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Top Stories: Vancouver schools cuts, I-5 road repairs, Battle Ground float sinks

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: March 16, 2024, 6:05am

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

1. Vancouver Public Schools approves $35M in cuts despite community pleas

Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved $35 million in budget reductions at Tuesday night’s meeting — despite a strong turnout from community members asking the district to find other solutions.

The reductions will see 262 staff positions cut from the district next school year.

2. The worst pavement panels on I-5 north of Vancouver will be fixed this summer

Some of the roughest sections of Interstate 5 in Clark County are slated to be upgraded this summer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will replace 25 to 30 of the most damaged concrete panels on southbound I-5 between Ridgefield and the I-5/I-205 split in Salmon Creek. The work is estimated at $2 million.

3. Clark County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve connected suspect to $180K in stolen property

Two weeks after seeking tips about a suspected trailer thief, Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they believe they’ve connected him to dozens of stolen trailers across the Pacific Northwest.

On Feb. 27, detectives said they believed a man using the aliases WebbJJ, Joshua James and Joshua J. Webb had been stealing and reselling trailers in the area for more than a year.

4. Camas mill employee killed in workplace accident

CAMAS — A 32-year-old man was killed Friday in a workplace accident at the Georgia-Pacific Camas Mill, according to the Camas Police Department.

Camas police and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to the mill at 5:04 p.m. An employee was found dead inside the mill. Police said the death was the result of a workplace accident that involved heavy machinery.

5. Barely afloat in Battle Ground: Without a site and new volunteers, the 69-year Rose Festival tradition is finished

DESPERATELY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS, BIG WORKSHOP. To maintain proud decadeslong tradition, Battle Ground’s Rose Float Committee needs new management, new muscle and a spacious new site. All for free, please.

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