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Eric Florip

transportation & environment reporter


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Records detail spending on CRC

By Eric Florip April 17, 2014 8:27 p.m.

By the time the Columbia River Crossing locks its doors for good next month, taxpayers may end up spending more than $200 million on an effort that never turned a shovel toward actual construction.

CRC audit finds $17M in excess, questionable costs

By Eric Florip April 16, 2014 6:46 p.m.

A state audit of the Columbia River Crossing found $17 million in excess or questionable spending, including larger-than-usual profit markups to project consultants and work that wasn’t authorized by contract in advance.

I-205 work in Portland to benefit Clark County commuters

By Eric Florip April 15, 2014 8:10 p.m.

PORTLAND — A construction project now underway in Portland figures to benefit thousands of Clark County commuters by the end of this year.

East county sees increase in logging

By Eric Florip April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

A significant uptick in local logging is fueling bigger timber harvests in east Clark County than some residents say they’ve seen in decades.

Madore slams C-Tran closed-door session

By Eric Florip April 10, 2014 8:41 p.m.

C-Tran is facing questions after holding an unusual closed-door executive session in the middle of its Tuesday board meeting to discuss the bus rapid transit project that was up for action that night.

C-Tran board narrowly advances BRT

By Eric Florip April 8, 2014 10:17 p.m.

The C-Tran board on Tuesday narrowly advanced a proposed bus rapid transit system on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor, authorizing additional design work and committing $200,000 more to the project.

New rules coming for sales of old vessels

By Eric Florip April 5, 2014 4:56 p.m.

State officials are finalizing rules that would put increased scrutiny on the sale of older, longer barges and ships in Washington.

Local help for Oso landslide response

By Eric Florip April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

When the Cascades Volcano Observatory was asked to help with the response to last month's fatal landslide in Snohomish County, the Vancouver-based operation turned to familiar tools.

Rainy March eases drought concerns

By Eric Florip April 1, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Paltry precipitation numbers in December and January had some people in Washington whispering drought earlier this winter.

Growers gear up for farmers market season

By Eric Florip April 1, 2014 6 a.m.

For Bill Cole, the arrival of farmers market season means business is about to pick up.

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