Stories by Ray
Emergency responders responded Thursday, March 29, to a head-on collision at 147th Avenue and Fourth Plain Road in Vancouver, CRESA dispatchers said.
Explosives company won’t pay to improve road, residents learn
Woodland residents who were already opposed to a proposed explosives storage plant moving to their neighborhood may have to pay for road improvements associated with the project.
Volunteers did the makeover to help pair who give much
BATTLE GROUND -- After three months watching dozens of volunteers swing hammers, install plumbing and lay tile inside his home, Brian Epp beamed Friday evening when the topic of landscaping came up in conversation. He would personally see to it that his yard was as beautiful as his home’s new interior.
Chuck Palahniuk reports sore neck, but not hospitalized
Chuck Palahniuk's car was hit by an out-of-control truck.
Free screenings offered for Camas children ages 3 to 5.
The Woodland chamber joins the city's council and port in supporting a $52 million school bond.
B.G. assistant city engineer named 2011 Employee of the Year for work on road improvement projects.
Training center’s founder still hopes to move to county
A California-based railroad academy’s vocal desire to move to Clark County has given way to silence, according to Yacolt Mayor Jeff Carothers, whose town was once considered the favorite to land the school.
Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded the Washougal School District’s bond credit rating, district officials said.
Bond will pay for new classrooms
Ridgefield school construction tied to a voter-approved bond will begin in summer 2013, according to a tentative timeline released by the district.
Ridgefield has named a temporary successor to veteran city manager Justin Clary.
The Camas-Washougal consolidated fire department will soon take its next step -- naming a sole chief -- if fire officials get their wish.
Gymnast’s research on injury lands her trip to international science fair
A tumble off the balance beam cost Grace Mammarella the chance to perform at state for Columbia River High’s gymnastics team her junior and senior years.
Players give extra effort to honor student’s tragic death
LA CENTER -- Five wins. Five losses. A .500 winning percentage.
Butte Hill concerns tied to proposed explosives storage plant
Cowlitz County Commissioner Michael Karnofski will host a public meeting later this month to discuss road concerns associated with a proposed explosives storage plant on Butte Hill Road in Woodland.
Justin Clary has served as full-time city manager since April 2007.
A proposed explosives storage plant in Woodland has raised the ire of nearby residents concerned about potential safety hazards who are doubtful that Cowlitz County officials asked the necessary questions to determine whether such a facility belongs in their backyard.
“I’m a bad bird! I’m a bad bird! I’m a bad bird!” Doc the parrot's deep-voiced self-assessment bounced off the walls of Brenda Wilson's home seconds after he bit his new owner on the finger. She had unknowingly committed the cardinal sin in his world. She had threatened his "baby bell."
Students from four local high schools entered 97 projects, organizers say.
A veteran Vancouver schools administrator has been hired as interim principal at Hockinson Middle School, district officials said.
Woodland Primary School is holding kindergarten registration this week for the 2012-2013 school year.
Camas has also trended upward in terms of population. The city started the 2000s with around 12,000 residents. It now is Clark County’s second-largest city with 19,355 residents.
Sewer upgrades not possible without Cowlitz, officials say
La Center’s decision to open the lines of communication with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe could pay big dividends for the city as early as this year, most notably in the development of a three-mile sewer line.
Battle Ground’s population has nearly doubled since 2000. This year, road projects that officials believe will ease some of the growth-related traffic congestion and spur business development will move forward.
Those developments plus economic and public safety partnerships with neighboring Camas have Washougal leaders excited about the future.
The city of Ridgefield is open for business. The key question this year is whether businesses will seek to acquire land along the Interstate 5 corridor in the midst of a prolonged economic recession.
Real estate experts say down market drag on property
In an area the Cowlitz Indian Tribe called home for thousands of years sits Mabel Parvi’s retirement nest egg, untouched.
Partnership extended 2 years; study continues
Camas and Washougal’s fire officials and firefighters will continue their partnership for two more years, each city’s council unanimously voted Tuesday. Now, it is up to administrators and council members from both cities to determine whether to take it further.
The Camas School District is offering free screening tests Wednesday for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who live inside the district.
A 57-year-old man died Sunday morning in Portland after falling into a chemical holding tank on a barge, fire and rescue officials said.
Reality show participant Arthur Wornum to appear at Vancouver middle school.
Council votes Tuesday on hiring La Center employee as its new public works director
Six months after Woodland fired its public works director for unspecified reasons, the city’s council will vote Tuesday night on a possible full-time replacement.
More cardrooms may crop up in Woodland but most cities opposed
More cardrooms may crop up in Woodland but most cities opposed
Officials: Approval in Ridgefield bodes well
On the heels of Ridgefield’s long-awaited school bond success, Woodland school officials expressed optimism Wednesday that their neighbor’s positive result was an omen for their April bond proposal to pay for a new high school.
The margins by which Clark County’s school district levies and a bond passed grew wider Wednesday, the county’s elections department reported.
District overcomes two decades of failures with targeted plan, effort
The Ridgefield School District overcame two decades of bond failures and an ongoing recession to pass a $47 million bond issue Tuesday.
Area voters overwhelmingly supported levy-renewal proposals for the Green Mountain, Hockinson and Woodland school districts during Tuesday’s special election, according to unofficial results from Clark and Cowlitz counties.
Ben the border collie has a new home, humane society officials said.
City officials insist state’s concerns already addressed
The Skamania County city of North Bonneville’s failure to properly manage financial information between 2009 and 2010 resulted in an economic decline that led to deficits in its general, water and sewer funds in 2011, according to a report released by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday afternoon for former Woodland police chief and mayor James R. Graham, city officials said.
The auditor’s report cited several instances where North Bonneville (pop. 956) failed to produce reliable financial statements.
Her selection leaves Vancouver as only city in county to never have had a woman lead it
BATTLE GROUND — At a recent gathering of Clark County mayors, one of Battle Ground Mayor Lisa Walters’ peers pulled out her chair from the table so she could sit.
They wonder if program will protect them, or leave them hard pressed to fill worker ranks
After a day picking cherries on his 180-acre Vancouver farm, Bill Zimmerman’s 20 or so workers leave with dirt-coated fingernails, sweat-stained clothes and aches and pains from being on their feet all day.
Its foes say it could cripple agriculture, hurt legal workers
More than two years ago, Clark County became the first in the state to mandate that its contractors use the federal E-Verify program, in an attempt to ensure taxpayer dollars employed legal workers on public works projects. Since then, three counties and 11 cities, including five in this county, have followed Clark County’s lead.
Man allegedly approached student; no crime committed
Camas Police are seeking information on a man who approached an elementary student in the hallway of one of the district’s schools Tuesday during a community basketball practice.
The Woodland School District will save taxpayers more than $220,000, courtesy of bonds refinanced this week, district officials said.
Camas, Washougal will say whether a trial will continue
The Camas and Washougal city councils will decide this month whether to extend their existing fire department merger for two years, Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart said Friday.
Final surviving pet from Stanbary murder-suicide rescued by neighbors using food, patience
WASHOUGAL -- His hind legs trembled uncontrollably, and everyone who saw him agreed he desperately needed a bath to wash the grime off his black and white coat. Yet Ben the border collie’s willingness to let Dea Taylor-West hold him Wednesday morning brought the woman to the verge of joyful tears.
Two on council ask if public defender deal conflict of interest
Starting Wednesday, Washougal criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney will be represented by a Vancouver-based firm whose principal attorney represented Washougal’s mayor during his recent legal imbroglio.
Lloyd Halverson, the first city administrator in Camas’ history, will relinquish his full-time duties with the city at the end of September, he said Tuesday.