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Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad conductor Brad Johnston watches as a train moves down the tracks near St. Johns Road in May 2023. The Clark County Council recently decided not to move forward with hiring a consultant to complete regulations for the section of rail line set aside for industrial development. The question of where the county goes from here remains unanswered.

‘There is no moving forward’: Clark County Council at impasse on railroad

The Clark County Council’s decision not to spend nearly $100,000 on a rail consultant, made during its July 10 meeting, caught many by surprise. Council members Gary Medvigy, Michele Belkot…
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A truck prepares to leave the Zimmerly gravel pit near Washougal in 2018. The Clark County Council voted against a request by Zimmerly to convert the private road into a public road.

Clark County rejects plan to reclassify private road leading to gravel mine

Residents living along Southeast 356th Avenue in Washougal arrived at the Clark County Council’s July 16 meeting to drive one point home: The county should not approve a mining operation’s…
Laura Bonacorsi of Vancouver looks over the selection of merchandise while shopping at Hi-School Marketplace &amp; Hardware on Thursday afternoon. The Minnehaha store is expected to cease operations by the end of the year.

Minnehaha Hi-School Marketplace to close, ending chain’s presence in Vancouver

Hi-School Pharmacy’s roots in Vancouver stretch back to the early 1900s, when High School Store opened across the street from Vancouver High School on Main Street in downtown Vancouver.
A new public safety tax helped pay for body cams for the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Clark County Council decides against a levy to support sheriff’s office for November ballot

Voters will not see a Clark County-sponsored law enforcement levy on the ballot this fall to accompany one from the city of Vancouver.
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Crash kills one person near Amboy; sheriff’s office traffic homicide unit investigating

A Sunday afternoon crash near Amboy left one person dead, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.


Sergio Solano, an immigrant from Mexico, right, greets his friend at a pizza shop at the end of his work day, June 21, 2024, in New York.

Newly arrived migrants encounter hazards of food delivery on the streets of NYC: robbers

Brad Song thought he was about to get his e-bike stolen a second time in a less than a month after delivering an order for…


A firefighter hoses down hot spots at Noel Piri&rsquo;s home that was destroyed by the Hawarden Fire in Riverside, Calif., on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

Wildfires plague the West amid a scorching heat wave. Homes burn in Southern California

Three homes lay in ruins Monday after one of many dangerous wildfires in the West suddenly swept into a Southern California neighborhood during a blistering…

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Seattle Mariners&#039; Ty France watches his single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 4, 2024, in Seattle.

Mariners first baseman Ty France surprised to be put on waivers

Seattle first baseman Ty France was surprised to find out Monday he had been put on waivers by the Mariners.


FILE - Vice President Joe Biden poses for photos with Archbishop Demetrios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, at the beginning of their meeting, in New York, Nov. 16, 2011. Historians and political advisers say history will be kinder to President Joe Biden than voters have been. Biden dropped out of the presidential race Sunday, July 21, 2024, clearing the way for a new Democratic nominee.

Biden’s legacy: Far-reaching accomplishments that didn’t translate into political support

Sitting in the Oval Office behind the iconic Resolute desk in 2022, an animated President Joe Biden described the challenge of leading a psychologically traumatized…

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Former Vancouver police officer faces perjury charges over claims about job experience

Prosecutors have filed perjury charges against a former Vancouver police officer accused of lying about his job experience when applying for search warrants in some…

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FILE - A cyclist rides along a street near the Tobin Memorial Bridge, background, in Chelsea, Mass., on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. After nearly 1,750 low-income people in the Boston suburb won a lottery to receive monthly stipends from the city from November 2020 to August 2021, researchers found that winners visited emergency departments significantly less than people who did not receive the monthly payments.

More money could result in fewer trips to ER, study suggests

Giving cash to poor people could result in fewer emergency department visits, a new study suggests.


Atala caterpillar&rsquo;s crawl on a native coontie plant.

Rare butterfly is behind ‘mass destruction’ on rare Miami plants. Can both be protected?

A small butterfly once thought extinct has staged such a comeback in South Florida that it is now considered a bit of a garden pest…

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FILE - Prescription drugs are seen in a glass flask at a state laboratory in Taylorsville, Utah, on July 6, 2017.

Too many pills? How to talk to your doctor about reviewing what’s needed

Swallowing a handful of pills is a daily ritual for many people, from young adults coping with anxiety to older adults managing chronic conditions. Overall,…

The Columbian for Kids &#8211; July 2024

The Columbian for Kids – July 2024

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July 23: Biden Steps Down

Editorial cartoons for week of July 22, 2024

Cheers & Jeers: Bridge support; barriers to aid

Other Papers Say: Immunity ruling imperils military

Wilkinson: Republicans have broken free from Obama

Westneat: State has massive fault line

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