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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 07/12/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to a stabbing in Vancouver on July 7, 2024.

 

This individual died on 07/07/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Jones, Dolores  Age: 42 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Multiple stab wounds of the torso

Manner of death:  Homicide

How the injury occurred: Injured by other person(s)

Place of injury: Outdoor, apartment common area

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 07/12/2024

Planning Commission to hold work session on climate change planning project - 07/11/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Planning Commission will hold a work session on climate change planning at 5:30pm on Thursday, July 18, 2024. 

With the passage of HB 1181 during the 2023 Washington State legislative session, Clark County is now required to add a climate change element into its Comprehensive Plan. The new climate chapter will include actions the county can take over the next 20 years to improve community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and benefit overburdened communities that will be disproportionately affected by the compounding environmental impacts and natural hazards due to climate change. This work will be integrated into the 2025 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review project.

The work session is intended as an informational briefing for the planning commission on the climate change planning project focused on the greenhouse gas inventory results and next steps.

The work session is open to the public however there will be no public comment as part of the event.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Attendees can join in person in the sixth-floor training room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or virtually via Webex.

Meeting materials and information on how to attend the meeting can be found on the planning commission’s meeting page at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/planning-commission-hearings-and-meeting-notesA recording of the meeting will also be posted on this webpage for viewing later.

To learn more about the 2025 update and to sign up for project updates, please visit the project website at www.clark.wa.gov/2025update

To learn more about county climate planning, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Planning Commission to hold work session on comprehensive plan environmental impact statement scoping - 07/11/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Planning Commission will hold a work session on the 2025 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review project at 5:30pm on Thursday, July 18, 2024. 

The work session is intended as an informational update for the planning commission about the project’s environmental impact statement scoping process. 

The work session is open to the public however there will be no public comment as part of the event.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Attendees can join in person in the sixth-floor training room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or virtually via Webex.

Meeting materials and information on how to attend the meeting can be found on the planning commission’s meeting page at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/planning-commission-hearings-and-meeting-notesA recording of the meeting will also be posted on this webpage for viewing later.

To learn more about the 2025 update and to sign up for project updates, please visit the project website at www.clark.wa.gov/2025update

Clark County expands burn ban to include recreational fires - 07/10/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Due to the extreme fire danger, recreational fires will be prohibited throughout unincorporated Clark County effective immediately. 

This recreational fire restriction is in addition to the general outdoor burning prohibition that was implemented on July 5. According to interim Fire Marshal Donna Goddard this is a preventive measure to help avoid the risk of more or larger grass or brush fires as a result of escaped campfires. Looking at current conditions along with the extended forecast, the ban goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.    

This ban joins with the ban imposed today, July 10, by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The state is prohibiting all outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes in all state forests, parks and lands protected by DNR firefighters.  

Creating a defensible space around a home helps prevent wildfires from spreading to a residence, or vice versa. Goddard recommends the following measures in both rural and urban areas:

  • Remove fuel
    • Within 3-5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds
    • Within 10 feet of a house
    • Under decks and porches
    • From gutters, eaves, porches and decks
  • Cut the lawn if it is brown. Dispose of debris and cuttings.
  • Prune trees so lowest branches are 6-10 feet above the ground.
  • Landscape with native and flame-resistant plants.

Self-contained camp stoves, which are not banned, are a safe and easy alternative for outdoor cooking.

County to install fence along Cougar Creek Woods Property near the end of July - 07/10/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands is installing partial fencing along the north and south property lines of the Cougar Creek Woods Property, along Northwest 16th Avenue. 

Work is scheduled towards the end of July and is expected to be complete by September. Visitors may encounter inconveniences such as short-duration traffic delays, temporarily closed sidewalks, and construction noise. Visitors are reminded to stay out of work zones. 

Construction is weather dependent, and the schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact project specialist Justin Morgan at justin.morgan@clark.wa.gov or 360.518.7995.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

Commission on Aging continues emergency preparedness series at July meeting - 07/09/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Commission on Aging continues the “Prepare in a Year” discussion series. This month’s topic is all about knowing your community. Experts from CRESA, Clark County’s regional emergency services agency, will discuss the topic and answer questions from the audience. 

The meeting will be 4:30 pm Wednesday, July 17.

