Freeholders tweak proposed charter

By Tyler Graf April 22, 2014 10:19 p.m.

With the clock ticking on drafting a new county government, the people tasked with writing the charter are digging into the details.

County mulled newspaper fee

By Tyler Graf April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

A Clark County commissioner expressed interest in charging polluters, specifically newspapers, a special fee months before the Department of Environmental Services proposed the idea at a March 19 work session.

Freeholders consider a successor for Ogden

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

The death of Val Ogden, a former legislator and Democratic activist, left a hole on the Clark County Board of Freeholders that its members plan to fill Tuesday.

Opposition to mining runs deep on Livingston Mountain

By Tyler Graf April 15, 2014 6:59 p.m.

Months after the Clark County Planning Commission recommended not to expand mining zones through Livingston Mountain, the issue will come back before the county Thursday at a joint meeting of the planning commission and the board of commissioners.

County seeks data on fee-waiver program

By Tyler Graf April 14, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Waiving fees on new commercial development is expected to cost Clark County, but that hasn't stopped the program's top supporter from directing staff to look more closely at how such waivers could pencil out.

Building stands as fallen deputy's memorial

By Tyler Graf April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

A stretch of Northeast 78th Street holds a haunting memory for Timm Sowders.

Clark County GOP wants action, growth in ranks

By Tyler Graf April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

The theme of Saturday's Lincoln Day Dinner was bolstering the ranks of the Republican Party and inspiring grassroots political efforts.

County says too much poop in the dog park

By Tyler Graf April 10, 2014 7:27 p.m.

People often cry foul over government waste. On Wednesday, Clark County flipped the script and took aim at its residents' waste.

Freeholders set plans for elections, pay

By Tyler Graf April 8, 2014 10:19 p.m.

After lengthy discussions Tuesday, the board tasked with writing a charter to govern Clark County voted on several divisive issues.

Commissioners to set timeline for filling Stuart's seat

By Tyler Graf April 6, 2014 6 a.m.

With Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart’s last official day on the board less than a week away, the clock has started ticking more loudly on appointing a successor.

Well-wishers bid Stuart farewell  

By Tyler Graf April 3, 2014 9:54 p.m.

As one door closes, another one opens. So it goes for Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, who bid farewell to the county Thursday after 10 years in elected office.

Clark County backtracks on weapons policy

By Tyler Graf April 2, 2014 8:42 p.m.

Clark County commissioners Wednesday reversed a policy that granted county employees the ability to bring concealed weapons to work, if they owned a permit to do so.

County will plan for top projection of new jobs

By Tyler Graf April 1, 2014 9:51 p.m.

Within the next two decades, Clark County could add as many as 91,200 new jobs, according to an employment forecast presented Tuesday as part of the county’s process for creating a 20-year comprehensive plan.

County's inclusion in risk pool in jeopardy

By Tyler Graf March 31, 2014 5:55 p.m.

The provider of low-cost liability insurance to Clark County is threatening to cancel the county's membership at the end of the month unless it fixes a contract violation.

Clark County Dems seek advice on looming commmissioner vacancy

By Tyler Graf March 27, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Clark County Democrats have asked Tony Golik, the county’s prosecuting attorney, for legal advice regarding how long it will take to appoint someone to Steve Stuart’s soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Clark County Board of Commissioners.

Homeless camp dismantled in Hazel Dell

By Tyler Graf March 26, 2014 9:26 p.m.

Workers from the Larch Corrections Center lumbered out of the underbrush Wednesday near Northeast Highway 99, dragging tarps overflowing with debris.

Sheriff gets funds for eight positions

By Tyler Graf March 25, 2014 9:20 p.m.

In a nod toward restoring staffing levels at the Clark County Sheriff's Office, commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a supplemental budget that provides money to hire new sworn-officer positions for the first time since 2007.

Freeholders back cutting commissioners' pay by half

By Tyler Graf March 24, 2014 8:04 p.m.

A recommendation of the people in charge of drafting a new county government calls for Clark County commissioners' pay to be sliced in half.

Ed Barnes to join county commissioner race

By Tyler Graf March 24, 2014 9:01 p.m.

Retired labor leader Ed Barnes said today that he'll join the race to be appointed to the county commission seat being vacated by Steve Stuart.

Lentz says she's not likely to campaign

By Tyler Graf March 21, 2014 11 p.m.

One of the three names interested in succeeding Commissioner Steve Stuart on the Clark County Board of Commissioners has told county Democrats she would likely not run a re-election campaign if appointed to the board.

County weighs fee hikes to pay settlement

By Tyler Graf March 20, 2014 8:40 p.m.

Don Benton, director of Clark County Environmental Services, plans to raise fees to pay off a costly settlement the county owes for violating the Clean Water Act.

Legislative session mixed bag for Clark County

By Tyler Graf March 19, 2014 7:49 p.m.

The state Legislature's short session, which ended last week, is being described as a mixed bag for Clark County.

Democrats prepare for Stuart succession

By Tyler Graf March 18, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Clark County Democrats will take an important step Friday toward drafting a list of three candidates to replace outgoing County Commissioner Steve Stuart, who will step down next month to become city manager of Ridgefield.

Clark County legal ads to run primarily in Reflector

By Tyler Graf March 18, 2014 5:59 p.m.

This summer, Clark County's legal notices will begin appearing primarily in a community weekly, not The Columbian, following a Tuesday decision of the county's board of commissioners.

An 'East County Bridge' would need broad buy-in

By Eric Florip and Tyler Graf March 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore has spoken passionately about the need to build a third metro-area bridge across the Columbia River, but when it comes to that proposal, partnerships may be hard to foment.

