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Morning Press: Vancouver rental rates, WSU School of Medicine, Westby murder trial

The Columbian
Published: February 11, 2023, 6:04am

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Here are some of the top stories on columbian.com this week:

Vancouver rental rates outpace national growth

Rental prices in Vancouver took tenants on a roller coaster ride last year — and it looks like they’ll be taking another lap in 2023.

In December, Apartment List released its annual roundup report on rental rates and cost-of-living trends in Vancouver. The report highlighted constantly moving rates and the alarming statistic that the city continues to outpace national growth compared to other metro areas — including Portland.

WSU School of Medicine creating ‘homegrown doctors’

Growing up with a mom who owned her own practice as a primary care physician, Athena Hoppe has fond memories of sitting at the dinner table listening to stories about patients.

While Hoppe studied economics for her undergraduate degree, she ended up following in her mother’s footsteps.

Camas woman acquitted in fatal shooting of husband

Stephanie “Sam” Westby sobbed as she embraced friends and family Thursday after a judge acquitted her of murder and assault charges in the September 2019 fatal shooting of her husband at their Camas home.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Nancy Retsinas heard from more than 30 witnesses and considered more than 130 pieces of evidence before ruling Westby acted in self-defense.

Book collections weigh heavy on Clark County baby boomers

Lisa Emmerich and her husband, Frank, are planning to move from their home near Vancouver to a smaller place in Santa Fe, N.M., now that they have both retired. To do that, they must pare down their possessions — especially their books.

They moved into their current home 20 years ago, and given that both worked as educators, they filled a dozen bookcases. Since preparing for their move, Lisa Emmerich estimates she has spent about 120 hours culling books.

Construction to begin on parking garage at The Waterfront Vancouver

new parking garage at The Waterfront Vancouver is set to begin construction as soon as next week.

The lot, on Block 7, was surface parking, but it closed at the end of last month to allow the construction of the garage.

The eight-story parking tower will hold 829 spaces. It will also have three elevators and 83 electric vehicle charging spaces