Medical marijuana farmer Tom Lauerman has dedicated his life to normalizing cannabis in the U.S. He went from being arrested at his medical collective in 1999, to working with the federal government today to establish the first ever national safety guidelines for the cannabis industry.
Life of a cannabis farmer
A Strong Man
Akhil Jhaveri was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in July 2011, and while he lost the ability to move his limbs and now has a feeding tube, he is trying to embrace the time he has left with his loved ones. This is a three part series about Akhil and his journey with ALS.
Donna Pinaula and her kids have been homeless in Vancouver since 2012. They have stayed with family, in shelters and in a tent. In this video, The Columbian followed Donna and her kids through a typical day.
Hidden Homeless - Day in the life of a homeless family
Still Farming at 90
90-year-old Charles DeTemple has lived on his family farm in Camas, WA, since 1925, with the exception of three years when he fought in WWII. He was recently awarded the Legion of Honor medal by a French official for his WWII service.
Still farming at 90
We Are All Human
Braxton Thomsen shares his perspective on life as a deaf, transgender man living in Vancouver, WA. This film won first place in the Audience Awards' 2015 LGBTQ film competition.
We Are All Human- Life as a Transgender Man in Vancouver
As river levels continue to decrease and water temperatures rise, the lives of many fish in Clark County are being threatened. Fish rescuer Dave Brown has been rescuing fish for many years in Clark County to help restore fish runs. This year, he's especially concerned about the future of the fish and the rivers.
The Storm City Roller Girls are a roller derby team in Vancouver, WA.
This is the story of 19-year-old Mariah, a sex trafficking survivor from Portland, Oregon. On the streets from 14 to 18, Mariah befriended a police officer who helped her leave the streets while putting her pimp in jail for life. She then met Jennifer Unangst, who is opening a home for sex trafficking survivors in Oregon in April 2013. House of Engedi will be the first home in Oregon where sexually exploited women over 18 can stay long-term and receive care specific to their needs. The hope was that Mariah would move into House of Engedi when it opens, but after struggling to stay at transition homes, she moved back to Portland where she is at risk for going back to the streets.
When Jake Tompkins and his 10-year-old son, Kyle, go hunting it’s more about the adventure than it is about the sport. When they hunt, the duo routinely makes bets for chicken gizzards and soda. Sharing the experience of hunting is a way for Jake and Kyle to bond, but also an avenue for support and respect. Both Jake and his son have hereditary, spastic paraplegia, which makes it difficult for them to walk. Their disability does not prevent them from living a normal life, but it does cause them to rely on each other for many tasks. Sometimes when they hunt, they are forced to crawl through the brush, if walking is too challenging of a task. Hunting together is way for Jake to teach his son life lessons, and a place of normality.