Physical therapists try simulated knee surgery, robotically aided

By Eric Florip November 16, 2013 6:55 p.m.

As a group of physical therapists took turns at the operating table, their faces showed a combination of wonder, fascination, and a bit of squeamishness.

Rollover crash injures one near Cape Horn

By Eric Florip November 16, 2013 7:14 p.m.

A rollover crash on state Highway 14 near Cape Horn injured a Washougal resident late Friday night, according to Washington State Patrol.

C-Tran veto power to be reviewed by judge

By Eric Florip November 12, 2013 10:17 p.m.

C-Tran will ask a Clark County judge whether the veto power in its own bylaws passes legal muster, following a discussion by the agency's board of directors on Tuesday.

Geofoam fortifies interchange project in Salmon Creek

By Eric Florip November 12, 2013 6:50 p.m.

As the forklift lurched toward a nearby truck, its prongs began to slide between two foam blocks loaded on the trailer. An unmistakable squeak followed, like Styrofoam being jammed into a cardboard box.

Columbia River Treaty: Review of landmark deal could have big implications for county

By Eric Florip November 10, 2013 6 a.m.

When a major flood swelled the Columbia River and inundated parts of Vancouver in early 1996, it wasn't just local barriers and sandbags that kept a bad situation from becoming worse.

C-Tran eyes its piggy bank for BRT

By Eric Florip November 9, 2013 3:32 p.m.

C-Tran expects to burn two-thirds of its uncommitted capital reserves to build a bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, according to documents recently submitted to the Federal Transit Administration.

Storm hits Clark County; what will winter bring?

By Eric Florip November 7, 2013 7:34 p.m.

A strong storm swept through Clark County on Thursday morning, bringing with it potent wind, rain and minor havoc on local roadways.

Clark County postpones anti-CRC resolution

By Eric Florip November 5, 2013 8:36 p.m.

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday postponed action on a resolution admonishing the Columbia River Crossing and its sponsors for a "lack of integrity" and calling for a defunding of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.

Clark County puts detailed financial records online

By Eric Florip and Erik Hidle November 5, 2013 6:20 p.m.

Clark County on Tuesday unveiled a new online resource that puts the county's detailed financial records, contracts and other information in one place for public review.

N. Fork Lewis River Bridge prepped for repainting

By Eric Florip November 4, 2013 6 a.m.

WOODLAND — The North Fork Lewis River Bridge is about to get its first makeover in 23 years. And while a fresh coat of paint (five coats, actually) will make the Interstate 5 span in Woodland look younger, the change will be more than cosmetic. Crews are preparing to apply specialized bridge paint that also protects the structure and prevents corrosion, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Greenpeace ship part of local protest against proposed coal export facilities

By Eric Florip October 31, 2013 9:16 p.m.

There aren't many sailboats equipped with a helipad and twin masts that are too tall to fit under the Interstate 5 Bridge.

Oil terminal plan foes pack hearing

By Eric Florip October 29, 2013 10:22 p.m.

As state regulators prepare to vet a controversial plan to build the region's largest oil-handling terminal in Vancouver, hundreds of opponents on Tuesday delivered an overwhelming message:

C-Tran riders stretch definition of service animal

By Eric Florip October 27, 2013 6 a.m.

When a No. 71 C-Tran bus pulled up to a stop along Highway 99 earlier this month, the driver encountered what might be called a creative interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ODOT head: Oregon must act now to keep CRC on track

By Eric Florip October 23, 2013 3:52 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers must act this fall to recommit money to the Columbia River Crossing, or the project’s schedule and political support will unravel, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett told a group of business leaders and citizens in Portland this morning.

Passers-by check out woman's 'Little Free Library'

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

The sign says "Take a Book, Return a Book."

BPA tests new seismic technology at Ross Complex

By Eric Florip October 18, 2013 10 a.m.

Bonneville Power Administration researchers hope they've found a new way to fortify the regional power grid against a major earthquake.

