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Cost of Washington’s Measles Outbreak Tops $1 Million; Expected to Climb Higher

The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease.


Washington state considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of daylight saving time in two weeks, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers are considering several proposals to adopt year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the twice-a-year switch between it and Pac


Police Blotter: Feb. 21

Drugs — Woodland police Tuesday arrested Brook Philip Anderson, 42, of Vancouver on suspicion of a felony drug offense and first-degree criminal trespass. Drugs — Kelso police Tuesday arrested Morisa Annemichele Courser, 26, of Kelso on suspicion of a felony drug offense.


Sheriff: Man shooting at neighbor's home leads to SWAT situation in Cowlitz Co.

ARIEL, WA (KPTV) - A man shooting at his neighbor's home led to a SWAT situation in Cowlitz County, according to deputies. Dispatchers received a 911 call at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday about shots fired at a home on Frasier Road in the Ariel area.


Rep. Herrera Beutler confirms she'll seek re-election in 2020

First things first, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has a rumor to quash: She will seek re-election in 2020 despite rumors that she’s going to retire. Herrera Beutler stopped by the Columbian offices Thursday while the House is in recess to talk about the issues currently facing Southwe


Kessler students learn about dog sledding from local expert, Iditarod competitor

After 28 years of running sled dogs, Woodland-area resident Steve Madsen can answer any question about his favorite pastime — even when they come straight from the mind of a five-year-old.


Adams found guilty of second-degree murder

Ryan Scott Adams, a Florida man accused of killing a Massachusetts man in a jealousy-fueled fit of rage in Longview last May, was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday afternoon in his last day of trial.


State honors Oso slide victims, survivors, community

Next month, the five-year remembrance ceremony will be held for the devastating Oso landslide that wiped out a neighborhood, claiming the lives of 43 people. The families of those killed have been working to get a permanent memorial for the slide site, and this week they took a big step toward that


Magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits east of Newport

PORTLAND, Ore. — A small earthquake was recorded about 25 miles east of Newport late Friday morning. The magnitude 3.0 quake struck at 11:04 a.m. about 25 miles east of Newport and 40 miles west of Salem, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The depth of the earthquake was 27 miles.


Teacher who molested physically disabled student sentenced to four years

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of crimes that some readers may find disturbing. A former Evergreen Public Schools substitute teacher who molested a physically disabled female student at a school in March 2018 was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday.


Washington, Oregon snowpack levels up

Weeks of colder temperatures and consistent heavy precipitation has bolstered the snowpack in Oregon and Washington’s mountain ranges, bringing snow levels closer to the long-term average.


Slain teen recently convicted in knife attack

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The teenager shot to death by a Vancouver police officer earlier this week was convicted in late 2018 in Clark County of a knife assault. Clayton Joseph was charged with 2 counts of 2nd-degree assault November 16, 2018. He appeared in juvenile court December 5 and probable c


Heavy snow predicted for Oregon highways

BEND, Oregon — Weather forecasters are predicting tougher than normal driving conditions across central and northern Oregon highways between now and Tuesday, February 26. Central Oregon is currently predicted to receive the greater snowfall, but Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge is also expec


Man accused of running down 3 pedestrians arrested again for allegedly robbing pharmacy

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 21-year-old man who was arrested last month for allegedly running down three pedestrians in NE Portland has been arrested again, this time for allegedly robbing an Oregon City pharmacy.


Rainier house fire displaces 3 residents

Cause of fire still not known at this time; damage estimates of $55,000 officials note. Three people were displaced from their home in Rainier when a house fire broke out Saturday, Feb. 16.


Calling all Columbia County Amazing Kids

Know an Amazing Kid? Want to see him or her recognized? Nominate at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Amazingkids19. Do you know a young person who puts the needs of others before themselves? Or has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community? If so, they would be a g


SWAT team called out to incident in Ariel

Sheriffs's deputies and Lower Columbia SWAT officers were called out to Frasier Road at the east end of Lake Merwin at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on a reports of a potentially dangerous resident, Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman said.


State Senate panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Senate committee advanced a measure Friday that would do away with the option for parents to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children's school vaccinations.


64 cases of measles confirmed in Clark County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- There are now 64 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County. Clark County says 46 cases are in children ages 1 to 10-years-old, 15 cases are in youth 11 to 18-years-old. There is one case in a person between 19 and 29-years-old and two cases in people 30 to 39-years-old. 56


Ridgefield welcomes six new inductees to Thespian Society

Ridgefield — The Ridgefield High School Thespian Society welcomed six new inductees to the troupe at their midyear induction on Jan. 10: Cami McGravey, Emma Hauser, Kyshaun Summers, Peter Schafer, Clara Lewandowski, Kaitlyn St. John and Jared Lee. Kaitlyn Etter, theater arts director for the high sc