Council approves redistricting map after public hearing 
Clark County now has an official map of its new council districts, although the move resulted in significant public pushback. During its May 11 meeting, the Clark County Council approved a …
AG announces completion of project to collect DNA samples from sex offenders
In an announcement on Tuesday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the completion of one phase of his office’s “lawfully owed DNA project,” an effort to collect DNA …
Battle Ground council discusses sales tax to fund road preservation
Battle Ground may place a sales tax measure on the ballot in order to fund road preservation. During meetings on April 18 and May 2, the Battle Ground City Council discussed the potential to enact …
Yale Valley library provides needed services to locals
A new library located next to Yale Elementary School has provided residents in the community with expanded resources since it opened in July of last year. The library was made possible through a …

New north county councilor favors facts, deliberation in government

The newest Clark County Council member knows he has his work cut out for him. Officially appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 29, Richard “Dick” Rylander was sworn in as the county …

Clark County Council considers another redistricting map as filing week approaches

The Clark County Council is now considering another redistricting map for its seatholders after its newest council member suggested a map that dates back to the group initially tasked with approving …

Lewis River Rotary to host Peace Pole dedication in Battle Ground

The Lewis River Rotary Club will host a Peace Pole dedication at Central Park in Battle Ground at 11 a.m. on May 14. Mike Robinson, chairman of the club’s community service committee, worked …

Sales tax to help fund body cameras set for August ballot

The Clark County Council is taking a second swing at a sales tax measure intended to fund a body-worn camera program for the sheriff’s department, this time attempting a measure explicitly …
State & Regional News
'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 …
Jaime Herrera Beutler announces art competition for high schoolers
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, recently announced her office is accepting submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school …
Democratic auto shop owner seeks Herrera Beutler’s seat
An auto shop owner on the east side of Washington’s Third Congressional District thinks her knowledge of navigating small businesses gives her a better perspective on Southwest …
Mount St. Helens begins to shed winter snow coat as road to Johnston Ridge opens
Mount St. Helens is an elusive wonder.  It steps out of the morning fog to offer majestic views, only to don a veil of clouds moments later. Still, the headless peak has become an icon of …
Inslee signs four more bills by local legislators
Gov. Jay Inslee’s slate of signed bills from the 2022 Legislative Session continues to grow, as four lawmakers representing north Clark County had their bills signed in the past two …
Opinion
Community
Community Calendar, May 11 edition
Mad Hatter’s: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13. Join the Battle Ground seniors for Mad Hatter’s at Red Robin, 1112 SW Scotton Way, Battle Ground. For more information, call Sharon Wodtke at …
Community Calendar, May 4 edition
Historical speaker series: Doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Join the Clark County Historical Museum for its 2022 speaker series as they welcome Jim Pestillo, who will …
Community Calendar, April 27 edition
Mitochondrial DNA webinar: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Join the Clark County Genealogical Society for a free webinar, “Wringing Every Drop Out of Mitochondrial DNA,” which will teach …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Battle Ground should approve zoning changes

Homelessness has become a crisis in towns and cities across the nation. If you talk to 100 unsheltered folk, you will hear 100 different reasons for being unsheltered. They include mental illness, …

Sports
Life

Selling and listing a home doesn’t have to be stressful

Listing and selling your home can be a fun process, especially when you are equipped with the best real estate listing agent and the best information. You’ll also want to set your house up in a …

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 Jeanette DuBravac: 1955-2022
Jeanette Marie DuBravac, age 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from interstitial lung disease and dermatomyositis. She was beloved by her friends and family and will be greatly …
In loving memory of Rufus Winters: Jan. 12, 1931 - Dec. 7, 2021
Rufus Carlton Winters, 90, of Battle Ground, Washington, passed away on Dec. 7, 2021, surrounded by family. Rufus was born to Nana Bland in Clayton, Alabama. Shortly after, they met Henry Winter, …
In loving memory of Margaret Anne Rodda: 1945-2022
 Margaret Anne (Chapman) Rodda was born Oct. 29, 1945 to Kenneth and Margaret (Bramhall) Chapman and died April 11, 2022 from cancer at home surrounded by her family. Margaret Anne was …
In loving memory of Robert LaZelle Anderson: May 29, 1932 - April 18, 2022
Rev. Robert L. Anderson, known to most people as Bob, answered the Lord’s call to return to His eternal home on April 18, 2022. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 29, 1932. He died …
In loving memory of Elton ‘Gerald’ Tikka
Elton Gerald Tikka passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Vancouver, Washington, to Franklin and Eleanor (Foley) Tikka. He married Judy Molyneux on March 18, 1966. They …
In loving memory of Orson Ravenberg: 1932-2022
Orson Duane Ravenberg was born on March 27, 1932 in Doty, Washington. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1950. After high school, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War …
In loving memory of Sarah Goss: 1959-2022 
Our beloved Sarah Frances Goss born in Owensboro, Kentucky on May 5, 1959, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022. She fought a long two-year battle with an aggressive brain tumor. She was …
In loving memory of John Lee Lasher: 1934-2022
Leaving a tractor-sized hole in our hearts, John Lee Lasher passed away on April 23, 2022, at 87 years old.  He was born on Sept. 23, 1934, to William and Christina in Raymond, Washington. He …
In loving memory of Lois Chapman: 1935-2022 
 Lois Shirley Chapman passed away on April 18, 2022, at the age of 87 in Yakima, Washington. Lois was born Jan. 9, 1935 in Astoria, Oregon to her parents Stan and Barbara Neururer. She was a …