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Clark Asks: Why abandoned buildings can’t be used to house people experiencing homelessness? It’s complicated

February 12, 2024, 2:29pm Clark County News

Can’t some of the abandoned or under-used buildings in Clark County be used for shelters or affordable housing? That’s a question many readers have submitted to The Columbian through the… Read story

Clark Asks: If a tree falls into your home … what then?

January 19, 2024, 6:05am Business

A Columbian reader emailed us during this week’s winter storm to ask what to do if a tree falls through your house. Fortunately — or, rather, unfortunately — I have… Read story

A motorist passes the sign for the former Sigrid&rsquo;s cafe, which operated for many years along Northeast 72nd Avenue north of Vancouver. The log cabin that housed the restaurant is now a private residence.

Clark Asks: Reader’s question about a red ‘S’ leads to story of little log cabin that once housed popular German restaurant in Vancouver

A motorist passes the sign for the former Sigrid&rsquo;s cafe, which operated for many years along Northeast 72nd Avenue north of Vancouver. The log cabin that housed the restaurant is now a private residence.

January 1, 2024, 6:03am Business

When The Columbian recently featured a story about the old Totem Pole restaurant in Hazel Dell, we asked readers what else they would like to know about, using the Clark Asks portal on our website. Read story

By the time this photo of the Totem Pole Restaurant was taken in 1962, it had already been in business for more than 40 years.

The Totem Pole was a Hazel Dell staple; landmark restaurant served travelers and locals for decades

By the time this photo of the Totem Pole Restaurant was taken in 1962, it had already been in business for more than 40 years.

November 23, 2023, 6:05am Business

several, in fact — once stood where a Starbucks Coffee stands near the corner of Northeast 78th Street and Northeast Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Read story

A homeless encampment is pictured in northeast Vancouver.

Clark Asks: ‘Do homeless people actually want to get off the streets?’

A homeless encampment is pictured in northeast Vancouver.

October 20, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Experiencing homelessness isn’t easy. Read story

A trash can shared between the public and people living at the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail camp in Vancouver overflows with garbage.

Clark Asks: What’s being done about trash in Clark County homeless camps?

A trash can shared between the public and people living at the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail camp in Vancouver overflows with garbage.

September 14, 2023, 6:07am Clark County Health

At the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail camp — one of the largest homeless camps in Vancouver — a single, modest-size trash can spills over with empty food containers and paper towels. The leftover food has attracted wasps. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks with local officials and members of the community in July while getting a tour of Fruit Valley Terrace, an affordable housing complex of tiny homes in west Vancouver.

Clark Asks: Where are the affordable housing projects for Clark County?

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks with local officials and members of the community in July while getting a tour of Fruit Valley Terrace, an affordable housing complex of tiny homes in west Vancouver.

September 5, 2023, 6:08am Business

Clark County needs to develop more than 50,000 units of low-income housing by 2044 to keep up with the state’s projected housing needs. Read story

Jamie Spinelli chats in 2018 with a resident at Vancouver Community Library. Spinelli said patience and kindness toward those experiencing homelessness is paramount.

Clark Asks: How can you help someone who’s experiencing homelessness in Clark County?

Jamie Spinelli chats in 2018 with a resident at Vancouver Community Library. Spinelli said patience and kindness toward those experiencing homelessness is paramount.

August 31, 2023, 6:08am Clark County News

People pass by residents experiencing homelessness every day in Clark County, where at least 672 people live outside, according to the county’s 2023 Point-in-Time Count. Read story

Election board worker Chuck Perine prepares ballots to be recounted at the Clark County Elections Office on Nov. 29, 2021.

3rd District candidates Kent, Perez weigh in on vote-by-mail

Election board worker Chuck Perine prepares ballots to be recounted at the Clark County Elections Office on Nov. 29, 2021.

October 8, 2022, 6:07am Clark County News

Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District candidates believe America’s democracy is under threat. Both nod to conversations surrounding mail-in voting as the harbinger of this danger. Read story

Third Congressional District candidates Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, left, and Joe Kent (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian)

3rd District candidates Kent, Perez split on abortion rights

Third Congressional District candidates Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, left, and Joe Kent (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian)

October 7, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

In late June, eruptions of both sorrow and joy appeared nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of legal precedent protecting reproductive rights. Read story