By Stevie Mathieu July 23, 2013 6 a.m.
State Rep. Paul Harris said legislators did the right thing this year by killing a proposal to raise the gas tax by more than 10 cents a gallon, but they still failed to approve an alternative plan to raise money for much-needed transportation projects around the state.
The perfect storm of financial woes that most recently prompted the city of Detroit's history-setting bankruptcy is not foreseen for governments in Clark County, officials and financial experts say.
By Stevie Mathieu July 19, 2013 9:32 p.m.
Just weeks after the demise of the Columbia River Crossing project, a bipartisan group of Southwest Washington lawmakers is asking state transportation officials to regroup and discuss a new solution for updating the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River.
By Stevie Mathieu July 11, 2013 5:15 p.m.
As immigration reform discussions reach a critical juncture in Congress, immigrant rights advocates are asking small business owners in Clark County to express their support for a law that makes it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship.
By Stevie Mathieu July 9, 2013 8:18 p.m.
While state Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, said he's frustrated with how long it took state lawmakers to pass a budget this year, he said Sen. Rodney Tom's idea to fine sluggish lawmakers is the wrong approach to solving the problem.
By Stevie Mathieu July 2, 2013 9:16 p.m.
The law does not necessarily require C-Tran to get voter approval when financing light rail or bus rapid transit, according to a formal opinion issued Monday by the state Attorney General.
By Stevie Mathieu July 1, 2013 10:51 p.m.
Money to rebuild Vancouver's Crestline Elementary School, to build an airplane hangar and a cosmetology building at the Clark County Skills Center, and to start a community garden in West Vancouver are just some local projects in the state's new two-year, $3.6 billion capital budget.
By Stevie Mathieu July 1, 2013 9:20 p.m.
Lawmakers from Clark County floated all kinds of ideas Monday about what the Columbia River Crossing project's death means for Southwest Washington, and where the community should go from here.
By Stevie Mathieu June 29, 2013 6 a.m.
A new parking garage at the Vancouver Community Library looked more likely this week, when a bill to boost the Library Square project passed through the state's House and Senate. The measure still requires Gov. Jay Inslee's signature.
By Stevie Mathieu June 27, 2013 7:15 p.m.
As details of a state budget deal emerged Thursday, it appeared Southwest Washington business leaders could breathe a sigh of relief.
By Stevie Mathieu June 27, 2013 8:43 p.m.
After House Democrats failed to pass part of a $10 billion transportation package Wednesday, they tried again and succeeded today. The package raises enough money to pay $450 million toward the Columbia River Crossing project.
State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, is taking heat for a Facebook post in which she tells teachers to pick a different profession if they have a problem with their pay.
By Stevie Mathieu June 24, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Former Republican Sen. Cheryl Pflug says senator berated her with F-bombs after same-sex marriage vote
By Stevie Mathieu June 22, 2013 7:24 p.m.
Juneteenth, the oldest annual celebration of the end of slavery in America, arrived in Vancouver on Saturday, when the local chapter of the NAACP gathered at Marine Park to acknowledge the historic event with song, poetry and an official nod from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
By Stevie Mathieu June 22, 2013 6:46 p.m.
A frazzled Kristen Ah Yek received some good news from police on Thursday afternoon.
By Stevie Mathieu June 21, 2013 7:05 p.m.
State Sen. Don Benton allegedly refused to leave Sen. Ann Rivers alone, and called her "weird" multiple times before she cursed at him during an altercation on the Senate floor in April, according to Rivers' account of the exchange.
By Stevie Mathieu June 20, 2013 8:19 p.m.
Agencies with a stake in operating the Pearson Air Museum have entered into formal mediation talks, prompting U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to hit the pause button on her legislative solution for the dispute, her office said Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, issued a statement Tuesday reiterating that the Columbia River Crossing project must meet all of its funding and permitting requirements before it is eligible for federal dollars.
By Stevie Mathieu June 14, 2013 8:34 p.m.
