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.

Artists demonstrate Native American mask-making

By Eric Florip February 7, 2015 8:03 p.m.

Sue Vanlaanen guessed it had been about 30 years since she last touched a piece of clay.

Protest of 'In God We Trust' display proposal planned

By Eric Florip February 7, 2015 5:39 p.m.

A group plans to rally outside the Clark County Public Service Center on Tuesday morning to protest a proposal to display the words "In God We Trust" in the county's main public hearing room.

Landslide closes BNSF main line near Felida

By Eric Florip February 7, 2015 12:17 p.m.

A landslide this morning temporarily shut down the BNSF Railway main line in the Felida area, impacting both freight and passenger service near Vancouver, according to the company.

Rainy days ahead

By Eric Florip February 6, 2015 7:38 p.m.

A series of storms is expected to drench Clark County and much of the West Coast this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. Low-elevation areas including Vancouver could see up to 1.5 inches of rain by Monday, with the surrounding hills registering even higher totals, forecasters said.

BNSF plans $189M in rail work across state

By Eric Florip February 6, 2015 7:03 p.m.

BNSF Railway will spend $189 million toward maintenance and improvements on its track system in Washington this year, the company announced Friday.

Land trust buys 51 acres along Rock Creek

By Eric Florip February 5, 2015 6 a.m.

It's easy to see why the East Fork of the Lewis River watershed faces the threat of development, according to Dan Roix.

Clark County to review land for possible sale

By Eric Florip February 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County plans to take a closer look in the coming months at the hundreds of properties it owns, hoping to get a better inventory of what each is used for.

Clark County to consider 'In God We Trust' display

By Eric Florip January 28, 2015 7:20 p.m.

Clark County councilors next month will consider a proposal to prominently display the words "In God We Trust" in the county's main public hearing room.

Shift takes place in Clark County hires

By Eric Florip January 26, 2015 6 a.m.

When Clark County named Bob Stevens its new director of General Services earlier this month, it marked a subtle shift in the way the county hires department heads.

County legal staff to review charter

By Eric Florip January 23, 2015 8:11 p.m.

Clark County plans to have its own legal staff review what some perceive as ambiguities in the home-rule charter voters approved last year, officials said Friday.

Gypsy moth eradication set near Yacolt

By Eric Florip January 21, 2015 7:12 p.m.

When 16 gypsy moths turned up in traps near Yacolt last year, it was enough to catch the attention of the state Department of Agriculture.

Bills put focus on Gorge commission

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

Proposed bills in both the Washington and Oregon legislatures this year could put a new spotlight on the relatively low-profile Columbia River Gorge Commission.

A Fair Fund cut could be felt widely

By Eric Florip January 16, 2015 9:51 p.m.

A proposed cut to the state fund that supports local fairs across the state has prompted strong push-back from advocates who say it could hurt many events, including the Clark County Fair.

Clark County leaders on board with charter

By Eric Florip January 14, 2015 7:14 p.m.

As Clark County continues to tread through the early stages of the transition to a new form of government, the county's top leaders on Wednesday reiterated a conciliatory tone.

C-Tran's revised board gets a chaotic start

By Eric Florip January 13, 2015 10:29 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors seated a new set of members Tuesday, diminishing Clark County's representation on the nine-member board over the continued objections of county councilors.

Sen. Cleveland proposes megaproject 'safeguards'

By Eric Florip January 9, 2015 8:34 p.m.

State Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, on Friday announced a set of bills designed to prevent future bistate transportation projects from meeting the same fate as the failed Columbia River Crossing.

Clark County mulls charter implementation

By Eric Florip January 7, 2015 8:44 p.m.

Clark County councilors on Wednesday delayed action on a proposed agreement on how to implement the new form of government voters approved last year.

Albertsons vacancy haunts Fourth Plain plaza

By Eric Florip January 7, 2015 6 a.m.

When Albertsons closed its grocery store on Vancouver's Fourth Plain Boulevard in February, analysts expected the space to stay vacant for a long time.

Clark County Council meeting kicks off a new era

By Eric Florip January 6, 2015 9:45 p.m.

As Clark County's governing body convened for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday, it didn't take long for county Councilor Tom Mielke to recognize the significance of an otherwise routine meeting.

Company drops drilling plan near Mount St. Helens

By Eric Florip January 6, 2015 4:52 p.m.

A Canadian mining company has for now dropped its pursuit of an exploratory drilling project near Mount St. Helens, prompting environmental advocates to declare victory after a prolonged legal fight.

Clark County coalition calls for transportation package

By Eric Florip January 5, 2015 6:29 p.m.

A coalition of public and private organizations in Clark County is calling for a "comprehensive revenue package" for the state's transportation needs, and assurance that adequate money will come back to projects in Southwest Washington.

Stewart sworn in as Clark County councilor

By Eric Florip January 5, 2015 10:52 a.m.

Jeanne Stewart was sworn in Monday as a Clark County councilor, formally beginning the four-year term she was elected to in November.

Fresh paint shores up aging I-5 bridge; others await work

By Eric Florip January 3, 2015 4:57 p.m.

When crews finished repainting both spans of the North Fork Lewis River Bridge recently, it added years of life to the aging structure that carries Interstate 5 across the Clark-Cowlitz county line.

C-Tran to expand Fisher's Landing lot

By Eric Florip January 3, 2015 4:32 p.m.

C-Tran's busiest transit center is poised to get busier.

Arctic blast to bring strong winds, cold

By Eric Florip December 29, 2014 6:29 p.m.

An arctic blast this week will bring Clark County strong winds and its coldest temperatures of the season so far, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Small earthquake reported in Vancouver

By Eric Florip December 29, 2014 6:28 p.m.

A small earthquake stirred under west Vancouver on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Trip to mall tests service dogs in training

By Eric Florip December 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Becca Khalil isn't sure how many dogs she's raised over the years. The Vancouver resident lost count somewhere around 20.

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.