Stories by Eric
Senate drafting its own version of transportation budget
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, issued a statement Tuesday reiterating that the Columbia River Crossing project must meet all of its funding and permitting requirements before it is eligible for federal dollars.
Commissioner Madore proposes the county and Vancouver each give one seat to smaller cities
A regular review now under way could lead to a shake-up of the C-Tran Board of Directors.
Issues include planned height of I-5 Bridge replacement
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler today reiterated her concerns about the Columbia River Crossing as the U.S. Coast Guard mulls a crucial bridge permit for the $3.4 billion project.
Bus rapid transit's status in state law not certain; could affect need for vote
The C-Tran Board of Directors narrowly advanced a proposed bus rapid transit line on Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor Tuesday, approving a $2.25 million contract to carry the enhanced bus system through project development and on track to meet a key deadline later this year.
Awarding of contract would carry project through development phase
The C-Tran Board of Directors tonight will consider awarding a $2.2 million contract advancing a proposed bus rapid transit line on Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor.
Environmental groups fearful of sprawl hail ruling
A Clark County Superior Court judge has blocked the rezoning of more than 1,000 acres of land along the White Salmon River, handing a victory to environmental groups who had challenged the move because they say it threatened a sensitive watershed.
Part of freeway shut down both ways for Salmon Creek project
Spokeswoman for WSDOT says there is a chance I-5 will reopen early
The company, east of Interstate 5 Bridge, is 'our Boeing,' legislator says
As the U.S. Coast Guard hosted a second night of testimony on the Columbia River Crossing on Wednesday, many Clark County residents turned their attention to a business with perhaps more at stake than any other in the project's outcome.
Crews will set girders over freeway as part of interchange project
Around-the-clock work over Interstate 5 in Salmon Creek will completely close both directions of the freeway this weekend.
The federal agency that essentially holds veto power over the Columbia River Crossing opened its ear to Portland and Vancouver residents Tuesday, and most who spoke called for a rejection of the controversial megaproject.
Negotiations still under way with third firm, Thompson Metal Fab
Washington and Oregon transportation officials have finalized mitigation agreements with two of the three metal manufacturers that would be negatively impacted by the height of the new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, Gov. Jay Inslee announced today.Washington and Oregon transportation officials have finalized mitigation agreements with two of the crucial three manufacturers upstream of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Gov. Jay Inslee announced today.
The first of two Columbia River Crossing meetings sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard begins at 5 p.m. today.
Northwest's geology holds great potential
The Northwest's geology holds the potential to offer a cavernous storage bank for excess energy on the regional power grid, according to a broad study released this week.
The Columbia River Crossing appears close to a mitigation agreement with two of the three major river manufacturers affected by the project, after Greenberry Industrial announced Monday that it was nearing a deal.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Standing in a packed office, Glenn Lamb looked around the room. The Columbia Land Trust executive director began rattling off a loyal roster of supporters looking back at him.
Many Mount St. Helens visitors and researchers are from other countries
When visitors flock to Mount St. Helens on Saturday, it's a good bet that plenty of them won't be speaking English as their first language.
By Friday morning, the Powerball jackpot had climbed to an estimated $600 million - the largest prize in the game's history, and the second-largest lottery jackpot ever.
37 white-tail deer adjust to new life at Ridgefield wildlife refuge
RIDGEFIELD — More than a month after an elaborate multi-agency operation moved some three dozen endangered Columbian white-tailed deer to protected habitat in Clark County, the animals are adapting to their new surroundings.
Its role in project unclear, agency seeks answers on points of dispute
As it evaluates its role in the Columbia River Crossing project, the C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday walked through a series of disputed questions in a meeting with top project officials.
List of 93 questions will begin the discussion of bridge, light-rail funding
The C-Tran Board of Directors will meet face-to-face Tuesday with Columbia River Crossing officials as the transit agency approaches a major decision point on its role in the controversial megaproject.
Lawmakers open special session Monday
As legislators face a decision on whether to commit $450 million this year toward the Columbia River Crossing project, lobbying and advertising efforts have increased ahead of a special legislative session that begins today.
Purchase of 2,330 acres part of broad conservation effort
The Columbia Land Trust on Thursday finalized the purchase of 2,330 acres of forestland and riparian habitat near Mount St. Helens, marking the largest single purchase in the organization's 23-year history.
Columbia Land Trust leads restoration effort to get ridof old haul road along river, open historic floodplain
KLICKITAT — The official schedule shows that the removal of an old haul road along the Klickitat River began in 2009.
The U.S. Coast Guard is still months away from making a decision that could make or break the Columbia River Crossing. But the Coast Guard on Tuesday formally kicked off the comment period inviting the public to speak directly to the agency that essentially holds veto power over the project.
