Oh, Columbia

“These roads don’t move; you’re the one that moves.

Last week I started at The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., just across its namesake river from Portland. It’s not too far down the road from Longview, though it’s certainly a step up in many regards. I couldn’t have done it without all the editors, reporters, readers, professors, family and friends who have helped out along the way. Thank you.

But let’s get right to it.

On my second day I got to experience the “strong personalities” of those in county and local government for an ultimately short-lived public transit conference.

Then I flexed my feature chops for tours of a nearly finished Clark College building and a redone Fort Vancouver visitor center. Institutions love showing off their shiny new things, see.

The open atrium of Clark College's new STEM Building will be glass-paneled like much of the rest of the $39 million building set to open to students next fall. (Brooks Johnson / The Columbian)
The open atrium of Clark College’s new STEM Building will be glass-paneled like much of the rest of the $39 million building set to open to students next fall. (Brooks Johnson / The Columbian)

My normal beat will be small Clark County cities and all the enterprise I can dig up there — like convincing the city of Battle Ground to comment on their city manager leaving, which I had to confirm through the city he’s heading to. Or this widely shared news-obit for “Ridgefield’s grandpa,” Hank Hayden.

My last story for The Daily News, after a week filling in as city editor, was on little Gracie and her inoperable brain tumor.

I know from working in several newsrooms now that this industry is packed with skilled and passionate people. Newspapers may be shrinking and changing, but what we do remains as important as ever. And we’re just as good as — no, we’re better than — the business that preceded us.

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