Columbian Newspaper

Vital Statistics
Author: The Columbian
Marriage licenses


Brian Scott Olmstead, 51, Vancouver, and Megan Marie Lord, 51, Vancouver.

Melissa Nicole Marx, 26, Battle Ground, and Nathan Arthur Ingemanson, 25, Battle Ground.

Christina Nicole Stevens, 32, Battle Ground, and Johnson Ngo, 38, Battle Ground.

De’Meshia Lavonne Bradford, 38, Vancouver, and Paulos Teklehiamanot Andebrehan, 47, Portland.

Heather Aleksandra Heilberg, 24, Portland, and Matthew Ross Nelson, 25, Portland.

Maya Elizabeth Wood, 19, Battle Ground, and Eliot Wesley Swett, 19, Kelso.

Shawn Michael DiCriscio, 30, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Elizabeth Michelle Feldstein, 31, Vancouver, B.C.

Marriage dissolutions


Carson Lloyd and Jenneen Autumn Trafton.

Nichole Jayleen and Michael James Lundervold.


Allan Linc and Rebecca Kaitlyn Burrell.

Bruce D. and Karin R. Hall.

Chelsea Breanne and Steven Neil Fredricksen. Petitioner’s name changed to Chelsea Breanne Stevens.

Paul E. and Elishia Diana Duncan.

Craig Warberg and Devin Moore.

Exotic Wilmarie and Brad Alan Burmester. Petitioner’s name changed to Exotic Wilmarie Kinsey.

Ginger Alisa and Aaron Tremaine Henry.

Hannah Grace and Manuel Juan Reimann.

Holly and John Searle. Petitioner’s name changed to Holly Sensenbach.

Jacob and Amanda Rogers.

Jeremy Willis Price and Mary Rae Martin-Price.

Jill Maren and David Scott Lovato.

Kristin E. and Robert D. Johnson.

Lesley and David Hiltz.

Lester and Susan Riley Jr.

Liliya A. and Michael V. Sokolov. Petitioner’s name changed to Liliya Pitchenko.

Lori and Shannon Elizabeth Henderson.

Melissa Ann and Jeffery Steven Merwin.

Michael and Susan B. Bozarth. Respondent’s name changed to Susan B. Ford.

Michael Thomas and Camille Victoria Theis. Respondent’s name changed to Camille Victoria Lowman.

Michelle S. and Donald Scott Waggoner.

Rachael and Joseph White.

Robert Samuel and Melissa Ann Lowree.

Roshan Tayefemohajer and Thara Kumbeno Memory.

Todd Raymond and Erin Elizabeth Johnson. Petitioner’s name changed to Melissa Ann Alberts.

Valerie May and Michael Roland Boucher. Petitioner’s name changed to Valerie May Tabor.


Anita Rose and Gemma Bourbon Riley.

Brandon and Kayla Anderson.

Brian and Christy Durham.

Brittany Cassandra and Matthew Brent Wiemer.

Christopher W. Mangan and Teara K. Adams.

Eli William and Katie Leigh Loomas.

Esther E. and Phillip Joseph Berrey.

Gregory Scott and Peggy Sue Hammond.

Janice Anne Rivera and Andrew James Napoleon.

Jason Richard and Alena Mae Kyllonen.

Jeffrey David and Marcee Diane Strong.

Jennifer and Elbert Cayabyab.

Jill Marie Earnhardt and James Glenn McDaniel.

Karen L. and Rocco A. Bria.

Linda Marie and Todd William Harms.

Nancy Jane and Scott Eric Craig.

Ryan and Cecilia Marie Hudon.

Scott Allen Jr. and Alexandra Cara Kiloh.

Stephen Michael and Amanda Reynolds.


Wendi and Brian Deans.

Court sentencings

The Columbian’s policy is to publish all Clark County Superior Court felony sentencings, as provided by the Clark County Clerk’s Office. DC signifies that the defendant has entered drug court. Addresses are provided by the courts and may have changed by the time of sentencing.


Bobby James Wyatt Jr., 28, Stockton, Calif., 180 days, second-degree kidnapping.

Christopher James Patterson, 27, Kelso, 20 days, forgery, possession of methamphetamine.

Conor Jay Mackenzie, 27, 1201 S.E. 329th Ave., Washougal, 30 days, possession of heroin.

