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Stephanie Rice

Vancouver city government reporter

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Recent Stories

Vancouver fire chief saves choking man

By Stephanie Rice September 15, 2014 8:41 p.m.

As chief of the Vancouver Fire Department, Joe Molina doesn't go out on calls.

Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

By Stephanie Rice September 11, 2014 9:36 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.

Vancouver council sets emergency meeting on oil moratorium

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice September 10, 2014 6:51 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will vote at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, on an emergency six-month moratorium “on applications for new or expanded crude oil facilities” at a special meeting at City Hall.

SWAT: Under scrutiny, focused on safety

By Erin Middlewood and Stephanie Rice September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

The images of police in body armor and ballistic helmets clashing with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., in recent weeks have raised concerns about the militarization of law enforcement.

Shooting spurs lawsuit against local SWAT

By Erin Middlewood and Stephanie Rice September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

A Ridgefield woman’s federal lawsuit calls into question the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team’s training and operations.

Officer's promotion follows road back from low point

By Stephanie Rice September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Friday's promotion ceremony at the Vancouver Police Department's west precinct was newsworthy for two reasons: By elevating an officer to the rank of corporal, Chief James McElvain again illustrated he's willing to promote from within, and by doing so he chipped away at long-held concerns about room for advancement in the department.

Councilors pleased with VPD chief's work

By Stephanie Rice August 25, 2014 8:56 p.m.

After eight months on the job, Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain has the department headed in the right direction, city councilors agreed Monday after hearing an update on structural and operational changes.

Chalk the Walks event spreads its message of good will

By Stephanie Rice August 19, 2014 7:54 p.m.

Pictures of positive chalked messages — and hearts, rainbows and smiley faces — beamed in Tuesday from all 50 states and Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, India, Mexico, New Zealand and Scotland, to the delight of Vancouver's Joy Team, which started Chalk the Walks in 2011. This year, more than 4,000 people participated around the world, said Michele McKeag Larsen, who co-founded the nonprofit Joy Team in 2010 with her daughter, Taryn, when her daughter was a student Hough Elementary School.

Retailers must move drug paraphernalia from easy view

By Stephanie Rice August 18, 2014 11:13 p.m.

Colorful glass pipes should soon disappear from near the cash register at more than a dozen convenience stores and gas stations in Vancouver, following a vote of the City Council on Monday to prohibit the display of drug paraphernalia in any area accessible by minors.

New laws target growth of graffiti

By Stephanie Rice August 18, 2014 9:52 p.m.

New criminal and civil codes geared toward fighting a growing graffiti problem were approved Monday by the Vancouver City Council.

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