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Clark Asks: Question about red light cameras gets green light

Top story suggestion from October voting round will generate upcoming coverage

By , Columbian Web Editor

There are those perennial topics when it comes to news that everyone always wants to talk about — weather and traffic.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top story in the October reader voting round for Clark Asks — with 48 percent of votes — was about red light cameras. A reader asked: “Why don’t we have red light cameras? Running red lights is rampant at certain intersections such as Padden Parkway and 117th.” Look for a story in the coming weeks delving into the ins and outs of these sometimes controversial traffic control devices.

Tying for second place with 26 percent each were: “Are many Indian artifacts discovered by people just digging in their gardens in Clark County?” and “What’s with the new colors and paint configuration at some pedestrian street crossings?”

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.

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

In recent weeks, new business reporter Anthony Macuk looked at why construction had stalled on the 134th Street Lofts project in Salmon Creek — and found out work is starting again.

And city reporter Katy Sword reported on the history of the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park. The tower hadn’t gone silent, but the times when the glockenspiel told its story had changed.

If you have a question about something going on in your neighborhood, submit it online. We’ll be choosing questions for our next voting round soon.