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The LA Fitness in Hazel Dell   (The Columbian files)

Clark County Public Health closed LA Fitness’ pools last year due to health hazards

The LA Fitness in Hazel Dell   (The Columbian files)

February 8, 2024, 4:07pm Business

A representative from Clark County Public Health said Thursday that the department issued pool closures at the county’s two LA Fitness locations last year due to “imminent health hazards.” Read story

The sun sets over the Nakia Creek Fire.

DNR purchases Kalama fire station to serve as wildfire-fighting base after Larch closure

The sun sets over the Nakia Creek Fire.

February 7, 2024, 8:07pm Clark County News

The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the purchase of a 1.03-acre site 5 miles east of Kalama as a base for fighting wildfires in Southwest Washington. Read story

Graduate Zoe Minden, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and won the Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement, steadies a banner before the Washington State University Vancouver commencement ceremony begins in 2022.

Washington leads nation in need-based aid, still struggles to retain students

Graduate Zoe Minden, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and won the Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement, steadies a banner before the Washington State University Vancouver commencement ceremony begins in 2022.

February 7, 2024, 2:03pm Clark County News

Washington offers more need-based financial aid to undergraduate students than any other state in the country. Yet college enrollment is stagnant, students are struggling to fill out the application for federal assistance and millions of dollars in aid are being left unclaimed. Read story

Rep. Monica Stonier, left, chats with Sybill Hyppolite, government affairs director for the Washington State Labor Council, as they share family photos at Latte Da Coffee House &amp; Wine Bar on Monday afternoon.

‘I’m an English teacher before I’m a legislator’: Stonier introduces bill to protect against book bans

Rep. Monica Stonier, left, chats with Sybill Hyppolite, government affairs director for the Washington State Labor Council, as they share family photos at Latte Da Coffee House &amp; Wine Bar on Monday afternoon.

February 3, 2024, 6:03am Clark County News

The American Library Association reported record levels of attempted book bans and challenges in 2022. Most of such attempted bans are happening in schools. Read story

Evergreen Public Schools extends school day for remainder of year

January 30, 2024, 5:59am Clark County News

Evergreen Public Schools is slightly extending bell schedules to account for instructional time lost due to inclement weather earlier this month and the teacher strike in September. Read story

Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department respond to a collision between an SUV and school bus Wednesday morning in the Image neighborhood. Four people, including three students, were treated for minor injuries.

Evergreen Public Schools bus driver praises students following collision with SUV

Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department respond to a collision between an SUV and school bus Wednesday morning in the Image neighborhood. Four people, including three students, were treated for minor injuries.

January 26, 2024, 6:54pm Clark County News

The driver behind the wheel of an Evergreen Public Schools bus that was hit by an SUV running a red light Wednesday morning said that despite the chaos and some soreness, he’s in good spirits this week. Read story

Vehicle fire on I-5 South blocks lanes in Vancouver, causes traffic backup

January 24, 2024, 3:40pm Clark County News

A vehicle fire blocked two lanes of Interstate 5 south for about 45 minutes early Wednesday morning, causing traffic backups during the morning commute. Read story

LEADOPTION Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, from left, pauses to chat with sophomore Brandon Lee, 16, junior Luke Livengood, 17, and senior Kiersten Lees, 17, while visiting their woodshop class at Washougal High School on Wednesday morning. Perez was on campus to speak with students and instructors supporting and expanding pathways for trades careers.

Rep. Perez talks shop with Washougal Career and Technical Education teachers and students

LEADOPTION Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, from left, pauses to chat with sophomore Brandon Lee, 16, junior Luke Livengood, 17, and senior Kiersten Lees, 17, while visiting their woodshop class at Washougal High School on Wednesday morning. Perez was on campus to speak with students and instructors supporting and expanding pathways for trades careers.

January 24, 2024, 3:15pm Clark County News

Washougal High School students Samantha Zoeller and Wyatt Weaver were busy at work on a dissected lawnmower when a familiar face popped by. Read story

A sign advocating for a yes vote on an upcoming Battle Ground school levy.

Battle Ground Public Schools proposes new capital levy on Feb. 13 special election ballot

A sign advocating for a yes vote on an upcoming Battle Ground school levy.

January 23, 2024, 7:20pm Clark County News

Battle Ground Public Schools is proposing a new capital levy on the upcoming Feb. 13 special election ballot. Read story

A container of Narcan, a brand name version of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, sits on a table following a demonstration at the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 in Washington.

State Department of Health to increase Narcan supplies in schools; Clark County districts await doses, details

A container of Narcan, a brand name version of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, sits on a table following a demonstration at the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 in Washington.

January 23, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Health

The Washington State Department of Health announced earlier this month it will provide naloxone to public high schools throughout the state to counter a spike in overdose deaths among youth. Read story