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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

The Washington Department of Ecology reported that 26 million pounds of litter landed along state roads and highway interchanges in 2022.

Hundreds of volunteer hours later, litter on Highway 14 is impossible to keep up with

The Washington Department of Ecology reported that 26 million pounds of litter landed along state roads and highway interchanges in 2022.

January 29, 2024, 3:46pm Clark County News

When Madeline Lyne drives along Highway 14, her frustration is palpable. Read story

A NW Natural gas meter.

Washington’s climate efforts hit Clark County utility bills; Typical NW Natural customer will see increase of 11.9 percent

A NW Natural gas meter.

January 26, 2024, 6:07am Business

This month, natural gas customers saw the cost of Washington’s climate efforts reflected in their monthly bills. Read story

Members of NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 from right to left, NASA astronauts Jeanette Epps, mission specialist; Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, mission specialist; participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Jan. 12.

Camas astronaut Barratt ready for takeoff in SpaceX mission to space station in February

Members of NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 from right to left, NASA astronauts Jeanette Epps, mission specialist; Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, mission specialist; participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Jan. 12.

January 25, 2024, 5:36pm Clark County News

Mike Barratt, Camas’ space explorer, is en route to orbit for the third time. Read story

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

Lands commissioner Franz joins Columbian Conversations event on intensifying wildfire seasons in region

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

January 25, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

Wildfires are growing in frequency and intensity across Washington, leaving residents in communities unaccustomed to them wondering how to live with fire. Read story

Logging workers reported in early January their log loader, tether, swing boom skidder and feller buncher were vandalized. The incident reflects a larger trend of vandalism happening on state-managed lands.

Increase in vandalism, Illegal dumping and theft reported in Yacolt Burn

Logging workers reported in early January their log loader, tether, swing boom skidder and feller buncher were vandalized. The incident reflects a larger trend of vandalism happening on state-managed lands.

January 24, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

The Yacolt Burn State Forest has seen a significant uptick in vandalism in recent months, costing the state thousands in damage that would otherwise fund public schools and services. Read story

Above, researchers estimate that white oaks now dot less than 10 percent of the range they historically occupied before European settlements were established. Oak communities have historically been cleared to build homes and businesses or to convert expanses to agricultural sites.

New Southwest Washington working group strives to return imperiled Oregon white oak tree to former range

Above, researchers estimate that white oaks now dot less than 10 percent of the range they historically occupied before European settlements were established. Oak communities have historically been cleared to build homes and businesses or to convert expanses to agricultural sites.

January 24, 2024, 6:06am Clark County News

Oregon white oak communities are one of North America’s most imperiled habitats, according to the Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit. Read story

Photos sought for Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s annual contest

January 19, 2024, 5:58am Clark County Life

Grab your camera, wander outdoors and snap some pictures for Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s ninth “GorgeGram: Framed in Beauty” photo contest. Read story

Forest Service extends public comment period on Northwest Forest Plan

January 18, 2024, 5:55am Clark County News

The U.S. Forest Service has extended the public comment period on the notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on the proposal to amend the Northwest Forest Plan through Feb. 2. Read story

Mount Hood, seen from the Port of Camas-Washougal on Tuesday morning, shows a fresh coat of white after the weekend&rsquo;s winter storm. The Western United States experienced record low snow in early January.

Cascade Mountains’ snowpack: This week’s weather won’t reverse snow drought in Pacific Northwest

Mount Hood, seen from the Port of Camas-Washougal on Tuesday morning, shows a fresh coat of white after the weekend&rsquo;s winter storm. The Western United States experienced record low snow in early January.

January 17, 2024, 6:06am Clark County News

This week’s snowfall likely won’t be enough to pull the Pacific Northwest out of its snow drought. Read story

Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington kicks off film series on environment

January 17, 2024, 5:55am Clark County Life

The Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington is kicking off its 14th annual free film series this month in Vancouver. Read story