When a bad thing happens, it will be up to you and your neighbors to take care of yourselves. Making the effort now to exchange contact information, learn of skills, abilities, and needs, and how you can help each other, will allow you to come together as a team later, when it is really needed. Our July meeting will help you create a plan for connecting with your neighbors and knowing your neighborhood!

Commission on Aging meetings are currently held in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in the sixth-floor Training Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join by phone or computer through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging-meetings.

Commission meetings are carried on CVTV Channel 23/323 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the of the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

County Parks and Lands seeks public comment on Parks Capital Improvement Plan - 07/09/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works Parks and Lands is seeking public comment on the Parks Capital Improvement Plan. The proposed six-year plan includes preventative maintenance projects, major maintenance projects and recreation enhancements at existing parks, and development of new parks. Projects in the plan address needs identified in the 2022 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which was created with input from the community and adopted by the Clark County Council in April 2022. 

Comments must be received by Tuesday, Aug. 6.

New projects and programs in the proposed Parks Capital Improvement Plan include: 

  • Construction of Curtain Creek Community Park
  • Parking and pedestrian improvements at Harmony Sports Complex
  • Recreation and access enhancements at Salmon Creek Regional Park
  • Neighborhood park planning, design and development of Mount Vista property
  • Public assess improvements at Hazel Dell Community Park
  • Community park design and development of property known as Cougar Creek Woods
  • 78th Street Heritage Farm public access improvements

At its July 9 meeting, the Parks Advisory Board will review the draft plan along with any public comments received to date. Staff will revise the draft plan following the Parks Advisory Board meeting and the close of the public comment period on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The draft plan will be presented to Parks Advisory Board for a final review on Tuesday, Aug. 13 before presentation to county council for review and adoption in September or October of this year. 

Projects in the Parks Capital Improvement Plan are funded by available funds from park impact fees, real estate excise taxes and the county general fund.

Residents are invited to review the plan and submit comments. The proposed plan is available at clark.wa.gov/public-works/park-projects-and-funding. Comments about the plan can be submitted to pwparksprojects@clark.wa.gov. Initial comments must be received by Tuesday, Aug. 6. Residents can also submit comments at the Parks Advisory Board meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room at the Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 NE 78th St. Instructions and a meeting link for attending virtually via Microsoft Teams is available at clark.wa.gov/public-works/parks-advisory-board

To receive information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works and click on “News” to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works y haga clic en “Noticias” para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works и нажмите на "Новости". Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Council to hold work session on climate change planning project - 07/08/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Council will hold a work session on climate change planning the morning of Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Council work sessions begin that day at 9 a.m. The climate change work session will be second item on the agenda.

With the passage of HB 1181 during the 2023 Washington State legislative session, Clark County is now required to add a climate change element into its Comprehensive Plan. The new climate chapter will include actions the county can take over the next 20 years to improve community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and benefit overburdened communities that will be disproportionately affected by the compounding environmental impacts and natural hazards due to climate change. This work will be integrated into the 2025 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review project.

The work session is intended as an informational briefing for council on the climate change planning project focused on the greenhouse gas inventory results and next steps. 

The work session is open to the public however there will be no public comment as part of the event.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Attendees can join in person in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or virtually via Webex.

The meeting materials can be found at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2025-update-meeting-and-event-information.

Information on how to attend the meeting can be found on the council’s meeting page at https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetingsA recording of the meeting will also be posted on this webpage for viewing later.

To learn more about the 2025 update and to sign up for project updates, please visit the project website at www.clark.wa.gov/2025update

To learn more about county climate planning, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Public Health issues warning for Lacamas Lake due to elevated toxin levels - 07/03/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has issued a warning advisory at Lacamas Lake due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins from harmful algae. 

Results from water samples taken from Lacamas Lake on Monday, July 1 revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Warning signs are being placed at public access points at the lake. 

Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water. While the warning advisory is in place, health officials recommend:

  • No swimming or water skiing.
  • No water contact for animals.
  • Avoiding areas of scum when using motorized boats, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.
  • No drinking lake water.
  • Cleaning fish well and discarding organs.

Public Health will continue to monitor Lacamas Lake and, while a bloom is present, take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.

Harmful algal blooms can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or contact skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins could cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact could lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms could include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness.

