Clark County nixes survey on fireworks changes

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

Clark County Commissioner David Madore said Wednesday that he no longer supports using an online survey to gather feedback about possible changes to the county's fireworks ordinance for unincorporated areas, out of fear that people could skew the results by voting multiple times.

Port of Ridgefield, state at odds over Carty Lake

By Tyler Graf August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County has given the Port of Ridgefield up to three months to resolve a dispute with the Department of Ecology over whether to place Carty Lake in the county's shoreline program, a state-mandated directory of regulated waterways.

New snag for bridge plan?

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A mixed-use development at Southeast 192nd Avenue just north of Highway 14 appears to illustrate another problem for Clark County Commissioner David Madore's east county bridge proposal.

Vancouver questions legality of Uber rideshare service

By Tyler Graf August 14, 2014 6:55 p.m.

Vancouver could put the skids on a popular ridesharing service less than a month after it announced its arrival to the city.

Judge strikes $9 million award to Spencer

By Tyler Graf August 13, 2014 8:48 p.m.

A U.S. District Court judge has vacated a $9 million jury award in the case of former Vancouver police officer Clyde Ray Spencer, who spent nearly 20 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual abuse.

Charter backers rake in money

By Tyler Graf August 13, 2014 8:06 p.m.

For the past few months, backers of a measure that would significantly change the county's form of government have been quietly amassing a war chest.

Clark County Fair breaks ticket sales, food records

By Tyler Graf August 12, 2014 7:47 p.m.

County fairs are known for being the home to record-setting produce and animals, but this year the Clark County Fair set several records of its own.

County acts on massage parlors

By Tyler Graf August 12, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Clark County has taken an initial step in putting the squeeze on illicit massage businesses.

Keys to the City: In tune with summer  

By Tyler Graf August 8, 2014 8:27 p.m.

Sidewalks across Clark County have become a bit more colorful, and lot more musical, thanks to the placement of some brightly adorned pianos.

East Clark County bridge effort prompts late scramble

By Tyler Graf August 6, 2014 8:35 p.m.

November’s vote on Clark County Commissioner David Madore’s vision for a third bridge across the Columbia River is facing a last-minute hurdle.

Clark County races offer little suspense

By Tyler Graf August 5, 2014 11:02 p.m.

Tuesday’s primary Races for elective offices in Clark County provided few surprises.

Atkins, Gardner advance in Clark County sheriff's race

By Tyler Graf August 5, 2014 10:19 p.m.

Former commander, sergeant move on to general election

Tickets for fireworks use shock people

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice August 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Growing up in Vancouver, Alexandria Roberts would set off fireworks July 3 before traveling with her family to the coast for the holiday.

Charter explainer concerns Madore

By Tyler Graf August 2, 2014 12:28 a.m.

County Auditor Greg Kimsey plans to place a two-page explanation of a proposed home-rule charter in the general election voters' pamphlet, despite questions from Commissioner David Madore as to whether that might look like advocacy.

Fair opens with pancakes, threats of thunder

By Tyler Graf August 1, 2014 8:06 p.m.

As rain droplets began glossing the ground of the Clark County Fairgrounds at 4 a.m. Friday, Fair Manager John Morrison was conducting a final gate check and thinking, “Boy, I hope this blows over.”

Audit finds fault with Clark County accounting

By Tyler Graf July 31, 2014 8:12 p.m.

Clark County made significant accounting errors during 2013, which could affect its ability to accurately produce financial statements, according to a state audit.

Sea lions to make splash at Clark County Fair

By Tyler Graf July 31, 2014 6 a.m.

To follow up its highest attendance numbers in years, what can the Clark County Fair do for an encore?

County voters will advise on bridge

By Tyler Graf July 29, 2014 6:58 p.m.

With a 2-1 vote, Clark County commissioners Tuesday approved placing an advisory vote on November's general election ballot intended to gauge the public's desire to pursue the development of a $860 million third bridge over the Columbia River.

Designs on a third bridge

By Tyler Graf July 25, 2014 11:15 p.m.

The shroud of intrigue has been lifted over the latest vision for a long-discussed third bridge across the Columbia River.

Sheriff's office won't escort grain inspectors past pickets

By Aaron Corvin and Tyler Graf July 25, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Offers by United Grain Corp. to pay the Clark County Sheriff's Office to escort grain inspectors past picket lines at its Port of Vancouver facility have fallen on deaf ears.

County will pay Silliman $68K

By Tyler Graf July 25, 2014 8:55 p.m.

The former Clark County freeholder and one-time Republican legislative candidate hired to assist the board of commissioners will receive an annual salary of $68,280.

Tardy voters' pamphlets making way to Woodland

By Tyler Graf July 23, 2014 9:12 p.m.

Woodland residents will have to wait a little bit longer before receiving their voters' pamphlets for the Aug. 5 primary election.

Clark County sheriff hopefuls have stellar voting records

By Tyler Graf July 22, 2014 10:18 p.m.

Election ballots are trickling back into the Clark County Elections Department as candidates continue ramping up efforts to get out the vote.

Counterclaim filed against risk pool

By Tyler Graf July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Attorneys for two men who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of rape filed court documents Thursday accusing Clark County's risk manager and its insurance providers of working together to deny a multimillion dollar settlement.

Politically motivated job offer by county commissioners?

By Tyler Graf July 17, 2014 8:54 p.m.

A former freeholder who is leading the charge to torpedo changes to the Clark County charter is the choice to fill a new position within county government.

