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Families and friends get ready to watch a movie at the Water Works Park amphitheater during the summer of 2015. Though it once served as the site of performances and movie nights, the amphitheater has since been demolished to make room for a new water reservoir. There are currently no plans underway to build a new amphitheater at the park.

Clark Asks: What is the future of Water Works Park in Vancouver?

Families and friends get ready to watch a movie at the Water Works Park amphitheater during the summer of 2015. Though it once served as the site of performances and movie nights, the amphitheater has since been demolished to make room for a new water reservoir. There are currently no plans underway to build a new amphitheater at the park.

August 26, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Columbian reader Sara Morse wants to know what’s up at Water Works Park, a recreational site in central Vancouver that doubles as one of the city’s oldest and most critical pieces of infrastructure in Water Station 1. Read story

Sharon York looks past a mural of her ancestors, the Wishon family, while talking with her sisters at Orchards Plaza.

Clark Asks: Mural tells tale of Orchards

Sharon York looks past a mural of her ancestors, the Wishon family, while talking with her sisters at Orchards Plaza.

June 22, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Lauren Smith frequently drives by a mural in Orchards depicting local life in the early 1900s. The 70-foot-long mural has a prune-picking family standing in front of an orchard, Mount St. Helens (with its top), the Orchards Feed Mill and the Orchards-Sifton streetcar. Read story

Kobe Lee, left, and Camille Cowles of Vancouver walk along the Grant Street Pier. The spectacular Columbia River overlook might seem like the perfect place to cast a fishing line, but a city official says the pier’s height makes fishing unsafe.

Clark Asks: Can you fish from Grant Street Pier?

Kobe Lee, left, and Camille Cowles of Vancouver walk along the Grant Street Pier. The spectacular Columbia River overlook might seem like the perfect place to cast a fishing line, but a city official says the pier’s height makes fishing unsafe.

May 11, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Vancouver resident Dan Seaverns asks: Will fishing be permitted from the pier at the new waterfront development? Read story

Drivers traveling north on Interstate 5 pass a closed ramp for the Washington State Patrol weigh station just north of Ridgefield. The station has been closed since October for a $3.7 million renovation project.

Clark Asks: Why is I-5 weigh station closed?

Drivers traveling north on Interstate 5 pass a closed ramp for the Washington State Patrol weigh station just north of Ridgefield. The station has been closed since October for a $3.7 million renovation project.

April 20, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

Denise Gardner of La Center authored the winning question in the most recent voting round for The Columbian’s Clark Asks feature. Read story

The former Fred Meyer sign at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards has towered over Vancouver’s Maplewood neighborhood for more than 40 years, even though the store closed years ago. The sign may be refurbished to advertise a future Starbucks Coffee. “There had to be a better way to make it look in the interim,” said Audrey Miller of Vancouver, who asked why the sign remains.

Clark Asks: New life awaits old, unsightly Fred Meyer sign

The former Fred Meyer sign at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards has towered over Vancouver’s Maplewood neighborhood for more than 40 years, even though the store closed years ago. The sign may be refurbished to advertise a future Starbucks Coffee. “There had to be a better way to make it look in the interim,” said Audrey Miller of Vancouver, who asked why the sign remains.

March 30, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

Downtown Vancouver resident Audrey Miller often drives by an unsightly sign on Fourth Plain Boulevard. Read story

Burnt Bridge Creek forms a small estuary near where it flows through two culverts into Vancouver Lake.

Clark Asks: Does Burnt Bridge Creek connect to Vancouver Lake?

Burnt Bridge Creek forms a small estuary near where it flows through two culverts into Vancouver Lake.

March 23, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

Thomas Atwater and his wife like to drive around and explore Southwest Washington. They returned to this area after living in the Midwest for decades. Read story

The Kauffman Shopping Center on Fourth Plain Boulevard has sat empty for 15 years, apart from the Espresso Divine drive-thru.

Kauffman Shopping Center co-owner holds out for grocery store

The Kauffman Shopping Center on Fourth Plain Boulevard has sat empty for 15 years, apart from the Espresso Divine drive-thru.

March 22, 2019, 6:00am Business

Earlier this week, a reader emailed The Columbian with a question: Why has the shopping center at Northwest Kauffman Avenue and West Fourth Plain Boulevard stood empty for more than 10 years? Read story

A travel-time sign gives traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds an estimate for traffic down the road. Signs like these use roadway sensors and radar devices to measure the speed and density of passing traffic, and a computer program uses the information to estimate travel times between two points.

Clark Asks: How do highway reader boards calculate travel times?

A travel-time sign gives traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds an estimate for traffic down the road. Signs like these use roadway sensors and radar devices to measure the speed and density of passing traffic, and a computer program uses the information to estimate travel times between two points.

March 5, 2019, 6:05am Clark County News

Battle Ground’s Jen Kootstra, now retired, doesn’t make the commute south on the interstate highways in the county as much as she did when she was still working as an engineer for HP. Read story

Joel Natterstad of Ridgefield wades through the flooded yard in front of the caretaker house at Abrams Park in Ridgefield. Natterstad volunteered to help the Public Works employees move sandbags throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Clark Asks: Does I-205 impact weather?

Joel Natterstad of Ridgefield wades through the flooded yard in front of the caretaker house at Abrams Park in Ridgefield. Natterstad volunteered to help the Public Works employees move sandbags throughout the morning and early afternoon.

February 23, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Chris Prothero just wants to know if his mind is playing tricks on him. Read story

Clark Asks: How time is determined on I-5 sign top vote-getter

February 20, 2019, 6:05am Clark County News

Traffic beat out that weird thing in the February voting round for The Columbian’s Clark Asks project. Read story