Columbian Newspaper

Grape vines planted at Ridgefield roundabouts
Author: The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD — In February, the South West Washington Wine Association adopted the monthly maintenance of roundabouts across the Ridgefield area, planting Marechal Foch grapes at the Pioneer Street roundabout.


Now eliminated from playoff contention, the Blazers’ future takes center stage
Author: Will Denner

PORTLAND — What seemed inevitable from the moment the Portland Trail Blazers pulled most starters out of the lineup in recent weeks became official Friday.


Washington State News

Steven Kwan, Guardians bid for another strong outing vs. Mariners
It would appear Cleveland's Steven Kwan and Seattle's Julio Rodriguez aren't worried about any sophomore slumps. Kwan finished third in the American League's Rookie of the Year voting last season behind Rodriguez and Baltimore's Adley Rutschman, Kwan's former teammate at Oregon State. Kwan went 2-for-4 with a double and matched his career high with five RBIs as the Guardians posted a 9-4 victory over the host Mariners o

NYT Politics

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Global Push for Nuclear Power
Author: Edward Wong, Vivian Nereim and Kate Kelly
Despite qualms in Washington, Saudi officials have pressed the United States to help them develop nuclear power. But they are also exploring other options, including China.
Trump’s GOP Rivals, Shielding Him, Reveal Their 2024 Predicament
Author: Michael C. Bender and Maggie Haberman
Many of Donald Trump’s potential opponents snapped into line behind him, showing just how hard it may be to persuade Republican voters to choose an alternative.

Portland Business News

Electrical trades maternity benefit helps retain women in the industry
Author: NECA-IBEW Local 48
In January 2020, a new maternity benefit plan went into effect that was made available by IBEW Local 48 in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Harrison Electrical Workers Trust Fund. To our knowledge, this is the first of its kind in the nation. Since the plan went into effect at the beginning of 2020, 25 people have used this benefit. Designed with a goal to retain women in the workforce, the plan offers 13 weeks of paid leave before a doctor-certified…
Why mental wellness at work is a must-have — and how to make it happen
Author: Dr. Keith Bachman
It may be one of the brightest silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic: A newfound emphasis on employee mental health and well-being. According to a recent study by Fisher Phillips, nearly 60% of employers say the pandemic has opened the door to mental health conversations in the workplace. And 65% of employers now say mental health plays an integral role in the health of their business, a 27% jump from just 5 years ago. Make no mistake; such recognition is sorely needed. The U.S. Surgeon General’s…

The Chronicle - Centralia

T-Birds Handle Tigers Down South

The only local baseball team that actually managed to work around the storms and get a game in Friday, Tumwater took advantage of its time on the field in Clark County to get one last win before spring break, beating 4A Battle Ground 11-6.

The Thunderbirds — designated as the home team for the neutral-site game, played at Heritage — struck for six runs in the bottom of the the third inning to take a 7-6 lead, before adding insurance in each of the next three frames.

Eddie Marson went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Brayden Oram and Graysen Reveal both had two-hit days, and Alex Overbay had a hit and two walks.

Nick Lowery earned the win on the hill, working three innings of middle relief and allowing just one unearned run.

Tumwater will get a week off and return to action on the road next Friday at Aberdeen.

Bearcats Blank Warriors on Sloppy Night

The W.F. West boys soccer team wrapped up the first portion of the season on a winning note, going into spring break with a 2-0 victory at Rochester.

“Sloppy field conditions made it hard to control the ball,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “But the guys still did a great job of applying pressure and creating chances.”

It took the Bearcats the better part of a half to figure out the Rochester defense in the wet and windy conditions, but they finally broke through in the 39th minute, on a long free kick from Cameron Kunz that skipped off the wet grass past the keeper. 

The goal kept Rochester from going into halftime on even footing, chasing a goal despite having to keep numbers back to deal with W.F. West’s pressure. The Warriors managed a few chances of their own, but the only goal to come belonged to the visitors, with the Bearcats doubling their lead off an Israel Lopez-Cruz tally in the 48th.

Rochester coach Matt Ashton said that despite the final scoreline, he was pleased with his side’s play in the central areas, led by Anthony Garcia, and the back third.

“Our entire defensive line played hard tonight,” he said.

Rochester and W.F. West are both set to get over a week off and return to play April 11, the Warriors at Black Hills and the Bearcats at Shelton.

Track Roundup: Area Teams Converge in Adna

Though Aberdeen took home the win for both the boys and girls, area squads had a good showing at a 1B/2B/2A meet in Adna Friday evening on a drizzly day. 

The Pirates were the top scoring team on both the boys and girls sides locally, with the boys finishing second and the girls finishing third. 

Winners for the Pirates included Trenton Carper in the high jump for the boys (5 feet, 8 inches), Megan Price in the 200 meters for the girls (29.82), and Lillian Boyd in the discus (98 feet, 2 inches). 

The Pirate girls also won a pair of relays, with the 4x200-meter relay winning in 2:00.81 (Sophie Hagseth, Lydia Tobin, Price, and Reagan Naillon), and the 4x400-meter relay winning in 4:55.92 (Megan Stout, Karissa Larson, Price, and Naillon). 

Winlock was led by its lone winner in Payton Sickles, who won the 200 in 24.14, and Centralia earned a trio of winners in Devin Harrison, who took both the 1600 (4:46.84) and 3200 (10:32.19) and Alayna Mcgregor in the javelin (87 feet, 5 inches). 

Pe Ell also earned a winning duo, with Carter Phelps winning both boys hurdle events, 16.68 in the 110m hurdles and 43.49 in the 300m hurdles, and Charlie Carper winning the 300m hurdles in 51.94 for the girls.