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Stories by Carlos Fuentes

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The Vancouver City Council is voting on several changes to rules for dog kennels and shelters in the area, specifically allowing inclusion of dog day care activities, establishing a maximum cap of 175 dogs and prohibiting breeding.

Vancouver City Council updates code to allow dog day care

The Vancouver City Council is voting on several changes to rules for dog kennels and shelters in the area, specifically allowing inclusion of dog day care activities, establishing a maximum cap of 175 dogs and prohibiting breeding.

August 25, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

Dog kennels and shelters in Vancouver can now function as dog day cares following a decision earlier this week from the Vancouver City Council, which made several changes to restrictions on dog care facilities. Read story

An artist's rendering visualizes the Tower Mall Development within the city's Heights District project, including commercial and multifamily housing as well as parks and open space.

Vancouver says Heights District will create about 900 affordable housing units

An artist's rendering visualizes the Tower Mall Development within the city's Heights District project, including commercial and multifamily housing as well as parks and open space.

August 23, 2023, 6:08am Business

Equity and affordable housing have become top priorities for the city of Vancouver as it makes progress on the Heights District development. Read story

Trees rise above a playground at DuBois Park in Vancouver. The playground, which has a wheelchair user-friendly disc swing, is not considered fully accessible due to the wood chip surface. At top, a disc swing hangs at the under-construction Marshall Park.

The play’s the thing: Vancouver works to make its parks more accessible, fun for children of all abilities

Trees rise above a playground at DuBois Park in Vancouver. The playground, which has a wheelchair user-friendly disc swing, is not considered fully accessible due to the wood chip surface. At top, a disc swing hangs at the under-construction Marshall Park.

August 19, 2023, 6:14am Clark County Life

Vancouver is home to more than 70 parks with play equipment, but until this year, none of them were fully accessible to children who use wheelchairs or have various physical disabilities. Read story

Workers install an artificial turf surface at Marshall Park. Though more expensive than wood chips, disability advocates say plastic turf is a key to making playgrounds more accessible.

Advocate: Play sites in Vancouver are worth investing in

Workers install an artificial turf surface at Marshall Park. Though more expensive than wood chips, disability advocates say plastic turf is a key to making playgrounds more accessible.

August 19, 2023, 6:13am Clark County News

Playgrounds are free to use, but they’re far from free to build. Read story

John Bishop in 2018.

Ex-pastor John Bishop returns to Vancouver to publicly confess, apologize

John Bishop in 2018.

August 18, 2023, 2:10pm Churches & Religion

the disgraced former pastor who founded the Living Hope Church in Vancouver and later served a three-year prison sentence for smuggling drugs into the country, is returning to Vancouver to give his first sermon in seven years. Read story

Heat wave prompts restrictions in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

August 16, 2023, 12:56pm Clark County News

In the midst of the heat wave sweeping Southwest Washington, forest fire managers have issued restrictions on campfires, smoking and similar activities in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Read story

Vancouver Police Department hires two assistant chiefs

August 16, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Earlier this summer, the Vancouver Police Department brought in two assistant chiefs, filling roles that had been vacant for nearly a year. Read story

Pedestrians and traffic travel along Main Street in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver eyes easing rules on size of buildings

Pedestrians and traffic travel along Main Street in downtown Vancouver.

August 15, 2023, 6:06pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council on Monday night took the first step to loosen restrictions on the size of building footprints in downtown Vancouver. Read story

Sierra Sampson checks on lemon cucumbers on the farm at the VA Portland Health Care System, Vancouver Campus,  during a recent visit.

Gardens of healing: Caring for plants part of veterans’ therapy, training at Vancouver VA Campus

Sierra Sampson checks on lemon cucumbers on the farm at the VA Portland Health Care System, Vancouver Campus,  during a recent visit.

August 4, 2023, 6:09am Clark County Health

Five years ago, between the memorials for Vietnam War, Korean War and Merchant Marine veterans in the southwest corner of the VA Portland Health Care System, Vancouver Campus, there was an empty grass field. Read story

Neighbors are concerned about safety on Southeast McGillivray Boulevard in east Vancouver.

East Vancouver residents want more transparency on city’s plans for McGillivray Boulevard

Neighbors are concerned about safety on Southeast McGillivray Boulevard in east Vancouver.

August 3, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

Reckless drivers. Lack of sidewalks. Poor bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Read story