Morning Press: Oil terminal lease, Sticky’s Pot Shop, Highway 14 development




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In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories of the week:

Oil terminal lease faces new uncertainty

The country’s largest proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal may face another vote by the Port of Vancouver commissioners this year — and this time success doesn’t seem so certain.

The deadline for Vancouver Energy to get “all necessary licenses, permits and approvals” for the terminal is Aug. 1, according to the lease with the port. But with state regulatory hearings on the project set to last until July 29, meeting that goal is all but impossible.

Learn more about what has changed with the project.


Renegade cannabis store loses commercial building permit

Sticky’s Pot Shop, a recreational marijuana store that opened in defiance of a county moratorium on marijuana businesses, has lost its commercial building permit after the Clark County hearings examiner found the store owner gave the county false information about what he planned to sell.

John Larson, owner of Sticky’s at 9411 N.E. Highway 99, opened the doors of his Hazel Dell shop in late December, prompting Clark County code enforcement to issue him a fine of $250 for each day the store continued to sell marijuana.


Read more about the owner’s plans.


Council considers Madore’s Facebook page

David Madore’s digital world trickled into the real world Tuesday, as the Clark County council discussed a Facebook post the Republican councilor made alleging wrongdoing by county staff and posing the question of whether staff should face a criminal investigation.

In a Facebook post made Monday, Madore echoed claims he made last month that Community Planning staff have “covertly used” software to “erroneously inflate” the number of lots created by his controversial zoning proposal for the county’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, Alternative 4.

Learn more about the Facebook page discussion.

Property eyed for retail project along Highway 14

Piles of brush and a notably non-manicured field greet drivers’ eyes when taking Exit 1 heading west on Highway 14.

Kia Keyvani has a few better ideas for that space.

“We’re proposing a gas station, some retail, a bank, maybe fast-food,” said Keyvani, project manager and planner with Vancouver’s Delta Management Co. “We want to help the whole neighborhood.”

Read more about plans for the area near Exit 1.


Battle Ground district eyes boundary shift

Next school year, Battle Ground Public Schools plans to offer free, full-day kindergarten to all kindergartners at Glenwood Heights Primary School. The district estimates it needs an additional three classrooms for kindergartners, but there’s a roadblock to that plan. The school’s enrollment is at capacity. There are no classrooms to spare.

Monday night, the district’s board of directors will discuss a potential boundary shift to alleviate overcrowding on the campus of Glenwood Heights Primary School and its neighbor, Laurin Middle School. Superintendent Mark Hottowe and other district officials will present the boundary options and will provide a recommendation for consideration at the 6 p.m. special meeting/work study in the commons at Laurin Middle School, 13601 N.E. 97th Ave., Vancouver. Community members and staff will be able to provide comments.

Lean more about the proposed boundary changes.

Brain aneurysm changes life forever

Lana Hall remembers pulling the cord to start her chain saw that March day in 2014. She remembers grabbing the saw in her left hand and an ax in her right hand. And she remembers walking across the yard of her Yacolt home toward the large tree she planned to cut down.

She remembers the sudden pain in her hand. She remembers hearing her heartbeat, slowing to the point Lana was sure she was dying. She remembers feeling the most severe pain in her head that she’s ever experienced.

Read more about Lana Hall’s battle back to health.