Category Archives: Reporting

Samples of published (and some unpublished) journalistic work.

What’s next for weed?; State’s marijuana industry takes stock two years after legalization

More than two years since legal recreational marijuana sales started, Washington pot businesses have seen more than $1.48 billion in total sales, raising more than $350 million in excise taxes, according to the state. But while sales have almost only … Continue reading

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Clown calls test patience of Clark County law enforcement

Clark County sheriff’s deputies have been responding to a handful of weird clown sightings each of the past few nights, a clearly exasperated sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Waddell said Thursday night. On one call Wednesday night, deputies went to the Felida … Continue reading

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Wildfire safety fuels hot debate; as more people move into wildland-urban interface, firefighting challenges increase

When a wildfire is rolling toward a house built with a cedar shake roof, surrounded by decorative juniper up to the windowsills, and the only access road is overgrown and narrow, firefighters will likely skip it. “People think that we’re … Continue reading

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Prayers for Orlando in Washougal; St. Anne’s Episcopal Church mourned shooting victims in a vigil

WASHOUGAL — The Rev. Eliacin Rosario-Cruz and Holly Puckett stood before the pews and read through the list of names. For each one, a note sounded. Forty-nine notes for the 49 people murdered Saturday night at an Orlando nightclub. Rosario-Cruz … Continue reading

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Clark County deputies armed for drug overdose, train to use opioid antidote naloxone

The sheriff’s deputies passed around a little vial and spray nozzle. One blast of naloxone from the vial, per nostril, can revive someone left unconscious by an opioid overdose, saving their life. “You giving them Narcan and waking them up … Continue reading

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Vigil held in Battle Ground for 3-year-old killed this week; about 250 people attend to pay respects, show their support for family

BATTLE GROUND — Roughly 250 people packed a Battle Ground neighborhood street Friday evening to pay their respects to Jose Castillo-Cisneros, an act the boy’s grandfather called a profound act of kindness. Jose Castillo-Cisneros, nicknamed Pepe, was killed Monday night … Continue reading

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Inmate switches identities, escapes from Clark County jail; Michael Diontae Johnson was awaiting trial for harassment, assault, other crimes

A Clark County Jail inmate escaped from custody Thursday by swapping identities with another inmate scheduled to be released that day, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Diontae Johnson, 30, had been transferred to Clark County from a … Continue reading

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