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June 6, 2023

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Morning Press: Failure to appear; Light rail; Community Funded Journalism

By , Columbian Web Editor

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Here are some of the stories that were most popular this week with Columbian readers.

Vancouver woman fails to appear in court in theft of nearly $30,000

A Vancouver woman is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from a local nonprofit networking group for women in business.

Erika K. Laws, 43, is charged with first-degree theft in Clark County Superior Court. She was scheduled to appear on the charge Wednesday, but court records show she failed to appear. Judge Gregory Gonzales authorized a warrant for her arrest.

Vancouver coffee shop owner serves coffee, mankind

One of the first things you’ll see when walking into Vancouver’s newest coffee shop, Richland Hub, is photos from owner James Bonny Mbuya’s village in Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro.

The photos show a woman carrying a basket of tea on her head through high crops, a pair of hands tearing apart cacao and a beat-up truck idling on a dirt road on its way to carrying tea to market.

I-5 Bridge project lands on light rail for replacement bridge

Light rail will be part of the plan for the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement, bringing MAX trains into Vancouver from Portland.

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, along with C-Tran, TriMet and Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, all agreed that light rail is the best option because there is a greater demand, the system will maximize trips across the river, and light rail aligns with equity and climate change goals.

Columbian readers can help support newspaper’s coverage of Clark County issues

The Columbian today is announcing a new Community Funded Journalism initiative to boost its reporting across key subject areas.

Already, $1.1 million has been pledged by local donors to fund two reporting positions covering topics related to homelessness and affordable housing and one position covering transportation, including the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project.

Clark County housing market heats up

There were 18 showings on the first day for a Camas home that Jamie Benway wanted to buy last month.

Benway, 33, and her husband were living in a San Diego suburb condo for the last four years before buying their new home in Camas to be closer to family. Like many home sales now, they made an offer over the asking price, and it was accepted before they even stepped foot into the house.

“It was very competitive,” she said.