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.

Potter confirmed as new Vancouver city attorney

By Stephanie Rice July 7, 2014 9:29 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to confirm Bronson Potter as the new city attorney.

Man found dead in fire-damaged duplex

By Emily Gillespie and Stephanie Rice July 7, 2014 9:25 p.m.

A man was found dead in his fire-damaged duplex Monday morning in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood.

Felida house destroyed by blaze; fireworks suspected cause

By Stephanie Rice July 5, 2014 9:24 p.m.

A 1970s ranch-style home in Felida was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday morning, and fireworks are the suspected cause of the blaze, a Clark County Fire District 6 battalion chief said Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Man arrested in Government Island stabbings

By Stephanie Rice July 5, 2014 8:17 p.m.

A Wilsonville, Ore., man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault Saturday in connection with stabbings at a large Fourth of July party on Government Island.

Potter is likely next city attorney

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

Bronson Potter, Vancouver's chief assistant city attorney, appears poised to succeed Ted Gathe, who retires July 31.

Maneuvering over Pearson

By Aaron Corvin , Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice July 3, 2014 10:13 p.m.

Another potential player has been identified in the continuing saga of the Pearson Air Museum.

Columbia River waterfront trail fixes to proceed

By Stephanie Rice July 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Portions of the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail were rendered unusable by slope erosion three years ago. Since then, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said he and city councilors have been asked numerous times when the trail will be reopened.

With 7,300 new, county population growth third in state

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

Clark County's population grew by 1.67 percent in a year, according to annual state population estimates released Monday.

Teen pleads guilty to Crestline School fire

By Stephanie Rice June 26, 2014 9:39 a.m.

A 17-year-old Vancouver boy pleaded guilty this morning to setting the fire that destroyed Crestline Elementary School in February 2013.

What's Up With That? Dry parks lingering sign of city budget woes

By Stephanie Rice June 25, 2014 6 a.m.

For more than three years the city park across the street (Summer's Walk) has not been watered. The developer spent lots of dollars laying out a plan and planting beautiful plants and trees. In the last three years we have lost more than 50 percent of those plants and trees. It's been heartbreaking to watch the downgrade. I thought that a part of our taxes were to pay for upkeep of our parks. What's going on?

Fireworks sales set to start Saturday

By Stephanie Rice June 24, 2014 7:41 p.m.

Fireworks go on sale in unincorporated Clark County on Saturday, the first day they can be legally discharged in unincorporated areas and the cities of Amboy, Yacolt, Battle Ground and Ridgefield.

Banquet hall in path of new road

By Eric Florip and Stephanie Rice June 24, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Plans for extending Columbia Way have drawn criticism for a lack of dedicated bike lanes, but an even bigger decision is needed before the primary east-west route to Vancouver's $1.3 billion waterfront development can be built.

Vancouver city manager gets 17 percent raise

By Stephanie Rice June 17, 2014 2:44 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise Eric Holmes' annual salary to $199,000.

Vancouver sees costs outpacing revenue growth

By Stephanie Rice June 16, 2014 8:17 p.m.

Inflation and population growth have been driving Vancouver’s costs up by about 4 percent a year, outpacing 2.4 percent revenue growth, City Manager Eric Holmes said Monday during a two-hour workshop with the city council about setting the framework for the 2015-16 budget.

Lack of bike lanes in waterfront plans questioned

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

The $1.3 billion development planned for Vancouver's downtown waterfront has been described as bicycle-friendly.

Vancouver opposes oil terminal plan; now what?

By Stephanie Rice June 3, 2014 8:17 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council officially opposes Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies' plans for the largest oil-by-rail facility in the Northwest at the Port of Vancouver.

Council approves resolutions opposing Tesoro-Savage project

By Eric Florip and Stephanie Rice June 3, 2014 1:38 a.m.

Close to 700 people attended a Vancouver City Council meeting Monday, and a majority of speakers urged councilors to fight an oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver to sell old Humane Society parcel

By Stephanie Rice May 29, 2014 6:26 p.m.

The city of Vancouver plans to sell the former Humane Society for Southwest Washington property for $464,210.

City moves hearing on oil terminal to larger venue

By Stephanie Rice May 27, 2014 5:42 p.m.

