Plan developing for Ridgefield parcel

By Tyler Graf February 3, 2014 7:35 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Don't expect a 44-acre expanse of riverfront property in Ridgefield to develop overnight.

Casinos cut hours, blame Obamacare

By Tyler Graf January 31, 2014 6:48 p.m.

A management memo to laid-off employees of two La Center cardrooms, one recently closed, lays the blame for their loss of work on the Affordable Care Act, even though the act's employer mandate does not kick in until next year.

Clark County commissioners discuss hiring eight deputies

By Tyler Graf January 30, 2014 7:41 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Clark County should carefully look at how it pays for public safety, and do so in a way that takes into consideration costs to the entire justice system, Commissioner Steve Stuart said Thursday.

Washougal levy would expand high-tech program

By Tyler Graf January 29, 2014 5:58 p.m.

Ballots for the Feb. 11 special election have begun trickling into the Clark County Elections Department.

Ridgefield space eyed for disc golf course

By Tyler Graf January 27, 2014 10 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Abrams Park was practically empty.

Battle Ground no closer to acting on pot sales moratorium

By Tyler Graf January 24, 2014 6 a.m.

The haze over Battle Ground's will-they, won't-they discussion about setting a marijuana moratorium isn't going away.

Ridgefield sorting through city manager applications

By Tyler Graf January 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The city of Ridgefield took the first step toward hiring a new city manager Tuesday, closing the application period in its search for a top administrator.

Clark County OKs 20-year growth projection

By Tyler Graf January 21, 2014 6:44 p.m.

Clark County commissioners Tuesday approved a 20-year population projection, despite grumbles from builders who said the figure was too low.

La Center cardroom closes

By Tyler Graf January 20, 2014 7:35 p.m.

One of La Center’s card rooms closed its doors after 16 years Monday and will not reopen.

State official says program for homeless needs bigger slice of the pie

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

Melinda Dyer is blunt in her assessment of the future of programs dedicated to homeless students.

When there's homework but no home

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

There are more than 1,100 homeless students in Clark County and, district officials across the county say, that number is on the rise. Statewide, the uptick tracks a similar trajectory. There are more than 27,000 homeless students in Washington, a 9,000-student increase in the past five years.

La Center rallies to build home-field advantage

By Tyler Graf January 17, 2014 8:40 p.m.

LA CENTER — It's akin to an old-fashioned barn-raising, said Dave Holmes, La Center School District's assistant superintendent.

AG: local jurisdictions can effectively ban pot businesses

By Tyler Graf and Stephanie Rice January 16, 2014 6:57 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday that local jurisdictions have the authority to shut out licensed marijuana businesses.

Battle Ground aims to move past tough campaign season

By Tyler Graf January 16, 2014 6 a.m.

BATTLE GROUND -- With new leadership in place, Battle Ground faces a question: Can a revamped city council salve the wounds of an acrimonious campaign season? The answer, city council members say, hinges on whether they can step toward the future and forget the politically turbulent past.

Washougal OKs contract with clerical, public works employees

By Tyler Graf January 14, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Public works and clerical employees in Washougal have a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.

Marijuana grow could sprout in a Battle Ground building

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

A Battle Ground developer has filed an application to build what could become among the county's first legal marijuana grow operation.

Clark County cities set budgets with property tax hikes

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

Vancouver and Battle Ground residents aren't the only ones who can expect a 1 percent increase to their cities' property tax levies.

New Camas manager to grow with city

By Tyler Graf January 8, 2014 5:45 p.m.

Camas' new city administrator says he looks forward to sidestepping bureaucratic red tape and long-winded discussions that lead nowhere.

Clark College's enrollment down from a year ago

By Tyler Graf January 6, 2014 9:10 p.m.

The stadium-style lecture hall was filled with students Monday, the first day of winter term in instructor Mark Bolke's anatomy and physiology class at Clark College.

Boy Scouts assist with Christmas Tree recycling project

By Tyler Graf January 4, 2014 8:24 p.m.

Local Scouts worked Saturday to help their neighbors, and, in a twist, even some fish, during their annual Christmas tree roundup.

For Travis and Mandy, steps away from addiction

By Tyler Graf January 3, 2014 8:16 p.m.

As Mandy Cooper sat near the large picture window in the house she shares in Camas, backlit by the low winter sun waning in the distance, she reflected on a topsy-turvy year that began with a monthlong drug binge with her then-boyfriend.

Camas unveils first mural in planned city series

By Tyler Graf December 31, 2013 6 a.m.

CAMAS — The mural atop the Camas Art Gallery shows an overhead view of Camas and the Crown Willamette paper mill, circa 1900.

Audit: Fire District 5 violated state law

By Tyler Graf December 30, 2013 9:57 p.m.

For a third straight audit, the Washington State Auditor's Office has chided Clark County Fire Protection District 5 for using public money on training activities that it considers to be outside the district's legal authority.

Officials dotting I's on pot business

By Tyler Graf December 27, 2013 9:06 p.m.

While Washington's new marijuana law takes effect Wednesday, Clark County's cannabis aficionados will have to wait before they can walk into a local shop, slap down a $20 and buy a bag of pot.

Washougal OKs $20K for pickleball courts

By Tyler Graf December 23, 2013 10 a.m.

The tennis courts at Washougal's Hathaway Park will get a makeover thanks to a city council decision to use leftover money from its budget to accommodate a niche activity.

Police find stolen weapons during traffic stop; Ridgefield High School lockdown lifted

By Tyler Graf and Patty Hastings December 19, 2013 9:08 p.m.

