Officials: United Grain fire unintentional

By Stevie Mathieu April 21, 2014 8:34 p.m.

A fire that started Sunday evening in a grain elevator at United Grain was unintentional and caused no damage other than business interruption, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said after reviewing logs kept by the Vancouver Fire Department.

Fire sparks in United Grain Corp. elevator

By Stevie Mathieu April 20, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Vancouver firefighters doused a fire reported tonight in a grain elevator at United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver.

Easter egg hunt 'fun but pure chaos'

By Stevie Mathieu April 20, 2014 7:02 p.m.

They came with baskets but left with candy Sunday afternoon at Crown Park in Camas.

Two hospitalized after high-velocity, rear-end collision

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 10:17 p.m.

Two people were hospitalized Sunday evening after a high-velocity, rear-end vehicle crash sent an SUV over a guardrail near the Salmon Creek trailhead in Felida, according to Clark County Fire District 6.

Camas to rise again in Ridgefield

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 8:55 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Visitors to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Sunday didn't just learn how native tribes incorporated roots of the camas plant into their diets. They had a chance to get their hands dirty as they planted dozens of the purple-flowering bulbs in a field overlooking the plankhouse, centuries-old oak trees and the Columbia River.

Truck takes off following collision

By Stevie Mathieu April 13, 2014 7 p.m.

Two women sustained minor injuries Sunday when a pickup truck, which later fled the scene, hit the vehicle they were in, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Woman injured in I-5 crash improving

By Stevie Mathieu April 9, 2014 9:06 p.m.

The condition of a Bellingham woman is improving after she sustained injuries Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield.

Woman injured Monday in I-5 crash improving

By Stevie Mathieu April 9, 2014 8:55 p.m.

The condition of a Bellingham woman is improving after she sustained injuries Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield.

Alpacas habit-forming for owners, admirers

By Stevie Mathieu April 6, 2014 6:04 p.m.

It started out small. Albert and Kris Olson moved to San Juan Island to enjoy retirement, and they found themselves living down the street from an alpaca farm. The couple, who previously worked as auto parts dealers, decided it would be fun to get some of the fluffy, doe-eyed livestock for themselves. They bought two males.

Quilting part of fabric of Amboy's history

By Stevie Mathieu March 30, 2014 9:42 p.m.

AMBOY — Years ago, quilt makers in this area would piece together colorful fabric blankets for employees at Amboy Middle School. If a teacher was expecting a baby, she'd get a quilt. If a staff member was retiring, a quilt was one of the parting gifts.

Time capsule packed with memories of 1994

By Stevie Mathieu March 23, 2014 8:48 p.m.

When Michael Terry was a third-grader at Salmon Creek Elementary School, he wanted to grow up to be a professional athlete, have a wife and three kids, "lots and lots of money," and, when his athletic career wound down, he would open a trading cards shop.

WSP identifies motorcyclist who died Saturday

By Stevie Mathieu March 23, 2014 9:01 a.m.

A La Center man died in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 Saturday night after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving, was flung from the motorcycle and struck by a nearby car, according to Washington State Patrol.

Fire damages double-wide near Dollars Corner

By Stevie Mathieu March 19, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Flames gutted the kitchen of a double-wide manufactured home in the Battle Ground area tonight in a fire that displaced the home’s residents.

Burkman takes stand against oil facility

By Stevie Mathieu March 17, 2014 9:20 p.m.

Vancouver City Councilman Jack Burkman came out in opposition Monday night to a planned oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver, saying the controversial proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies is “the wrong project, the wrong place, the wrong time.”

Three-alarm fire rips through Hazel Dell apartments

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu March 16, 2014 10:34 a.m.

A three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to a Hazel Dell apartment complex before dawn Sunday.

Police investigating hit-run at Fourth Plain and Andresen

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Stevie Mathieu March 13, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Vancouver police arrested a Yacolt man following a hit-and-run crash that left a man seriously injured early Thursday morning at Fourth Plain Boulevard at Northeast Andresen Road.