Revised CRC plan drops 'connector' cap

By Eric Florip October 15, 2013 6 a.m.

When Columbia River Crossing planners shifted their focus to a curtailed version of the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement earlier this year, they also dropped a lesser-known component once seen as essential: the "Community Connector" freeway lid over Interstate 5.

Advisory votes get mixed reviews

By Eric Florip October 13, 2013 6 a.m.

A set of advisory votes next month will allow Clark County residents to weigh in directly on light rail, bus rapid transit and three proposed bridges across the Columbia River.

Oregon Iron Works sues over I-5 bridge mitigation deal

By Eric Florip October 11, 2013 7:48 p.m.

Oregon Iron Works has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, accusing the state of bad faith in negotiating mitigation payments in connection with the Columbia River Crossing project.

Coal terminal hearings draw 1,000

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip October 9, 2013 9:25 p.m.

The next scoping meeting for the environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview's proposed coal-export operation is taking place this afternoon and evening at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

C-Tran's deal with TriMet stands

By Eric Florip October 8, 2013 10:52 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday stood by a controversial contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Vancouver, after a boisterous rally and a parade of speakers mostly against the agreement.

Protesters rally against C-Tran, TriMet, CRC

By Eric Florip October 8, 2013 7:33 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday stood by a controversial contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Vancouver, after a boisterous rally and a parade of speakers mostly against the agreement. Before the meeting, about 150 people gathered in a space in The Academy building to protest ­C-Tran, the agreement with TriMet, and the Columbia River Crossing project that would bring light rail to Vancouver.

C-Tran contract brings swift reaction

By Eric Florip October 7, 2013 8:05 p.m.

When C-Tran leaders last month approved a contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Clark County, the reaction was swift.

Oil boom reverberates in Clark County

By Eric Florip October 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Chris Piche arrived with goals and a formidable work ethic.

Expansion of mining zones under review

By Eric Florip October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

A proposal to expand mining zones in Clark County is again working its way through public review, and again it's drawing an earful from worried residents.

Coast Guard approves CRC bridge permit

By Eric Florip September 27, 2013 6 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday granted a crucial permit allowing the Columbia River Crossing to build a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.

C-Tran board approves light rail financing plan

By Eric Florip September 26, 2013 10:14 p.m.

C-Tran board approves light rail financing plan passes on a 5-4 vote.

Oregon treasurer: CRC still has work to do

By Eric Florip September 26, 2013 5:22 p.m.

The revised Columbia River Crossing hasn’t yet cleared all the needed hurdles to be considered financially viable, Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler said in a letter to state leaders Thursday.

Ramp coming down in Salmon Creek area as I-205 closures continue

By Eric Florip September 25, 2013 11 p.m.

Work to tear down an old freeway onramp in the Salmon Creek area is continuing tonight, completely closing a section of Interstate 205 for a third consecutive night.

C-Tran releases draft light rail financing plan

By Eric Florip September 24, 2013 7:02 p.m.

C-Tran today unveiled a draft plan that would pay its share of operating light rail in Vancouver primarily by eliminating the local bus trips across the Columbia River that the new system would replace.

C-Tran light-rail plan is likely Tuesday

By Eric Florip and Stephanie Rice September 23, 2013 8:35 p.m.

A proposed financing plan for annual operations and maintenance of light rail will likely be released Tuesday by C-Tran, just as a longtime critic of the Columbia River Crossing has raised new doubt about projections being used to justify the megaproject.

Washington AG: Oregon-led CRC passes legal muster

By Eric Florip September 20, 2013 8:49 p.m.

A top assistant to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said this week that an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing would pass legal muster — as long as funds from Washington aren't used in the project.

Draft plan calls for revised Columbia treaty

By Eric Florip September 20, 2013 6:52 p.m.

