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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

Richard Crumley, a crew leader with Cascade Tree Works LLC, cuts away dead branches above a driveway along South East Evergreen one morning last month. Greg Richardson, the business owner, said while that day’s work was largely cosmetic, a huge share of his projects are addressing tree damage stemming from lack of water and drought.

Clark Asks: Drought affects conifers

Richard Crumley, a crew leader with Cascade Tree Works LLC, cuts away dead branches above a driveway along South East Evergreen one morning last month. Greg Richardson, the business owner, said while that day’s work was largely cosmetic, a huge share of his projects are addressing tree damage stemming from lack of water and drought.

February 9, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Just about every day, arborist Greg Richardson and his crew are out dealing with trees suffering damage from the same problem. Read story

Nathan Howard/The Columbian Julian Levi, an immigrant from what is now Zimbabwe and longtime Clark County resident, was curious about extensive excavation at the corner of Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue and Northeast Anderson Street.

Clark Asks: Question creates a hole new appreciation for journalism

Nathan Howard/The Columbian Julian Levi, an immigrant from what is now Zimbabwe and longtime Clark County resident, was curious about extensive excavation at the corner of Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue and Northeast Anderson Street.

February 2, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Readers of The Columbian may have noticed a recent new genre of stories prompted by someone asking, “What’s that weird thing over there?” Read story

A plastic bag is seen near passing traffic on Interstate 5 near downtown Vancouver.

Clark Asks: ‘What can I do to join or start a roadside trash cleanup program?’

A plastic bag is seen near passing traffic on Interstate 5 near downtown Vancouver.

January 26, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

The reader who wrote into Clark Asks to find out how they might rid the street of trash may have wanted to remain anonymous, but they weren't alone in their annoyance. Read story