EPA: Oil terminal plan doesn't pass muster

By Eric Florip August 3, 2015 7:11 p.m.

A plan to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver does not comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and should not be granted a key permit until its impacts are fully addressed, according to a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week.

Study predicts bird deaths at wind farms

By Eric Florip August 3, 2015 6 a.m.

A Washington State University Vancouver researcher has helped develop a model aiming to predict the number of birds that would be killed by a wind farm if it's built.

State: Extreme wildfire danger this weekend

By Eric Florip July 31, 2015 6:05 p.m.

Unrelenting heat mixed with the possibility of lightning and high winds in the coming days will bring Washington its most dangerous fire conditions of the year, state fire officials announced Friday.

Heat wave brings triple-digit temps to Clark County

By Eric Florip July 30, 2015 5:20 p.m.

An ongoing heat wave could bring Clark County triple-digit temperatures this afternoon, forecasters said.

Busy paving season underway in Clark County

By Eric Florip July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

When the Washington State Department of Transportation began repaving a major thoroughfare between Vancouver and Battle Ground this week, it wasn't as simple as rolling out the asphalt on a day's notice.

Drought forces managers to lower North Fork of Lewis River

By Eric Florip July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Water levels on the North Fork of the Lewis River will drop significantly below Merwin Dam starting Friday as officials try to save enough water to support fish spawning this fall.

Slow, steady for western pond turtle program in Gorge

By Eric Florip July 26, 2015 4:16 p.m.

Every year, a batch of western pond turtles is let loose in secluded locations in the Columbia River Gorge. The release often happens with plenty of fanfare as volunteers, invited youth and media look on.

Camas Days racers break a bathtub

By Eric Florip July 25, 2015 6:05 p.m.

CAMAS — It's safe to say this year's bathtub races at Camas Days didn't go exactly as planned.

Police arrest man in possible attempted kidnapping

By Eric Florip July 26, 2015 7:23 a.m.

The child was not hurt and was reunited with her family.

Rainfall returns to region

By Eric Florip July 25, 2015 5:12 p.m.

For just the second time in almost two months, measurable rainfall fell across Clark County on Saturday.

Oil train counts trend upward in Clark County

By Eric Florip July 22, 2015 5:52 p.m.

After a significant drop earlier this year, the number of oil trains rolling through Clark County again ticked upward last month, according to reports from BNSF Railway.

State's drought bad, getting worse

By Eric Florip July 17, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Washington's unprecedented drought continues to deepen, and there's no end in sight, state officials said Friday in a conference call with reporters.

BRT lawsuit against C-Tran dismissed

By Eric Florip July 17, 2015 5:27 p.m.

A lawsuit aiming to halt C-Tran's planned bus rapid transit project in Vancouver was dismissed Friday after a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the transit agency.

Klickitat County repeals White Salmon zoning

By Eric Florip July 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The abrupt repeal of a controversial rezoning along the White Salmon River has put a years-long legal battle in limbo.

No fare to the fair: C-Tran to offer free service to event

By Eric Florip July 14, 2015 10:06 p.m.

C-Tran will offer free shuttle service to the Clark County Fair this summer in an effort to boost dwindling transit ridership to the event.

Strategies vary for crowded transportation corridors

By Eric Florip July 13, 2015 10 a.m.

The list of Clark County's most congested corridors likely wouldn't surprise most regular commuters.

Yacolt Burn: Could it happen again?

By Eric Florip July 12, 2015 12:23 p.m.

Until last year, the biggest wildfire in state history belonged to Southwest Washington. More than a century ago, the Yacolt Burn scorched nearly 239,000 acres in Clark, Skamania and Cowlitz counties. The fire erupted in early September 1902, initially fanned by strong winds from the Columbia River Gorge. It started after a dry spell of 77 days without rain, according to Columbian archives.

Concerns mount as drought conditions build  

By Lauren Dake and Eric Florip July 11, 2015 4:41 p.m.

In May, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency. At the time, he warned that Washington’s rivers had dwindled, snowpack was nearly nonexistent and some irrigation districts were rationing water. On the Olympic Peninsula, where normally 80 inches of snow would blanket the ground, glacier lilies bloomed. Then the governor uttered what has now become a familiar refrain: “We’re seeing things happen this time of year we have just never seen before.”

Drought forces region's hatcheries to release millions of fish early

By Eric Florip July 7, 2015 4:35 p.m.

Deepening drought conditions are forcing the region's fish hatcheries to change the way they operate, and officials fear the worst is yet to come.

Clark County ties heat record

By Eric Florip July 6, 2015 5:02 p.m.

Clark County's extended heat wave has moved into record-setting territory.

Mount St. Helens: A view worth the hike

By Eric Florip July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

WINDY RIDGE — Looking into the crater of Mount St. Helens, it can be difficult to grasp the scale of the massive geologic amphitheater.

June heat rewrites local record books

By Eric Florip July 1, 2015 8:34 p.m.

You've probably heard the saying: Summer doesn't really start in the Northwest until after the Fourth of July.

Longtime recycler to close doors

By Eric Florip June 24, 2015 5:35 p.m.

After barely hanging on for years, Paul Hardman says he couldn't hang on any longer.

Heat wave could bring triple-digit temperatures

By Eric Florip June 23, 2015 7:57 p.m.

