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Columbian staff writer

In a sweeping plan to reorganize much of the federal government, the White House has proposed selling federally owned power transmission assets, such as the transmission lines owned by the Bonneville Power Administration. The Trump Administration claims the move would save taxpayers money and reduce public liability. Critics refute those claims and argue Pacific Northwest residents would see electricity rates spike.

Trump administration puts BPA assets back on chopping block

In a sweeping plan to reorganize much of the federal government, the White House has proposed selling federally owned power transmission assets, such as the transmission lines owned by the Bonneville Power Administration. The Trump Administration claims the move would save taxpayers money and reduce public liability. Critics refute those claims and argue Pacific Northwest residents would see electricity rates spike.

July 2, 2018, 5:53pm Business

The Trump administration is proposing to sell the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission assets, despite previous assurances from some administration officials that it would be left alone. Read story

A leaking vehicle sends pollution down a parking lot storm drain. Leaky vehicles are a significant source of waterway pollution in Western Washington.

Don’t Drip and Drive program aims to curtail cars’ oil leaks

A leaking vehicle sends pollution down a parking lot storm drain. Leaky vehicles are a significant source of waterway pollution in Western Washington.

June 30, 2018, 6:03am Clark County News

It’s easy for drivers to ignore the leaks and drips coming off their autos — considering how expensive auto repairs can be, occasionally topping off the oil is much cheaper than a trip to the mechanic — but all those tiny spills have an outsized cumulative environmental impact. Read story

Rick Dyer is retiring as Clark Public Utilities’ director of finance.

Clark Public Utilities’ finance chief retires after 34 years

Rick Dyer is retiring as Clark Public Utilities’ director of finance.

June 29, 2018, 5:08pm Clark County Business

After 34 years as Clark Public Utilities’ director of finance, Rick Dyer has retired. Read story

Noaa Boris, left, and Connor Guenther, both of Battle Ground, look out on the low water levels of the East Fork Lewis River just above Moulton Falls Park. A hot and dry spring melted much of the regional snowpack and has lowered runoff and precipitation of waterways.

Rapid snowmelt already evident in dramatic change to area waterways

Noaa Boris, left, and Connor Guenther, both of Battle Ground, look out on the low water levels of the East Fork Lewis River just above Moulton Falls Park. A hot and dry spring melted much of the regional snowpack and has lowered runoff and precipitation of waterways.

June 22, 2018, 11:30pm Clark County News

It doesn’t take long to ruin a good thing. In April, Southwest Washington was coming out of winter with a healthy mountain snowpack of around 125 percent above normal -- a good sign for the upcoming dry season; but it only took a few weeks to dramatically reduce an entire… Read story

Port of Vancouver’s board of commissioners from left, Don Orange, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver meet in January 2018 at the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver port board resolution against separating kids from parents at border

Port of Vancouver’s board of commissioners from left, Don Orange, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver meet in January 2018 at the Port of Vancouver.

June 19, 2018, 5:14pm Business

On a 2-1 vote, the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday urging elected officials and federal representatives to immediately stop separating children from families at the U.S. border with Mexico. Read story

Vancouver residents Alice Perry Linker, left, and Fred Suter discuss what the forest between Moulton Falls and Lucia Falls parks might look like after timber is harvested in the area. The Washington Department of Recreation is planning the Michigan Trotter Timber Sale for January, which includes trees along 2,500 feet of the trail.

Moulton Falls Trail fans object to its inclusion in January timber sale

Vancouver residents Alice Perry Linker, left, and Fred Suter discuss what the forest between Moulton Falls and Lucia Falls parks might look like after timber is harvested in the area. The Washington Department of Recreation is planning the Michigan Trotter Timber Sale for January, which includes trees along 2,500 feet of the trail.

June 17, 2018, 7:03pm Clark County News

About a hundred yards up the Moulton Falls Trail, Alice Perry Linker marvels at the forest canopy that envelopes the path and dapples the sunlight. Read story

The Port of Vancouver's 218-acre Terminal 5 was the proposed site for the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.

Vancouver port to pay $500K to settle open meetings lawsuit

The Port of Vancouver's 218-acre Terminal 5 was the proposed site for the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.

June 14, 2018, 5:32pm Business

The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit wherein it admitted to violating open meetings laws while commissioners debated a lease for an oil terminal. Read story

The TransAlta power plant in Centralia was fined by the Southwest Clean Air Agency for violating federal mercury standards and not operating pollution control equipment at optimal levels. The plant is one of the largest polluters in the state.

Power plant issued $331,000 fine

The TransAlta power plant in Centralia was fined by the Southwest Clean Air Agency for violating federal mercury standards and not operating pollution control equipment at optimal levels. The plant is one of the largest polluters in the state.

June 13, 2018, 7:36pm Business

The Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency has fined the TransAlta coal-fired power plant in Centralia more than $331,000 for exceeding federal mercury emission standards and improper operation of its air pollution equipment. Read story

Highway 503 paving will slow traffic flow

June 11, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

Recreationists planning to spend time around the south side of Mount St. Helens and Swift Reservoir this summer should prepare for some slow going on state Highway 503 as road crews work to improve the highway. Read story

Members of Columbia Land Trust check out logging operations on forest land they own in late May. The land trust bought the land outright in 2013 from timber company Pope Resources as part of a larger agreement to keep housing out of most of the company’s 24,000 acres.

Monumental agreement on Mount St. Helens

Members of Columbia Land Trust check out logging operations on forest land they own in late May. The land trust bought the land outright in 2013 from timber company Pope Resources as part of a larger agreement to keep housing out of most of the company’s 24,000 acres.

June 10, 2018, 6:03am Clark County News

One-time adversaries come together to protect habitat, logging near Mount St. Helens Read story