American officials reviewing the decades-old treaty that shapes the management of the Columbia River in the U.S. and Canada have recommended modernizing its scope to include ecological issues and climate change, according to a draft document released Friday.

Say goodbye to summer as fall weather blows in

By Eric Florip September 19, 2013 10:06 p.m.

A double dose of blustery weather will bring significant rain and wind to Clark County this weekend, just in time for the autumnal equinox on Sunday.

Bridge of the Gods repairs to begin Oct. 1

By Eric Florip September 19, 2013 10 a.m.

State and local officials have solidified a plan to repair the Bridge of the Gods by the end of this year and remove a severe weight restriction that has cramped freight movement in the area for months.

Salmon Creek interchange work shifts into high gear

By Eric Florip September 16, 2013 7:59 p.m.

As a new freeway interchange continues to take shape in the Salmon Creek area, crews are poised to tackle one of the project's biggest remaining obstacles.

Waste Connections debuts natural-gas-fueled trucks

By Eric Florip September 12, 2013 9:20 p.m.

Normally, buying four new yard debris trucks isn't cause for celebration at Waste Connections Inc.

Memo details Oregon-led CRC

By Eric Florip September 12, 2013 6:17 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation on Thursday laid out in greater detail its plans for the still-evolving, pared-down Columbia River Crossing in a memo to state Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

Vancouver ties high temperature record

By Eric Florip September 11, 2013 8:19 p.m.

Vancouver was just shy of a heat record Wednesday, with temperatures topping out at 95 degrees in the early evening.

Torrid forecast prompts heat advisory for Vancouver

By Eric Florip September 11, 2013 10:08 a.m.

The possibility of record-high temperatures today has prompted the National Weather Service in Portland to issue a heat advisory including Clark County and other parts of the region.

C-Tran to resume planning for CRC

By Eric Florip September 10, 2013 10:33 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday authorized the transit agency to resume work on the Columbia River Crossing, putting one of the once-dead project's local sponsors back at the table.

C-Tran board to consider CRC, BRT support

By Eric Florip September 10, 2013 10 a.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors will tackle two of its highest-profile issues — the Columbia River Crossing and bus rapid transit — head on during its monthly meeting tonight.

Prehistoric tusk nearly ready for display

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

It had waited almost 20,000 years to see the light of day.

Dry summer ends with a deluge

By Eric Florip and Emily Gillespie September 6, 2013 8:27 p.m.

A strong band of rain and thunderstorms dumped more rain on Vancouver in 24 hours than fell in all of July, August and the first few days of September -- combined.

Letter urges Oregon to quit CRC push

By Eric Florip September 6, 2013 7:13 p.m.

A coalition of neighborhood and environmental groups sent a letter Friday to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and other state leaders calling on them to reject the latest push for an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing.

Environmental groups urge Kitzhaber to reject CRC

By Eric Florip September 6, 2013 3:20 p.m.

A coalition of neighborhood and environmental groups on Friday sent a letter to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and other state leaders calling on them to reject the latest push for an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing.

Madore fails to 'pause' the BRT

By Eric Florip September 3, 2013 9 p.m.

A proposed bus rapid transit system in Vancouver remains in the queue for a possible federal grant next year, after the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council turned back an effort to put the project on hold Tuesday.

Late-summer lightning rolls through Clark County

By Eric Florip September 3, 2013 7:38 p.m.

A late-summer lightning storm rolled through the region early this morning, producing dozens of flashes of lightning over Clark County.

Clark County in national spotlight in fight over coal and oil terminals

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip September 1, 2013 6 a.m.

To hear Ken Miller tell it, coal's rise as an export commodity in Southwest Washington is unstoppable.

UPDATE: CRC deals include $86M in mitigation payments

By Eric Florip August 30, 2013 8:02 p.m.

The Columbia River Crossing is primed to pay more than $86 million in taxpayer money to compensate three companies negatively impacted by a new Interstate 5 Bridge, according to documents released Friday.