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Morning Press: 179th Street/I-5 interchange development; Camas boy drowns; foundation sues OPB

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Here are some of the top stories of the week:

Clark County paves way for development north of Vancouver

The Clark County Council on Tuesday moved forward on a public-private partnership intended to pave the way for the development of more than 2,000 acres north of Vancouver.

For a decade, the crescent-shaped area near the 179th Street/Interstate 5 interchange has been in urban holding, a planning designation that essentially blocks development until funding is secured for infrastructure upgrades to accommodate additional traffic.

Camas police say boy, 14, drowned at Lacamas Lake

Emergency responders Tuesday night recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy from Lacamas Lake after he apparently drowned.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the boy Wednesday afternoon as Anthony T. Huynh, of Vancouver.

The medical examiner ruled Huynh’s death an accidental drowning.

Clark College Foundation sues Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Clark College Foundation, the fundraising partner of the Vancouver community college, has taken legal action to block Oregon Public Broadcasting from obtaining organization records.

The foundation last week filed an injunction in Clark County Superior Court against OPB, the Portland-based National Public Radio affiliate, as well as Clark College itself and Molly Solomon, OPB’s Southwest Washington bureau chief. The injunction stems from public records requests filed by Solomon with Clark College that turned up several emails sent to and from foundation employees.

Jorge’s coming to Waterfront Vancouver in 2020; downtown location will close

There’s a new restaurant coming to The Waterfront Vancouver, and the name is likely familiar to downtown Vancouver residents. Jorge’s Latin American Cuisine will open in the spring on the second floor of the Jean Building at 777 Waterfront Way, above WildFin American Grill.

Jorge Castro, owner of Jorge’s Tequila Factory, confirmed that he intends to move his downtown restaurant from 1004 Washington St. to The Waterfront. But it won’t just be a change of name and location: Castro says his goal is to reimagine the restaurant as a higher-end concept.

Car strikes, critically injures Vancouver pedestrian

A man was in critical condition after being struck by a car Monday afternoon in Vancouver’s North Garrison Heights neighborhood.

Police, fire and medical crews were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. to Northeast 87th Avenue and Northeast Fifth Street. Jon French, 28, of Vancouver was found with head trauma and a severe elbow abrasion, Vancouver Police Officer Eric McCaleb said.

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