GOP adds to claims against Clark County auditor

By Lauren Dake and Tyler Graf December 3, 2014 7:55 p.m.

The Clark County Republican Party added to a list of alleged violations it believes County Auditor Greg Kimsey, himself a Republican, committed in the run-up to the passage of the home-rule charter.

Clark County commissioners approve 'austere' budget

By Tyler Graf December 2, 2014 9:23 p.m.

Clark County Budget Director Bob Stevens on Tuesday told commissioners the two-year budget before them provided "flexibility to react to changing circumstances."

Rivers announces candidacy for top county council spot

By Tyler Graf December 2, 2014 9:27 p.m.

State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, announced Tuesday that she would run for the chairperson position of the newly formed Clark County council.

Parking at premium near Union High

By Tyler Graf November 26, 2014 2 p.m.

Residents of a Clark County subdivision between Vancouver and Camas are considering rules that would dictate who could park in their neighborhood — but their plans might not stop there.

County audit critical of fee waiver for developers

By Craig Brown and Tyler Graf November 25, 2014 4:38 p.m.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Tuesday officially released his department’s report of the county’s Job Creation-Fee Waiver program. The release of the highly critical report had been postponed for weeks due to County Commissioner David Madore’s desire to spearhead an “independent analysis” of the audit’s findings.

Ridgefield, B.G. call out county over zoning

By Tyler Graf November 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The future of a 20-acre swatch of rural land near the intersection of Northeast 219th Street and Northeast 10th Avenue has the cities of Battle Ground and Ridgefield crying foul.

Clark County councilor posts start to draw interest

By Tyler Graf November 20, 2014 8:21 p.m.

In politics, futures change on a dime. And in Clark County, that's abundantly clear. Two weeks after Clark County swept through changes to county governance in the form of a home rule charter, whisper campaigns have begun spreading murmurs about potential candidates considering bids for the two new county council positions created by the charter.

GOP donation complaint under review

By Tyler Graf November 19, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Following a delay, the state Public Disclosure Commission is back to processing a complaint filed against Clark County Commissioner David Madore and developer Clyde Holland, which alleges the two illegally earmarked money contributed to the state Republican Party for commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart's campaign.

New lay of the land for Clark County government

By Tyler Graf November 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The form and function of county government was the issue du jour during the general election, with the topic of whether voters should approve a home-rule charter reaching harried political heights.

Clark County passes panhandling ordinance

By Tyler Graf November 18, 2014 7:09 p.m.

Clark County commissioners Tuesday approved an ordinance explicitly forbidding people from soliciting in streets, following months of discussions and a complete overhaul of what the ordinance originally proposed.

Vancouver Bicycle Club raises safety concerns

By Tyler Graf November 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Glenn Teague admits that he probably made a cyclist's mistake — one that could have cost him dearly.

Party fetes outgoing interim commissioner Barnes

By Tyler Graf November 17, 2014 6:14 p.m.

The days of Ed Barnes, county commissioner, are numbered. Soon, he'll go back to his previous life as a civic leader, rabble rouser and, perhaps most important, granddad.

Energy efficiency program coming to county

By Tyler Graf November 17, 2014 6 a.m.

At the start of the New Year, Clark County will provide homeowners with a new resource in fighting the battle of energy inefficiency.

Clark County Jail plans better services for mentally ill

By Tyler Graf November 14, 2014 8:57 p.m.

When a representative of the National Institute of Corrections visited the Clark County Jail over the summer, she found a detox center in disarray, housing units teeming with inmates, and a facility buckling under the pressure of overcrowding and a lack of direct supervision of inmates.

Commissioners fail to respond to fee-waiver audit

By Tyler Graf November 12, 2014 7:52 p.m.

Mum's the word — at least for now. Clark County commissioners missed Wednesday's deadline to respond to a scathing audit of a year-and-a-half-old county program that eliminates traffic impact and permit fees on nonresidential development. The program, considered a job-creation measure by Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, has been heavily touted by its supporters as a reason for the turnaround in the local economy.

Veterans Day storm downs trees, disrupts power  

By Eric Florip , Emily Gillespie , Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice November 11, 2014 9:21 p.m.