Additional information about harmful algal blooms and current advisories are posted on the Public Health website. To report algal blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.

County enters contract with Comcast to provide broadband in area northeast of Battle Ground Lake - 07/03/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council recently approved the county manager to sign a contract with Comcast to install broadband fiber in an area of the county that lies northeast of Battle Ground Lake. 

The project will create approximately 31 miles of new fiber-optic broadband in a service area that would extend from the Northeast corner of Battle Ground Lake east to approximately Northeast 220th Avenue. 

The $5.21 million high-speed internet expansion project is being funded as a public-private partnership between Comcast and Clark County, with the county contributing $3.65 million of federal funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA. The project aligns with the council policy goal to expand access to high-speed internet throughout the county.

“This public - private partnership is years in the works, and I am gratified to finally see it move forward,” said Clark County Council Chair Gary Medvigy. The county council initiated this project on our own in advance of other state and federal initiatives. This project will add more than 500 high speed connections into an area underserved in our rural unincorporated area. It is just the beginning as the process for much larger grants are in progress to address other underserved areas.” 

“We’re thrilled about this landmark agreement to extend multi-gig-speed internet services to rural Clark County,” said Samantha Ridderbusch, Government Affairs Director for Comcast Pacific Northwest Region. “We are particularly proud of this partnership, which will see Comcast constructing the necessary infrastructure to deliver a robust, fiber-rich network and a full suite of services to more than 500 homes and businesses.”

Comcast plans to begin constructing this summer, with some homes and businesses expected to gain access to services starting in winter 2024/2025. Construction is anticipated to continue through summer of 2025.

Once permits are obtained and construction has begun in the public rights of way, Comcast will create an online resource for residents seeking information about the network build in their neighborhood, including answers to frequently asked questions and product and service details.

For more information about Clark County’s broadband expansion initiative, please visit the Clark County Broadband Program. Information about Comcast’s broadband investments and expansion in rural Clark County is available on the Comcast Network Expansion page.

County implements warm weather burn ban beginning July 5 - 07/02/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 5, all land clearing and residential burning in Clark County will be banned until further notice.

The Interim Fire Marshal is rescinding all burning permits issued prior to the ban. Permits can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted. The burning restrictions do not apply to federally managed lands.

“Due to the excessive heat warning in place, the extended forecast for continued dry and hot conditions, and out of an abundance of caution, open burning in Clark County will be closed until further notice,” said Interim Fire Marshal Donna Goddard. 

To have predictable and consistent burn bans, Clark County implements a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 15 through Sept. 30 each year. Designating this period was based on years of information about fuel conditions. However, under certain conditions, a ban can begin sooner or end later.

Recreational campfires on forest lands are allowed only in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as commercial campgrounds and local, county and state parks. On private land, recreational fires are permitted when built according to the following regulations:

  • Recreational fires must be in a metal-, stone- or masonry-lined fire pit such as those in improved campgrounds or available at home and garden stores.
  • Size may not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers or carports.
  • Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old who has the ability and tools to extinguish the fire. Tools include a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces, also known as patio fireplaces, designed to burn solid wood should not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material and must always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Completely extinguish recreational fires by covering them with water or moist soil and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.
  • Self-contained camp stoves are a safe and easy alternative to campfires.

For more information, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 564.397.2186 or visit the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.

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Accessible fishing platform coming to Haapa Boat Launch (Photo) - 07/02/24

Parking lot, bulkheads closed late July through October

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands is announcing the construction of a new ADA-compliant fishing platform at Haapa Boat Launch Park in Woodland. The project is being fully funded by Pacificorp. Clark County and PacifiCorp have worked together on the design of a barrier-free bank fishing access site that meets standards compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). PacifiCorp will construct the ADA-accessible fishing platform this summer. 

Once the fishing platform is finished, it will become a permanent asset within the county’s parks and lands system. The work will be done by a contractor and includes removing portions of the existing fishing bulkheads to install the new platform over the water along the southern bank of the North Fork Lewis River. 

To complete this work, portions of the parking lot, the fishing bulkheads and associated trail will be closed as early as the end of July. These areas will remain closed for several months until the project is completed. Currently, completion is anticipated by Nov. 15, but the construction schedule is subject to change. Construction work in the water must be completed during a permitted in-water work window between July 15 and Aug. 15, which is why the work must take place during the summer. The boat launch, bathroom, picnic areas, and west half of the parking lot will remain open during construction. 

