State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em


Last week, an email State Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) sent to Washington State Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) made headlines, because Beyer, the chairman of the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee and the co-chairman of the interim Columbia River Crossing oversight committee told Rivers in a Jan. 17 email  "my guess is the bridge issue is dead in our state for the next decade or two."That ...   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.


One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian. Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislative hearing in Salem designed to rally support for ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project


The governors of Oregon and Washington say the Columbia River Crossing is dead.The Washington senate rejected a transportation bill Saturday that contained the state's $450 million share of the $3.5 billion CRC. The outcome, thanks to the staunch opposition of the Republican majority state Senate, was largely seen as inevitable.But, Republicans aside, there are signs that Gov. Jay Inslee may have not ...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Washington Senate Leaders Ask Governor to Audit Columbia River Crossing


Washington's Republican majority caucus is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for an independent audit of the Columbia River Crossing, adding to the political pressures on the megaproject.In a two-page letter, sent today and obtained by WW, requests that Inslee start a formal and fully independent audit of the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 highway and light rail project based on the work of outside forensic auditors."The ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Legislator: CRC "May Not Happen"


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Olympia today, doing all he can to help the flailing Columbia River Crossing—but even one of the project's biggest supporters says it might not be enough."We are using everything in our bag of tricks to bring everything to bear," says Washington State Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver), who has been the project's champion in Olympia. "If we could get the ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bridge End

Oregon backers of the CRC think they’ve won the day. They haven’t met Ann Rivers.

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Ann Rivers sips her skinny vanilla latte in a Ridgefield, Wash., coffee shop on a bright Sunday morning, smiling at the new role she has found herself playing in Northwest politics: the bridge kil   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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