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.

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.