Joseph Donald Watson, 21, 4201 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., 30 days, third-degree assault (domestic violence).

Joshua Grant Franklin Sr., 35, 2309 N.E. 109th Court, Vancouver, 29 months, forgery, four counts of unlawful issuance of bank checks or drafts more than $750, three counts of second-degree theft.

Mario T. Jones, 36, Gresham, Ore., 40 days, first-degree criminal impersonation.

Phillipe Mitchell Olvera, 38, Portland, 90 days, attempted possession of methamphetamine.

Robert Wilson Rector, 31, 1914 N.W. 105th St., Vancouver, 60 months, four counts of third-degree child molestation.

Tayton Monroe Young, 27, 10003 N.E. 142nd Ave., Vancouver, 34 months, two counts of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
Author: Associated Press

Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it’s often the best time to buy them, too. Garden centers traditionally mark down their off-season inventories rather than muscle them indoors for overwintering protection.

Discounted items also might include succulents and carnivorous plants, garden furniture, tools and statuary, potting soil and fertilizers. Many of the sale items are teasers, priced so low that you can’t resist pulling out your wallet even though you may have to work hard at protecting them once they make it home.

Before heading out for your bargain shopping, anticipate. Set aside several sheltered areas along retaining walls or the sides of buildings for what one veteran gardener labels “clearance stashes.”

Understand that nurturing those unplanned-for plants until spring may eat into your investment, at least in terms of late-season sweat equity. They’ll need a deep watering, holes dug for their containers or burlap-wrapped root balls, and then some fill dirt or straw layered around them for insulation.

“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Fall end-of-season sales are the biggest of the year, said Maureen Murphy, owner of Bayview Farm and Garden near Langley.

“We do progressive sales,” Murphy said. “So much is marked off one week and then more is marked off the next. People like it. It’s kind of a game for them. Will it be here next week at 30 percent off?”

Garden centers — especially those in the somewhat winter-friendly Pacific Northwest — recommend that people plant in the fall, she said. “The ground is still warm and that’s when the seasonal rains arrive. The plants spend their time until spring rooting in.”

Small, privately owned garden centers have to be quick to adapt to consumer demands, Murphy said. Her Whidbey Island grower-retailer operation is open now year-round with a gift shop and restaurant on site. It draws tourists along with gardeners, she said.

In the Service
Author: The Columbian

Nuclear Electronics Technician 1st Class Shaey Steele of Vancouver is pinned to his current rank during an awards at quarters ceremony on Sept. 12. Steele is assigned to the reactor department on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, which is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications.

Battle Ground board works to adjust upcoming holiday events
Author: The Columbian

BATTLE GROUND — Following a 2018 by survey community members, Battle Ground formed a Parks and Community Advisory Board, a seven-member volunteer group to help evaluate and develop parks, recreational programming and community events. They are Josie Calderon, board chair; Jennifer Rosenberger; Michelle Yenderrozos; Jen Hamilton; Glen Erickson; Toni Wise, and Tyrel Halme, youth representative. As fall approaches and the community continues to navigate unexpected changes with the pandemic, the board continues to look for new ways to build community connections and engagement. They have shifted their focus to the upcoming holiday season and plans for Battle Ground’s Halloween Fright Night and Holiday Tree Lighting events. “Celebrating tradition and connecting as a community is more important than ever,” said Calderon. “Our annual Halloween Fright Night and Holiday Tree Lighting events may look a bit different this year, but we will celebrate as a community — that’s what Battle Ground does.”

Tips for prepping home for a fall sale
Author: Paul F. P. Pogue, Angie’s List

The house-buying market continues to move rapidly. It’s a great time to sell your home, but for the best results, take a few steps to make sure your home is attractive and will fetch the best price. The autumn season gives way to falling leaves, crackling fires and cozy family time.

Here are six ways to prep your house for a sale in the fall.

1. Keep up with your yard

Leaves are starting to fall quickly now. Rake and bag them on a daily basis; you never know when a potential buyer will show. Clean your gutters; potential buyers will take note of leaking gutters or clogged downspouts.

Make buyers feel your house offers everything they want in a home.

2. Check your furnace

Hire an HVAC pro to check your heating unit or furnace. Would-be buyers will be taking a close look at this, and you want it to be in the best shape. A furnace making strange noises or not working perfectly is a big turnoff. A professional inspection will address all parts of the system and head off potential problems. Make sure you stay on top of filter changes, too.

