Feds: Tribe could get casino land as soon as January

By Stephanie Rice and Justin Runquist October 23, 2014 8:39 p.m.

In a significant development in a yearslong fight to build a casino in Clark County, the Cowlitz Tribe was notified Wednesday they’ll receive 152 acres west of La Center in January or within 30 days of a federal court ruling in their favor, whichever comes first.

Challenger calls out Clark County clerk on pledge

By Stephanie Rice October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

In 2010, Scott Weber's voter pamphlet statement included a pledge: "If elected I will work to eliminate the office which will save the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. While I work to phase the office out, I will do everything I can to save taxpayer money."

Vancouver reaffirms moratorium on new crude oil projects

By Stephanie Rice October 21, 2014 12:59 p.m.

NuStar Energy can still move forward with plans to start storing crude oil

Vancouver council mute on charter

By Stephanie Rice October 20, 2014 10:30 p.m.

Six of the seven members of the Vancouver City Council support the home rule charter, but the council as a body won't be officially endorsing the proposed changes to Clark County government.

Treasurer's rival: Time for change

By Stephanie Rice October 16, 2014 6:45 p.m.

Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher has been in office 30 years. Challenger Lauren Colas says it's time for a change and that her 25 years of business experience makes her a formidable opponent for the longtime incumbent.

Clark County assessor candidates say accuracy is crucial

By Stephanie Rice October 16, 2014 6:27 p.m.

Peter Van Nortwick emphasized it during his successful run for county assessor four years ago, and his challenger, Darren Wertz, says it this year: By law, properties should be assessed at 100 percent of market value.

Leavitt will boycott Friday's prayer breakfast

By Scott Hewitt and Stephanie Rice October 15, 2014 7:18 p.m.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt has reversed course and said he will boycott the 2014 Clark County Mayor and Civic Leaders Prayer Breakfast, where this year's keynote speaker is nationally known for denouncing Muslims and Jews.

Budget manager disputes Madore's charter claim

By Stephanie Rice October 10, 2014 3:50 p.m.

A claim by Republican Clark County Commissioner David Madore that adopting a county charter will cost taxpayers money has prompted the county's budget manager to say Madore's claims are not factually correct.

Waterfront milestone celebrated on City Hall rooftop

By Stephanie Rice October 9, 2014 8:42 p.m.

Even with Thursday morning’s fog, the vantage from the roof of Vancouver City Hall provided a clear view of where crews have started deep utility work for one of the city’s top priorities: a $1.3 billion commercial and residential redevelopment of the waterfront.

2 Vancouver men among 5 people arrested in auto theft ring

By Stephanie Rice October 8, 2014 9:10 p.m.

Two Vancouver men were among five people recently arrested in connection to a large-scale auto theft ring in Portland, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

Two Vancouver men arrested in Portland auto theft ring

By Stephanie Rice October 8, 2014 3:37 p.m.

The ongoing auto theft investigation centers on Portland's West Coast Car Crushing and A1 Light Truck and Van Parts

Hough activist advocates for bike lanes on Columbia Street

By Stephanie Rice October 8, 2014 6 a.m.

The Sept. 5 addition of shared lane markings — a bicycle beneath two arrow tips — on Columbia Street has added to the debate about the so-called sharrows. Do they sufficiently create a safe bicycle corridor, or are they just a nod to cycling advocates that stop well short of satisfying requests for dedicated bike lanes on heavily traveled streets?

Vancouver council: Taxi code needs to be updated

By Stephanie Rice October 6, 2014 7:51 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council said Monday the city's taxi code needs to be updated to include transportation network companies such as Uber, which has been operating illegally in Vancouver since this summer.

Vancouver will consider policy on Uber

By Stephanie Rice October 3, 2014 5:52 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will have its first discussion Monday about Uber, a ride-sharing company that has been operating illegally in the city since this summer.

Proposed budget would reopen Vancouver's east precinct to public

By Stephanie Rice October 2, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Public service counters at the Vancouver Police Department's east precinct are scheduled to be staffed next year, according to the city's proposed 2015-16 city budget.

Mental health court a 'safe zone' of help

By Stephanie Rice September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Tracey Anne Green walks 9 miles round-trip to make her Clark County Mental Health Court appearances.

Local delegation supports proposed state law on massage businesses

By Stephanie Rice September 22, 2014 8:38 p.m.

Local state lawmakers told the Vancouver City Council on Monday they support a proposed new state law that would punish owners of illicit massage businesses.

Bus tour gives Vancouver councilors close look at streets

By Stephanie Rice September 19, 2014 9 p.m.

With big decisions ahead on how to improve and maintain Vancouver's single largest asset — its streets — members of the city council met Friday morning at City Hall.

