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Clark Asks: Readers vote for question on trees

By , Columbian Web Editor

Nothing says the Pacific Northwest like trees, so it’s no surprise that Columbian readers chose a question about trees and the tree canopy in the January Clark Asks voting round.

The top vote getter, with 49 percent of the votes: “Conifers seem to be in distress. Several in my neighborhood are dying. Anything plans stop this and plant? What is the tree canopy percent?”

“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 second with 35 percent of the vote, and “How many people live in each Clark County Council district? How many registered voters live in each Clark County Council district?” came in third with 16 percent.

Clark Asks is a feature The Columbian launched in 2017 encouraging readers to ask questions about Clark County. We do our best to find the answers. Read those stories and learn more at

In January, we’ve already answered three reader questions. Katy Sword explored the pedestrian tunnel near Columbia River High School.

A reader asked what C-Tran does when you don’t have exact bus change. Reporter Jerzy Shedlock found the transportation agency pocketed about $21,884 in a six-month period in 2018 — and that if riders overpay by $5 or more, they can get a receipt for reimbursement.

And Shedlock also headed to Ridgefield for a closer look at the Golden Gate Bridge replica one resident built on their property.

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.

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.