Figure related to future operating cost of light-rail submitted to agency
The Columbia River Crossing says an error of more than $3 million was the reason project officials gave the Federal Transit Administration an inaccurate operating cost estimate for at least two years.
Whistling Ridge's effect on wildlife worries Friends group
More than a year after its approval, a proposed wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge remains in legal limbo. Now the controversial plan is headed for a date with the Washington Supreme Court.
C-Tran this week fired the driver involved in an early-morning incident that injured another employee on foot in the agency’s bus yard last month.
Gov. Jay Inslee entered a meeting room at the Vancouver Community Library to a standing ovation. About two dozen local politicians and business leaders cheerfully shook hands with the new governor as he made his way to the head of the table. The applause continued until Inslee took his seat. But Inslee’s first official visit to Vancouver last month was no celebration. He was stepping into a battlefield, and he knew it. The day’s topic: the Columbia River Crossing. And the real celebration would come only if the bridge project that has divided this community is finally built.
Clark County residents are deeply divided on the Columbia River Crossing, with neither supporters nor opponents claiming a clear majority of public opinion, according to a scientific poll commissioned by The Columbian earlier this month.
Decrease to $2.8B from $3.5B reflects decision to build it in phases
The Columbia River Crossing has put a new price tag on its controversial megaproject in an estimate to federal officials, knocking the initial cost down to $2.8 billion.
Earth Day isn't technically until Monday, but a series of events this weekend will start the celebration early in Clark County.
Clark County residents are deeply divided on the Columbia River Crossing, with neither supporters nor opponents claiming a clear majority of public opinion, according to a scientific poll commissioned by The Columbian this month.
Gov. Jay Inslee's recent visit to Vancouver sent a clear message that Clark County's views about the Columbia River Crossing are an important part of the regional debate over the $3.4 billion plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge with a new highway and light rail structure. As the shouting is rising on both sides of the debate, the governor told local supporers to get louder.
Board under pressure to make decisions on CRC
It boils down to yes or no.
State Senate leaders on Friday asked Gov. Jay Inslee for a "formal, independent investigation" into the Columbia River Crossing, citing financial questions raised by two forensic accountants.
New fareboxes, surveillance and communications systems will be rolled out over next two years
A broad upgrade of C-Tran's technology systems will change the way the agency operates -- and the way its riders use transit in Clark County -- starting later this year.
Camas Republican says design 'totally unacceptable'
State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, this week introduced a bill that would halt state funding to the Columbia River Crossing and mandate a redesign of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.
Signs of life abound at refuge scorched by Oct. fire
WASHOUGAL -- As Jim Clapp walked past a row of blackened willow trees, he took the thin end of a branch between two fingers. He began to bend it.
To reach more residents, agency's board of directors meetings will be broadcast live, online via CVTV
Starting next month, look for your local television listings to include a new addition: The C-Tran Board of Directors.
Senator tells project foes she doubts Legislature will act on plan this year
State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, told a gathering of mostly Columbia River Crossing opponents Friday that she doesn't believe the controversial project will receive funding in the Washington Legislature this year.
WASHOUGAL — A main entrance of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge will reopen friday, nearly six months after a wildfire burned close to 150 acres of the natural area near state Highway 14.
Entity now owns 299 acres along the lower Hood River
The Columbia Land Trust this week added another prized gem to its growing list of Northwest holdings: more than 3 miles of diverse habitat along the banks of the lower Hood River.
Friendly competition aimed at changing household waste attitudes, habits
Earlier this month, five Clark County families embarked on a five-week journey designed to change the way they think about their household waste, and change their behavior to reduce it.
6.10 inches of rain recorded so far; 17.34 fell in same period in '12
What a difference a year makes.
Supporters, opponents make their cases to a statewide audience
Although most legislators from other parts of the state have paid little attention to Clark County's transportation needs, the county's legislators, who remain split on the CRC, are telling their versions of the CRC story to fellow lawmakers.
Governor tells local leaders they have ‘one shot’ for bridge
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talked with area leaders Friday in Vancouver at a roundtable discussion focusing on the Columbian River Crossing project.
A small tornado tore through a barn in Hockinson Thursday afternoon as dark skies, hail and heavy rain swept through Clark County.
Woman sustained serious injuries
A C-Tran employee suffered serious injuries after being struck by a bus at the agency's bus yard early Wednesday morning.
Uncertainty about funding remains for Fourth Plain project
The C-Tran Board of Directors cautiously advanced a proposed bus rapid transit line in Vancouver on Tuesday, keeping the project on track despite unanswered legal questions and no confirmed local funding source.
For most long-distance commuters, spending hours in the car battling traffic each week causes stress.