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Morning Press: Our Heroes Place crosses the finish line; Los Alambres; tree lighting at Esther Short Park

The Columbian
Published: December 2, 2019, 6:00am

Check out the weather headed our way this week.

In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

In downtown Vancouver, Our Heroes Place crosses the finish line

It’s been a long and at times arduously slow road for Our Heroes Place, but the pair of five-story apartment buildings at 409 E. Mill Plain Blvd. are finally complete — or at least, very close — and ready to join the growing lineup of housing options downtown Vancouver.

The two buildings are named “Ed” and “Dollie” in honor of the late philanthropists Ed and Dollie Lynch. The project from Vancouver-based Prestige Development broke ground in February 2017 with the tentative goal of wrapping up in May 2018, but a series of setbacks ended up more than doubling the length of the development timeline.

Read more: In downtown Vancouver, Our Heroes Place crosses the finish line

Clark Asks: Why can’t Amtrak be used to commute to Portland from Vancouver?

With more than 50,000 Clark County residents commuting to jobs in Oregon and battling almost daily traffic jams, there must be a better way to get to Portland using existing infrastructure.

That sentiment is reflected in the question submitted for Clark Asks, where Columbian readers suggest topics and vote on which story should get covered.

Read more: Clark Asks: Why can’t Amtrak be used to commute to Portland from Vancouver?

Food & Drink: Los Alambres stresses authentic cuisine

Fourteen years ago, when the Hernandez family moved from Mexico City to the United States, they had one dream: to open a restaurant where they could share their beloved hometown cuisine.

After years of hard work, they bought a food truck in Portland. Miguel Hernandez, the patriarch, wanted to have more space so he could expand the menu. Several months ago, the family of four opened Los Alambres on Mill Plain Boulevard.

Read more: Food & Drink: Los Alambres stresses authentic cuisine

Back to future at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been a lot of things.

Indigenous people occupied the land for thousands of years. In the 19th century, the Hudson’s Bay Co. trading post was one of the first Euro-American settlements in the Pacific Northwest. Then the U.S. Army occupied the land for more than a century.

In 2012, the military passed management of the land to the National Park Service, which is now tasked with transforming the site into something else.

Read more: Back to future at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Santa, mayor and Princess Pearle light up holiday season in Vancouver

When Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle was looking for help lighting the Christmas tree in Esther Short Park, she knew just who to call: Vancouver’s very own princess.

So on a chilly Friday evening, Princess Pearle, 2, and McEnerny-Ogle — with some additional help from Santa — flipped the switch to light the city’s Christmas tree and ring in the holiday season.

Read more: Santa, mayor and Princess Pearle light up holiday season in Vancouver

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