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Morning Press: Warren Forrest sentenced; Trader Joes in Salmon Creek?; Waterfront filling up


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

Clark County serial killer Warren Forrest sentenced to life in prison in 1974 murder

Serial killer Warren Forrest had a chance Friday to atone for the murder of a Portland girl and provide answers for his other suspected victims, some of whom have never been found.

The victim’s brother, Michael Morrison, begged Forrest to grant the same closure he’s found, nearly 50 years later, to the other families.

“You cannot undo the past, but you have the power to let those families find some peace,” Morrison said, appearing via Zoom in Clark County Superior Court for Forrest’s sentencing Friday.

Trader Joe’s coming to Salmon Creek? Maybe

Trader Joe’s is set to anchor the under-construction Skyview Station in Salmon Creek, or so says the realty firm leasing out space at the retail center.

Rumor of the California-based grocery store being part of the development has been circulating for quite some time. But it was confirmed only with the publication of a leasing pamphlet from Commercial Realty Advisors Northwest LLC.

Vancouver affordable housing, school levies pass

Voters in Vancouver have given their support to an ambitious expansion of the city’s affordable housing program, approving a property tax levy to fund those programs for the next 10 years.

The latest tally from Clark County Elections shows Proposition 3 has passed with 53.55 percent of the vote and a lead of 2,370 votes with only 500 ballots left to count. Voter turnout is at 31.88 percent as of Wednesday.

Waterfront Vancouver construction about two-thirds complete

The 24.64-acre Waterfront Vancouver is about two-thirds finished, and every block could be developed by 2030, maybe even a year or two early.

Based on a new report from Portland-based Johnson Economics consulting firm, hired by lead Waterfront Vancouver developer Barry Cain, the original estimated $1.5 billion cost of the project is lining up to be what was suggested before the project started.

Clark County’s housing market sees jump

Contrary to the winter weather earlier this week, Clark County’s housing market is waking up for spring.

More houses have come on the market following a holiday lull, with 535 new listings in January, a 45.8 percent increase from December, according to this month’s Regional Multiple Listing Service report.

“When I saw that we were at 45.8 percent in listings, I was so happy to see that,” said Amy Asivido, managing broker in Clark County with the Asivido Team at Keller Williams Premier Partners.

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