Susan J. Parrish

Storyteller, writer, editor, journalist, video content creator, web content creator, education writer, grant writer, project manager

United States

Journalist, writer, researcher, video interviewer, storyteller covering education, business and entrepreneurs, green energy, sustainable living, health, rural life, farm-to-table enterprises, the outdoors, small/tiny living, travel

Communications Consultant, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington (2019-present)
Award-winning education reporter, The Columbian newspaper, Vancouver, Washington (2012-2016).

Writing and community relations for book and event marketing, American Red Cross and a nonprofit partner of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a national park.

[email protected]

Portfolio

Latest stories

Clark College Foundation
11/17/2022
Clark adjusts enrollment process with guided pathways

The first time Sarah Mendoza-Alvarado tried to enroll at Clark, she was foiled by frustrating computer errors. But a redesigned enrollment process made for a much smoother experience when she tried again, two years later. It's just one way that Clark's guided pathways transformation has better equipped the college to serve the community.

Clark College Foundation
08/10/2022
'The guru of old growth' has roots in Clark College

Clark alumnus Jerry Franklin '55 spent just one academic year at Clark College but said it formed the foundation of his illustrious career in forest ecology. His research changed the way we think about old growth forests. He helped draft the Northwest Forest Plan, a guideline for maintaining old growth ecosystems that transformed logging practices-and logging towns-throughout the region.

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Simulated Car Accident: Patient Care in Six Clark College Health Programs

Are you interested in a career in health care, but are unsure of which specific path is best for you? At Clark College, you can pursue many pathways to a rewarding career in health care. In this video, you’ll see real Clark College health care students and faculty providing care to a patient in a simulation setting. See students who are training to pursue careers as Emergency Medical Technicians, Registered Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians, Phlebotomy Technicians, Medical Assistants and health...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
EMT Emergency Medical Technician at Clark College

Meet our Emergency Medical Technician students and faculty at Clark College Do you remain calm when helping people who are experiencing a medical emergency? Do you want to pursue a career in the medical field with a focus on pre-hospital emergency care? At Clark College, you can earn your EMT certificate and step into a rewarding, fast-paced career where you’ll respond to medical emergencies, provide life-saving care, and make a difference in people’s lives every day. Pursue your passion...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Phlebotomy at Clark College

Meet our Phlebotomy students and faculty at Clark College Interested in a health care career in Phlebotomy? Phlebotomy technicians work directly with patients to collect blood samples and bio-fluids. Having blood drawn can produce anxiety for many, but an empathetic, competent phlebotomist can transform a blood draw into an easy experience. In Clark College’s Phlebotomy program, you can earn your Certificate of Achievement in just nine months and be equipped for a career with many...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Nursing at Clark College

Meet our Nursing students and faculty at Clark College Are you a compassionate person who wants to seek a career in health care? At Clark College, you can pursue a rewarding career as a registered nurse (RN), a licensed health care professional with a dynamic, essential role on the health care team. Nursing is a fast-paced, in-demand job with opportunities to work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and many other settings. Pursue your passion for helping others. Find out if...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Medical Assisting at Clark College

Meet our Medical Assisting students and faculty at Clark College Do you enjoy helping people and making a difference in their lives? Are you interested in a health care career where you’ll work directly with patients and medical providers? At Clark College, you can pursue a rewarding career as a Medical Assistant, a fast-paced, in-demand job with opportunities to work in hospitals, clinics and other settings. Pursue your passion for helping others. Find out if a career as a Medical...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Health Information Management at Clark College

Meet our Health Information Management students and faculty at Clark College Interested in a career in the medical field, but not direct patient care? Do you have an aptitude for computers and technology? Consider a career in Health Information Management, which combines data management with the proper handling of sensitive medical records. This in-demand career path is a mixture of business, science, technology and security. At Clark College, you can earn an Associate in Applied...

Clark College YouTube
07/01/2022
Pharmacy Technician at Clark College

Meet our Pharmacy Technician students and faculty at Clark College Interested in a career in health care? Do you enjoy helping people and making a difference in their lives? Consider the Pharmacy Technician program at Clark College, where you’ll learn to support licensed pharmacists by preparing medications and assisting patients. You’ll be ready to step into a fast-paced career with opportunities to work in hospitals, retail pharmacies, clinics, long-term care facilities and more. Pursue...

Video Storytelling

Clark College Guided Pathways
03/30/2022
Business & Entrepreneurship at Clark College

Proud of this team effort--a video geared for prospective students interested in a career in business. I vetted and interviewed students and alumni to find those with compelling stories; arranged/directed video captures, coached video subjects during on-camera speaking roles, wrote scripts, pulled out the best lines from each capture, helped video producer pull out the very best stuff, wrote screen titles

Clark College Guided Pathways
03/30/2022
Public Service, Society & Education at Clark College

Proud of this team effort--a video geared for prospective students interested in a career in public service, society or education fields. I vetted and interviewed students and alumni to find those with compelling stories; arranged/directed video captures, coached video subjects during on-camera speaking roles, wrote scripts, pulled out the best lines from each capture, helped video producer pull out the very best stuff, wrote screen titles

Clark College Guided Pathways
03/30/2022
Creative & Communication Arts at Clark College

