Patty Hastings, The Columbian

Patty Hastings

The Columbian

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Past articles by Patty:

Council for the Homeless issues severe weather alert

Council for the Homeless issued a severe weather alert for tonight, which prompts the opening of additional shelter spaces. → Read More

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families’ food box program extended through June

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families will keep distributing food boxes for families in need through June 2021. → Read More

Ridgefield seeks input on housing strategies

Ridgefield Community Development is surveying residents as part of an effort to improve duplex, triplex and townhouse development standards in Ridgefield. → Read More

Vancouver Housing Authority approves $60.2 million budget for 2021

Vancouver Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the agency’s 2021 budget, which includes $60.2 million in operating expenses. → Read More

Walk & Knock, Clark County’s largest annual food drive, to collect through drop sites

During Walk & Knock this year, there will be no knocking and not much walking. Clark County’s largest annual food drive benefiting the Clark County Food Bank asks people to drive and drop off donations Dec. 5 at designated places around the area. → Read More

Christmas tree lights up in Esther Short Park

A big tree in Esther Short Park will still shine bright for the holidays, but the Rotary Club of Vancouver pulled the plug on its annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. → Read More

Vancouver Public Schools, Evergreen Public Schools graduation rates on rise

Clark County’s two largest school districts say their graduation rates are on the rise, with 90 percent of the class of 2020 graduating on time at Vancouver Public Schools and 94 percent at Evergreen Public Schools. → Read More

Severe weather alert Sunday for homeless

Council for the Homeless issued a severe weather alert for Sunday night that prompts shelters to expand capacity. → Read More

Clark County teacher unions call for delay in return to class

Local education associations on Thursday called on Clark County Public Health and local school districts to delay the expansion of in-person learning until community case rates decline. → Read More

Clark County seeks applicants for housing advisory group

Clark County is forming an advisory group to identify challenges and opportunities to develop affordable housing within the unincorporated area. → Read More

Clark County, Vancouver establish homelessness policy group

A joint policy advisory group on homelessness recently approved by the Clark County Council and Vancouver City Council could meet for the first time next month. → Read More

Vancouver Public Schools educators protest school staffing cuts

Vancouver Public Schools educators were scheduled to gather for a drive-in rally outside the district’s office this evening during the school board meeting in protest of staff reductions. → Read More

Church of the Nazarene hopes to pay for new building with sale of east Vancouver land

Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene looks to partner with a developer to build a 30-home subdivision on its property in east Vancouver. → Read More

New president of Humane Society for Southwest Washington has ambitious goals

Andrea Bruno took the helm at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in late September, filling the shoes of Stacey Graham, who retired after eight years of leading the nonprofit. → Read More

Vancouver school board takes steps on equity

The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution creating policy directives on equity and condemning racism at its Oct. 13 school board meeting. → Read More

Meals on Wheels People seeks 500 volunteer chatters

Meals on Wheels People seeks 500 volunteers to make calls to local homebound seniors on Thanksgiving as part of the nonprofit's Friendly Chats program. → Read More

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust details summer grant winners

The Vancouver-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust released its Summer 2020 Grants Report, which outlines $12.2 million in charitable giving around the Pacific Northwest including 22 grants totaling $4.7 million in Washington. → Read More

Volunteers collect first batch of ballots from Clark County drop boxes

Volunteers pick up hefty batch from drop boxes, will continue working through Election Day → Read More

Gov. Inslee campaigns for Daniel Smith’s bid in 17th Legislative District

Gov. Jay Inslee and political newcomer Daniel Smith held a Facebook live event Saturday morning touting Smith’s campaign for senator in the 17th Legislative District. → Read More

Land in east Vancouver earmarked for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity homes

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity announced Thursday it has purchased 1.39 acres of land at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on which to build nine homes for low-income families. → Read More