Strong winds have caused trees and limbs to come down, leaving thousands without power due to a swath of outages across Clark County this morning.

County's red side is on the rise after election

By Lauren Dake and Tyler Graf November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

In the wake of Tuesday's election, Clark County's political leadership is as conservative as it's ever been, with Republicans picking up seats formerly held by Democrats.

Gardner congratulates Atkins on sheriff election

By Tyler Graf November 6, 2014 12:07 p.m.

Facing a 12-percentage point deficit in the Clark County sheriff race, Shane Gardner has conceded defeat to Chuck Atkins following the second day’s counting of ballot returns.

Madore accepts 'will of the people'

By Tyler Graf November 5, 2014 8:30 p.m.

The county commissioners are two months away from changing how they do business.

Audit critical of Clark County fee waiver

By Tyler Graf November 5, 2014 7:39 p.m.

A Clark County program that nixed development fees typically used to maintain infrastructure is unsustainable and not cost effective, according to a draft report from the county's auditor's office.

Clark County backs home rule  

By Tyler Graf November 4, 2014 11:20 p.m.

Come Jan. 1, changes will come to county government.At least that's the way it looks after the first election returns Tuesday, which indicated a home rule charter was passing. The charter measure has received 55.79 percent of the vote, with an estimated 45,000 ballots to be counted.

Pridemore leads Stewart in county commissioner race

By Tyler Graf November 4, 2014 10:45 p.m.

Craig Pridemore held a lead over Jeanne Stewart in a Clark County commissioner race pitting two familiar faces.

Bridge advisory measure passing

By Tyler Graf November 4, 2014 10:11 p.m.

An advisory measure asking county commissioners to investigate building a proposed third bridge across the Columbia River was leading Tuesday night.

Tuesday's election generates hype

By Lauren Dake and Tyler Graf November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

With two days remaining until ballots are due, Clark County's 249,277 registered voters have some significant choices before them.

Pridemore campaign opts to run cable TV ad

By Tyler Graf November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Don't adjust your television sets. Yes, both Clark County commissioner candidates are running commercials in a last-minute bid for votes.

Report on fee waivers delayed at Madore's request

By Tyler Graf October 30, 2014 6:16 p.m.

A much talked about but little seen report will stay that way a little while longer. The audit of a Clark County program that eliminates fees for the construction of nonresidential buildings won’t be released for another two weeks, at the behest of Republican Commissioner David Madore.

Commissioners, other officials spar over pay

By Tyler Graf October 28, 2014 6:27 p.m.

Three Clark County officials Tuesday balked at the county commissioners’ proposal to lower pay for the District 3 seat, saying it would also reduce their salaries.

Ann Rivers on home rule charter: I'm neutral

By Tyler Graf October 26, 2014 6 a.m.

State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, is clarifying her position on the proposed home rule charter that she helped craft amid claims that she is actively opposing it.

Former state senator files ethics complaint

By Tyler Graf October 24, 2014 6:22 p.m.

Former state Sen. Al Bauer filed an ethics complaint with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission on Friday alleging that campaign contributions from Clark County Commissioner David Madore and real estate developer Clyde Holland to the state Republican Party were illegally funneled to Jeanne Stewart’s county commissioner campaign.

State GOP support to Stewart hits $89,000

By Tyler Graf October 22, 2014 8:02 p.m.

Money keeps flowing into Republican Clark County commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart's campaign coffers, and that could result in a change to her opponent Craig Pridemore's election strategy.

Sheriff's candidates agree that big changes lie ahead

By Tyler Graf October 22, 2014 6:14 p.m.

When Sheriff Garry Lucas announced earlier in the year he wouldn't seek reelection, questions swirled about who would replace him.

Madore's contribution to state GOP raises eyebrows

By Tyler Graf October 21, 2014 7:05 p.m.

Whether party money taints a politician's credibility as an independent thinker is a question that's long-plagued candidates. Both Stewart and Pridemore have downplayed the partisan nature of the race, saying they were not solely aligned with party politics.

Darby declines to stop suing county

By Tyler Graf October 19, 2014 6:03 p.m.

