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.

Full-day kindergarten: primary equity in Clark County schools

By Erin Middlewood June 7, 2013 10:01 p.m.

Before Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver began offering universal full-day kindergarten, 50 percent of children in the half-day program were reaching benchmarks in reading. Now 85 percent of kindergartners do.

Taking the lead against elder abuse (with video)

By Erin Middlewood June 6, 2013 7:29 p.m.

Mary Kasper has attended several meetings on the topic of elder abuse.

Local school districts feeling pinch of fewer students

By Erin Middlewood May 30, 2013 8:28 p.m.

Clark County schools overflowed with students throughout the two decades straddling the turn of the millennium. Districts struggled to find space for the influx of children. Now a few local school districts have to deal with the flip side: declining enrollment.

Abandoned Houses: Trouble beyond unsightliness

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

Neighbors all but cheered as they gathered to watch flames twisting through the roof of a vacant duplex in the Ogden area of Vancouver last month.

Ridgefield in growth spurt

By Tyler Graf and Erin Middlewood May 22, 2013 9:01 p.m.

Ridgefield was the fifth fastest growing city in Washington between 2011 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday. City leaders say years spent laying the groundwork for business and residential development helped Ridgefield bounce back quickly from the Great Recession.

Effort to recall Madore, Mielke afoot

By Erin Middlewood May 9, 2013 7:37 p.m.

Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard advocated for recall of David Madore and Tom Mielke at a packed Clark County commissioners meeting earlier this week.

Deaths from firearms top car-crash fatalities in Washington

By Erin Middlewood May 5, 2013 5:17 p.m.

Firearm deaths have exceeded car-crash fatalities in Washington for the first time since 1934, according to a report by the state Office of Financial Management released last week.

Beloved singing Costco clerk mending after surgery

By Erin Middlewood May 1, 2013 6:22 p.m.

Facebook is overflowing with electronic well-wishes and prayers for the beloved signing Costco clerk, Teddy Patrick of Vancouver, who was hospitalized last weekend.

Saving early for college tuition

By Erin Middlewood April 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Beth Cooper helped her 9-year-old son, Jace, open his own bank account, where he stashes half his $4-a-week allowance. He was thrilled when the balance reached $100.

Tea Party reigns at GOP dinner

By Erin Middlewood April 27, 2013 11:04 p.m.

Even though most of the 250 Republicans who attended Saturday's Lincoln Day dinner drank coffee with their dessert, it was clear the event was all about the Tea Party.

Fire rips through vacant duplex in Vancouver

By Mark Bowder and Erin Middlewood April 27, 2013 5:53 p.m.

Boys playing with fire admitted to starting fire that destroyed a vacant duplex in Vancouver's Ogden neighborhood.

Patrols keep eyes peeled for parking violators

By Erin Middlewood April 24, 2013 6 a.m.

As Tom Croley drove slowly through the parking lot at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, he and his partner trained their eyes on the dashboards of cars parked in spots marked for disabled visitors.

Air Museum dispute not the trust's first fight

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

The National Park Service's recent takeover of management at Pearson Air Museum from the Fort Vancouver National Trust generated protests, newspaper headlines and a congressional hearing on a bill that would, in effect, return the museum to the trust's operation.

Health care benefit to apply to many in Clark County

By Erin Middlewood April 18, 2013 7:04 p.m.

An estimated 40,840 Clark County residents will be eligible for help paying for insurance coverage under the 2010 Affordable Care Act -- and most of them don't know it, according to a health-reform advocacy group.

Lapping up lovable Leonbergers

By Erin Middlewood April 4, 2013 6:56 p.m.

Club brings together 60 of the big dogs for national show in downtown Vancouver

City had asked for Pearson handover

By Erin Middlewood March 30, 2013 4:58 p.m.

Vancouver officials have protested as loudly as anyone about the National Park Service's takeover of Pearson Air Museum last month, yet two years ago they asked the federal agency to do just that, according to documents obtained by The Columbian.

Clark County population sees slight increase

By Erin Middlewood March 14, 2013 11:05 p.m.

