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.

Tesoro's dispute in Calif. resonates in Vancouver

By Eric Florip March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

From the start, the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver generated heated debate over what such a facility would mean for the community.

Landslides common but not catastrophic locally

By Eric Florip March 29, 2014 5:16 p.m.

As workers continue to sift through a sea of mud and debris left by a deadly landslide in Snohomish County last week, local officials say there's little risk of a massive event like that happening in Clark County.

CRC staff closing up shop after a decade

By Eric Florip March 26, 2014 7:59 p.m.

The Columbia River Crossing's downtown project office is approaching its final moving day, and it looks the part.

Tesoro-Savage: Opposition to oil terminal premature

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip March 25, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Top executives from the companies behind a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver said Tuesday they believe it’s premature to take a stand against the project before the state's siting review is sent to the governor.

State's failure a break for county?

By Eric Florip March 22, 2014 7:15 p.m.

When a proposed transportation revenue package again flamed out in the Washington Legislature this year, the predictable finger pointing began.

Salmon Creek Interchange Project nears homestretch  

By Eric Florip March 20, 2014 9:42 p.m.

The placement of the final girders over Interstate 205 next week will mark another milestone as the Salmon Creek Interchange Project approaches its homestretch.

C-Tran seeks fare hike for 7th year

By Eric Florip March 18, 2014 8:51 p.m.

C-Tran has proposed raising fares for the seventh consecutive year, bumping the cost of some single rides by a nickel.

Cleveland leads local lawmakers in missed votes

By Eric Florip March 18, 2014 8:03 p.m.

State Sen. Annette Cleveland missed more votes than any other local legislator during the 2014 regular session, according to a nonpartisan organization that prepares an annual tally of lawmakers' voting records.

Service announces candidacy for 49th district legislative seat

By Eric Florip March 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver resident Anson Service has announced that he'll seek the legislative seat now held by state Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver.

An 'East County Bridge' would need broad buy-in

By Eric Florip and Tyler Graf March 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore has spoken passionately about the need to build a third metro-area bridge across the Columbia River, but when it comes to that proposal, partnerships may be hard to foment.

Oil spill prep may ratchet up

By Eric Florip March 16, 2014 6 a.m.

BNSF Railway uses a familiar refrain to reassure people worried about the safety of transporting oil by rail. Company officials say 99.997 percent of all hazardous material moved by rail reaches its destination without incident.

Remembering Sasha

By Eric Florip March 14, 2014 8:16 p.m.

Sasha needed someone who could share her. That person was Harry Kiick, and he couldn't be more grateful.

Legislature: Sales tax exemption alive, medical pot bill dies in House

By Eric Florip March 13, 2014 10:37 p.m.

A supplemental budget approved by state lawmakers Thursday includes no change to the sales tax exemption for out-of-state shoppers, dropping a House proposal to narrow the tax break.

Second challenger to run for 18th District seat

By Eric Florip March 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Commercial airline pilot John Ley has announced he'll run for state representative in the 18th Legislative District, becoming the second challenger to incumbent Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver.

Local lawmakers' bills beat deadline

By Eric Florip March 7, 2014 8:24 p.m.

Another key deadline hit the Washington Legislature on Friday, prompting a flurry of activity in Olympia this week.

CRC shutdown to begin as Oregon Legislature adjourns

By Eric Florip March 7, 2014 11:45 p.m.

The Columbia River Crossing is dead, and it just might be for good this time.

Attempt to revive CRC on the ropes

By Eric Florip March 6, 2014 7:44 p.m.

As Oregon's legislative session winds down, lawmakers' final days in Salem could spell the final days of the Columbia River Crossing.

Immigration advocates stop in Vancouver

By Eric Florip March 4, 2014 7:06 p.m.

A traveling campaign for federal immigration reform stopped in Vancouver on Tuesday, urging leaders to get behind a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration system.

Washington considers mileage tax

By Eric Florip March 3, 2014 7:48 p.m.

Finding money for state road projects has for decades followed a relatively simple formula. Washington, like other states, relies almost entirely on fuel taxes.

Benton blasts House Republicans over vote

By Eric Florip February 27, 2014 4:49 p.m.

An email from state Sen. Don Benton scolding fellow Republicans for their votes on a Democratic-led bill sparked an internal brouhaha among legislators this week.

Sales tax exemption targeted by House

By Eric Florip February 26, 2014 8:08 p.m.

A supplemental budget plan unveiled by House Democrats on Wednesday would close the up-front sales tax exemption for out-of-state residents, reviving a proposal that business leaders say would have far-reaching effects in Clark County.

C-Tran offers latest look at bus rapid transit proposal

By Eric Florip February 25, 2014 9:40 p.m.