Ridgefield High School was thrown into lockdown for more than an hour Thursday afternoon, while police hunted down an armed man who fled from a traffic stop.

Oak Tree's Chinese kitchen reopens

By Tyler Graf December 18, 2013 5:16 p.m.

A Woodland restaurant is back serving Chinese food after the Cowlitz County Health Department temporarily shut it down for violating a number of critical health codes.

Camas, Washougal finalize fire merger

By Tyler Graf December 17, 2013 8:56 p.m.

A temporary courtship between the Washougal and Camas fire departments has resulted in a long-term marriage.

Clark County to hire 4 new firefighters

By Tyler Graf December 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark County Fire & Rescue will be able to hire four firefighters thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Grant.

Tanker truck crash results in 3,200-gallon gasoline spill

By Tyler Graf December 13, 2013 10:17 p.m.

An overturned tanker truck that spilled 3,200 gallons of gasoline shut down a half-mile stretch of Northeast 18th Street in Vancouver Friday, resulting in a massive cleanup effort.

La Center planner criticizes superiors

By Tyler Graf December 13, 2013 6 a.m.

La Center's city planner has taken a leave of absence and expects to lose his job after publicly blasting superiors for what he calls their bullying tactics.

More freezing fog possible Thursday

By Tyler Graf and Susan Parrish December 11, 2013 7:41 p.m.

Seven of the 10 school districts in Clark County were closed Wednesday due to a dense, freezing fog that made driving treacherous.

Woodland opens new police station

By Tyler Graf December 11, 2013 7:03 p.m.

Officials in Woodland say a new police station will have the trickle-down effect of boosting municipal space throughout the city, which has been feeling the squeeze of cramped quarters in recent years as the city has grown.

Evergreen school board member announces retirement

By Tyler Graf December 11, 2013 10:22 a.m.

The longest serving member of Evergreen Public Schools Tuesday announced her intent to resign at the end of December.

Battle Ground seeks Fire Station 27 remodel

By Tyler Graf December 10, 2013 6:59 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — In real estate terms, Fire Station 27 is a classic fixer-upper, a cozy space with character to boot.

Chilly weather expected throughout the day

By Tyler Graf December 9, 2013 10:06 a.m.

Sub-freezing temperatures are expected to hold steady in Southwest Washington throughout the day.

School boundary dispute back in view

By Tyler Graf December 7, 2013 7:32 p.m.

It's been several years since school officials in La Center and Ridgefield last went toe-to-toe in a territorial dispute. And while the worst of the quarrel is now part of history, measures are being taken to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Camas' Hometown Holiday takes place tonight

By Tyler Graf December 6, 2013 2 p.m.

A gentle dusting of snow has arrived just in time for Camas' Hometown Holidays.

Washougal delays Children's Home action

By Tyler Graf December 3, 2013 6:42 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — The debate over whether Washougal should give money to a nonprofit loosely affiliated with medical clinics that provide information about abortion elicited plenty of reaction Monday but little action.

Philippines relief work tears into nurse’s heart

By Tyler Graf November 30, 2013 3:59 p.m.

A decade of seeing the worst — and best — of the world couldn’t prepare Rico Selga for the Philippines.

Ridgefield schools picks firm for superintendent search

By Tyler Graf November 27, 2013 8:20 a.m.

The Ridgefield School District will use the same search firm hired by Battle Ground Public Schools to find the district's next superintendent.

Social services agency's funding could be cut in Washougal

By Tyler Graf November 26, 2013 7:25 p.m.

Two Washougal city councilors want to rescind a $7,500 subsidy to a social service organization because it provides pregnant women a list of low-income medical clinics, some of which offer patients information about where to seek abortions.

Woodland's mayor blocks review of city employees

By Tyler Graf November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Woodland's mayor will not cooperate with a proposed efficiency study of the city clerk and treasurer's office and will direct city employees to do the same, according to a memo he sent council members.

Ridgefield city manager resigns

By Tyler Graf November 22, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Ridgefield City Manager Phil Messina has announced his resignation from the city's top administrative position for personal reasons a year after taking the job.

Battle Ground OKs stormwater deal with state

By Tyler Graf November 20, 2013 8:58 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — The city of Battle Ground on Monday decided to move ahead with a five-year regional stormwater agreement with the state Department of Ecology.

Millers' Landing site in Ridgefield gets new life

By Tyler Graf November 20, 2013 8:30 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — The Port of Ridgefield last month realized its decade-long goal of cleaning up a heavily contaminated industrial site near a tributary of the Columbia River. With that, there's renewed optimism that a mixed-use waterfront development will take shape there.

Washougal water rate structure set

By Tyler Graf November 17, 2013 6 a.m.

After enduring more than a year of debate, public discussion and fine-tuning, Washougal residents have clarity on how much their water utility bills will cost in the coming years.

Local Filipino organization strives to help home nation

By Tyler Graf November 13, 2013 6 a.m.

In the wake of the deadly super typhoon that decimated parts of the Philippines late last week, local Filipinos and service organizations are providing outreach, as they monitor the scope of a situation that is slowly coming into focus.

Teens assist American Legion

By Tyler Graf November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL — By and large, demographics for the American Legion tend to tilt more toward the septuagenarian set than toward millennials.

Lawsuit alleges Ridgefield mayor hurt Vancouver councilwoman's eye

By Tyler Graf November 7, 2013 6:49 p.m.

Vancouver City Councilwoman Jeanne Harris has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ridgefield and Mayor Ron Onslow, saying an errant stress-relief ball he tossed during a 2011 Association of Washington Cities conference has left her functionally blind in one eye.