Fire destroys building on Northeast 28th Street

By Craig Brown and Tyler Graf March 14, 2014 9:35 p.m.

Fire destroyed a large building on Northeast 28th Street next door to Endeavour Elementary School on Friday.

Pridemore, Lentz to seek Stuart's county seat

By Tyler Graf March 14, 2014 11:11 a.m.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart was tapped to be Ridgefield’s city manager Thursday evening, setting in motion the process of naming his replacement on the county board.

Clark County works to fill pair of vacancies

By Tyler Graf March 12, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Three weeks after Clark County's economic development director resigned for a lower-paying position in Portland, commissioners are taking steps to fill the void.

Clark County's place in risk pool might be at risk

By Tyler Graf March 11, 2014 7:24 p.m.

A months-old legal settlement could cost Clark County not just a bundle of cash, but also its opportunity to buy low-cost insurance through the Washington Counties Risk Pool.

Benton collecting pay from county, state

By Tyler Graf March 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County Environmental Services Director Sen. Don Benton is being paid for his county job even while he's up in Olympia during the legislative session.

State of the County: 'Business-friendly' stand  

By Tyler Graf March 6, 2014 8:25 p.m.

Clark County is showing signs of economic growth as it exits the hardest period since the Great Depression, Commissioner Tom Mielke said Thursday, but more could be done to make it the most business-friendly community in the state.

Survey: Clark County workers oppose guns in workplace

By Tyler Graf March 5, 2014 9:05 p.m.

A survey of Clark County employees shows a majority opposes loosening gun restrictions inside certain public buildings, but that hasn't deterred commissioners from discussing a new, less-restrictive gun policy.

Clark County OKs temporary ban on strip clubs

By Tyler Graf March 5, 2014 9:12 p.m.

Clark County is laying it bare: It wants to prevent strip clubs from setting up shop in unincorporated areas.

Clark County to offer parks reservations online

By Tyler Graf March 3, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Reserving event space at one of Clark County's parks will become easier next year, officials say, and that comes as good news to Judith Even of Ridgefield.

County still investigating gun policy

By Tyler Graf March 1, 2014 4:36 p.m.

The Second Amendment is alive and well in Clark County, with public employees now temporarily allowed to carry concealed weapons -- that is, until county commissioners investigate long-term changes to the county's workplace violence policy.

No city manager yet for Ridgefield

By Tyler Graf February 28, 2014 7:56 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield officials did not make a public decision on who would become the next city manager Friday, deciding to conduct another meeting and perform a background check before making a hiring decision.

Steve Stuart among Ridgefield city manager finalists

By Tyler Graf February 26, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Three big names are in the running to become Ridgefield’s next city manager, including Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, who announced Jan. 23 his intention not to seek reelection.

Clark County labor talks may be outsourced

By Tyler Graf February 24, 2014 7:57 p.m.

Clark County's labor negotiations could be farmed to an outside consulting group, a county commissioner says, as a way of saving money.

Mayor at Battle Ground’s ‘second City Hall’ a restaurant industry promoter

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

BATTLE GROUND — One could say the Mill Creek Pub is akin to Battle Ground’s second City Hall.

Gun policy could alter Clark County's insurance rate

By Tyler Graf February 22, 2014 10:33 p.m.

A proposed Clark County policy that would allow public employees to bring concealed firearms to work could affect the amount the county pays in insurance premiums.

Clark County could allow employees to carry guns

By Tyler Graf February 20, 2014 6:53 p.m.

In the wake of a workplace shooting at the Center for Community Health earlier in the month, Clark County commissioners are directing their legal staff to draft a new policy allowing county employees to carry concealed weapons.

Small cities lobby to be heard in Olympia

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

With the state Legislature less than a month away from wrapping up its winter short session, lobbyists for Clark County's small cities are working to ensure their interests are met.

Battle Ground road project spurs concerns

By Tyler Graf February 17, 2014 7:45 p.m.

Residents near a proposed Battle Ground road project say they're worried about the effect it will have on safety and local sports fields adjacent to Chief Umtuch Middle School.

Clark County commissioners clash on waivers

By Tyler Graf February 13, 2014 6:57 p.m.

A Clark County program that waives development fees on nonhousing projects could be expanded to businesses that are not compliant with permitting regulations, despite vocal objections of one county commissioner.

Clark County refuses to pay $9 million Spencer judgment

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice February 12, 2014 6:57 p.m.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to not pay a $9 million judgment awarded to Clyde Ray Spencer this month in U.S. District Court.

Updated election results show Washougal levies still passing

By Tyler Graf February 12, 2014 10:58 p.m.

Two Washougal School District levies were still passing today, after updated election results were released by the Clark County Elections Department.

Clark County extends pot moratorium

By Tyler Graf February 11, 2014 3:58 p.m.

The Clark County commissioners Tuesday extended a temporary moratorium on marijuana-related businesses until later this spring, a move intended to give the county more time to draft a long-term zoning ordinance regulating the growing, processing and selling of pot.

Ballots due Tuesday for 3 school districts' elections

By Tyler Graf February 10, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Procrastinators needn't worry. There's still time, and ways, to cast a ballot for today's special election in three local school districts.

Law enforcement caseload piles up

By Tyler Graf February 9, 2014 6 a.m.

While a rash of high-profile violent crimes has placed a strain on Clark County's law enforcement community, officials say they're working to do more with less.

Freeholders postpone weekend meeting

By Tyler Graf February 7, 2014 10:41 a.m.

Because of hazardous weather conditions, the Board of Freeholders has canceled its Saturday meeting.