Pointing out the recent collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said Friday that opponents of the Columbia River Crossing project need to stop and think about what could happen if officials fail to replace the I-5 Bridge over the Columbia River.
By Stevie Mathieu June 10, 2013 10:06 p.m.
Several legislators from Southwest Washington agreed on one thing Monday: it's likely the Legislature will require double overtime to pass a state operating budget. They didn't agree, however, on who's responsible for the gridlock.
The first of two Columbia River Crossing meetings sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard begins at 5 p.m. today.
By Stevie Mathieu June 1, 2013 4:32 p.m.
Those passionate about the Columbia River Crossing project, mark your calendars: The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a public meeting on the transportation project Wednesday evening at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. in Vancouver.
By Stevie Mathieu May 31, 2013 12:11 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard will seek public comment about the controversial Columbia River Crossing project Wednesday evening at the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel, 301 W. Sixth St. in Vancouver.
By Stevie Mathieu May 28, 2013 7:57 p.m.
Both spans of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River are considered "fracture critical" by the Oregon Department of Transportation, meaning if one crucial part of the bridge sustains a big enough blow, the bridge could collapse.
By Stevie Mathieu May 22, 2013 7:29 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler moved legislation on Wednesday cautioning the U.S. Coast Guard to think twice about granting a permit for a new Columbia River bridge if it restricts river traffic.
By Stevie Mathieu May 21, 2013 10:49 p.m.
Citing several unanswered questions about the Columbia River Crossing project, the C-Tran board decided Tuesday evening to put off a decision about whether it should reaffirm its commitment to the controversial project.
By Stevie Mathieu May 21, 2013 5:59 p.m.
An estimated 2,500 Clark County residents received a 21 percent reduction to their federal unemployment benefits over the weekend, demonstrating one more way across-the-board federal spending cuts could slow Clark County's economic growth, a regional economist says.
By Stevie Mathieu May 16, 2013 9:10 p.m.
Humanitarianism, women’s rights and military sexual assault were all topics discussed on Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.
By Stevie Mathieu May 14, 2013 5:14 p.m.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that allows small movie houses, such as the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver and the Liberty Theatre in Camas, to serve beer and wine in their auditoriums even when children are present.
By Stevie Mathieu May 14, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Oregon Iron Works, one of the companies that would be negatively impacted by the Columbia River Crossing project, is close to reaching a mitigation deal with the CRC, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said this week.
As legislators face a decision on whether to commit $450 million this year toward the Columbia River Crossing project, lobbying and advertising efforts have increased ahead of a special legislative session that begins today.
By Stevie Mathieu May 8, 2013 8:33 p.m.
The Columbia River Crossing project does not need another investigation, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote recently in a letter to conservative leadership in the state Senate.
By Stevie Mathieu May 1, 2013 10:50 p.m.
Vancouver Interim Police Chief Chris Sutter and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt want residents to know that even if they aren’t U.S. citizens, they’re still important members of the community who deserve access to public services and American opportunities.
By Stevie Mathieu April 28, 2013 10:31 p.m.
The Washington Legislature this afternoon approved a compromise transportation budget, which includes $81.7 million for the Columbia River Crossing project, as well places some conditions on the CRC.
By Stevie Mathieu April 25, 2013 3:14 p.m.
A proposal to repeal the retail sales-tax break Oregon shoppers get in Washington advanced Wednesday through the Washington House of Representatives, but not before the bill was tweaked to give Oregon shoppers a rebate option for the sales tax they would pay. The bill now heads to the Senate.
By Stevie Mathieu April 24, 2013 8:54 p.m.
Oregon officials won’t support a Columbia River Crossing alternative that excludes light rail, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s spokesman said Wednesday, adding that removing light rail will kill the project.
By Stevie Mathieu April 20, 2013 10:28 a.m.
An Oregon man who allegedly abused medical marijuana laws to sell large amounts of pot was sentenced for the crimes on Wednesday in a U.S. District Court in Portland.