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.

Vancouver to administer ambulance contract for District 2

By Stephanie Rice March 24, 2014 8:47 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will administer the ambulance contract for Emergency Services District 2 instead of the Clark County commissioners, the council confirmed Monday.

Majority of Vancouver City Council against oil plan

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice March 19, 2014 8 p.m.

A majority of the Vancouver City Council now publicly opposes plans to build the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

Winter weather leaves potholes in its wake

By Stephanie Rice March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

While Clark County hasn't experienced the extreme winter weather seen in the Midwest and the East, our relatively harsh freeze-thaw cycle has put additional stress on roads, and local public works crews are busy filling potholes.

Friends, family remember Vancouver police sergeant

By Stephanie Rice March 18, 2014 8:58 p.m.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Wayne C. Reynolds was diagnosed nine months ago with a rare, aggressive form of lymphoma that typically strikes men two decades his senior. He immediately started chemotherapy, only to join the 17 percent of mantle cell lymphoma patients for whom chemotherapy doesn't work. He then tried a drug, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to suppress his cancer. After that failed, he hoped for a breakthrough in treatment options.

Vancouver gets $200,000 grant to plan for site's cleanup

By Stephanie Rice March 18, 2014 6 a.m.

A $200,000 federal grant will pay for a plan to clean up and improve infrastructure in the 173 acres immediately east of Pearson Field and north of state Highway 14.

Leavitt calls CRC death 'a travesty'

By Stephanie Rice March 12, 2014 8:17 p.m.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt takes state lawmakers to task over CRC demise during annual State of the City address

Kimsey will run for a fifth term as Clark County auditor

By Stephanie Rice March 11, 2014 6:06 p.m.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Tuesday he will seek re-election this fall.

Spencer's attorney agrees to cut fee request from $2.49M to $1.73M

By Stephanie Rice March 7, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Kathleen Zellner, a Chicago-area attorney who won a $9 million jury verdict for Clyde Ray Spencer in federal court, has agreed to reduce her request for fees and costs from $2.49 million to $1.73 million.

Opposing attorneys: Toss $9M Spencer verdict

By Stephanie Rice March 4, 2014 6:23 p.m.

A $9 million verdict for Clyde Ray Spencer should be thrown out, attorneys argued in post-trial motions filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Vancouver approves law governing pot

By Stephanie Rice March 3, 2014 9:39 p.m.

Clark County’s first law regulating the growing, processing and selling of recreational marijuana was approved Monday by the Vancouver City Council.

Holmberg drops bid for Ridgefield city manager job

By Stephanie Rice March 3, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, assistant VPD Chief Chris Sutter remain in the running

Mock council, real learning

By Stephanie Rice February 28, 2014 6:31 p.m.

A mock Vancouver City Council listened to impassioned public testimony Friday for and against a citywide ban on pit bulls and then approved a compromise nobody from the public wanted.

$700,000 deal reached in death of jailed bipolar man

By Stephanie Rice February 26, 2014 7:34 p.m.

The parents of Marius C. Asanachescu, a mentally ill Vancouver man who was killed two years ago while in custody at the Clark County Jail, will receive $700,000 from the county and its jail medical provider.

Vancouver public hearing on retail pot set

By Stephanie Rice February 24, 2014 9:07 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council voted 6-1 Monday to move on to a public hearing on what would be Clark County's first ordinance setting out guidelines for marijuana retailers, growers and processors under Initiative 502. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Dismissal ends legal battle over Vancouver wine festival name

By Stephanie Rice February 24, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Several months after a federal judge suggested a solution to feuding organizers with similar-sounding festivals, organizers have taken his advice and agreed to drop a lawsuit.

Vancouver pot hearing probable

By Stephanie Rice February 24, 2014 6 a.m.

The Vancouver City Council is expected to give the go-ahead tonight to have a public hearing on proposed regulations for state-licensed marijuana businesses, the first ordinance of its kind in the county.

Retired Episcopalian priest finds a calling

By Stephanie Rice February 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

• No inmates committed suicide at the Clark County Jail in 2013, the first year since 2006 without a suicide.

Clark County eyes fighting Spencer verdict

By Stephanie Rice February 21, 2014 6:25 p.m.

Clark County will finance post-trial motions following a $9 million verdict awarded to a former Vancouver man who spent nearly 20 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing his two children and a stepson.

Vancouver felon who had firearm convicted

By Stephanie Rice February 19, 2014 9:47 p.m.

A Vancouver man was convicted Feb. 12 in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Spencer's attorney seeks $2.5 million in fees, costs

By Stephanie Rice February 19, 2014 9:30 a.m.

