In 12 months, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney John Farra’s salary increased by 47 percent. The reasons his annual salary soared from $61,812 to $91,164 included a cost-of-living increase, merit raise and expanded duties, but the biggest factor was a salary adjustment.
John F. Kennedy never visited Vancouver. Unlike rival Richard Nixon, who drew thousands of admirers for a speech in front of the Clark County Courthouse on Sept. 13, 1960, the Democratic presidential candidate didn't campaign here.
Vancouver drivers are getting comparatively worse, according to one of the nation's largest providers of auto insurance. Allstate Insurance Company -- you know, the one with the "You're in Good Hands" motto -- released its ninth annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report this week.
Scores on standardized tests required of public school students showed a slight improvement in 2013 over 2012 statewide, according to the spring 2013 test results released Monday. Those trends are reflected in Clark County schools.
As chief executive officer of Clark Public Utilities, Wayne Nelson manages the second-largest public utility district in the state. The agency has the distinction of being the leanest utility statewide, with the lowest operations and maintenance cost per customer of any public or private utility and the highest number of customers per employee of any public utility.
On this Labor Day weekend, Clark County's workers face many of the same problems as workers across the nation: stagnant wages, a need for more education and training to compete in a fast-changing job market, and a weakening hold on the middle-class lifestyle.
By By Jacques Von Lunen Columbian staff writer
February 5, 2012 6 a.m.
State school officials handed out 362 achievement awards to 274 schools last week. Fifteen of them went to local schools, with CAM Junior/Senior High School in Battle Ground tied with a Bellevue school for collecting the most — five — awards.
Awards were given in six categories: for overall excellence; for special recognition in language arts, math, science or extended graduation rate; and for closing the achievement gap between white or Asian students and those of other ethnicities.
Fern Prairie resident Jim Fisher describes himself as the “old hermit of Skunk Hollow.” He has lived in his modest home on 1.5 acres since 1969. At age 68, Fisher could be the poster child for the rural community’s main demographic: older, well-rooted residents who live primarily on acreage.