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2008-10-10 21:00:17

By ERIK ROBINSON Banks of capacitors free of polychlorinated biphenyls at Bonneville Power Administration's substation at the Ross Complex in Hazel Dell. Miniature capacitor models line the tables as Bonneville Power Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the complete removal of PCB-laden capacitors from the Northwest power grid. A couple of generations ago, polychlorinated biphenyl was the wonder substance of the electrical industry. Devised in the 19th...

2008-10-06 21:00:30

By ERIK ROBINSON Eleanor Shinn was exasperated. After the death of a family member this summer, the Vancouver woman had a medicine cabinet full of pain medications she needed to get rid of. She didn't want to flush them down the toilet, realizing the chemicals would ultimately end up in the Columbia River. She didn't want to throw them in the trash, understanding they may leach into groundwater below a landfill. "I thought I would go about it the right way," she said. As Shinn found...

2008-10-02 21:00:15

By ERIK ROBINSON Representatives of Portland International Airport will have an open house next week in Vancouver to air plans to expand the north runway, manage airport noise and improve water quality. The Port of Portland will host the open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of C-Tran's Fisher's Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. Items on the agenda: North runway extension: The port plans to lengthen the north runway from 8,000 to 9,825 feet, with...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By ERIK ROBINSON The city of Camas soon will be in position to conserve a large natural area at the northeast edge of Prune Hill near Fallen Leaf Park. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board last week approved a $500,000 federal grant to help Camas buy 55 acres on a forested slope near Fallen Leaf Park and Dead Lake, which the city recognizes as Fallen Leaf Lake. The land is owned by Georgia-Pacific Corp. "This fits right in with what we call the Lacamas...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By ERIK ROBINSON James Kardouni, a state environmental scientist, dumps nontoxic dye into Burnt Bridge Creek on Wednesday. By tracking the flow of the dye, he hopes to learn where shade trees might be planted and pinpoint sources of pollution. James Kardouni poured a jug of red fluorescent dye into Burnt Bridge Creek at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday. Kardouni, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Ecology, expected it would take about 20 hours for the greatly dissipated cloud to...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

By ERIK ROBINSON Alcoa will scoop 56,000 cubic yards of PCB-tainted sediment from the Columbia River near its old Vancouver smelter under a legally binding agreement reached this week with the state Department of Ecology. The agreement culminates a long-running negotiation between the company and state regulators. It follows the revelation last year by researchers who found alarmingly high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, a suspected carcinogen, in the tissue of clams living in the...

2008-09-11 21:00:14

By ERIK ROBINSON An ecologically rich chunk of northwest Clark County would be permanently conserved under a land swap being considered by the county, the state Department of Natural Resources and a local family. The area encompasses 340 acres near Mud Lake, southwest of the confluence of the north and east forks of the Lewis River, and within a half-mile of a casino being proposed by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Much of the property is forested terrain within a canyon sloping to the lake...

2008-09-03 21:00:10

By ERIK ROBINSON For an area characterized by the trappings of suburbia, the namesake creek on Vancouver's fast-growing northern fringe is surprisingly resilient. Salmon Creek is impinged by new subdivisions, roads and businesses, which deliver a year-round gusher of road grime, mud and lawn fertilizers. Yet the creek still manages to support a wide array of fish, birds, wildlife and plants. On Saturday, the newly formed Salmon Creek Watershed Council will showcase the creek's enduring...

2008-08-30 00:00:16

By ERIK ROBINSON Ocean conditions are shaping up for a big salmon return to the Columbia River and its tributaries beginning next year, according to federal scientists. Rebounding from abysmal conditions in 2005, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they're finding "very productive" conditions in the ocean north of Newport, Ore. It begins with an upwelling of cold water pulling nutrients up from the ocean depths. "There's lots of food, lots of juvenile...

2008-08-27 00:00:44

By ERIK ROBINSON Cade Ulman was born in 2007 at 1 pound, 7 ounces. He is one of the smallest surviving infants delivered at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. Mandy Clinch holds her 16-month-old son, Cade Ulman, while his sister, Carmen Clinch, 11, smiles at him during a NICU reunion. In three years, the NICU has treated more than 700 babies. Twin brothers Mason, left, and Carmello Davis, 8 months, investigate a camera as their dad, Kurt Davis, keeps watch. Ellen Gallagher has her hands...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.