Mental health court a 'safe zone' of help

By Stephanie Rice September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Tracey Anne Green walks 9 miles round-trip to make her Clark County Mental Health Court appearances.

Local delegation supports proposed state law on massage businesses

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.

Bus tour gives Vancouver councilors close look at streets

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.

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

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).

Deal reached to demolish Centennial Center

By Stephanie Rice September 16, 2014 8:01 a.m.

The Centennial Center, part of the 1962-built Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will be demolished for the extension of Columbia Way.

Centennial Center will be demolished

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

The Centennial Center, part of the 1962-built Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will be demolished for the extension of Columbia Way.

New sites eyed for fire stations

By Stephanie Rice September 15, 2014 10:06 p.m.

Two west-side Vancouver fire stations will be rebuilt in new locations, and the change will improve response times at a total of four stations, according to a city analysis.

Vancouver fire chief saves choking man

By Stephanie Rice September 15, 2014 8:41 p.m.

As chief of the Vancouver Fire Department, Joe Molina doesn't go out on calls.

Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

By Stephanie Rice September 11, 2014 9:36 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.

Vancouver council sets emergency meeting on oil moratorium

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice September 10, 2014 6:51 p.m.

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.

Shooting spurs lawsuit against local SWAT

By Erin Middlewood and Stephanie Rice September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

A Ridgefield woman’s federal lawsuit calls into question the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team’s training and operations.

SWAT: Under scrutiny, focused on safety

By Erin Middlewood and Stephanie Rice September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

The images of police in body armor and ballistic helmets clashing with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., in recent weeks have raised concerns about the militarization of law enforcement.

Officer's promotion follows road back from low point

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.

Councilors pleased with VPD chief's work

By Stephanie Rice August 25, 2014 8:56 p.m.

After eight months on the job, Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain has the department headed in the right direction, city councilors agreed Monday after hearing an update on structural and operational changes.

Chalk the Walks event spreads its message of good will

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.

Retailers must move drug paraphernalia from easy view

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.

New laws target growth of graffiti

By Stephanie Rice August 18, 2014 9:52 p.m.

New criminal and civil codes geared toward fighting a growing graffiti problem were approved Monday by the Vancouver City Council.

New snag for bridge plan?

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A mixed-use development at Southeast 192nd Avenue just north of Highway 14 appears to illustrate another problem for Clark County Commissioner David Madore's east county bridge proposal.

Contract awarded for waterfront project

By Stephanie Rice August 13, 2014 5:59 p.m.

Nutter Corp. was awarded an $850,950 contract Tuesday by the Port of Vancouver for phase one of infrastructure improvements necessary for a proposed waterfront development.

Vancouver Fire Department exceeds response goals

By Stephanie Rice August 11, 2014 10:32 p.m.

The Vancouver Fire Department has been exceeding emergency response time goals adopted by the city council last year, Chief Joe Molina said Monday.

'Back in the Day,' forging ahead

By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Back in the day, Little Curtis & the Blues often performed at the Trapadero Club, a city-sponsored teen hangout in downtown Vancouver.

Remains of missing climber discovered on Mount St. Helens

By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Remains believed to be Yosuke Onishi, missing since November

New plaque marks Esther Short Park honor

By Stephanie Rice August 4, 2014 10:08 p.m.

A bronze plaque commemorating Esther Short Park's inclusion among Great Public Spaces has been installed in the park's southeast corner, near the base of the bell tower.

Vancouver will explore use of 'safe, sane' fireworks year-round

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.

Vancouver samples a parking-meter app plan

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.

Tickets for fireworks use shock people

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Growing up in Vancouver, Alexandria Roberts would set off fireworks July 3 before traveling with her family to the coast for the holiday.

Reports of dogs left in hot cars rise in Clark County

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.

Mural is students' artful approach to graffiti problem

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.

'Portlandia' films at PeaceHealth Southwest

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.

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.

A firefighter's final farewell  

By Stephanie Rice June 16, 2014 9:40 p.m.

Vancouver Fire Capt. Gregg Roberts spoke openly about his faith in God and kept a large-print Bible on his nightstand that he could read without using his glasses.

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.