Stories by Erik
Might-have-beens fly as Clark County's pass on Class-A baseball deal becomes tangible
HILLSBORO, Ore. — When Hillsboro Hops third baseman Jordan Parr ripped a skyward blast out to left field in the second inning of the Hops' home opener, most of the sell-out crowd in attendance rose to their feet.
After a half-hour's worth of considering different ways to hold a freeholder election this year, Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke said at a Wednesday meeting that the board appears to have gone "back to Plan A."
Commissioners pledge to track employment, services that lose funding
Consider the floodgates open. In another political victory for Clark County Commissioner David Madore, his plan to eliminate all traffic impact and permit fees for nonresidential development was approved Tuesday by a 2-1 vote of commissioners.
Decision part of home rule charter process
Clark County commissioners have a final choice to make on a freeholder election before the matter heads to voters and a home rule charter process begins.
Retiree has taken time to think, is ready to return
The campaign for 2014 has begun.
Bridge construction completed more than a day ahead of schedule
Bridge girder placement complete, Washington State Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 5 more than a day earlier than expected.
A robber used a small folding knife to hold up the "Twin Perks" coffee stand at 4900 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. around 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Part of freeway shut down both ways for Salmon Creek project
Spokeswoman for WSDOT says there is a chance I-5 will reopen early
Freeholders will be elected in November to draft new charter
The process to potentially redraft Clark County's form of government -- to home rule -- is under way.
Turmoil in government again brings issue to fore
If Clark County commissioners vote to move forward with establishing a home rule charter on Tuesday evening, they'll begin a process that could take over two years to complete and has been turned away by voters three times in the past.
4 elected leaders say cutting traffic, permit costs too risky
Four Clark County elected officials say they are dubious of Clark County commissioners' proposed plan to expand cuts to county development fees.
Clark County commissioners will discuss process for home rule charter
If commissioners vote at a June 4 meeting to move forward on a home rule charter, the next step would be to put a vote on freeholder positions on the November ballot. The freeholder board would be made up of 15 residents who would draft a new county charter.
Commissioners agree to siphon from fund voters designated to build parks
Lifeguards will return this summer to Klineline Pond in Salmon Creek Regional Park.
Commissioners lean toward bypassing an administrator search
Clark County commissioners will meet with the county's human resources department this week to discuss what it takes to replace County Administrator Bill Barron, 68, who announced this month he will retire Sept. 10.
But many residents will not see a jump in taxes owed
Your value is on the rise Clark County.
Commissioners may vote May 29 on first step
Clark County commissioners are scheduled to decide next week if they will begin the process of crafting a home rule charter for county government.
Agency will receive pass-through funding, Commissioner Madore will get a seat on its board
Two months after the split between the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Clark County appeared permanent, the two sides say they will give it another go.
Committee asks county to include park in master plan
Anita Will has worked for years to keep a historic mill near Whipple Creek from tumbling down.
Crowd of about 100 denounce recent actions, but some supporters heard, too
A crowd of about 100 people attend this morning's Clark County commissioners meeting, with many apparently wanting to talk more about the appointment of state Sen. Don Benton to be the county's environmental services director.
A compilation of recent blog posts from the All Politics is Local blog.
Those who want to rein in county commissioners also consider home rule
An overflow crowd spilled from a union hall in Vancouver's Fruit Valley neighborhood as hundreds gathered to discuss recall and other options against Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.
He wants public comment at end, to ensure 'county business done first'
Thirteen hours after being bombarded with public comment over the appointment of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, to the job of Clark County environmental services director, one commissioner wants to talk about changes to county meetings.
UPDATE AT 12:30: When the meeting ended at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart said he will ask the board to reconsider the appointment of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as it broke the board rules the three of them signed in January.
Stuart chastises Madore, says he's pushing blame on Barron
State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was all smiles as he walked into work Monday morning.Sen. Don Benton arrived at the Clark County Public Service Center just before 11 a.m. today to begin his job at county director of Environmental Services.
Former environmental services director Gray alleged Mielke targeted him over probe of pal
In 2011, Clark County's director of environmental services launched an investigation into Vegetation Management Department employees misusing county time, resources and funds.
