By Matt Volz, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 9:56 a.m.
HELENA, Mont. — A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.
Traffic lights at state Highway 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard are back to working after a controller failed this morning, said Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Abbi Russell said.
Those who live off 78th Street near St. Johns and Andresen roads north of Vancouver may notice less hissing and yowling in their neighborhood. Must Love Dogs NW recently rounded up 37 feral cats there.
Has the Internet killed the video rental business? One Hazel Dell company hopes the answer to that question is "no." When Video Connections opened 32 years ago, it was one of the first stores to see viewing movies at home as a moneymaker. And now, after the bankruptcies of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, it's one of the last storefronts in Clark County where people can head inside to browse the shelves before taking a movie home.
The sheriff's office hopes to curb aggressive panhandling through an ordinance that would restrict where panhandling occurs and how it's done. Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Randon Walker hosted an informal public forum Tuesday evening to explain the draft ordinance and get feedback.
Details are sparse on negotiations over a state transportation package that would raise the gas tax and pay for new projects across the state, but a recent draft circulated among lawmakers included less money for Southwest Washington than other parts of the state.
WASHOUGAL — The debate over whether Washougal should give money to a nonprofit loosely affiliated with medical clinics that provide information about abortion elicited plenty of reaction Monday but little action.