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Top Stories: Traffic signal loses battle with dump truck; 3-alarm fire; new Vancouver taxes

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 15, 2024, 6:10am

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Here are some of the top stories of the week on columbian.com. Wondering what else was popular this week with readers? Check out our Trending Stories page.

Dump truck takes out traffic signal in east Vancouver near Costco

A dump truck’s partially raised bed caught a traffic signal at 192nd Avenue and Southeast First Street in east Vancouver on Monday evening, causing about $100,000 in damage.

The signals at the busy intersection near the Costco store are on a four-way flash until a new signal mast arm can be ordered and installed, according to a Facebook post from the Vancouver Public Works Department.

Hazel Dell apartment’s roof collapses in 3 alarm fire Tuesday

A three-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon at Erica Village apartments in Hazel Dell caused the building’s roof to collapse but didn’t injure anyone.

Clark County Fire District 6 responded to the fire at 4:55 p.m. at 1115 N.E. 105th St. The fire was upgraded from two alarms to three around 5:30 p.m., bringing help from the Vancouver Fire Department, Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue and Portland Fire & Rescue.

Vancouver eyes new taxes on streaming services and commercial parking to address budget shortfall

The Vancouver City Council is considering new taxes — including on commercial parking, streaming entertainment and retail businesses — to help cover the city’s projected $43 million shortfall for the 2025-26 budget and pay for the creation of a 150-bed homeless shelter.

The large deficit will force the city to make budget cuts for the first time in a decade while councilors scramble to find funding for a roughly $22 million bridge shelter in 2025.

Shipbuilder Vigor begins work on U.S. Army landing craft at Vancouver facility

After finishing its prototype U.S. Army landing craft, local shipbuilder Vigor started on the vessel’s initial production as part of a $1 billion contract.

Vigor, which is based in Portland but was acquired by a private equity firm Titan in 2023, opened its Vancouver operation in 2019. Vigor, which employed about 100 people in 2023, is part of a riverfront manufacturing hub in Clark County.

Vancouver police fatally shot a man near the Vancouver waterfront; it started with an aggressive dog call

Vancouver police fatally shot a man Saturday afternoon near the waterfront after responding to a call about an aggressive dog.

Police were called about 1:45 p.m. to the 100 block of Southeast Columbia Way, just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge. The caller said a man was letting his German shepherd dog run loose, and the dog had already bitten one person. The caller also said the man appeared to have a firearm and was walking on a trail near the Columbia River.

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