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Kelso takes over top spot in The Columbian Week 2 prep football power rankings

Six of the top seven teams in The Columbian’s preseason power rankings lost in Week 1, and seven of the top-10 teams lost. So that caused a shake up in our Week 2 power rankings. Remember, this is a ranking relative to each team’s classification. So we are not saying a 1A team ranked ahead […]

Copy and Paste for Fitness & Health

Sticking to a health, fitness and nutrition program is challenging, but it may be easier than you think. Researchers Katy Milkman and Angela Duckworth, authors of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, found through a recent study that copying healthy habits from people you’re closest to works better than researching random advice and trying […]

Gazpacho and waning summer days

  I had forgotten how good gazpacho is on a warm summer night. I had also forgotten how good it is to pull out something prepared ahead to serve at a family meal. That’s how gazpacho went down on Labor Day weekend when some of my family gathered to say goodbye to summer. I had […]

Uveitis in Cats

Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea of a cat’s eye that includes the iris, the ciliary body and the choroid. What, purr-cisely, are the uvea’s three vital components? The iris is the colored portion of the eye directly surrounding the pupil. It controls the size of the pupil, which, in turn, determines how much […]

Homemade Stromboli

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you make, but it better be good and it needs to get on the table quick. Everyone’s hungry and they’re all waiting for you. While you have a captive audience, why not pull something magic from your oven. Flaky, crisp, and warm, Homemade Stromboli is […]

More money flows into Democrat Perez’s campaign

Third Congressional District candidate Marie Gluesenkamp’s pitch to grassroots groups is proving to be effective, as her once-modest arsenal of funding recently experienced a large growth spurt. Perez, D-Skamania, announced Friday that donors contributed more than $600,000 to her cause in August alone. She later tweeted that 97 percent of the donations came from grassroots […]

Legislative candidate victim of gas theft

It seems being a public figure can’t protect you from being a victim of Southwest Washington’s rise in property crimes. Vancouver resident and Republican candidate for the 49th Legislative District seat Jeremy Baker recently learned that lesson the hard way. According to a Vancouver Police Department report filed by Baker, he came out of his […]

Week 1 prep football previews, livestream links and predictions

Here are Week 1 preview caps for high school football teams in Southwest Washington from Castle Rock to White Salmon. If you do not have a subscription to the NFHS Network, it might be time to consider getting one. More and more schools are broadcasting their games via the NFHS Network. A monthly subscription costs […]

Tackle Nutrition Confusion

Let’s face it, nutrition is confusing.  Some experts advocate for the scientifically proven benefits of a strict vegan diet, others commit to different levels of vegetarianism, some promote the importance of a high-protein diet including meats and dairy, others preach of the benefits of a keto approach, some swear by intermittent fasting, some eat starchy […]

Easy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

It’s the big summer send-off. The last hurrah before the ease of summer ends and the air becomes charged with the busy bustle of schedules and routines. Right this minute is a great time to gather all that basil and make some pesto. Slice some tomatoes and cucumbers. Add slivers of onion, salt, pepper, oil […]

Hip Mobility for Health

Weak hips are associated with back and knee issues. If your hips aren’t strong and effectively able to stabilize your pelvis while walking, running or playing sports, your knees and back will often suffer. With that said, hip mobility and flexibility are just as important. If your hips are tight, that is also associated with […]

Washington governor aids in Perez campaign fundraising

The list of top Washington officials relaying their support for congressional candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is growing, with the governor being its latest addition. Gov. Jay Inslee urged those subscribed to his campaign newsletter to back Perez, a Skamania Democrat vying to represent Southwest Washington in Congress, via fundraising in her battle against Republican Joe […]

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in Cats

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is caused by a coronavirus unique to cats and isn’t contagious to people, dogs or other animals. Spread, in most instances, through contact with feces, this virus typically lives inside a cat’s intestinal tract. The majority of cats are exposed early in their lives to the organism causing FIP — sometimes […]

Trail Mix Cookies and Healthy Peanut Butter Granola

  Get ready for the first week of school with two easy recipes you can make now and have on hand for later. Make this homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Granola with your kids. It’s a delicious, crunchy topping for yogurt or overnight oats, or a breakfast on its own, served with almond or oat milk. […]

My new favorite drink

Hi there, Small Plate pals: About two months ago, I had dinner at Masala, an Indian restaurant in Ashland, and I discovered my new favorite drink: Masala’s version of the East India Company cocktail. It is perfect for hot weather. The drink is icy, refreshing, tart and tasty. No kidding. It contains gin, pamplemousse rosé, […]

Three appointed to county ethics commission

When voters approved a charter amendment in November 2021 requiring Clark County create an Ethics Review Commission and Oversight Office, it’s unlikely many anticipated how difficult a task that would turn out to be. According to the amendment, which was passed by more than 67 percent of voters, the county had until July 31 to […]

Advocates anxious ahead of lower Snake River dam report

Prior to the release of a report analyzing potential lower Snake River dam breaches, regional conservation groups urged lawmakers Wednesday to consider what is at stake. Roughly 60 non-governmental organizations rallied to deliver a message requesting urgency and meaningful action from Gov. Jay Inlsee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., before the release of the […]

Shadow Boxing for Health

Boxing gyms focused on fitness versus getting in the ring are popping up across the country. Boxing provides numerous benefits including cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, agility, stress relief and a boost to your confidence and self-esteem. When you box you feel hard-core, invincible and better able to tackle any challenge that comes your […]

Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing

Just when you thought the worst was behind us, it is hot, hot, hot again. Consider this an excuse not to cook, and I’m writing all of you a permission note right now. Keep it cool this week and make simple meals. Don’t heat your house up. Here’s what to make when the stove and […]

Build Your Bones

Bone density decreases at a rate of 1% per year after the age of 35 and bones can become brittle, porous and weak. For a woman, the first 5 to 10 years after menopause, annual bone loss increases further to average 2% loss per year. Although women suffer from osteoporosis to a far greater magnitude […]

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