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Morning Press: ‘The Swamps’ future uncertain; residents oppose cement plant; Sigma Design layoffs

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

‘The Swamps’: Residents of homeless camp in North Image face uncertain future

Glenn DeHart opened his friend’s dresser drawer one January morning to find a litter of 10 baby rats sitting inside. The mother had run off, so he took them from the drawer and placed them inside an empty plastic toolbox, where they lay huddled together in a tiny ball.

Without food or fresh air, DeHart knows the rats will probably die in the toolbox, but he doesn’t have the heart to kill them. “They’re innocent. I can’t do nothing with them,” he said.

Clark County councilors get earful as residents object to proposed cement plant

Dozens of county residents packed the Clark County Council hearing room Tuesday night as neighbors spoke out against a planned cement batch plant near their homes.

“If you look at us on a zoning map, we’re surrounded by light industrial zoning. We’re not opposed to that. However, a recent development and zoning change to ‘rail industrial’ has the neighborhood very concerned,” said Blake DeFrance of the Cedars 49 community group.

Median sale price for Clark County homes falls

Potential homebuyers in Clark County face a difficult decision as the real estate market continues to normalize: Buy now or wait?

The median sale price for residential homes in Clark County continued falling last month, dropping from $514,000 in November to $479,900 in December, according to the most recent Regional Multiple Listing Service report. Interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages also fell and are now just above 6 percent, according to the government-sponsored home mortgage packager Freddie Mac.

Vancouver man accused of trying to hire others to abuse child

A Vancouver man is accused of trying to hire users of an anonymous sexual networking app to abuse a child within his family, court records show.

Vancouver detectives say Jonathan E. Boyles, 40, recently left a higher paying job to accept a position with Vancouver Public Schools, serving lunch to children.

Camas-based Sigma Design laying off 42 employees

Camas-based Sigma Design Inc. is permanently laying off 42 employees in Camas and Vancouver as of Jan. 31, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.

The company, headquartered at 4600 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd. in Camas, said in a statement to the press that the workforce reduction was across most departments and within several facilities.