Vancouver council to vote on fireworks rule change

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

The Vancouver City Council on Monday advanced plans to ban all but "safe and sane" fireworks similar to those allowed in Oregon, although residents speaking to them from both sides of the controversial topic seemed dissatisfied.

Council to debate proposed employee head tax for light rail

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

Residents and business owners will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed employee head tax to pay for operations and maintenance of light rail at today's Vancouver City Council meeting.

City speaks of fireworks compromise

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

As Independence Day draws close, folks across Vancouver get ready to draw their battle lines over what's become one of the community's most incendiary topics: fireworks.

Summer camp for autistic kids saved

By Andrea Damewood June 8, 2012 6 a.m.

The call for help went out, and the money came pouring in, from people struck by the story of the Summer Sensory Camp -- the area's only camp for children with autism that had been canceled this spring due to Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation budget cuts.

City council yanks Stewart from transportation board

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

Vancouver City Councilor Jeanne Stewart attended Tuesday's Southwest Regional Transportation Council meeting, but not at her usual spot among the board of directors: city councilors pulled her from the board Monday night after she said she wouldn't support bus rapid transit.

Bus rapid transit plan gives citizen panel pause

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

A citizens group voted down plans for bus rapid transit on Fourth Plain Boulevard on Thursday night, citing a lack of clear information, the board's chairwoman said.

State rules in firefighters' favor

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

A state employment relations examiner ruled that the city of Vancouver violated state law by refusing to maintain grievance procedures with the Vancouver Firefighters Union.

Vancouver-Clark Parks and Rec director resigns

By Andrea Damewood May 31, 2012 5:50 p.m.

Pete Mayer will take new job in Snohomish County

Lawmakers lobbied to support CRC funding

By Andrea Damewood May 30, 2012 2:49 p.m.

More than a dozen Portland area and Southwest Washington business leaders and politicians sent a letter this week to three U.S. House representatives calling for funding for the Columbia River Crossing.

Interstate 5 Bridge trunnion old, but still carrying weight

By Andrea Damewood May 25, 2012 6 a.m.

After 54 years of service -- and at least 5,000 bridge lifts -- one of the trunnions on the northbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge is showing some age.

Railroad berm work restores view

By Andrea Damewood May 24, 2012 6 a.m.

It's a view that hasn't been seen in 104 years, but now it's also a look at Vancouver's future.

Council approves 4th Plain bus plan

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

Vancouver's city council is on board for a bus rapid transit system on Fourth Plain Boulevard to Northeast 121st Avenue.

Vancouver mulls tax to fund parks

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

Vancouver voters will be asked in November to approve a tax levy of 53 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to create a metropolitan parks district to preserve and enhance Vancouver parks and recreation services, the city council decided Monday.

Voters might be asked to approve light rail head tax

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

A public vote on light rail may yet happen this November if the C-Tran Board of Directors can get behind the latest idea: A $1 per employee per month head tax on area businesses to help cover the operations and maintenance of a new line.

Vancouver’s biennial budget foresees no layoffs

By Andrea Damewood May 15, 2012 6 a.m.

The just under 1,000 employees remaining at the city of Vancouver, which has been hammered with successive layoffs the past several years, can breathe a sigh of relief: No layoffs are expected in the next biennial budget.

City tries to keep its friends close, its managers closer

By Andrea Damewood May 13, 2012 6 a.m.

The Vancouver City Council made it clear they loved almost everything about Eric Holmes when they agreed unanimously to hire him as the new city manager in November 2010.

Vancouver, police union will start mediation Monday

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

Apart by about $8 million in salaries — and a new random drug testing policy — Vancouver and its police union are set to start contract mediation Monday.

CRC passed over for $1 billion federal loan

By Andrea Damewood May 8, 2012 8:22 p.m.

Lack of backing from Oregon and Washington legislatures makes it ineligible for money

Vancouver council supports bus rapid transit plan

By Andrea Damewood May 8, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver’s top leaders said Monday they’ll back a plan for bus rapid transit on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor to Northeast 121st Avenue, but made it clear they still have questions about financing, business impacts and station locations.

Railway clearing route to water

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

The newly named Phil Arnold Way in downtown Vancouver had just two months to proudly host vehicle traffic before having “road closed” signs placed at both ends last week.

DIY yogurt company gets boost from NPR

By Andrea Damewood May 4, 2012 6 a.m.

For Julie and Eric Feickert, their luck has been all about culture.

Republican lawmakers question bridge height

By Andrea Damewood May 2, 2012 6:33 p.m.

Letter says bridge must be 116 feet high or Columbia River waterway could close during high water, costing millions

Vancouver Fire Department goes under microscope

By Andrea Damewood April 30, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver is convening a panel, which will spend the next few months looking at how to re-engineer the way the fire department delivers emergency services as budget restraints draw ever tighter.

They’re on a mission to save Sensory Camp

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

The moms trying to save the city of Vancouver’s Summer Sensory Camp -- canceled last month as part of $1.2 million in budget cuts -- know that raising $30,000 in 30 days sounds a lot like the plot of “The Blues Brothers.”

Local cities urge Gregoire to veto part of liquor law

By Andrea Damewood and Ray Legendre April 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Clark County leaders are calling on Gov. Chris Gregoire to veto portions of the state’s new liquor privatization bill that eliminate $10 million in state-shared liquor sales revenues.

