Former Vancouver Police chief, others reflect on legacy

By Andrea Damewood September 6, 2012 6 a.m.

You'd expect to see a lot of uniforms at a going-away party for a police chief.

Assistant Chief Chris Sutter named interim Vancouver Police chief

By Andrea Damewood September 4, 2012 6:08 p.m.

Sutter's appointment comes after city manager had said interim leader would be from outside VPD

WSDOT starting safety improvements near Washougal

By Andrea Damewood September 4, 2012 11:28 a.m.

One mile stretch of State Route 14 has seen 95 crashes since 2001

Audit finds fault with Clark County

By Andrea Damewood August 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Clark County had two "major deficiencies" in internal controls monitoring spending on one federal grant, according to a state audit released this week.

Vacant downtown city block will host temporary park

By Andrea Damewood August 28, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Workers return support to city, county

By Andrea Damewood August 27, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

CRC: New I-5 bridge clearance could be 110 feet

By Andrea Damewood August 21, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

School district cleans trash from former City Hall

By Andrea Damewood August 18, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver's former City Hall looked new and improved on Friday.

Cyclists mass to point out risky route

By Andrea Damewood August 18, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Old city hall building in sorry state

By Andrea Damewood August 17, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Donated land will extend Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway east of I-205

By Andrea Damewood August 14, 2012 3:46 p.m.

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.

Fire Station 6 may face another closure

By Andrea Damewood August 14, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Fair holds tribute to 'Dr. Jack'

By Andrea Damewood August 10, 2012 6:56 p.m.

The Clark County Fair family held a tribute Friday morning to one of their own.

Fill the Boot to stay outside Vancouver city limits

By Andrea Damewood August 8, 2012 6:14 p.m.

Citing friendlier county codes, the Vancouver Firefighters Union will once again hold its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser outside city limits.

C-Tran office houses odd assortment of items left on buses

By Andrea Damewood August 7, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

CRC gets $3.3 million federal grant

By Andrea Damewood August 6, 2012 8:16 p.m.

Money to help with Oregon design and engineering; Washington does not get CRC money.

Longtime loyal Republican Boger leaves the party

By Andrea Damewood August 5, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver gets $750K for waterfront trail development

By Andrea Damewood August 2, 2012 8:20 p.m.

Trail and park work won't begin for at least two years

Hedrick, PCO Liberty Alliance set trap for sign thieves

By Andrea Damewood August 2, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Drumming up support for Water Works Park

By Andrea Damewood July 31, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Expected life of I-5 span fuels debate

By Andrea Damewood July 29, 2012 6 a.m.

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."

Outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook to get $106k severance

By Andrea Damewood July 25, 2012 2:30 p.m.

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.

Vancouver man sentenced for firearms offenses

By Craig Brown and Andrea Damewood July 24, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver man sentenced for weapons theft, sale

By Andrea Damewood July 23, 2012 4:04 p.m.

Man will serve eight years; one stolen weapon was later fired at police officers

Hot time in downtown Vancouver

By Andrea Damewood July 22, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Fast action aids man found in cardiac arrest

By Andrea Damewood July 21, 2012 8:23 p.m.

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.

Smokers continue to light up in city's parks despite ban

By Andrea Damewood July 19, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

County seeks CRC tolling panel

By Andrea Damewood July 18, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver wants role in talking about coal

By Andrea Damewood July 17, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

UPDATE: Vancouver police chief resigns

By Andrea Damewood July 13, 2012 7:44 p.m.

Chief Cliff Cook's resignation effective Sept. 1

Vancouver starts parking lot pull-out

By Andrea Damewood July 11, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

UPDATE: CRC work to cause I-5 delays

By Andrea Damewood July 10, 2012 10:42 a.m.

State patrol will slow traffic to about 10 mph

Vancouver council, mayor will get no raises

By Andrea Damewood July 10, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Harris seeks $500K, says Ridgefield mayor injured her eye

By Andrea Damewood July 6, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Crowds salute Fourth in style

By Andrea Damewood July 5, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

County letter states coal worries

By Andrea Damewood July 2, 2012 9:41 p.m.

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.”

Vancouver wants voice in coal plan

By Andrea Damewood July 2, 2012 9:27 p.m.

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.

Two lawsuits target CRC planning process

By Andrea Damewood and Eric Florip July 2, 2012 5:50 p.m.

A pair of lawsuits filed Monday took aim at the Columbia River Crossing, challenging the project’s planning process as inadequate and incomplete.

Using draft horses, Yacolt farm is team effort

By Andrea Damewood July 1, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

The Mighty Bowl breaks into business

By Andrea Damewood July 1, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Herrera Beutler: Compromise drove transportation bill

By Andrea Damewood and Stevie Mathieu June 29, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver economic director to be interim parks director

By Andrea Damewood June 27, 2012 10:49 a.m.

Laura Hudson will take the temporary job during nationwide search

Plans for mini mart stir objections

By Andrea Damewood June 27, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver-area emergency response system re-examined

By Andrea Damewood June 26, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Coal clash hits close to home

By Aaron Corvin and Andrea Damewood June 24, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Driver escapes injury after alleged bank robber hits van

By Andrea Damewood and Ray Legendre June 20, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Start of major construction on CRC delayed until late 2014

By Andrea Damewood June 20, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Vancouver council nixes fireworks ban

By Andrea Damewood June 18, 2012 11:59 p.m.

Swayed by public testimony, the Vancouver City Council ditched plans to ban all but “safe and sane” fireworks late Monday night.

Vancouver council OKs sending parks levy to voters

By Andrea Damewood June 19, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver voters, warm up your ballpoint pens: You'll be weighing in on a property tax levy to support parks and recreation this November.

Vancouver weighs vote to create tax for parks

By Andrea Damewood June 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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.