Jake Thomas, The Columbian

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The Columbian

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Past articles by Jake:

House fire in Vancouver extinguished

Six fire trucks were dispatched Saturday morning to a Vancouver house fire that left no one injured and was quickly extinguished. → Read More

Ridgefield’s school impact fees updated

With some reluctance, the Clark County Council on Tuesday adjusted a series of school impact fees that are expected to add to the cost of housing in some parts of the county. → Read More

Bowerman hangs on to Clark County GOP chair

Clark County Republican Party Chair Earl Bowerman has survived a recall attempt — for now. → Read More

County council charts course on urban holdings lift

The Clark County Council on Tuesday moved forward on a public-private partnership intended to pave the way for the development of about 2,200 acres north of Vancouver. → Read More

Panel’s final Clark County Jail report lacks fix

After meeting for 18 months, a commission formed to evaluate Clark County’s options for its antiquated jail approved its final report Wednesday afternoon. While the document answers key questions, it stops short of laying out a clear course of action for the county. → Read More

Johnson, Walters lead Battle Ground races

In the pair of Battle Ground City Council races on the primary ballot, two-term City Councilor Philip Johnson and political newcomer Shauna Walters were the frontrunners in their respective races. → Read More

Medvigy leads in Clark County Council race

Republican Clark County Councilor Gary Medvigy emerged from Tuesday night’s primary election with 58.88 percent of the initial count, compared with the 41.82 percent received by his Democratic challenger, Adrian Cortes. → Read More

Ballots due today in primary election

Today is election day. → Read More

Lawsuits target Clark County, Clark College over public records law

A resident of Washington’s Island County recently targeted Clark County and Clark College, alleging that they violated the state’s public records law. So far, he’s had one victory. → Read More

New claims in Benton lawsuit against Clark County

Nearly three years after former Clark County department head Don Benton sued his former employer alleging hostile working conditions, his lawyers are making new claims that the county violated its own → Read More

Stonier ‘proud’ to see Jinkins selected as House speaker

When longtime House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, announced he was stepping down from his position in 2018, it opened the possibility that a representative from Southwest Washington would occupy the → Read More

Audit dings state, county oversight of quarry

A new state report says the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Clark County have failed to keep an eye on Livingston Quarry, allowing a contractor to improperly handle material while poten → Read More

Washington’s new vehicle license law allows deferral

A law goes into effect Sunday intended to help address a problem that’s long plagued Southwest Washington: new residents who fail to register their out-of-state vehicles. → Read More

Clark County prosecutor again pitches new case system

During a work session Wednesday morning, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik again made his case to the county council that they should approve spending more than half a million dollars for a new case → Read More

Ideas for affordable housing pique county councilors’ interest

Longtime homelessness advocate Andy Silver appeared before the Clark County council last week with a simple pitch: The county can help address its affordable housing problem through two relatively str → Read More

I-1639 foes shoot for Battle Ground City Council seats

BATTLE GROUND — On Sunday, about 60 people gathered in Kiwanis Park for an event that featured American flags, military-style rifles and two candidates for city council. → Read More

County Council again delays ‘urban holding’ decision

Citing a lack of time to review the information and the absence of two members, the Clark County Council again held off on moving forward with a public-private partnership that will eventually open up → Read More

Vancouver’s Saturday in the Park Pride an ‘expression of love’

Gail Wolz, of La Center, said she gave out a hundred “mom hugs” at last year’s Saturday in the Park Pride event. → Read More

Battle Ground councilor Cortes challenges Medvigy for Clark County Council seat

BATTLE GROUND — Adrian Cortes, a candidate in a special election for Clark County Council, has ideas about taxation, land use and infrastructure. But throughout a recent interview, Cortes had a recurr → Read More

Kids Dig! Archaeology the question and the answer at fort

On Saturday afternoon, Amy Clearman stood in front of about a dozen kids at Fort Vancouver and asked a simple question: “What is archeology?” → Read More