Penalty on officer further reduced

By Andrea Damewood April 25, 2012 6 a.m.

A reinstated Vancouver police detective has had his suspension reduced by an arbitrator, city officials said Tuesday.

Vancouver asks public’s opinions in survey

By Andrea Damewood April 24, 2012 6 a.m.

Got an opinion and an Internet connection?

Vancouver considers repealing traffic fee

By Andrea Damewood April 24, 2012 6 a.m.

With the economy down, the Vancouver City Council is considering putting a major development fee on timeout.

Chief Red Heart Ceremony

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

Hundreds gathered Saturday for the annual Nez Perce Chief Red Heart Memorial Ceremony at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Every year, the Nez Perce perform memorial ceremonies at battle sites, including Bear Paw, Whitebird and Big Hole. In 1998, they added a nonbattle site: Fort Vancouver, where the tribe was imprisoned for eight months under the orders of Gen. O.O. Howard. The prisoners were Chief Red Heart and a band of his relatives and friends. They were released on April 22, 1878, and taken to the Nez Perce Reservation. The ceremony marks a healing, and local leaders join tribal elders and youth to note the day.

Honoring Those Who Served

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

Saturday wasn’t Veteran’s Day. Nor was it Memorial Day. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t the perfect day to honor American veterans.

Four escape burning Ogden home

By Andrea Damewood April 21, 2012 8:24 p.m.

Teenage daughter wakes sleeping family in morning house fire.

State panel backs ruling on officer

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

The Washington Public Employment Relations Commission upheld a labor examiner’s 2010 ruling that Vancouver police administrators deliberately passed over a former police guild president for a job he sought because of his union involvement.

County effort helps convenience get healthier

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

At first, Kuljit Singh wondered if Clark County Public Health’s idea to put fresh fruits and vegetables in his Arco Quick Stop in central Vancouver wasn’t, well, bananas.

Anti-light rail petitioners fall short on signatures

By Andrea Damewood April 18, 2012 4:38 p.m.

The Clark County Auditor’s office has declared more than two-thirds of signatures turned in by light rail opponents seeking a vote on the issue to be invalid.

Former Vancouver councilor to run for county commission

By Andrea Damewood April 16, 2012 10:46 p.m.

Former Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell announced this afternoon that he plans to run for Clark County Commissioner.

Vancouver merges offices for savings

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

Vancouver is combining its community development and economic development departments, and is preparing to debut a paperless permit system early next year.

Metro tweaks its CRC decision

By Andrea Damewood April 12, 2012 7:01 p.m.

PORTLAND -- Oregon’s Metro regional government tweaked a land use order allowing for the construction of the Columbia River Crossing Thursday, bringing it into compliance with a recent Oregon Supreme Court order.

Hough kids join in Arbor Day celebration

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

When Oliver Sasse planted a blue spruce many years ago, it stood just a few feet high.

UPDATE: Vancouver will block light rail vote, for now

By Andrea Damewood and Stephanie Rice April 9, 2012 9:02 p.m.

City council votes 4-3 against going forward with a sales tax vote C-Tran needs for extending MAX light rail service to Clark College.

Vancouver sells decommissioned fire station

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

A decommissioned Vancouver fire station may have a new purpose in the near future.

Possible pollution closes part of Marine Park

By Andrea Damewood April 4, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver officials have closed a small patch of land in Marine Park to conduct further lead contamination testing.

Bus rapid transit plan spurs lively city council debate

By Andrea Damewood April 3, 2012 6 a.m.

C-Tran officials walked the Vancouver City Council on Monday, April 2, through tentative plans for bus rapid transit on Fourth Plain Boulevard -- and the debate showed some of the likely speed bumps ahead for the proposed line.

Budget cuts ax camp for special-needs kids

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

Every summer for the past three years, 12-year-old Anna Rolfe has spent her summer at day camp, just like many other kids her age.

CRC maps out project timeline

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

Southwest Washington lawmakers have received a sneak peek of construction sequencing for the Columbia River Crossing -- a look that for some of them raised more questions than answers about traffic, timing and financing.

Vancouver agrees to ask voters for parks funding

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

Vancouver voters will have a say in the future of city parks and recreation services this November.

S.E. Columbia Way speed limit raised from 25 to 30

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

It won’t be the Autobahn, but drivers on Southeast Columbia Way can now press down ever so slightly more on the gas pedal.

City seeks way to allow street activity

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

Fill the Boot might be able to return to Vancouver’s streets in August, but a proposed law that would allow it might have a few kinks to work out.

Vancouver strikes deal to buy park land from schools

By Andrea Damewood March 25, 2012 6 a.m.

John Ball Park will soon roll onto the list of city-owned parks.

Law professor challenges legality of CRC

By Andrea Damewood March 23, 2012 6:54 p.m.

A Portland attorney and Lewis and Clark College law professor has asked the federal government to rescind its approval of the Columbia River Crossing, saying the project’s shaky finances make it invalid.

Leavitt renews call to study light-rail funding without sales tax

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

One night before Tuesday’s key C-Tran meeting on light rail funding, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt renewed his call to study options to pay for a MAX line other than sales tax -- a move that would most likely mean no public vote in 2012, if ever.