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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

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