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Columbian political reporter

Jodi Creamer, left, and Trina Siebart are the front-line staff at the Clark County Permit Center, which county officials are currently seeking to overhaul.

Clark County Council walks fine line on permit center

Jodi Creamer, left, and Trina Siebart are the front-line staff at the Clark County Permit Center, which county officials are currently seeking to overhaul.

June 7, 2018, 9:46pm Clark County News

When a consultant’s report released earlier this spring partially blamed members of the Clark County Council for unpredictability and dysfunction at the county’s troubled permit center, they pushed back, saying the problem is more complicated. Read story

An exterior of the Wapato Jail is seen in North Portland off west Marine Drive. Clark County is exploring the idea of sending inmates to this medium-security facility.

Clark County weighs using Wapato Jail

An exterior of the Wapato Jail is seen in North Portland off west Marine Drive. Clark County is exploring the idea of sending inmates to this medium-security facility.

June 6, 2018, 7:44pm Clark County News

As Clark County continues to mull its options for its outdated jail, at least one member of the county council has turned to someone who happens to own an empty, never-used jail. Read story

Collision on I-205 closes four lanes

June 3, 2018, 10:23pm Clark County News

Four lanes on a stretch of Interstate 205 in Vancouver were temporarily closed Sunday morning after two vehicles collided. Raymond Egan, a captain paramedic with the Vancouver Fire Department, said the crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on a northbound stretch of the interstate. He said… Read story

Shawn Henessee

County council picks Shawn Henessee for manager

Shawn Henessee

May 31, 2018, 12:08pm Clark County News

On Thursday the council unanimously approved a motion authorizing council Chair Marc Boldt and Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes to develop a contract with Henessee. Read story

Jim Mullen, owner of The Herbery, makes his case for why the county council should stop worrying about legal pot.

Clark County Council doesn’t change stance on legal pot

Jim Mullen, owner of The Herbery, makes his case for why the county council should stop worrying about legal pot.

May 30, 2018, 9:56pm Clark County News

No member of the Clark County Council signaled that they had a change of heart regarding the county’s restrictions on pot following a nearly 2½-hour special work session on cannabis Wednesday evening. Read story

Battle Ground residents are being asked to limit their water consumption this summer.

Battle Ground asks its residents to limit water use

Battle Ground residents are being asked to limit their water consumption this summer.

May 29, 2018, 5:02pm Clark County News

Hoping to proactively manage the heavy water use that comes with the warmer months, the city of Battle Ground is asking its residents to voluntarily limit how often they turn their faucets on. Read story

Two candidates vie for Clark County clerk

May 26, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

Republican Clark County Clerk Scott Weber has drawn a challenger as he seeks a third term for the position. Read story

Daisy Iturbide, a seventh-grader at Discovery Middle School, plays in the Discovery Middle School band during the parade on Saturday. It’s the second year the flutist has marched in the annual parade. “It’s my favorite part of the year,” she said.

Students band together

Daisy Iturbide, a seventh-grader at Discovery Middle School, plays in the Discovery Middle School band during the parade on Saturday. It’s the second year the flutist has marched in the annual parade. “It’s my favorite part of the year,” she said.

May 19, 2018, 10:56pm Clark County News

Starla Rose, an 8th-grader at Discovery Middle School, recalled being a little nervous when she performed with her band in the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands last year for the first time. As a drum major, she has to march in step while giving signals to the rest of the… Read story

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Filing week ends with a few surprises

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May 18, 2018, 11:20pm Clark County News

The apparent retirement of eight-term Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher and two candidates filing to run for his position is one of several surprises that came at the end of filing week. Read story

Clark County council members Jeanne Stewart, from left, Julie Olson, Marc Boldt, John Blom and Eileen Quiring discuss issues during a meeting in January.

Clark County Council picks 2 finalists for manager

Clark County council members Jeanne Stewart, from left, Julie Olson, Marc Boldt, John Blom and Eileen Quiring discuss issues during a meeting in January.

May 18, 2018, 5:42pm Clark County News

The Clark County Council has settled on two finalists for county manager. The council is inviting the public to come meet them at a forum that’ll be held the morning of May 30. Read story