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Clark County voters appeared to have chosen John Horch to be their next sheriff, according to Tuesday night’s preliminary results.
Horch embraced his wife in a side room before announcing to the packed Red Cross Building at the Fort Vancouver National Site that he’d received 59.62 percent of the votes tallied Tuesday night.
- After most contentious race in years, both candidates poised to assist final winner
- Get the latest election numbers at columbian.com/elections
In August of this year, The New York Times ran a feature story titled “The Coming California Megastorm.”
The story described the results of a study published that same month in the journal Science Advances predicting that climate change increases the likelihood that an incredibly large storm will hit California in the coming decades, creating a “megaflood” that will displace millions of people and lead to $1 trillion in economic losses.
At the end of the pandemic, as workers who formerly frequented restaurants in city centers continued to work at home, urban-based restaurants began to reconsider the suburbs as a place to open.
In the Portland area, Beaverton, Ore., became the spot where Portland businesses like Top Burmese, The Sudra, and Salt & Straw and notable chains like Shake Shack and Dave’s Hot Chicken opened their suburban outposts.
Washougal resident Lowell McCuller can still recall how stunned he felt the day he discovered, in early September, that city workers had installed several “no-parking” signs along the northern side of Z Street, near McCuller’s home.
At first, McCuller thought the signs might be temporary, perhaps something construction workers needed to access the area near eight new homes under construction.
Saree Adams has lived at Washougal’s Rockwood Terrace, an affordable apartment complex funded through the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, for 10 years. She has always paid her $976 rent on time and in full, she said.
But come December, she has no idea how she will pay. Adams is facing a rent increase of nearly $400 next month, about 40 percent higher than what she pays now.