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2008-08-22 21:00:14

By MICHAEL ANDERSEN A county task force recommended allowing more business variety and smaller lots near rural centers like Dollars Corner. Could it be the formula for a farming renaissance? Or a recipe for rural sprawl? Whatever might happen, a group of rural residents handpicked by Clark County's commissioners last spring is calling for a strong restoration of property rights in the county's countryside. When commissioners return from their monthlong summer vacation Sept. 1, they'll...

2008-08-02 21:00:13

By Matt Wastradowski, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Aug. 2--Fair offers something for just about everyone Clark County's biggest party returns with 10 days of carnival rides, livestock, food, games, extreme action events and concerts. When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and Aug. 10; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, tomorrow and Aug. 8 and 9. The carnival opens at noon daily. Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield....

2008-07-23 15:01:12

By Courtney Sherwood, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 23--Northwest Natural's Clark County gas customers may be sweating their bills when they turn on the heat this winter. Citing sharp increases in the cost of the commodity it sells, the Portland-based gas company plans to ask Washington regulators to allow a 35 percent to 40 percent rate hike, effective Nov. 1. Households with electric heat won't escape the chilling effect of rising natural gas rates. "We expect the board to...

2008-07-20 00:00:26

By Michael Andersen, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 19--How to summarize a two-hour debate between seven candidates with three party affiliations running for one county commissioner's seat, all in 1,100 words? Why not start by giving them two words each? Craig Williams: green economics. Matt Swindell: hard work. Bridget Schwarz: lively neighborhoods. Robert Nichols: no rail. Tom Mielke: business deregulation. Brad Lothspeich: administrative competence. Pam Brokaw: slower...

2008-07-14 06:00:21

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Nevada wilderness advocates have launched a new drive for Congress to designate more federally protected land in Clark County, and are targeting Rep. Jon Porter to take a lead on what could be a controversial issue. The Nevada Republican said he is considering the proposal but probably will not decide soon whether to embrace the plan that calls for upgrading wilderness designations in the 344,400-acre Gold...

2008-07-10 15:00:18

By Cami Joner, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 10--Clark County foreclosure filings inched up in June from May and remained well above the total for June 2007, according to a national report issued Tuesday. A total of 278 foreclosures were filed in the county last month, up from 258 in May, according RealtyTrac, a real estate data firm based in California. The county's June total was up by more than 183 percent over the 93 foreclosures filed during the same month last year. Last...

2008-07-09 15:00:19

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 9--Critics of a new Columbia River crossing have long argued that a planned replacement bridge on Interstate 5 will degrade the environment and fuel more urban sprawl. Now, federal environmental regulators are echoing many of those same concerns -- plus a new one. The Environmental Protection Agency called for project officials to assure that bridge footings drilled deep into the river bottom won't pollute Clark County's major...

2008-06-30 15:02:34

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 30--Clark County residents who throw their food scraps into the garbage may have a simple and environmentally benign alternative within the next few years. The ability to include food scraps with standard residential curbside recycling depends on a Seattle company finding a place in the metropolitan area to site a high-tech composting plant. Cedar Grove Composting, which operates industrial-scale composting plants in Maple Valley...

2008-06-24 18:02:34

By Melissa Moody, The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind. Jun. 24--The Clark County Council unanimously agreed Monday to a request from Circuit Court Judge Abe Navarro to rescind a previous vote allowing him to reallocate his staff's salaries. The council's original vote in favor of the salary changes also allowed Navarro to replace two longtime employees and create a new court-administrator position. But on Monday, Navarro also withdrew his offer of the administrator...

2008-06-20 15:00:15

By Michael Andersen, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 20--A Clark County judge this week upheld the approval of a proposed asphalt plant on a Brush Prairie pasture, the latest defeat for neighbors who have fought the plan for eight years. Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson found nothing "clearly erroneous" in the decisions of county commissioners, planners and an independent legal expert to allow the development along a county rail line. In a brisk 12-page opinion responding to...