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Stephanie Rice

Vancouver city government reporter


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Commissioners decline to protect county departments

By Craig Brown and Stephanie Rice December 16, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Clark County commissioners today voted down an ordinance that would have cemented county departments in advance of a new charter, effective Jan. 1.

Vancouver nearly doubles indigent defense fund

By Stephanie Rice December 15, 2014 9:56 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council on Monday approved a new indigent defense contract for 2015 worth nearly $1.1 million, approximately twice what it spent this year.

Board's vote Tuesday could affect Benton's department

By Stephanie Rice December 15, 2014 7:52 p.m.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on Chairman Tom Mielke's proposal to formally establish existing departments by ordinance.

Federal judge rules in favor of Cowlitz

By Stephanie Rice and Justin Runquist December 12, 2014 6 p.m.

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday sided with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in its long-running quest to establish a reservation along Interstate 5 west of La Center and build a casino. She dismissed a lawsuit filed by opponents.

Clark County audit: Controls sufficient for cash funds

By Stephanie Rice December 11, 2014 6:19 p.m.

A routine review of county cash funds found sufficient internal controls to prevent misuse of the money, Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Thursday.

Mielke: Plan not about Benton's job

By Stephanie Rice December 10, 2014 8:32 p.m.

Tom Mielke, chairman of the Board of Clark County Commissioners, said Wednesday that his proposal to formally establish existing departments by ordinance has nothing to do with saving Don Benton's job as director of Environmental Services, as alleged by former Commissioner Ed Barnes.

Madore balks at proposal that would limit county manager's powers

By Stephanie Rice December 9, 2014 6:42 p.m.

Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to go ahead with a public hearing next week on a proposal to establish certain departments by ordinance, but Commissioner David Madore expressed strong reservations about the idea, and Commissioner Jeanne Stewart said she wanted to publicly discuss the proposal in advance of the hearing.

Man receives medal for tackling woman with gun

By Stephanie Rice December 9, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Neil Burkhardt, who tackled a gunwoman after she shot her former supervisor on Feb. 4, was awarded a Citizen Service medal on Tuesday by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas.

Firefighters' union chief not sending out fliers

By Stephanie Rice December 8, 2014 8:49 p.m.

Vancouver Firefighter Mark Johnston, president of the Vancouver Firefighters' Union IAFF Local 452, isn't going door to door to promote the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

County could act to circumvent charter, weaken manager

By Stephanie Rice December 5, 2014 6:55 p.m.

In a move former Clark County Commissioner Ed Barnes calls an attempt to save Don Benton's job as director of Environmental Services, commissioners will vote this month to formally establish existing departments by ordinance.

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