Author: Erik Hidle

Memories of a county beat reporter

First of all, I'm leaving. I'm going to Sochi to cover the Olympics. I'll miss working at The Columbian. I'll also miss some of you. But not all of you. […]

More straight talk with Tom Mielke

I spoke with Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke the other day for a good amount of time on a story I have coming up. The interview took maybe five minutes. Then […]

When your powers combine… Don Benton’s Wikipedia page is a battlefield

On Nov. 25, someone made 3,395 character changes to the Wikipedia page of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver. The edits — which you can see side-by-side here — include removing nearly […]

Madore disagrees with Madore on elections

Clark County Commissioner David Madore says he's keeping his promise to honor the vote of the people regarding the recent nonbinding advisory votes on light rail and bridges, even if […]

They’re more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules

Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke noted during Wednesday's board time meeting that commissioners will likely need to make changes to their rules of practice because legal staff has told them […]

Brain drain at Clark County

At last night's rowdy meeting of Clark County commissioners, a former county employee told the triumvirate of David Madore, Tom Mielke and Steve Stuart what their staff thinks of the […]

Madore has done good things for open government

At Wednesday's board time meeting of Clark County commissioners, the county's lead public information officer shared with the board her disappointment over a recent television news story that painted the […]

Crain creates commotion, claiming calumny

Shortly after Tuesday night's election stories began appearing online, freeholder candidate Carolyn Crain appeared in The Columbian comments section to make some bold claims. But the comments weren't about her recent […]

“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Steve Stuart got into it again this week. I realize it's no longer news when these two get all peevish with one another. But, much […]

Here is the Facebook post that county attorneys asked Madore to delete

It appears Clark County is taking this lawsuit against Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke for alleged discrimination in hiring pretty seriously. So seriously, in fact, that Madore was apparently instructed […]

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