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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Remains believed to be Yosuke Onishi, missing since November
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.