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.

Produce shares made available to people who use food stamps

By Eric Florip April 21, 2015 7:11 p.m.

People often cite cost as a reason they don't buy more local, natural food. It's just too expensive, they say.

Proposed east county span may shift east

By Eric Florip April 21, 2015 5:26 p.m.

The proposed east county bridge could be heading farther east. But it still needs crucial buy-in, and its new location may present new hurdles.

Increase in oil trains heightens awareness of safety record

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Rail accidents happen in Clark County, and they happen regularly. Most go unnoticed by the public.

Drought emergency reaches Clark County

By Eric Florip April 17, 2015 8:56 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday expanded Washington's drought emergency to cover nearly half the state, including much of Southwest Washington and all of Clark County.

Cantwell: Make Pearson rule final

By Eric Florip April 16, 2015 9:51 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to finalize a temporary rule that allows air traffic at Vancouver's Pearson Field to largely avoid restrictions from nearby Portland International Airport.

HOV bill dies in Oregon Legislature

By Eric Florip April 13, 2015 7:42 p.m.

Oregon's only carpool lane likely isn't going anywhere soon.

Cantwell: Act now on oil trains

By Eric Florip April 8, 2015 9:20 p.m.

Now is the time to act to reduce the continued risk of crude oil moving through the region by rail, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said during a visit to Vancouver on Wednesday.

City: Review NuStar proposal

By Eric Florip April 7, 2015 6:21 p.m.

A proposal by NuStar Energy L.P. to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review, according to a determination by the city of Vancouver.

5 things to know about The Vine: Vancouver's bus rapid transit system

By Eric Florip April 7, 2015 5:52 p.m.

C-Tran would like to formally introduce you to "The Vine."

Bill would scrap Portland HOV lane

By Eric Florip April 6, 2015 6:44 p.m.

A bill under consideration in the Oregon Legislature would eliminate that state's only carpool lane along a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in North Portland.

Traffic on I-5, I-205 bridges increasing

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

Last fall, a state forecast turned heads by predicting a steady decline in traffic volumes on Washington roads in the next three decades.

Coast Guard cutter Bluebell marks 70 years on duty

By Eric Florip April 3, 2015 5:45 p.m.

PORTLAND — With 70 years in service, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bluebell is one of the oldest active ships in the agency's fleet.

Klickitat County rezone plan reaches state appeals court

By Eric Florip March 30, 2015 6:48 p.m.

Eight years after it was first proposed, the controversial rezoning of more than 1,000 acres of land along the White Salmon River remains tied up in a legal battle that has reached the Washington State Court of Appeals.

County to upgrade traffic signal technology

By Eric Florip March 29, 2015 7:56 p.m.

When one of Clark County's major traffic signals malfunctioned in December, it didn't take long for Rob Klug and his team to find out about it.

C-Tran balances service, costs as ridership declines

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

Jonathan Sincock begins his commute to work at precisely 6:22 a.m. each morning.

Oil terminal foes granted full voice in review

By Eric Florip March 26, 2015 4:32 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver will allow more than a dozen parties to take part in the upcoming adjudication process surrounding the controversial project.

Cantwell, Murray among Senate Democrats seeking tougher oil train rules

By Eric Florip March 25, 2015 7:12 p.m.

SEATTLE — Senate Democrats have proposed federal legislation to strengthen safety standards for trains that carry volatile shipments of crude oil.

There's change coming at Dollars Corner

By Eric Florip March 25, 2015 6 a.m.

You might say Randy Radtke is the last man standing at Dollars Corner.

Will drought declaration reach county?

By Eric Florip March 20, 2015 10:12 p.m.

Don't let the rain fool you. Many parts of Washington are in a precarious position as the Northwest's wet season approaches its end.

Bus rapid transit construction set for summer

By Eric Florip March 19, 2015 9:47 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Thursday approved three key contracts for a planned bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, clearing one of the final hurdles before the project begins construction this summer.