3. Focus on the fireplace

Hire a certified chimney sweep who can inspect and clean your fireplace. Too much creosote can cause blockage, reduce airflow and potentially lead to chimney fires. A crisp, clear fireplace makes a great impression. You never know if there’s debris up above or bird’s nests on the exterior that will create blockage or back up smoke.

4. Create a fall first impression

You want the first impression of your house to convey a look of fall. Place a fall wreath, but take care not to overdo Halloween decorations. Use lots of pumpkins, corn and gourds in different sizes near the front door to add pops of color.

5. Appeal to all the senses

While you want the house looking its best and looking warm, festive and fall-like, the finishing touch is smell. Bake up a batch of cookies or have an uncooked pie waiting in the refrigerator. When you know someone is coming, pop it into the oven and let the lovely scent fill the house.

For a quicker result, light a cinnamon or pumpkin spice candle.

6. Don’t overlook common home staging tips

Make sure you give your house a good cleaning, preferably by a professional, before you start showings. Try to minimize excess furniture or clutter in the house. Arrange furniture so it doesn’t block windows. Make sure your closets are clean and tidy; potential buyers pay a lot of attention to closets. And make sure your windows are clean and sparkly, shrubs trimmed and flower beds weeded. The buyer’s decision-making process begins at the curb, not the front door.

Working in Clark County: Rachael Moody, PNW Weddings with Rachael
Author: Lyndsey Hewitt

Rachael Moody had only just gotten her feet wet in the world of wedding planning in 2018, and 2020 was supposed to be the year she really got her business, PNW Weddings with Rachael, off the ground.

Then, of course, COVID-19 hit.

“It was a big shock to see my calendar just blow away,” said Moody, 30, who lives in the Orchards area.

The Sandy, Ore., native works a full-time job at Summit Orthopedics to pay the bills, but wedding planning is her dream. However, any full-time wedding planning may be on hold until a vaccine comes. While Clark County remains in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, traditional weddings have basically vanished.

According to state rules, receptions aren’t allowed, and indoor occupancy may only hit 20 percent capacity, or as many as 30 people — whichever is less. In general, gatherings are limited to no more than five people outside of a household per week.

Pre-COVID, Moody had 16 weddings lined up just for the summer season. Now, she’s down to five, only doing four small weddings so far this year. Most couples have postponed, eloped or canceled altogether. The couples who pushed forward with their weddings this summer have had dramatically different weddings because of the need to remain safe. Some have had to reschedule at multiple venues.

Some have even worn masks at their weddings to prevent the virus from spreading, Moody said.

“We usually wear the masks during the event and during meetings,” Moody said. “But I had one bride who just did not want masks. She wasn’t against it but didn’t want the masks there. But people who didn’t want to come didn’t come.”

The Columbian caught up with Moody to learn more.

How has your business been impacted by COVID-19?

I had around 16 weddings scheduled just for summer alone that were anywhere from 125- to 300-person weddings. I’m down to five now. My last one is in October. I was super ready and determined for this summer, but it brought me closer to my couples; I feel part of the family. It just felt good that I had way more time. I was happy to be available for that … and be able to look at the rules for Oregon and Washington. I guess I would say it was kind of a win-loss — a loss in the negativity in not having as many events. These couples had their visions just collapsing. There was good and bad to it. But it’s helped me focus and realize that small, intimate weddings are fun too.

Do you travel for the job?

I have one in North Plains, Ore. The other two weddings this year were in Newberg, Ore. I travel. I’ll go anywhere. I love seeing new venues, so that’s fun. Eventually, I’d love to build my own venue in Washington. I love to see what works and what people don’t like.

What’s your case for hiring a wedding planner?

I really think it’s good to have a coordinator because it’s that go-to person for all your vendors. We’re the point of contact for the vendors arriving when the cake and the flowers get there instead of bugging the bride when it’s her special day. Aunt Sally would be great, but what if she goes out and has too many drinks and can’t help with the timeline? That happens a lot. I want family to have fun and remember it and not be stressed out. Those moments when you see the bride and groom stand there and take a deep breath and soak everything in, that’s the moment that brings me so much joy. I did my job.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve had to deal with at a wedding?