Proud of this team effort--a video geared for prospective students interested in a career in a creative field. I vetted and interviewed students and alumni to find those with compelling stories; arranged/directed video captures, coached video subjects during on-camera speaking roles, wrote scripts, pulled out the best lines from each capture, helped video producer pull out the very best stuff, wrote screen titles

Clark College Guided Pathways: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
08/31/2021
Clark College ESL to Career

I was on the team that created this video to encourage English language learners to consider taking ESL classes at Clark College in order to get the foundation to pursue a rewarding career. My roles: brainstorming with team, script writing, Zoom pre-interviewing, in-person video interviewing, helping organize video captures, pulling out best quotes, editing, on-screen titles

Clark College Guided Pathways: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
08/17/2021
Healthcare and Biosciences programs at Clark College

I was on the team that created this video to encourage prospective community college students to consider pursuing a career in healthcare via Clark College. My roles: brainstorming with team, script writing, Zoom pre-interviewing, in-person video interviewing, helping organize video captures, pulling out best quotes, editing, on-screen titles

Clark College Guided Pathways: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
08/17/2021
Transitional Studies video: Clark College

This video targets English language learners or people who did not complete high school and through student success stories, encourages them to consider enrolling in Clark College Transitional Studies programs to improve their English language skills through ESL or to earn their high school diploma or GED. My tasks: brainstorming with team, writing script, conducting Zoom pre-interviews, conducting in-person video interviews, organizing video captures; pulling out best quotes, editing to...

Explainer Videos

YouTube
07/29/2021
Paying for College

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YouTube
07/29/2021
English and Math Placement

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YouTube
07/29/2021
Applying to Clark

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Most recent stories

oregonlive
11/26/2021
Christmas trees may cost more this holiday season after a challenging year for growers

This year has been exceptionally challenging for Oregon's 400 Christmas tree growers. A heat dome that trapped hot ocean air in late June raised temperatures up to 117 degrees, scorching mature trees and killing seedlings. A summer of weeks without rain didn't help matters. Then add staffing and supply chain disruptions and rising fuel costs.

Clark College Foundation
11/19/2021
Online learning is the way of the future

Clark College started offering online courses in 2005, way before the pandemic. A generous alumnus became interested in what was then a new form of learning and donated to fund new online programs. Today, Clark has 13 online degree programs that students can complete without ever setting foot on campus.

The Columbian
10/10/2021
Sisterhood of breast cancer survivors leads the way

By Susan Parrish for The Columbian Published: October 10, 2021, 5:50am Updated: October 7, 2021, 1:40pm 360-952-3814; [email protected]; pinklemonadeproject.org Programs include: Pink Peers, mentorships matching women recently diagnosed with breast cancer with a trained mentor who is a breast cancer survivor. Retreats at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Ore.

Clark College During the Pandemic

Clark
06/23/2021
A passion for education

Scholarship recipient works full-time job as Head Start preschool teacher-while juggling studies, family responsibilities Ever since he was a 10-year-old boy growing up in Kenya, Moses Kimeli Korir dreamed of being a teacher.

Clark
06/16/2021
Celebrating Juneteenth

College hosts drive-through cookout honoring the emancipation of Black enslaved people Clark College celebrated the emancipation of Black enslaved people with its inaugural Juneteenth Drive-Through Cookout on Friday, June 11. The event was organized by the college's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and culinary programs. Clark College's McClaskey Culinary Institute and ODEI provided 100 boxed lunches for students.

Clark
04/27/2021
Overcoming obstacles, pursuing their dreams

Students share their struggles of losing jobs, housing-even their country-while navigating college during the global pandemic Clark College students shared the obstacles they have overcome during the pandemic during "Student Voices: The Realities of Being a College Student during COVID."

Clark
02/08/2021
College and quarantine ... with kids

How parent students are coping--and how Clark College helps Being a college student during the COVID-19 pandemic can be tricky enough, but it becomes exponentially more challenging when you're also taking care of young children whose school or child care facility has been closed or moved online.

Clark
02/02/2021
Student Parent Profile: Monserrat Soriano

"This is not the way it's supposed to happen, but that's all we got." Monserrat Soriano is a full-time Clark College student on track to complete the Administrative Assistant and Management program in Spring 2021.

Clark
02/02/2021
Student Parent Profile: Samantha Golden

"You can't be 100 percent all the time." Nursing student Samantha Golden will receive her associate degree from Clark in June 2021, and then will transfer to WSU Vancouver to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She attends Clark full-time and supervises her three children and their online learning.

Clark
12/30/2020
A welcome sign for Dreamers

Clark College unveils a new, student-designed logo to signal "safe spaces" for the undocumented Being a college student can be stressful for anyone, but it carries an extra layer of anxiety for the undocumented. Will they be able to access financial aid? Will they be asked for a Social Security Number?

Clark
11/09/2020
Penguins feeding Penguins

Since the global pandemic began, Penguin Pantry -the college's on-campus food bank for students-has doubled the amount of food it distributes monthly. It typically has distributed one box of shelf-stable food and a loaf of bread donated by community partners. Now Clark College is partnering with its own instructional programs to increase the food support it provides to students.

