Courtney Talak

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Longview native Hal Calbom, right, speaks with a potential client at the local Columbia River Reader.

Longview native Hal Calbom now spends his days writing for the local Columbia River Reader.

World War II veteran Art Perez lays his hands on the scar of his artillery battle leg injury.

Iwo Jima veterans Art Perez, left, and Douglas “Bill” Swartz, right, share a laugh while posing for a portrait at Highlander Place in Kelso.

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Iwo Jima veterans Art Perez, left, and Douglas “Bill” Swartz, right, pose for portraits at Highlander Place in Kelso.

Three Rivers Christian high school students spent their Valentine's Day volunteering for Jansen Floral Effects in Longview to deliver more tha…

Smelt dippers are silhouetted along the Cowlitz River bank near Gerhart Gardens Park in Longview, Wash. during the one-day recreational season…

Smelt dippers are silhouetted waist deep in the Cowlitz River near Gerhart Gardens Park in Longview, Wash. during the one-day recreational sea…

7-year-old Aidan Casscles from Camas, Wash., center, inspects a freshly-caught smelt with his family friend Alice Xu, left, while dip netting …

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