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Stories by Jake Thomas

Columbian political reporter

A recently installed median on Northeast Minnehaha Street stands out with its fresh coat of paint. But farther down the line, there’s a black mark where portions of it were removed after business owners complained.

After complaints, county removes part of median on Minnehaha Street

A recently installed median on Northeast Minnehaha Street stands out with its fresh coat of paint. But farther down the line, there’s a black mark where portions of it were removed after business owners complained.

July 23, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

Morgan Filbin said that over the last week, customers have been a lot less angry when coming into the Northeast Minnehaha Street Ace Hardware where she works as a sales associate. Read story

Clark County Council District 1 candidates Jim Moeller, from left, Temple Lentz and Jeanne Stewart meet Tuesday with The Columbian Editorial Board.

County Council District 1 race: Mutual respect, tensions tanglevideo icon

Clark County Council District 1 candidates Jim Moeller, from left, Temple Lentz and Jeanne Stewart meet Tuesday with The Columbian Editorial Board.

July 18, 2018, 6:03am Clark County News

Clark County Councilor Jeanne Stewart pushed back against a suggestion that the county wasn’t doing enough to address homelessness during an interview of candidates running for her position by The Columbian Editorial Board. Read story

Temple Lentz

Temple Lentz outpacing opponents in fundraising efforts

Temple Lentz

July 16, 2018, 6:04am Clark County News

When Temple Lentz decided to run for Clark County Council’s District 1 position, she planned to run an aggressive overall campaign. Read story

Newton, from left, Diesel and Niko wait for a highly coveted item, a ball, to be thrown by Cindy Rotermund of Washougal. While these parks can be good places for dogs to socialize, they’re also increasingly places for conflict.

Dog parks in danger in Clark County

Newton, from left, Diesel and Niko wait for a highly coveted item, a ball, to be thrown by Cindy Rotermund of Washougal. While these parks can be good places for dogs to socialize, they’re also increasingly places for conflict.

July 12, 2018, 6:00am Clark County News

On a weekday morning at Dakota Memorial Dog Park, Diesel, a Jack Russell terrier, eagerly leapt at a tennis ball held by his owner, Cindy Rotermund. Read story

The lights of an airplane streak through fireworks as they light the night sky above Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Pearson Field on Wednesday evening.

Tradition holds Fourth at Fort Vancouver

The lights of an airplane streak through fireworks as they light the night sky above Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Pearson Field on Wednesday evening.

July 4, 2018, 8:42pm Clark County News

Once again, people from all over the region gathered on the lawn at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to see something beautiful in the sky. Read story

Candidates for Clark County Council chair Christy Stanley, from left, Eric Holt, Marc Boldt and Eileen Quiring square off before The Columbian’s Editorial Board.

Candidates for Clark County Council chair square offvideo icon

Candidates for Clark County Council chair Christy Stanley, from left, Eric Holt, Marc Boldt and Eileen Quiring square off before The Columbian’s Editorial Board.

July 4, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Republican Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring dismissed a comparison between her and former Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke, saying that electing her council chair wouldn’t mean a return to a previous era of county politics. 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.

17th District candidates differ over issues

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

July 3, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

State Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, said that while the school funding package passed by lawmakers last year had positive elements, it could be setting Washington up for another protracted legal battle. Read story

Paul Scarpelli, far left, says the county overreacted in dismissing him as animal control director.

Firings leave Clark County Animal Control short-handed

Paul Scarpelli, far left, says the county overreacted in dismissing him as animal control director.

July 1, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Paul Scarpelli, the ousted Clark County Animal Control manager, recalled being chronically understaffed as his agency attempted to respond to calls of loose livestock, missing pets, vicious dogs and others beastly issues facing residents. Read story

Scott Marshall of Vancouver, engineer and conductor with Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad, switches inbound rail cars at Rye Yard in January.

Rail line industries draft released

Scott Marshall of Vancouver, engineer and conductor with Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad, switches inbound rail cars at Rye Yard in January.

June 29, 2018, 11:00pm Business

Businesses involved in agriculture, construction, chemical and machinery manufacturing and other industries could set up shop one day in the near future along a 33-mile stretch of county-owned rail line. Read story

Candidates fail to file financial disclosures

June 18, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

Two candidates running for public office in Clark County have failed to file papers disclosing personal financial information as required by state law. Read story