Vancouver City Council race opponents Ty Stober and Linda Glover are in lockstep on most issues, whether it's road funding solutions, fireworks or where the fault lies in the feud between the Clark County council and the city.
Fisher's Landing East — Big Al's and Dru's chapter of Friends of Doernbecher raised $42,315 for Oregon Health and Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital at a Bowling with Heart event on June 14. For a month leading to the event, Big Al's in Vancouver and Beaverton, Ore., collected toys to donate to the hospital. Together, the two locations collected 220 toys for the children's hospital.
Every year since 1993, when she returned from the Fort Vancouver fireworks show to find her front yard ablaze from a neighbor's stray firework, Alice Olsen has spent the Fourth of July soaking down her northeast Vancouver property.
Columbia Way — Facility upgrades to Marine Park are officially underway after a groundbreaking ceremony June 26, hosted by city of Vancouver Parks and Recreation officials and members of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association. A $50,000 donation from the Community Foundation to the city provided materials for the improvements, and contractor association members will provide equipment and labor. The project is expected to be completed by July 31. The project includes the replacement of 13 picnic tables and a drinking fountain and landscape repairs. The new tables will be accessible to picnickers with disabilities. "The timing for this project could not be more ideal," Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said in a release from the association. "I just had multiple citizens of the community mention the picnic benches falling apart at Marine Park. Parks like this need more attention and we are only able to provide that through partnerships like these."
A Vancouver man who was convicted of attempted first-degree trafficking of stolen property will be granted a new trial because of a jury instruction error, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.