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An 1870s-era railway switch station undergoing renovations is nearly ready for tenants, the first piece of a planned development in Fruit Valley aimed at people who have been homeless.
The building will be ready for four people by March, if all goes according to schedule, said Chris Thobaben, a founding member of local housing nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative.
An unknown man apparently pretending to be a janitor wandered into Prairie High School on Wednesday afternoon, several hours after classes broke for the day.
Battle Ground Public Schools spokeswoman Rita Sanders said the man entered the campus, located at 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver, sometime around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday was an early-release day, with students leaving at 11:30 a.m. for the day.
- Classes ended early Wednesday
- Also in schools news: ‘Stranger danger’ alerts sent to parents in Vancouver
Steven Stroud is sitting across from me, opening a bag of Reese’s Pieces, in the visiting room of a prison in Oregon that has been his home for the past 12 years. He’s agreed to an interview but asks that the institution not be named.
In a past life, Stroud was a Nazi skinhead, making it his business to create a white homeland in the Pacific Northwest. Now he’s extending his hand to offer me, someone who would have been excluded from his white homeland, some candy.
- Part 3: Leaders reject racist label amid praise from white supremacists
- Part 2: Idealistic ‘freedom fighter’ Joey Gibson offers inner circle a kind of kinship
- Part 1: Spectators drawn to Portland street brawls
CAMAS — A highly anticipated roundabout at Northeast Lake Road and Northeast Everett Street is expected to start taking shape in a couple of months.
Roughly 100 people viewed the final design of the roundabout during a meeting Thursday at Lacamas Lake Lodge. City officials are pushing for construction to begin in March and finish in October.
In east Vancouver, a few clusters of advertisement-covered trash cans sit near the intersections of busy streets, and they might catch your eye for a moment because they tend to stick out.
That’s exactly the idea from James Chick, owner of a new Vancouver-based business, TrashCanAds, that partnered with the city of Vancouver to supply, maintain and service the ad-laden trash cans, which cost the city no money.
Darcy Hoffman of Vancouver noticed the new trash cans and sent a question to The Columbian as part of Clark Asks, where readers submit questions online and vote on what they want to see answered.