Stories by Andrea
Cook leaves behind grateful volunteers, cool ties with union
You'd expect to see a lot of uniforms at a going-away party for a police chief.
Sutter's appointment comes after city manager had said interim leader would be from outside VPD
One mile stretch of State Route 14 has seen 95 crashes since 2001
Deficiencies related to monitoring grant spending
Clark County had two "major deficiencies" in internal controls monitoring spending on one federal grant, according to a state audit released this week.
Group hopes sprucing it up will spur development
Block 10 — better known as the barren city block bordered by Columbia, Washington, Eighth and Ninth streets — is about to get a lot more inviting.
Program provides jobs for developmentally disabled residents
Her position may be classified as a "supported employee," but Mindy Irwin's bosses and coworkers at the city of Vancouver know that it's really the other way around.
Ball now in Coast Guard's court; rejection could see current plans scrapped
As the Coast Guard and the Columbia River Crossing continue to dance over the proposed bridge height, CRC officials said Monday they found about 15 more feet of wiggle room.
Vancouver's former City Hall looked new and improved on Friday.
Plans to improve ride through industrial area near port are in place
A critical mass ride Friday to bring awareness to the dangers cyclists face using Northwest Lower River Road to reach Frenchman's Bar and Vancouver Lake -- a popular route -- drew just eight riders.
Vancouver schools crew to perform cleanup Friday
Until about a year ago, Vancouver's former City Hall was a place where powerful people brokered big deals. Recently, it's become a place where transients relieve themselves.
A new patch of land, donated this week by Hinton Development Corp. of Vancouver, will extend the city of Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway east of Interstate 205 for the first time.
Vancouver leaders decide against applying for federal SAFER grant
Vancouver leaders have decided against applying for a federal grant this year that, if awarded, would have ensured Fire Station 6 will stay open after its current grant runs out at the end of 2013.
Former fair veterinarian remembered at ceremony
The Clark County Fair family held a tribute Friday morning to one of their own.
Vancouver Police raised safety concerns last year
Citing friendlier county codes, the Vancouver Firefighters Union will once again hold its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser outside city limits.
When the PR guy for C-Tran freely admits that something to do with his agency is "sad and bizarre" -- it has to be truly weird.
Money to help with Oregon design and engineering; Washington does not get CRC money.
Hardline orthodoxy on the right, treatment of Boldt affected decision
Fed up with what he says is growing extremism toward the far right, former Clark County Republican chairman Brent Boger says he's done with the party.
Trail and park work won't begin for at least two years
Man caught on camera taking campaign sign
Fed up with signs for their local precinct committee officer races being stolen, the members of the PCO Liberty Alliance took matters into their own hands this week, catching a suspected thief in the act.
Clark College student leads daunting effort to revitalize rundown site
Sitting on the concrete stage of the amphitheater at Water Works Park, Sarah Cayton said that if she looked out and saw 500 people filling the grounds in front of her, it wouldn't be enough people.
CRC critics call foul when ODOT edits website text from 2005
The Oregon Department of Transportation has pulled down a line on a seven-year-old website that said the current Interstate 5 bridges -- with proper maintenance -- "could serve the public for another 60 years."
Chief Cliff Cook's contract allowed for 180 days severance
Outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook will take the better part of a year’s pay — about $106,000 — with him when he leaves his position on Sept. 1.
A Vancouver man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for stealing and selling 26 firearms from a Hazel Dell gun store, of which at least one was later fired at police, the Department of Justice said Monday.
Man will serve eight years; one stolen weapon was later fired at police officers
3 events feed on each other, help feed the hungry
If you played your cards just right in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, you could cruise the "Gut" in your vintage Mustang with a pint of local Marionberries in the passenger seat, before polishing off some chili, shave ice and corn dogs, and -- if your indigestion hadn't kicked in yet -- shake it to local band Nu Wave Machine at dusk.
A quick-thinking gas station employee and a mother and son trained in CPR likely saved a man's life Saturday afternoon, the Vancouver Fire Department said.
Just three citations issued in six months for minor infraction
A ban on tobacco in Vancouver's parks has been in effect for six months, but that doesn't mean that all puffing near the playgrounds has ceased.
