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.

Inslee unveils modest budget plan

By Stevie Mathieu December 17, 2013 7:46 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider what he calls a modest supplemental budget for 2014, and he warned that legislators should ready themselves for much greater budget challenges in 2015.

Local lawmakers leery of roads package

By Stevie Mathieu December 11, 2013 8:12 p.m.

Several state legislators from Clark County remain apprehensive about supporting a transportation plan that would raise gas taxes but include little in projects for Southwest Washington, they told business and community leaders Wednesday morning.

Herrera Beutler brings daughter home to Camas

By Stevie Mathieu December 11, 2013 4:07 p.m.

After spending months under the supervision of doctors in California, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's infant daughter got to come home to Camas this week.

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.