Updates to the project will be posted at https://clark.wa.gov/public-works/haapa-boat-launch

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

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Road preservation work along Northeast Sunset Falls Road coming in July - 07/01/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Northeast Sunset Falls Road has been identified as a priority for road preservation treatments. The road provides access to recreation in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

Road preservation work will begin in July to complete a chip seal asphalt layer, replace speed bumps, and restripe the roadway. Drivers in the area can expect occasional lane closures, delays and traffic impacts. Access to Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and Sunset Falls Campground will remain open. Construction is scheduled to be completed by September. 

Construction is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change. Schedule updates and additional information is available on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/northeast-sunset-falls-road-pavement-preservation

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

County council seeks applicants for volunteer commission for recycling and waste system - 07/01/24

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for four volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. Applicants who are appointed by the council will serve three-year terms. 

Applications from Clark County residents are being accepted for the following positions:

  • Small cities and towns: Representative shall be a member of one of the city or town councils, or a resident who lives or works in those jurisdictions (cities other than Vancouver). May be recommended by the city or town councils. Term begins immediately upon appointment.
  • At-large: Representative shall provide input from the perspective of the county as a whole. Term begins Oct. 1, 2024.
  • Business: Representative shall own or be employed by a local business in Clark County. Term begins Oct. 1, 2024.
  • Southeast county: Representative shall reside south of 179th Street and east of state Highway 503, or the extensions thereof. Term begins Oct. 1, 2024.

The Solid Waste Advisory Commission holds quarterly meetings at 6 pm on the first Thursday of February, May, August, and November. Special meetings maybe scheduled as needed. Meetings are currently held in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual options.

The commission advises the county council and staff on solid waste issues and planning for recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs. The advisory commission also provides feedback to staff during the update process for the county’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which is currently underway. Once the update is completed by staff, in coordination with the advisory commission, it will be submitted for approval by the county council and the Washington State Department of Ecology. 

Residents with a passion for waste reduction, education and outreach experience, or experience with multifamily housing are encouraged to apply. As Clark County is a growing and diverse community with many languages and backgrounds, the county is also looking for people who can bring ethnic, cultural, social, and geographic diversity to the group. The commission is committed to inclusiveness and outreach to all Clark County residents to ensure the Solid Waste Advisory Commission reflects the community it serves. 

Candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email at michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov

The letter of interest should include: 

  • How you can represent the interests of the position on the commission 
  • Your personal or professional experience
  • Your vision for the future of solid waste management in Clark County

Application deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2024. 

Visit the Solid Waste Advisory Commission website for more information or mail SWAC@clark.wa.gov

Draft of updated Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan available for review - 07/01/24

Vancouver, Wash. – A preliminary draft of Clark County’s updated Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan is now available for review and, beginning Aug. 1, community members will be able to submit comments on the draft plan.

The Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan outlines the framework for solid waste disposal, recycling, and educational outreach programs throughout the regional solid waste system. The plan examines the current system, as well as system projections, future needs and Clark County Solid Waste and Recycling programs’ goals for the next 20 years. 

Clark County’s Solid Waste and Recycling programs recently led a revision process to update the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which was last updated in 2015. The revisions address changes in solid waste regulations in the state, population growth projections, and updates to contracts for solid waste services in the region. As part of the update, Clark County is streamlining information by incorporating the Clark County Contamination Reduction Outreach Plan and Moderate Hazardous Waste Management Plan. 

The preliminary draft of the updated plan is now available for review on the Clark County Public Health website. Community members will have an opportunity to provide written comments on the draft plan using an online form that will be available on the Public Health website Aug. 1-30, 2024. 

Public comment can also be provided during a hearing at 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 1 during a Solid Waste Advisory Commission meeting. Community members can attend the meeting in person at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., or virtually via Zoom. Virtual meeting information is available on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission webpage

Additional information about the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan update and process is available on the Public Health website

County seeks volunteers to write for and against statements for three charter amendments - 06/27/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Each year, the Clark County Auditor’s Office publishes a voters’ pamphlet which is mailed to all households in Clark County. It includes candidate statements and photographs and local ballot measures with supporting and opposing statements written by citizen committees. 