Clark
10/26/2020
For welding, an almost seamless transition

Studying safely is easier when face masks are part of your basic lab gear When COVID-19 switched Clark College's spring quarter classes from on-campus to online learning, Welding Technologies students were ahead of the curve-and therefore were not as affected as other programs with hands-on labs.

Clark
09/21/2020
Finding his wavelength

Clark College sophomore Nick Gibson successfully pursued two hands-on community journalism opportunities over the summer. The experience he gained will enhance his job as editor-in-chief of Clark's student news magazine, ,for the 2020-21 academic year. His first project was working as a news intern at The Columbian, Vancouver's daily newspaper.

Clark
08/07/2020
Dental clinic re-opens

Quick work and detailed planning allow Dental Hygiene program to safely keep training students and serving the community For 51 years, Clark College's dental hygiene clinic provided affordable dental service to the community-until the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close in spring term.

Clark
07/16/2020
Automotive Technology steers through challenges

When COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench in the program's gears, faculty got creative to keep students learning When Clark College made the switch to online instruction during COVID-19, students showed their tenacity by adapting to new ways of learning. But some challenges take more than determination to overcome.

Clark
08/04/2020
Sharing their stories

Two members of the Clark College community shared their experiences of being Black in Vancouver during a public online event held on July 30. Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Rashida Willard and marketing professor Nathan Webster were among four speakers who told their stories during " Listen to Learn & Lead: Stories from our Black Community."

Clark
06/24/2020
Getting to know Dr. Karin Edwards

As she begins her Clark College presidency on June 22, Clark 24/7 sat down with Dr. Karin Edwards to learn a little bit more about her life, her outlook on higher education, and her experience guiding a college-in her former capacity as president of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College-through a global pandemic.

Clark
06/12/2020
When your internship is in the middle of a pandemic

When COVID-19 closed bakeries, Clark College found a way for students to continue learning When Sofiya Saakyan, a student in Clark College's Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program, called Baron Patisserie in early April to check on her planned spring quarter internship there, the bakery was closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Clark
05/29/2020
A Quick Study

With just a few weeks notice, Clark College faculty move their teaching online When Gov. Jay Inslee announced his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Clark College professors had less than a month to adapt about 2,000 classes' curriculum to be taught online.

Clark
04/29/2020
A Little Penguin's view of quarantine

One family talks about staying home from school, not seeing friends, and missing out on Pizza Day Clark 24/7 has been reaching out to members of the college community to learn how they're coping with, and adapting to, life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovation & Economic Development

The Columbian
01/31/2021
2021 Clark County Economic Forecast: Disruption

COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns devastated our economy, and particularly Main Street USA. Experts weigh in on how the pandemic changed business--and how businesses will move forward in 2021.

Recycling - Energy Efficiency - Green Energy

Ruralite Magazine
06/2018
Energy-Efficient Equipment Incentives

Agricultural conservation program offers rebates for energy-saving irrigation sprinkler packages, variable frequency drives and cattle fountain freeze-resistant water tanks

Clark College

The Columbian
On the hunt for extremophiles

Published: April 11, 2016, 6:05am High on Mount Erebus, Roberto Anitori climbed into an ice cave near the summit of the second-highest volcano in Antarctica. Although he stood on a massive 12,447-foot mountain, his research involved collecting samples of some of the tiniest organisms. Wearing gloves to maintain the integrity of the sample, he used a sterile spatula to scoop soil from the cave floor.

The Columbian
Clark College graduation: Inspired to help

Largest class in history, with 2,100 degrees and certificates. o About 750 graduates participated in the commencement. Top five degrees/certificates at Clark College in 2013-14 Associate in Arts: 522. Associate in Applied Science Nursing: 86. Associate in Applied Business Administration: 66. Associate in Applied Nursing WSU Vancouver: 41.

The Columbian
Inmates learn on their own time

YACOLT -- When Bruce Music opened the hood of a gray sedan in the auto shop, students wearing khaki pants and shirts gathered around and peered under the hood. Music, a Clark College automotive instructor, talked about the significance of the serpentine belt.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Ruralite Magazine
07/01/2020
Paving the Way to Valuable Skills

Scholarships help local students gain marketable trade skills and earn a living wage--with little or no debt

The Columbian
03/16/2016
Geometry in Construction students at Evergreen High help Habitat

Previously: Geometry in Construction students at Mountain View and Evergreen high schools teamed with Habitat for Humanity to build a modular house. Each school built half of a home, and then the two halves were hauled to a Habitat construction site and joined into one home.

The Columbian
03/14/2016
Clark College welding program retooled

780 welders employed in Southwest Washington. * Key industries: metal fabrication, 270; other manufacturing, 230 and construction, 100. * Median wage: $22.18 per hour or $46,134 annually. Source: Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington regional economist, Washington State Employment Security Department A s a water hose began filling a gigantic pressure vessel in the welding and fabrication lab at Clark College, this was the moment of truth.

Environmental Science Education

The Columbian
08/12/2015
Student researchers get feet wet

What: Research students will present their work. * When: 2 p.m. Friday. * Where: Science Building, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Summer Research for Undergraduates * What: Nine-week research program includes hands-on research with a Washington State University Vancouver faculty mentor, field trips, preparation for grad school.

