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.
By Stevie Mathieu April 18, 2013 6:58 p.m.
The Senate's bare-bones transportation budget plan now would require a state audit of the Columbia River Crossing, thanks to an amendment added to the budget proposal Thursday morning. The budget proposal also would place conditions on when the megaproject could receive more money to cover its ongoing planning costs.
By Stevie Mathieu April 16, 2013 6:40 p.m.
House Democrats today released a scaled-back version of the transportation revenue package they unveiled earlier this session. The new version still includes $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing.
By Stevie Mathieu April 9, 2013 8:19 p.m.
Upgrading the Children's Center in Vancouver and preserving Vancouver's historic Academy building are projects Washington senators hope to invest in, according to a capital budget they proposed Tuesday.
By Stevie Mathieu April 4, 2013 8:43 p.m.
OLYMPIA — The Washington state House released a scaled-back transportation budget proposal Thursday, with Transportation Committee chairwoman saying she plans to unveil a revised revenue package to pay for new projects next week.
By Stevie Mathieu March 31, 2013 6 a.m.
Four Clark County movers and shakers have joined forces with a political group aimed at electing more women to local government positions.
By Stevie Mathieu March 28, 2013 8:25 p.m.
One part of Gov. Jay Inslee's budget proposal -- requiring Oregonians to pay retail sales tax when shopping in Washington -- isn't sitting well with business leaders in Southwest Washington.
By Stevie Mathieu March 27, 2013 10:17 p.m.
Superior Court judges from Clark and Cowlitz counties painted pictures of their hectic professional lives on Wednesday evening, as they advocated for a bump in pay before the citizen commission that sets elected officials' salaries.
Although most legislators from other parts of the state have paid little attention to Clark County's transportation needs, the county's legislators, who remain split on the CRC, are telling their versions of the CRC story to fellow lawmakers.
By Stevie Mathieu March 22, 2013 10:04 p.m.
Students and educators from Crestline Elementary School, which burned down last month, received a boost to their spirits Friday afternoon, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited and promised to help them get a new building as soon as possible.
The Columbia River Crossing was far from the only thing on the agenda as legislators from the 18th and 17th legislative district fielded a range of questions during town hall meetings Saturday.
By Stevie Mathieu March 13, 2013 7:19 p.m.
Those rooting for the revival of two-thirds majority votes of the Legislature in order to raise taxes won't get their wish any time soon, as proposals to impose that rule appeared lifeless Wednesday, a pivotal deadline in the Legislature.
By Stevie Mathieu March 12, 2013 3:08 p.m.
Voters' passage of Initiative 1185 this fall means the authority legislators gave the state Transportation Commission to impose tolls on the Columbia River Crossing is no longer valid, Julie Murray, legislative director with the state's Office of Financial Management, told Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, in a March 8 letter.
By Stevie Mathieu March 11, 2013 11:34 p.m.
When voters approved money in 2006 for the new library in downtown Vancouver, they were told that a parking garage would follow with 200 public parking spaces for library patrons. But proponents of the project weren't expecting a recession to hit in 2007.
By Stevie Mathieu March 7, 2013 7:38 p.m.
State House Republicans say they would be more willing to support a broad transportation funding package if the Legislature passes Republican government reforms they say will boost the economy, increase government accountability and save transportation dollars.
By Stevie Mathieu March 5, 2013 9:49 p.m.
Elizabeth Ruiz knows the pain of being ripped from her family. Before the Mexican native obtained legal status in the United States, she was arrested for immigration violations and taken to a detention center in Tacoma.
By Stevie Mathieu March 3, 2013 6:01 a.m.
As the 2013 Washington legislative session nears its halfway mark, the biggest policy battles remain unsettled.
By Stevie Mathieu March 1, 2013 7:01 p.m.
Those trying to predict whether Washington lawmakers will dole out $450 million this year for the Columbia River Crossing might not be any more enlightened Monday, when House Republicans plan to unveil a package of transportation bills.
Some educators and Democratic legislators from Clark County applauded the state Supreme Court's decision Thursday that ruled a two-thirds voting requirement to raise taxes in the Legislature is unconstitutional.
By Stevie Mathieu February 22, 2013 10:10 p.m.
Proposals to make it possible for teachers to arm themselves, to change graduation requirements, and to require parental notifications for abortions have fizzled in the Legislature as a bill cutoff deadline passed Friday.
By Stevie Mathieu February 21, 2013 7:33 p.m.
The state's Department of Ecology is committed to working with Clark County on an alternative way for the county to meet clean-water standards, the department's new director, Maia Bellon, told state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, in a letter Thursday.
By Stevie Mathieu February 21, 2013 3:42 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will meet with her constituents over coffee 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Bill’s Chicken and Steak House, 2200 St Johns Blvd., in Vancouver, she announced Thursday afternoon.
The $450 million in Washington state dollars Columbia River Crossing planners are banking on is included in a transportation revenue package proposed by House Democrats today.
By Stevie Mathieu February 20, 2013 6 a.m.
The Wildwood Park in Vancouver has plenty to offer: playground equipment, swings and a grassy field to run around on. But members of the Wildwood Neighborhood Association noticed recently that the park was becoming rough around the edges.
By Stevie Mathieu February 19, 2013 6 a.m.
A well-meaning law that created stricter penalties for people who knowingly spread HIV to others should be revised to destigmatize those with the illness, says state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.
By Stevie Mathieu February 18, 2013 7:10 p.m.
High school graduation requirements have caught the eye of state Rep. Monica Stonier, who is working on a bill to replace some traditional course requirements with classes specific to a student's career of choice.