Gorge commission hires an interim director

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

The Columbia River Gorge Commission has hired Krystyna Wolniakowski as its interim executive director to lead the agency while it seeks a permanent replacement to departing director Darren Nichols.

Leaders join broad coalition on oil trains

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

Several Clark County leaders have joined a growing coalition of elected officials across the Northwest who say they want to raise awareness about the risks of transporting coal and oil by rail.

Fishery council adopts new forage fish rules

By Eric Florip March 10, 2015 4:31 p.m.

West Coast fishery managers on Tuesday approved new protections for small forage fish in a move cheered by advocates as a landmark decision.

Regional council set to vote on new forage fish rules today

By Eric Florip March 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Regional policymakers are expected to act today on an ecological plan that would mark a significant shift in the way West Coast fisheries are managed.

Three local lawmakers float new I-5 bridge plan

By Eric Florip March 7, 2015 4:46 p.m.

A trio of Southwest Washington lawmakers are floating a new plan for an Interstate 5 span between Vancouver and Portland they say could alleviate congestion at a much lower cost than the failed Columbia River Crossing project.

Volunteers spread Clark County's storm drain message

By Eric Florip March 6, 2015 5:50 p.m.

When Clark County Undersheriff Mike Cooke patrolled a Salmon Creek neighborhood earlier this week, he wasn't looking for criminal activity.

Filing seeks limits on oil terminal foes

By Eric Florip March 6, 2015 5:12 p.m.

The companies behind a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver on Friday asked for "reasonable conditions and limitations" on more than a dozen entities who have declared their intent to intervene in the project's upcoming judicial trial.

Proposed BPA power line plan moves ahead slowly  

By Eric Florip March 4, 2015 8:17 p.m.

Take a drive through the eastern and northern parts of Clark County, and it's not unusual to see signs urging the Bonneville Power Administration to take its proposed transmission line project elsewhere.

Report: Oil-by-rail continues sharp rise, could soar in state

By Eric Florip March 2, 2015 8:11 p.m.

Proposed oil-by-rail facilities and refinery expansions in Washington would be enough to bring nearly 20 oil trains rolling into the state every day by 2020, according to a report by the state Department of Ecology.

Gorge commission faces transition at 'critical time'

By Eric Florip February 24, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Already facing a key juncture that will determine its financial future, the Columbia River Gorge Commission has reached another turning point.

Amboy siblings recall childhoods at 'the Big House'

By Eric Florip February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

AMBOY — As Judy Steigmann and her three brothers walked up to an old white house near Amboy, memories starting pouring out.

Previous funding packages transformed Clark County transportation

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

The boost in highway spending in Washington since 2003 has significantly altered the transportation landscape in Clark County.

Tsunami surge could push far up Columbia

By Eric Florip February 19, 2015 8:46 p.m.

When a major earthquake strikes the Northwest, destructive shaking won't be the only thing the region has to worry about.

Snowpack — water storage — severely sparse

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

An unusually warm winter has created record-low snowpacks across Washington and Oregon, and the region is running out of time to make up the deficit.

W.Va. oil train derailment amplifies local debate

By Lauren Dake and Eric Florip February 17, 2015 6:05 p.m.

Monday's derailment and explosion of an oil train in rural West Virginia added more fuel to the debate over the safety of transporting oil by rail.

Ag class explores business side of farming

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

Addressing his class recently, it didn't take Eric Lambert long to utter a phrase familiar to any student.

NuStar terminal decision due soon

By Eric Florip February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

The proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build an oil transfer terminal in Vancouver has commanded a lot of attention, and for good reason — if built, it would be the largest facility of its kind in the United States.

C-Tran considers discount day pass

By Eric Florip February 10, 2015 8:31 p.m.

C-Tran appears poised to begin offering a new discounted day pass for seniors and disabled riders later this year, after the proposal received a mostly positive response during a public hearing Tuesday night.