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Erin Middlewood

special projects reporter


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Port of Vancouver, Tesoro-Savage meeting raises questions

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver, already facing one lawsuit accusing it of violating Washington's open public meetings law, has left the public in the dark more than once in landing one of the largest financial deals in its history, an investigation by The Columbian has found.

Vancouver neighborhoods oppose oil terminal

By Erin Middlewood November 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Perhaps it's no surprise that the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, just next door to the Port of Vancouver, doesn't like the idea of an oil-by-rail terminal there.

Atkins elected to replace Lucas as Clark County sheriff

By Erin Middlewood November 4, 2014 10:53 p.m.

Experience trumped idealism in the race for Clark County sheriff. Retired sheriff's commander Chuck Atkins, a Republican, received 55.9 percent of the vote to nonpartisan Shane Gardner's 44.1 percent, according to early election returns.

Incumbents survive challenges in county races

By Erin Middlewood November 4, 2014 10:47 p.m.

Clark County's incumbent prosecutor, treasurer, assessor and clerk handily fended off challengers in Tuesday's election.

Region's oil disaster preparedness mired in controversy

By Erin Middlewood November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

A review of the region’s readiness for possible oil spills, explosions or other accidents that may result from the Northwest’s largest proposed oil-by-train terminal will be wrapped into an overall environmental assessment by the state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

Oil terminal review process spurs complaint

By Erin Middlewood October 9, 2014 5:19 p.m.

The Washington State Auditor's Office is reviewing a complaint alleging conflict of interest in the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council's review of an oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver.

Foes see partiality in oil terminal review process

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies proposed an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver, company and port officials have said that the state energy facility siting panel's rigorous review would address threats to safety or the environment.

Coin a reminder of veterans court graduates' trials, triumphs

By Erin Middlewood September 24, 2014 4:34 p.m.

Jan "Jay" Couch has spent 47 of his 66 years in and out of jail. Now he carries a coin to remind him that he's done with all that.

Clark County lags behind in economic recovery

By Erin Middlewood September 17, 2014 10:01 p.m.

Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wanted: Volunteer Stream Stewards

By Erin Middlewood September 12, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Alyson Day spent almost 40 hours in classes and then another 45 volunteering to become a Stream Steward.

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