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Open house on Highway 14 upgrades set Jan. 31

Residents are invited to review and discuss with highway officials planned improvements for state Highway 14, between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue, at an open house Jan. 31.
The Washington State Department of Transportation says the project, by adding lanes to the stretch, will help improve travel times and safety.
The $25 million project is still in the design phase, according to the transportation agency, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.


In Our View: Assessing health risks crucial to our decisions

When carving out policy, leaders at the federal, state and local levels must make public health a primary consideration. In the long run, practices that undermine that health prove costly to the economy and a region’s quality of life, regardless of what might be short-term financial gains.


Applicants sought for Clark County Historic Preservation Commission

The Clark County Council is soliciting applications for two new members to sit on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.
Applicants should have an interest in history or historic preservation. They should also have some experience in architecture, planning, American studies, anthropology, archaeology or geography.
The historic commission meets monthly, at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the Public Service Center on 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.


Singletary: Protect credit score during shutdown

Lenders are offering a wide variety of help to workers impacted by the partial government shutdown, but one type of assistance in particular can save your credit rating.
The biggest score slayer is late payments. Your payment history accounts for 35 percent of your score. A missed payment can cause your score to drop, which results in a higher interest rate when you apply for a loan. Further, a late payment remains on your credit file for seven years.


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