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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

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Marlow Bullis, 6, rests on the shoulder of her dad, Vancouver Rowing Club coach Conor Bullis, while on a boat tour.

Keeping Vancouver Lake afloat a complicated challenge

Marlow Bullis, 6, rests on the shoulder of her dad, Vancouver Rowing Club coach Conor Bullis, while on a boat tour.

July 22, 2023, 6:13am Clark County Health

Clark County is inviting the public to comment on its long-term, 308-page solution to the toxic blue-green algae blooms and noxious plant growth that has plagued Vancouver Lake for years. Read story

An aerial view of Vancouver Lake on Nov.

Vancouver Lake has long, unique geologic history

An aerial view of Vancouver Lake on Nov.

July 22, 2023, 6:12am Clark County News

Vancouver Lake’s uniqueness is largely unknown, even to those who frequently visit it. Read story

During a portion of their program in Hawaii, participants learn how to assemble GPS stations with Logan Fusso, U.S. Geological Survey deformation technician, to monitor ground deformation on volcanoes and examine the data in real-time.

Volcanic vocation: Scientists visit Vancouver, study hazard monitoring techniques

During a portion of their program in Hawaii, participants learn how to assemble GPS stations with Logan Fusso, U.S. Geological Survey deformation technician, to monitor ground deformation on volcanoes and examine the data in real-time.

July 21, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

A group of international scientists gathered at the Cascades Volcano Observatory this week to learn about volcano hazard monitoring techniques they can bring back to their home countries. Read story

U.S. Forest Service seeks Comment on Gifford Pinchot trails

July 21, 2023, 5:19am Clark County News

The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to provide comments on a management plan for Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s trails. Read story

Energy Northwest signs deal for nuclear project in Central Washington

July 20, 2023, 5:56am Business

Energy provider Energy Northwest and small modular nuclear reactor developer X-Energy announced Wednesday that they signed a joint development agreement to create up to a dozen reactors in Central Washington. Read story

A hummingbird hangs around flowers at Clark Public Utilities' pollinator garden at its Orchards Operations Center.

Entomologist, author shares tips on how to make Clark County welcoming to vital pollinators

A hummingbird hangs around flowers at Clark Public Utilities' pollinator garden at its Orchards Operations Center.

July 15, 2023, 6:06am Clark County Life

Habitat degradation is taking a toll on bees and other pollinators that serve a crucial role in our ecosystem. But you can create a haven in your yard to help them out. Read story

Bonneville Power Administration's Steven Laslo, right, talks about the building's "fishbowl," an insider term describing a glass-enclosed testing area packed with equipment. BPA commemorated its new Technical Services Building at its Ross Complex in Vancouver.

Bonneville Power Administration’s Ross Complex celebrates new addition

Bonneville Power Administration's Steven Laslo, right, talks about the building's "fishbowl," an insider term describing a glass-enclosed testing area packed with equipment. BPA commemorated its new Technical Services Building at its Ross Complex in Vancouver.

July 12, 2023, 6:32pm Business

The Bonneville Power Administration commemorated the opening of its new Technical Services Building, the first complete project outlined in its vision for the Ross Complex’s future. Read story

This was taken outside of Fairbanks, Alaska during a strong Aurora storm in January 2016.

Aurora borealis won’t be visible in Clark County

This was taken outside of Fairbanks, Alaska during a strong Aurora storm in January 2016.

July 11, 2023, 4:48pm Clark County Life

In recent days, major outlets have excitedly reported that low-latitude communities, including Vancouver, will be able to see a display of flashing auroras Thursday evening. Read story

Gifford Pinchot forest fire restrictions take effect

July 11, 2023, 3:22pm Clark County News

In anticipation for an increasingly hot, dry summer, Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire managers are restricting campfires, smoking and similar activities within the forest. Read story

The city of Vancouver's latest per- and polyflouoroalkyl substances findings show that three water stations contain PFAS exceeding state action levels, meaning the drinking water could potentially lead to adverse health effects.

Vancouver wells see a slight drop in PFAS

The city of Vancouver's latest per- and polyflouoroalkyl substances findings show that three water stations contain PFAS exceeding state action levels, meaning the drinking water could potentially lead to adverse health effects.

July 8, 2023, 6:10am Clark County Health

The city of Vancouver’s latest round of sampling showed the amount of “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have fallen in some of its wells, but the reason why remains unclear. Read story