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Morning Press: Living in an RV park; Woodland graduates’ stoles set off debate; Doctor of Bebop

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Here are some of the top stories of the weekend:

As housing costs climb, living in an RV park is affordable, if technically illegal

When Glenda Peck moved to the area five years ago from Arizona she lived in an apartment that cost $600 per month. Then, the rent went up to $900 and she was priced out. It was an older, crummy place in the Hudson’s Bay neighborhood.

“I didn’t think it was worth it,” she said.

So, she bought a 26-foot recreational vehicle and moved to Hazel Dell RV Park (which used to be known as Vancouver RV Park).

Fruit Valley parcel could feature development with 27 tiny homes

A neighborhood of tiny homes is in the works in Vancouver, though you wouldn’t know it to look at the proposed site.

Located amid brambles just off the railroad north of Fruit Valley, the 1.5-acre chunk of land is currently home to just one structure: a railway switch station, built in the late 1800s.

109-unit project planned by Pearson

A 109-unit development on a parcel northeast of Pearson Field would have 25 condominiums and 84 apartments, under a plan submitted to the city of Vancouver.

The apartment total would include two buildings with 24 units that the developer has set aside for “workforce housing,” a designation that lacks government-set standards and that even the developer acknowledges is open to interpretation.

Two Woodland graduates’ stoles set off debate

A decision that Woodland High School Principal John Shoup made shortly before the school’s graduation ceremony June 7 caused a bit of a stir on the internet, leading to some less-than-friendly calls and emails to the district.

Two students who are entering the U.S. Navy after graduation were presented with stoles — sashes graduates drape around their necks — by a recruiter earlier in the week. The students asked on the day of graduation if they could wear them while they walked in the ceremony, and Shoup said no.

Doctor of Bebop re-birthing the cool in Ridgefield

Clark County jazz lovers, the doctor will see you now. He’s been traveling the bebop circuit from Portland to Salem, Ore. for the past few years, but Saturday night will be the first time he’s brought his voice, his all-star band and his laid-back charm to Ridgefield, his adopted hometown.

Between songs at a recent concert in Portland, David Watson — whose musical buddies have dubbed him “The Doctor of Bebop” — told his fans about growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood where music was everywhere and jazz luminaries were his neighbors. He also got a great public-school education in music and the arts, he has said, and is a passionate supporter of continued funding for the arts in schools.


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