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Stories by Shari Phiel

Columbian staff writer

Clark County elections office seeking volunteers

February 24, 2024, 5:20am Clark County News

The Clark County Elections office is seeking individuals interested in writing an opposing statement for the April special election voters’ guide. Read story

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One person dies in Amboy crash

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February 23, 2024, 4:25pm Clark County News

One person died Thursday after several vehicles were involved in a crash in Amboy. Read story

People in Smith Tower look out from a balcony, bottom left, as smoke billows out from a nearby window during a two-alarm fire downtown Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2024.

Vancouver Fire Department extinguishes fire at Smith Tower in downtown Vancouver; no injuries reported

People in Smith Tower look out from a balcony, bottom left, as smoke billows out from a nearby window during a two-alarm fire downtown Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2024.

February 23, 2024, 12:20pm Clark County News

Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire Friday morning at Smith Tower. No one reported injuries. Read story

Clark County Public Works to host Curtin Creek park open house March 6

February 23, 2024, 5:12am Clark County News

Clark County Public Works’ parks and lands division will host an open house on the Curtin Creek Community Park development. The open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 6 in the media center of Prairie High School, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. Interested residents can also attend online. Read story

Clark County Public Health, FVRLibraries to host series on environmentally friendly lifestyles

February 23, 2024, 5:09am Clark County News

Clark County Public Health is joining with FVRLibraries for a free educational series highlighting environmentally friendly lifestyles. Read story

Clark County Public Works closes bridge, trail at Lacamas park

February 23, 2024, 5:08am Clark County News

Clark County Public Works has closed some trail sections at Lacamas Regional Park near Round Lake for the safety of park visitors. Read story

Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School fourth-graders Alexis Lopez, left, and Angel Murrillo Martinez dig a hole for a sapling while Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership environmental educator James Sterrett, center, supervises Wednesday at Burnt Bridge Creek. Clark County recently agreed to a $175,000 contract to extend the Experience Vancouver Lake program hosted by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, part of a suite of outdoor educational opportunities offered by the nonprofit.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership program helps Clark County students learn about, experience outdoors

Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School fourth-graders Alexis Lopez, left, and Angel Murrillo Martinez dig a hole for a sapling while Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership environmental educator James Sterrett, center, supervises Wednesday at Burnt Bridge Creek. Clark County recently agreed to a $175,000 contract to extend the Experience Vancouver Lake program hosted by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, part of a suite of outdoor educational opportunities offered by the nonprofit.

February 22, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Fourth-graders plant native trees and shrubs along Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Read story

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow trims back grape vines Tuesday at the Pioneer Street and South 56th Place roundabout in Ridgefield. In a good year, a roundabout produces 20 cases of wine.

Ridgefield roundabout vineyards yield wine

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow trims back grape vines Tuesday at the Pioneer Street and South 56th Place roundabout in Ridgefield. In a good year, a roundabout produces 20 cases of wine.

February 21, 2024, 6:08am Business

In 2015, Ridgefield city officials had a decision to make: what to do with the empty land in the city’s two Pioneer Street roundabouts. Rather than building a welcome sign or planting native shrubs and flowers, the city council chose to create small vineyards. 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.

What shape should Clark County take? Comprehensive plans determine who or what will be moving in next door

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.

February 17, 2024, 6:03am Clark County News

Tune into a city or Clark County council meeting, and there’s a good chance the conversation will eventually involve “the comp plan.” Whether you call it the growth management plan, comprehensive plan or some other variation, they all refer to the same thing. Read story

Residents gather at the Battle Ground Senior Center each Tuesday and Thursday to socialize, play pinochle and share a meal. After the city changed its rental fees, the Saturday pinochle group found a new home for it weekly gatherings.

Increased rates at Battle Ground Senior Center leave card players gambling on new site

Residents gather at the Battle Ground Senior Center each Tuesday and Thursday to socialize, play pinochle and share a meal. After the city changed its rental fees, the Saturday pinochle group found a new home for it weekly gatherings.

February 16, 2024, 2:47pm Clark County News

A new fee structure to rent the Battle Ground Senior Center has one group moving on to greener pastures. After nearly three decades at the center, the Saturday night pinochle group has found a new home for its twice-a-month games. Read story