By Eric Florip October 11, 2014 5:34 p.m.
Skamania County commissioners have declared a "state of emergency," decrying what they describe as mismanagement of federal forestland that they say has hamstrung the financially battered county and created extreme fire danger.
By Eric Florip October 5, 2014 6:40 p.m.
After years of operating with tight budgets and a bare-bones staff, the Columbia River Gorge Commission is hoping 2015 brings better fortunes.
By Eric Florip October 3, 2014 10:09 p.m.
C-Tran has formally asked TriMet to join it in mutually terminating a controversial light-rail contract the two agencies signed last year.
By Eric Florip October 1, 2014 5:27 p.m.
Despite recent rains, the 2014 water year ended this week with a sizable precipitation deficit in Clark County.
By Eric Florip September 26, 2014 7:05 p.m.
Most Clark County residents don't pay close attention to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. But the three-member regulatory body has the authority to influence something increasingly familiar to Southwest Washington and the Northwest: oil trains.
By Eric Florip September 25, 2014 7:41 p.m.
On a late-September weekend in 2004, Seth Moran received a phone call while mowing his lawn. It was about Mount St. Helens, which only days earlier had caught scientists' attention with a swarm of shallow earthquakes.
Now that the Northeast 139th Street overpass is completed and open, you can really notice how curved it is rather than straight. On Google Maps, the road on both sides of the interstates (I-5 and I-205) seems to be in perfect alignment. Why did the designers curve the overpass slightly to the south rather than just build it directly with no curve?
By Eric Florip September 22, 2014 7:06 p.m.
Almost a month after the opening of a new freeway interchange at Northeast 139th Street, traffic patterns in the Salmon Creek area still appear to be in flux as thousands of drivers feel out the new setup.
By Eric Florip September 19, 2014 1:48 p.m.
A large rock on BNSF Railway’s tracks in eastern Washington punctured an engine’s fuel tank and spilled diesel near the Columbia River on Friday, according to the state Department of Ecology.
By Eric Florip September 15, 2014 6 a.m.
The ongoing expansion of state Highway 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground marked a milestone recently as crews began paving a stretch of the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
By Eric Florip September 12, 2014 1:13 p.m.
A wildfire burning near White Salmon was 80 percent contained as of this afternoon, but continues to create potential hazards and slowing on state Highway 14 in the Columbia River, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
By Eric Florip September 6, 2014 5:59 p.m.
In 20 years, a larger economy and a larger population figure to put an even bigger strain on Washington's highways, roads and rails. An ongoing update to a statewide transportation plan aims to help answer the question: How will the state's already-aging infrastructure keep up?
By Eric Florip September 5, 2014 7:06 p.m.
Vancouver's warmest summer on record has brought good news to local farmers.
By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 5:37 p.m.
A $200,000 state grant will support a new biomass-fueled power plant near Stevenson expected to be operational next year, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The money will go to Wind River Biomass Utility, which has pursued the project will local, state and federal partners.
By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.
Seventeen years after planning began, state transportation officials and local leaders celebrated the end of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
By Eric Florip August 26, 2014 8:16 p.m.
As questions continue to swirl about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, BNSF Railway’s top executive acknowledged Tuesday that the process can be safer, and said his company welcomes the regulatory push toward more modern tank cars.
By Eric Florip August 22, 2014 12:15 p.m.
A proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver could generate an estimated $2 billion in “economic value” to the local and regional economy, and 176 permanent on-site jobs once the facility is fully operational, according to a new analysis released today.
The two companies proposing to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver plan to release a new economic analysis of the project during an invitation-only event Friday. Meanwhile, Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are calling their joint venture by a new name: Vancouver Energy.
By Eric Florip August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
The wait is over: At the end of this month, drivers will have their first chance to use the new freeway interchange at Northeast 139th Street in Salmon Creek.
By Eric Florip August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
On a rare day off, Chris Piche reached into the bed of his pickup truck and pulled out a small plastic container holding his livelihood. The former Battle Ground resident opened it and poured its contents into an empty water bottle. The thin, dark orange-tinted liquid, about the consistency of water, flowed in as yellow bubbles formed on top. He held it up under the bright sunlight for a better view. “That’s crude oil,” Piche said.
One person was killed and five others injured early Saturday in what the Washington State Patrol is calling an alcohol-involved rollover crash on Interstate 205.
By Eric Florip August 11, 2014 10 a.m.
When The Columbian featured Vancouver's Ross Complex substation in an article last December, the story described a high-voltage laboratory there as "little-known."
A newly unveiled proposal to build a bridge across the Columbia River at Southeast 192nd Avenue doesn't have the necessary support from the Vancouver City Council.
By Eric Florip July 15, 2014 6 a.m.
When a huge swath of forestland along the Klickitat River is formally secured for conservation by next year, it won't just be environmental advocates celebrating.
By Eric Florip July 8, 2014 10:56 p.m.
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday authorized spending $6.7 million in local funds for a bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, clearing the way for the project to secure a crucial federal grant and begin construction as early as next year.