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Stimulus could help county’s long-term needs

The most recent federal stimulus package appears to offer Clark County more financial wiggle room than it previously had in its response to COVID-19, and it might offer more than that. The county is set to receive $94.69 million from the primary funding source in the package, which officially passed March 11. Money will come […]

168 Hours to Manage Your Health and Fitness

There are 168 hours in a week and if your health and fitness are important to you, you’ll need to assure that an adequate amount of that time is spent moving your body. The good news is that if you’re smart about your approach, you won’t have to spend hours at the gym. Non-Exercise Activity […]

Sen. Rivers uses R-word slur in public hearing

Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, used a slur that denigrates people with mental disabilities during a public hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on Wednesday. “There’s no way that foundational health doesn’t get funded this year, so we would have to be retarded or idiots or something if we didn’t fund […]

Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Mustard Sauce

Happy Spring! Brighter days are ahead and so is a special recipe guaranteed to shake things up in your kitchen. Hungry for something good?  March 30 is National Hot Chicken Day. Newsflash: a juicy, deliciously crispy breaded chicken sandwich can be made in your home kitchen and there’s no waiting in a long line of cars. […]

Biggest Wilderness Risks When Camping with Kids

Kids these days do not know much about camping and the wild outdoors anymore. They are constantly stuck behind screens and are missing out on nature. As parents, taking your kids camping can be extremely fun, but the world has changed and taking extra precautions is necessary. No longer can you set up camp wherever […]

When Cats Chase Their Tails: Play or Problem

While many felines, like their canine counterparts, chase their tails as a form of amusement or pleasure, it’s a sight seen less often in cats than in dogs. How many times have YOU witnessed your cherished pussycat companion circling round and round in an effort to capture her own tail? According to animal experts, if […]

Warning Signs Your Hotel Employees Need Training

Regular staff training is important for any business to thrive. The purpose of staff training is to update the employee skills, improve satisfaction and morale and enhance the overall performance. Hotel industry-specific performance indicators can help identify training needs. Skills not practiced at the workplace can degrade over time and the employee behavior may deteriorate. […]

Clark County Council to weigh in on housing study

The Clark County Council will soon begin its contribution to an ongoing study of housing needs in the county’s largest urban area.  The study is examining needs in the Vancouver Urban Growth Area, which includes Felida, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek and where about 159,000 people live. The study’s project advisory committee has met twice […]

Congressional candidate weighs in on Dr. Seuss, pancake mix and Hitler

On Wednesday, congressional candidate Heidi St. John posted a video to her Facebook page captioned “The WOKE crisis…” in which she asked her followers if they’d watched the Grammy Awards the previous Sunday. St. John, a conservative Republican and Christian activist, was not a fan, particularly of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s live performance […]

Posture Reset

Ideal posture is important because it helps your body function at top performance in all situations. Most back problems originate from years of abuse like…. Slouching in front of the TV Hunching over a desk Improper lifting and bending Poor posture Sedentary lifestyle A lifetime of poor posture, and poor lifting and bending habits may […]

Peach French Toast Bake

  The sun is shining, the birds are singing – and you’re exhausted. It’s not your imagination. No week feels longer than the one following Daylight Saving Time. Make waking up a little easier with a bright, cheery breakfast. This Peach French Toast Bake is an easy prep, one dish, do-ahead that will help make […]

Clark County’s strangest Friday the 13th

Clark County might have experienced the wildest Friday the 13th in its history last year. On March 13, 2020, the county council declared its first emergency proclamation due to COVID-19. Clark County Public Health confirmed the second and third local cases. Then-County Manager Shawn Henessee resigned the same day. News came in that a Camas […]

Herrera Beutler called ‘undaunted’ in New York Times profile

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was profiled by The New York Times on Friday in a piece that described the Republican congresswoman from Battle Ground as “undaunted” in its headline.  The article highlighted Herrera Beutler’s focus on motherhood as a legislator — it opens with an anecdote about the congresswoman bringing her 6-year-old daughter on the […]

Working Out When You’re in Pain

If you are injured or experiencing chronic aches and pains, it’s understandable that you may have a hard time finding the motivation to workout. Injuries can really set you back, reverse any progress you’ve experienced and take you out of your normal fitness routine. However, it’s important to note that there’s rarely a reason to […]

Shepherd’s Pie

  Stuffed with ground beef or lamb, padded with plenty of veggies, fortified with Guinness and topped with a pillowy puff of potatoes, Shepherd’s Pie is fun for St. Patrick’s Day.  Use leaner ground beef, like 85/15 or better to reduce the fat in this recipe. Brown the ground beef first and then use the pan […]

Deciphering Kitty’s Distinctive Sounds

Did you know that cats are capable of making more than 100 sounds? Did you know that every year veterinary behaviorists discover even more sounds as they attempt to decipher exactly what those sounds and combinations of sounds mean? Curious about the most common sounds that kitties make? Consider the following:   Short mew: Not […]

Making Spring Break Active and Fun During a Pandemic

Kids are out of school for Spring Break soon so it’s important to start planning what you’re going to do with your kids that is fun, active and safe during a global pandemic. It’s going to be different this year but you can still make it memorable! Be proactive and creative to assure your Spring […]

Easy Sheet Pan Salmon

This is where we are now. It’s not just the cooking. It’s the sheer exhaustion of trying to think about what to cook. We’ve dissolved into eating plain crackers. Delving into chips to not do dishes. Skipping meals. And more than once this week, I have peered into my pandemic freezer feeling a little too […]

Taking Your Health and Fitness One Day at a Time

Are the choices you’re making today moving you closer to the results you want tomorrow? There are certain things that those who are successful at achieving their fitness goals do on a regular basis. If you’d like to succeed at improving your health and fitness, try committing to this approach: Find your WHY: You’ve heard […]

The Feral Fix Challenge Challenges Us All

Alley Cat Rescue of Maryland has marked March 3rd as the start of the Feral Fix Challenge, an annual global event that brings together veterinarians and communities throughout the word in an effort to save the lives of feral cats. The Challenge, currently in its 11th year, asks veterinarians to get involved with trap-neuter-return (TNR) […]

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