A legislative body placing a measure on the ballot shall appoint a committee to write a supporting statement and another committee to write an opposing statement.

At its June 25, 2024, public hearing, the Clark County Council voted to place three charter amendment proposals on the Nov. 5, 2024, general election ballot. Each proposal would have one statement for committee and one statement against committee.

The first proposed amendment would change the sheriff’s salary to be 8% higher than the highest step of the undersheriff salary range.

The second proposed amendment would clarify the redistricting committee and redistricting plan, including, but not limited to, increasing the number of committee members, clarify the process of committee selection, identifying a qualified person for the redistricting master, and provide clarity to the process for the redistricting plan. Redistricting is the process of redrawing county district boundaries following the release of the U.S. Census.

The third proposed amendment clarifies the process for an initiative, including, but not limited to, identifying the six subjects that may not be proposed, identifying initiatives that may require additional expenditures and revenue sources, and overall review.

To see the ordinances relating to the proposals, visit https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetings and follow the links to the June 25, hearing.

Clark County citizens who wish to be appointed to any of the statement for or statement against committees are asked to contact Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, at Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov or by phone at (564) 397-2232. 

The deadline to contact the County Manager’s Office to volunteer is 5 pm Friday, July 5, 2024.

Prevent fires, injury and waterway contamination with proper fireworks disposal - 06/26/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County residents can help prevent fires, injuries and pollution by properly disposing of fireworks after their Fourth of July celebrations. While fireworks sales begin this week, fireworks cannot legally be discharged in unincorporated Clark County until July 4.

Improper disposal of fireworks puts waste and recycling workers at increased risk of injury from fires in their trucks and at transfer stations. And fireworks debris, if not properly cleaned up, can be washed into storm drains that lead to streams, rivers and lakes. Fireworks contain heavy metals and other chemicals that can harm fish and wildlife. To prevent waterway contamination, residents should sweep up and dispose of fireworks debris as soon as possible and avoid using fireworks near waterways. 

Failing to clean up fireworks residue is littering, a violation of Washington law and Clark County ordinance. Clark County Public Works does not provide additional street sweeping after the Fourth of July.

Tips for proper disposal of used fireworks:

  • Do not place any fireworks or any part of fireworks in your recycling cart. 
  • All used fireworks should be treated as garbage and disposed of as follows:
    • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight. Remove them from the water and put them in a garbage bag and into your garbage cart. 
    • Dump the water onto grass, dirt or other landscape where it won’t flow into a storm drain or waterway. Do not pour onto pavement or into the street.

Tips for proper disposal of unused fireworks:

  • Do not put unused fireworks in your garbage or recycling carts; they are explosives and can cause serious harm to workers and the environment.
  • Do not take them to the transfer stations; workers cannot accept explosives.
  • Do take unused legal fireworks to one of these designated drop-off sites between 8 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday, except holidays. Appointments may be required. Fireworks must be given directly to personnel, not left in a lobby or outside. Check in with office staff prior to bringing fireworks into the building.
    • Clark County Public Safety Complex, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield. 564.397.2186. By appointment only.
    • Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal’s Office, 605 NE Third Ave., Camas. 360.834.6191. By appointment only.
    • Vancouver Police Department, 360.487.7500.
      • East Precinct – 520 SE 155th Ave.
      • West Precinct – 2800 NE Stapleton Road

Do not attempt to move or transport homemade explosive devices or altered fireworks for disposal. They will not be accepted at the above locations. Call 911 and report them for removal.

If a firework fails to ignite, an adult should approach it carefully after at least 15 minutes and place it in a bucket of water. After soaking overnight, remove it from the water and treat it as an unused firework.

Residents should use fireworks only during legal discharge times, which vary across the county. It is illegal to discharge any fireworks in the city of Vancouver. For more information about fireworks regulations and tips for celebrating safely, visit the Clark County fireworks webpage

To report illegal fireworks use, call 360.597.7888. The call center, which is operated by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), will be available 5 pm to 1 am July 3, 1 pm to 1 am July 4, and 7 pm to midnight July 5-6. Please do not call 911 or 311 to report fireworks nuisance issues. Only call 911 for visible fire or injuries. An online form for reporting illegal fireworks use will also be available on the CRESA website, www.CRESA911.org, beginning June 28. 

