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A person dressed as Sasquatch greets those seeking employment at a job fair on Thursday afternoon. The fair drew more than 100 employers looking to meet with job seekers to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. At top, Henry Pio of Hazel Dell, from left, talks with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler as she greets his stepdaughter, Geovanna Alarcon, who is looking for employment.

Herrera Beutler’s job fair draws record number of employers

A person dressed as Sasquatch greets those seeking employment at a job fair on Thursday afternoon. The fair drew more than 100 employers looking to meet with job seekers to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. At top, Henry Pio of Hazel Dell, from left, talks with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler as she greets his stepdaughter, Geovanna Alarcon, who is looking for employment.

August 19, 2021, 7:55pm Business

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s annual Clark County jobs fair returned Thursday, drawing what she and her staff described as a record turnout of employers and likely a record number of job seekers. Read story

Crews are converting the former Howard Johnson hotel into Bertha Cain Baugh Place, a future shelter for the homeless, near the Vancouver Mall. The city council approved a code update on Monday to remove language that previously differentiated between hotels and shelters for zoning purposes.

Vancouver City Council’s unanimous vote eliminates final hurdle for homeless shelter

Crews are converting the former Howard Johnson hotel into Bertha Cain Baugh Place, a future shelter for the homeless, near the Vancouver Mall. The city council approved a code update on Monday to remove language that previously differentiated between hotels and shelters for zoning purposes.

August 19, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday to update the city’s Commercial and Transient Lodging Use language, removing a clause that previously appeared to differentiate between homeless shelters and other lodging operations, such as hotels. Read story

Clark County's rental assistance programs have provided more than $21 million in assistance since August 2020.

More rental help is coming for Clark County residents

Clark County's rental assistance programs have provided more than $21 million in assistance since August 2020.

August 18, 2021, 6:08pm Business

Clark County announced Tuesday that it will accept a new round of applications next week for up to 800 households seeking to join the wait list to receive rent assistance — including help with back-owed rent — through the Treasury Rental Assistance programs. Read story

The Columbia Palisades development, as seen from the bluff that lines the northern and eastern sides of the site. The eastern half of the former Fisher Quarry is poised to become a major development hub along the 192nd Avenue corridor.  At top, Romano Capital recently wrapped up work on the Westridge apartment complex, one of four projects that the company has been working on within the 192nd Avenue corridor. Company President Kess Romano said he sees the eastern corridor and Ridgefield as Clark County's two biggest development hot spots at the moment.

Vancouver City Council reviews traffic concerns for development at former Fisher Quarry

The Columbia Palisades development, as seen from the bluff that lines the northern and eastern sides of the site. The eastern half of the former Fisher Quarry is poised to become a major development hub along the 192nd Avenue corridor.  At top, Romano Capital recently wrapped up work on the Westridge apartment complex, one of four projects that the company has been working on within the 192nd Avenue corridor. Company President Kess Romano said he sees the eastern corridor and Ridgefield as Clark County's two biggest development hot spots at the moment.

August 17, 2021, 7:17pm Business

The Riverview Gateway redevelopment project is a massive undertaking that will transform the western half of the former Fisher Quarry into a mixed-use community, but the plan still has a ways to go before winning approval. Read story

The former HP campus in east Vancouver has been renamed the Vancouver Innovation Center, and the new owners are working on a plan to renovate the existing office and industrial buildings and develop a new set of office, light industrial and residential uses on the surrounding campus land.

Vancouver approves mixed-use plan for former Hewlett-Packard site

The former HP campus in east Vancouver has been renamed the Vancouver Innovation Center, and the new owners are working on a plan to renovate the existing office and industrial buildings and develop a new set of office, light industrial and residential uses on the surrounding campus land.

August 17, 2021, 6:28pm Business

The Vancouver City Council gave final approval Monday to a development agreement for the Vancouver Innovation Center, a project which will revamp the 47-acre former Hewlett-Packard industrial complex in east Vancouver and redevelop the surrounding 132-acre campus into a mixed-use community. Read story

Houses in Vancouver as seen in March 2015.

Clark County housing market slows, but only slightly

Houses in Vancouver as seen in March 2015.

August 14, 2021, 5:19pm Business

Clark County’s real estate market appeared to slow in July, but only slightly — and only in comparison with the breakneck pace of market activity so far this year. Read story

Vancouver-based software firm Hubb acquired by Intrado

August 14, 2021, 5:54am Business

Vancouver-based event planning software company Hubb has been acquired by telecommunications company Intrado. The price of the sale was not disclosed. Read story

Ridgefield's population more than doubled over 2010, according to the 2020 Census.

Clark County population tops 500,000

Ridgefield's population more than doubled over 2010, according to the 2020 Census.

August 12, 2021, 7:44pm Clark County News

Clark County has cracked the half-million population mark, adding residents at a rate that made it the fastest growing county in the Portland-Vancouver metro area and second-fastest-growing county in Washington. Read story

A sailboat makes its way past the railroad bridge in Vancouver through the smoke on Sept. 10, 2020. Smoke events in Vancouver tend to be weather-dependent, occurring when east winds bring smoke from elsewhere in the state to the western half.

Are smoky summer skies the ‘new normal’ in Clark County?

A sailboat makes its way past the railroad bridge in Vancouver through the smoke on Sept. 10, 2020. Smoke events in Vancouver tend to be weather-dependent, occurring when east winds bring smoke from elsewhere in the state to the western half.

August 8, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

Last summer’s weeklong “smoke storm” was a game-changer for residents of Western Washington and Oregon. A thick layer of hazardous smog blanketed the region, and Portland briefly laid claim to the dubious mantle of having the worst air quality of any major city in the world. Read story

Brent McCarthy, left, and Marissa Matthews, right, play on the Vancouver Waterfront pier with their son Xavier, 2, on Sept. 10, 2020. The family evacuated from their home just outside of Salem, Ore., two days earlier to escape the smoke and fire risk. Longer and hotter fire seasons increase the likelihood of smoke finding its way to Vancouver.

Stay safe when air is hazardous in the Northwest

Brent McCarthy, left, and Marissa Matthews, right, play on the Vancouver Waterfront pier with their son Xavier, 2, on Sept. 10, 2020. The family evacuated from their home just outside of Salem, Ore., two days earlier to escape the smoke and fire risk. Longer and hotter fire seasons increase the likelihood of smoke finding its way to Vancouver.

August 8, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

Smoky weather can be difficult to predict, but there are ways to prepare for it and to keep yourself safe when it arrives. Read story