2013 leaves behind many memories

With this edition of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record being published on New Year’s Eve, it just seems natural to remember all of the events, people, decisions and other news that made the pages of this community newspaper during the past 52 weeks. For certain, there was no shortage of local news in 2013.

Camas and Washougal city governments produced some of the most notable stories, ranging from the defeat of Proposition 1 in Washougal to the hiring of a new city administrator in Camas. In addition, Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center construction began, Washougal City Council approved a utility rate reduction, Camas dealt with vandalism of its cemetery, and the consolidation of the Camas and Washougal fire departments finally became official.

In our local schools, Woodburn Elementary School opened its doors in Camas, the Washougal School District announced a proposal to significantly boost its levy rates, and state-of-the-art technology continued to enhance student learning.

High school sports stories also dominated the newspaper pages. The performances and achievements of the Camas High School football team, and Papermaker runner Alexa Efraimson and golfer Brian Humphreys will be remembered for years to come.

Camas-Washougal also lost several people who helped shape the communities, including Camas City Administrator Nina Regor and Jemtegaard Middle School history teacher Tom Hays.

These represent just a snippet of all that happened in 2013. On Jan. 28, the Post-Record will publish its annual Focus special section, which will include photos and more information about the stories that made headlines and touched the lives of Camas and Washougal residents.