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The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body found Monday in the Columbia River near Tidewater Cove as Leif Vigeland.
Vigeland, 36, of Vancouver disappeared while training for a triathlon. He was last seen Thursday leaving his east Vancouver home on his black Trek road bike. The bicycle was located Saturday at Wintler Park along the Columbia River.
The Clark County Council voted 3-2 to lift its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county at its Tuesday evening meeting. Recreational sales can begin in unincorporated areas of Clark County as early as Jan. 1, 2020.
The vote came after a roughly 1 1/2 -hour hearing where the council heard primarily from proponents of the ban who argued that the adverse social effects of making the drug easier to access would outstrip any revenue generated from its sale. They also heard from critics of the ban who said that prohibition has failed and the legal cannabis industry provides jobs and opportunity.
Our new Miss Washington, Abbie Kondel of Brush Prairie, is looking forward to a year of making clear, sharp points after a little confusion broke out during her coronation at the end of a Saturday pageant at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington hotel in Renton.
For starters, Kondel wasn’t sure the judges really meant her when they announced that Miss Clark County was this year’s winner. That’s because of slightly wonky Miss Washington rules that don’t let you reign over the same county twice in a row; after winning Miss Clark County in 2017, Kondel had to go at-large, and wound up Miss Rainier and runner-up for Miss Washington in 2018.
In a year already marked by budget deficits, area school districts have a new unexpected expense: tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid student lunch bills.
Officials from Clark County’s largest school districts say a new state law that requires school districts feed students regardless of whether they have money in their lunch accounts has put them in a difficult position. On one hand, nutrition directors agree that all students should have access to a healthy lunch. On the other, local districts now face using general fund money to pay unpaid tabs.
SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians, say goodbye to your Washington sales tax break — at least as you’ve come to know it.
Gone are the days of showing an Oregon ID at a Washington register and getting an automatic pass on sales tax. As of July 1, Oregonians who shop in Washington must save their receipts if they want to get reimbursed later. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May.