Susan Parrish, The Columbian

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The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Past articles by Susan:

Beyond Marie Kondo: Where to donate or recycle almost anything in Clark County

When Netflix began streaming “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” in January, Clark County residents began undertaking home decluttering projects. → Read More

12 outside-the-box holiday gift ideas

Fiber artist Juneko Martinson watched her student, Audrey Shillinger, 12, who poked a barbed needle in and out of charcoal-colored wool. Audrey, a seventh-grader at Wy’east Middle School, was focused → Read More

Washougal couple travels world, teaches others to do it, too

A Washougal couple has developed their longtime passion for travel into two businesses. Kevin and Andi Crockford opened an Airbnb in their riverfront home on the Washougal River in 2014. Two years lat → Read More

Women in dragon boat racing embody survivors’ mentality

A pink dragon boat named Victorious skimmed along Vancouver Lake on a clear August morning. With each paddle stroke, 20 women propelled the boat forward. Although they represented a range of ages and → Read More

Schools take action after lead tests

As Southwest Washington’s public schools prepare to open for a new school year, the quality of drinking water available to students, faculty and staff remains an issue in some districts. → Read More

Let’s review: What’s the first day of school?

While Evergreen Public Schools is mired in a contract dispute, all around Clark County, schools are preparing to open for the 2016-2017 school year. Below is the first day of school for each district → Read More

Judge to hear Evergreen teacher strike injunction at 1 p.m.

About 1,000 Evergreen Public Schools teachers picketed at four district high schools this morning as tension ratcheted up before next Wednesday's scheduled first day of school. → Read More

Evergreen schools expected to file injunction to prevent strike

The contract negotiations between Evergreen Public Schools and its teachers union intensified Thursday with the district mobilizing to file a court injunction against the teachers union to prevent the → Read More

Teachers, Evergreen agree on only one point

The union representing Evergreen Public Schools teachers turned up the volume with the school district Wednesday, threatening again to strike next week. → Read More

Teachers, Evergreen still short of a deal

Contentious talks continued Tuesday between Evergreen Public Schools and its teachers union. With only a week until school starts, the district and union are locked in mediated contract negotiations, → Read More

Coug solidarity flies its colors at WSU Vancouver

Cougars turned out in full force Monday, the first day of the fall semester at Washington State University Vancouver. → Read More

Pop quiz: What’s the first day of school? Answers below

Seemingly endless weeks of summer vacation are winding down. All around Clark County, schools are preparing to open for the 20106-2017 school year. → Read More

Evergreen teachers picket amid contract talks

About 100 Evergreen Public Schools teachers gathered at two busy intersections along Mill Plain Boulevard this morning holding picket signs and waving at passing drivers. → Read More

Evergreen district settles harassment suit for more than $800k

Evergreen Public Schools has agreed to pay $862,500 to Elizabeth Uelmen, a former associate principal, with in an out-of-court settlement. Uelmen filed a lawsuit in early 2014, alleging a hostile work → Read More

Mediator joins Evergreen schools contract talks

With less than two weeks until school begins, a state-appointed mediator is joining contract negotiations between the Evergreen Education Association and Evergreen Public Schools today. The mediator i → Read More

Vancouver schools offer free shots, vision checks at Go Ready

Vancouver Public Schools students and their families can receive free immunizations and vision screenings, haircuts, used clothing and more at Go Ready, the district’s third annual back-to-school-read → Read More

Camas ponders beloved pool’s future

CAMAS — Standing on the edge of the deep end, a girl lifted her blue goggles and shouted: "Lillian! Watch me belly flop!" → Read More

Superintendent releases Washington schools test scores

OSPI NEWS RELEASE: Scores on state tests taken in spring 2016 improved as much as three percentage points from 2015. That announcement was made by Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction this → Read More

Schools get $500,000 state grant to aid homeless

Three school districts and one agency in Clark County will share a $500,000 state grant to help homeless students and their families find and retain safe, affordable housing. → Read More

Mediator to assist in contract talks for Evergreen schools

With less than three weeks until school starts, teachers in Evergreen Public Schools have not ratified a contract for the upcoming school year. Contract negotiations have stalled. → Read More