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Top Stories: 112th upgrades, California transplants to Clark County, fatal fire near Ridgefield

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 8, 2024, 6:09am

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

Vancouver aims to tame dangerous roadway with safety upgrades on Northeast 112th Avenue

Northeast 112th Avenue is a notoriously dangerous roadway.

It is one of the busiest corridors in Vancouver, carrying 40,000 vehicles daily. On average, there is a crash along the roughly 3-mile road every 4½ days, and 4 percent of those crashes result in serious injuries or fatalities. Since 2014, four pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed while using the roadway.

As more California transplants find fertile soil in Clark County, Golden State retailers are following

Clark County has long attracted newcomers from California but has recently experienced a surge. Is that what’s attracted the wave of California-based retailers, including In-N-Out, that are expanding here?

U.N. Umesh, marketing professor at Washington State University Vancouver, said while brand familiarity can help a business expand into a new market more quickly, he thinks there are many other reasons a California business would want to set up shop in Clark County. They may be attracted by streamlined regulations, lack of income tax, a skilled workforce, and efficient city and county governments, he said.

Woman dead in shop fire north of Ridgefield; fire marshal investigating

A woman was found dead after a large shop fire Monday morning north of Ridgefield.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue responded at 7:03 a.m. to the fire in the 29400 block of Northwest 51st Avenue, a rural road east of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.

Save the Date: All the things you ever even thought about doing this summer in Clark County

Summer may be the time when you slow down and relax, but it’s the busiest time of year in Clark County. Use this list to plan your summer fun but be sure to check websites or phone numbers before you go in case details have changed. If you don’t see your favorite summer shindig on this list, never fear. The finer points of many events are still being finalized. In the meantime, dust off those sunglasses and flip-flops and get ready for summer, Clark County style.

Neighbors want city of Vancouver to close home for mentally ill, chronically homeless

Neighbors of a Fruit Valley home for mentally ill and chronically homeless people have banded together to try to convince the city of Vancouver to shut it down. They say the home’s unsupervised residents have become a nuisance. The owner of the home says the alternative for the residents is the street.

Genevieve Fisher purchased the house in 2023 with her mother to house people with mental illness, including her brother who was homeless and diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.