Craig Brown, The Columbian

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From the Newsroom: The Medford autopsy

Have you heard the old saying/curse “May you live in interesting times”? Nowhere are times in the news business more interesting than in Medford, Ore., where the longtime daily newspaper, the Mail Tribune, abruptly closed, and, almost as quickly, two other news organizations announced plans to serve the community. → Read More

From the Newsroom: We had a pretty good week

Forgive me if I brag a little bit this week, but I thought we produced some very good journalism. Here are some of my favorites: → Read More

From the Newsroom: We’re in an unusual situation

It is only Jan. 21, but already we have welcomed two new reporters to the metro news team this year, allowing us to resurrect an important beat that we had to let lapse a few years ago. It’s an unusual but welcome, situation. → Read More

From the Newsroom: Here’s our 2022 report card

It’s that time of year when Columbian employees work on our performance evaluations and future plans. → Read More

From the Newsroom: A Top 10 deja vu

It’s the last weekend of the year, a time when the newsroom selects our local Top 10 Stories Of The Year. Look for this year’s roundup in print and online Sunday. → Read More

Man sentenced to prison in Clark County, Portland robberies

A robber who struck multiple times in Clark County and Portland has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office in Multnomah County, Ore. → Read More

Two Vancouver residents displaced by apartment fire

A Thursday night fire damaged an apartment at 1604 X St., according to the Vancouver Fire Department. → Read More

From the Newsroom: More journalism, thanks to you

We’ve had an interesting and exciting couple of weeks at The Columbian. Now that our plans have advanced, I am excited to be able to share some of the details with you. → Read More

From the Newsroom: Making my TV debut

For an alumnus of a university that forms the backbone of Pacific Northwest broadcast journalists (Go Cougs!), it took me a long time to make my television debut. → Read More

Bridge Sub’s moving history in Vancouver

Clearly visible as you cross the Interstate 5 Bridge sits one of Vancouver’s oldest buildings. → Read More

From the Newsroom: State’s news media is stressed

In my job, I see a lot of academic reports about the decline of newspapers. Many of the reports look at the situation across the United States, or in rural America. A few look at similar problems in E → Read More

From the Newsroom: And now, holiday deadlines

Now that the election is all but over — the ballots are nearly all counted, but the certification date isn’t until Nov. 29 — it should be back to normal for the news. → Read More

From the Newsroom: Pizza, news and democracy

Last month, I wrote about how we swarmed the Nakia Creek Fire. Swarming is a technique we use on a big story, where we divide it into a lot of smaller chunks and assign each piece to a reporter or pho → Read More

From the Newsroom: Covering campaigns, candidates

It’s getting down to the bitter end of the election cycle. Put the accent on the word “bitter.” → Read More

Larch inmates return after Nakia Creek Fire

Inmates who were evacuated from Larch Corrections Center due to the Nakia Creek Fire have returned. → Read More

From the Newsroom: Swarming the Nakia Creek Fire

Even in the news business, we like to plan head. Metro Editor Mark Bowder likes to plan our daily centerpieces a week in advance, and our Sunday A1 centerpieces at least a month out. When big news breaks, we have to throw away the plans. → Read More

Tips sought in fatal Skamania County crash

The Washington State Patrol is seeking tips to the identity of a driver of a red car who triggered a fatal crash in Skamania County on Oct. 15. → Read More

Hazel Dell drive-by shooting leads to chase, arrest

A drive-by shooting Thursday evening led to a high-speed chase from Hazel Dell to the Interstate 5 Bridge, where the victim's ex-husband was arrested. → Read More

Two arrested in Nakia Fire evacuation zone

Two burglary suspects have been arrested in the evacuation zone near the Nakia Creek Fire. → Read More

Married couple from Oregon City identified in murder-suicide

A married couple who recently moved to the area from Texas has been identified as the subjects of a murder-suicide, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More