The Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds is very close, but chances are good that, within the next few years, the powwow will be held at or near ilani, which is a stone’s throw farther north up the freeway and, as of the 2015 legal ruling that cleared the way for casino construction, the actual Cowlitz Indian Reservation.
Formerly fine corridors and happy hallways all over Clark County have gone dark and creepy this month. Take a deep breath before you start inching down the passage at Washougal High School, where the doorways now conceal far deeper evil than a pop chemistry quiz.
Woodland — Woodland Intermediate School fourth-graders visit their second-grade schoolmates every week to read to them through the Book Buddies program, developed by teachers Amy Craig and Patti Cutler.
It was October 2005. While visiting in Yinchuan, Ninxia, in northern China, I had an unexpected opportunity to travel to Inner Mongolia. The invitation was from Karen, a visiting teacher from Wales whom I had recently met while walking in a local park. Of course I said yes, and in eager anticipation we soon boarded an overnight train for a 9½-hour ride to Hohhot, the capital and cultural center of Inner Mongolia, where our adventure in riding waves of good luck and bad luck began.
The air is getting crisp, the sun is getting scarce, the clouds are coming on. It’s autumn in Clark County — time for a last little bit of outdoor exploration before gloom descends and sticks around for a while.
The cast of Lou Pallotta’s Italian-family dinner-theater comedies used to get so boisterous and familiar with one another, both on- and offstage, that audiences would check with them: “You’re all family for real, right?”