Southwest Washington Reporter
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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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.
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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Like ski resort towns and beachfront communities, outdoor recreation hub Skamania County questions how much it can rely on tourists this year.
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.
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.
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.
Federal coronavirus relief money is coming to struggling Southwest Washington communities, but it won't cover all of their losses.
The city of Vancouver’s financial forecast has darkened over the past month, further pinching hundreds of public employees.
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.
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.
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.
Coroners and medical examiners in Washington could see a backlog of bodies soon.
After weeks of searching, Clark County has found 116 hotel rooms for unhoused people who come into contact with the novel coronavirus.
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.