Amboy Meals on Wheels moves to new home

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

AMBOY — When Frank and Roberta Emerick attended their first Meals on Wheels lunch in Amboy this month, they weren't exactly strangers.

Two local lawmakers find new per diem rate 'realistic'

By Eric Florip February 11, 2014 10:10 p.m.

State lawmakers representing Clark County have expressed mixed feelings about House members' food and lodging expense allowance jumping from $90 per day to $120.

Bill would put lobbyist reports online

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

After years of trying, state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, hopes 2014 is the year his proposal to change the way lobbyists report their activities in Washington gets off the ground.

Snow returns to Clark County

By Craig Brown , Eric Florip and Sue Vorenberg February 7, 2014 1:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 2 inches of snowfall this afternoon and 2 to 4 inches overnight in Clark County.

Snow, wind descend on Clark County

By Eric Florip February 6, 2014 9:09 p.m.

Snow that began falling in Vancouver about 11 a.m. is just the beginning of a storm that could last through the day. More snowfall is expected Friday and Saturday.

Man dies in massive I-5 accident

By Craig Brown , Eric Florip and Emily Gillespie February 6, 2014 3:42 p.m.

At least one person has already died in a weather-related traffic accident as a massive snowstorm began to wallop Clark County.

Bill: Allow sub-minimum training wage

By Eric Florip February 4, 2014 7:16 p.m.

As Washington lawmakers discuss whether to raise the state's minimum wage, a bill introduced by Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, would do just the opposite for some workers.

Bill addresses local petition signatures

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

A bill making its way through the Washington Legislature would change the state law that landed a local light rail petition in court last year.

Retired lumberman Briggs challenges Vick for first House seat in 18th District

By Eric Florip February 1, 2014 7:42 p.m.

Washougal resident Mike Briggs on Friday became the latest candidate to toss his name into a Clark County legislative race, announcing he'll run for the state representative seat now held by Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver.

Democrat Winningham challenges Pike in 18th District

By Eric Florip February 1, 2014 6:37 p.m.

Vancouver businesswoman Maureen Winningham has announced that she'll run for the legislative seat now held by state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas.

Local delegation reacts to State of the Union address

By Eric Florip January 28, 2014 10:20 p.m.

Southwest Washington's three representatives in Congress all struck a hopeful tone in response to President Barack Obama's call for action on immigration, tax reform and other issues during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Bills take aim at safety of oil transport

By Eric Florip January 27, 2014 7:18 p.m.

A shifting U.S. energy landscape has state lawmakers in Olympia taking a renewed look at the transport of oil through Washington railways and waterways.

Kitzhaber: CRC will die without action by March

By Eric Florip January 27, 2014 1:06 p.m.

Oregon will pull the plug on the Columbia River Crossing in March if its Legislature doesn’t recommit to the $2.7 billion project during the upcoming session, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a letter to lawmakers on Monday.

Oregon lawmaker 'doubtful' of CRC action

By Eric Florip January 23, 2014 6:50 p.m.

A key Oregon backer of the Columbia River Crossing said he believes his state "is done" with the issue, and the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement won't make it to a vote when its legislature convenes in February.

Herrera Beutler gathering focuses on immigration

By Eric Florip January 23, 2014 3:48 p.m.

Immigration reform is a task that should be tackled with a systematic, piece-by-piece approach in Congress in the coming year, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler told a small gathering in Vancouver on Thursday.

Another candidate jumps into 49th District race

By Eric Florip January 22, 2014 5:56 p.m.

Another candidate has stepped forward to run for the legislative seat now held by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.

Pot bills would rework medical marijuana system

By Eric Florip January 21, 2014 6:27 p.m.

A pair of bills under consideration in the Washington Legislature aim to better align the state’s medical marijuana system with its still-evolving market for recreational pot.

Crain to make another try to unseat Moeller

By Eric Florip January 20, 2014 7:48 p.m.

Vancouver resident Carolyn Crain has announced that she'll again run for the legislative seat currently held by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.

C-Tran bottom line for new budget improves

By Eric Florip January 14, 2014 9:23 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a change to its two-year budget that will boost the agency's bottom line by nearly $1 million.

C-Tran works to fill C-Van demand

By Eric Florip January 13, 2014 6 a.m.

After almost 10 years riding C-Van, Barbara Chu can't imagine her life without it. The Vancouver resident uses C-Tran's demand-based paratransit service for doctor appointments, grocery shopping and a host of other trips around the area.

Oregon treasurer not fully sold on CRC

By Eric Florip January 10, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Though an investment-grade financial analysis offered some good news for the Columbia River Crossing this week, Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler says he's still not fully sold on the project.

Lawmakers: Washington not revisiting CRC

By Eric Florip January 9, 2014 7:11 p.m.

A panel of legislative leaders signaled Thursday that there's no interest in bringing Washington back to the table on the Columbia River Crossing.

Analysis says tolls can make CRC financially viable

By Eric Florip January 7, 2014 8:09 p.m.

Charging tolls on Interstate 5 could generate enough money to make the Columbia River Crossing financially viable, Oregon officials said after releasing a new report Tuesday.

State snowpack is far below normal

By Eric Florip January 4, 2014 5:12 p.m.

As the Northwest's snowpack continues to languish from an unusually dry fall and early winter, the region's mountains could use some help.

Study charts forest loss, gain across globe

By Eric Florip January 2, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Jurgen Hess knew the Mount Adams area had experienced its share of retreating forestland in recent years. The local advocate has seen it first-hand in the form of wildfires, logging and development.

Vancouver family's fourth child is 2014's first in a Clark County hospital

By Eric Florip January 1, 2014 10:56 p.m.

She was due in 2013, but baby Ella had other plans. She became the first child born at a Clark County hospital in 2014, arriving at 1:07 a.m. Wednesday.

