Scott Hewitt, The Columbian

Scott Hewitt

The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Scott:

‘Our Mr. Matsura’: Clark County filmmaker developing project on Washington photographer

Everybody in Okanogan called him Frank. Just Frank. Some still do, although they never met him. → Read More

Vancouver Master Chorale offers scholarships

The Vancouver Master Chorale is accepting applications for its 2023 Youth Vocal Scholarship. → Read More

Share your true-life tale with readers

Happy New Year! Got any new (or old) stories? → Read More

Top photos of 2022: Reaching for normalcy « Special Projects

Top photos of 2022: Reaching for normalcy by Columbian photo staff Masks come off as county emerges from pandemic The past year marked a transition from the COVID-19 precautions that began in 2020 to something resembling prepandemic normalcy. That made 2022 an interesting year for us in The Columbian’s photo department. We were able to capture our subjects’ unmasked faces again. Sports, meetings… → Read More

Recycle Christmas tree, holiday lights in Clark County

Now that the holiday is over, Clark County Public Health urges everyone to keep their Christmas trees — those symbols of rebirth and renewal, the generosity of nature, the goodness of God, take your pick — from becoming nothing but garbage. → Read More

Keep hummingbird feeders thawed as temperatures dip in Northwest

The cold snap that started Wednesday night and scrambled so many people’s Christmas travel plans also messed up the bar-crawl progress of local hummingbirds. They normally spend the day flitting from feeder to feeder (and, when they’re blooming, flower to flower). → Read More

Reuse, reduce, recycle for greener holiday season in Clark County

Gifts and wrapping paper, lights and decorations, yummy things to nibble and nosh. Sounds delightful, but there’s a downside to all that seasonal celebration: vast amounts of extra trash. → Read More

An eventful, uneasy anniversary for Afghan refugee family in Hazel Dell « Special Projects

As Maryam Azizpour and her family celebrate their first year in Clark County, they love the freedoms of U.S., hope they will be allowed to stay and continue thriving One morning in October, Maryam Azizpour drove over the Interstate 5 Bridge into Portland before dawn, steeling herself for an asylum interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “I was nervous — very, very nervous,”… → Read More

Columbia Dance’s ‘The Nutcracker’ set in 1845 Fort Vancouver

After years of aesthetic development and pandemic patience, Columbia Dance’s uniquely reimagined “Nutcracker” is ready for its holiday debut. This “Nutcracker” moves the classic Russian fairy tale to our own slice of the American frontier, recasting its characters as real historical inhabitants of Fort Vancouver in 1845. → Read More

Denied, dispersed, disadvantaged: Chinook tribe pursues centuries-old fight for federal recognition

When Sam Robinson arrives at a public event in his distinctive cone-shaped Chinook hat to sing, play his drum and tell stories, what seems like a cultural, broadly spiritual moment is something else t → Read More

Swimming in history: Clark County lads pout, pose, preen for fun and (non)profit

The frigid water at Washougal’s Sandy swimming hole was no deterrence for Brad Richardson. Just check out the sassy pose and seductive pout on Clark County’s premiere history hunk. → Read More

New kids’ show on Netflix features Native stories told by Native writers

"Spirit Rangers," a new animated preschool TV series, premieres Monday, which is Indigenous Peoples Day. → Read More

Chinook Indian Nation members rally for recognition in Vancouver

More than 100 members of the Chinook Indian Nation, and their local friends and allies, gathered Friday on Vancouver’s Officers Row to show support for federal tribal recognition. They urged congressional leaders to pass the Chinook Restoration Act, bringing benefits to the tribe and starting the process of establishing a reservation near the mouth of the Columbia River. → Read More

Vancouver’s Ne Plus Ultra launches monthly concert, dance at Providence Academy

Are you ready to put on the ritz in downtown Vancouver? → Read More

Pluto’s Demotion Day a chance to salute the dwarf planet

In late August 2006, new discoveries upended a traditional, comfortable way of viewing our solar system: Scientists decided Pluto wasn’t a planet after all. → Read More

Art fundraiser for library moves to summertime

The art-sale fundraising event for Friends of Vancouver Community Library that used to happen during the holiday season has moved to summertime. → Read More

Abortion-rights supporters rally, march in downtown Vancouver

Approximately 100 abortion-rights supporters rallied in front of the Clark County Courthouse late Monday afternoon, and went on a march around downtown Vancouver. → Read More

For Afghan family in Hazel Dell, U.S. a sweet land of complexity « Special Projects

Afghan refugees in America face a convoluted, backlogged immigration system It’s an understatement to call life in unstable, war-torn Afghanistan stressful. But for the fragmented Azizpour family, American life is proving stressful in new and different ways. Chief among the family’s worries are immigration issues that are both complicated and all too common. Like tens of thousands of Afghan… → Read More

Afghan refugee family: ‘We are happy here’ in Hazel Dell « Special Projects

Refugees in Clark County learn about pleasures, challenges of American life There’s been precious little time for Maryam Azizpour and her family to slow down and take a breath since the U.S. military evacuated them from Afghanistan last year. “You can never just take it easy,” the resettled refugee said of her new life here. “American life keeps you very busy and everything is very expensive.”… → Read More

Have a story to tell? We want to hear it

“Everybody Has a Story,” The Columbian’s feature where readers tell their own true-life tales, is looking for contributions. And the lazy, hazy days of summer seem like the perfect time to stroll down memory lane in search of great stories. → Read More