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Clark Asks voting round for three questions down to last two days

Time is running out to help determine which reader-suggested question The Columbian’s staff will investigate next as part of our Clark Asks reporting project. Voting will conclude Tuesday.

Those questions were among a number of queries recently posed to The Columbian’s Clark Asks feature. We narrowed the list to these three questions for our September voting round:

• “What was the history of the totem pole that was at the old Totem Pole Restaurant at the corner of 78th Street and Highway 99? Where did it end up?”

• “What’s with the creepy, abandoned building in the Providence Academy parking lot?”

• “Why were signs providing a speed and the message ‘slow down’ added to the corner of Northeast 18th Street and 192nd Avenue?”

As of Friday, the question about the totem pole was leading.

You can vote at We will announce the winner once voting is done.

If your favorite doesn’t end up the top vote-getter, don’t despair. Runners-up often end up in future voting rounds, as did the question about the creepy building near the Providence Academy, or they are reported as time allows.

The winning question in that last voting round — whether signs placed in public rights of way advertising things like roofing, gutter cleaning and painting are in violation of city or county code — is being investigated by reporter Jeffrey Mize for a story set to run on Sept. 21.

Previously, we’ve explained why ramp signals were operating midday on a busy onramp to Interstate 5 and explored the future of Vancouver’s Water Works Park and the fate of its amphitheater.

All of those questions came from readers. Got a question of your own? Visit the Clark Asks page and let us know about a place, person or issue in Clark County that mystifies or intrigues you. We’ll do our best to find the answer.



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