County Climate Project Environmental Justice Coalition to meet July 1 - 06/26/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Environmental Justice Coalition will meet at 3:30 pm on Monday, July 1. 

The Environmental Justice Coalition (EJC) consists of 15 community-based organizations. The group is helping the county meet the public engagement and environmental justice requirements of new state Climate Change Planning legislation, in which the county is now required to add a Climate Element to its Comprehensive Plan. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The EJC is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

EJC meetings are held at 3:30 pm the first Monday of each month. While EJC members typically attend virtually, meetings are held in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 698 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/environmental-justice-coalition

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, review meeting recordings, or learn about future environmental justice coalition meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

County Elections director receives state Elections Administrator of the Year Award - 06/25/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Washington State Secretary of State Steve Hobbs earlier this month presented Clark County Elections Director Cathie Garber with the state’s Elections Administrator of the Year award. 

In presenting the award, Secretary Hobbs noted that, “the award is presented to an elections administrator who has shown particularly effective leadership and management skills.” Hobbs further stated that Garber is widely recognized by others as a leader, and that her work in elections administration and serving voters sets an example for others. 

“This year’s recipient is one of the most prestigious county elections administrators that we have in the State of Washington,” said Hobbs.

“Cathie is passionate about the importance of the work we do. She knows elections are part of the foundation of our democracy,” said Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey. “With an amazing reservoir of kindness and patience, in one-on-one discussions, Cathie has persuaded hundreds of skeptical, and sometimes hostile and angry, voters to have faith in the integrity of the elections process.”

Garber has served as Clark County’s Elections Director for 13 years and previously worked as an election official in the state of Oregon for 14 years. Garber plans to retire in January 2025.

Sale of fireworks begins June 28, use in unincorporated area allowed only on July 4 - 06/21/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Fireworks go on sale in Clark County beginning Friday, June 28. For the Independence Day holiday, residents can use fireworks in unincorporated Clark County from 9 am to midnight Thursday, July 4.

Illegal use of fireworks such as using them after curfew or device type violation is subject to a $500 civil fine for first time offenders. 

Fireworks also can be used from 6 pm Dec. 31 to 1 am Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas. To learn more about permitted times for fireworks use and what types are not allowed, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks

Vancouver has banned fireworks within its city limits, and rules vary in other cities in the county. Clark County provides an online chart, indicating when fireworks can be used in different areas of the county. There is also an interactive map that allows the public to quickly determine the rules for fireworks use based on an address anywhere in the county. Additionally, each sales location in the county is required to post signage outlining when fireworks can be used legally.

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency has established this phone number for reporting nuisance fireworks complaints: 360.597.7888. The phone line will be in operation during the following times: 

  • 5 pm to 1 am Wednesday, July 3
  • 1 pm to 1 am Thursday, July 4
  • 7 pm to midnight Friday, June 5 and Saturday, July 6

Residents are asked not to call 911 or 311 for the purpose of reporting nuisance fireworks. Only call 911 in an emergency when there is a fire, injury, or lives are in danger. 

Safety first
Residents and visitors are urged to celebrate the Fourth of July with extra caution because improper use of fireworks can lead to grass or structure fires. 

Only purchase fireworks locally from a stand inspected by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fireworks purchased outside the county may not be legal locally.

A few important safety reminders:

  • Always have a bucket of water and water hose ready to douse any fire.
  • Assign a responsible adult to supervise fireworks use.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and spectators.
  • Avoid areas with dry grass or vegetation. 
  • Never aim fireworks at people or structures. Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them. 
  • Never attempt to alter fireworks or relight “duds” that fail to ignite.
  • Place used fireworks in a bucket of water to soak overnight before disposing of them. These devices can still be smoldering and could start a fire if placed in a trash receptacle.

County seeks public comment on Finding of No Significant Impact for Washougal park project - 06/20/24

Vancouver, Wash. – All comments are welcomed and encouraged regarding a Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Development for improvements proposed to Hamllik Park located in Washougal. 

