Clark County auctions off anti-government activist's home

By Tyler Graf September 16, 2014 7:02 p.m.

A longtime anti-government activist's house was sold at a public auction Tuesday, potentially ending Clark County's years-long effort to collect back property tax payments from the man.

Fairgrounds management audit finds profitability, concerns

By Tyler Graf September 15, 2014 6:50 p.m.

An audit of the decade-old nonprofit group that manages the Clark County fairgrounds presents a mixed-bag, showing that while the organization is successfully making money, more could be done to safeguard it.

Anti-charter PAC fights Clark County home rule

By Tyler Graf September 12, 2014 7:41 p.m.

A new political action committee has formed to fight a proposed overhaul of Clark County government.

Henriksen honored as statesman of the year

By Tyler Graf September 11, 2014 7:34 p.m.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce named former Camas Mayor Nan Henriksen "Statesman of the Year" for her work in shepherding a bipartisan board of freeholders through the process of drafting a proposed county charter.

Will wrongly imprisoned man have to pay court costs?

By Tyler Graf September 10, 2014 6:08 p.m.

In February, a U.S. District Court jury in Tacoma handed Clyde Ray Spencer a $9-million award, a monetary atonement of sorts for the 20 years the former Vancouver police officer spent in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit.

Deal will allow nonprofit to build ball fields for those with disabilities

By Tyler Graf September 10, 2014 6 a.m.

The expanse of flat, brown grass and dirt doesn't look like a place where dreams materialize, but for Craig Mills, the humble field is a sign that miracles can happen.

Clark County OKs hirings to meet jail staffing needs

By Tyler Graf September 9, 2014 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the sheriff's office to hire eight new deputies and one jail commander, a move that corrections officials say will allow the jail to expand the number of inmates it can keep behind bars.

Clark County Jail administrators hope to add personnel

By Tyler Graf September 8, 2014 8:23 p.m.

For the first time since budget cuts led to layoffs at the Clark County Sheriff's Office in the wake of the Great Recession, jail administrators want to use state money to relieve the pressure of a growing inmate population by hiring eight new corrections deputies and a jail commander.

Stewart 'resets' run for county

By Tyler Graf September 4, 2014 9:41 p.m.

Losing a loved one is a wrenching experience. Doing so in the public eye, while on the campaign trail, exacerbates the experience.

Anti-government activist's property to go on block

By Tyler Graf September 3, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Clark County will auction property belonging to anti-government activist David Darby later this month, potentially capping a multiyear dispute arising over more than $20,000 in unpaid property taxes and fines.

Bridge in Brush Prairie: Flood zone of concern

By Eric Florip and Tyler Graf September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Planned upgrades to a county bridge in Brush Prairie have at least one family worried that the job ignores the real problem of flooding, and could make it worse.

Commissioner proposes splitting county for fireworks rules

By Tyler Graf August 28, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore is floating a new proposal to regulate fireworks in unincorporated areas by bisecting the county and having different discharge dates for areas north and south of 179th Street.

Graser endorses Atkins to lead sheriff's office

By Tyler Graf August 26, 2014 7:56 p.m.

Retired Clark County Sheriff's Office commander and former sheriff candidate John Graser officially threw his support behind Chuck Atkins late Monday night, endorsing the candidate in a Facebook post that criticized Atkins' opponent, Sgt. Shane Gardner, for lacking the experience to lead the office.

Safety job one inside A Pod 1

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

The color palette of the Clark County Jail's redesigned anti-suicide wing ranges from baby to cerulean, a two-toned infusion of blue intended to soothe an anguished mind.

Roadwork slows traffic on Northwest Second Avenue

By Tyler Graf August 25, 2014 12:05 p.m.

Drivers can expect detour signs when traveling in one Clark County neighborhood.

Clark County to pay legal bills in Spencer case

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

Clark County will finance the legal defense of two former Clark County Sheriff's Office employees, one of whom a jury in February found to have fabricated evidence against Clyde Ray Spencer, a former Vancouver police officer wrongfully imprisoned for molesting his children in the 1980s. The second was also found liable.

'Sherlook' homes inspections help county save time

By Tyler Graf August 21, 2014 4:40 p.m.

As Jason Wann walked through the Hazel Ridge townhome he's building through Krippner Homes, he made sure his iPhone's camera caught every last detail of his tour: the house's address, his inspection permit card and, most important for this virtual building inspection, the bit of insulation by the stairwell.

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.