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Readers can help choose next topic for Clark Asks

Vote on 1 of 3 options, then pose your own question

By , Columbian Metro Editor

You have questions, we have answers.

But first, we need your help deciding the next topic The Columbian’s reporters will pursue as part of our Clark Asks feature.

The questions for this month’s voting round come from three local readers who reached out through our Clark Asks page to take part in our community-led reporting project.

You have the option of choosing one of these three questions:

• “I’m curious what the future holds for Waterworks Park? Will the amphitheater ever be utilized again?” from Sara Morse of Vancouver.

• “What is the history and story behind the mural and clock courtyard area at the intersection of Fourth Plain and Gher Road?” from a reader in Vancouver who identified herself only as Lauren.

• “What happens to campaign money after the elections? Who monitors these funds and how often? Is that information available to the public?” from Kathy Heinemann of Vancouver.

The voting round continues until May 26 at We will announce the winner once the voting is done and get to work on the story.

If your favorite doesn’t get the most votes, don’t worry: We often pursue second- and third-place stories, as well. They’re all good questions. It’s just that the top vote-getter gets top priority.

After you’ve voted, go ahead and offer up your own question about a place, person or an issue in Clark County that mystifies or intrigues you. Is there something that you’ve always wondered about? Clark Asks is your chance to get the answers.

We most recently answered a question about whether you can fish from the new Grant Street Pier at Vancouver Waterfront Park and reported the answer in the May 11 Community section.

We’ve also discovered why Washington State Patrol has (temporarily) closed its weigh station north of Ridgefield and what’s in store for a large and unsightly tarp-covered sign at the site of a former Fred Meyer at East Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards in Vancouver.

All of those questions came from our community.

What questions do you have?