Head-on crash in Vancouver sends one to hospital

By Ray Legendre March 29, 2012 9:33 p.m.

Emergency responders responded Thursday, March 29, to a head-on collision at 147th Avenue and Fourth Plain Road in Vancouver, CRESA dispatchers said.

Unpopular plant, added costs

By Ray Legendre April 2, 2012 4:51 p.m.

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.

Home made over for Battle Ground family

By Ray Legendre March 27, 2012 9:41 a.m.

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.

UPDATE: 'Fight Club' author involved in Highway 14 crash

By John Branton and Ray Legendre March 23, 2012 7:39 p.m.

Chuck Palahniuk's car was hit by an out-of-control truck.

Camas School District offers free screenings

By Ray Legendre March 21, 2012 1:10 p.m.

Free screenings offered for Camas children ages 3 to 5.

Woodland chamber supports school bond

By Ray Legendre March 21, 2012 7:01 p.m.

The Woodland chamber joins the city's council and port in supporting a $52 million school bond.

Engineer named top Battle Ground employee

By Ray Legendre March 21, 2012 10:13 a.m.

B.G. assistant city engineer named 2011 Employee of the Year for work on road improvement projects.

Yacolt is ‘in the dark’ on railroad academy

By Ray Legendre March 21, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Washougal school district’s credit rating upgraded

By Ray Legendre March 19, 2012 7:32 p.m.

Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded the Washougal School District’s bond credit rating, district officials said.

Ridgefield school construction set to begin in 2013

By Ray Legendre March 19, 2012 6 a.m.

Ridgefield school construction tied to a voter-approved bond will begin in summer 2013, according to a tentative timeline released by the district.

Ridgefield council appoints interim city manager

By Ray Legendre March 16, 2012 4:55 p.m.

Ridgefield has named a temporary successor to veteran city manager Justin Clary.

Sole fire chief discussed for Camas-Washougal

By Ray Legendre March 13, 2012 6 a.m.

The Camas-Washougal consolidated fire department will soon take its next step -- naming a sole chief -- if fire officials get their wish.

Tumble leads to academic success for Columbia River student

By Ray Legendre March 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

La Center basketball team unifies community

By Ray Legendre March 11, 2012 6 a.m.

LA CENTER -- Five wins. Five losses. A .500 winning percentage.

Meeting set to discuss road concerns tied to proposed Woodland explosives storage plant

By Ray Legendre March 6, 2012 4:56 p.m.

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.

Ridgefield city manager leaving for engineering job

By Ray Legendre March 5, 2012 6:39 p.m.

Justin Clary has served as full-time city manager since April 2007.

Proposed explosives storage plant has residents on edge in Woodland

By Ray Legendre March 5, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Troubled parrot perseveres with help of loving owner

By Ray Legendre March 3, 2012 6 a.m.

“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."

Skyview High to host science and engineering fair

By Ray Legendre March 1, 2012 7:06 p.m.

Students from four local high schools entered 97 projects, organizers say.

Veteran administrator hired as interim Hockinson Middle School principal

By Ray Legendre March 1, 2012 7:05 p.m.

A veteran Vancouver schools administrator has been hired as interim principal at Hockinson Middle School, district officials said.

Woodland school holding kindergarten registration

By Ray Legendre February 28, 2012 6:02 p.m.

Woodland Primary School is holding kindergarten registration this week for the 2012-2013 school year.

Development flourishes in Camas

By Ray Legendre February 26, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

La Center, tribe talks paying benefits

By Ray Legendre February 26, 2012 5:59 a.m.

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.

B.G. road projects ease growth-related congestion

By Ray Legendre February 26, 2012 5:59 a.m.

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.

City of Washougal undergoes face-lift

By Ray Legendre February 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Those developments plus economic and public safety partnerships with neighboring Camas have Washougal leaders excited about the future.

Ridgefield open for business

By Ray Legendre February 26, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Widow: Artifacts hinder Ridgefield land sale

By Ray Legendre February 23, 2012 6 a.m.

In an area the Cowlitz Indian Tribe called home for thousands of years sits Mabel Parvi’s retirement nest egg, untouched.

Camas, Washougal extend fire merger

By Ray Legendre February 22, 2012 1:49 p.m.

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.

Camas School District offers free screenings

By Ray Legendre February 20, 2012 11:10 a.m.

The Camas School District is offering free screening tests Wednesday for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who live inside the district.

Washington man dies after falling into chemical holding tank

By Ray Legendre February 20, 2012 10:14 a.m.

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.

"Biggest Loser" contestant to appear at Vancouver school

By Ray Legendre February 20, 2012 7:32 a.m.

Reality show participant Arthur Wornum to appear at Vancouver middle school.

Woodland ready to replace fired official

By Ray Legendre February 20, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Saturation not a concern, gambling proponents say

By Ray Legendre February 19, 2012 6 a.m.

More cardrooms may crop up in Woodland but most cities opposed

Hope grows for Woodland schools bond

By Ray Legendre February 16, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Margins widen for Clark County levies, bond

By Ray Legendre February 15, 2012 6:07 p.m.

The margins by which Clark County’s school district levies and a bond passed grew wider Wednesday, the county’s elections department reported.

Ridgefield voters OK $47M schools bond

By Ray Legendre February 15, 2012 6 a.m.

The Ridgefield School District overcame two decades of bond failures and an ongoing recession to pass a $47 million bond issue Tuesday.

Green Mountain, Hockinson, Woodland levies pass

By Ray Legendre February 15, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Rescued Washougal dog finds new home

By Ray Legendre February 14, 2012 11:28 p.m.

Ben the border collie has a new home, humane society officials said.

Audit reveals holes in North Bonneville budget

By Ray Legendre February 14, 2012 3:48 p.m.

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.

Memorial set for former Woodland mayor

By Ray Legendre February 13, 2012 6:50 p.m.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday afternoon for former Woodland police chief and mayor James R. Graham, city officials said.

City of North Bonneville receives unfavorable audit

By Ray Legendre February 14, 2012 3:50 p.m.

The auditor’s report cited several instances where North Bonneville (pop. 956) failed to produce reliable financial statements.

B.G.’s first female mayor hopes to inspire others

By Ray Legendre February 13, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Clark County employers weigh pros, cons of E-Verify

By Ray Legendre February 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Cities use E-Verify while state considers banning it

By Ray Legendre February 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Camas police investigate incident inside school

By Ray Legendre February 9, 2012 6:37 p.m.

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.

Bond refinancing saves Woodland schools money

By Ray Legendre February 8, 2012 6:13 p.m.

The Woodland School District will save taxpayers more than $220,000, courtesy of bonds refinanced this week, district officials said.

Vote scheduled on fire merger

By Ray Legendre February 6, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Missing dog finds happy ending

By Ray Legendre February 2, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Firm of lawyer who represented Guard gets Washougal contract

By Ray Legendre February 1, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Camas city administrator announces retirement

By Ray Legendre January 31, 2012 4:49 p.m.

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.