Michael Andersen is a former Columbian reporter who covered Clark County government until April 2010.
Say this for a weak economy: At least we’re throwing less of our stuff in the trash can. Landfill waste per person dropped 13 percent in Clark County from 2006 to 2008, the last year figures were available, the county government said this week.
Clark County treasurer, a Democratic Party activist, in job since 1984
Twenty-six years after being appointed to manage local governments’ financial systems, Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher is seeking an eighth and possibly final term. “As long as you have the passion and excitement for what you’re doing, you ought to keep on doing it, up to the point where you’re not producing more,” the Lake Shore Democrat said Tuesday.
Portlanders’ opinions may limit options for bridge replacement
Did Clark County’s image as Sprawlville, Wash., kill the bridge? No, the plans for a replacement I-5 bridge haven’t been knocked out yet. But they’re clearly on the ropes — and they’d take another big blow if Portland environmentalists defeat Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, one of the few elected Portlanders willing to champion a bridge replacement, in his race for Metro’s presidency next month.
Church super-sizes its annual event to reach community
Leroy Santiago of Vancouver stood in the middle of the windswept east Vancouver field Saturday and raised the bullhorn to his lips. Around him, hundreds of slightly-smaller-than-average human hearts beat slightly faster than usual.
Happy Census Day! It’s April 1, and once every 10 years that means more than pranks: Today’s the day the U.S. Census Bureau officially takes its snapshot of the population.
Naming rights sold for three years for undisclosed sum
Clark County's biggest music venue has a new name.
County expects to make adjustment in April
Surprise: A county fee is about to go down. It’s not exactly a big drop. But thanks to continued weakness in the construction market, Washington’s contractors keep bidding for jobs at bargain prices.
Officials sock away much-needed cash in case of losses
A stack of major legal claims against Clark County’s government has been piling up, and the county has been rapidly socking away cash in case it loses. Though officials say they don’t think the public is at fault in any of the cases, their decision to boost liability reserves sevenfold has driven up insurance bills and forced the cash-strapped government to tie up precious dollars, increasing the pressure to lay off cops, close parks and hike taxes.
Task force re-imagines them as ‘villages’
Change is in the air for Clark County’s six rural centers, the little commercial intersections that served farmers and loggers in the north county hills for a century. A task force of rural residents told county commissioners Tuesday night that Amboy, Brush Prairie, Chelatchie, Dollars Corner, Fargher Lake and Hockinson should be re-imagined as “villages,” with residential lots as small as half an acre in some cases.
Most of public sector’s top-paid employees saw no bump in pay in past year
After years of slowly climbing skyward, the pay rates in Clark County’s fire halls, city halls and schools are leveling off. Of 775 of the county’s best-paid government workers, only a third got a raise in the last year, according to The Columbian’s second annual