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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...

2008-06-16 21:00:12

By KATHIE DURBIN WOODLAND - Clark County and the Washington Department of Ecology are headed for a high-stakes showdown over new stormwater rules, and the 2009 Legislature may be called on to referee. Eight lawmakers representing Southwest Washington got that message Friday at a four-hour briefing organized by the Building Industry Association of Clark County, the Lower Columbia Contractors' Association and the Clark County Association of Realtors. "Clark County is preparing a draft set...

2008-06-13 21:00:06

By CAMI JONER Foreclosure filings in Clark County declined in May from the month earlier, but remained well above the total in May 2007, according to a report from RealtyTrac, a national real estate data firm based in California. A total of 258 foreclosures were filed in the county last month, down from 304 in April, RealtyTrac said. But the May total was up by 95.5 percent over the 132 foreclosures filed during the same month last year. Last month, Clark County's foreclosures accounted...

2008-05-28 15:00:24

By Dean Baker, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. May 28--RIDGEFIELD -- The abandoned 120-year-old Kapus farmstead east of Interstate 5 was listed Tuesday as one of Washington's Most Endangered Historic Properties. The listing, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, has slowed Southwest Washington Medical Center's plans to build medical offices, a retail center and perhaps a hospital someday on the 76.5-acre farm site it purchased in 2007. The delay appears to be temporary....

2008-02-19 21:00:16

By TOM KOENNINGER Keep your eyes on Rivendell, and decide for yourself whether Clark County will or can change its approach to relentless housing development. Rivendell subdivision is a proposed 55-acre housing development of 265 homes near Prairie High School. It is a poster child in the war of builders and developers converting rural space into congested urban areas and diminishing open space and wildlife habitat in this county. The Columbian has tracked the progress - or lack of it -...


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