I was assisting at a wedding last summer and the bride and groom hired their friend as a DJ, and he got really wasted and it’s not something we can say, “Hey, you’re fired. You got to go.” I always encourage couples not to use family friends because things can go wrong. I get they want to help out, but it always ends up badly. I had an incident last summer where one of the groomsmen got completely trashed before the ceremony and so I put him in timeout just because I didn’t want him to drink anymore or pull girls down the aisle. That was the only time I got called a mean coordinator.

So you see a lot of drunk people?

Yes. This year, not really because everyone is social distancing and leaving early, but last summer was a doozy.

Is there anything about the wedding business you think should change?

I definitely think that since a wedding is supposed to be a happy event in a big life moment for someone, I run into quite a few vendors that are kind of unpleasant. So I just would say that if you’re going to be in this business, you have to remember that things happen. If you can’t maneuver around things successfully and confidently and you have that presence that something’s wrong and can’t be fixed, you shouldn’t be in the industry for weddings. I’ve run into people with that attitude and you just feel awful. The vendors need to have confidence always and willing to help with anything.

So, as a wedding planner, are you married?

I’m not married yet. I get people asking that a lot: “How long have you been married?” They’re like, “Oh, how do you do this?” I think the reason why is because I get to plan so many weddings, so I don’t have a vision for my own wedding. So I don’t know. It’s kind of funny, but I don’t want it to impair my business or judgment or for people to think, “Oh she’s never been married, so she doesn’t know what it’s like.” Maybe someday, hopefully after I build my venue, I can get married there. I don’t know what I want, but that’s my plan. We’re not married or engaged; it just hasn’t fallen into my plate. We’re OK.


Working in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Lyndsey Hewitt:; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

Death Notices
Author: The Columbian

Angela M. Claypoole, 53, Vancouver, died Sept. 12, 2020. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Florine Woneta Wheeler, 96, Vancouver, died Sept. 17, 2020. Brown’s Funeral Home, 360-834-3692.

Judy A. Dunn, 75, Vancouver, died Sept. 16, 2020. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Leslie L. Wykoff, 73, Vancouver, died Sept. 15, 2020. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Lidiya I. Umanets, 71, Vancouver, died Sept. 15, 2020. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Linda D. Hicks, 68, Portland, died Sept. 14, 2020. Davies Cremation & Burial Services, 360-693-1036.

Stepan I. Budnik, 83, Milwaukie, Ore., died Sept. 16, 2020. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948.

Valerie E. Bieber, 84, Vancouver, died Sept. 17, 2020. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060.

Coronavirus takes toll on churches
Author: Christina Saint Louis, Miami Herald

MIAMI — Like many things since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, South Florida houses of worship have had to make dramatic changes. In the Miami Archdiocese, parishioners don’t hold hands as they recite the Lord’s Prayer, pews are emptier and the holy water has been put away.

The archdiocese also says that in the earlier days of the pandemic six out of 253 priests tested positive. One of them, Father William Muniz of St. Henry Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, died of COVID-19-related complications in late July. He was 85.

All but one of the cases, the archdiocese said, occurred after it suspended in-person Masses mid-March and moved services online. Two months later, the archdiocese opted to lift that suspension while still taking precautions to safeguard churches from COVID-19.

“We need to be with one another and so virtual relationships just don’t do it,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski. “They’re a good stopgap, but they’re not sufficient for coming back and encountering, not only the Lord, but encountering one another.”

“Christianity is a religion of community,” he said.

The same could be said for Judaism, Islam and other religions.

Since Florida is one of the states that considers religious services essential and exempt from social distancing mandates, houses of worship were never ordered by the state to close their doors or to limit their capacities, unlike in states like California, where shutdown orders were unsuccessfully challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, religious leaders were left to decide how to best respond to the crisis unfolding around them.

The Miami Herald learned of churches that continued to meet in person throughout the pandemic. At least two experienced spread of the virus among parishioners, although church officials would not discuss those outbreaks.

The Herald reported last week that a Florida Lauderdale Baptist church pastor, Marcel Metayer, 63, and one of his assistant pastors, Fequiere Esperant, 65, both succumbed to the virus.

While some churches stayed open for in-person worship throughout, many did not, and across South Florida yard signs have popped up like mushrooms after a forest rainstorm, beckoning the faithful to log onto virtual services.