As C-Tran continues to craft a proposed bus rapid transit line in Vancouver, the agency this week is offering its latest glimpse of what the system could look like.

Growing organic food just part of husband-wife team’s mission

By Eric Florip February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Joyce Haines seldom misses a teaching opportunity. It’s one of the reasons she and her husband, Greg Valdivia, have frequent visitors to their home, where they run Northwest Organic Farms.

Clark County Republicans elect two new leaders

By Eric Florip February 22, 2014 6:39 p.m.

The Clark County Republican Party elected new leaders this month and announced a renewed effort to reach out to local residents.

C-Tran is nearer to electronic fare model

By Eric Florip February 22, 2014 5:40 p.m.

An overhaul to C-Tran's fare system could soon allow users to pay single-ride fares electronically, marking a dramatic shift away from the cash-only model the transit agency has used for decades.

Snowpack continues its comeback

By Eric Florip February 22, 2014 6 a.m.

In early January, Julie Koeberle was suggesting a snow dance to improve the Northwest's ailing mountain snowpack.

BNSF to add 5,000 oil tank cars

By Eric Florip February 20, 2014 4:37 p.m.

BNSF Railway on Thursday announced plans to add 5,000 new tank cars to its fleet for carrying crude oil, marking the latest investment in oil-by-rail as volume and demand continue to grow.

Local lawmakers' bills advance ahead of cutoff

By Eric Florip February 19, 2014 6:37 p.m.

A flurry of activity in the Washington Legislature this week saw several bills proposed by Clark County lawmakers win approval in their respective chambers.

Camas companies inspire bill for mobility devices

By Eric Florip February 18, 2014 8:35 p.m.

When Andrew Ross takes a Solowheel out for a spin in Clark County, it turns heads. People invariably want to get a closer look at the one-wheeled transport device, he said.

Benton's measure on eminent domain passes in Senate

By Eric Florip February 17, 2014 8:07 p.m.

The state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would prevent property from being seized for public use and then transferred to an agency of another state -- taking square aim at a controversial agreement signed by C-Tran and TriMet last year.

House OKs better access to lobbyist reports

By Eric Florip February 17, 2014 1:12 p.m.

A bill that would require lobbyists to file reports electronically and give the public better access to their activities won unanimous approval in the state House of Representatives on Monday.

Freeholders favor commissioner elections by districts

By Eric Florip February 15, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Since they began meeting late last year, the people charged with drafting a new county government have floated significant changes in the way power is divided, and leaned toward a larger number of Clark County commissioners.

Snowpack gains ground; still behind

By Eric Florip February 14, 2014 11:49 p.m.

Recent snow and rain in the Northwest has greatly increased the region's mountain snowpack.

Transportation proposal offers little for Clark County

By Eric Florip February 13, 2014 7:59 p.m.

A $12.3 billion transportation package unveiled by Senate majority leaders Thursday appears to include relatively little specifically for Clark County.

Oregon legislative panel backs CRC plan

By Eric Florip February 13, 2014 1:42 p.m.

The Columbia River Crossing will live to see another day after an Oregon legislative committee approved a bill authorizing the controversial Interstate 5 Bridge replacement Thursday.

CRC hearing in Oregon draws voices from Washington

By Eric Florip February 12, 2014 9:50 p.m.

As Oregon lawmakers mull whether to recommit to the Columbia River Crossing, several leaders from Washington kept their voices in the debate during a marathon public hearing in Oregon on Wednesday.

Group reflects on Vancouver Lake

By Eric Florip February 12, 2014 9:26 p.m.

If there's one thing a decade of studying the ailing health of Vancouver Lake has revealed, it's this: Fixing it won't come easy.

What's up with that? Oil trains already passing through Vancouver?

By Eric Florip February 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Two days ago, I was walking in the Officers Row area, and I was fairly startled to see parked along the railroad tracks a long string of black tanker cars with no visible markings or identifications. My only conclusion was oil train. But to the best of my knowledge, none of the proposed export terminals have obtained the permits needed to proceed. I live less than a half-mile from the BNSF Railway tracks. Why are these bombs on rails already in our neighborhoods? Or have they been and I just didn't notice?

Amboy Meals on Wheels moves to new home

By Eric Florip February 12, 2014 6 a.m.

AMBOY — When Frank and Roberta Emerick attended their first Meals on Wheels lunch in Amboy this month, they weren't exactly strangers.

Two local lawmakers find new per diem rate 'realistic'

By Eric Florip February 11, 2014 10:10 p.m.

State lawmakers representing Clark County have expressed mixed feelings about House members' food and lodging expense allowance jumping from $90 per day to $120.