Single father breaks ground on new Habitat house

By Stevie Mathieu March 9, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Doug West didn't give up. A single father of two teenagers, he shared a room in a two-bedroom rental, and home ownership was only a dream. He applied for the Habitat for Humanity program but lost his job in the construction industry while he was in the application process. Employment is a requirement for the program, which helps struggling families become homeowners.

Hollywood glitz, glamour at Kiggins

By Stevie Mathieu March 2, 2014 9:13 p.m.

As celebrities strutted down the red carpet today at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver hosted a glamorous gathering of its own.

Woman injured in wrong-way crash upgraded to serious condition

By Stevie Mathieu March 2, 2014 7:51 p.m.

The La Center woman injured Friday in a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield was listed in serious condition on Sunday.

Three hospitalized after crash on Highway 14

By Stevie Mathieu March 2, 2014 7:05 p.m.

A vehicle collision on state Highway 14 in west Skamania County sent three people to the hospital Sunday morning, after a one driver stopped to avoid a tree on the highway, according to Washington State Patrol.

Orchestral Chaplin: The sounds of the silents

By Stevie Mathieu February 23, 2014 8:54 p.m.

Old met new on Sunday as Cinetopia's state-of-the art theater played Charlie Chaplin's silent film "The Gold Rush," complete with a live orchestra.

Arrest made in Woodland hotel robbery

By Stevie Mathieu February 23, 2014 7:29 p.m.

Portland police arrested a man Friday they say is connected to a string of armed hotel robberies, including one in Woodland in September.

Dice Age Games a hobby shop that opens up whole new worlds

By Stevie Mathieu February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

When Roy Starkweather was a teenager, he hung out in a hobby shop that sold model airplanes, trains and cars. He couldn’t believe the hobby shop owners actually got to work there and get paid for it.

Young Artists Competition features performances of note

By Stevie Mathieu February 16, 2014 8:34 p.m.

The sound of young talent filled the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.

Pedestrian struck, injured in Hazel Dell

By Stevie Mathieu February 16, 2014 7:24 p.m.

A pedestrian was struck by a car and injured early Sunday morning when she crossed Highway 99 in Hazel Dell without using a crosswalk, Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Brian Johnson said.

School levies have mixed success in special election

By Stevie Mathieu February 11, 2014 9:40 p.m.

Voters approved two Washougal School District levies, one to pay for new technologies and the other to pay for school maintenance and operations, according to preliminary results for today's special election.

Student with knife detained at Chief Umtuch school in B.G.

By Stevie Mathieu February 11, 2014 3:51 p.m.

A student was detained today at Chief Umtuch Middle School after he brought a folding knife to school grounds, according to officials with the city of Battle Ground.

Rollover crash Sunday night temporarily closes I-205 northbound

By Stevie Mathieu February 9, 2014 10:39 p.m.

A rollover crash Sunday night in Vancouver temporarily closed all northbound lanes of Interstate 205.

Commute begins without freezing rain

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu February 10, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Many schools in the area are closed today, and weather forecasters say the morning commute could still be dicey in spots as a series of storms is finally replaced with sweet rain.

Game not on everyone's must-see list in county

By Stevie Mathieu February 2, 2014 10:11 p.m.

Not everyone in Clark County was glued to a television Sunday afternoon to watch the Seattle Seahawks capture the team's first Super Bowl victory.

Former WSP lieutenant arrested on suspicion of sex abuse

By Stevie Mathieu January 30, 2014 10:26 a.m.

A former Washington State Patrol lieutenant who worked in Southwest Washington was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges related to sex abuse.

Big plans afoot for hiking trails

By Stevie Mathieu January 27, 2014 6 a.m.

With determination and careful planning, the Columbia River Gorge is set to become a worldwide hiking destination that could give a big economic boost to businesses in gorge communities.

Police release new armed robbery photo

By Stevie Mathieu January 26, 2014 9:19 p.m.

Vancouver police released a photo Sunday of a person they say was involved in an armed robbery over the weekend.

Police: Man sought for flashing bikini barista in Kalama

By Stevie Mathieu January 21, 2014 6:05 p.m.

