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Dog Mountain, one of the most popular hiking areas in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, especially during wildflower season, and the trailhead parking lot fills up quickly, as seen here in a photo from May. To curb vehicles parking on state Highway 14, the U.S. Forest Service is going to require hikers to have permits starting this spring and extending into early summer.

Hikers will need permits on weekends at Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain, one of the most popular hiking areas in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, especially during wildflower season, and the trailhead parking lot fills up quickly, as seen here in a photo from May. To curb vehicles parking on state Highway 14, the U.S. Forest Service is going to require hikers to have permits starting this spring and extending into early summer.

March 7, 2018, 6:00am Clark County News

Hikers will need a permit to climb Dog Mountain on weekends starting at the end of this month. Read story

Car insurance rates rise again in state in 2017

March 5, 2018, 7:53pm Clark County News

If insurance rates are any barometer, then the stereotype is true: Washingtonians are bad drivers. Read story

Louis Kameroff of Vancouver and of the Yupik and Modoc tribes, center, and Corey Nasewytewa of Beaverton, Ore., and of the Hopi and Gila River Pima tribes, right, dance during the grand entry parade Saturday at the annual Traditional Pow Wow hosted by the Native American Parent Association of Southwest Washington. Hundreds of people attended to watch dozens of dancers and drummers perform.

Dancers in step with heritage at Traditional Pow Wow

Louis Kameroff of Vancouver and of the Yupik and Modoc tribes, center, and Corey Nasewytewa of Beaverton, Ore., and of the Hopi and Gila River Pima tribes, right, dance during the grand entry parade Saturday at the annual Traditional Pow Wow hosted by the Native American Parent Association of Southwest Washington. Hundreds of people attended to watch dozens of dancers and drummers perform.

March 3, 2018, 9:50pm Clark County News

Like thunder, steady strikes on the elk skin drum reverberated through the Heritage High School gymnasium — the foundation for six men who wailed a traditional Native American song and a roomful of dancers who whirled in colorful regalia, every step accented by a cacophonous harmony of bells hung from… Read story

Tai Ledah, from left, heads out Feb. 21 with his daughter, Naomi, his wife, Anne, and their baby, Ebony, on their way to Franklin Elementary School in Vancouver for a morning of fun in the snow.

Region’s snowpack 101% of normal after recent storms

Tai Ledah, from left, heads out Feb. 21 with his daughter, Naomi, his wife, Anne, and their baby, Ebony, on their way to Franklin Elementary School in Vancouver for a morning of fun in the snow.

March 3, 2018, 5:07pm Clark County News

In terms of accumulation, this winter got off to a clunky start in Southwest Washington, but the big storms that clobbered the Pacific Northwest around Presidents Day and through the rest of last month substantially boosted the region’s snowpack and brought a bit of relief to those thinking about this… Read story

Traffic piles up on eastbound state Highway 500 at Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road during the evening rush hour on Tuesday. More than an accident per week happens at the intersections of 54th Avenue/N.E. Stapleton Road and Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road. Now WSDOT is searching for ways to make them safer.

WSDOT officials seek input on Highway 500 safety issues

Traffic piles up on eastbound state Highway 500 at Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road during the evening rush hour on Tuesday. More than an accident per week happens at the intersections of 54th Avenue/N.E. Stapleton Road and Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road. Now WSDOT is searching for ways to make them safer.

March 1, 2018, 8:19pm Clark County News

Drive state Highway 500 as part of your commute through Vancouver? Odds are you’ve seen quite a few fender benders. Read story

Port of Vancouver commissioners Don Orange, from left, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver voted Tuesday to move up the end date for the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal lease from March 31 to Wednesday.

Vancouver port commission moves to end oil terminal lease immediately

Port of Vancouver commissioners Don Orange, from left, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver voted Tuesday to move up the end date for the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal lease from March 31 to Wednesday.

February 27, 2018, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver and Vancouver Energy, who wanted to build the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil terminal at the port, mutually agreed to end the company’s lease Wednesday, a month early. Vancouver Energy will donate its $100,000 March lease payment to local nonprofits. Read story

Watershed Alliance to screen ‘Straws,’ host speaker

February 24, 2018, 6:05am Clark County Life

It’s hard to find a physical metaphor that so aptly captures the excesses and impulsiveness of a throwaway society at peak expression than the plastic drinking straw. Read story

With the road cleared, Nick Eiesland, lets the snowplow blade hang from the front of truck. Working overnight Wednesday, snowplow crews cleared primary and secondary roads across Clark County.

Clark County crews plow ahead

With the road cleared, Nick Eiesland, lets the snowplow blade hang from the front of truck. Working overnight Wednesday, snowplow crews cleared primary and secondary roads across Clark County.

February 22, 2018, 8:44pm Clark County News

Even looking through the dirty windshield a snowplow noisily scraping along, the little community of View in unincorporated Clark County lived up to its name at sunrise on Thursday. Read story

Mount St. Helens as seen from the camp chapel at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy in July.

Mount St. Helens Institute to resurrect climbing permit portal

Mount St. Helens as seen from the camp chapel at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy in July.

February 22, 2018, 6:00am Clark County News

The Mount St. Helens Institute is relaunching its climbing permit system nearly four weeks after rampant demand crippled this season’s first online sales event. Read story

The Port of Vancouver, as seen in this aerial shot looking east from the port’s Terminal 5, has undergone many changes and has completed or is very near completing many milestones in the it’s undertaken over the last several years. Now the port is working on a comprehensive update to its strategic plan, a guiding document that will guide the port into the future.

Port of Vancouver works on strategic plan update

The Port of Vancouver, as seen in this aerial shot looking east from the port’s Terminal 5, has undergone many changes and has completed or is very near completing many milestones in the it’s undertaken over the last several years. Now the port is working on a comprehensive update to its strategic plan, a guiding document that will guide the port into the future.

February 20, 2018, 5:09pm Business

A lot has happened since the Port of Vancouver comprehensively updated its strategic plan about a decade ago, and port officials have decided that it’s time to update their guiding document. Read story