Four candidates bring experience, varied proposals to sheriff's race

By Tyler Graf July 16, 2014 7 p.m.

Like catching a glimpse of Halley's Comet, the opportunity to pick a new Clark County sheriff has only come around once in the last generation.

Madore sets meeting on proposed east county bridge

By Tyler Graf July 15, 2014 7:26 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore is inviting the public to attend an informational meeting about a proposed bistate bridge spanning the Columbia River from Southeast 192nd Avenue.

County stands firm on pot

By Tyler Graf July 12, 2014 5:34 p.m.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board's decision to license a recreational marijuana grower in unincorporated Clark County will draw another rebuke from county commissioners.

Proposed east county bridge design to be revealed

By Tyler Graf July 9, 2014 7:53 p.m.

People will get a first look at the much-discussed but still-undisclosed design for a proposed third toll-free crossing over the Columbia River later this month.

Proposed ordinance eyes curbs on panhandling

By Tyler Graf July 9, 2014 6:19 p.m.

With their crumbled cardboard signs, emblazoned with messages of need, Clark County's panhandlers are an acknowledged sight on many heavily trafficked street corners and freeway offramps.

Clark County raises stormwater fees, adds surcharge

By Tyler Graf July 8, 2014 8:51 p.m.

Stormwater bills in Clark County will be increasing for the first time in 14 years, the result of inflation, more stringent state and federal regulations, and a lawsuit settlement.

Clark County sticks with status quo on mining

By Tyler Graf July 8, 2014 7:04 p.m.

What a difference a month makes. Residents of Livingston Mountain gave a standing ovation Tuesday to the Board of Clark County Commissioners. The showing of support followed a monthlong break between two hearings that, in part, were intended to decide whether to allow expanded mining operations on the mountain. Board Chairman Tom Mielke had abruptly ended a June meeting following several hours of public testimony, leading many residents at that meeting to boo him.

Cars that start people's engines

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

CAMAS — As Donna Habben stared at the 1963 Chevy Impala SS, the sun sparkling off its silver finish, something filled her eyes — love.

Quarry's neighbors send warning

By Tyler Graf July 4, 2014 7:05 p.m.

An attorney representing residents opposed to expanding mining zones in their neighborhood has put Clark County on notice.

Maneuvering over Pearson

By Aaron Corvin , Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice July 3, 2014 10:13 p.m.

Another potential player has been identified in the continuing saga of the Pearson Air Museum.

Auditor's Office investigates complaint over Benton, county

By Tyler Graf June 27, 2014 4:58 p.m.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has opened an investigation into Clark County and state Sen. Don Benton, who serves as the county’s director of environmental services.

Clark County to investigate issues tied to air museum ownership

By Tyler Graf June 25, 2014 9:08 p.m.

Commissioner David Madore’s idea of exploring whether Clark County could gain control of the Pearson Air Museum received a tepid response from his fellow commissioners at their Wednesday meeting.

Clark County listens to growth concerns

By Tyler Graf June 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Cities in Clark County received assurance from commissioners Tuesday that their urban growth boundaries would not shrink as a result of the county's 20-year comprehensive land-use plan.

Higher property tax assessments won't necessarily hike bills

By Tyler Graf June 18, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Assessed property values are on the rise in Clark County. But before scribing a poison pen letter to the county assessor, keep in mind: That jump won't necessarily result in higher tax bills.

Clark County stands pat on fireworks rules

By Tyler Graf June 17, 2014 8:46 p.m.

The rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air will endure next year in Clark County with no new restrictions on their sales or use.

Clark County sheriff candidates discuss staffing, growth

By Tyler Graf June 18, 2014 2:54 p.m.

With Clark County's population expected to expand by more than 100,000 people in the next two decades, the four candidates running for sheriff say now is the time to start addressing any future growing pains.

Schools await decision on fee waivers

By Tyler Graf June 15, 2014 6 a.m.

A handful of Clark County schools will learn later this month whether they will be on the hook to pay county fees they've been exempt from furnishing in recent years.

Sheriff candidates tackle key issues

By Tyler Graf June 13, 2014 9:56 p.m.

Candidates for Clark County sheriff say now is the time to think big and think bold.

Sheriff candidates talking online today

By Tyler Graf June 13, 2014 1:54 p.m.

Join us today for a Google Hangout with the four candidates running for Clark County Sheriff.

Sheriff candidates chat today

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

The four candidates running for Clark County sheriff will participate in a live chat today at 3 p.m.

County sheriff candidates to participate in live webchat Friday

By Tyler Graf June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

The four candidates running for Clark County sheriff will participate in a video interview broadcast live at 3 p.m. Friday on the The Columbian’s website.

Barnes takes oath to become county commissioner  

By Tyler Graf June 10, 2014 6:51 p.m.

Ed Barnes stood at the front of the Clark County commission chamber Tuesday and took the oath of office, officially ending a nearly three-month span during which the board operated with only two commissioners.

Barnes sets agenda

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

Ed Barnes usually finds himself seated directly in front of the Clark County commissioners, a little piece of real estate that allows him to launch his weekly criticisms against the board.

County in no hurry to restrict fireworks

By Tyler Graf June 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County is facing a deadline if it wants to limit the sale and use of fireworks within unincorporated land.

Zapped squirrel caused outage

By Tyler Graf June 5, 2014 11 a.m.

A zapped squirrel created a minor electrical outage this morning, causing some Clark County web services to be rebooted.