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Election Results

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Turlay concedes; Leavitt wins second mayoral term

photoDuring an Oct. 2 debate at Clark College, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, left, and challenger Bill Turlay, a city council member, outline their different views on transportation and what the city needs to attract more jobs. Ballots will be mailed Wednesday for the Nov. 5 election.

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Vancouver City Councilor Bill Turlay conceded the mayoral race to Tim Leavitt on Thursday, saying that he’s looking forward to working with Leavitt during Leavitt’s second term.

After initial election results were announced Tuesday evening, Turlay expressed hope that remaining ballots would trend overwhelmingly in his favor, a hope he repeated on Wednesday. But shortly after updated results on Thursday showed him gaining only a tiny bit of ground, Turlay conceded.

“Our campaign worked hard. I had great support from my volunteers and those who contributed financially,” said Leavitt, who raised $107,945, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Turlay raised $24,699.

“I look forward to getting refocused on city business and getting down to brass tacks on moving our city forward,” Leavitt said.

He said he also looks forward to Turlay serving as a productive member of the city council. Turlay has two years left in his four-year term.

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Voters favor fireworks curbs in Clark County

Clark County voters seem to support stricter limits on when fireworks can be sold and used, according to preliminary election results released Tuesday night. They also said, through other advisory votes, they want to be consulted on transit issues.

As of Tuesday, early returns showed 65.2 percent of voters advised Clark County commissioners to limit the use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county to July 4 only, and the sale of fireworks in those areas to July 2-4. The advisory vote is nonbinding, but commissioners say the results will help them decide whether to move forward with such a proposal.

The preliminary results released Tuesday night include the tabulation of 57,679 ballots. Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said he expects about 30,000 more ballots to be counted this week, which could cause election results to shift. About 34.7 percent voted against the fireworks resolution.

County Commissioners David Madore and Steve Stuart said Tuesday evening that it appears voters are giving them a clear message on fireworks. Stuart said the next step is for commissioners to get together and decide whether to change their rules on fireworks.

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Republicans likely to hold edge on freeholders board

Clark County's board of freeholders are made up of 15 nonpartisan positions. But with 11 of the current vote leaders either current or former elected officials, it appears that party politics played some role in the election.

Republican Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke, who initiated the freeholder election process, originally stated that he'd like to see a partisan race, as it allows voters to easily identify candidate's ideals.

The commissioners eventually agreed to nonpartisan positions for the sake of simplicity in conducting an election.

But with so many sitting and current elected officials on the board, and based on answers from a candidate questionnaire sent to candidates by The Columbian, it appears Republicans will have a majority on the board.

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Reese Witherspoon movie 'Wild' films in Vancouver

photoReese Witherspoon, award-winning actress

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Reese Witherspoon stepped out of a Frontier Adventures bus parked in front of the Elbow Room on Broadway. After pausing on the sidewalk for a moment, she adjusted the large hiking pack on her back and walked inside the bar.

"CUT!" someone yelled before a C-Tran bus passed through the movie set.

A corner of Vancouver's Uptown Village was transformed into Reno, Nev., on Thursday night for the 37-year-old actress's latest film, "Wild." The film is based on Portland author Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir of personal crisis and growth as she travels more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the wake of her divorce and her mother's death.

Filming took place at the bar inside Paul's Restaurant, 1800 Broadway. Crews selected the long-standing site to stand in for a part in the film that's supposed to take place at a restaurant in Reno. In the book, Strayed bypasses a section of the trail in the High Sierra that's packed with snow, detouring through Reno.

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Couple learn hard lesson about buying a home

photoJosh and Rachel Wasser talk to The Columbian on Friday. The couple have had security issues at their Northeast 119th Street home since the county widened the street.

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Josh and Rachel Wasser say the problems that have cropped up since a county road expanded to within 20 feet of their front door are downright scary at times.

In the decade since the road expansion, they’ve worked to keep garbage from piling up in the shoulder area between the house and the road. Folks often use their driveway as a turnaround, and because of the precarious slope, Josh has towed more than a few vehicles out of the yard. One day, they even found some people using their outdoor water spigot to fill up some water bottles.

But most spooky is that the family vehicles have had half a dozen break-ins in the past four years. It’s such a frequent occurrence that the Wassers say their 10-year-old daughter is uncomfortable at times just to be at the house located in the 2700 block of Northeast 119th Street.

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Clark County legislators cautious on Boeing incentives

photoOn the first day of the special legislative session in Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday greets John Lovick, the current Snohomish County executive and former Snohomish County sheriff and state representative before testifying to the House Finance Committee in support of the measure would extend incentives to the state aerospace industry in hopes of securing long-term, in-state manufacturing agreements with the Boeing.

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Several legislators from Southwest Washington said they like at least some parts of the Boeing incentives package they were called to Olympia to approve, but they're still undecided on the plan and some are unhappy with how hastily the special session was pulled together.

The package includes state tax breaks for the aerospace industry in the hopes of landing Boeing's 777X project in Washington state. The package has money for aerospace training programs, and it brings back into play a transportation revenue proposal that stalled earlier this year.

Multiple Republicans representing Clark County said they support investments in the state's economy, but that they're still gathering more information about whether it's worth raising the gas tax to pay for new transportation improvements.

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2013 fall all-league teams

photoBrian Humphreys places his golf ball on the 18th green Oct. 8, at Tri-Mountain. After a lightning delay, the Camas High School sophomore putted the ball in for the 4A district championship.

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All-league teams that have been received and posted online. The all-league teams will be published in print when all all-league teams have been received.

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