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Clark Asks: Are those bright headlights legal?

June 21, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

Fran Laub, a 77-year-old Vancouver resident, drives a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. She usually avoids nighttime driving, in part because of glare from the headlights of other vehicles. Read story

Clark Asks: Railroad bridge under construction in Vancouver bound for Columbia River Gorge

April 18, 2020, 9:55am Clark County News

An anonymous reader wants to know: “Behind the Vancouver Marine Park boat launch, there is a large bridge under construction. What is it? How will it be moved when it’s… Read story

The Interstate 5 Bridge.

Clark Asks: Why not replace I-5 Bridge trunnion while traffic’s light?

The Interstate 5 Bridge.

March 22, 2020, 6:03am Clark County News

With people hunkered down at home because of COVID-19, wouldn’t now be a good time to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge’s cracked trunnion? Read story

Motorists travel past a receptacle for garbage and recycling with advertisements at the corner of Southeast Chkalov Drive and Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard on Friday morning.

Clark Asks: Ad-covered trash cans may be win-win for Vancouver

Motorists travel past a receptacle for garbage and recycling with advertisements at the corner of Southeast Chkalov Drive and Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard on Friday morning.

January 29, 2020, 6:00am Business

In east Vancouver, a few clusters of advertisement-covered trash cans sit near the intersections of busy streets, and they might catch your eye for a moment because they tend to stick out. Read story

An Amtrak Cascades train pulls into the station in Vancouver at mid-morning on Nov. 22. There are four round trips per day to Portland, but not at normal commute hours.

Clark Asks: Why can’t Amtrak be used to commute to Portland from Vancouver?

An Amtrak Cascades train pulls into the station in Vancouver at mid-morning on Nov. 22. There are four round trips per day to Portland, but not at normal commute hours.

November 30, 2019, 6:02am Clark County News

With more than 50,000 Clark County residents commuting to jobs in Oregon and battling almost daily traffic jams, there must be a better way to get to Portland using existing infrastructure. Read story

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School seniors Dante Diaz, from left, Paola Terrazas and Anastasiya Kashyrna demonstrate how they learn how to count medication in their pharmacology classroom. The classrooms use pretend medicine, like cornstarch pills, or even beans and beads to mimic medication. Henrietta Lacks High offers programs in biotechnology, biomedical engineering, public health, pharmacy, nursing and patient services.

Clark Asks: How did Vancouver come to have a Henrietta Lacks high school?

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School seniors Dante Diaz, from left, Paola Terrazas and Anastasiya Kashyrna demonstrate how they learn how to count medication in their pharmacology classroom. The classrooms use pretend medicine, like cornstarch pills, or even beans and beads to mimic medication. Henrietta Lacks High offers programs in biotechnology, biomedical engineering, public health, pharmacy, nursing and patient services.

October 19, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

At a time when some schools across the U.S. are rethinking their names or mascots, one high school in Vancouver is driven by its name. Read story

The smokestack at Providence Academy is seen above the ancillary buildings on campus.

Clark Asks: Abandoned Academy buildings may rise from ruins

The smokestack at Providence Academy is seen above the ancillary buildings on campus.

October 12, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Clark Asks: “What’s with the creepy, abandoned building in the Providence Academy parking lot?” Read story

Woodland resident Bob Nelson now owns one of the totem poles that used to be in the old Totem Pole Restaurant.

Clark Asks: What happened to the totem pole at the old Totem Pole Restaurant?

Woodland resident Bob Nelson now owns one of the totem poles that used to be in the old Totem Pole Restaurant.

September 28, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

In the latest installment of Clark Asks, the Columbian’s online project that lets readers enlist reporters to answer all their burning questions, one reader posed an inquiry about a historic, now-defunct restaurant. Read story

Clark Asks: The fate of the totem pole at closed eatery piques interest

September 25, 2019, 6:05am Clark County News

The Totem Pole Restaurant has long since given up its place “On the 99 strip” to new development, but memories of the landmark eatery are lasting longer than a slice of its deep-dish Chehalem blackberry pie or bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Read story

A hand-scrawled sign promising people $20,000 per month for working at home stands in the median along Mill Plain Boulevard near PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

Clark Asks: Aren’t roadside signs against code?

A hand-scrawled sign promising people $20,000 per month for working at home stands in the median along Mill Plain Boulevard near PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

September 21, 2019, 6:05am Clark County News

One of Steve Hawkins’ hobbies is road cycling. When the Cascade Park resident is on his bicycle, he sees roadside signs advertising painting, weight loss and get-rich-quick schemes. Read story