Vancouver seeks oil spill risk assessment

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood April 19, 2014 11:41 p.m.

The city of Vancouver is seeking an independent assessment 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.

Getting plugged in with electric cars  

By Erin Middlewood April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Amid the minivans and SUVs in the parking lot at the soccer field, Jo Roberts' electric car stands out.

Analyst: Look at oil-by-rail big picture

By Erin Middlewood April 10, 2014 7:26 p.m.

As big as the oil terminal proposed for Vancouver would be, it should not be weighed in isolation, an environmental policy analyst told a gathering Thursday at WSU Vancouver.

Nustar wants to handle crude oil locally

By Erin Middlewood April 3, 2014 7:43 p.m.

The proposed Tesoro-Savage terminal, which would be the largest oil-by-rail facility in the Northwest, has overshadowed a smaller but significant crude oil proposal for Vancouver.

EFSEC plans broad review of oil terminal plan

By Erin Middlewood April 2, 2014 8:25 p.m.

The Washington state board reviewing what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal will undertake a sweeping analysis of the facility’s environmental effects — from the extraction of the oil to its ultimate consumption.

Archdiocese's hunt for fraud goes on

By Erin Middlewood March 22, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Nearly two weeks after the Archdiocese of Seattle posted an urgent notice that the Social Security numbers of employees and volunteers had been used in a national tax-fraud scheme, details are still hard to come by.

Sifton residents clean up homeless camp, remain watchful

By Erin Middlewood March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Homelessness leaves a trail across Clark County. These piles of moldy sleeping bags, flattened tents, broken coolers, picked-over garbage and dirty syringes bear witness to how the people who lived there scrounged to survive.

How did things go so horribly wrong?

By Erin Middlewood March 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Imagine you're driving on Interstate 5, barrelling along at 70 mph, when you see a car coming straight at you.

Fire District 5's dilemma

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

Glenwood, Sifton, Proebstel and Orchards lie miles outside Vancouver. Residents pay taxes to Clark County Fire Protection District 5 and vote for fire commissioners. Just the same, if a house catches fire there, it's a Vancouver truck that will answer the call.

A loud 'no' so far on oil terminal in Vancouver

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

Those who have commented on the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail facility at the Port of Vancouver are overwhelmingly opposed to the project, according to a report released by the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council this week.

Vancouver man dies in Polk County

By Erin Middlewood February 18, 2014 9:52 a.m.

30-Year-old man suffered medical emergency, Oregon Police say

Panel reviewing proposed oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Mark Leed took time off work to drive two hours from his Vancouver home for a meeting of the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, only to get lost on the way.

Clark County to blend funds for parks

By Erin Middlewood January 28, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Clark County will blend money collected for buying parks with the money meant for building them, commissioners decided Tuesday.

Freeholders: Add two commissioners

By Erin Middlewood January 25, 2014 5:10 p.m.

Reformers who pushed for a new Clark County charter envisioned an elected county executive as the key to accountability. A majority of the freeholders elected to write the document, however, are leaning away from that approach.

Armed robbers strike twice in Vancouver

By Erin Middlewood January 26, 2014 3:26 p.m.

Two armed robberies separated by an hour early Saturday morning

Clark County streamlines cell tower rules

By Erin Middlewood January 14, 2014 2:34 p.m.

Placing cellphone antennas on barn silos or other existing structures should no longer require notifying neighbors, Clark County commissioners decided Tuesday.Placing cellphone antennas on barn silos or other existing structures should no longer require notifying neighbors, Clark County commissioners decided Tuesday.

County growth plan: Pick a number

By Erin Middlewood January 11, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Planning for new houses, businesses, roads and schools in Clark County over the next couple of decades first requires picking a number: Will Clark County grow by 24,000 or 240,000 between now and 2035?

Freeholders eye county executive or manager

By Erin Middlewood January 10, 2014 6 a.m.

A majority of the freeholders drafting a Clark County charter believe the existing form of government concentrates too much power in the three-member board of commissioners.

Clark County extends traffic impact fee freeze

By Erin Middlewood January 7, 2014 8:45 p.m.

Clark County commissioners say they hope to protect the housing recovery by again extending a freeze on residential traffic impact fees that reduces them by half in some cases.

Lingering inversion affecting air quality in Clark County

By Erin Middlewood December 27, 2013 6 a.m.

Smoky air hanging over Clark County may begin to circulate today but probably not for long, so you may want to postpone stoking flames in your fireplace out of courtesy for sensitive neighbors.

When cold can be comfort: A big fridge makes a big difference

By Erin Middlewood December 24, 2013 5:25 p.m.

What a difference a few cubic feet can make.

Digging into Clark County nonprofits' top earners

By Erin Middlewood December 8, 2013 6 a.m.

Wayne Garlington is the kind of guy who comes to mind when you think of a nonprofit executive.

Volunteers eager to lower euthanasia rate for feral cats

By Erin Middlewood December 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Those who live off 78th Street near St. Johns and Andresen roads north of Vancouver may notice less hissing and yowling in their neighborhood. Must Love Dogs NW recently rounded up 37 feral cats there.

Holiday patrol keeps watch on shoppers' cars

By Erin Middlewood November 29, 2013 11:57 p.m.

As eager shoppers streamed into Westfield Vancouver mall in search of Black Friday deals, Bob Kennedy raised the cabin of the Vancouver police Skywatch tower to overlook the cars they left behind.

Uneasy neighbors: Proposed oil terminal fuels concern about toxic air in Fruit Valley

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood November 14, 2013 6:37 p.m.

