Clark County agrees to contract to house strays

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.

Clark County closer to deal on housing strays

By Erik Hidle October 2, 2013 7:33 p.m.

Clark County commissioners once again appear to be moving toward agreeing to a contract with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington for housing stray animals.

Humane Society: No contract with Clark County

By Erik Hidle October 1, 2013 7:32 p.m.

After months of wrangling with Clark County over a contract for housing stray animals, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington says it has given up on a deal with the county.

County to leave Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation

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.

County ballot fits it all on one page

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

The worries over a multipage ballot arriving in voters' mailboxes this fall won't come to pass in the November election.

Benton: Too much flows to water fund

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

Clark County Director of Environmental Services Don Benton told Clark County commissioners last week that he's concerned with the state of the county's clean water fund.

Vancouver-based reservists are ready to serve

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

The mission of the 915th Forward Surgical Team is patently unselfish. They leave their families at home and head into a war zone to operate medical facilities so other soldiers may return home to their families.

Candidates for freeholder share views

By Erik Hidle September 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark County voters will soon choose 15 individuals from a field of 110 county residents to draft a new future of county government.

Clark County likely to reach deal on housing strays

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.

County-city deal on parks may come to end

By Erik Hidle September 18, 2013 8:33 p.m.

Republican Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke are leaning toward ending Clark County's agreement with Vancouver for operating the city-county park system.

Financing reports a hurdle for Clark County freeholder candidates

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.

Prayers at county meetings express some diversity

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.

New Clark County administrator to be paid $145,000 annually

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.

Sheriff re-reshuffles his reshuffled workforce

By Erik Hidle September 8, 2013 6 a.m.

One month after reassigning officers to keep up coverage levels on evening patrols, the Clark County Sheriff's Office is again shuffling the deck.

Heritage Farm: A growing presence in Hazel Dell

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.

Plot of land fuels conspiracy talk

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.

Clark County gives Barron royal send-off

By Erik Hidle September 5, 2013 8:01 p.m.

Clark County Administrator Bill Barron's final day is Sept. 10.

Local jurisdictions may rethink views on pot

By Erik Hidle August 29, 2013 8:24 p.m.

Local Clark County governments have pressed pause on recreational marijuana rules over the past year as they fretted over the federal government's reaction to Washington voters' legalization of the drug.

Humane Society extends deadline for county

By Erik Hidle August 22, 2013 5:50 p.m.

For nearly six months, the relationship between Clark County and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington has been strained as the two sides wrangle back and forth over a contract for sheltering county strays.

Clark County official named interim administrator to replace Barron

By Erik Hidle August 21, 2013 5:49 p.m.

Mark McCauley will become the next administrator of Clark County on an interim basis.

Clark County marijuana rules may wait until January

By Erik Hidle August 21, 2013 5:48 p.m.

Residents wondering where recreational marijuana can be grown, processed and procured in Clark County may have to wait until January for answers.

Clark County Fair saw jump in visitors, revenue

By Erik Hidle August 20, 2013 8:34 p.m.

After the 2012 Clark County Fair saw an operating loss of $108,000, Clark County's Director of General Services Mark McCauley said the goal was to work for a "home run of a fair" in the future to make up for the deficit.

Big ballot puts Clark County at 'tipping point'

By Erik Hidle August 15, 2013 7:54 p.m.

An elections expert at Washington State University says Clark County's November mega ballot may signal the county is at a crossroads -- and the results may map the future of the region.

Clark County's Nov. ballot filled to bursting

By Erik Hidle August 12, 2013 7:29 p.m.

Clark County voters will have 11 advisory questions and more than 100 candidates for public office to choose from come the November general election.

123 file for 15 freeholder spots

By Erik Hidle August 9, 2013 9:31 p.m.

Clark County voters will have 123 candidates to choose from in the November election to fill 15 freeholder spots.

Gang member sentenced for 2012 shooting

By Erik Hidle August 9, 2013 5:24 p.m.

A Vancouver man who has claimed affiliation with the Norteños gang was sentenced to 108 months in prison Friday for a 2012 shooting.

Nearly 100 to vie for freeholder positions

By Erik Hidle August 8, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Clark County now has 92 candidates vying for 15 freeholder positions.

Clark County freeholder races add 21 more candidates

By Erik Hidle August 7, 2013 8:02 p.m.

There are now 72 candidates vying for 15 Clark County freeholder positions. Once elected, group members will craft a new county charter.

Sheriff's Office shuffles duties to bolster patrols

By Erik Hidle August 2, 2013 7:04 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is moving two of its specialized officers from their posts in an effort to keep up coverage on patrols.

Pancake breakfast gets fair off to running start (with video)

By Erik Hidle August 2, 2013 7:03 p.m.