Police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a bikini barista on Monday in Kalama.

Motorcyclist dies in vehicle crash involving Ridgefield woman

By Stevie Mathieu January 21, 2014 4:29 p.m.

A Ridgefield woman was cited for careless driving and failing to yield the right of way after a vehicle she was driving collided on Friday with a motorcycle in Milwaukie, Ore., according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The motorcycle's driver died of his injuries after being sent to the hospital.

Hit-and-run collision kills 1, injures 2 in Vancouver

By Stevie Mathieu January 19, 2014 10:14 p.m.

One person died and two were sent to the hospital Sunday night after a driver struck three pedestrians with a pickup truck in Vancouver and then fled the scene, according to Vancouver police.

Hobby dispenses much joy

By Stevie Mathieu January 19, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Alan Soles' interest in Pez dispensers began small. He was perusing a garage sale when one of the plastic candy containers caught his eye. It reminded him of his childhood, and it was only 25 cents.

Backyard a target for speeding vehicles

By Stevie Mathieu January 15, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The first time someone drove through Ryan Euverman's fence, it might have been a fluke.

Sen. Murray touts $65 million for CRC

By Stevie Mathieu January 14, 2014 8:19 p.m.

Federal money is available for the Columbia River Crossing project, should local leaders choose to move forward with the plan to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Tuesday.

Police look into report of explosion at Rose Village house

By Stevie Mathieu January 12, 2014 10:29 p.m.

Police are investigating a reported explosion that injured one person Sunday evening in a home in Vancouver's Rose Village neighborhood.

Engaged couples find inspiration at wedding show

By Stevie Mathieu January 12, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Scott Cook hasn't popped the question yet to his girlfriend, Brittany Weber, but the two were looking for something inexpensive to do on a dreary Sunday in January, and they decided a wedding expo would be fun.

Clark County's state legislators primed for start of busy session

By Stevie Mathieu January 12, 2014 6 a.m.

There are plenty of unknowns heading into the 2014 legislative session, which kicks off Monday in Olympia, but road improvements, government spending, health care and marijuana are likely to top the agenda, lawmakers from Clark County say.

Report: Benton, Rivers both at fault for spats in the Legislature

By Stevie Mathieu January 6, 2014 3:42 p.m.

State Sen. Don Benton shares blame for a series of unprofessional spats he had last year with Sen. Ann Rivers, administration officials with the Washington Legislature have ruled.

The geography of voter sentiment

By Stevie Mathieu January 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt's biggest regions of support in the 2013 general election were in western and southern Vancouver, while his unsuccessful challenger, Vancouver City Councilman Bill Turlay, pulled stronger election numbers in the city's northeast region.

Wind advisory in effect for east Clark County tonight, tomorrow

By Stevie Mathieu January 5, 2014 4:48 p.m.

Camas and Washougal remain under a wind advisory Sunday night and Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Fallen tree, power line blocks Vancouver street

By Stevie Mathieu January 5, 2014 10:53 p.m.

A botched excavation job sent a 110-foot tree crashing onto a residential street in east Vancouver Sunday afternoon. The tree brought down a nearby power line, startled onlookers and caused Vancouver police to close the street for hours.

Teen substance use fight goes on

By Stevie Mathieu January 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Just because adults 21 and older are allowed to smoke pot in Washington, it doesn't mean marijuana is any less damaging to children and teens.

Fish & Wildlife office seeks more spacious digs

By Stevie Mathieu December 25, 2013 2:56 p.m.

Space is hard to come by at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Vancouver office.

County GOP chair says she'll run against Stonier

By Stevie Mathieu December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Business owner and Clark County GOP chairwoman Lynda Wilson announced Thursday that she's running to unseat state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, in 2014.

Five Vancouver residents injured Thursday in Oregon vehicle crash

By Stevie Mathieu December 20, 2013 2 p.m.

Six people were hospitalized Thursday after a pickup crossed the center line on state Highway 30 near Astoria, Ore., and hit a vehicle containing three adults and two children, all of whom are from Vancouver. Oregon State Police is investigating whether the truck's driver had been drinking.