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Columbian staff writer

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

A screenshot from body-worn camera footage in a shooting in Salmon Creek shows Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Jim Payne pointing a weapon at a suspect in carjackings. The suspect pulled a weapon from his pocket.

Handgun recovered after Clark County deputies killed carjacking suspect, will be sent for testing

A screenshot from body-worn camera footage in a shooting in Salmon Creek shows Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Jim Payne pointing a weapon at a suspect in carjackings. The suspect pulled a weapon from his pocket.

April 26, 2024, 2:17pm Clark County News

A handgun connected with the suspect in a series of carjackings who was later fatally shot by Clark County sheriff’s deputies has been sent to the Washington State Patrol for testing. Read story

Wil Fuentes, candidate for Clark County Council (Contributed photo)

Vancouver man seeks county position: Wil Fuentes will run for District 3 seat held by Bowerman

Wil Fuentes, candidate for Clark County Council (Contributed photo)

April 25, 2024, 6:09am Clark County News

Vancouver resident Wil Fuentes announced Tuesday he will run for the Clark County Council District 3 seat in the upcoming 2024 general election. The seat is currently held by Karen Bowerman, who has not yet indicated whether she plans to run for reelection. Read story

Garden plots take shape at the 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell. Clark County continues to weigh its options for the farm and how to make the property financially viable.

78th Street Heritage Farm plan strives for sustainability

Garden plots take shape at the 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell. Clark County continues to weigh its options for the farm and how to make the property financially viable.

April 25, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Clark County’s agricultural gem, the 78th Street Heritage Farm, could operate more like an agriculturally focused community park in the future. Read story

Smoke and vapor coming from locomotives being repaired at BNSF&rsquo;s maintenance yard have residents in the Lincoln neighborhood worried about pollution exposure.

‘Pollutants’ from BNSF locomotives in rail yard called ‘outrageous’ by Lincoln neighborhood residents

Smoke and vapor coming from locomotives being repaired at BNSF&rsquo;s maintenance yard have residents in the Lincoln neighborhood worried about pollution exposure.

April 24, 2024, 6:07am Business

Smoke and steam billowing from locomotives parked at BNSF Railway’s maintenance yard near West 39th Street has some residents worried about what’s ending up in their air. Read story