A legal battle between a project manager and an investor has sidelined contractors working on a high-profile apartment complex in Salmon Creek and prompted queries to The Columbian’s Clark Asks feature.
Along a tidy row of houses in Felida, Larry Hoff leaned over the bed of his blue Chevy truck to adjust a heap of yard signs for the campaigns of Brandon Vick and Jaime Herrera Beutler, two Republicans running in the November election. On top of the stack was another sign bearing his name.
When I was a child, our family spent two weeks of summer at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada. Along with about four other families from our neighborhood, we rented cottages without electricity or running water. Each had two tiny bedrooms, a table and four chairs, and a wood stove used for cooking and warmth (what there was of it.) An outhouse was set a tolerable distance from the cottages. After dark, we used lanterns to light the cottages and flashlights to visit neighbors or the outhouse. Water was secured by taking a bucket to a well and using a hand pump.
The gentle, comforting smiles on the donkeys, giraffes and whales decorating the pediatric rehabilitation unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center seem to tell children and families dealing with chronic disease or criminal abuse: You can trust us. You can relax. You can say what happened, or what you’re afraid will happen. You are loved here.
During the first years of our marriage, we lived in Idaho, about three hours from Yellowstone National Park. At that time the number of visitors decreased sharply when school began in September. Before we had children, we several times went camping in mid-September and had the park almost to ourselves. We either slept in a tent or rented a rustic cabin.
Clark Public Utilities had a problem. It needed to replace a water main that connected wells in Salmon Creek Regional Park to a pipeline network to the north, but to get there it had to traverse Salmon Creek and a steep bluff to the north.