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

By Stephanie Rice September 16, 2014 9:02 p.m.

Try describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver's Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver's GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Deal reached to demolish Centennial Center

By Stephanie Rice September 16, 2014 8:01 a.m.

The Centennial Center, part of the 1962-built Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will be demolished for the extension of Columbia Way.

Centennial Center will be demolished

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

The Centennial Center, part of the 1962-built Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will be demolished for the extension of Columbia Way.

New sites eyed for fire stations

By Stephanie Rice September 15, 2014 10:06 p.m.

Two west-side Vancouver fire stations will be rebuilt in new locations, and the change will improve response times at a total of four stations, according to a city analysis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New snag for bridge plan?

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A mixed-use development at Southeast 192nd Avenue just north of Highway 14 appears to illustrate another problem for Clark County Commissioner David Madore's east county bridge proposal.

Contract awarded for waterfront project

By Stephanie Rice August 13, 2014 5:59 p.m.

Nutter Corp. was awarded an $850,950 contract Tuesday by the Port of Vancouver for phase one of infrastructure improvements necessary for a proposed waterfront development.

Vancouver Fire Department exceeds response goals

By Stephanie Rice August 11, 2014 10:32 p.m.

The Vancouver Fire Department has been exceeding emergency response time goals adopted by the city council last year, Chief Joe Molina said Monday.

'Back in the Day,' forging ahead

By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Back in the day, Little Curtis & the Blues often performed at the Trapadero Club, a city-sponsored teen hangout in downtown Vancouver.

Remains of missing climber discovered on Mount St. Helens

By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Remains believed to be Yosuke Onishi, missing since November

New plaque marks Esther Short Park honor

By Stephanie Rice August 4, 2014 10:08 p.m.

A bronze plaque commemorating Esther Short Park's inclusion among Great Public Spaces has been installed in the park's southeast corner, near the base of the bell tower.

Vancouver will explore use of 'safe, sane' fireworks year-round

By Stephanie Rice August 4, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Vancouver will explore allowing "safe and sane" fireworks year-round, while keeping aerial and loud fireworks limited to the Fourth of July.

Vancouver samples a parking-meter app plan

By Stephanie Rice August 4, 2014 6 a.m.

No change? No problem. To modernize downtown parking meters and offer alternative ways to pay, the city of Vancouver has partnered with Atlanta-based Parkmobile USA for a six-month pilot project on approximately 100 meters east of Esther Short Park and south of Evergreen Boulevard.

Tickets for fireworks use shock people

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Growing up in Vancouver, Alexandria Roberts would set off fireworks July 3 before traveling with her family to the coast for the holiday.

Reports of dogs left in hot cars rise in Clark County

By Stephanie Rice July 30, 2014 6:20 p.m.

Clark County Animal Protection and Control has been receiving dozens and dozens of calls from people reporting dogs left alone in hot vehicles, department manager Paul Scarpelli said Wednesday.

Mural is students' artful approach to graffiti problem

By Stephanie Rice July 30, 2014 6 a.m.

The Vancouver City Council will fight a growing graffiti problem in multiple ways. Students from Peter S. Ogden Elementary School, however, took a more focused approach.

'Portlandia' films at PeaceHealth Southwest

By Stephanie Rice July 29, 2014 6:53 p.m.

Of all the acts performed daily at hospitals, none are done for laughs. But one repeated several times Tuesday in Room 426 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center was all in the name of sketch comedy, as the cast and crew of "Portlandia" filmed in the south wing of the fourth floor.

Bridge idea lacks Vancouver City Council's support

By Eric Florip and Stephanie Rice July 28, 2014 9:58 p.m.

A newly unveiled proposal to build a bridge across the Columbia River at Southeast 192nd Avenue doesn't have the necessary support from the Vancouver City Council.

Vancouver plans $6.5 million in paving projects this year

By Stephanie Rice July 28, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Paving projects started Monday in Vancouver, and residents can expect to encounter crews around the city through the rest of the summer and into fall.

Vancouver City Council votes to buy land for water reservoir

By Stephanie Rice July 21, 2014 9:44 p.m.

Anticipating future water storage needs, the Vancouver City Council voted Monday to buy 12 acres from Sharp Electronics Corporation for a water reservoir.

Ambulance provider to get a new deal

By Stephanie Rice July 18, 2014 9:45 p.m.

Emergency Medical Services District 2 residents shouldn't notice any differences despite administrative changes made this year.

Orchards Wal-Mart takes step forward

By Stephanie Rice July 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A plan for a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Orchards is moving ahead, according to a scaled-back development agreement with the city of Vancouver.

Vancouver Fire Department to focus on prevention

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

Much of what people learn about fire safety is reactionary, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said recently.