It's official - the 2013 Clark County Fair is open for business. The rides, the animals, the exhibits, the games and, of course, the pancakes.

Gates open at Clark County Fair

By Erik Hidle August 2, 2013 8:58 a.m.

The 2013 Clark County Fair is ready to rock. Michael Jackson's infamous red jacket from the "Thriller" music video is on display, a rock 'n' roll maze is ready to explore, an interactive history of "The Institute of Rock 'n' Roll" will let folks jam on drum sets and giant keyboards, and three free concerts are ready to kick off the opening weekend.

Clark County to seek public input on advisory votes

By Erik Hidle July 30, 2013 5:43 p.m.

Clark County commissioners will offer a public comment period on six proposed advisory votes before they are sent to the November ballot for voter consideration.

Clark County commissioners compromise on wineries

By Erik Hidle July 30, 2013 4:43 p.m.

A week after Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke disagreed on rules for noise at local wineries and vineyards, Commissioner Steve Stuart offered a compromise that resulted in a unanimous vote on the long-contentious issue.

Clark County's purchase cards program receives positive audit

By Erik Hidle July 29, 2013 7:41 p.m.

An audit of a Clark County purchasing card program found that county staff has mostly done a good job of utilizing the cards appropriately for small purchases.

Lifeguards start at Klineline on Wednesday

By Erik Hidle July 29, 2013 7:15 p.m.

Clark County-funded lifeguards will begin their watch over Klineline Pond in Salmon Creek Regional Park on Wednesday morning.

Animal shelter would cost Clark County $1M a year

By Erik Hidle July 28, 2013 6:45 p.m.

It would cost Clark County more than $1 million per year to operate its own animal shelter as an alternative to contracting for animal shelter service for less than half that amount with the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.

Benton discusses new county job

By Erik Hidle July 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Washington state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, found himself in a tough spot during his first few days on the job as Clark County's new director of environmental service.

Madore, Mielke at odds over wineries

By Erik Hidle July 23, 2013 8:20 p.m.

A partial board of Clark County commissioners failed to finalize a wineries ordinance Tuesday as the board's two Republican commissioners came down on opposite sides of the issue.

Petitioners seek expansion of board of county commissioners

By Erik Hidle July 22, 2013 10:12 p.m.

Some in Clark County say they don't want to wait for freeholders to determine if the board of county commissioners should expand its ranks.

Former deputy administrator Olson takes top Kitsap County job

By Erik Hidle July 22, 2013 4:52 p.m.

Clark County's former deputy county administrator has a new job in Kitsap County.

Clark County may allow payroll to cut itself

By Marissa Harshman and Erik Hidle July 21, 2013 5:28 p.m.

Clark County commissioners will discuss an opportunity to reduce county administrative costs through job attrition at Tuesday's board meeting.

Humane Society seeks 2-year deal with Clark County

By Erik Hidle July 17, 2013 8:05 p.m.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington has told Clark County commissioners that in 2014 it will stop housing stray animals for the county unless it gets a two-year contract to operate animal shelter services and is paid near the actual costs.

Clark County commissioners eye 5 advisory votes

By Erik Hidle July 17, 2013 7:58 p.m.

Clark County commissioners are considering offering voters as many as five advisory votes in this November's election.

Horne appointed Clark County's top legal adviser

By Erik Hidle July 15, 2013 6 a.m.

Chris Horne has taken the reins as the top legal adviser to Clark County's elected officials.

Clark County parks paying for fee removal?

By Erik Hidle July 15, 2013 6 a.m.

When parking fees first disappeared at Clark County's Lewisville Regional Park, Tori Denfeld said she was pretty happy with the news.

Clark County commissioners mull advisory vote despite CRC's demise

By Erik Hidle July 10, 2013 10:07 p.m.

The Columbia River Crossing project is dead, but that doesn't mean an advisory vote won't end up on your November ballot.

Assessor backs county executive model

By Erik Hidle July 10, 2013 8:37 p.m.

Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick stood beside Auditor Greg Kimsey and Commissioner Steve Stuart Wednesday afternoon at the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association to discuss a potential home rule charter in Clark County.

Clark County has high hopes for road closure

By Erik Hidle July 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark County will shutter a section of Northeast 99th Street for 55 hours later this month to conduct overlay work.

Clark County commissioners extend ban on collective marijuana gardens

By Erik Hidle July 9, 2013 1:16 p.m.

Clark County is extending a ban on collective marijuana gardens for up to another year. The ban is considered temporary, and is set to expire either at the end of one year or when commissioners decide to address the issue further.

County prepares to decide on collective pot gardens

By Erik Hidle July 6, 2013 6:39 p.m.

Clark County commissioners expect to talk medical pot one more time this week as they suss out regulations on medical marijuana collective gardens.