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Madore and Mielke back resolution; Stuart absent
Clark County commissioners now officially oppose the Columbia River Crossing project.
Clark County commissioners will consider a resolution opposing the Columbia River Crossing project at 10 a.m. today at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
Clark County commissioners next week will consider a resolution opposing the Columbia River Crossing.
As county considers revisions, neighbor of B.G.-area business voices noise complaint
Steve Syverson wasn't thrilled to have a winery open up shop on land just downhill from his Battle Ground home a few years back.
Board finds consensus on draft of terms, conditions
Clark County commissioners will be allowed to hire private staff, paid for out of their own pocket, to assist with their work in county offices.
Consulting group says current arrangement needs to be reworked
A consulting group has told Clark County and the city of Vancouver that they need to rework their joint parks and recreation program agreement. But first the two sides must decide if they will move closer together or further apart.
Kevin Gray's last day will be April 15
Director of Clark County Environmental Services Kevin Gray has resigned his position. His final day of employment with the county will be April 15.
He says he, not county, will pay her; Stuart takes issue with plan
Clark County Commissioner David Madore, a Republican, wants to hire his former campaign manager to work as an executive assistant in his office, at no cost to the county.
Commissioner says it's possible to cut $400,000 from parks department
Clark County Commissioner David Madore says the county has found a way to cut about $400,000 from the parks department budget it shares with the city of Vancouver, and will be announcing the elimination of parking fees at county parks as a result within the month.
That's one issue facility is facing as spike in special religious diets sends food costs soaring
Inmates at the Clark County jail are taking part in what has become an expensive nationwide trend of going kosher.
Probably by summer, process for single-family homes will take 11 days
Clark County has cut the time it takes to get a permit to build a single family home in half, taking turnaround from 23 days to 11 days.
A Vancouver man focusing on open carry firearm laws is preparing to host a "Packin' Heat Meet & Greet" next month for like-minded folks to talk about gun laws, politics and, as host Tony Thomas puts it, "whatever else strikes our fancy."
Commissioner Madore wanted more time to pursue further fee reductions
Clark County Commissioner David Madore was the lone dissenter in a vote to keep development impact fees low for the coming year. But he said he doesn't want the reasons for his vote to get "spun."
Clark County commissioners plan to discuss "silly permits" in the coming months in an effort to make the county a little more buildable, and make folks' experience in the community development department a little more bearable.
New commissioner says he's seeking ways to save money
Clark County Commissioner David Madore is going to take a look at the county books.
New utilities commissioner also takes oath
The new board of Clark County commissioners became official Wednesday morning at a brief, but well attended, oath of office ceremony.
Talking, listening helps her help those in need
In the 20 years that Chris Soltisiak has volunteered at SHARE, she says it's the simple conversations with run-of-the-mill folks from Vancouver that may have made the most difference.
Outgoing county commissioner wants to keep working in social services, volunteering
Marc Boldt isn't done with politics.
Struggling business promises to reopen
WOODLAND — The Oak Tree restaurant and casino closed its doors over the weekend, leaving workers and investors wondering if they will see money due to them on Christmas Eve.
Earthquake measured 2.8
An earthquake shook homes as far north as Felida and Salmon Creek on Saturday night.
Assessor wants state to open possibility of county-level relief
Joe Beaudoin says he'd eventually like to roll back some of the farming efforts he's undertaken over the past 66 years.
10 positions will also be cut to help deal with shortfall
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington says it won't be open to the public on Mondays starting in January.
Outgoing commissioner feted for his years of service to county
Marc Boldt broke down on his final business day in office as a Clark County commissioner. His eyes turned red, he choked back tears and he took a few deep breaths to settle himself.
Madore had asked for delay in vote
Clark County commissioners approved a two-year, $200,000 expenditure to the Columbia River Economic Development Council on Tuesday morning.
Commissioners have vote planned Tuesday
Clark County Commissioner-elect David Madore wants the current board of commissioners to wait for him to have a vote before deciding whether to continue funding a local economic development group.
