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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers:
Jimmy John Howland had never used fentanyl before landing on the streets of Vancouver in May 2021. Howland, 52, had recently lost his leg due to a blood clot. With his disability preventing him from holding a job, he had no source of income and found himself homeless.
“I never was an opiate-addicted person. And about seven months into my stay outside, I was noticing that everybody really wanted these blues,” he said, using a common term for fentanyl pills.
The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program announced Friday that it is studying more than one auxiliary lane — lanes connecting onramps and offramps — for a replacement bridge, a change of course from their original plan.
The program will study three auxiliary lane options: one in each direction, two in each direction, and a hybrid option where, in addition to one in each direction, the outside shoulders could be used as a second auxiliary lane during peak hours.
The push for a recount in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District race has yielded little change in its outcome, a fact further solidified after its most populous county submitted its tallies. Clark County Elections on Thursday reported its unofficial recount of undervotes, which confirmed Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated Republican Joe Kent in their battle to represent Southwest Washington. When the undervotes were examined, Perez gained six votes and Kent gained two.
Four people were wounded in a stabbing late Monday night in what witnesses described as a “random, unprovoked attack” at The Last Frontier Casino in La Center. Authorities say all of the wounded are expected to survive.
A Vancouver man was arrested shortly after the incident following a high-speed police pursuit on southbound Interstate 205 that ended on Northeast Padden Parkway, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Which lavishly lit-up house will get to brag that it’s Battle Ground’s brightest?
Twenty-one proudly illuminated Battle Ground homes are competing for the People’s Choice Award in a first-ever Battle of Lights hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation department. Viewing and voting are open to everyone, not just Battle Ground residents. Voting closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 21.