Shari Phiel, The Columbian

Shari Phiel

The Columbian

Kelso, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Shari:

Parker’s Landing Historical Park trees getting a makeover

Heritage trees at Parker’s Landing Historical Park in Washougal will be getting a free makeover on Jan. 30 thanks to Cascade Tree Works. There are seven heritage trees at the park including five apple trees, a cherry tree and English walnut. → Read More

Cost of improvements at Harmony Sports Complex have almost doubled

Like other municipalities, Clark County is wrestling with cost overruns on its capital projects. On Wednesday, the county council weighed how to move forward with planned improvements at the Harmony Sports Complex. → Read More

Clark County begins update to comprehensive plan

Clark County has begun updating its Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. Last updated in 2016, the plan is a long-range policy guide for managing the county’s growth over a 20-year period. → Read More

Clark County Elections to mail out special election ballots Friday

On Friday, Clark County Elections will mail ballots for the Feb. 14 special election to all eligible registered voters living within the city of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Schools, Washougal School District and Woodland Public Schools. → Read More

Camas High School band gets $10,000 donation

Camas High School’s marching band received a $10,000 donation from Oregon-based CBM Systems during a special gathering at the school Friday. → Read More

Dogs, van stolen from Jantzen Beach hotel

Portland police are searching for a dark blue Mercedes van containing four show dogs stolen from a hotel on North Jantzen Beach Drive on Saturday morning. → Read More

Two-car crash north of Yacolt sends two to hospital

A two-car crash early Saturday morning north of Yacolt sent two people to the hospital. → Read More

Land near Lucia, Moulton falls to become a park after state transfers parcel to Clark County

After more than three years of discussions and negotiations, the state Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday approved the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of land southwest of Yacolt to Clark County. The land to be transferred is between the Hantwick trailhead, just east of Lucia Falls Regional Park, and Moulton Falls Regional Park. The parcel will now become a park. → Read More

Clark County composter training begins in February

Clark County’s Composter Recycler program is offering a free, seven-week training series. The training will prepare new volunteers to be sustainability ambassadors in the community and experts in composting techniques, recycling, food-waste reduction, green cleaning and other sustainable living habits. → Read More

Lader appointed Clark County Public Works director

Clark County Public Works has a new director. County Manager Kathleen Otto earlier this week appointed Ken Lader as director of the department, effective immediately. → Read More

Clark County’s growth management plan to get update

Clark County Community Planning is starting the process of updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan, as required by the state’s Growth Management Act. → Read More

Clark County sets workshops on aging readiness plan

Clark County is holding public workshops to discuss updates to its aging readiness plan. → Read More

New Year’s fireworks rules vary across cities in Clark County

For those planning to ring in the new year with the flash and bang of fireworks, remember they aren’t allowed everywhere in Clark County. → Read More

Snow, freezing rain forecast for Southwest Washington

Those hoping for a white Christmas may have to settle for a frozen Friday. Cold weather moving into Southwest Washington late in the week will bring temperatures well below freezing and leave plenty of ice on roadways, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. → Read More

Clark County Manager Otto’s pay to climb 20% over 3 years

County Manager Kathleen Otto will see per pay go up by more than 20 percent over the next three years under a new contract approved Tuesday by the Clark County Council. → Read More

Cardai Hill Rock Quarry seeks zoning overlay for 76 acres

Cardai Hill Rock Quarry is back before the Clark County Planning Commission with a request to add a surface mining overlay to roughly 76 acres of land currently zoned for rural residential and forest resource use. → Read More

Marshall sworn into Clark County Council weeks earlier than expected

Newly elected Clark County Councilor Sue Marshall is ready to get work. But Marshall began her term as the District 5 representative a little sooner than she and others expected. → Read More

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce legislative outlook event set Dec. 9

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will host its 2023 legislative outlook beginning at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington at 301 West Sixth St. in Vancouver. → Read More

Ridgefield cutting Costco a break of up to $2.5 million

Costco is getting a multimillion-dollar break from the city of Ridgefield to build its proposed 160,000-square-foot warehouse store. → Read More

Forest Service selling Christmas tree permits

Christmas tree cutting permits are now available from the U.S. Forest Service. Permits are $5 each and can be purchased in person at the Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Cowlitz Valley ranger distric → Read More