Scott Hewitt, The Columbian

Scott Hewitt

The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Scott:

The Columbian wants to hear your story

Summer is a-comin’ in. Want to swap some stories about it? → Read More

Vancouver library displays art from those who fled home, resettled in U.S.

Paintings and photographs by four refugees who fled violence and upheaval overseas and built better lives in the United States are on display at the Vancouver Community Library. → Read More

Predawn parade: In late June, early risers can catch all the planets

Parade season is underway for the first time in several pandemic years, with the Hazel Dell Parade and Portland’s many Rose Festival parades returning public celebrations to local streets. → Read More

Cycling activities are on a roll in Clark County

Two of the Vancouver Bicycle Club’s signature activities are back for 2022. Tuesday night Road Cycling 101 sessions will build your skills and your comfort with riding on city streets. Then the Ride Around Clark County will test your ability to keep going for many miles. → Read More

Websites provide visitors to the Columbia River Gorge with real-time info on wildflowers

They’ll help you plan an outing that stays inside your personal Goldilocks Zone: not too hard but not too easy, not too close but not too far. → Read More

Small steps into a new world for Afghan family « Special Projects

Afghan refugee family gradually learning about life in Hazel Dell Before Maryam Azizpour and her family reached Clark County, they landed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Along with 5,000 other Afghan refugees, they underwent interviews, document processing, health checks and vaccinations. Many of the refugees sheltered in plastic tents. Azizpour and her children were lucky enough to… → Read More

Afghan refugees quest: A return to normal « Special Projects

Afghan family endured a perilous journey from Kabul to the Vancouver area Months after Maryam Azizpour and her family undertook a nightmarish journey through the violent streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, and fled the country, they’re still adjusting to peace and quiet in the U.S. “Every morning is a surprise,” Azizpour said. “We open our eyes, and it takes two or three seconds to know we are not in… → Read More

Classical education: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra resumes annual concert for students

When mellow cellos harmonized the “Baby Shark” theme, giggles of surprise and recognition rippled across the concert hall. When the bold trombone section grooved along on Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” it was impossible not to clap and hum. → Read More

Homeless camp in Vancouver burns

A homeless camp on the edge of downtown Vancouver, near the railway station, caught fire and burned at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. → Read More

Clark County Historical Museum event explores recent Black history in Vancouver

One of Vancouver’s many claims to historical fame is the mighty shipbuilding effort here during World War II that drew many African Americans from the Jim Crow South and sparked the creation of the Vancouver Housing Authority. In 2012, the Vancouver NAACP chapter sponsored the researching and writing of a book, “First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community,” that told those stories. → Read More

Déjà Zoom: If Clark County’s COVID spike has staying home, delve into these remote activities

During past COVID-19 surges, live events and indoor venues pretty much threw in the towel. Not this time. Thanks to vaccines and the apparent mildness of the omicron variant — not to mention general fatigue and confusion over the whole pandemic picture — most live events and venues have been full speed ahead. → Read More

Immersive Van Gogh exhibition comes to Oregon Convention Center in Portland

If Vincent Van Gogh were alive today, this might just be how he’d want his artworks to be displayed: moving, flowing, floating, overwhelming. → Read More

Christmas Ships poised to set sail on the Columbia River

Why wouldn’t Portland’s Christmas Ships outings qualify as America’s best holiday parade? → Read More

Former Washougal mayoral candidate dies

Derik Ford, the former Washougal mayoral candidate, has died, according to the Washougal Police Department. Sgt. Perry Houts of the Washougal police said that information came from the Fairview, Ohio, → Read More

Vancouver police request public’s help with missing man

Vancouver Police Department's investigators are requesting public's assistance in locating Stanley Lunde, a 68-year-old man last seen in central Vancouver. → Read More

Share a true tale with readers

In recent months, we’ve gotten to know a diverse cast of characters in this Sunday space: Cold War messenger, self-sacrificing dog lover, hot-tubbing UFO watcher, grateful crash survivor. Even a paddle-less canoe paddler navigating an Alaskan river. → Read More

Arts Alive! event goes on despite weather, pandemic

The show must go on, of course — even when a global pandemic is dragging on and you’re unexpectedly facing a big downpour. → Read More

Washougal mayor candidate Ford suspends campaign after arrest

Derik Ford, the Washougal mayoral candidate who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, has dropped out of the race for Washougal mayor, according to KATU. → Read More

Arts Alive! festival meant to reconnect audiences with Clark County artists

Few have felt the sting of pandemic isolation as acutely as artists, who feel most alive — and even make a living — when they go onstage or show in galleries. → Read More

Vancouver author’s memoir describes 3-year sojourn in backwoods cabin

Spending the past pandemic year-and-a-half year stuck inside a small east Vancouver apartment really didn’t phase author Stephen Altschuler. In the late 1970s, Altschuler opted for a stretch of self-imposed exile from the world of people that was much longer and much lonelier. → Read More