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Morning Press: County and I-5 Bridge; Evergreen jobs; Stonehenge; Election lawsuits; Amazon building?

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Fall-like weather is returning to Clark County. Check out our weather forecast before you head out this weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the stories that were popular with Columbian readers this week.

Clark County Council: Yes to Interstate 5 Bridge, no to tolls

Clark County is ready to lend its support to the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project, but it had some specific requests for the group overseeing the project. In a 3-2 vote, the county council on Wednesday passed a resolution in support of the project based on a list of specific outcomes the county wants to see.

Among the requests, and for some most importantly, is that tolls not be part of the plan.

• Keeping the Interstate 5 Bridge up and running

300 jobs available at Evergreen schools

Scores of job seekers converged on a job fair at the Evergreen Public Schools office on Wednesday, hoping to snag one of the more than 300 job openings.

As the event came to a close, Gail Spolar, spokeswoman for the district, said it was a big success.

“We’ve been hiring all summer, but it’s a very tight job market,” she said. “And when you add in background checks, things like fingerprinting, people might not know all these requirements, so we’re making it as streamlined as possible.”

Columbia River Gorge Stonehenge added to National Register of Historic Places

The majestically strange Stonehenge Memorial that stands on a bluff above the Columbia River Gorge, an iconic local replica of England’s ancient original, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The monument is the century-old brainchild of businessman, philanthropist, world traveler and road builder Samuel Hill (1857-1931). Hill’s near-identical recreation of the mysterious English circle of stones was built between 1918 and 1929 as a memorial to Klickitat County men who died in World War I.

Lawsuits filed in Clark, Snohomish, Whatcom counties claim votes were ‘flipped’

Lawsuits filed Thursday in Clark, Snohomish and Whatcom counties claim the auditors in each of those counties “flipped votes,” kept illegal records of voters by political party, defied public records laws and, in some cases, used unverified election equipment during the November 2020 election.

The suits were filed by the Washington Election Integrity Coalition United with an additional 28 individuals — including congressional candidate Joe Kent, Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and Yacolt Town Council member Michelle Dawson — signing on as plaintiffs. Kent is challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, for her 3rd Congressional District seat.

Washington GOP legislators push election fraud narrative at hearing

Building planned in east Vancouver; tenant unknown

A developer has submitted a preliminary application to construct a roughly 600,000-square-foot warehouse with multiple truck loading bays in east Vancouver. There is no listed tenant lined up for the property, but the project bears some of the hallmarks of a potential Amazon distribution facility.

The project would be located on a roughly 77-acre site on the west side of Northeast 162nd Avenue, about a half-mile south of the intersection with Fourth Plain Boulevard. The surrounding area to the south of Fourth Plain Boulevard has been developing rapidly, with a number of major industrial additions either recently built or in planning.

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