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Stories by Shari Phiel

Columbian staff writer

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

The ashy pebblesnail is one of two species of snail the Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the federal government to list as an endangered species.

Center for Biological Diversity hopes to protect Washington’s Ashy pebblesnail and shortface lanx

The ashy pebblesnail is one of two species of snail the Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the federal government to list as an endangered species.

May 4, 2024, 6:12am Clark County News

Once found throughout the Columbia River basin, the ashy pebblesnail and the shortface lanx have disappeared from much of Washington. The Center for Biological Diversity hopes to change that. The nonprofit group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add both species to the federal endangered species list. Read story

Clark County to burn slash at Camp Bonneville

May 4, 2024, 5:09am Clark County News

Clark County’s sustainable forestry program will be reducing wildfire fuel at Camp Bonneville by conducting slash pile burns throughout May. Washington’s Department of Natural Resources approved a two-year permit to burn up to 10 slash piles. Read story

Clark County Councilor Sue Marshall, right, fields questions about farming and climate change during a Thursday news conference at Second Mile Marketplace and Food Hub in Vancouver.

Clark County farmers say Farm Bill vital to climate-smart agriculture, urge Congress to pass funding

Clark County Councilor Sue Marshall, right, fields questions about farming and climate change during a Thursday news conference at Second Mile Marketplace and Food Hub in Vancouver.

May 3, 2024, 6:02am Clark County News

With the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture expected to begin discussions on the federal Farm Bill later this month, farmers and leaders from Clark County and farther afield gathered at the Second Mile Marketplace in Vancouver to talk about what could happen if funding for agricultural programs is cut. Read story

Residents living along the west edge of the Salmon Creek trail say the ponds have been drying out, but no one seems to know why. According to Clark County Public Works, the ponds began drying up about a year ago. Rocky Houston, director of the parks division, said it may be from a beaver dam.

Why are Salmon Creek trail ponds drying up?

Residents living along the west edge of the Salmon Creek trail say the ponds have been drying out, but no one seems to know why. According to Clark County Public Works, the ponds began drying up about a year ago. Rocky Houston, director of the parks division, said it may be from a beaver dam.

April 30, 2024, 6:15am Clark County News

What is causing ponds along the western edge of Salmon Creek trail to dry up? That’s the question many residents living along the trail are asking. Read story

Turning bad into good for local environment

April 30, 2024, 6:00am Clark County News

State funds from fines levied by Washington’s Department of Ecology will help fund local improvement projects. Read story

VANtalks Connections set at Kiggins on May 23

April 27, 2024, 5:56am Business

VANtalks, a local version of the popular TED Talk presentations, will host its seventh annual event at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Kiggins Theatre, 1101 Main St., Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Read story

The LA Fitness in Hazel Dell   (The Columbian files)

Pool at LA Fitness in Hazel Dell reopens after repairs made

The LA Fitness in Hazel Dell   (The Columbian files)

April 26, 2024, 7:41pm Business

Patrons of LA Fitness’ Hazel Dell location can finally celebrate the long-awaited reopening of the gym’s pool. Staff at the facility confirmed the pool reopened Tuesday. Read story

Firefighters extinguish a house fire Monday night northeast of La Center that displaced a family of five. Officials believe some pets died in the fire.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue levy lid lift would bump rate back to 2017 level

Firefighters extinguish a house fire Monday night northeast of La Center that displaced a family of five. Officials believe some pets died in the fire.

April 26, 2024, 3:45pm Clark County News

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue commissioners Thursday unanimously voted to put a levy lid lift on the August primary ballot. A levy lid lift allows a tax district to increase its levy rate above the annual 1 percent increase allowed by state law. Read story