The City of Washougal is proposing to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds to make improvements at Hamllik Park, located at 4285 Addy St. Improvements include construction of a new basketball court, replace missing components of the bike skills course, upgrade ADA access by repairing and adding sidewalks and ramps as needed and repairs to the baseball dugout. The project is estimated to cost $226,000, with $179,000 from the CDBG program.

Clark County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Clark County Community Services, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Ste C214, Vancouver, WA, and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 am  to 4 pm with advance notice, or online at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records/.

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Michael Torres, Community Action, Housing and Development Manager at Clark County Community Services, address above, by email at michael.torres@clark.wa.gov, or by phone at 564.397.7801. All comments received by Monday, July 8, 2024, will be considered by Clark County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify, “Washougal Hamllik Park ERR.”

The complete Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds can be found on the CDBG website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-development-block-grant.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 06/20/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to a Vancouver Police-involved shooting on June 17, 2024.

 

This individual died on 06/17/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Nelson, Jonathan West  Age: 40 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Multiple gunshot wounds

Manner of death:  Homicide

How the injury occurred: Shot by others

Place of injury: Public sidewalk

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Media release issue date: 06/20/2024

County Climate Project Community Advisory Group to meet June 26 - 06/20/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Community Advisory Group will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 26. 

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of 20 county residents who were appointed by the county manager. The group is helping the county develop policy recommendations to implement new state climate change planning legislation for the Planning Commission and County Council to consider. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The CAG is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

Community Advisory Group meetings are held at 5:30 pm the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Meetings are in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 680 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/community-advisory-group.

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, review meeting recordings, or learn about future community advisory group meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 06/18/24

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This release provides updated information in the investigation related to human remains recovered from an encampment on April 22, 2024. Cause and manner of death have been updated; this information was pending at the time of the previous media release.

 

This individual was found on 04/22/2024 in Ridgefield, WA.

The name of the decedent: Whittier, Jerry Wayne  Age: 61 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): unknown

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Undetermined

Manner of death:  Undetermined

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Media release issue date: 06/18/2024 (previous media release date: 05/06/2024)

Drivers should expect delays on Northeast 130th Avenue when safety improvement project construction begins in July - 06/18/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Construction will begin in July to install safety improvements along Northeast 130th Avenue between Northeast 76th Street and Northeast Padden Parkway. A marked crosswalk with lighting and a flashing beacon will be installed at the intersection of Northeast 130th Avenue and the Padden Parkway multiuse trail. Additional improvements include: 

  • Upgrades to the school zone crosswalk at Heritage High School
  • New school zone flashers
  • Rebuilt sidewalk curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements
  • Installation of ADA-compliant crosswalk buttons
  • Upgrades to bike lane markings
  • Improvements to pedestrian, school zone and transit signage

Travelers in the area can expect occasional lane closures, traffic impacts and delays. Access to local businesses will remain open. Construction is weather dependent, and the schedule is subject to change. Schedule updates, detour maps and additional information is available at clark.wa.gov/public-works/northeast-130th-avenue.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

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Work from local artist on display at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery through August (Photo) - 06/18/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Artwork from local artist David Van Zandt is on display at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery. The show, which Van Zandt titled Incantation will run through the end of August. 

The gallery is on the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery 5-7 pm Friday, June 28. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

Van Zandt compares the art in Incantation to a “transmitting/receiving device.” “They may speak to you, but the on/off button is located within the observer’s attention preferences and capabilities. I offer art objects that uplift, inform, and bring a sense of the miraculous nature of our existence to my fellow travelers on this journey we call life,” says Van Zandt. 

Van Zandt has been on his journey as an artist for more than 60 years as a painter and figurative sculptor. Learn more about David Van Zandt on his website at https://www.vanzandtstudio.net/

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County seeks volunteer for Larch Corrections Center Task Force - 06/18/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is looking for a volunteer who resides near the former Larch Corrections Center to serve on the Larch Correction Center Task Force. The task force will identify, plan, and make recommendations for the conversion of the former corrections facility to an alternate use. 

The one-year term of this position begins immediately and ends on June 30, 2025. The volunteer will be selected by the county council and may be reimbursed for travel expenses per state statute. 

