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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

Norman, Columbia Springs&rsquo; temporary AirbnBeaver guest, sleeps soundly in an empty fish hatchery round during an afternoon nap at Columbia Springs on Nov. 13. As a &ldquo;nuisance beaver,&rdquo; or a furbearer who damages or floods property, Norman was able to stay in the space before eventually being reintroduced to the wild &mdash; far from humans.

Timeout for beavers: Columbia Springs’ east Vancouver AirbnBeaver hosts critters deemed a nuisance before they are reintroduced into the wild

Norman, Columbia Springs&rsquo; temporary AirbnBeaver guest, sleeps soundly in an empty fish hatchery round during an afternoon nap at Columbia Springs on Nov. 13. As a &ldquo;nuisance beaver,&rdquo; or a furbearer who damages or floods property, Norman was able to stay in the space before eventually being reintroduced to the wild &mdash; far from humans.

November 24, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Beaver LBM-M1-23, better known as Norman, temporarily moved into a drained pool at Columbia Springs in east Vancouver to get sorted out after being booted from his Camas dwelling earlier this month. Read story

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Strategies Clark County residents can use to reduce waste from holiday meals, gift-giving

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November 22, 2023, 6:07am Clark County News

We have now entered the season of feasting, gift-giving and, unfortunately, waste. Read story

This future EV charging station site is at the corner of East 20th and C streets.

Arnada neighborhood soon to take charge with EV charging station

This future EV charging station site is at the corner of East 20th and C streets.

November 21, 2023, 6:08am Business

An unassuming pad of concrete nestled among rows of old homes in Uptown Vancouver will soon host an experiment of sorts. Read story

Kalama chemical manufacturer underreports pollution, issued fine

November 21, 2023, 5:55am Business

A Kalama chemical manufacturer must pay $112,500 after underreporting its air pollution for four years. Read story

Spirit Lake highway bypass to be removed

November 17, 2023, 5:20am Clark County News

Workers began removing a bypass on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to open flows from Coldwater Creek on Thursday, a critical step for maintaining water movement during harsh winter conditions. Read story

Recently planted trees line the sidewalk next to General Anderson Avenue in January. Vancouver officials are updating their urban forestry management plan to reflect the city&rsquo;s climate goals, including strengthening tree codes.

A fine balance: Vancouver juggles protecting trees, managing growth as population expands

Recently planted trees line the sidewalk next to General Anderson Avenue in January. Vancouver officials are updating their urban forestry management plan to reflect the city&rsquo;s climate goals, including strengthening tree codes.

November 16, 2023, 6:06am Business

As Wayne Nussbaum took his dog for a stroll around the neighborhood, he stopped in confusion at the site of multiple tree stumps along a portion of Devine Road. Read story

Derek Ranta, Waste Connections district manager, walks through the curbside oil area at West Van Materials Recovery Center on Monday afternoon.

Advocates want to see recycling rates in Clark County, state climb beyond already solid numbers

Derek Ranta, Waste Connections district manager, walks through the curbside oil area at West Van Materials Recovery Center on Monday afternoon.

November 15, 2023, 6:09am Business

Washington’s recycling rate soars beyond the rest of the country, but leaders in the state’s waste and recycling industry want this number to climb even higher. Read story

This undated photo shows Pacific Wood Treating before it shut down in 1993. The Port of Ridgefield has completed its environmental cleanup of the site.

Soil sampling to determine cleanup plan for Ridgefield yards dealing with Pacific Wood Treating contaminants

This undated photo shows Pacific Wood Treating before it shut down in 1993. The Port of Ridgefield has completed its environmental cleanup of the site.

November 14, 2023, 6:07am Business

Toxic remnants from a wood treating facility’s operations linger in Ridgefield residents’ yards decades after the company halted operations, prompting a fresh round of sampling and further cleanup. Read story

Gifford Pinchot holiday tree permit sale to begin Nov. 16

November 10, 2023, 5:55am Clark County News

Why settle for a small, sparse Charlie Brown tree in your home when you can snag one from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest? Read story

Members of the Clark County Council are pictured after new councilors took the oath of office at the Clark County Public Service Center on Jan. 3, 2023. Councilors are Glen Yung, from left, Michelle Belkot, Karen Bowerman, on screen, Gary Medvigy and Sue Marshall.

Clark County Council delays action on climate plan, saying more public involvement needed

Members of the Clark County Council are pictured after new councilors took the oath of office at the Clark County Public Service Center on Jan. 3, 2023. Councilors are Glen Yung, from left, Michelle Belkot, Karen Bowerman, on screen, Gary Medvigy and Sue Marshall.

November 8, 2023, 6:08am Clark County News

The Clark County Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to push the passage of its public participation plan to late November, delaying a key element for shaping climate action in its comprehensive growth management plan. Read story