Bill Barron says final day will be Sept. 10
Bill Barron, 68, announced his decision Thursday afternoon, saying commissioners have agreed to let him out of his contract, which was to run through 2014.
Commissioner Stuart storms out of meeting, alleges cronyism
State Sen. Don Benton was tapped to become Clark County's director of environmental services Wednesday in a surprise move by commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. Commissioner Steve Stuart stormed out of the meeting, alleging cronyism.
More will be needed from reserve fund to cover shortfall
Clark County commissioners unanimously approved a budget update Tuesday morning that answered some lingering financial questions that cropped up in the past few months.
3 sheriff's workers walking back from afternoon meal find at-large youth
A juvenile male, who decided he’d rather not attend his court proceeding any longer, sprinted out of the courtroom and into the path of three sheriff’s officers returning from lunch.
Official says spending plan anticipated need to cover expenses
If the financial trend seen in the first quarter of Clark County's 2013-14 budget cycle holds true, the county will pull a total of $6.2 million from its reserves to cover operating expenses — and that's exactly where the county expected to be.
City of Vancouver may still resist a public vote
Striking at the heart of a city of Vancouver argument against a citywide vote on light rail, a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that when people sign their names to a petition, the original signature should be counted, no matter how many times they sign it again.
Through 2013-14, free parking will disappear across 49-block area
The city of Vancouver has a plan to eliminate free on-street parking in downtown's newly formed "government parking district."
More than 600 people also have option to donate
Clark County will send refunds to 623 people who paid for annual parking passes at the county parks. But first, they're going to see if the pass holders want to donate the money.
Here is the status of some of the promises listed on David Madore's campaign website, and where the issues stand.
Amid controversy past 3 months, commissioner sticks to beliefs
Freshman Clark County Commissioner David Madore says his first three months in office have produced exactly the works he promised to voters.
Clark County and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington have an accord on a one-year contract to operate animal shelter services.
Madore, Mielke vote in favor, with Stuart opposed; general fund will make up for lost revenue
It's free to park at Clark County's parks and boat launches after Clark County commissioners approved the removal of the fees by a 2-1 vote Tuesday night.
Council hesitates to consider changes before commissioners more clearly set out intentions
The Vancouver City Council expressed concerns Monday night that its pact with Clark County to provide parks and recreation services may be coming to an end.
Plan would waive costs until unemployment below state average
Clark County Commissioner David Madore said he'd been "chewing" on the idea of linking fee reductions to unemployment numbers for a while.
He is seeking seat currently held by Jeanne Stewart
Ty Stober, who describes himself as a business, human rights and neighborhood advocate, says he will run for Vancouver City Council.
All plans being looked at involve continuing to work with Clark County
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is still weighing its options for responding to Clark County commissioners' counterproposal of a one-year contract for animal shelter services.
Stricken signatures at heart of dispute
The fate of a Vancouver petition looking to put light rail to a citywide vote will have to wait a few more weeks.
Commissioners again backing 1-year contract after considering 2 years
A contract between Clark County and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington for animal shelter services remains unfinished as commissioners have gone back to favoring a one-year contract, and are waiting for the Humane Society to respond.
As Vancouver prepares to re-stripe the busy, four-lane roadway, local bicyclists voice concerns, offer ideas for improvement
MacArthur Boulevard has residents debating how it can best be used.
Clergy of all faiths invited to offer invocations
Clark County commissioners will allow members of the community to pray before county meetings.
After seeing salary information for the organization, Madore says he supports a new agreement
Clark County Commissioner David Madore says he met with representatives of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in the days after he declined to approve a contract for shelter services between the animal group and the county, and he now supports the agreement.
Clark County is considering making another attempt at creating a home rule charter.
Commissioner Steve Stuart lists challenges that threaten county's character, then lays out a rough plan for success
Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart said the state of Clark County is as strong as he could hope, given a stagnant economy and myriad challenges facing the current commissioners.
Madore vowed to nix $3-per-vehicle charge at four county parks
Clark County commissioners will move to a public hearing to discuss the removal of parking fees at county parks. But what will be agreed on as policy still appears undecided.
Humane Society says costs are up, doesn't state wages
Clark County's contract with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, over shelter services for those with paws, is on pause.