When the Washington Legislature was in session, most of the nine members of Clark County’s delegation (Democrats and Republicans) would meet every week at one of their residences over a crock pot of chili, pizza or other dish and talk about how they could work together to direct funds to the region and help each other pass bills.
Five or six days a week Ronnie Tamez rises early in the morning to monitor and fix something beneath the ground that many people in Clark County would prefer to not think about. “You don’t think about a septic until it’s broke. Out of sight, out of mind,” said Tamez.
On Dec. 29, 2016, the day he was sworn into office as a Clark County councilor along with Eileen Quiring, John Blom did some math to figure out just what the council might get done over the next four years. With the council having one hearing a week, he figured that there would be about 50 per year, with 200 total hearings over a four-year term.
Clark County council Chair Marc Boldt said he regularly shows up at the Dragonfly Cafe on the ground floor of the county’s Public Service Center to get some face time with county employees. For much of May, he got an earful.
It took more than a mile of chain-link fence, more than 100 portable toilets, more than 300 volunteers, 35 vendors selling food and crafts, a sponsorship by Bank of America, four bands and more than 10,000 fireworks to pull off this year's annual Independence Day at Fort Vancouver.
The next mayor of Vancouver will either be a political newcomer with no previous elected experience or a current member of city council with a history of community involvement. Four mayoral hopefuls (John Carroll didn’t respond to The Columbian’s invitation) offered their thoughts on the direction of the city to The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Monday.
The outcome of Washington’s long-awaited McCleary deal drew cautious optimism and uncertainty from local school officials, who now enter their own budget discussions with new regulations and revenue for school budgets in play.
Along a stretch of Highway 99 in Hazel Dell, people with bright T-shirts and colorful signs stood waving, smiling and beckoning passing motorists to participate in a tradition that’s becoming more closely associated with unincorporated Clark County.
Linda Glover, Vaughn Henderson and Michelle Beardshear have all traveled different paths in life. But they all hope they lead to the Position 3 seat on Vancouver City Council, which opened up after its current holder, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, made her bid for mayor.