Miami-Dade suggests that people attending religious services socially distance and meet in smaller groups, but that’s not a requirement either. And masks aren’t legally mandated inside Miami-Dade religious institutions. Broward County, however, does require social distancing and masks at church.

As a result, religious leaders across South Florida have adopted varying worship conditions to maintain their faith communities and address their congregations’ safety concerns.

“As we move to reopen, prudence — the ability to govern and discipline ourselves by the use of reason — must govern our actions,” Wenski wrote in a letter to parishioners announcing the return of in-person Mass.

It’s prudence that led the archdiocese to mandate that all parishes institute social distancing, sanitize between services and have hand sanitizer readily available despite having no legal obligation. Parishioners are also asked to wear a mask, though they may take it off to receive communion.

Still, only about 25 percent of the parishioners have returned to participating in-person, Wenski said. The rest are still watching live streams of Mass, which has not been easy on the parishes’ finances. With the combination of parishioners not being physically present to put their offerings into the collection basket and many experiencing ongoing job losses, some churches have “taken hits,” an archdiocese spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Wenski said, innovations in camera equipment and increasing sanitizing efforts have come at a cost.

But it’s not just the archdiocese that has innovated with coronavirus precautions. Other faith communities have developed their own approaches.

Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation has done drive-in services for the past five weeks. “People drive into our parking lot, park under the trees and I bring the altar out to them,” said Father Alberto Cutie, its rector.

As part of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, which stopped in-person services at all its churches in March and hasn’t reinstated them, Cutie’s church was meeting for online services seven days a week before he decided to try something new.

“What we’ve accomplished is that those who feel completely unable to leave their houses continue to view our services online and participate that way,” he said.

Gardening With Allen: Prune shrubs bottom to top
Author: Allen Wilson

I have shrubs which are blocking my windows and have grown over walkways. Is this a good time to prune them or should I wait until spring?

Except for spring flowering shrubs like rhododendron, azalea, lilac, spiraea and forsythia, this is an excellent time to prune. Spring flowering shrubs have already formed flower buds for next year. Pruning now would remove many of those flowers. The best time to prune flowering shrubs is right after they bloom.

I prune almost all my shrubs one branch at a time. This keeps their natural shape and thickness. Pruning with power clippers or shears causes plants to develop many more branches than is normal. There are only a few plants like hedges and upright conical junipers that look good with thick growth.

I normally start at the bottom when I prune a shrub. The lowest branches are pruned to the width you want the shrub to be when you have finished pruning. In some cases they are only pruned enough to restore uniformity. As you move up, taper the shrub so branches are pruned shorter as you work up the shrub. Upper branches are pruned the most because they grow the fastest. It is important to prune upper branches so they do not shade lower ones. When lower branches are shaded they lose their leaves. Shrubs develop what I call a “chicken leg effect.”

Start by selecting one of the longest branches and reach down inside other branches. Cut it a little shorter than the size you would like the shrub to be after pruning. Select another long branch and do the same with it. The shorter adjacent branches hide the stubs.

In most cases shrubs should not be reduced in size by more than a third. Be careful not to prune needle evergreen shrubs like juniper and pine so that all the green growth is removed. Evergreens will not grow new leaves on branches that are cut so short that there is no leaf growth remaining.

Broad leaf shrubs can sometimes be pruned more than a third, but it may take more than one season for them to return to normal size.

Trees can also be pruned now. Extra long branches can be shortened, just like shrubs. Lowest branches can be removed as the tree grows taller. When branches are removed completely, a 1/4 -inch stub should be left. This stub is referred to as a collar because it looks like a shirt collar. The collar contains the healing tissue that the tree uses to heal the wound.

Workshop to explain Clark County charter review group
Author: Calley Hair

The League of Women Voters is hosting a free workshop to explain the role of the as-yet unelected Clark County Charter Review Commission.

The 15 members of the commission will be elected on the Nov. 3 ballot. Their job will be to conduct an examination of the charter, which serves as the county’s constitution. It was adopted by Clark County voters in 2014 under the condition that it will undergo a review every five years in a process that may include proposing amendments.

“This is not a forum to hear from the candidates who are seeking election to the commission,” Judy Zeider, chair of the League’s Civics Education Committee, said in a media release. “Rather it’s an opportunity to learn about the tasks facing the new commissioners.”

The course will be co-hosted by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and held remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To register, visit The program will last about 90 minutes.