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1 hr ago | The Columbian

Borders vacancy vexes east Vancouver neighborhood

When the Borders bookstore in east Vancouver closed in 2011, it left an unmistakable void in one of the city's busiest commercial areas. Neighboring businesses felt an immediate impact as fewer people ventured into the shopping center off Southeast 160th Avenue near Mill Plain Boulevard.

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Related Topix: Vancouver, WA

5 hrs ago | Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

New director hired to lead ferry system

After several months of interim management, Washington State Ferries will soon be under the direction of Lynne Griffith, who will serve as the assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. Griffith, who will earn a salary of $144,768, will begin her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the ferries management team and all ferry employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals.

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6 hrs ago | KHQ-TV Spokane

Anti-government activist's house auctioned

The Vancouver Columbian reports Wednesday that David Darby's home was sold Tuesday at public auction. The property was sold for $63,099.

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Related Topix: Vancouver, WA, Amboy, WA

Tue Sep 16, 2014

The Columbian

Trailer detaches from tractor, crashes on I-5 near Woodland

No one was injured when the trailer portion of a commercial tractor-trailer became detached and crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 5 near Woodland this afternoon. ( The trailer portion of a commercial tractor-trailer became detached and crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 5 near Woodland this afternoon.

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Related Topix: Woodland, WA, La Center, WA

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Columbian

New sites eyed for fire stations

Two west-side Vancouver fire stations will be rebuilt in new locations, and the change will improve response times at a total of four stations, according to a city analysis. The Vancouver City Council on Monday saw a map reflecting more than three years' worth of incidents, which shows that the greatest need for emergency medical and fire services sprawls out along Fourth Plain Boulevard between approximately Main Street and St. Johns Road.

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Related Topix: North America Travel, Travel, Canada Travel, Vancouver, WA, Vancouver, Canada Travel, Orchards, WA

The Columbian

Port of C-W to consider oil-by-rail resolution

Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners on Tuesday will discuss whether to make a statement about the movement of oil by rail in Clark County and Washington. Commissioners Mark Lampton, Bill Macrae-Smith and Bill Ward also will receive a presentation by a representative of the joint venture that wants to build the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

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Related Topix: Washougal, WA, Camas, WA, Vancouver, WA

The Columbian

Working in Clark County: Teacher Paul Baldwin

Working in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com ; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

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Related Topix: Wabash College, Education Etc., Portland State University

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Columbian

Judge: C-Tran veto rule invalid if board changes

The veto power written into the C-Tran Board of Directors' bylaws could be in jeopardy if the makeup of the board changes, following a Clark County judge's ruling Friday. Currently, both the city of Vancouver and Clark County have the ability to nix any action approved by the rest of the C-Tran board.

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Related Topix: Vancouver, WA, Washougal, WA, Camas, WA, La Center, WA

KVBC-TV Las Vegas

Grand jury indicts two men for murder

Two men have been indicted today by a Clark County grand jury for murder. In the first case, Miquan Burton, 18, was indicted in connection with a July 3 shooting that killed a man and wounded a girl.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

The Columbian

Las Mesitas has tasty hits, misses

Why: As with most areas of Clark County, Battle Ground has its fair share of Mexican restaurants. Las Mesitas has been serving the city of Battle Ground since 1995.

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Related Topix: Battle Ground, WA, Life, Dining

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Exit 133

Secretary Peterson appoints Lynne Griffith

OLYMPIA Today, Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division . She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including, guiding the ferries management team and all ferries employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals; and collaborating effectively with community and labor partners and other WSDOT divisions.

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The Columbian

B.G. man arrested in crash that injured girl

A Battle Ground man was allegedly intoxicated while driving a pickup truck Wednesday night. Shane M. Turner, 31, reportedly crashed into a mini van carrying a woman and her two children, injuring all three occupants including a 9-year-old girl who was critically injured.

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Related Topix: Battle Ground, WA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

The Columbian

'Sesame Street' actor, writer discusses complexity of parenting in fundraising talk for YWCA

What: A social service agency whose mission is "eliminating racism, empowering women." It works with domestic violence and sexual assault victims, children in foster care and many others.

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Related Topix: Sesame Street, Animated TV, Children TV, Entertainment, Television, Family, Parenting, Emmy Awards, Kids, Vancouver, WA

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

New chief of Washington State Ferries named: Now head of Pierce Transit

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson made the announcement Wednesday morning as she appointed Griffith assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. "I am very pleased Lynne is joining the WSDOT team and I want to thank Captain George Capacci for serving in the interim role," Peterson said in a statement.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Jay Inslee, US House of Representatives, Democrat

The Columbian

Clark County weighs rural industrial land bank

Clark County staff will update the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission next week on an application to establish a rural industrial land bank south of Brush Prairie. The site under discussion straddles State Route 503 north of Vancouver: the 223-acre Ackerland property to the west and the 378-acre Lagler property to the east of State Route 503, near Northeast 119th and 149th streets.

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Related Topix: Brush Prairie, WA, Vancouver, WA, Agriculture, Science

The Columbian

Spotlight on Youth

Michael Ash, son of Shawn-Marie and David Ash, received a $6,000 dean's tuition award at Central Washington University; a $250 music scholarship from the Clark County Music Teachers Association; a $400 Oregon Teachers Music Association scholarship; a $259 scholarship from Vancouver USA Singers, and a $250 scholarship from Davidson and Associates Insurance. He will study music education and vocal performance at Central Washington University.

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Related Topix: Central Washington University, Vancouver, WA, Gonzaga University

Tue Sep 09, 2014

The Columbian

Habitat for Humanity looks to get word out to public

Most people know that Habitat for Humanity is that charitable homebuilder that President Jimmy Carter made famous - and that puts residents to work building their own homes. But you may not have heard that the Clark County affiliate, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, requires applicants to undergo a rigorous selection process that normally begins with an orientation session.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance

KHQ-TV Spokane

80-year-old driver killed by train in Vancouver

The driver killed in an accidental collision with an Amtrak train Sunday in Vancouver has been identified by the Clark County medical examiner's office as 80-year-old Charles W. Kellogg of Ridgefield.

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Related Topix: Vancouver, WA, Ridgefield, WA

The Columbian

Woodland Chamber asks political candidates to speak

Starting next week, the Woodland Chamber of Commerce will host a weekly series of public luncheons with political candidates from Southwest Washington. Each Tuesday through Oct. 28, opposing candidates will share the floor for an hour, and anyone is welcome to attend and get to know the candidates.

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Related Topix: Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Woodland, WA, Cowlitz County, WA

The Columbian

Community notes: Timbers, Thorns partner with OYSA youth clubs

The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns last week announced a 10-year partnership with the Oregon Youth Soccer Association. As part of the agreement, the Timbers and Thorns will continue to provide staff and financial resources - and Timbers' Stand Together community and field grants programs - to support youth soccer in Oregon and Southwest Washington, according to Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson.

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Related Topix: Washington, Camas, WA, Washougal, WA

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