Ridgefield mayor recovering from fall

By Justin Runquist December 17, 2014 7:39 p.m.

Normally, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow spends the holidays with his family. But this Thanksgiving he was in a hospital bed with a fractured rib and a collapsed lung.

Vancouver port looks to develop new Red Lion hotel

By Aaron Corvin December 17, 2014 7:37 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver said Wednesday it hopes to develop a new hotel for Red Lion as part of a larger effort to redevelop its Terminal 1 property, currently home to the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.

Pedestrian hit Tuesday near mall in critical condition

By Emily Gillespie December 17, 2014 5:23 p.m.

The pedestrian struck by a vehicle Tuesday night east of the Westfield Vancouver Mall is in critical condition at an area hospital, according to Vancouver police.

Oregon's wine grape harvest: dry, lots of fruit

By Associated Press December 17, 2014 4:47 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon winemakers are toasting the 2014 grape harvest, done under unusually dry conditions that produced abundant yields.

Sony cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press December 17, 2014 2:44 p.m.

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film.

C-Tran argues it's within legal authority on BRT

By Eric Florip December 17, 2014 11:54 a.m.

C-Tran insists that it is within its statutory authority in pursuing and building a bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, responding to a lawsuit filed by a group of citizens last month.

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Clark College seeks clothing donations

By The Columbian December 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College Career Services is seeking clothing and cash donations for its 11th Annual Career Clothing Closet. The closet will be open for students to choose clothing April 23 and 24 before the college's annual career fair, which precedes spring graduation.

Santa set to chug into Vancouver on Christmas Steam Train

By The Columbian December 17, 2014 6 a.m.

It's time for another visit by the SP&S locomotive … which, in December, means "Santa, Presents & Steam." The venerable SP&S 700 locomotive will chug into Vancouver with the red-suited guest of honor Saturday morning for BNSF's 10th annual Santa Steam Train event.

Fire hits house in Harney Heights

By Patty Hastings December 16, 2014 9:26 p.m.

Washougal police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning near a Mexican restaurant.

Hanukkah lighting the way

By Scott Hewitt December 16, 2014 8:52 p.m.

Nothing is more important than teaching our children to be charitable and spiritual. So Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg of Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County told a crowd of about 100 gathered Tuesday at Esther Short Park for a Hanukkah celebration that he went online recently to find out more about the custom of giving chocolate coins to the kids. Why chocolate coins — or, as they're called, Hanukkah gelt?

Fire District 6 offers free address signs to residents

By Patty Hastings December 16, 2014 8:11 p.m.

Last winter, Fire District 6 firefighters rushed to help a woman who was having a heart attack. But when they got to where the map said her house was, they couldn't find it.

Burgerville spreads its wings at PDX

By LILY RAFF McCAULOU for The Columbian December 16, 2014 5:31 p.m.

Travelers who visit the Burgerville inside Portland International Airport get more than just fries and shakes with their burgers — they also get a taste of the future of dining at the Vancouver-based chain.

Oil companies object to petition from tribe

By Corey Morris, The Daily World December 16, 2014 5:22 p.m.

Westway Terminals and Imperium Renewables are asking the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to stay out of permit decisions concerning their proposals to build oil-by-rail projects at the Port of Grays Harbor.

Nordstrom fires Portland worker over police killings post

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press December 16, 2014 5:44 p.m.

PORTLAND — Nordstrom department store has fired an African-American sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.

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