Clark was the sixth fastest growing county in Washington state last year, according to an estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

Weighing wealth in Clark County by zip code

By Erin Middlewood February 25, 2013 6 a.m.

If your address ends with 98606, you're likely to be a member of the sandwich generation, contribute to PBS and carry a lot of insurance. And you're probably wealthy.

Violators avoiding tickets as need for disabled parking increases

By Erin Middlewood February 19, 2013 7:09 p.m.

Although anyone who parks in a disabled spot without a blue placard risks a ticket, not many actually receive them in Vancouver. Enforcement and education efforts have gone by the wayside.

911 calls shed light on death of suspected prowler  

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

Calls to 911 from Sean H. Doucette's wife and neighbors shed light on the Jan. 29 shooting death of Iosif Dumitrash.

Bridge traffic didn't grow with county

By Erin Middlewood February 3, 2013 6 a.m.

In a decade of growth in Clark County, a bedroom community where a third of the workforce commutes to Portland, you'd expect to see traffic on the bridges crossing the Columbia River to worsen.

Local older voters buck axiom by backing school districts' levies

By Erin Middlewood January 31, 2013 8:40 p.m.

It's a widely held axiom that older voters are the ones who sink school levies.

Guns play role in only a fraction of local violent crimes

By Erin Middlewood January 25, 2013 8:52 p.m.

Attention on guns — their use in crimes and their regulation — has intensified since last month's shootings at Clackamas Town Center in the Portland area and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Data: Fear often drives spikes in gun sales

By Erin Middlewood January 13, 2013 6:50 p.m.

Vancouver resident Mark Havens learned to shoot his father's rifles as a kid. He had never owned a gun himself until he bought one this week.

Few in county will feel fiscal cliff's top earner pinch

By Erin Middlewood January 3, 2013 7:38 p.m.

The fiscal cliff deal that raises taxes on top earners begs the question: Who earns that much around here?

Man’s desire to aid Storro backfires

By Erin Middlewood May 28, 2011 6 a.m.

When a Brush Prairie church received a letter from a man identifying himself as “Reverend Garner” pleading for money for Bethany Storro’s medical expenses, the church’s business administrator smelled a scam. Instead, the letter seems to be a well-meaning but misguided effort by someone Storro met at Elahan Place, a Vancouver rehabilitation program operated by Columbia River Mental Health Services.

The best medicine

By Erin Middlewood May 26, 2011 11:43 a.m.

Look in kitchen cupboards for health

St. Johns-Highway 500 interchange project gears up

By Erin Middlewood May 24, 2011 7:56 p.m.

The Washington State Department of Transportation took another step toward removing traffic signals from state Highway 500 on Tuesday when it broke ground on a $49 million interchange at St. Johns Boulevard.

Clark County homeownership rate plunges

By Erin Middlewood May 19, 2011 6 a.m.

The American dream of homeownership has become more elusive in Clark County over the past decade, no surprise to anyone who has watched foreclosure rates here skyrocket during the Great Recession. The homeownership rate dropped from 67.3 percent in 2000 to 65.8 percent in 2010, but remains higher than Washington’s rate of 63.9 percent, according to U.S. Census figures released today.

Older and out of a job

By Erin Middlewood May 15, 2011 6 a.m.

Vancouver residents Mark McCloud and Fred Schwarz represent the two — what seem to be inevitable — outcomes of late-career job loss. McCloud, 63, hasn’t been able to find another job, and is at the brink of a retirement he wouldn’t have chosen and might not be able to afford.

County to buy landfill for $1.5M

By Erin Middlewood May 11, 2011 6 a.m.

Clark County commissioners Tuesday approved the purchase of the closed Leichner Landfill and surrounding land for $1.5 million. “By moving ahead now, we can bring this land into productive re-use,” said Jeffrey Mize, a spokesman for the county public works department.

Ridgefield military wife’s blog a ‘secret’ no more

By Erin Middlewood May 6, 2011 6 a.m.

Lori Volkman started a blog to cope with her husband’s military deployment last September. “It started out just as a diary,” the Ridgefield resident said. She gave little thought to the fact that people might actually read it. In less than a year, the blog has garnered almost 25,000 hits.