The Columbian
10/26/2014
Living lab at Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens ecological research experience for high school students What: Working with scientists, students conduct hands-on research. Who: Biology and environmental science students from six Southwest Washington high schools. Participating Clark County students represent iTech Preparatory from Vancouver and CASEE from Battle Ground.

The Columbian
04/21/2014
WSUV grad student receives Fulbright to study in Switzerland

Program started: 1948. o Alumni: More than 100,000. o Read stories of previous Fulbright scholars at us.fulbrightonline.org. Fulbright scholars * Program started: 1948. o Alumni: More than 100,000. o Read stories of previous Fulbright scholars at us.fulbrightonline.org. Growing up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn't want to become a marine biologist.

K-12 Health Education

The Columbian
01/18/2016
Skyview, Fort Vancouver students observe brain surgery

What: Eight to 10 surgical-viewing educational programs are offered annually including Brain Watch, Heart Watch (open-heart surgery), Chest Watch (thoracic sugery) and Ortho Watch (orthopedic surgery, usually total hip or knee replacement). About 200 students view real-time surgery on a big screen in Souther Auditorium at Providence St.

The Columbian
03/06/2015
Hands-on instruction at HeLa High School

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, 9105 N.E. Ninth St., Vancouver o Nursing/patient services: The care and well-being of the patient. o Pharmacy: The study of medicine and interaction with the human body. Students will study advanced chemistry, medicinal chemistry, advanced physiology with options to study immunology, microbiology and molecular biology.

The Columbian
10/22/2014
Ebola provides timely lesson for HeLa students

HeLa High offers the state's first high school course in epidemiology, the study of how diseases spread. HeLa High offers the state's first high school course in epidemiology, the study of how diseases spread. The minute that Susie Ridgway's epidemiology class at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School began Wednesday morning, it was clear her students had done their homework.

K-12 STEM Education

The Columbian
03/23/2016
Virtual reality gets real at Fort Vancouver

Armed with the latest in digital technology, middle school students stood in the carpenter shop at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site documenting 19th-century technology. Using a 360-degree camera mounted on a tripod, an iPad and their smartphones, a team of iTech Preparatory Middle School students interviewed volunteer carpenters, took notes on their phones and shot photos.

US News & World Report
Girls Take On Science at Mount St. Helens

SUSAN PARRISHThe Columbian MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) - Mai Brodniak crouched on the bank of Coldwater Lake while Cynthia Gardner, a U.S. Geological Survey research geologist, showed her how to stack sieves with various sizes of screens to separate the lake's gravel by size. "Try pouring water through the top.

The Columbian
12/07/2013
Mentors aid STEM push

nConnect began in 2005 with 7 physics mentors from nLight serving 36 students. 2012: 200 mentors and volunteers served more than 1,000 students Mentors work at Hewlett-Packard, nLight, Sharp, Underwriters Laboratories, CID Bio-Science, Bonneville Power Administration, Frito-Lay, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Sigma Design, Columbia Machine and more.

K-12 and Clark College: Women & Girls Pursuing STEM careers

Centerdigitaled
08/05/2016
Vancouver Summer Camp Teaches Girls about Robotics, Coding

(TNS) - Kneeling on the classroom floor, Jenna Chinn taped a colored marker to the front of her robot, pushed a button, and sat back to observe. Would her robot perform as she had programmed it? Or did she still need to debug the code?

The Columbian
08/23/2015
GeoGirls take on science at Mount St. Helens

Photo Gallery * Learn more about the 2016 GeoGirls on Mount St. Helens at / www.mshslc.org/volcanic-explorations/youth-programs/geogirls/ * Science and Learning Center at Coldwater: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mountsthelens/recarea/?recid=40401 * GeoGirls was inspired by Girls on Ice, a mountaineering adventure and learning experience for young women on Mount Baker, an active volcano near Bellingham.

The Columbian
07/07/2015
Young Clark County woman is plumb inspiring

Number of plumbers, pipefitters: 400. 2014 median wage: $24.68 per hour, or $51,341 annually. Female plumbers: No statistics. Source: Washington Employment Security Department Washington Women in Trades * Headquarters: Seattle * Contact: 206-903-9508 or [email protected] * On the Web: www.wawomenintrades.com Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. * Headquarters: Portland * Contact: 503-335-8200 * On the Web: www.tradeswomen.net Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

Working Woman Report
08/06/2015
Woman Pilots Her Way To Happily Balanced Life - Working Woman Report

By Susan Parrish The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Pilot Theresa Nelson gently set down the Cessna 172 on the airstrip at Pearson Field and said "home, sweet home." Nelson has been passionate about airplanes since she was a kid being raised by her flight instructor father.

The Columbian
04/24/2014
Closing the STEM gender gap

o Southwest Washington MESA: Helps provide a pathway to college and careers in STEM fields for student who are currently underrepresented in those fields: African-American, Native American, Latino and females. http://ecs.vancouver.wsu.edu/sw-washington-mesa o nConnect: Works with educational institutions and STEM-focused companies and professionals to offer career-related experiences to local students.

K-12 Arts Education

The Columbian
02/21/2016
Artifacts inspire artwork by students

An annual project that brings together North Bank Artists, local students and historical artifacts. * Student art show April 16 to June 4 at Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. A public reception is April 16.

