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Troy Brynelson


Troy Brynelson is OPB’s reporter in Southwest Washington. Previously, he’s covered everything from wildfires and a mass shooting in rural Oregon to tech and housing in Vancouver. He most recently reported on the homeless crisis in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Troy grew up in Southeast Portland, graduated Franklin High School and is a lifelong Blazer fan. Ball don’t lie!

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Recent Articles

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Complaint Spurs State Inspection At Vancouver Facility Suffering Virus Outbreak

A worker's complaint about condition at Firestone Pacific Foods, the source of a recent coronavirus outbreak, is leading to a formal inspection by Washington Labor and Industries.

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Outbreak Response Shows Clark County's Preparedness, Top Health Official Says

In the last nine days, 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 due to a spread at Firestone Pacific Foods. The top public health official hasn't changed his recommendation to reopen.

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Clark County, Southwest Washington's Largest, Could Reopen Soon

Clark County has a population of nearly half a million people, larger than any county so far approved to reopen bars and restaurants in the region. 

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ilani Tribal Casino In SW Washington To Reopen May 28

Ilani, the Cowlitz Tribe’s casino along Interstate 5 near La Center, Washington, is joining several other tribal casinos in reopening before the state’s stay-at-home orders are lifted.

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Columbia River Gorge's Draw 'Double-Edged Sword,' Local Officials Say

Like ski resort towns and beachfront communities, outdoor recreation hub Skamania County questions how much it can rely on tourists this year.

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Top Clark County Republican Drops GOP Affiliation For Reelection Bid

A top elected official in Clark County, Washington, is cutting ties with the local Republican Party — in part because it continues to gravitate to the far-right.

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2 Southwest Washington Counties Near Oregon Border Approved To Start Reopening

In-person shopping, salons and restaurants will reopen, with limits, in two Washington counties along the Oregon border.

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Teachers, Firefighters Slam Freedom Foundation For Pandemic Union-busting

Teachers and firefighters say they're being encouraged to quit their unions during the pandemic. The Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, said it's informing people of their options.

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Skamania, Wahkiakum Counties On Shortlist In Washington To Reopen Economies First

Two counties in Southwest Washington could reopen sooner than the majority of the state. Skamania County, home to popular trails, hopes people don't arrive in droves.

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Struggling SW Washington Counties To Get Millions In Federal Aid For Coronavirus Costs

Federal coronavirus relief money is coming to struggling Southwest Washington communities, but it won't cover all of their losses. 

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City Of Vancouver Dims Financial Future, To Furlough 300 Workers

The city of Vancouver’s financial forecast has darkened over the past month, further pinching hundreds of public employees.

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Burgerville To Lay Off 612 Employees Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The fast-food chain employs close to 1,500 people in Oregon and Washington. The layoffs amount to a roughly 40% reduction in workforce.

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Clark County Has A Plan To Boost Contact Tracing, But No Money For It

If Clark County is to implement Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s calls for boosted contact tracing, it’s going to require some help from the state or federal government.

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SW Washington Lawmakers Disregard Stay Home Orders, Attended Protest In Olympia

A pair of Republican state lawmakers from Southwest Washington joined the protest in Olympia last weekend to call for the reopening of the economy — directly disobeying the governor's stay-home order.

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Carolyn Long Gaining Campaign Funds But Still Trails Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler

For the third quarter in a row, Democrat Carolyn Long has outraised Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, in their bids to be Southwest Washington’s voice in Congress.

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Economic Woes Could Mean Backlog Of Bodies For Washington Coroners

Coroners and medical examiners in Washington could see a backlog of bodies soon.

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Clark County Secures Hotel For Unhoused People Endangered By Coronavirus

After weeks of searching, Clark County has found 116 hotel rooms for unhoused people who come into contact with the novel coronavirus.

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‘It’s Terrifying’: How Frustrations Flared For Nurses At SW Washington Hospital

Four nurses who spoke to OPB about their time working during the pandemic say PeaceHealth Southwest hospital failed to address the concerns of frontline workers most endangered by COVID-19.

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Clark County Asks Gov. Jay Inslee To Lift Construction Ban

With the coronavirus hurting tax revenue in Southwest Washington, Clark County is now pitching Gov. Jay Inslee to let construction start back up again.

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Known Oregon Coronavirus Cases Surpass 800

Oregon's total number of known coronavirus cases stands at 899 as of Friday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.