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is calling a lawsuit filed by anti-government activist David Darby "frivolous" and has asked that he drop it or pay the county's legal fees.

Spotlight on Clark County charter vote

By Tyler Graf October 19, 2014 12:14 a.m.

The political battle of the season is not taking place between opposing candidates. Rather, it's focused on how county government operates.

Economist doubts east county bridge is viable

By Tyler Graf October 19, 2014 12:13 a.m.

Republican Clark County Commissioner David Madore has called his proposal for an east county bridge across the Columbia River an ideal fit for the community, a viable and cost-effective way of relieving cross-state congestion.

Pridemore, Stewart share public service experience

By Tyler Graf October 15, 2014 6:49 p.m.

There's one thing you can't say about the two candidates vying for Clark County commissioner: Neither lacks public service experience.

Spotlight on dogs: up for adoption, training for service

By Tyler Graf October 11, 2014 7:06 p.m.

The bulbous plastic dog bone 5-year-old Sydney Pearce was gripping like a weightlifter in training proved too tantalizing for Holbrook, a 14-month-old black Lab.

Ted Nugent to get $45K to settle dispute over fair concert

By Tyler Graf October 9, 2014 8 p.m.

Controversial rocker Ted Nugent didn't play a note at the Clark County Fair, but that didn't prevent him from collecting a settlement worth $45,000.

Water damage disrupts Clark County computer systems

By Tyler Graf and Patty Hastings October 8, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Water damage brought down the Clark County server this afternoon, taking county websites and email off-line.

Clark County charter foe, backer make their case

By Tyler Graf October 7, 2014 7:12 p.m.

When it comes to making changes to how Clark County government operates, Nan Henriksen, a proponent of a proposed home rule charter, told The Columbian's editorial board Tuesday that it was a matter of good government, one that would decrease "cronyism and favoritism."

Senior softball league makes pitch for its own field

By Tyler Graf October 7, 2014 6 a.m.

It's never too late in life to play a friendly game of softball.

Clark County Sheriff still taking no side in race

By Tyler Graf October 4, 2014 6:45 p.m.

In the race for Clark County sheriff, there's one name that won't be associated with either candidate.

Pridemore, Stewart differ on big issues

By Tyler Graf October 2, 2014 9:41 a.m.

The two candidates running for Clark County commissioner say now is the time to end extreme partisanship.

Clark County commissioner candidates pound the pavement

By Tyler Graf October 1, 2014 8:32 p.m.

Clark County commissioner candidates Jeanne Stewart and Craig Pridemore find themselves in unusual political waters with the election just a month and a half away.

Madore, Mielke reject resolution thanking CRC contributors

By Tyler Graf September 30, 2014 7:47 p.m.

Nearly four months after community activist and labor leader Ed Barnes was appointed to fill a vacant Clark County commissioner post, he made a point Tuesday of stepping down from behind the dais to address his colleagues from a place familiar to him — the public testimony table.

Third auction set for anti-government activist's land

By Tyler Graf September 29, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Selling a tax-foreclosed property at auction is proving difficult for the Clark County Treasurer's Office.

Money spent on county recycling ads before OK was given

By Tyler Graf September 25, 2014 5:38 p.m.

Comcast subscribers flipping through the media giant's cable offerings can expect to see advertisements for everything from beer to cars to pet food. But Clark County's recycling efforts? That's something altogether different.

Partisans flock to home rule charter debate

By Tyler Graf September 24, 2014 5:21 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND -- Any thoughts that a debate about proposed changes to Clark County government would sway public opinion were quashed Tuesday night at the Battle Ground Community Center, where partisans on both sides of the issue convened to bicker.

Sheriff candidate Gardner announces undersheriff pick

By Tyler Graf September 17, 2014 8:11 p.m.

Clark County sheriff candidate Shane Gardner announced today his choice for undersheriff.

Clark County creates two zones for fireworks

By Tyler Graf September 16, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Months of speculation about how the county would revamp its ordinance on fireworks ended Tuesday when the Clark County commissioners voted to create a zone where discharging fireworks would be limited to two days a year.