Mountain snowpack is off to slow start

By Eric Florip December 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Winter is officially only a few days old, but the region's mountain snowpack already faces a sizeable deficit.

Deal secures 3,000 acres of forest near Mount St. Helens

By Eric Florip December 22, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Columbia Land Trust on Monday announced the conservation of more than 3,000 acres of forestland near Mount St. Helens, the latest phase in an ongoing effort by the organization to prevent development in the area.

Skamania County financial outlook worsens

By Eric Florip December 21, 2014 4:45 p.m.

When Congress approved its 2015 government funding bill earlier this month, a bleak financial situation for Skamania County got worse.

Is Gorge commission still relevant?

By Eric Florip December 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Dwindling funding and staff have limited agency's ability to process development requests, perform other duties

C-Tran argues it's within legal authority on BRT

By Eric Florip December 17, 2014 11:54 a.m.

C-Tran insists that it is within its statutory authority in pursuing and building a bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, responding to a lawsuit filed by a group of citizens last month.

Cleanup continues after powerful windstorm

By Eric Florip December 12, 2014 8:19 p.m.

A day after strong winds raked Clark County and left tens of thousands of people without power, crews continued cleaning up in calmer conditions Friday.

Madore suggests cutting RTC dues

By Eric Florip December 10, 2014 7:01 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore on Wednesday suggested cutting off county funding to the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, citing a "continuous track record of the RTC dismissing the leadership of the county."

C-Tran approves 2015-16 budget

By Eric Florip December 9, 2014 10:15 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a new spending plan that boosts the agency's operating budget during the next two years and commits to several large capital investments.

'Wild' film spurs new interest in Pacific Crest Trail

By Eric Florip December 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Cheryl Strayed never ventured into Washington during the hike depicted in her best-selling memoir "Wild."

County to sue C-Tran over board composition meeting

By Eric Florip December 4, 2014 9:38 a.m.

Clark County commissioners on Wednesday voted to file a court injunction against C-Tran, alleging the agency didn’t properly notice a November committee meeting that rearranged the C-Tran board’s membership.

Long-term transport plan approved

By Eric Florip December 2, 2014 7:52 p.m.

The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council on Tuesday approved a broad long-range plan that outlines the county's transportation priorities during the next two decades.

C-Tran ambassadors help train uneasy riders

By Eric Florip November 30, 2014 6 a.m.

When Wendy Olmstead ventured onto a C-Tran bus for a trip to the Westfield Vancouver mall this month, it was a step into the unknown.

WSDOT agrees to pay $500K to settle suit

By Eric Florip November 27, 2014 2:43 p.m.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged gender discrimination within the agency's regional office in Vancouver, according to the law firm who represents the woman.

I-5 incidents snarl morning commute

By Craig Brown and Eric Florip November 26, 2014 9:44 a.m.

An accident on the Interstate 5 Bridge about 7:40 a.m. pinned a small car between a cement mixer and a tractor-trailer.

Amtrak to be stuffed for holiday

By Eric Florip November 25, 2014 4:10 p.m.

Throngs of people will traverse distances large and small Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, but not everyone will get in their cars and hit the road.

Proposed oil terminal would be biggest in volume

By Eric Florip November 24, 2014 6 a.m.

By any measure, the size of the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver is eye-catching.

Crossing replacement to close part of St. Johns Road

By Eric Florip November 21, 2014 6 a.m.

A complete railroad crossing replacement will force a weekend-long closure of Northeast St. Johns Road near Northeast 68th Street starting tonight, according to Clark County Public Works.

Clark County loses seat on C-Tran board

By Eric Florip November 18, 2014 7:44 p.m.

A special committee voted Tuesday to reshuffle the membership of the C-Tran Board of Directors in a move that gives more representation to some of the area's smaller cities and strips the veto power held by Clark County and Vancouver.

C-Tran eyes larger budget for 2015-16

By Eric Florip November 17, 2014 6:17 p.m.

C-Tran expects another healthy revenue increase in its next two-year budget, according to a proposal sent to the agency's board members late last week.

Early 'Snowvember' was mostly a no-show

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie and Susan Parrish November 13, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Predictions of widespread snow in the metro area fizzled this morning after area schools announced delays or closures in anticipation of the threat.

TriMet rebuffs C-Tran request

By Eric Florip November 12, 2014 5:55 p.m.

TriMet reiterated Wednesday that it has no plans to terminate a controversial light rail contract it signed with C-Tran last year, despite an earlier request from C-Tran to do just that.

Veterans Day storm downs trees, disrupts power  

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie , Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice November 11, 2014 9:21 p.m.

Strong winds have caused trees and limbs to come down, leaving thousands without power due to a swath of outages across Clark County this morning.