The Columbian
05/08/2015
Art project makes salmon 'run' at Legacy High

Learn more at http://www.confluenceproject.org/education/ Legacy High School Small alternative to Evergreen Public Schools' comprehensive high schools. Legacy serves about 250 students in a wide variety of programs for ninth through 12th grades. Toma Villa, Yakama artist Learn more at http://www.tomavilla.com/ Photo Gallery Confluence in the Classroom Learn more at http://www.confluenceproject.org/education/ Legacy High School Small alternative to Evergreen Public Schools' comprehensive high...

The Columbian
06/10/2014
10-year endeavor complete at VSAA

o What: VSAA Confluence Project Dedication and community celebration. Julie Brown, artist in residence for the project, will talk about creating the mosaics on two sets of triptychs, followed by a viewing. o When 3-5 p.m. June 21. o Where: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

K-12 Rural Education

The La Grande Observer
10/16/2017
'Grandma Pat' brings perspective to Union school

UNION - Wearing a red Union Bobcats T-shirt, Pat Greene slowly walked from table to table as the first-graders practiced writing their spelling words. A hand shot up. "Grandma," called a young voice. Greene turned and walked to Millie Blaylock's table. The girl had carefully written a portion of her

The La Grande Observer
06/21/2017
Area high school students explore medical careers

Isabelle Sauers held a Doppler pulse check instrument in her right hand and a tube of ultrasound contact gel in her left. After squirting a glob of gel onto her patient's wrist, she set the instrument's wand on the gel. Immediately, the patient's pulse was amplified on the Doppler. Then

The La Grande Observer
05/23/2017
Celebrating literacy with stories, families

UNION - Wearing green dinosaur pajamas, Joel Johnson, 5, sprawled on the Head Start classroom floor, propped his head on his arm and listened intently to a story being read aloud. Children and parents sat in a half circle and listened as Randy Knop, Union City Councilor, read a story

Food and Gardening

The Columbian
06/23/2019
Vancouver woman has claim to challah fame

Recipe developed by Lisa Spiegel and Jen LeBow. 4½ heaping cups all-purpose flour 4 large eggs plus enough water to total 1½ cups liquid (save an egg yolk to brush onto the challah just before you bake it to make it shiny) Combine room temperature ingredients in bread machine (in the order directed by the manufacturer) and let it run its dough cycle or use a convention method for making the dough by hand or mixer.

The La Grande Observer
10/02/2017
Crops ready for harvest by grade school students

NORTH POWDER - Standing in North Powder Charter School's garden, Desiree McGinn climbed onto a raised bed to address the 24 students who gathered around her. Onions, potatoes, kale, bell peppers, carrots and tomatoes were ready to be harvested by the students on a recent Monday afternoon. "You know how

The Columbian
06/23/2016
Gleaners gather bounty of berries for 'great cause'

What: Urban Abundance harvests backyard and community orchards across Clark County. Half goes into the emergency food system; the other half is shared between volunteers and the property owner. * When: The group's Gleaners' Guild meets 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month through September.

K-12 Schools: Poverty and Hunger

The Columbian
Teaming up to feed the community

Published: December 15, 2015, 6:00am Scott Smelosky from Share loaded about 2,000 pounds of donated food on a bus Friday morning. Then he drove to Gaiser Middle School, where parents of the school's low-income students waited with empty shopping bags. It was the first time Share's mobile fresh-food pantry brought fresh produce, meat and dairy products to the school.

The Columbian
Schools take on poverty

Published: March 8, 2015, 12:00am Schools' changes in poverty rates between 2007-08 and 2013-14 school years Top 5 with greatest reduction in poverty (Listed by school name, school district and % decrease) 1 - Grass Valley Elementary, Camas, 58.4% * 2 - Skyridge Middle, Camas, 28.5% 3 - Dorothy Fox Elementary, Camas, 16.6% 4 - Harney Elementary, Vancouver, 12.6% 5 - Jason Lee Middle, Vancouver, 8.7% (*The boundaries for this school changed in 2013.)

Native American Arts and Culture

The Columbian
05/08/2015
Art project makes salmon 'run' at Legacy High

Learn more at http://www.confluenceproject.org/education/ Legacy High School Small alternative to Evergreen Public Schools' comprehensive high schools. Legacy serves about 250 students in a wide variety of programs for ninth through 12th grades. Toma Villa, Yakama artist Learn more at http://www.tomavilla.com/ Photo Gallery Confluence in the Classroom Learn more at http://www.confluenceproject.org/education/ Legacy High School Small alternative to Evergreen Public Schools' comprehensive high...

The Columbian
08/16/2014
Aboriginal art comes with a view

What: Native American pictographs (paintings) and petroglyphs (carvings). Where: Columbia Hills State Park, Horsethief Lake unit. Address: Milepost 85, Highway 14, Dallesport. Distance from Vancouver: About 100 miles east along state Highway 14. Guided tours 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday from April through October. Reservations required.

Wildland Firefighting

Ruralite Magazine
03/01/2019
Prepare and Protect your Home from Fire

Last year's wildfire season in Eastern Oregon began June 28. With the 2019 wildfire season about three months away, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative members have time to protect their homes and outbuildings from the threat of wildfire with simple seasonal maintenance.

