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Firefighters respond to a Tuesday blaze at Erica Village in Hazel Dell.

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

Firefighters respond to a Tuesday blaze at Erica Village in Hazel Dell.

June 11, 2024, 6:46pm Clark County News

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. Read story

Work continues on a new parking structure near the waterfront in Vancouver. The Vancouver City Council is considering new taxes, including a commercial parking tax, to help cover a projected budget shortfall.

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

Work continues on a new parking structure near the waterfront in Vancouver. The Vancouver City Council is considering new taxes, including a commercial parking tax, to help cover a projected budget shortfall.

June 11, 2024, 6:15pm Clark County News

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. Read story

Crystal (Photo contributed by the Vancouver Police Department)

Teen found safe after disappearance from Vancouver Mall

Crystal (Photo contributed by the Vancouver Police Department)

June 11, 2024, 4:18pm Clark County News

Crystal was found safe in Vancouver with the help of an alert resident, according to Vancouver police.  Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to reporters during a news conference in Seattle, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, as abortion rights supporters listen. Inslee announced that Washington state will spell out in state law that hospitals must provide abortions if needed to stabilize patients, a step that comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether conservative states can bar abortions during some medical emergencies.

Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington will make clear that hospitals must provide emergency abortions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to reporters during a news conference in Seattle, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, as abortion rights supporters listen. Inslee announced that Washington state will spell out in state law that hospitals must provide abortions if needed to stabilize patients, a step that comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether conservative states can bar abortions during some medical emergencies.

June 11, 2024, 4:17pm Health

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said Washington will spell out in state law that hospitals must provide abortions if needed to stabilize patients, a step that comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether conservative states can bar abortions during some medical emergencies. Read story

While still lagging behind state averages by about 10 percentage points, student math performance in both Vancouver and Evergreen has improved slightly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Data also shows that local students are still reaching proficiency at rates lower than before the pandemic in 2019.

Evergreen, Vancouver district eighth-graders lag behind state in math scores

While still lagging behind state averages by about 10 percentage points, student math performance in both Vancouver and Evergreen has improved slightly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Data also shows that local students are still reaching proficiency at rates lower than before the pandemic in 2019.

June 11, 2024, 2:53pm Clark County News

The latest standardized testing data available for Clark County’s students reveals eighth graders are struggling at similar rates in both English and math. Read story

Ayub Mohamed, 7, gets help from volunteer tutor Esmeralda Jimenez, 13, while Olivia Elaydo, 7, and Eden Pollard, 6, work on math problems during a summer tutoring program with School Connect WA at Dearborn Park International Elementary School in Seattle on July 28, 2023.

72% of Washington eighth-graders not proficient in math, report shows

Ayub Mohamed, 7, gets help from volunteer tutor Esmeralda Jimenez, 13, while Olivia Elaydo, 7, and Eden Pollard, 6, work on math problems during a summer tutoring program with School Connect WA at Dearborn Park International Elementary School in Seattle on July 28, 2023.

June 11, 2024, 2:24pm Latest News

Most Washington K-12 students failed to meet basic math and reading proficiency standards in recent years, according to a new report. Read story

The Columbian won a number of awards from the Society for Professional Journalism for 2023, including for page design.
Shipbuilder Vigor is starting production work on a new landing craft for the U.S. Army at its Vancouver location.

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

Shipbuilder Vigor is starting production work on a new landing craft for the U.S. Army at its Vancouver location.

June 11, 2024, 6:03am Business

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. Read story

Mariah Fechtner of Backwoods Brewing Company serves up a cold pint of Hazy Nelson while working at the pub in Carson.

Backwoods Brewing keeps hospitality at heart of its business as it opens pubs, vacation cabins

Mariah Fechtner of Backwoods Brewing Company serves up a cold pint of Hazy Nelson while working at the pub in Carson.

June 11, 2024, 6:03am Business

With three brewpubs, a beer distribution business and growing tourism amenities in the Columbia River Gorge, Carson-based Backwoods Brewing Company is cementing itself as one of Southwest Washington’s largest brewery operations. Read story

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Weather Eye: Sun, some clouds will keep week’s weather pleasant

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

June 11, 2024, 6:01am Clark County News

A pleasant week is upon us with sunshine and a couple days with either low marine clouds or higher clouds at times. No heat waves in sight. Longer range models are coming together and the majority rules are that we have a good chance of showers and cooler weather this… Read story