Stories by Eric
Nearly 200 brave cold weather for Hangover Run
Shana O'Brien and Cassie Leonard made a pledge to be more active in 2013, getting back into running. Day one: so far, so good. The two Vancouver residents were among more than 200 participants in Tuesday’s Hangover Run, an annual New Year’s Day event put on by the Clark County Running Club.
An early-morning fire destroyed a Battle Ground home and damaged two others before multiple agencies managed to contain the blaze Tuesday.
Parts of county get covered by surprise New Year's Eve snow
Snow flurries fell around Clark County this morning, where temperatures were in the 30s. Many accidents resulted.
2011 rates set record, even as total waste dropped
Clark County recycled more than half of its disposable waste for the first time in 2011, setting a new mark that largely followed the statewide trend.
$1.35 million improvement will streamline system
They've captured major traffic accidents, wayward goats and everything in between. By the end of next year, surveillance cameras on board C-Tran buses should also be capturing a clearer picture.
'Emerald House' stresses green building, gives couple new hope
After years of running into life's walls, Dennis and Sheri Ziesemer recently saw their fortunes turn.
C-Tran, county seek clarity on paying for transit system
More than a month after voters rejected a sales tax increase to help pay for light rail, C-Tran leaders are no closer to deciding what to do next.
Permits let miners drill 63 holes; more would require new application
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a pair of prospecting permits on land near Mount St. Helens, clearing the way for exploratory drilling to begin as early as next year.
The Oregon Transportation Commission on Tuesday approved a bistate agreement that will begin the process of setting toll rates for the Columbia River Crossing.
Gov. Chris Gregoire largely passed over the Columbia River Crossing in her recommended budget released Tuesday, identifying no new state funding for the project.
Crews were preparing Monday evening for the possibility of an icy commute Tuesday.
Ridgefield-based contractor was working on bridge replacement project in Central Washington
A central Washington wildfire that scorched more than 23,000 acres last summer was caused by construction crews working under a Ridgefield-based contractor, a state investigation has found.
It wasn't the biggest crowd to talk coal in recent weeks, but about 650 people were good enough to fill two venues during a Vancouver public hearing at Clark College on Wednesday.
Proposed coal terminal in Bellingham subject of hearing at Clark College
Crowds pack Gaiser Hall and Foster Auditorium at Clark College for a public hearing on a proposed coal export facility near Bellingham.
Clark County will kick off planning process aimed at finding new use for former dump
On the surface, the land looks like a clean slate. Acres of open space, covered by grass in a mostly residential area.
2011 sales tax hike puts '13-14 budget in black
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a two-year budget that includes a big boost in revenue and puts the transit agency in the black for the first time in years.
150 people will be selected by drawing to deliver testimony
Few issues this year have generated more interest and debate in the Northwest than coal exports. Public meetings on the subject have drawn bigger crowds than some local sporting events.
Additional 20 feet of clearance won't meet all users' needs
The Columbia River Crossing hopes one of these is the magic number: 115 or 116 feet.
She says her constituents want Forest Service to maintain role
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said this week she will not support a study of whether Mount St. Helens should be a national park.
Final decision from BLM could come next week; appeals possible
The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday authorized controversial mineral prospecting near Mount St. Helens, giving a key endorsement to a Canadian company hoping to drill there.
Walk and Knock, Clark County’s biggest annual food drive, collected about 264,000 pounds of food on Saturday, organizers said.
Tradition sees nearly 3,000 treats baked, sent to relatives across nation
The cake was for Paul Corso, but what it said meant something to everyone in the room. Prima famiglia. Family first.
Spirit of community at its best in food drive
Their work done, Mike Lewis gathered the troops once more. It was time to drive the lesson home. Why is that important? What is the Christmas season all about?
Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking another in a robbery and shooting that left a man injured earlier this week.
Kitzhaber unveils proposed state budget with $450M for project
The Columbia River Crossing's financial prospects received a potential boost Friday, as Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber set aside key funding for the project in his recommended two-year budget.
The Federal Aviation Administration will form a special panel to review the shared airspace between Pearson Field and Portland International Airport, lengthening the uncertainty surrounding access at Vancouver’s historic airfield.
