Madore to revisit wineries' permits

By Erik Hidle January 3, 2014 9:32 p.m.

It appears Clark County commissioners will hold another summit with local vintners regarding what rules and regulations the businesses must follow as the county's wine industry continues to blossom.

LINKS keeps finding ways to feed people

By Erik Hidle December 29, 2013 9:59 p.m.

Even with the price of gas on the rise, dings and dents to his vehicle, and his supply of nonperishable goods running dry, George Golden says his nonprofit is still moving forward with its goal: to help feed Clark County.

Commissioners wrangle over chamber aid

By Erik Hidle December 28, 2013 5:46 p.m.

At the final Clark County commissioner meeting of 2013, board chair Steve Stuart asked his fellow commissioners to give a grace period to local chambers of commerce regarding the county's new policy to stop paying dues in 2014.

Stuart's big decision  

By Erik Hidle December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Steve Stuart, the lone Democrat on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, hasn't spoken much lately about his political future.

Clark County fugitive arrested in Clackamas salon theft

By Erik Hidle December 20, 2013 9:58 a.m.

A woman wanted in Clark County for allegedly bilking an elderly man out of at potentially more than $40,000 has been arrested in Clackamas County on investigation of a $20,000 theft from an individual at a nail salon.

Snow, sleet largely bypass metro area

By Craig Brown and Erik Hidle December 20, 2013 9:18 a.m.

A threat of snow and freezing rain largely failed to materialize in Clark County this morning, allowing schools and work to proceed mostly as planned.

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.

Icy morning commute causes few problems

By Erik Hidle December 19, 2013 9:50 a.m.

Icy roads caused a few hiccups for Thursday morning commuters, but for the most part road conditions remained clear.

County employee sues over Benton hiring

By Erik Hidle December 18, 2013 1:40 p.m.

Anita Largent had strong words for two of her bosses on the Clark County board of commissioners Wednesday morning after she officially filed a discrimination lawsuit against the county.

Fire on state Highway 14 delays traffic

By Erik Hidle December 17, 2013 8:14 p.m.

A vehicle fire on state Highway 14 westbound didn’t result in any injuries on Tuesday morning, but it did disrupt traffic for the morning commute.

Clark County is not staving off suit

By Erik Hidle December 16, 2013 6:41 p.m.

It appears Clark County won't respond to a tort claim alleging discrimination in the hiring of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as director of the environmental service department.

18-year-old arrested in Hazel Dell shooting

By Paris Achen and Erik Hidle December 16, 2013 11:33 a.m.

Aaron J. York of Vancouver faces charges at a Dec. 30 arraignment of drive-by shooting, unlawful discharging of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, obstructing a public servant, third-degree theft and reckless endangerment.

Hands-on fun for kids during Christmas at the Fort

By Erik Hidle December 14, 2013 5:44 p.m.

Seven-year-old Elliot Chong takes a sip from his hot cider at the Christmas at the Fort event at Fort Vancouver before declaring he likes this 1840s historical Christmas re-enactment better than that whole Santa Claus story everyone seems to be talking about this time of year.

Weather better than expected, most schools on time

By Erik Hidle December 12, 2013 7:35 a.m.

Warmer than expected temperatures greeted commuters Thursday morning, resulting in a lighter fog than feared and a reduced chance of seeing freezing rain.

Freezing fog prompts school delays, closures

By Mark Bowder and Erik Hidle December 11, 2013 12:21 p.m.

Dense freezing fog has prompted school closures and delays throughout Clark County.

Weeklong cold snap begins to thaw

By Erik Hidle and Susan Parrish December 10, 2013 12:31 p.m.

Battle Ground, Green Mountain, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield and Washougal schools closed today

County public works official hired as Camas city administrator

By Erik Hidle December 6, 2013 9:43 p.m.

The city of Camas has selected Clark County Public Works Director Pete Capell as its next city administrator.

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.

Clifford not shy about speaking up

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.

Explorer program teaches valuable life skills

By Erik Hidle November 28, 2013 6:39 p.m.

Clark County Sheriff's Office challenges young people to grow, learn

Clark County approves 'integrity' resolution

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.

Clark County freeholders elect Henriksen chair

By Erik Hidle November 26, 2013 9:16 p.m.

Former Camas mayor Nan Henriksen was unanimously elected chair of Clark County's board of freeholders Tuesday night at its inaugural meeting.

Freeholders to be sworn in Tuesday

By Erik Hidle November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Shortly after the results of the Nov. 5 election are certified Tuesday, Clark County's 15 freeholders will be sworn into office and convene for their first meeting as a board.

Benton critic receives outpouring of support

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.

Environmental services director job description altered

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.

State audit findings could prove costly for Clark County

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.

County may lose group insurance over settlement

By Erik Hidle November 16, 2013 5:46 p.m.

Clark County has been put on notice by the Washington Counties Risk Pool that if it doesn't correct a violation of its agreement with the insurance group, it may be booted from its group coverage.

Benton threatens lawsuit against outspoken critic

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.

Stuart, Madore spar over county 'integrity resolution'

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.

Vote on fireworks limits in Clark County all about location

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.

Clark County sheriff tired of waiting for more funding

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.

Most races decided in 2013 election

By Erik Hidle and Stevie Mathieu November 8, 2013 5:51 p.m.

The bulk of the races from Tuesday’s general election have been decided after 9,249 more ballots were counted Friday, leaving an estimated 1,500 ballots still to be counted in the election.

Republicans likely to hold edge on freeholders board

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.

Clark County could be dismissed from insurance risk pool

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.

Couple learn hard lesson about buying a home

By Erik Hidle November 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Josh and Rachel Wasser say the problems that have cropped up since a county road expanded to within 20 feet of their front door are downright scary at times.

Familiar names taking lead in selection of freeholders

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 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.

Vancouver OKs plan for waterfront park

By Erik Hidle November 4, 2013 8:53 p.m.

Vancouver city councilors unanimously approved a plan Monday to move forward with development of a waterfront park that the city hopes will one day anchor a new multiuse development area along the Columbia River.

Tuesday's election may have a full ballot, but will turnout be tepid?

By Erik Hidle and Stephanie Rice November 3, 2013 6 a.m.

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.

County commissioners weigh tweaking kennel rules

By Erik Hidle October 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Clark County commissioners appear ready to approve two minor changes to county code related to dog kennel operations in residential zones.

Weapons cases not unknown at schools

By Erik Hidle October 24, 2013 10:15 p.m.

The discovery of a handgun being carried by an 11-year-old boy at Frontier Middle School is another addition to an annual pattern of Clark County authorities acting on students bringing firearms to schools.

Bluetooth can help local traffic flow

By Erik Hidle October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

If you want to improve your travel time along some of Clark County's busier roads, turn your Bluetooth device to "discoverable" mode.

County residents can vote on limiting fireworks

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.

Not all Clark County freeholder hopefuls' info filed

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.

Freeholder candidates favor more on board

By Erik Hidle October 18, 2013 9:34 p.m.

Most of the freeholder candidates who responded to a Columbian survey believe it is time to expand the board of Clark County commissioners.

Unfair hiring complaint names Madore, Mielke

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.

Majority of freeholder candidates receptive to initiatives, referendums

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.

Madore: Elected officials need to apologize to voters

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.

Debate on a county executive is robust

By Erik Hidle October 13, 2013 8:40 p.m.

A survey of freeholder candidates by The Columbian shows the creation of an elected county executive will likely be one of the stickiest subjects discussed during the drafting of a new county charter.

Clark County to continue pot moratorium until Feb. 2014

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.