The La Grande Observer
08/11/2017
Small city pops up to aid crews

NORTH POWDER - Just six months ago, the meadow at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area was blanketed in deep snow, with large herds of elk gathering in the meadow to be fed. No elk were in sight Thursday. Instead, the meadow below the road burgeoned with hundreds of tents and specialized

The La Grande Observer
08/09/2017
Bear Butte Fire moves to top of priority list in NW

NORTH POWDER - The Bear Butte Fire near Anthony Lakes is now the top priority fire in the Pacific Northwest, according to U.S. Forest Service and other officials who spoke to about 50 people at an informational meeting Monday night at Haines School. An infrared flight Monday night determined that

Health & Healthcare

The Lund Report
08/30/2018
Cancer Patients in Eastern Oregon Face Complications

Trish Yerges , who was diagnosed with two types of cancer last year, had to travel more than 7,000 miles for specialty treatments that are commonplace in large metro areas like Portland.

The Columbian
03/25/2016
Medical mission to Peru seals Vancouver student's dream

The Foundation for the Advancement of Cleft Education and Services * Surgical teams travel to Peru twice annually to perform cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries on impoverished people. * Learn more at http://facesfoundation.org In a hospital in Chiclayo, Peru, a brother and sister being prepped for surgery were unsure what to expect.

The Columbian
07/18/2016
'Matt Pack' helps man live with cystic fibrosis

Matt Pozsgai lives with the reality of cystic fibrosis every day. During the past six years, he's spent the equivalent of 48 weeks - nearly a year - in the hospital fighting his disease. He wasn't alone in his fight.

Listicles

The Columbian
12/16/2018
12 outside-the-box holiday gift ideas

Fiber artist Juneko Martinson watched her 12-year-old pupil student, Audrey, poke a barbed needle in and out of charcoal-colored wool. Audrey, a seventh-grader, was focused on creating the dark circle around the eye of the three-dimensional wool raccoon she was making in Martinson's needle felting workshop at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.

The Columbian
Five fun but frugal activities for families during spring break

Schools across Clark County and Southwest Washington will be on spring break April 4 through 8. Students in the Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Green Mountain, La Center, Hockinson, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal and Woodland districts will enjoy a week's vacation from school. School resumes April 11.

The Columbian
5 adventures to kick off summer in Clark County

Published: June 14, 2015, 12:00am Camas Municipal Pool Battle Ground Lake State Park Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Regional Park * Where: 1112 N.E. 117th St. * Information: 360-397-2285; www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/parks/salmoncreek.html Ice Cream Renaissance This five-time winner of the Best in Clark County Desserts scoops out homemade artisan ice creams from Bitter-Sweet Chocolate Love Affair to Strawberries and Cream.

Eastern Oregon Life

The La Grande Observer/Baker City Herald
09/08/2017
North Powder sisters are rodeo royalty

Sisters Ryleigh Phillips and Kachira Phillips spent nearly every summer weekend riding their horses at local parades and rodeos as rodeo royalty. Kachira, 18, was queen of the Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo in Halfway, while Ryleigh, 10, was a princess of the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo.

The La Grande Observer
09/04/2017
Dragon boats, paddlers take over Wallowa Lake

WALLOWA LAKE - Dragon boat paddlers from as far away as Portland and Nehalem Bay, on the Oregon Coast, descended on Wallowa Lake to compete in August's Dragons in the Wallowas races. Teams raced in 250- and 500-meter courses at Wallowa Lake Marina. The event was hosted by Dragons in

The La Grande Observer
08/22/2017
Couple celebrates unique anniversary

NORTH POWDER - Jaime and Jered Kmetic usually have a low-key anniversary hanging out together. This year, their Aug. 5 anniversary was anything but that. The couple, who are volunteers for the North Powder Rural Fire District, spent their 17th anniversary fighting the Bear Butte Fire near Anthony Lakes Recreation

Ruralite Magazine-Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative

Ruralite Magazine
10/01/2020
Who Powers You?

OTEC members go the extra mile to make a difference during the pandemic

Clackamas Educational Service District

Clackamas Educational Service District
School District Feature: Oregon Trail Teams Up With Local Business to Design Instruction

Since last year, students of agriculture teacher Trisha Smith have collaborated with Ever Fresh Fruit Company, a local business that produces flavoring for the dairy industry. Smith assigned her food science students a research and development project which challenged them to create a product from development, packaging, nutritional data and marketing.

Clackamas Educational Service District
Local School Leaders Take on Cybercriminals

In the age of the Equifax breach, school administrators tighten data security: Cybersecurity is an expensive challenge to tackle, but a fatal one to ignore. Last year, state analysts identified the fingerprints of a cybercriminal on finance software at Clackamas Education Service District.

Clackamas Educational Service District
Region's Schools Launch Little-Known, Albeit Powerful, School Safety Resource

Tom Sonoff, right, has 30 years experience in law enforcement, including as chief of police in two California cities. He also led Concordia University Irvine's campus safety department. Spencer Delbridge has a background in education and juvenile justice working with at-risk youth. Their careers uniquely contribute to Clackamas County's threat assessment program.