A majority of Portland-Vancouver drivers say they'll likely head for the Glenn Jackson Bridge once tolling begins on the Interstate 5 Bridge, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Proposed 2013-14 spending plan forecasts revenue increase of 23%
C-Tran's next two-year budget includes something most public agencies would love to have: A lot more cash to work with.
Days before Thanksgiving among the busiest for local growers
LA CENTER — Cut it. Bale it. Load it. Repeat.
A day after a Pacific storm walloped the Northwest with heavy rains and wind, Tuesday's encore continued to cause havoc in Clark County.
Some continue to advocate seeking national park status
Improvements have put Mount St. Helens in better position to serve visitors and boost surrounding communities, U.S. Forest Service leaders said Monday.
Mitigation banks aim to benefit economic development, environment
When Woodland Public Schools made plans for a new high school in the city's north end, it ran into a hurdle that many builders know well.
Coast Guard urges planners to fully address navigation needs
The U.S. Coast Guard can allow a Columbia River Crossing design that blocks some existing vessels on the river -- but only if the project shows it has done everything it can to avoid that outcome when possible, a Coast Guard official said Wednesday.
Agency's board must decide how to proceed after failure of Prop. 1
One week after voters rejected a sales tax increase to pay for light rail in Vancouver, the question of what happens next remains unclear. The C-Tran board indicated Tuesday it will tackle the issue in earnest during a retreat meeting in January.
I-5 Corridor project has been controversial
The Bonneville Power Administration on Tuesday announced its preferred route for a planned transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, opting to steer clear of the Vancouver urban area.
Largest stage yet will build bridge over interstates
Salmon Creek-area commuters are used to change by now. They've been introduced to a new park-and-ride lot, local street improvements and more spacious freeways in just the past two years.
Clark County voters tackled some divisive issues in Tuesday's election, and their collective decisions could have far-reaching impacts on the region. Here's a look at what we might expect:
50 respond to Republican calls for project redesign
Supporters of the Columbia River Crossing on Friday hit back against Republican calls to overhaul the $3.5 billion project, saying there's too much invested in the process to turn back.
Pushing the Columbia River Crossing’s bridge height to 125 feet over the water would mean major logistical hurdles for the project, according to a CRC analysis.
New funding proposal comes from task force led by Vancouver chamber, Identity Clark County
A day after voters rejected a sales tax increase to help pay for light rail, at least one group offered its answer to an inevitable question.
Outcome delivers potential setback to Columbia River Crossing
Voters soundly rejected a sales tax increase to help pay for light rail Tuesday, delivering a possible setback to the Columbia River Crossing.
Jim Malinowski appeared victorious in his bid for a seat on the Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night, grabbing a solid lead against Julia Anderson, according to preliminary election results.
PacifiCorp has lifted access restrictions on the lower White Salmon River, opening the entire waterway to recreation and rafting for the first time.
Three proposed garages, especially if free, could cut into Vancouver's revenues
Its parking program already in flux, the city of Vancouver is preparing for what could be the biggest curve ball yet: the Columbia River Crossing.
Program needs funding from the Legislature to remain viable, report says
As revenues continue to fall short of projections, state parks leaders are sending a message to Washington lawmakers: We can't do it alone.
Pearson Field, PDX, Vancouver oppose new FAA restrictions
The dispute over a controversial change to local airspace restrictions likely won't be resolved before a previously announced deadline expires at the end of this month, city of Vancouver officials said Monday.
Developer hopes Salmon Creek house will be area's first 'net zero' residence
The home is far from finished, but Troy Johns is happy to show it off early. Actually, that's the point.
Elevated section opens, giving Camas-Washougal businesses new optimism
WASHOUGAL — The wait is over: Many commuters Wednesday will take their first drive on a new, elevated state Highway 14 through Camas and Washougal.
Group finds PCB contamination after testing three species caught by anglers
A new series of tests found "alarming" levels of toxins in fish caught from the Columbia River and Columbia Slough, according to an advocacy group that released its results this week.
Predicted warmth east of Cascades may drop snowpack levels, too
Inconsistent ocean conditions have some weather experts scratching their heads about this winter's outlook. But federal forecasters said this week that the season could shape up to be a dry one in the Northwest.