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Morning Press: ‘Meth mansion’ demolition; Bi-zi Farms water woes; fatal crash

By , Columbian Web Editor
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How hot will the weekend be? For details, check our local weather coverage.

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

Walls come down at infamous ‘meth mansion’ in Orchards

The “meth mansion” — the notorious Orchards nuisance house across the street from Covington Middle School — is being demolished this month.

According to Clark County, demolition permits have been issued for the owner of the dilapidated house, which had been the subject of a lawsuit from the county over unpermitted building on the property.

Dispute over water permit could spell the end for sixth-generation Bi-Zi Farms

The co-owner of the beloved 105-acre, sixth-generation Bi-Zi Farms says he might have to close because of a water-rights dispute with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

“It’s a game-ender for the business,” Bill Zimmerman said Monday. “It’s a game-ender for the community.”

Clark County virus data shows who is getting sick

Who’s seriously ill with COVID-19 in Clark County?

Not people who have been vaccinated, at least not in general. In an update last week, Clark County Public Health reported only 587 breakthrough cases, where people who reported they were vaccinated were later diagnosed with the virus. That’s among almost 26,000 local cases reported to date.

One killed, three children hurt in Interstate 5 crash north of Vancouver

One person was killed and three others injured early Thursday when a car crashed into a Washington State Department of Transportation attentuator truck on Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 12:02 a.m. near the 179th Street interchange when a 2005 Mazda sedan driven south by Patricia C. Slater, 35, of Longview crashed into a fully lit WSDOT attenuator truck that was parked in the left lane of the freeway, the state patrol said.

Vancouver police struggling to hire and retain enough officers, chief says

The Vancouver Police Department is struggling to hire and retain enough officers due in part to the current political climate, according to Police Chief James McElvain.

In a report delivered to the Vancouver city council Monday, McElvain said that morale is worsening in his department and in police departments across the country. His assertions align with a survey from the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, which earlier this year found that calls for accountability and anti-racism reform are driving people away from careers in law enforcement.

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