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Vancouver-based lab responds to COVID-19 with technical savvy, tools

“It was a little bit of a leap of faith to say we’re going to devote our resources as a company into this,” York said over a Zoom call with The Columbian on Thursday.

It was the right move. Molecular Testing Labs is now contracting with more than 400 clients spanning multiple states. It assembles, distributes, collects and processes an average of 6,000 COVID-19 tests a day, delivering results in 1.5 to 1.8 days, York said. The company is still ramping up to fill the needs of testing. – Columbian

New Heights Church demolition in downtown Vancouver: Only memories remain

The east side of the former downtown location of New Heights Church is covered in rubble during the demolition on Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Demolition began earlier this week on the 108-year-old church whose loose brick facade had become a hazard to passersby. – Columbian

Vancouver-based Visit With Santa taking reservations for video calls with St. Nick

After a year of Zooming for school, work, parties and family gatherings, it seems only natural that 2020’s pandemic holiday season would mean yet another virtual experience: video chatting with Santa Claus. – Columbian

Clark County Fire & Rescue changing name to Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue

Name change is designed to better reflect the areas that it serves. In August of this year, the city of Woodland annexed into the fire district. While Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCF&R) has served Woodland since 2013 through an annual contract, the annexation makes Woodland a permanent part of the fire district. – Clark County Today

Man gets month in jail for attempted hate crime in Vancouver

A 36-year-old man was sentenced Friday in Clark County Superior Court to about a month of jail time on an attempted hate crime charge stemming from him threatening a convenience store clerk. – Columbian

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