C-Tran overhauls surveillance system  

By Eric Florip November 10, 2014 6:43 p.m.

When a red, two-door car nearly side-swiped a C-Tran bus on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard in late September, the agency saw it from every angle.

Cold, possible freezing rain in Clark County forecast

By Eric Florip November 10, 2014 5:23 p.m.

A blast of cold air this week will bring Clark County its first taste of winter, forecasters said, and possibly some wintry precipitation.

CRC lingers in long-range plans

By Eric Florip November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

The latest update of Clark County's long-range Regional Transportation Plan includes a project that goes something like this: Replace the Interstate 5 Bridge between Vancouver and Portland, rebuild much of the nearby freeway and connect high-capacity transit to Vancouver, all for about $3.3 billion.

Lough Legacy Veterans Parade pays tribute to service

By Eric Florip November 8, 2014 7:25 p.m.

William Sobolewski holds a stronger connection to the Fort Vancouver National Site than most: He was born there, in what used to be called the "Station Hospital."

Two bodies discovered in Vancouver, prompting separate investigations

By Eric Florip November 8, 2014 1:54 p.m.

Police are separately investigating two deaths after two bodies were found in Vancouver on Saturday morning.

Northwest has history of environmental activism

By Eric Florip November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

When the movement of oil trains emerged as a major controversy in the region, it wasn't the first rodeo for many of the Northwest environmental activists who joined the fight.

Interchange project a beginning and end

By Eric Florip October 28, 2014 6:24 p.m.

State and local leaders on Tuesday kicked off a project that will add a new interchange to the Interstate 205 corridor at Northeast 18th Street.

State traffic forecast predicts steady decline in miles traveled

By Eric Florip October 27, 2014 7:36 p.m.

A report completed last month may have quietly marked a major shift in the way Washington plans for its transportation needs.

Off Beat: Salmon cannon generates interest all around the globe

By Eric Florip October 27, 2014 6 a.m.

After years of working in relative obscurity, Vince Bryan admits even he's been surprised by the attention his company is now getting.

C-Tran maintenance facilities to grow for bus rapid transit

By Eric Florip October 23, 2014 8:22 p.m.

As C-Tran prepares to revamp its service along Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor with a bus rapid transit line, the agency is also getting ready for a major makeover at its headquarters.

Trash fouls Shillapoo Wildlife Area

By Eric Florip October 22, 2014 8:02 p.m.

When Julia Rosenstein moved to Vancouver in 2006, she began searching for places to escape. She eventually happened upon the Shillapoo Wildlife Area, next to Vancouver Lake.

Forecast: Warm, dry winter ahead for Northwest

By Eric Florip October 16, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Clark County and the Pacific Northwest may be in for a warm, dry winter, according to an annual prediction released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

C-Tran board OKs electronic fare system

By Eric Florip October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a sweeping electronic fare system that will allow riders to use pre-paid cards and other devices for the first time.

Review of C-Tran board to resume

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

After nearly a year-long hiatus, the committee considering a possible shake-up of the C-Tran Board of Directors will reconvene next month.

Skamania County declares 'state of emergency'

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.

Rest area rebuild expands Gee Creek site

By Eric Florip October 8, 2014 5:03 p.m.

More than a month after the southbound Gee Creek Rest Area closed for a complete rebuild, there's no sign of the old facility at the popular Interstate 5 pit stop.

Gorge commission requests bigger budget amid turmoil

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.

C-Tran asks TriMet: Please terminate light-rail contract

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.

Clark County's water year about 10 inches below normal

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.

States granted extension on CRC funding

By Eric Florip September 30, 2014 6:54 p.m.

At the request of Washington and Oregon, the Federal Highway Administration has granted a five-year extension on the money it doled out for the now defunct Columbia River Crossing project.

N.D. regulators consider oil stabilization policy  

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.

Mount St. Helens came back to life a decade ago

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.

What's Up with That? State had purpose for curved overpass

By Eric Florip and Scott Hewitt September 24, 2014 6 a.m.

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?

Salmon slip, slide on wild ride in 'cannon'  

By Eric Florip September 23, 2014 6:05 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — It's known as the "salmon cannon," but Vincent Bryan III has another way of describing the latest technology being used to move migratory fish in Washington.

Drivers getting used to new Salmon Creek Interchange

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.

Development plan riles Washougal neighbors

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

A planned tree-clearing and development on a 40-acre wooded property outside Washougal has some neighbors worried about damage to what they call a "critical" habitat — and the character of their rural setting.

Punctured tank spills diesel on BNSF tracks near Pasco

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.

Borders vacancy vexes east Vancouver neighborhood

By Eric Florip September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

When the Borders bookstore in east Vancouver closed in 2011, it left an unmistakable void in one of the city's busiest commercial areas.