The 2024 Washington State Legislature directed the State Office of Financial Management (OFM) to establish the task force. The task force will meet at a minimum of once every other month from July 2024 to June 2025. OFM plans to schedule the first meeting during the week of July 22. The group must submit its recommendations on alternate uses for the site to the Governor and Legislature by June 30, 2025.

In addition to a volunteer living near the facility, the task force will be made up of representatives from the following organizations:

  • The state senator and a state representative whose district represents the Yacolt community; 
  • The County Council;
  • The tribe located nearest to the facility;
  • The County Sheriff’s Office;
  • The Department of Corrections;
  • The Department of Ecology; 
  • The Department of Natural Resources; 
  • The Department of Social and Health Services;
  • The Department of Enterprise Services; and
  • The Office of Financial Management.

Anyone living near the facility and interested in serving on the task force is encouraged to send a letter of interest to Michell Pfenning, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98660 or michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 10.

The former Larch Corrections Center is located near the Town of Yacolt and operated as a minimum-security facility for 67 years. The Washington State Department of Corrections closed the facility in October 2023 and transferred all incarcerated individuals to other facilities throughout the state. 

County's Auto License opening at its new location June 27 - 06/17/24

Vancouver, Wash. − The Clark County Auditor’s Auto License Office is moving from its current location at 1408 Franklin St. to the first floor of the Public Service Center located at 1300 Franklin St. 

The office will be closed for the move on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26. 

“During the closure we encourage residents to visit one of the nine subagent locations throughout the county ready to serve you,” said Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey. “You can find a list of subagents on the county website at https://clark.wa.gov/auditor/licensing-location.

Auto License will reopen on Thursday, June 27 with their normal lobby hours of 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30pm.

Construction activities for Camp Hope project may impact park use and access at Lewisville Regional Park in early July - 06/17/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Delivery of new water tanks for Camp Hope may impact park use and access at Lewisville Regional Park in Battle Ground. Clark County owns a 107-acre property across the East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Regional Park. The property is leased to Camp Hope of Southwest Washington, which offers day and overnight camps, facility rentals and community events. The property’s water system is aging and no longer meets drinking water requirements. Public Works is making necessary improvements to the water system this summer. The project includes replacing existing water storage tanks, updating piping and the water distribution system, and installing a sanitation system. 

Because of the site’s steep hills, unpaved roads and thick vegetation and tree canopy, getting project materials to the site faces additional challenges. It has been determined that for various reasons, the best way to deliver the new water tanks delivered to the project site will be to transport them via helicopter from Lewisville Regional Park. 

Impacts to Lewisville Regional Park
The new water tanks and their concrete support structures will be delivered to Lewisville Regional Park, then transported via helicopter across the East Fork Lewis River and to the hillside project site at Camp Hope. The helicopter operation is most likely to occur sometime between July 1 and 3. During helicopter operations: 

  • There will be a road closure in the park to limit vehicles near the work site. This may impact access to parking near some park amenities. 
  • The helicopter must pick up six items from the park, one at a time (three tanks and three tank support structures). Each time the helicopter picks up one of these items, it must hover at a fairly low elevation for about 10 minutes to allow crews to attach the item to the helicopter’s harness system. This will generate a significant amount of noise in the park intermittently over the course of several hours. 
  • A narrow area underneath the helicopter’s flight path must be cleared. This area of the park will be closed to visitors. 

Once plans are finalized, a map of closed areas and park impacts will be posted on the park webpage. 

While the date and time are subject to change based on helicopter availability and weather, currently the operation is scheduled for the afternoon of July 3. We are working to reduce the impacts to Lewisville Regional Park users as much as possible. Several weeks ago, we stopped accepting reservations for picnic shelters at Lewisville Regional Park for the first few days in July, to minimize the potential for disruption from the helicopter operation on park users. We have begun contacting those with existing reservations/event permits to let them know about the potential for impacts to the park on the date of their event.

If the date or time of the operation changes, we will update the project webpage and contact any patrons with reservations or park use permits for that same date. 

For questions about picnic shelter reservations and event permits at Lewisville Regional Park, please contact 564.397.2285 or parks@clark.wa.gov. For questions about the Camp Hope water system upgrade project, please contact Evelyn Ives at 564.397.5885 or evelyn.ives@clark.wa.gov

More information can be found at https://clark.wa.gov/public-works/camp-hope and the Public Works homepage.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

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