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Clark Asks: 99th Street tunnel piques readers’ interest

Question about pedestrian tunnel in front of Columbia River High School leads November voting

By , Columbian Web Editor

Vote early and vote often — but only when it comes to The Columbian’s Clark Asks project.

Clark Asks is a feature The Columbian launched a year ago encouraging readers to ask questions about Clark County. We do our best to find the answers. Read those stories and learn more at

The top vote-getter in the November voting round was: “What is the history and status of the pedestrian tunnel under 99th Street in front of Columbia River High School? It has been closed up for decades.”

Some 70 percent of those who weighed in wanted a closer look.

In second place was: “I forgot my bus pass recently and paid $5 for a $3.85 fare. C-Tran does not make change, so what do they do with this $1.15 windfall?” with 22 percent of the vote.

“Weather can seem different depending on which side of I-205 you travel going east or west. Is it my imagination or a real thing?” came in third with 8 percent.

If the question you voted for didn’t win, don’t despair. Sometimes we investigate the runners-up, as well. And some questions pop up again in future voting rounds.

And the questions — and answers — just keep getting better.

In October, reporter Calley Hair dug deep into the mysterious abandoned yacht that has been sitting in the former Kaiser shipyard for decades. And the answer remained a mysteryuntil a few readers helped with some details.

One of the questions we are asked every year is regarding the rules for campaign signs. Two days after the 2018 midterms, reporter Jake Thomas spelled out the patchwork of rules in Clark County.

If you have a question about something going on in your neighborhood, in Clark County or how a national news story connects to our area, submit it online. We’ll be choosing questions for our next voting round soon.