Anticipating a large crowd, the city has moved a public hearing on a resolution opposing an oil transfer terminal to a larger venue and earlier time.

Legal wrangling continues over Spencer award

By Stephanie Rice May 24, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Attorneys continue to argue whether Clark County should have to pay $9 million to former Vancouver police officer Clyde Ray Spencer, who spent nearly 20 years in prison after being targeted by two employees of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

City poised to oppose any increase in Bakken crude oil traffic

By Eric Florip and Stephanie Rice May 19, 2014 7:54 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council appears poised to make a bold statement by opposing not only what would be the Northwest’s largest oil transfer terminal, but also any proposals that would result in an increase of Bakken crude oil being hauled through Clark County.

Vancouver's draft resolution urges rejection of oil terminal

By Stephanie Rice May 16, 2014 5:51 p.m.

A resolution under consideration by the Vancouver City Council urges decision-makers to reject a proposal to build the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

Discovery, Vancouver Fire's quick response boat, dedicated today  

By Stephanie Rice May 16, 2014 9:05 p.m.

The Vancouver Fire Department’s new $1.59 million quick response boat, Discovery, was dedicated Friday during a celebration that included speeches from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones.

Banfield incentives greeted favorably

By Stephanie Rice May 12, 2014 9:33 p.m.

A mix of proposed incentives that helped convince Portland-based Banfield Pet Hospital to build new corporate headquarters in Vancouver were well-received Monday by members of the city council.

A matter of degrees

By Stephanie Rice May 10, 2014 8:18 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Four years ago, Kendall Lushenko was set to attend Western Washington University in Bellingham. She'd been assigned to a dormitory, had a roommate and paid a $300 non-refundable deposit.

Cowlitz Tribe to get gaming revenues

By Stephanie Rice May 8, 2014 7:09 p.m.

The state gambling commission has approved a compact allowing the Cowlitz Tribe to start sharing in gaming revenues with other tribes.

Gun-rights rocker Nugent won't be at Clark County Fair

By Stephanie Rice May 8, 2014 9:52 a.m.

Fair Manager John Morrison said today that gun rights activist and rock star Ted Nugent’s Aug. 5 concert has been canceled, but not because of a petition that urged fair organizers to nudge the Nuge from the lineup.

Court ruling on prayer means county practice can continue

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice May 5, 2014 9:21 p.m.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners won't have to stop praying before public meetings thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Vancouver council studies aspects of oil-shipping issue

By Stephanie Rice May 5, 2014 9:10 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will vote June 16 on two resolutions: One to oppose plans for what would be the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver, and one to formally intervene in the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council process.

Cowlitz push for tribal-state compact

By Stephanie Rice May 5, 2014 8:31 p.m.

Cowlitz Chairman William Iyall testified before a House committee Monday in Olympia in support of a tentative tribal-state compact being considered by the state gambling commission.

Arts district finally makes it on map

By Stephanie Rice May 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Leah Jackson opened Angst Gallery on Main Street in downtown Vancouver in 2008, then took over a neighboring space two years later with Niche, a cozy wine bar next to the Art Deco-style Kiggins Theatre.

Judge: C-Tran email can remain a secret

By Stephanie Rice May 2, 2014 12:21 p.m.

A Clark County Superior Court judge granted C-Tran’s request Friday for an injunction to keep the city of Vancouver from releasing a C-Tran email to The Columbian. Judge Robert Lewis reviewed the email and said the contents did fall within the attorney-client privilege exemption from disclosure under the Public Records Act.

Vancouver salary panel reverses cut to mayor pro tem pay

By Stephanie Rice April 30, 2014 8:40 p.m.

Vancouver's salary review commission reversed itself Wednesday and decided not to lower the monthly salary for the mayor pro tem.

City hit with $1.2 million discrimination verdict

By Stephanie Rice April 29, 2014 5:43 p.m.

A former city of Vancouver employee was awarded $1.2 million Tuesday from a federal jury, which determined he was subjected to discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

Vancouver looks to get tougher on graffiti

By Stephanie Rice April 28, 2014 9:16 p.m.

Fighting spray-painting vandals will require a few additional tools, the Vancouver City Council heard on Monday from staff members.

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.