People with Special Needs

The Columbian
03/22/2015
Technology giving every child a voice

Learn more about nonverbal individuals on the autism spectrum: http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/news/2013/study-of-nonverbal-autism-must-go-beyond-words-experts-say * App Proloquo2go: www.assistiveware.com/product/proloquo2go * The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication: www.isaac-online.org/english/home/ * Learn more about nonverbal individuals on the autism spectrum:...

The Columbian
01/01/2015
Blind-deaf drummer beats physical hurdles

Some people achieve so much, despite the odds, that they inspire those around them. Vaughn Brown, a deaf-blind percussionist and music educator, is one of those inspiring people. Clapping out the beat, Brown turned toward his student, Leilani Towner, who sat at Brown's drum kit, pounding out a rhythm. "Excellent!"

STEM at WSU Vancouver

The Columbian
01/10/2016
WSUV's touch helps glove's virtual feel

What is it? The science of creating a realistic sense of touch and force feedback while interacting with virtual objects. * How does it work? Haptic sensations are created actuators -motors, electronic brakes and pneumatic systems - which apply forces, vibrations or motions to the user.

The Seattle Times
04/11/2015
Study helping scientists learn to mute drug memories

A Washington State University - Vancouver professor hypothesizes that blunting the drug-related memories of drug addicts can prevent them from seeking another hit, which could perhaps lead to addicts stopping drug use. Share story One day, drug abuse may be less compulsive and users may be able to resist seeking another hit.

The Columbian
02/25/2014
Wind turbines propel learning at WSUV

Top wind power producers: 1. Texas 5. Oregon 8. Washington Thirty feet above the ground, the blades of five wind turbines rotated Tuesday as a slight breeze wafted through a field on the eastern border of the Washington State University Vancouver campus. The turbines constitute a new mini wind farm recently installed near the 50th Avenue campus entrance.

Small Business Profiles

Clark College 24/7 News website
01/27/2020
Making business ideas a reality

Clark College club hosts its annual Pitch Fest to foster student entrepreneurs As the entry deadline approaches for Pitch Fest 2020 at Clark College, last year's winners say participating in the Shark Tank-like competition sponsored by Clark Entrepreneurs made an enormous difference in moving their business to the next level.

The Columbian
08/05/2018
Washougal couple travels world, teaches others to do it, too

Learn more about Kevin and Andi Crockford's businesses: Kendi World Adventures 360-335-0127 Email: [email protected] Web: KendiWorldAdventures.com Next Costa Rica tours: Pacific Coast tour, Oct. 19-28; Caribbean tour, Nov. 9-18. Cost: $1,499 per person. Washougal Riverfront Airbnb 360-335-0127 Address: 36309 N.E. Washougal River Road, Washougal. Cost: $105 per night; sleeps four.

The Columbian
06/11/2012
Liberty Theatre turning 85

What: 85th anniversary of the Liberty Theatre, with a showing of "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Where: 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. When: 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $3.75. First 25 guests receive free commemorative poster by Blythe Ayne. On the Web: Liberty Theatre What: 85th anniversary of the Liberty Theatre, with a showing of "The Jazz Singer" (1927).

The La Grande Observer/Baker City Herald
07/19/2017
Old Elgin home gets new life as bed and breakfast

The day Stacy Miller learned the circa-1890 house was for sale was a pivotal moment in her life. She had recently turned 50 and decided it was time for a change. She recognized the house as an opportunity to try something new.

The La Grande Observer
10/18/2017
Technology helps transform local business

IMBLER - Curt Howell said he has seen big changes in both farming and the seed industry since he started Oregon Trail Seeds in 1993. Among the biggest changes in the seed industry on the farm end include "much more automation, much bigger equipment and consolidation of farms," he said.

The La Grande Observer
05/11/2017
Brookshire continues pharmacy's legacy

UNION - Walt Brookshire has proven that you can go home again. After graduating from Union High School, he went away to college to become a pharmacist. He returned home to work a summer internship with pharmacist Wayne Ferguson at the Union Drug Company in 1980. He was managing a

Biographies / Feature Stories

The Columbian
08/01/2014
Woodworker's wagon built on memories

BATTLE GROUND - Mick Robins grew up playing in an abandoned Gypsy wagon. The round-topped horse-drawn wagon had been abandoned in a field near his family's home in Barwick, a village in southwest England. "It was neat because it had a stove and bunk beds," Robins said.

The Columbian
05/08/2016
Mother of 7 finds balance in kids, school, farm

RIDGEFIELD - It's a typical early evening on the Griffith family farm. Brothers Silas, 17, and Samson, 15, shoot hoops in the driveway, while their sister, Mirlie, 18, watches. Standing nearby at a fence, Jennica, 12, deftly braids the mane of an Arabian horse.

The Columbian
02/20/2014
Former juvenile detention center teacher remembered

Good teachers not only teach, they inspire their students to push themselves to reach their potential. When the students are juvenile delinquents and the classroom is at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, the ripples of influence can be profound, turning lives around and reaching across decades and even generations.

Adventure Travel / Volunteerism

The Columbian
03/29/2015
Former Vancouver couple sets off on sailing adventure

Who: Wayne Seitz and Dana Greyson * Hailing Port: Vancouver via Everett via Jacksonville, Fla. In her blog, Galley Wench Tales, Greyson says her title is "chief bottlewasher, first mate and explorer at GalleyWenchTales." Her husband, Wayne Seitz, a retired Boeing aircraft mechanic, is the captain.

