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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

BLM: Seasonal fire ban in effect in Washington, Oregon

May 26, 2023, 5:50am Clark County News

Fire restrictions in Washington and Oregon’s public lands are now in effect. Read story

Forest Service: Some Mount St. Helens sites still open

May 26, 2023, 5:50am Clark County News

The Johnston Ridge Observatory north of Mount St. Helens remains closed following a May 14 landslide that damaged Spirit Lake Memorial Highway near Milepost 49, yet some recreational sites and viewpoints remain open. Read story

A group of Mount St. Helens Institute volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff hike along the Hummocks Trail to Johnston Ridge Observatory to retrieve supplies Tuesday. A May 14 landslide closed Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, or state Highway 504, which is the only road to the facility, and provides stellar views of Mount St. Helens.

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A group of Mount St. Helens Institute volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff hike along the Hummocks Trail to Johnston Ridge Observatory to retrieve supplies Tuesday. A May 14 landslide closed Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, or state Highway 504, which is the only road to the facility, and provides stellar views of Mount St. Helens.

May 25, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — Early Tuesday morning, a small group of outdoor adventurers ascended a foot path toward Johnston Ridge Observatory, now dark, cold and desolate, to gather supplies necessary for its summer operations. Read story

Goldendale Energy Storage project wins water quality OK

May 23, 2023, 5:58am Clark County News

The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday issued a water quality certification for the Goldendale Energy Storage project, a development that would generate up 1,200 megawatts of electricity from the Columbia River. Read story

The West Biddle Dam is being replaced to continue supplying water to rear fish, an operation that has lasted since its creation in 1925.

A dam fine project: Columbia Springs’ replacement of  West Biddle Dam key to its mission, fish preservation

The West Biddle Dam is being replaced to continue supplying water to rear fish, an operation that has lasted since its creation in 1925.

May 22, 2023, 6:10am Clark County News

Just about seven miles east of Vancouver’s city core, a nonprofit’s endeavor to sustain an almost century-old legacy of fish rearing is about to begin. Read story

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., speaks with people in the crowd before receiving Pacific Northwest Waterways Association's 2022 Legislator of the Year Award. She received the award in 2016 for introducing a grant program that helped reduce congestion at U.S. ports.

Sen. Cantwell’s Recreation for All bill heads to full Senate

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., speaks with people in the crowd before receiving Pacific Northwest Waterways Association's 2022 Legislator of the Year Award. She received the award in 2016 for introducing a grant program that helped reduce congestion at U.S. ports.

May 18, 2023, 3:16pm Clark County News

The U.S. Senate is set to review legislation that aims to boost youth involvement in outdoor recreation after the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved it Wednesday. Read story

Washington Department of Health launches website on ‘forever chemicals’

May 18, 2023, 5:56am Clark County Health

The Washington Department of Health has launched a dashboard full of data highlighting the public water systems statewide that contain “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Read story

Nearly 19 percent of Vancouver has a tree canopy — roughly 6,066 acres, or the size of 4,600 football fields. From this number, 15 percent of the city’s inventoried trees are maintained by the city and 85 percent are private.

Officials rethink Vancouver forestry plan

Nearly 19 percent of Vancouver has a tree canopy — roughly 6,066 acres, or the size of 4,600 football fields. From this number, 15 percent of the city’s inventoried trees are maintained by the city and 85 percent are private.

May 10, 2023, 4:39pm Clark County News

Amid the bustle of a growing city and the pressures of climate change, urban foresters are rethinking how to expand Vancouver’s tree canopy. Read story

Residents cool off as they splash around in the water feature at The Waterfront Vancouver in 2022. The water feature will be open this weekend, when temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees.

Clark County temperatures could be in 90s this weekend

Residents cool off as they splash around in the water feature at The Waterfront Vancouver in 2022. The water feature will be open this weekend, when temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees.

May 9, 2023, 7:50pm Clark County News

Regional weather forecasts show that Mother’s Day weekend will be the hottest so far this year, with temperatures as much as 25 degrees above normal, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland. Read story

Washington’s departments of Ecology and Health seek input on impact of toxic plastic additive

May 6, 2023, 5:10am Clark County News

Washington’s departments of Ecology and Health are seeking public input on its draft plan addressing phthalates, a human-made chemical found in plastics that has a toxic effect on humans and wildlife. Read story