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City council split on whether to let temporary moratorium sunset
The Woodland City Council is split on whether to sunset a temporary moratorium on collective marijuana gardens to allow them within specifically zoned areas of the city.
City, chamber look to join state's Main Street program
BATTLE GROUND — It may take more than a dash of fresh paint, a flower pot or two and a few park benches to revitalize Old Town Battle Ground.
Council-manager system shifts mayor's power to oversee, govern to manager
The Washougal City Council will decide later this month whether to pursue changes to the city's form of government.
Iraq War vet was killed during 2010 altercation
The parents of an Iraq War veteran killed nearly three years ago during an altercation with police have filed an $11.5 million lawsuit against the Vancouver Police Department saying their son was trying to cooperate with officers before they shot him.
Action follows noise dispute between Humane Society, neighboring buisness
WASHOUGAL — The managers of a no-kill animal shelter in Washougal received clarity Monday on the city’s stance on where barking dogs are allowed.
City can borrow more or seek new bids
While construction bids for Camas' new community center are $200,000 more than the city budgeted, officials say the project will likely move ahead on schedule.
Waging a battle against cancer, he will sing at concert to raise funds for him
Nathan Jenisch had been feeling bad for months. He was suffering from a nasty, persistent cough, like a smoker's lung-rattle after inhaling a pack of unfiltered cigarettes.
Postponing or outright eliminating development-related fees comes with mixed results for Clark County cities that offer the incentives, even though the approach is championed as a potential boon for business development by some county officials.
6 local teens take roads less traveled
There have been easier times for graduating high school seniors. College tuition is rising as career options are plateauing.
Washougal residents who like to make their own rockets' red glare during the Fourth of July may have to tweak their schedules next year.
One person was injured following a three-vehicle crash Thursday morning south of Brush Prairie.
An unusual number of candidates wait until the last minute
The Clark County Elections Office saw an unusual rise this year in candidates filing to run at the last minute, according to Auditor Greg Kimsey.
Camas will bid farewell at the end of the month to its longest-serving employee.
Residents of new housing ask city to block construction on 42-year landowner's property
When Ryan Erlewine and his wife bought their home five years ago, they believed the newly developed Lacamas Meadows would be an ideal setting for their family. The quiet Camas neighborhood of new homes was a stone's throw from Grass Valley Elementary School and about a mile from Lacamas Lake.
$64 million project will build new high school, elementary gym, more
The Woodland School District is ahead of schedule on the construction of a new $64 million campus.
City the 5th fastest growing in state; Woodland population dips slightly
Ridgefield was the fifth fastest growing city in Washington between 2011 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday. City leaders say years spent laying the groundwork for business and residential development helped Ridgefield bounce back quickly from the Great Recession.
Opponent plans to retire from city's fire department
The challenger for Washougal's top elected position promises to retire from his city job this fall to avoid a conflict of interest.
Don Landes-McCullough retiring after three decades of teaching at school
LA CENTER — The halls of La Center High School are like wings of an eclectic museum, where artwork from various periods, of different styles and motifs, mingle.
CEO says it will accommodate 700 workers
Ken Fisher said Monday he plans to break ground in July on a second office building, which will be able to accommodate some 700 workers on its five floors, at his Fisher Investments' campus in Camas.
A former police chief, a formal-attire company owner and a man who says he was unfairly fired from his city job are among an eclectic batch of small-city candidates looking to unseat incumbents during this year's election.
Board criticized for terminating executive director
WASHOUGAL — The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is at a crossroad.
Main focus will be on food; cardroom will re-open later
WOODLAND — The new owners of the Oak Tree Restaurant are anteing up in an attempt to revive the once-thriving Woodland institution.
Town seeks monetary damages, retraction of audit
The town of Yacolt has filed a lawsuit in Clark County Superior Court against the Washington State Auditor's Office and others, alleging town officials were defamed by a 2011 performance audit.
First-quarter revenues up, but officials don't know if trend will last
There will be more money for Clark County's small communities, if their first-quarter projections hold steady.
Testimony focuses on effect to budget
After listening to more than three hours of testimony, the Clark County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved tabling a resolution that would extend a slate of incentives intended to spur business development, including waiving impact and traffic fees.
