Local News
Latest state revenue forecast better than expected
The latest revenue forecast for Washington state has exceeded prior expectations, though one North Clark County senator and Republican budget leader has warned of an upcoming financial …
Neighbors Helping Neighbors hits four decades of service
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, about a dozen volunteers were busy packing boxes in the historic Lambert School in Ridgefield. Just in time for the holidays, boxes came with a turkey among the …
Sen. Lynda Wilson calls for reversal of 2021 change in Washington’s ‘three strikes’ law
State Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, released a statement last week demanding a 2021 change in state law be reversed, arguing the change will allow a Clark County child-murderer to go …
Battle Ground police announce state accreditation
The Battle Ground Police Department has received accreditation from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), the department announced last week. The four-year …
Students from Wisdom Ridge Academy visit historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill
Students from Wisdom Ridge Academy were able to take a step back into history as they visited the iconic Cedar Creek Grist Mill during a field trip. The mill, which has been nestled in a thick, …
Tree lighting events set for this weekend
The Christmas season will officially begin this weekend as cities in North Clark County host their respective tree lighting ceremonies. Kicking off the festivities on Friday, Dec. 2, will be …

Two Woodland officers injured after man rams patrol cars

A man rammed two patrol cars at the Walmart in Woodland on Nov. 22 as he attempted to flee the store after the police department responded to a theft in progress report.  In a social media …

Infrastructure a major focus in Ridgefield’s 2023 budget

Ridgefield’s city budget for 2023 includes an increase of more than 40% from this year, with much of it going to road projects to support the growing city. The Ridgefield City Council is set …

Sheriff’s deputies find card skimmers at 7-11 stores in Hazel Dell, Orchards

Deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office have discovered two card skimmers at local 7-11 stores, the sheriff’s office said. On Friday, Nov. 25, employees of a 7-11 store in …

Woodland planning changes may be reversed after backlash from Cowlitz County

Recent changes to Woodland’s land use planning focused on the Bottoms region located outside of city limits could be rescinded due to legal action by Cowlitz County. During its Nov. 21 …
State & Regional News
Timberland Regional Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with special library card
The Timberland Regional Library (TRL) recently unveiled a new, custom-designed library card in honor of Native American Heritage Month.  The card is designed by Ovila Mailhot, a Coast Salish …
Closures on razor clam digs continue on all coastal beaches due to rise in marine toxins
The recreational razor clam season on all coastal beaches remains closed until further notice, shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced last …
Makeup, leadership of state Legislature almost finalized ahead of 2023 session
OLYMPIA — Not much will change in the Washington state Legislature next session, despite hopes from Republicans that they could take control of at least one chamber. Democrats will enter …
Gifford Pinchot National Forest improvement project proposals sought by Dec. 6
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is accepting proposals for forest improvement projects, funded by the Secure Rural Schools program, from now through Dec. 6. Volunteer and nonprofit organizations, …
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway at Mount St. Helens closes for winter
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway at Mount St. Helens closed for the season on Thursday, Nov. 10. Maintenance crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the gate to the upper …
Incumbent Sen. Patty Murray sails through to sixth term
BELLEVUE — Despite what many thought would be a closer-than-normal race, 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray easily defeated her Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley, giving her a sixth …
WDFW records cougar attacks on wolves; four confirmed since 2013
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  recently reported evidence that cougars are killing wolves in Washington.  By using radio collar data, WDFW staff were able to …
Democrat Patty Murray seeks reelection after 30 years for Washington in U.S. Senate
In the 1992 election, Patty Murray became the first woman to represent Washington in the U.S. Senate.  Thirty years later, the “mom in tennis shoes” — a title she’s …
Tiffany Smiley seeks to become Washington’s first Republican U.S. Senator since 2001
Laying equal claim to the relatable mom Sen. Patty Murray, D-Bothell, has long marketed herself as, Tiffany Smiley, R-Pasco, is taking on the sixth most senior senator in the United States in the …
Third Congressional District candidates spar in debate
Both candidates seeking to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler for Washington’s Third Congressional District seat had a chance to go head-to-head in a debate in Vancouver last …
Opinion
Community
Community Calendar, Nov. 30 edition
Holiday tree lighting celebration: 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Join the Battle Ground community as they celebrate during the annual tree lighting celebration at the Battle Ground Community Center. …
Battle Ground Senior Citizens honor veterans during luncheon
The Battle Ground Senior Citizens group honored area veterans at its Nov. 14 luncheon by reading out the names of individuals grouped by their branch of service. A news release stated 145 guests …
Community Calendar, Nov. 23 edition
Wreath making workshop: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. Experts will guide two sessions of a wreath making workshop. All materials and refreshments will be provided. …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Science in particular benefits from freedom of speech

I would like to help solve the “gender education crisis” in our schools. Our youngest school children are being taught nonsense about sex and gender by well-meaning but confused …

Sports
Life

How to pet proof your home when decking the halls

The holiday season is a special time of year. Many factors combine to make the holiday season so unique and festive, and that includes all the effort people put into decorating their homes. Much …

Outdoors

WDFW: Black Friday fishing set for Washington lakes, ponds

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced it is in the process of stocking rainbow trout in lakes around the state in preparation for Black Friday on …

Obituaries
In loving memory of Patricka McKey: 1932-2022  
Patricka Ann DeMasters McKey was born Feb. 6, 1932, to Orval and Pearl Davis DeMasters in Saticoy, California. She died Nov. 2, 2022, in Brush Prairie, Washington at age 90.  She married Ivie …
In loving memory of Harold McCarty: 1919-2022 
Harold Roy “Mac” McCarty, of Salmon Creek, passed away at the age of 103 in the early morning of Nov. 2, 2022. He was born in Billings, Montana to Roy and Rose McCarty.  In July …
In loving memory of Charles Cal Johnson: 1940-2022 
Charles Cal Johnson passed away peacefully in Junction City, Oregon, in his golf cart in a strawberry patch on June 30, 2022. He was 82.  He was born on March 9, 1940, to William Calaham Johnson …
In loving memory of Carl Lloyd Asch: 1935-2022 
Carl Lloyd Asch, 87, of Ridgefield, Washington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his home on Oct. 29, 2022.  Carl was born on May 5, 1935, the only son of Delora Mae Brown and …
In loving memory of Roy Manasco: 1960-2022
Roy James Manasco, at the young age of 62, passed peacefully on Sept. 28, 2022.  Roy was a son to Jerry and Dorothy Manasco; baby brother to Peggy, Linda and Maryanne; and father to Angela, …
In loving memory of Thomas McDowell: Dec. 6, 1940 - Oct. 5, 2022
Thomas Roy McDowell slipped quietly from this earth on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, to be with his Heavenly Father. Tom is survived by his wife, of 58 years, Dianne; his children Tammy McDowell, of …
In loving memory of Walter Andersen: 1952-2022
Walter “Butch” Andersen died on Oct. 15, 2022, at home in Longview after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1952, Butch moved …
In loving memory of Dennis Williams: 1955-2022
We are sad to announce the passing of Dennis Williams, of Battle Ground, Washington. He will be greatly missed and will always hold a place in our hearts. He was 67 years old.  Dennis was …
In loving memory of Vicki L. Ruestig: 1940-2022
Vicki L. Ruestig passed away on Oct. 1, 2022, at home with her family around her. She was 82.  Vicki was born in Stewart, Nebraska to John and Maria Deseive on Feb. 14, 1940. The family moved …