Early morning snowfall snarled traffic and closed schools around Clark County. Battle Ground, Camas, Hockinson and Washougal School Districts have closed today.
By Erik Hidle November 30, 2013 8:59 p.m.
On the evening of Oct. 7, Christopher Clifford entered the public eye locally when he stood at a microphone and delivered an impassioned speech to Clark County legislators that drew a round of applause from a crowd of some 200 people.
By Erik Hidle November 27, 2013 8:14 a.m.
Merriam-Webster defines integrity. The Oxford English Dictionary defines integrity. And now the Clark County commissioners define "integrity" in one part of a 13-page, nonbinding resolution that commissioners have finally passed by a 2-1 vote after more than a month of acrimony.
By Erik Hidle November 19, 2013 10:45 p.m.
A crowd of more than 200 people, many emotional and clamoring, sat or stood at Tuesday night's meeting of Clark County commissioners. And most of them wore stickers, carried signs or joined in rounds of applause to indicate they were there in support of Ed Barnes.
By Erik Hidle November 18, 2013 8:24 p.m.
The job description for Clark County environmental services director — the position state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was hired to May 1 — was altered on Clark County's website in September, and county officials are currently working to figure out why that occurred.
By Erik Hidle November 18, 2013 7:43 p.m.
A state audit has found that Clark County improperly charged some of its departments for insurance coverage during 2011-12, and by doing so, shifted general government costs onto accounts designated for maintaining roads and processing building permits.
By Erik Hidle November 14, 2013 10:49 a.m.
At a time when Clark County commissioners are considering how to put limitations on public comment topics, Clark County Environmental Services Director Don Benton is considering legal action against a person who has been prolific in speaking out against the hiring of Benton to his county role.
By Erik Hidle November 12, 2013 9:30 p.m.
At one point during the hourslong discussion on Clark County Commissioner David Madore's "integrity resolution" on Tuesday, Commissioner Steve Stuart asked Madore if he was seeking "a pound of flesh" after a C-Tran vote didn't go Madore's way.
By Erik Hidle November 11, 2013 4:12 p.m.
As of last count, slightly more than 60 percent of Clark County voters said they want county commissioners to limit fireworks sales and use. But even with that wide a majority, Clark County commissioners still have some math to do.
By Erik Hidle November 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas says he's withheld requests for additional budget expenditures for his department for the past six years as the county dealt with austere budget times. The expectation, he says, is that commissioners would pony up for public safety once money became available.
By Erik Hidle November 6, 2013 7:45 p.m.
Clark County's board of freeholders are made up of 15 nonpartisan positions. But with 11 of the current vote leaders either current or former elected officials, it appears that party politics played some role in the election.
By Erik Hidle November 6, 2013 6:57 p.m.
Clark County might be kicked out of the Washington Counties Risk Pool on Friday, as the pool's board considers the ramifications of county's recent settlement over a decades-old wrongful-imprisonment case.
By Erik Hidle November 5, 2013 11:02 p.m.
It appears the board of Clark County freeholders should get ready to talk it out.
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.
Tuesday’s ballot has more names than ever — many of which won’t ring a bell with voters. There are 110 candidates for 15 nonpartisan freeholder seats, in addition to dozens of people running for seats on nonpartisan city councils, school boards and fire districts. But a big ballot doesn’t guarantee a big turnout, particularly not here.
By Erik Hidle October 22, 2013 5:24 p.m.
Clark County residents have the opportunity this election to vote on up to six nonbinding questions proposed by Clark County commissioners. But of those six measures, the only one commissioners have any policy control over is in regard to the use and sale of fireworks.
By Erik Hidle October 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Of the 110 candidates for Clark County freeholder, 72 had filed the basic candidate information required by state law by mid-afternoon Friday.
By Erik Hidle October 17, 2013 3:16 p.m.
A Clark County employee intends to file a lawsuit against the county, and Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, over the two Republicans' decision to bypass county protocol when hiring state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as environmental services director.
By Erik Hidle October 15, 2013 6:57 p.m.
The overwhelming opinion of freeholder candidates in Clark County is to offer the powers of initiative and referendum to the voters in a new county charter.
By Erik Hidle October 15, 2013 1:50 p.m.
Clark County Commissioner David Madore will soon introduce a resolution for his fellow commissioners to consider that "apologizes for breaking faith with the citizens of Clark County," declares the county will "notify the appropriate authorities that we have not acted with integrity," calls for an investigation into the Columbia River Crossing and formally requests funding for the project be withdrawn at local, state and federal levels.
By Erik Hidle October 8, 2013 6:52 p.m.
Clark County is staying the course with its moratorium prohibiting recreational marijuana facilities outside of city limits until at least February 2014.
By Erik Hidle October 8, 2013 1:22 p.m.
Clark County commissioners unanimously agreed to a two-year contract with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington on Tuesday, ending seven months of debate over how to house stray animals found in unincorporated areas.
By Erik Hidle September 25, 2013 7:43 p.m.
Clark County commissioners on Wednesday made the breakup official: the county is leaving Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation and starting its own department.
By Erik Hidle September 18, 2013 8:35 p.m.
Clark County Commissioners seem to realize they have no other options than to agree to terms on a contract with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
By Erik Hidle September 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Campaigns for 15 unpaid county freeholder positions are in the process of being launched by 110 candidates. But one of the first things some of those candidates are learning is they will have to file reports, available to the public, with the state Public Disclosure Commission, the same as any other candidate for a countywide office.
By Erik Hidle September 14, 2013 7:14 p.m.
Since instituting prayer at their weekly meetings, Clark County commissioners have heard invocations from 16 Christian representatives, one Baha'i chairperson, one Buddhist abbess, one Jewish rabbi and one Messianic Jewish pastor.
By Erik Hidle September 11, 2013 7:39 p.m.
It took until Mark McCauley's first day on the job as Clark County's interim county administrator until he found out how much he'd be getting paid in the role.
By Erik Hidle September 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Kneeling beside a row of kohlrabi, Dee Rogers tends to a field that may have once saved her life. Rogers is a veteran of the Marine Corps who was once homeless and bouncing aimlessly about the Northwest. A few years back she ended up in a hospital on the coast.
By Erik Hidle September 8, 2013 6 a.m.
At last week's Clark County commissioner meeting, more than 20 people showed up to ask commissioners not to sell a 10-acre plot of land in Felida designated to become a future county park. Some took the issue so far as to claim Commissioner Tom Mielke was involved in a possible real estate development deal on the land.