The last thing Fruit Valley resident Jacob Garcia needs to worry about is more air pollution.

Road spending starts to stall in Clark County

By Erin Middlewood November 6, 2013 6:45 p.m.

A replacement Interstate 5 Bridge across the Columbia River isn't on the agenda for the special legislative session that kicks off in Olympia today. And while that project may grab the most attention, it's hardly Clark County's only road-related concern.

Leavitt's lead dips slighty in Vancouver mayoral race

By Erin Middlewood and Susan Parrish November 6, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Councilman Bill Turlay needs to win 3 out of 5 of remaining ballots to defeat Mayor Tim Leavitt, but he isn't ready to concede the race.

Leavitt wins second term as Vancouver mayor

By Erin Middlewood November 5, 2013 11:36 p.m.

Vancouver voters returned Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilman Jack Burkman to office, while replacing three-term Councilwoman Jeanne Stewart with political newcomer Alishia Topper, according to preliminary returns in Tuesday’s election.

Vancouver ranks among most livable U.S. cities

By Erin Middlewood October 16, 2013 2:13 p.m.

Web site highlights Vancouver's parks and other amenities. See the full list of 100 best places to live at Livability.com.

N. Bonneville explores operating pot store

By Erin Middlewood October 10, 2013 7:07 p.m.

The Columbia River Gorge, a hub for hiking and windsurfing, may become a destination for another kind of recreation.

Instead of a lumpectomy, some going even further

By Erin Middlewood October 6, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Toni Storm-Dickerson carefully scraped breast tissue away from the underside of the 43-year-old patient’s skin.

County clean water fund axes Watershed Stewards

By Erin Middlewood October 1, 2013 9:42 p.m.

Clark County is cutting funding for a popular environmental education program.

Homeless council presents honors

By Erin Middlewood September 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Earlier this year, the Council for the Homeless opened a new one-stop access point for those seeking help.

Census survey paints grim picture of Clark County's recovery

By Erin Middlewood September 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Income and homeownership fell in Clark County between 2008 and 2012, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Benton's ballyhooed management experience is hazy

By Stevie Mathieu and Erin Middlewood September 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Don Benton traded on his experience managing his own company to land a top job in local government. But it's difficult to say just how much managing he did there.

Bringing neighbors together is a picnic

By Erin Middlewood August 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Even when the Landover-Sharmel neighborhood in northeast Vancouver didn't have a park, residents still managed to have a picnic.

Clark County revises stormwater rules

By Erin Middlewood August 6, 2013 7:22 p.m.

Commissioners adopt changes to stormwater rules to comply with court ruling.

Fatal crash elicits cry for four-way stop at 199th Street and 29th Avenue

By Erin Middlewood August 6, 2013 7:18 p.m.

Clark County commissioners hear from father of driver in fatal crash

Clark County Commissioners put advisory votes on ballot

By Erin Middlewood August 5, 2013 7:47 p.m.

Clark County voters in November will have their say on the best routes across the Columbia River, as well as whether light rail and bus rapid transit have a place here.

County voters will advise on six issues

By Erin Middlewood August 5, 2013 4:26 p.m.

County commissioners seek 'the pulse of the people'

Wildlife up close can be part of urban life

By Erin Middlewood July 21, 2013 6:43 p.m.

Recent encounters with black bears are a reminder that wildlife large and small roams in urban areas.

It's not really summer until you enjoy a picnic outdoors

By Erin Middlewood July 21, 2013 6 a.m.

It's the easiest of summer pleasures: a picnic.

Good times on the Gut — cruising in Vancouver

By Erin Middlewood July 20, 2013 10:11 p.m.

Bumper-to-bumper chrome and metal lined Main Street on Saturday in homage to the golden age of cruising in Vancouver.

UPDATE: Two-alarm fire damages house in northeast Vancouver

By Mark Bowder and Erin Middlewood July 20, 2013 8:47 p.m.

A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a house on Northeast 72nd Avenue in Vancouver late Saturday afternoon.

Driver who killed Bay teacher back in court

By Erin Middlewood July 19, 2013 5:48 p.m.

Barely out of prison, Antonio Cellestine is suspected of taking a car

Clark County Democratic Party reverses course on endorsements

By Erin Middlewood July 9, 2013 5:41 p.m.

The Clark County Democratic Party decided not to make endorsements in nonpartisan races for the primary election after all.

Political parties take increasingly active role in nonpartisan elections

By Tyler Graf and Erin Middlewood July 7, 2013 6 a.m.

When Vancouver Councilman Jack Burkman received an email last month from the Clark County Democratic Party chairman about a chance to interview with the central committee, his first thought wasn't how to win the party's endorsement.

Ridgefield 3rd in state in population growth

By Erin Middlewood June 27, 2013 7:11 p.m.

Ridgefield was the third-fastest-growing city in Washington over the last year, according population estimates released by the state Office of Financial Management on Thursday.

Ridgefield woman seeking $10M from city, county

By Erin Middlewood June 25, 2013 7:41 p.m.

A woman shot by police two years ago in her home outside Ridgefield is seeking $10 million from the city of Vancouver and Clark County.

Local woman goes from 'guest' to U.S. citizen

By Erin Middlewood June 20, 2013 9:01 p.m.

PORTLAND — Diana Gensitskaya doesn't remember anything about Ukraine. When her family left the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1990 to seek refuge in the United States, she was just a baby, one of four children her parents brought to seek a better life.