Lauren Ellenbecker, The Columbian

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Recent articles by Lauren:

Herrera Beutler heralds mental health, addiction treatment bills passed by House

A legislative package intended to make improvements to mental health and addiction treatment is closer to becoming a reality — presenting tools to address the nation’s overdose epidemic. → Read More

Ocean Shipping Reform Act will have little impact on Port of Vancouver

Consumers and exporters both saw financial turmoil from tumultuous international shipping antics in the past year. But the Port of Vancouver was not impacted like other regional harbors were. → Read More

Clark County League of Women Voters sets candidate forums ahead of primary

Similar to traditional employment procedures, appointing someone to political office requires an extensive and thoughtful vetting process. After all, it’s a job that influences thousands of lives. → Read More

3rd District candidate Ray: Invest in infrastructure for livability

Lesser-known Democrat Davy Ray of Stevenson listened to his heart — not his colleagues — when he filed to represent Southwest Washington in the U.S. Congress. → Read More

Gifford Pinchot, Gorge get infrastructure aid

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge are among multiple natural areas in Washington to receive required funding for delayed infrastructure improvements. → Read More

‘Every day is Memorial Day’ for Vancouver Gold Star family

As Janie Peto heard her son’s laughter through the screen, tears welled in her eyes and her hand searched for the dog tag that hung around her neck. → Read More

Memorial Day observances planned in Clark County

After a two-year absence, those wishing to honor fallen service members at Vancouver’s chief memorial event will be able to gather again at the Vancouver Barracks. → Read More

Herrera Beutler plans telephone town hall

Southwest Washingtonians can share their thoughts on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s work in Congress during her upcoming live telephone town hall scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 1. → Read More

Work on new Esther Short Park playground to start in June

Washington’s oldest public square will soon welcome its new playground after a fire left it scorched and dangerous for children to use. → Read More

Democrat Hennrich withdraws from 3rd Congressional District race

Brent Hennrich of Vancouver, a Democrat competing to replace U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Congress, announced Friday that he will withdraw from the race and endorse fellow Democrat Marie Perez. → Read More

Mori is named Vancouver’s new police chief

Assistant Police Chief Jeffrey Mori has been selected as the Vancouver Police Department’s next leader, the city announced Wednesday. → Read More

More candidates file for 3rd District, Clark County sheriff, legislative races

Day 2 of filing week for the August primary and November general election saw several more candidates entering races. → Read More

$10,000 lottery ticket bought in Vancouver yet to be cashed

Do the numbers “03, 09, 22 and 24” look familiar? If so, you have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to claim a $10,000 prize. → Read More

Herrera Beutler’s congressional job fair June 1 at Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds

Southwest Washingtonians looking for stable employment or their “forever job” should dust off their resumes and cover letters in preparation for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s annual jobs fair. → Read More

Ceremony honors fallen Clark County soldier

The Community Military Appreciation Committee in partnership with Patriot Guard Riders hosted a memorial Monday for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, who was killed May 9, 2003, in Kuwait. → Read More

Five candidates selected for Vancouver police chief

Vancouver’s nationwide search for its next police chief has concluded, and now five candidates are set to be interviewed this week for the lead role. → Read More

Humane Society’s Walk/Run for the Animals set for May 7

Lace up your sneakers, stretch your legs and celebrate furry friends at the shelter, as well as those who take care of them. → Read More

Vancouver council votes to extend business fee refund program

Businesses based within Vancouver city limits can continue to save money on particular city-imposed fees through the end of the year. → Read More

Residents of Vancouver’s first Safe Stay Community on path to ending homelessness

“We’re not going to stop homelessness because we don’t like it.” → Read More

$10M in federal dollars to benefit Southwest Washington projects

Southwest Washington public institutions and nonprofits are set to receive $10 million in federal funding for rural health care, youth workforce programs and infrastructure. → Read More