Clark County commissioners today voted down an ordinance that would have cemented county departments in advance of a new charter, effective Jan. 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Stephanie Rice December 1, 2014 9:19 p.m.
The Vancouver City Council on Monday unanimously approved discounts for large employers that offer high wages. In doing so, the council was careful to make a distinction between its program and, as Mayor Tim Leavitt put it, a "blanket waiver of fees" offered by Clark County that has been criticized as costly and ineffective.
By Stephanie Rice December 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Three of the city's 14 grounds maintenance staff members spent a recent November morning attacking blackberry bushes to access shrubs that needed pruning along the north side of Mill Plain Boulevard near Franklin Street.
By Stephanie Rice November 24, 2014 5 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler sent a letter Monday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, questioning why Jewell's department would make a promise to the Cowlitz Tribe to take land into trust for a reservation while the legality of the land transfer remains tied up in federal court.
By Stephanie Rice November 17, 2014 9:40 p.m.
The Vancouver City Council was divided Monday about how far the city should go in deregulating the taxicab industry.
By Stephanie Rice November 13, 2014 5:15 p.m.
OLYMPIA — The Washington Supreme Court has reinstated kidnapping convictions for two Portland men who robbed a Vancouver medical-marijuana grow house in 2009 and then shot a Vancouver police officer as they fled.
By Stephanie Rice November 10, 2014 9:47 p.m.
The Vancouver Police Department's cybercrimes unit has been given authority to pursue federal charges in certain cases, a move that will take pressure off the lone special agent assigned to support the department as part of the federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
By Stephanie Rice November 4, 2014 5:57 p.m.
Clark County Commissioner Ed Barnes, a Democrat who has only eight weeks left to serve, suggested Tuesday commissioners consider dissolving the Department of Environmental Services.
John B. Kendall lived next door to Erich and Abigail Mounce, and the neighbors had been in a legal feud for nearly two years, court records show. The primary source of tension was the fact Kendall had as many as five tenants and a home business in violation of subdivision restrictions.
A man has been found dead in Blandford Canyon after a rash of shootings in Clark County this morning. One of the victims is in critical condition with a head wound.
By Stephanie Rice October 30, 2014 6 a.m.
Another train horn quiet zone has been established within Vancouver city limits.
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.
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."
By Stephanie Rice October 21, 2014 12:59 p.m.
NuStar Energy can still move forward with plans to start storing crude oil
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).