Shari Phiel, The Columbian

Shari Phiel

The Columbian

Kelso, WA, United States

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Clark County Council seeking historic grants applications

The Clark County Council is accepting applications for the Historical Promotion Grants program. Under the program, local organizations are eligible to receive grants for historic preservation and programs, including preservation of historic documents. → Read More

Clark County authorities get ready for July Fourth emergency calls, many won’t respond to nuisance reports

Police and fire crews are gearing up for the Fourth of July, now less than two weeks away. → Read More

Ridgefield schools to host public meeting on levy

RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield School District will host an informational meeting on Proposition 9, the district’s Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. → Read More

Clark County Council to hold forum on public safety tax

The Clark County Council will hold a public conversation on the Public Safety Sales Tax measure that will appear on the August primary election ballot. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. → Read More

Columbia River overtops banks, sweeps into restored flood plain

The lower Columbia River’s long history of flooding was revisited this week when the river overtopped its banks on Monday. Although waters have begun to slowly recede, damage from the flooding remains behind. → Read More

Ecology fines contractor $135,000 for Ridgefield water quality violations

A Portland contractor was fined $135,000 for repeated water quality violations while working at Ridgefield’s Vista Ridge subdivision. The fines were levied by the Washington Department of Ecology for violations that occurred from September 2021 to February 2022. → Read More

18th Legislative District candidate John Ley’s voter registration hearing rescheduled

A hearing on the voter registration challenge filed against 18th Legislative District candidate John Ley has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. June 28. The hearing was originally scheduled for June 10. → Read More

Cowlitz Indian Tribe elects 6 members to serve on tribal council

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has elected six members to its 22-member tribal council. The new members, who will serve three-year terms, were elected at the June 4 general council meeting. → Read More

Applicants sought for Clark County Development and Engineering Advisory Board

County Manager Kathleen Otto is looking to fill one pending vacancy on the Clark County Development and Engineering Advisory Board. → Read More

Clark County Chair Karen Bowerman discusses public safety sales tax on CVTV

Clark County residents can tune into CVTV Channel 23 at 6:45 a.m. and Channel 21 at 10:25 a.m. today for the latest episode of “Clark County Focus.” → Read More

Clark County can adopt controversial new C2 voting district map, judge rules

Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson on Thursday ruled the county had the legal authority to adopt a new voting district map after the deadline set by state law, making it likely this year’s Clark County Council election will proceed with the controversial map C2 preferred by Republicans. → Read More

Filing week ends in Clark County with 523 candidates vying for 383 offices

Friday’s final day of filing week saw a handful of candidates joining the 2022 election season and one candidate withdraw. → Read More

Clark County Council mulls veterans home at Camp Bonneville

Clark County Councilor Gary Medvigy would like to see a veterans home at Camp Bonneville. Medvigy raised the idea during the council’s May 18 meeting. → Read More

Nearly dozen more candidates file for offices including Clark County Sheriff, 3rd District

Nearly a dozen more candidates made their campaigns official Thursday by filing for office, bringing the total to 393 candidates filing for 310 offices as of 5 p.m. → Read More

Filing week in Clark County sees 294 candidates vying for 242 slots, so far

As day three of filing week came to a close, several more candidates filed for state and county offices on the August primary and November general election ballots. → Read More

More candidates file for 3rd District, Clark County sheriff, legislative races

Day 2 of filing week for the August primary and November general election saw several more candidates entering races. → Read More

COVID-19 grant funds available from county

Clark County has $2 million of grant funding opportunities for small businesses, nonprofits and community-serving organizations. → Read More

Anthony Ho enters race for Rep. Vicki Kraft’s seat in 17th District

The list of candidates in contention for the state House of Representatives 17th District seat grew by one Thursday. Republican Anthony Ho announced he is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Vicki Kraft. → Read More

Clark County voters’ guide needs ‘against’ statements

Each election, the Clark County Auditor’s Office provides an online and printed voter guide with information about candidates and ballot measures. → Read More

Clark County season of road work set to begin Monday

Beginning Monday, Clark County Public Works crews will begin surface treatment work on arterial and collector roads throughout urban and rural areas of the county. → Read More