Public records lawsuit against county withdrawn

By Stevie Mathieu December 11, 2013 2:09 p.m.

The Vancouver man who filed a lawsuit against Clark County on Tuesday for allegedly failing to respond to his public records request dismissed the suit on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

Records for Benton's hire prompt lawsuit

By Stevie Mathieu December 10, 2013 7:32 p.m.

A Vancouver man is suing Clark County for allegedly stonewalling a public records request he says would shed light on why county commissioners hired Don Benton to head the Environmental Services Department.

Ridgefield Democrat announces run against Herrera Beutler

By Stevie Mathieu December 9, 2013 7:11 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has another challenger in 2014. Democrat Bob Dingethal, 57, of Ridgefield, announced Monday afternoon that he’s running for the 3rd District House seat because “our Congress is dysfunctional.”

Upon review, it's board incumbent

By Stevie Mathieu December 6, 2013 10:37 p.m.

Following a hand recount of ballots, incumbent Julie Bocanegra emerged victorious on Friday in her Nov. 5 Evergreen school board race. She bested challenger Daniel Poletti by just 91 votes.

Draft transportation plan includes little money for Southwest Washington

By Stevie Mathieu December 3, 2013 8:24 p.m.

Details are sparse on negotiations over a state transportation package that would raise the gas tax and pay for new projects across the state, but a recent draft circulated among lawmakers included less money for Southwest Washington than other parts of the state.

Waitress receives more generosity after $700 tip

By Stevie Mathieu December 3, 2013 6:01 p.m.

The generosity is continuing for Rosie Salice, the restaurant server who received a $700 check Sunday from a customer she'd never met before.

$700 tip shocks Vancouver waitress

By Stevie Mathieu December 2, 2013 8:22 p.m.

Restaurant server Rosie Salice was happy to receive a customer's compliment on her raw crystal necklace, a piece of jewelry she made by hand, but the customer's kindness on Sunday didn't stop there.

'Nan now' a leader again as county plans its future

By Stevie Mathieu November 30, 2013 9:14 p.m.

Forget about the Columbia River Crossing, C-Tran's light rail decisions and whether county commissioners should have hired state Sen. Don Benton to head the Environmental Services Department. All of that should be irrelevant to the group of 15 freeholders tasked with drafting new rules for Clark County government.

Evergreen schools race heads for recount

By Stevie Mathieu November 26, 2013 6:15 p.m.

One school board race in Vancouver is so close that Clark County elections officials will need to recount the ballots by hand, they announced Tuesday, when the canvassing board certified Nov. 5 election results.

Congresswoman's daughter may be home by Christmas

By Stevie Mathieu November 25, 2013 5:59 p.m.

The infant daughter of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was moved from the hospital to an outpatient facility in California last week, and the Camas Republican hopes she can bring her daughter home to Southwest Washington by Christmas, her spokesman said Monday.

State transportation plan has 'pittance' for Clark County

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

Southwest Washington's share of money in the latest draft of a statewide transportation plan is a "pittance" when compared to the amount of money going to other parts of the state, Identity Clark County executive director Paul Montague told lawmakers Thursday in Olympia.

Transportation draft raises concerns

By Stevie Mathieu November 16, 2013 7:09 p.m.

A new draft of a transportation revenue package is circulating among state lawmakers, but its shortage of money for Clark County projects is raising concerns in Southwest Washington.

Washington lawmakers earns high rating for fighting sex trafficking

By Stevie Mathieu November 12, 2013 5:46 p.m.

The Washington Legislature is a leader in the fight to end sex trafficking, earning an A grade, Vancouver-based Shared Hope International announced Tuesday. Washington shares the top grade with just two other states, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Aerospace bills draw some local 'no' votes

By Stevie Mathieu November 11, 2013 7:45 p.m.

Most state legislators representing Clark County voted Saturday in favor of two bills to help keep aerospace jobs in Washington, but there were three who didn't agree with one measure or the other. Both bills passed easily on Saturday and were signed into law Monday.

Most races decided in 2013 election

By Erik Hidle and Stevie Mathieu November 8, 2013 5:51 p.m.

The bulk of the races from Tuesday’s general election have been decided after 9,249 more ballots were counted Friday, leaving an estimated 1,500 ballots still to be counted in the election.

