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Columbian Local News Editor

A former Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter has filed a federal lawsuit against the agency alleging a hostile work environment and racial discrimination. The suit names Fire Chief Kristan Maurer, here in July in front of  a new fire engine.

Ex-firefighter sues Clark County Fire District 6 for racial discrimination

A former Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter has filed a federal lawsuit against the agency alleging a hostile work environment and racial discrimination. The suit names Fire Chief Kristan Maurer, here in July in front of  a new fire engine.

September 21, 2023, 6:51pm Clark County News

A Black man who is a former Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter alleges a white recruit sneaked up behind him, placed a noose around his neck and acted out a lynching during a knot-tying training in June 2022. Read story

FILE - The company logo shines off the hood of a 2021 K5 sedan on display in the Kia exhibit at the Denver auto show Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Elitch's Gardens in downtown Denver.  Kia is recalling about 320,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that could stop the trunk from being opened from the inside, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. The recall covers the Optima midsize car from 2016 through 2018, Optima hybrids and plug-ins from 2017 and 2018, and the Rio small car from 2016 and 2017.

Own a Kia or Hyundai? Vancouver police say beware of thieves

FILE - The company logo shines off the hood of a 2021 K5 sedan on display in the Kia exhibit at the Denver auto show Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Elitch's Gardens in downtown Denver.  Kia is recalling about 320,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that could stop the trunk from being opened from the inside, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. The recall covers the Optima midsize car from 2016 through 2018, Optima hybrids and plug-ins from 2017 and 2018, and the Rio small car from 2016 and 2017.

September 20, 2023, 3:45pm Clark County News

The Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday they have seen a spike in thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles over the past several weeks. The thefts are part of a national trend that affects a number of Kia and Hyundai models built between 2011 and 2021. Read story

A resident spotted this black bear Wednesday morning from their yard near Lacamas Lake.

Bear sighted near Lacamas Lake

A resident spotted this black bear Wednesday morning from their yard near Lacamas Lake.

September 20, 2023, 3:40pm Clark County News

The Camas Police Department on Wednesday said there have been recent sightings of a black bear near Lacamas Lake. Read story

Three Clark County industries — construction, health care and accommodations & food services — each added about 200 jobs in August.

Clark County labor market adds 600 jobs in August, remains in ‘good shape’

Three Clark County industries — construction, health care and accommodations & food services — each added about 200 jobs in August.

September 20, 2023, 6:02am Business

Clark County added 600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in August as the county’s labor market continued to grow. Read story

The Clark County Courthouse.

Man who was shot in north Clark County altercation charged with assault

The Clark County Courthouse.

September 18, 2023, 6:10pm Clark County News

A man shot in November 2022 during an argument with his fiancee’s father over a vehicle in north Clark County is now being charged with assault stemming from the altercation. Read story

Vancouver candlelight vigil set for local homicide victims

September 16, 2023, 5:56am Clark County News

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation will hold a candlelight vigil the evening of Sept. 25 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims. Read story

Clark County recognizes local victims of homicide

September 16, 2023, 5:52am Clark County News

As part of the National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims, the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Unit will recognize homicide victims in Clark County with a slide show. Read story

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Fish and Wildlife biologist drowns during steelhead survey north of Carson

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September 14, 2023, 6:31pm Clark County News

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist drowned Wednesday while conducting a summer steelhead survey in the Wind River north of Carson, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. Read story

Former teacher Shelley Leatherwood appears Jan. 6 in Clark County Superior Court. She was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a jail work crew for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old student.

Former Mountain View High teacher sentenced

Former teacher Shelley Leatherwood appears Jan. 6 in Clark County Superior Court. She was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a jail work crew for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old student.

September 14, 2023, 4:17pm Clark County News

A former Mountain View High School teacher was sentenced Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to serve 30 days on a jail work crew for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old student. Read story

State budget cuts will force Larch Corrections Center, a minimum-security prison, to close.

Union that represents Washington corrections officers seeks to block Larch closure

State budget cuts will force Larch Corrections Center, a minimum-security prison, to close.

September 14, 2023, 11:44am Clark County News

The union that represents Washington corrections officers filed a complaint Wednesday seeking a court injunction to stop the impending closure of Larch Corrections Center. Read story