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Columbian staff writer

The Clark County Public Service Center is pictured in Vancouver in 2020 (The Columbian files)

6 ethics complaints filed with Clark County in past year still await investigation

The Clark County Public Service Center is pictured in Vancouver in 2020 (The Columbian files)

May 17, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

Six ethics complaints filed with Clark County in the past year are still waiting to be investigated. The delay seems to be just as frustrating for county officials as it is for those who filed the complaints. Read story

Clark County has owned Camp Bonneville since 2011.

Environmental group seeks closure of Camp Bonneville shooting range used by FBI

Clark County has owned Camp Bonneville since 2011.

May 14, 2024, 6:31pm Clark County News

An environmental group is trying to persuade Clark County to permanently close the shooting range at Camp Bonneville, the former military training grounds north of Camas. Read story

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, right, chair of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and council member Suzanne Donaldson perform a &ldquo;calling in the ancestors&rdquo; song Friday at Kwoneesum Dam northeast of Washougal. The 1960s-era dam is slated to be removed this summer, restoring Wildboy Creek to its natural state.

‘Welcome to our cathedral’: Cowlitz tribe, Columbia Land Trust hail dam’s pending removal

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, right, chair of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and council member Suzanne Donaldson perform a &ldquo;calling in the ancestors&rdquo; song Friday at Kwoneesum Dam northeast of Washougal. The 1960s-era dam is slated to be removed this summer, restoring Wildboy Creek to its natural state.

May 14, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

Getting to Kwoneesum Dam involves a bumpy, jarring 45-minute drive up rural, unpaved roads not easily found on a map. But it’s worth the rough drive. Read story

Arthur Colunga of Battle Ground, left, and his wife, Lyndsey, grab a bite to eat Thursday while enjoying the outdoor seating area at the new Battle Ground Station food cart pod on Main Street. At top, a customer picks up an order from Bobablastic in Battle Ground on Thursday morning.

New food cart pod welcomed: Battle Ground Station opens with 7 of 10 slots taken

Arthur Colunga of Battle Ground, left, and his wife, Lyndsey, grab a bite to eat Thursday while enjoying the outdoor seating area at the new Battle Ground Station food cart pod on Main Street. At top, a customer picks up an order from Bobablastic in Battle Ground on Thursday morning.

May 10, 2024, 6:08am Business

The number of dining options in Battle Ground grew quickly Monday with the long-awaited opening of Battle Ground Station, the city’s new food truck pod. Read story

Clark County Fire District 6 Fire Chief Kristan Maurer stands in front of a new fire engine July 13 at Station 62. She said Wednesday that her district doesn';t plan to pursue a development impact fee newly allowed by county code.

Clark County Council OKs ordinance allowing fire districts to collect impact fees

Clark County Fire District 6 Fire Chief Kristan Maurer stands in front of a new fire engine July 13 at Station 62. She said Wednesday that her district doesn';t plan to pursue a development impact fee newly allowed by county code.

May 8, 2024, 7:42pm Clark County News

With little discussion, the Clark County Council this week unanimously approved an ordinance allowing fire districts to collect development impact fees. Read story

Clark County Council Chair Gary Medvigy, shown at a meeting in 2022, said the county can still adjust the growth plan if necessary.

Clark County Council breaks deadlock to agree on way to distribute housing growth among cities

Clark County Council Chair Gary Medvigy, shown at a meeting in 2022, said the county can still adjust the growth plan if necessary.

May 7, 2024, 6:59pm Clark County News

Clark County councilors managed to break a deadlock Tuesday over how to distribute projected housing growth over the next 20 years to individual cities. Read story

Clark County seeks feedback on climate planning

May 7, 2024, 6:00am Clark County News

Clark County is seeking community input on planning for climate change. Read story

Klineline Pond to close for geotech surveys

May 7, 2024, 6:00am Clark County News

Clark County’s parks and lands division will perform geotechnical surveys of Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Regional Park. The surveys gather data about the site’s physical characteristics and will be used to develop plans for improvements at the park. Read story

Tax exemption program hosts sign-up event

May 7, 2024, 6:00am Clark County News

The Clark County Assessor’s Office will have tax exemption specialists available to answer questions and help property owners enroll in the county’s tax relief program on May 17. Read story

Salmon Creek flows near the Northwest 36th Avenue bridge April 26. Low rainfall totals and decreased snowpack levels could leave rivers and streams running dry this summer but likely won&rsquo;t affect Clark County&rsquo;s drinking-water supplies, which primarily come from groundwater sources.

Clark County likely won’t feel drought despite being covered in declaration

Salmon Creek flows near the Northwest 36th Avenue bridge April 26. Low rainfall totals and decreased snowpack levels could leave rivers and streams running dry this summer but likely won&rsquo;t affect Clark County&rsquo;s drinking-water supplies, which primarily come from groundwater sources.

May 6, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

and the rest of Washington — has seen its share of rainy days in the last month, drought conditions persist. On April 16, the state Department of Ecology declared a drought emergency for nearly all of Washington, with some major metro areas excluded. The agency is making up to $4.5… Read story