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Morning Press: Fort fireworks canceled; gorge drive permits; $17M home for sale

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Historic Trust cancels Fourth of July fireworks at Fort Vancouver

A smaller, fireworks-free event at Fort Vancouver will replace the Independence Day fireworks extravaganza this summer after two years of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Historic Trust on Tuesday announced the change, citing rising costs, scarce resources, wildfire risk and uncertainties wrought by the pandemic. The nonprofit organization will collaborate with the National Park Service and the city of Vancouver on a new community-picnic-style event called Summer Fest that may permanently replace the annual fireworks show.

Permits will soon be needed for scenic Columbia River Gorge drive

Visitors to the Columbia River Gorge wishing to drive the historic highway waterfall corridor after May 23 will need a permit to do so.

The permits can be had for a $2 transaction fee, and are available at the Forest Service recreation website.

Woman accused of stealing truck from Portland hotel, crashing on I-5 Bridge, running into Vancouver

A woman accused of stealing a truck and cargo trailer containing more than 30 firearms from the parking lot of a Portland hotel crashed with the trailer Tuesday afternoon on the Interstate 5 Bridge and ran into Vancouver.

The crash, which damaged several vehicles and the subsequent police activity tied up northbound freeway lanes for two hours, greatly complicated an already congested evening commute.

DiscoverOrg co-founder’s Vancouver home hits market for $17M

Likely the second most expensive home to ever hit Clark County’s market was posted for $17 million, owned by the DiscoveryOrg co-founder Kirk Brown.

Located at 7721 S.E. 17th St., the modern waterfront home has seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. It spans 13,686 square feet and features an indoor bowling alley, golf simulator, sports court, pool and a private dock.

Evergreen Public Schools’ staff push back against cuts

Evergreen Public Schools’ board of directors saw backlash from teachers and community stakeholders at Tuesday night’s meeting over the district’s cuts to staffing in its diversity, equity and inclusion department.

Due to budget constraints amid decreased enrollment and efforts to lower the cost of its replacement levy, Evergreen is cutting three of its four equity advancement specialists — positions within a newly created department designed to reevaluate curricula and school resources to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and community.

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