Weather service says volunteers crucial to agency
A veil of clouds stretched across the sky in the far sightline last April, as Ron Baldie glanced out his Vancouver dining room window. In the distance, a swirling speck caught his eye.
Modoc couldn't resolve problems locally
As a new freight railroad operations training program in Vancouver prepares to start this summer, Clark County's smallest incorporated community has learned that a similar program it tried to woo a year ago has moved across the country.
Disbandment fears arose as teacher's retirement nears
Following weeks of disharmony, the Hockinson School District has told parents that it has no plan to disband its K-2 music program.
Guard believes city will benefit from stability in office
Washougal Mayor Sean Guard wants to buck the trend.
High school students hear story of Brianna, one of their own
LA CENTER -- In a detached tone, Brianna, a fresh-faced and youthful-looking student, sketched a scene of lost innocence.
Green Mountain voters OK money for portable building
The La Center School District's capital projects levy appears to have failed, according to the unofficial returns Tuesday night.
First returns expected shortly after 8 p.m. tonight
Voters today are deciding school funding measures in the Battle Ground, La Center and Green Mountain school districts.
Plan to harvest timber it owns near two watersheds also has safety benefits
CAMAS — Ten miles outside of Camas, nestled within two watersheds that provide the city with part of its drinking water, stands of Douglas fir trees rise to the heavens.
Turnout expected to be around 50%; could aid B.G. effort
With time ticking away, April's special election is shaping up to have turnout that's higher than expected.
Dispute continues between animal organization, neighbor
Several dozen supporters of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society turned out this afternoon to show their displeasure at an ongoing dispute with a neighboring business.
Hockinson school board members Monday will consider the possibility of combining the school district's primary and intermediate schools for the next school year.
Tort claim alleges report defamed the town beyond measure
YACOLT — Contending that a two-year-old accountability audit defamed the town "beyond measure," Yacolt plans to file a notice of its intent to sue the Washington State Auditor's Office in Clark County Superior Court.
Backers say failure will devastate district, city; foes decry tax increase
BATTLE GROUND — Print shop owner Mike Harden recognizes administrators at Battle Ground Public Schools are in a difficult position.
Groundbreaking for station a triumph after years of effort
WOODLAND -- Emotions tugged at Janice Graham as she and her family watched city officials clasp their golden-bladed groundbreaking shovels Saturday at the site where the city's new police station will take shape.
'The colors are beautiful' at bulb farm's annual festival and farmers market in Woodland
With more than 140 varieties of tulips in its designer garden, and the introduction of a "you pick" field where people can pluck their own bouquets, the 11th annual Woodland Tulip Festival is shaping up to be a success, said Benno Dobbe, owner of Holland America Bulb Farms.
Legislator was only House Democrat to oppose the plan
The sole Democrat in the Washington House to vote against a budget that assumes $1.3 billion in new revenue said she's listening to business interests.
Vancouver police have identified the man killed in a three-car wreck Thursday evening at the intersection of East 33rd Street and P Street.
Green Mountain official says language on ballot is no longer accurate
A recent donation of land to the Green Mountain School District has moved a planned, levy-funded expansion of the district's campus forward — even if that's not included in the levy proposition's language.
Resolution calls project too costly, call for more cost-effective option
WASHOUGAL — In a move intended to stake a position on the Columbia River Crossing, the Washougal City Council approved a resolution Monday opposing it.
The Ridgefield School District did not comply with federal grant requirements for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs, according to the Washington State Auditor’s Office.
Construction firm, Humane Society filming one another
WASHOUGAL — Double-up those leashes. A dogfight in a Washougal industrial park has reached the breaking point.
After first effort fell just shy, firms volunteer equipment, workers
On April 23, the La Center School District will try to accomplish something it's never successfully done before — pass a levy to upgrade its inadequate sports fields, adding lights, covered bleachers and scoreboards.
Fewer students, dwindling funding may affect school program
In the coming weeks, the Hockinson School District will face the music.
Fire department seeks better response times, flexibility; CCF&R chief fears rural areas will pay more
Vancouver's plan to sever ties with a medical services district worries Dennis Mason, chief of Clark County Fire & Rescue, who says the move could cost the county's rural communities.
Clark Regional Emergency Services is reporting that there's a land line telephone outage in La Center and Woodland, as well as the surrounding areas of Clark and Cowlitz counties.