A pair of 90-degree days earlier this month offered Clark County a fleeting taste of summer heat.

Roland Emetaz: Taking steps  

By Eric Florip June 22, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Roland Emetaz lives by a simple philosophy. "If you rest, you rust," he said.

Oil terminal environmental review due in November

By Eric Florip June 22, 2015 7:04 p.m.

The detailed environmental review of a proposed oil transfer terminal in Vancouver won’t be published until late November, according to a schedule submitted today to the state panel evaluating the project.

Gifford Pinchot forest plan a mixed bag

By Eric Florip June 21, 2015 6 a.m.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is managed much differently than it was two decades ago.

WSDOT crews to begin summer paving work this week

By Eric Florip June 14, 2015 6 a.m.

A series of paving projects this summer will smooth some 15 miles of roadway in Clark County as the Washington State Department of Transportation tackles its annual repairs.

State Supreme Court: Skamania County in violation of GMA

By Eric Florip June 12, 2015 7:19 p.m.

The state Supreme Court this week handed a victory to environmental advocates who argued that unzoned forestland in Skamania County is in violation of the Growth Management Act.

Vancouver Lake advocacy in transition

By Eric Florip June 11, 2015 6:43 p.m.

A decade-long partnership dedicated to Vancouver Lake will step into the background, announcing a handoff of sorts to a Portland-based nonprofit this month.

C-Tran to acquire land for bus rapid transit

By Eric Florip June 9, 2015 10:26 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday voted to move forward with acquiring property for the agency's planned bus rapid transit system in Vancouver.

Statewide effort takes aim at removing barriers that block fish

By Eric Florip June 9, 2015 6 a.m.

A little-known state board has begun sizing up a daunting task: removing the many barriers that block fish across the state's waterways.

90-degree temperatures may be headed to county this weekend

By Eric Florip June 4, 2015 5:59 p.m.

It’s not quite a heat wave, but a decent warmup this weekend will bring Clark County its highest temperatures of 2015 so far. Afternoon highs could crack 90 degrees for the first time this year, according to the National Weather Service.

Army Corps to review oil terminal plan

By Eric Florip June 4, 2015 4:22 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct its own review of a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver, the agency announced Thursday.

New I-205 interchange taking shape

By Eric Florip June 4, 2015 4:12 p.m.

Take a drive along Interstate 205 between Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street, and it's plain to see that a remodel is coming. Heavy equipment, work crews and unfinished foundations line the corridor.

WSUV parking lot plan draws neighbors' ire

By Eric Florip June 3, 2015 6 a.m.

From their back deck, Pam and Tom Webster can see Washington State University Vancouver a short distance away.

C-Tran seeks dismissal of BRT lawsuit

By Eric Florip May 28, 2015 11:22 a.m.

C-Tran has asked for the full dismissal of a lawsuit challenging its planned bus rapid transit system in Vancouver.

Wagner's four-decade transportation career ends

By Eric Florip May 23, 2015 5:32 p.m.

When Don Wagner began his transportation career in 1973, he worked as a "rear chainman" with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Crews brace for a difficult wildfire season

By Eric Florip May 19, 2015 7:13 p.m.

PORTLAND — Washington and Oregon could be in for a longer, more intense fire season this year than usual, regional fire officials said Tuesday.

Baptism by fire for Mount St. Helens monument manager

By Eric Florip May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

AMBOY — When Tedd Huffman started his new job this month, he didn't start slowly. He didn't have time.

Inslee declares statewide drought

By Eric Florip May 15, 2015 12:47 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a statewide drought emergency, citing a deepening crisis that threatens to touch all corners of the state.

C-Tran board bars Madore from discussion of lawsuit

By Eric Florip May 12, 2015 10:11 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday took the unusual step of excluding one of its own members from a closed executive session on a lawsuit against the transit agency.

C-Tran to consider raising fares

By Eric Florip May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

C-Tran is considering raising bus fares for the eighth consecutive year, boosting the cost of some rides by a nickel.

Climbing event tests muscle, mind

By Eric Florip May 9, 2015 8:10 p.m.

As a line of climbers prepared to tackle the walls in front of them, the clock started. Time to go.

Great-grandmother of 13 earns WSUV degree

By Eric Florip May 9, 2015 6:33 p.m.

Sharon Culver never had any doubts that she'd earn her degree. But that doesn't mean it came easy.

WSDOT begins goat-powered weed control  

By Eric Florip May 6, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Holding a bag of animal crackers, Heidi Holmstrom swung open a trailer door and greeted the region's traveling vegetation-management team.

Officials: Road worker’s injuries highlight need for safe driving

By Eric Florip May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Berdan Lindberg says he doesn't remember anything about the collision that landed him in a hospital during the early morning hours of April 23.

White Salmon River evolves amid mixed feelings  

By Eric Florip May 3, 2015 6 a.m.

WHITE SALMON — Three and a half years have passed since Northwestern Lake drained like a bathtub in a single afternoon. Only traces of it remain.

Lawsuit challenges C-Tran board change

By Eric Florip April 29, 2015 11:24 a.m.

A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit alleging that C-Tran violated open meeting laws when a special committee rearranged the membership on the transit agency’s board of directors last fall.

C-Tran 2030 plan on table

By Eric Florip April 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Five years ago, C-Tran leaders approved a long-range plan that for the first time detailed what the transit agency could look like in 2030.