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Clark Asks: Abandoned yacht big curiosity for readers

Question about never-finished vessel wins latest voting round

By , Columbian Web Editor

Curiosity about the Columbia River — and the things on it — never wanes in Clark County, as evidenced by the latest Clark Asks voting results.

Almost half the people who weighed in on the September voting round wanted to know about an apparently abandoned, never-finished yacht; 45 percent voted for the question, “What’s with the abandoned white yacht at the old Kaiser shipyard?”

In second place was, ‘Why don’t we have red light cameras?” with 33 percent; and with 22 percent, “What’s with the four tall towers in the Parkside neighborhood by Northeast 28th Street?”

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

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.

In recent months, reporter Dameon Pesanti delved into what happens to the stuff we put in recycling bins — and how much of it is just not recyclable.

And Jacob Nierenberg found out why there are concrete stairs on the river — the river again! — near Who Song and Larry’s upstream of the Interstate 5 Bridge.

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.


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