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VanGelder, co-president of the Proebstel Neighborhood Association, stops outside the Creekside Country Market to point out how bad traffic has gotten at nearby intersections. He worries that a rezoning proposal will make things worse.

Pondering the future of Proebstel

VanGelder, co-president of the Proebstel Neighborhood Association, stops outside the Creekside Country Market to point out how bad traffic has gotten at nearby intersections. He worries that a rezoning proposal will make things worse.

August 15, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Life

Despite all the growth in Clark County, Proebstel, an unincorporated community just east of Vancouver, still feels pretty country. Large grass-covered lots line state Highway 500, the arterial that runs through it. There’s a “country market,” a church, a few businesses and farms offering blueberries or eggs. The area’s even… Read story

A trio of trucks travel to and from the Zimmerly gravel pit near Washougal.

Opinion issued on the Zimmerly quarry

A trio of trucks travel to and from the Zimmerly gravel pit near Washougal.

August 12, 2018, 10:37pm Clark County News

Mining at a gravel pit that has rankled nearby residents can continue after the county hearings examiner has determined that its owner has the required permit. However, a local conservation group said it has a new strategy to challenge the mine. Read story

Timberly Eyssen, left, prepares for dental assistant Sam Mattix to take an X-ray of her teeth July 13 at Affordable Dentures in Vancouver. A skydiving accident in 2011 left Eyssen with a broken neck, which eventually led to a prescription opioid addiction. After years of drug abuse, Eyssen attempted suicide in in April of 2017, but has since begun a treatment with Suboxone, which helps to treat her pain and addiction.

Drugs offer hope to opioid addicts

Timberly Eyssen, left, prepares for dental assistant Sam Mattix to take an X-ray of her teeth July 13 at Affordable Dentures in Vancouver. A skydiving accident in 2011 left Eyssen with a broken neck, which eventually led to a prescription opioid addiction. After years of drug abuse, Eyssen attempted suicide in in April of 2017, but has since begun a treatment with Suboxone, which helps to treat her pain and addiction.

August 12, 2018, 6:05am Clark County Health

It wasn’t the broken neck from a skydiving accident in 2011 that sent Timberly Eyssen’s life into a downward spiral. Instead, it was the prescription painkillers that would cost Eyssen her successful career in public relations and marketing, her apartment, many friends, and the life she once had. Read story

House fire displaces family from La Center

August 11, 2018, 7:46pm Clark County News

A fire that started early Saturday morning damaged a house in La Center and displaced the family living in it. Read story

Marc Boldt, incumbent in race for Clark County Council chair (The Columbian files)

Boldt’s hopes for re-election dim in latest election returns

Marc Boldt, incumbent in race for Clark County Council chair (The Columbian files)

August 8, 2018, 5:36pm Clark County News

Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt saw his re-election prospects dim as the most recent count of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary election show him falling behind Eric Holt, a Democrat vying for the position. Read story

Challenger Tanisha Harris, left, and Republican state Rep. Vicki Kraft face off during a meeting of The Columbian’s Editorial Board in July.

Harris happy with tally in 17th District race

Challenger Tanisha Harris, left, and Republican state Rep. Vicki Kraft face off during a meeting of The Columbian’s Editorial Board in July.

August 7, 2018, 10:19pm Clark County News

Election night brought few surprises for candidates running for state representative in the 17th Legislative District, which encompasses east Vancouver and unincorporated portions of Clark County. Read story

Clark County Council Chair candidates, clockwise from top left, Eileen Quiring, Eric Holt, incumbent Marc Boldt, and Christy Stanley, who officially withdrew from the race.

County Council: Candidates say party affiliation not as big a player at local level

Clark County Council Chair candidates, clockwise from top left, Eileen Quiring, Eric Holt, incumbent Marc Boldt, and Christy Stanley, who officially withdrew from the race.

August 5, 2018, 6:02am Clark County News

The last few elections for positions in Clark County government have not been kind to Democrats. Read story

Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt speaks to The Columbian's Editorial Board on July 3.

Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt misstates endorsement

Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt speaks to The Columbian's Editorial Board on July 3.

July 30, 2018, 8:48pm Clark County News

Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt said a mix-up caused him to falsely state that he was endorsed by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council in his bid for re-election. Read story

A new phase of improvements to Northeast 119th Street is due to kick off. The former farm road has become a major arterial linking Salmon Creek with Brush Prairie.

Construction on Northeast 119th Street ‘one bite at a time’

A new phase of improvements to Northeast 119th Street is due to kick off. The former farm road has become a major arterial linking Salmon Creek with Brush Prairie.

July 30, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

Whenever Robin Washington, a project manager with Clark County Public Works, is asked why the improvements on Northeast 119th Street are taking so long to build, she likens it to another large undertaking. Read story

Candidates for Clark County Council chair Eric Holt, from left, Marc Boldt and Eileen Quiring meet with The Columbian’s Editorial Board in early July.

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Candidates for Clark County Council chair Eric Holt, from left, Marc Boldt and Eileen Quiring meet with The Columbian’s Editorial Board in early July.

July 29, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Whomever voters pick to be Clark County Council chair will have some big challenges ahead that include budget shortfalls, a housing shortage, homelessness, growth planning, charter implementation and others. Read story