The Columbian
08/24/2013
Summer sojourns of service

The Columbian's "Summer Journeys" blog on the Web During the summer, some Clark County residents recharge by traveling to other countries to gain a new perspective, see things in a new way. Many volunteer summer after summer, and say that they gain as much as they give.

The Columbian
10/06/2012
Vancouver woman tests her limits on Pacific Crest Trail

What: Lena Sessions speaking about her Pacific Crest Trail hike. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Where: Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Information: Call the church phone at 360-834-2446. * Lena Sessions' blog: http://honeybearhikes.blogspot.com/ * Pacific Crest Trail Association: http://www.pcta.org/ * Halfmile's PCT maps and GPS information: http://www.pctmap.net/ "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed (New York: Alfred Knopf, 2012).

The Columbian
08/30/2014
Chasing Galileo in Goldendale

o What: Goldendale Observatory State Park. Lunar eclipse: Begins at 1:16 a.m. Oct. 8 with maximum coverage at 3:55 a.m. Special observatory hours: midnight to 7 a.m. Oct. 8. o Where: 1602 Observatory Drive, Goldendale. o When: 1 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Sept. 30; 1 to 9 p.m.

The Columbian
08/16/2014
Aboriginal art comes with a view

What: Native American pictographs (paintings) and petroglyphs (carvings). Where: Columbia Hills State Park, Horsethief Lake unit. Address: Milepost 85, Highway 14, Dallesport. Distance from Vancouver: About 100 miles east along state Highway 14. Guided tours 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday from April through October. Reservations required.

The Columbian
Tall ships sail into battle

As the Hawaiian Chieftain pulled away from the Vancouver Landing dock for Saturday's battle sail, Addison Mosso, 2, dressed in a pirate costume, stood on deck with her mother, Valerie Horn. Addison --who choreographed a pirate jig for the occasion -- was the youngest person on board.

Simplicity-Tiny Homes-Minimalism

The Columbian
Floating home near Ridgefield is 'Paradise found'

FISHERMAN'S SLOUGH AT CATERPILLAR ISLAND - From their floating home's great room, Lloyd and Bev Kadow watch a blue heron dip its beak into the water near Caterpillar Island. Their front-row seat to wildlife viewing affords frequent views of bald eagles, ospreys, raccoons, beavers, otters, deer and coyotes.

HuffPost
08/13/2018
The Truth About What It's Like To Live In A Tiny Home

I didn't choose to live tiny. Tiny living chose me. Seven years ago, during the most brutal year of my life, I was knocked on my rear by an onslaught of life-changing circumstances: divorce at 50, laid off from my job, losing my house and downsizing into an apartment that was one-quarter the size of my home.

Ageless Magazine/La Grande Observer/Baker City Herald
01/2017
Portable cabin builder rides wave of tiny home trend

A Union County business is on the cutting edge of the tiny home movement that is sweeping the nation. Rich's Portable Cabins, owned by Rich Daniels, builds small, portable cabins on trailers.

The Columbian
07/31/2016
Big demand for small homes in Clark County

What: 3.5-hour free homebuyers class * When: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 or Aug. 18 * Where: Marshall Community Center conference room, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver * Register: 360-903-3504 or via email at [email protected] * Learn more: www.traciedemars.com The average new construction home has grown over the decades.

The Columbian
07/31/2016
Developers start to think small in Clark County

Roger and Diana Main are moving from the 2,250-square-foot house they built almost two decades ago. Now empty-nesters, the Mains are downsizing to an 1,825-square-foot home with the master suite on the main level. They paid about $300,000 for the new house in the Urban Oaks subdivision in northeast Vancouver built by Urban NW Homes.

The Columbian
Live small to live large

Published: July 26, 2015, 5:00pm Learn More Deanna Wohlgemuth's website: www.tincantina.com Sometimes, smaller is better. Just ask Deanna Wohlgemuth, who still lives with her children in the small first home she bought 15 years ago. Friends told the Vancouver bartender that the three-bedroom, one bath rambler in Portland was too small.

Courageous Women during World War II

The Columbian
04/09/2016
Vancouver woman was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII

For More: View a Rosie the Riveter video by clicking the "The Boeing Archives Presents" link at www.boeing.com/boeing100 Learn about the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., at www.nps.gov/rori "Rosie the Riveter" Lyrics from the 1942 song "Rosie the Riveter" by Redd Evans and John Loeb: All the day long whether rain or shine She's a part of the assembly line She's making history, working for victory Rosie the Riveter.

The Columbian
07/26/2012
Woman who began singing in Japanese internment camp releases CD

o What: Accompanied by the four-piece Vancouver Jazz All Stars, White will sing jazz standards from her album at the CD release party. o When: 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29. o Where: Community Room, Courtyard Village Independent Senior Living, 4555 N.E. 66th Ave. o Information: Laurie Miller, 360-693-5900.

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Personal Essay

Columbian
07/19/2015
A crash course in roller derby

She shoved my back and skated past as my wheels flew out from underneath me. Sailing through the air, I landed on my rear on the concrete floor with a thud. The impact forced the air from my lungs. "How rude!" I thought - but only for a heartbeat.

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