Effort follows rash of deaths at Clark County facility
The Clark County Jail will produce an inmate orientation video as part of its sweeping reform to prevent suicide at the facility.
Vancouver crowd is glad to see Santa, but just as thrilled to check out his antique steam locomotive
Neither bitter cold nor biting rain could stop Santa Claus' trip by train.
Clark County isn't rural, but it believes it belongs in a state program intended to assist distressed rural counties.
Local officials monitoring key Supreme Court case
Clark County plans to stay the course on its work to ban collective medical marijuana gardens. But the county is also playing a bit of a waiting game after the Washington Supreme Court put a similar ban on hold elsewhere in the state.
Stonier joins Benton as certified winner of close contest
More than a month after Election Day, the election season has finally ended for the four 17th District candidates who were locked in tight races that triggered recounts under state law.
Commissioners decline 1% revenue increase, approve budget
County commissioners declined a 1 percent property tax revenue increase allowed under state law, and approved the county’s 2012-13 budget.
15 installed in Mt. Vista neighborhood are more sophisticated, aimed at cleaning stormwater before it reaches Mill Creek
Susan Tredick likes having an extra garden feature in front of her house, even if it is used primarily to clean up dirty stormwater.
Clark County Superior Court is not expected to receive funding to hire a third court commissioner until at least April.
Law on smoking in public scuttles plan to hold it at fairgrounds
Even after voter-approved Initiative 502 becomes law on Thursday, marijuana enthusiasts and connoisseurs won't be able to hold events on public property if they intend to partake in smoking the state's newly legal product.
An aspiring lawyer, she gets county to reverse course in code dispute
Clark County says its not looking to play the Grinch this year for a 16-year-old girl running a Christmas tree lot to earn money for college.
Commissioners Boldt, Mielke concerned that they violate federal law
Clark County is moving toward a ban on collective medical marijuana gardens.
Commissioner-elect David Madore has ambitious ideas, but will he change the system, or will it change him?
Clark County Commissioner-elect David Madore isn't the outsider anymore.
Clark County Commissioner-elect David Madore has plans to address more than just the Columbia River Crossing.
Workers on the job today to help with mental health issues
Deanne Dyck knows that when she works a holiday, there is a chance she will get a call from someone whose life is falling apart.
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:
Second loss in manager's memory will be covered as short-term county debt
This year's Clark County Fair lost around $108,000 when blazing hot temperatures drove down gate admissions. But there is no plan to pull cash from the county's general fund to make up for the loss.
Slight bump in revenue forecast for 2013-14
A first draft of Clark County's 2013-14 budget shows a slight rise in expected revenues, a marginally increased county general fund and no expectations that Clark County commissioners will approve a 1 percent property tax raise in the coming year.
Moeller, Wylie, Cleveland all comfortably ahead of opponents
Democrats competing for legislative seats in the 49th district find themselves in comfortable positions after Tuesday night's first count of ballots.
One of two 17th District House races is also still uncertain
Two close races in the 17th Legislative District have candidates eagerly awaiting the next count of ballots, due late this afternoon.
Clark County is preparing to follow the city of Vancouver's lead in adopting zoning rules for collective medical marijuana gardens.
His leadership widely praised during 31-year tenure
This will be Tim Likness' final presidential election overseeing the votes of Clark County.
After speaking with WSDOT, he shares concern over safety
The creator of two eye-catching political signs which look very similar to orange, diamond-shaped traffic signs, says he's done using them to campaign against potential bridge tolls — and for toll-opponent David Madore.
Revenues $1.5M more than expected, expenses $4.5M less
After some austere years for Clark County, commissioners got good news Wednesday upon learning they won't need to dip into county reserves to shore up the 2011-12 general fund budget.
It says effort supporting David Madore violates highway laws
A supporter of David Madore came up with a bold way to appeal to bridge-bound commuters. But the state says his method is against the law.
Project is back on track on county land peppered with decades of Army munitions
CAMP BONNEVILLE — Sitting in an all-terrain vehicle near the center of a former Camp Bonneville firing range, Clark County engineer Jerry Barnett sees both the past and future of the site.