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2008-07-20 00:00:31

By Jeffrey Mize, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 19--The driver of a motorcycle that collided with an SUV Friday afternoon remained in critical condition the following day. According to Vancouver police, the driver of the motorcycle, 32-year-old Daryl Wick of Montana, suffered head and neck injuries. His passenger, 26-year-old Jennifer Kenworthy of Oregon, suffered pelvis and hip injuries. Both riders were wearing helmets when their motorcycle collided with a Ford Explorer. They...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 18--More than 1,000 firefighters and support personnel, who have doubled Trout Lake's population in less than a week, battled the Cold Springs fire to a standoff as of Thursday evening. Crews reinforced more than 20 miles of brush-free fire breaks that all but surrounded the 7,933-acre blaze. Yet the fire remained only 30 percent contained, with the ever-present risk that it could jump the lines and torch fire-prone areas to the...

2008-07-16 15:00:39

By Scott Hewitt, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 16--When Uptown Movie Nights got started seven years ago, the movie titles themselves were a closely guarded secret. If they were named, the thinking went, the free weekend flicks would draw paying moviegoers away from "The Hulk" or whatever fine summer fare was raking in the bucks at the moment. Hollywood just couldn't handle that, of course, and the ultimate losers would be the Arnada and Hough neighborhood associations, which...

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...

2008-07-02 15:00:51

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 2--Thank the wildfires in -Central Oregon for the atmospheric sunscreen of haze covering Southwest Washington over the past couple of days. The National Weather Service on Tuesday reported southerly flows of air carrying smoke across the Cascade Range from Central Oregon and possibly even up the Willamette Valley from wildfires in Northern California. A weather inversion Portland-Vancouver trapped the haze by Tuesday afternoon,...

2008-07-01 15:00:45

By Tom Vogt, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 1--Vancouver's Martin Luther King Elementary School has been awarded $275,000 to help struggling readers next year. King was among 15 schools in Washington to share in $3.3 million for the Reading First program, state education officials said in Monday's announcement. According to the state's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the program seeks to help all children read at grade level in English by the end of third...

2008-06-26 21:02:20

By JOHN BRANTON River Patrol deputies say the boat four Vancouver boys were rescued in Wednesday, near the middle of the Columbia River, could have been a floating coffin. Four Vancouver teenagers were rescued near the middle of the Columbia River on Wednesday after they were seen sinking in a tiny, crudely built plywood boat. "They were literally bailing water when we arrived at the scene," said Deputy Travis Gullberg, spokesman for the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office. Seeing...

2008-06-26 15:03:06

By Paul Craig, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 26--A $17.3 million hospital proposed for construction in Salmon Creek would be the first in Clark County and one of a handful in the state specializing in medical rehabilitation. Select Medical Corp. of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has filed a letter of intent with the Washington Department of Health to build a 44-bed, 50,000-square-foot facility two blocks southwest of Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. Select Rehabilitation Hospital of...

2008-06-26 15:02:24

By John Branton, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 26--Four Vancouver teenagers were rescued near the middle of the Columbia River on Wednesday after they were seen sinking in a tiny, crudely built plywood boat. "They were literally bailing water when we arrived at the scene," said Deputy Travis Gullberg, spokesman for the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office. Seeing that the teens had no flotation vests, deputies with the sheriff's River Patrol threw some to them and ordered...

2008-06-24 21:02:21

By Tom Vogt, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 24--With signs of progress on the negotiating front, the Port of Vancouver decided Tuesday once again to hold off on an eminent domain proposal targeting the land of an area farming family. The Port of Vancouver commissioners voted 3-0 to table the proposal until their Oct. 14 meeting. The board took a similar action at its May 27 meeting. Several agencies have been negotiating with the Colf family to acquire land for the Columbia...