The legal team that took Clyde Ray Spencer's case on a contingency basis wants to be certain it gets paid. In a motion for fees and costs filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Spencer's lead attorney, Kathleen Zellner, asked for $2.49 million. That includes a multiplier of 1.5 for attorney fees, which, she argues, courts have allowed for factors including the undesirability of the case, the inability of attorneys to take on additional clients in light of the demands of the case and the potential for receiving no payment.

Spencer's lawyer asking judge to order county to pay award

By Stephanie Rice February 17, 2014 7:57 p.m.

Clyde Ray Spencer's attorney said Monday she's preparing a writ of execution on the $9 million verdict Clark County commissioners have said they won't pay.

Oil terminal slick slope for Vancouver council

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

When Port of Vancouver commissioners approved a lease last year for what would be the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility, they knew Gov. Jay Inslee would decide the project's fate.

Clark County refuses to pay $9 million Spencer judgment

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice February 12, 2014 6:57 p.m.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to not pay a $9 million judgment awarded to Clyde Ray Spencer this month in U.S. District Court.

Vancouver City Council eyes bigger role in oil terminal permit bid

By Stephanie Rice February 10, 2014 10:15 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will take a more prominent role in the state-level permitting process of a proposal for an $110 million oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver to pay $144,000 to end suit

By Stephanie Rice February 10, 2014 8:12 p.m.

The city of Vancouver has agreed to pay $144,000 to a 66-year-old man with cerebral palsy who fell while walking on the Waterfront Renaissance Trail.

On top of snow: ice

By Mark Bowder and Stephanie Rice February 8, 2014 10:55 p.m.

Ice storm warning issued through Sunday night.

Clark County economic development chief resigns

By Stephanie Rice February 6, 2014 6:53 p.m.

Clark County's economic development manager submitted his resignation this week after accepting a job with the city of Portland.

City closer to pot-shop rules

By Stephanie Rice February 3, 2014 11:23 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council indicated Monday it will follow a voter-approved state law when it adopts regulations for state-licensed marijuana businesses.

Jury awards $9 million to former local cop

By Stephanie Rice February 3, 2014 11:25 p.m.

Finding that a former Clark County sheriff's detective fabricated reports, a U.S. District Court jury has awarded $9 million to a former Vancouver cop who spent 20 years in prison.

Spencer lawsuit heads to jurors

By Stephanie Rice January 30, 2014 8:20 p.m.

TACOMA — A jury of four men and four women watched Thursday as images flashed on a screen: Ray Spencer smiling with his young children, his pigtailed daughter whispering a secret in his ear, his son in a Little League uniform, posing in a batter's stance.

Clark County general fund 'fragile but stable'

By Stephanie Rice January 29, 2014 4:55 p.m.

Clark County's general fund "continues to be in a fragile but stable state," commissioners heard Wednesday during a routine update.

Clark County settles records suit for $4,825

By Stephanie Rice January 28, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Clark County officials paid nearly $5,000 to a Vancouver man after acknowledging he did not receive public records in a timely manner.

Stuart: Negativity took a toll

By Stephanie Rice January 24, 2014 10:58 a.m.

Commissioner Stuart gives detailed explanation of his decision to not seek re-election

Stuart won't run for re-election

By Stephanie Rice January 23, 2014 7:18 p.m.

Commissioner Steve Stuart said he's not sure what he'll do next

Clark County commissioners study zoning in rural areas

By Stephanie Rice January 22, 2014 8:17 p.m.

A Wednesday discussion on allowing smaller minimum lot sizes in certain agricultural and forest zones included a lesson on property taxes for Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, both of whom questioned why property taxes would increase even if property owners didn't decide to split up their land.

Program makes exception for pair of seized horses

By Stephanie Rice January 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Members of the Adopt-a-Horse program, who have rehabilitated and found homes for more than 100 horses since 2007, accept only neglected and abused horses seized by Clark County Animal Control.

Vancouver efforts for growth get new leader

By Stephanie Rice January 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver has hired a new economic development division manager.

AG: local jurisdictions can effectively ban pot businesses

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice January 16, 2014 6:57 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday that local jurisdictions have the authority to shut out licensed marijuana businesses.

Jail to aid inmates who are mentally ill

By Stephanie Rice January 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Inmates who have a history of mental illness will receive additional assistance from the Clark County Sheriff's Office, which runs the county jail.

Vancouver likely to follow state law on pot businesses

By Stephanie Rice January 14, 2014 7:16 p.m.

With uncertainty over how far local jurisdictions can go in regulating state-licensed marijuana businesses, the city of Vancouver seems likely to simply follow state law.

Clark County may ban pot until feds legalize it

By Stephanie Rice January 8, 2014 8:27 p.m.

County commissioners say they want to follow Pierce County's lead on handling marijuana