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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Erin Middlewood August 21, 2014 6:01 a.m.
Law enforcement agencies in Washington have received $23.5 million worth of military equipment since 2006 under a Pentagon program criticized in light of what many observers have called heavy-handed policing in Ferguson, Mo.
By Erin Middlewood July 29, 2014 4:21 p.m.
Jacinta Cox has been looking for a new house to rent since late May with no luck. She and her family have lived in the same place for eight years, but the landlord wants to sell the house. The Cox family would love to stay in Camas, but Jacinta has had to widen her search.
By Erin Middlewood July 9, 2014 6 a.m.
The stretch of Main Street in Vancouver known as Uptown Village has become a destination for diners, with an array of options, including pasta, pizza, tamales and ice cream.
About 7.2 million barrels of crude oil traveled by rail through Clark County in the year between July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, according to information newly released to The Columbian by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.
By Erin Middlewood June 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Tami Marshall's love of her job has only increased since she began telecommuting from her Hazel Dell home about six months ago.
Anyone with time, patience and a sharp enough eye to make out the number 1267 on a small placard can spot a crude oil train rolling through town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Erin Middlewood December 24, 2013 5:25 p.m.
What a difference a few cubic feet can make.
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.
The last thing Fruit Valley resident Jacob Garcia needs to worry about is more air pollution.