Clark County legislators cautious on Boeing incentives

By Stevie Mathieu November 7, 2013 9:04 p.m.

Several legislators from Southwest Washington said they like at least some parts of the Boeing incentives package they were called to Olympia to approve, but they're still undecided on the plan and some are unhappy with how hastily the special session was pulled together.

Voters favor fireworks curbs in Clark County

By Stevie Mathieu November 5, 2013 11:04 p.m.

Clark County voters seem to support stricter limits on when fireworks can be sold and used, according to preliminary election results released Tuesday night. They also said, through other advisory votes, they want to be consulted on transit issues.

Journalist tackles sex trafficking

By Stevie Mathieu November 4, 2013 10:37 p.m.

It might be difficult for the average American to understand the problem of sex trafficking, or to notice it when it’s happening, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said during a visit Monday night to Washington State University Vancouver.

Deadline nears for last-minute voters

By Stevie Mathieu November 4, 2013 4:14 p.m.

Tuesday is the last chance for voters to have their say on city council races, school board positions, two statewide initiatives, several non-binding advisory votes, and who should help draft new rules for Clark County government.

Former Clark County resident was at LAX terminal during shooting

By Stevie Mathieu November 2, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Joseph James, a former Clark County resident and legislative candidate, was just about to leave Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning when a loud sound stopped him in his tracks.

Former Clark County man caught in LAX chaos

By Stevie Mathieu November 1, 2013 5:38 p.m.

A former Clark County resident and legislative candidate was one of those inside LAX Terminal 3 when a shooter opened fire Friday.

Vancouver hires new police chief

By Stevie Mathieu November 1, 2013 3:50 p.m.

James McElvain will be Vancouver's new police chief, city officials announced Friday.

Rep. Pike shares regulatory reform wish list at 'Business Kitchen Cabinet'

By Stevie Mathieu October 30, 2013 7:07 p.m.

CAMAS — State Rep. Liz Pike on Wednesday shared a wish list with Clark County business leaders of the regulatory reforms she hopes to pass during future legislative sessions.

Herrera Beutler draws Republican challenger in 2014

By Stevie Mathieu October 28, 2013 5:16 p.m.

A Republican has emerged to challenge U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 2014 election. Former Washougal City Councilman Michael Delavar, a board member of the Clark County Republican Party, announced over the weekend that he intends to run against the Camas Republican.

Woman takes on red tape of U.S. immigration law

By Stevie Mathieu October 25, 2013 7:17 p.m.

Confused, Karen Byrne rattled off her life story to a U.S. customs official as the two sat in an interview room at the Dublin airport.

PDC exempts Benton from some public disclosure rules

By Stevie Mathieu October 24, 2013 3:20 p.m.

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, does not need to disclose most of his sales consulting business’s top clients, the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission ruled Thursday.

Democrats Moeller, Wylie, Cleveland say revived CRC faces long odds

By Stevie Mathieu October 22, 2013 8:29 p.m.

State legislators from Vancouver's 49th Legislative District, who have long supported the Columbia River Crossing project, appear to view the scaled-back, Oregon-led CRC as a long shot.

Washington's GMO vote will be scrutinized nationally

By Stevie Mathieu October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Supporters and opponents of labeling genetically engineered food will watch the Evergreen State closely Nov. 5, when Washington voters decide whether many genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, sold here should include such information on their packaging.

Two injured in three-car pileup on Hwy. 14

By Stevie Mathieu October 20, 2013 12:05 a.m.

Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a driver who was reportedly following too closely to the car in front of her started a three-car pileup westbound on state Highway 14 near Interstate 5, according to Washington State Patrol.

Vancouver woman dies after vehicle hits tree

By Stevie Mathieu October 20, 2013 12:03 a.m.

A 57-year-old Vancouver women died Saturday morning from injuries she suffered when her vehicle hit a tree in Camas.

Police dog Dingo's work is done

By Stevie Mathieu October 19, 2013 10:12 p.m.

After years of sniffing out drugs, Dingo, a 9-year-old police dog with the Washougal Police Department, will retire to a relaxing life on the couch, his owner said Saturday morning at the dog's retirement party.

Two injured in three-car pileup on state Highway 14

By Stevie Mathieu October 19, 2013 5:22 p.m.

Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a driver who was following too closely to the car in front of her caused a three-car pileup westbound on state Route 14 near Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Vancouver woman dies after vehicle crashes into tree in Camas

By Stevie Mathieu October 19, 2013 4:14 p.m.

A 57-year-old Vancouver women died Saturday morning from injuries sustained when her car hit a tree on the south side of Pacific Rim Boulevard in Camas.

Clark County GOP chides Herrera Beutler for budget, debt vote

By Stevie Mathieu October 18, 2013 4:45 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is under fire from Clark County GOP board members for her vote on Wednesday to end the partial government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

Washington lawmakers don't want shutdown sequels

By Stevie Mathieu October 17, 2013 9:05 p.m.

As federal employees returned to work on Thursday and many national parks reopened, a common theme emerged among elected officials and those impacted by the 16-day government shutdown: We can't keep doing this.

Oregon Senate leader doesn't want CRC special session

By Stevie Mathieu October 16, 2013 8:28 p.m.

Oregon Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem and Senate president, announced Wednesday that he isn’t on board with convening a special session this year to approve Oregon money for the embattled Columbia River Crossing project.

Herrera Beutler on House GOP: ‘It’s time for my colleagues to face reality’

By Stevie Mathieu October 15, 2013 6:21 p.m.

As the federal government shutdown entered its third week, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Tuesday that it's time for her Republican colleagues in the House to support a spending plan that doesn’t attack health care reform.

First-term incumbent faces former police chief

By Stevie Mathieu October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

First-term La Center City Councilman Al Luiz faces challenger Tim Hopkin, the city's former police chief, in his bid for re-election this fall.

Ridgefield candidates bring experience

By Stevie Mathieu October 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Ridgefield voters will decide between two experienced city councilwomen this fall in the city's Position 7 council race.

Schools impress legislative guests

By Stevie Mathieu October 8, 2013 9:44 p.m.

The Vancouver community's love for its schools was on display for state lawmakers Tuesday, as several members of the House Education Committee toured the city's schools to learn more about their education programs.

Residents speak out on transportation issues

By Stevie Mathieu October 7, 2013 10:47 p.m.

As Washington lawmakers gear up once again to consider a transportation package in Olympia, a group of them listened on Monday to what Southwest Washington residents had to say about their transportation needs, and a potential gas tax increase.

Federal workers in region assess effects of shutdown

By Stevie Mathieu October 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Signs of a partial government shutdown reached Southwest Washington on Tuesday, as Congress debated how to get federal agencies running again.

Clark County federal workers brace for possibility of government shutdown

By Stevie Mathieu September 27, 2013 8:49 p.m.

Whether the U.S. government will partially shut down Tuesday is still anyone's guess, but federal workers in Clark County are preparing for the worst.

Resident council steps up at Highland Park apartments

By Stevie Mathieu September 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Living in the Highland Park apartments wasn't what many residents hoped it would be.

Clark County's GOP takes new path

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

The lineup of speakers at the Clark County GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner this spring signaled that change was afoot within the local party.

Herrera Beutler backs defunding Obamacare

By Stevie Mathieu September 18, 2013 9:42 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler supports a Republican spending plan that eliminates funding for the 2010 health care reforms Congress and the president approved in 2010, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Herrera Beutler seeks CRC info

By Stevie Mathieu September 13, 2013 8:25 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, told the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday that she has concerns with an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing plan.

Herrera Beutler says revived CRC plan doesn't qualify for federal money

By Stevie Mathieu September 11, 2013 7:24 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler reminded U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday that a last-ditch effort to revive the Columbia River Crossing project still must overcome some difficult hurdles before it receives federal money.

Herrera Beutler leans toward voting no on Syria military strike  

By Stevie Mathieu September 9, 2013 7:47 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Monday she's still leaning toward a no vote on whether the U.S. should launch a military strike against Syria to punish the regime for allegedly using chemical weapons against its own citizens.

Herrera Beutler tells her daughter's story on 'Today'

By Stevie Mathieu September 6, 2013 7:56 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler relived the moment her unborn daughter was diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome during an interview Friday morning on NBC's "Today" show. She also said her daughter, now about seven weeks old, is starting to act more and more like a typical baby.