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Stephanie Rice

Vancouver city government reporter

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Recent Stories

Vancouver mayor, most councilors to get raises

By Stephanie Rice April 24, 2014 8:04 p.m.

The Vancouver mayor and members of the city council, with one exception, will receive salary increases in January for the first time since 2009, the salary review commission decided Thursday.

Vancouver city attorneys lead way in pay increases

By Stephanie Rice April 19, 2014 11:32 p.m.

In 12 months, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney John Farra’s salary increased by 47 percent. The reasons his annual salary soared from $61,812 to $91,164 included a cost-of-living increase, merit raise and expanded duties, but the biggest factor was a salary adjustment.

Push to ban big trucks from West 39th Street raises bigger issues

By Stephanie Rice April 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Lincoln neighborhood residents want the city to ban big trucks from using West 39th Street. And members of the Vancouver City Council acknowledge the two-lane street wasn’t built for the tractor-trailer rigs that use it to get from Interstate 5 to industrial areas.

BNSF officials tell Vancouver safety top priority

By Stephanie Rice April 14, 2014 8:12 p.m.

BNSF Railway officials emphasized a safety-first mentality, billions of dollars' worth of capital investments and a pledge to spend millions training first responders in the event of an oil spill during a workshop Monday with the Vancouver City Council.

City discloses Banfield sweeteners

By Stephanie Rice April 11, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Incentive options for Banfield Pet Hospital, which announced plans last week to build a new corporate headquarters in Vancouver, will be discussed by the Vancouver City Council at a May 12 workshop at City Hall.

Park Service to retain control of Pearson Air Museum

By Stephanie Rice April 11, 2014 7:59 p.m.

Fort Vancouver National Trust says it won't return to the Pearson Air Museum after months of talks ended without an agreement.

Arbor Day festivities see Vancouver honored for its stewardship

By Stephanie Rice April 9, 2014 8:41 p.m.

Against a backdrop of heritage trees Wednesday in Esther Short Park, Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith accepted an award honoring Vancouver as a Tree City USA.

Tribal-state compact sets rules for proposed Cowlitz casino

By Stephanie Rice April 8, 2014 3:08 p.m.

Compact on hold unless tribe wins in federal court

C-Tran sues to hide one forwarded email

By Stephanie Rice March 28, 2014 7:49 p.m.

C-Tran will seek a court order to keep the city of Vancouver from releasing an email C-Tran argues should be exempt from public disclosure laws.

Unfair labor finding against Vancouver Police Dept. is upheld

By Stephanie Rice March 25, 2014 6:07 p.m.

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a finding that the Vancouver Police Department committed an unfair labor practice in 2009 by denying an officer a spot in the motorcycle unit because of his activities as president of the police officers’ guild.

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