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.
By Erin Middlewood August 6, 2013 7:18 p.m.
Clark County commissioners hear from father of driver in fatal crash
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.
By Erin Middlewood July 21, 2013 6 a.m.
It's the easiest of summer pleasures: a picnic.
A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a house on Northeast 72nd Avenue in Vancouver late Saturday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.