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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers.
Washougal man killed in Highway 14 crash in Vancouver
A Washougal man was killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle collision on state Highway 14 near Southeast 164th Avenue.
The crash was reported at about 5:45 p.m. A 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle was traveling east on the highway, driving between lanes. A 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup was traveling east in the right lane, and a 2010 Mazda 3 sedan was traveling east in the left lane.
New Vancouver food truck delivers taste of Jalisco
El Viejon Taqueria & Mariscos, Vancouver’s newest food truck, opened last week, serving authentic carne asada, al pastor, birria and mahi-mahi fish tacos atop fresh tortillas that are made to order — a critical part of Chef Eldy Prado’s Jalisco-style food.
Located at 705 S.E. Park Crest Ave., El Viejon sits in the parking lot of Vice Beer, where a Mexican lager pairs nicely with the tacos, according to Prado.
- El Viejon opens in parking lot of Vice Beer brewery
- Related: Vice Beer brings nostalgic vibe, sour beers to Vancouver
Armed teen arrested after Hazel Dell traffic stop
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and three firearms were recovered following a traffic stop Aug. 10 in Hazel Dell.
Clark County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic enforcement emphasis operation when a deputy attempted to stop a sedan for an equipment violation. The driver refused to stop and started to speed away, before abruptly stopping and running from the car, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Several other people also ran from the car.
Driver killed after crashing into pole, house in Hazel Dell
The driver of a vehicle was killed Tuesday in Hazel Dell after crashing into a power pole, striking a house and being ejected from the vehicle, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office, AMR and Clark County Fire District 6 responded at 5:18 p.m. to the 2600 block of Northeast 99th Street for an injury crash.
WSU Vancouver’s corpse flower blooms again in all its stinky glory
Washington State University Vancouver’s campus isn’t typically as busy — or as smelly — as it was on Wednesday, as visitors streamed onto school grounds to see a rare corpse flower in full bloom.
The flower — known locally as Titan VanCoug and botanically as amorphophallus titanum — was on display for visitors on Wednesday only, as it’s expected to bloom for only 24 to 48 hours. School officials said Titan VanCoug began opening its leaves on Tuesday afternoon, prompting them to rush the plant to its display area outside the science and engineering building’s greenhouse.
Vancouver-based Cyber Acoustics turning industry on its ear
When Steve Erickson and his partner bought their Vancouver-based company, Cyber Acoustics, they realized just how many headsets they ship to customers. Then they thought about where all those headsets went when they didn’t work anymore.
“We realized most of them are in garbage cans,” said Erickson, chief operating officer. They decided they needed to do something about that.