A meditative journey into the new year: People walk labyrinth at First Presbyterian Church

By Eric Florip January 1, 2014 7:34 p.m.

Diane Weber approached the exit of the labyrinth, marked with a small rug and two candles. She paused, put her hands together, then stepped into 2014.

Woodland man dies in New Year's Eve crash

By Eric Florip January 1, 2014 2:57 p.m.

A Woodland man died and two other Clark County residents were hospitalized after a car crash late Tuesday, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

Stroller caught under C-Tran bus; Camas woman reimbursed

By Eric Florip December 31, 2013 6 a.m.

A Camas woman will be reimbursed after her stroller was crushed by a C-Tran bus last week, the agency said Monday.

Traffic center keeps eyes, ears on the road

By Eric Florip December 30, 2013 6 a.m.

When a car fire erupted on state Highway 14 recently, the Traffic Management Center began buzzing immediately.

Weight restriction ends on Bridge of the Gods

By Eric Florip December 25, 2013 1:54 p.m.

State and local officials lifted a severe weight restriction on the Bridge of the Gods on Tuesday, allowing freight to freely move across the span for the first time in months.

Petitions drive oil terminal comments

By Eric Florip December 23, 2013 6:53 p.m.

As state officials begin to review more than 31,000 comments on a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, the task may not be as daunting as it sounds.

Clark County faces threat of snow

By Eric Florip and Erik Hidle December 19, 2013 7:54 p.m.

A shot of wintry precipitation could again cause a dicey morning commute in Clark County on Friday.

Port of Vancouver oil terminal plan gets 31,000 comments

By Eric Florip December 18, 2013 9:05 p.m.

The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver piled up more than 31,000 comments before Wednesday's deadline passed.

I-5 Bridge repairs extended to next week

By Eric Florip December 16, 2013 3:03 p.m.

Repair work on the Interstate 5 Bridge slowed Vancouver traffic with back-to-back bridge lifts Monday morning, but the job isn’t done yet.

East Fork restoration takes long-term approach

By Eric Florip December 13, 2013 7 p.m.

LA CENTER — On the East Fork Lewis River and surrounding habitat, restoration efforts paint on a partially finished canvas.

C-Tran board review must wait on ruling by judge

By Eric Florip December 11, 2013 8:06 p.m.

Any shake-up to the C-Tran Board of Directors will wait until after a Clark County judge sorts out a crucial legal question, a committee decided Wednesday.

Freezing rain may follow thaw

By Eric Florip December 10, 2013 7:19 p.m.

Clark County's extended cold snap briefly thawed Tuesday, as temperatures climbed above freezing in places for the first time, day or night, in nearly a week.

Snow, possible ice could create messy commute Tuesday

By Eric Florip December 9, 2013 9:45 p.m.

Lingering cold mixed with possible moisture could deliver the right ingredients for a messy morning commute Tuesday in Clark County.

High-voltage BPA lab a rare asset

By Eric Florip December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Jeff Hildreth gave the go-ahead order, then watched as a small red light started blinking. He waited. A warning sounded about a minute later. Soon came a brilliant flash of light, a crack like a gunshot, then silence. Lightning can be hard to come by in Southwest Washington. But the Bonneville Power Administration can create lightning on demand in a little-known laboratory at Vancouver's Ross Complex substation.

Simple trip on I-205 becomes waiting game

By Eric Florip December 6, 2013 12:25 p.m.

Justin Nickelsen left the house this morning for what he figured would be a simple trip. He got on northbound I-205 just after 7:30 a.m., taking his sister-in-law to a dentist appointment a few miles away.

Snow causes crashes, school closures in Clark County

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie and Erik Hidle December 6, 2013 10:15 p.m.

Early morning snowfall snarled traffic and closed schools around Clark County. Battle Ground, Camas, Hockinson and Washougal School Districts closed Friday.

Record-setting cold to continue this weekend

By Eric Florip December 5, 2013 3:28 p.m.

Temperatures are predicted to again plummet into the teens in Clark County this weekend, but forecasters say it won’t feel like it. It will feel colder.

Vancouver house destroyed in fire

By Eric Florip December 5, 2013 10 a.m.

A fast-moving fire destroyed an unoccupied house and burned two cars in a Vancouver-area neighborhood just north of state Highway 500 this morning.

Regional transportation council hires new executive director

By Eric Florip December 3, 2013 8:17 p.m.

The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council on Tuesday hired Matt Ransom as its new executive director, ending a monthslong search.

Snow remains uncertain for metro area

By Eric Florip November 29, 2013 5:35 p.m.

A strong storm system is expected to bring significant rain to the region this weekend, then give way to deep cold next week. The combination may give Clark County its first real threat of low-elevation snow this season, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

WSP holiday patrols stress safe arrivals

By Eric Florip November 25, 2013 7:05 p.m.

State police in Washington, Oregon and California on Monday launched an enforcement campaign aimed at making sure everyone hitting the road for Thanksgiving reaches their destination.

RTC interviews 6 director finalists

By Eric Florip November 23, 2013 6 a.m.

The six finalists to become the next executive director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council gathered in Vancouver on Friday as the agency prepares to make its pick.

Interstate 5 Bridge reopens after overnight problems

By Eric Florip and Emily Gillespie November 22, 2013 5:37 p.m.

A southbound span of the Interstate Bridge reopened early this morning after the bridge failed to completely close Thursday night during a routine maintenance lift.

Records detail controversial C-Tran-TriMet deal

By Eric Florip November 21, 2013 7:26 p.m.

A controversial light-rail contract inked in September was still being changed hours before the C-Tran Board of Directors approved it, and board members never saw the actual agreement before the vote was taken, according to records released by the agency this month.