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Morning Press: Alpha Project a model for Vancouver; I-5 Bridge costs; bicyclist killed in crash

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: March 4, 2023, 6:00am

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

San Diego response to homelessness a model for Vancouver, beyond

On the outskirts of San Diego, an unwieldy white tent peeks over industrial buildings and overlooks encampments dotting the nearby streets.

Inside the tent, bunk beds take up most of the space, people’s entire lives sitting on the mattresses.

Clark County, Vancouver to get millions from feds

Clark County and the city of Vancouver are receiving an annual influx of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing, community development and homeless assistance.

On Monday, HUD announced Clark County is getting $1.55 million in Community Development Block Grants and $624,462 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds. The city of Vancouver is getting $1.4 million in block grants and $791,895 in HOME funds. These amounts are on par with what the county and city typically receive each year.

Up to $2.45 billion of I-5 Bridge project budget will go to actual replacement

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program released a cost breakdown for its $5 billion-$7.5 billion project and, with it, a clearer image of what the project will look like and how it could affect Vancouver.

The biggest chunk, with an estimated price tag of between $1.64 billion and $2.45 billion, will go toward the replacement of the bridge itself.

Bicyclist killed in east Vancouver crash

A bicyclist died Tuesday night after being hit by a car outside of a crosswalk near the Fircrest neighborhood.

Vancouver police responded at 7:22 p.m. to the 900 block of Northeast 112th Avenue for reports of a crash involving an automobile and a bicycle.

From the Newsroom: We are dropping ‘Dilbert,’ too

Today I am making an exception to a couple of my rules. First of all, I try to consume valuable newspaper space only once a week, on Saturdays. And second, I try not to write when I am angry.

But I am angry about the outrageous things cartoonist Scott Adams said in a social media podcast, and it can’t wait. (I’m not going to follow my usual practice of linking to the asset, because what he said has no place in civil society.)