Letter requests advisory committee to help set rates
Noting "significant adverse impacts" that Columbia River Crossing tolls would have on residents, Clark County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marc Boldt wrote state officials this week, requesting they create a local tolling advisory committee to help set rates.
City has no authority over export terminals but asks to have input
The Vancouver City Council passed a resolution of concern Monday about proposed coal export terminal projects targeting the Pacific Northwest, asking for a cumulative look at their impacts, and requesting to be a part of any environmental impact reviews.
Chief Cliff Cook's resignation effective Sept. 1
City lost almost $2 million last year leasing off-street facilities
Vancouver's parking garages and lots lost about $1.97 million last year, and this October the city will be getting out of one of its money-losing contracts.
State patrol will slow traffic to about 10 mph
Citizen committee keeps 2014 salaries at 2008 level
In 2014, Vancouver city councilors will make the same salaries they did in 2008, as a citizens group voted to not raise the seven elected officials' salaries for the next two years.
Ron Onslow says foam ball hit Vancouver City Council member's temple
Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris has filed a $500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.
Fort Vancouver celebration a sea of red, white and blue clothing
Folks of all stripes flocked to Independence Day at Fort Vancouver on Wednesday to celebrate, but one thing united them all — their love of putting a flag on it.
Environmental review should include us, it says
The Clark County Board of Commissioners sent a letter on June 21 to the state Department of Ecology and to Cowlitz County outlining its worries about a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, saying they “cannot ignore the potentially significant, adverse impacts on our citizens.”
City states worries, seeks environmental review participation
Toni Montgomery lives in Steamboat Landing along the Columbia River in Vancouver, and despite the tony location, she fears she may be on the wrong side of the tracks.
Spokeswoman said litigation was expected
A pair of lawsuits filed Monday took aim at the Columbia River Crossing, challenging the project’s planning process as inadequate and incomplete.
Young couple eschew tractor for horses as they cultivate permaculture, sustainable practices
YACOLT — To see Dan Swansey perched atop a plow working the land, making soft clicking sounds to encourage his two Belgian draft horses, is to immediately be transported to farming's past.
After just a week on wheels, The Mighty Bowl, Vancouver's first mobile food truck, sold out of food Thursday -- a full 40 minutes before it was set to end lunch service.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler said the compromise on the transportation bill reached Wednesday includes some provisions she's happy about, and some she's not — but that's to be expected when Democrats and Republicans sit down to hammer out their differences in a high-profile piece of legislation.
Laura Hudson will take the temporary job during nationwide search
It would be fourth on stretch of St. Johns Road
Handy Andy's biggest business is the standard fare for those on the go: snacks, beer, cigarettes. It's also what two other nearby stores -- Oscar's Market and a Chevron mini mart -- offer as their bread and butter.
EMS district looks at fixes that save money, make the most sense
When a stubbed toe brings the same cavalry as a heart attack, it's time to fix the system, emergency officials told the Vancouver City Council on Monday.
Activists say promise of jobs doesn't balance impacts on health, environment
After a successful fight to stop a biomass energy plant from going into downtown Vancouver, Sarah Collmer, Heather Lehman and fellow members of the Clark County Clean Air Coalition have one notch in their win column.
Air bag does its job as man gets sucked into high-speed chase
SALMON CREEK — Miles from where Brent Woodall's alleged death-defying race from authorities ended Wednesday afternoon, Scott Lewis screamed for joy when he learned from a Clark County deputy of the bank robbery suspect's arrest.
Project confronts 'funding realities'
The start of major construction on the Columbia River Crossing is now set back to late 2014 — and that's if both states and the federal government are able to get financial plans in place, project directors told a legislative oversight committee Tuesday.
Deliberations go late into night; dozens testify for, against safe-and-sane proposal
Swayed by public testimony, the Vancouver City Council ditched plans to ban all but “safe and sane” fireworks late Monday night.
It would cost a homeowner $70 a year
Vancouver voters, warm up your ballpoint pens: You'll be weighing in on a property tax levy to support parks and recreation this November.
Council mulls asking voters for levy of 35 cents per $1,000
Vancouver voters are likely to see a vote on a property tax levy to create a city metropolitan parks district this November — but for a smaller amount than planned.