K & M Drive-In opens at former Old Fashion Maid site

A local husband and wife have teamed up to open a restaurant in Camas. K & M Drive-In, named after its owners Kevin and Melinda Bruzzone, is located in the building previously occupied by The Old Fashion Maid Restaurant. "We feature fresh ground beef hamburgers charbroiled to order, hand-cut french fries and hand-scooped ice cream shakes," Kevin said. "We also offer charbroiled chicken breast sandwiches and hot dogs." K & M Drive-In, 3414 N.E. Third Ave., is open daily, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 210-5803.

Two Rivers Heritage Museum welcomes new director

Several new faces have recently joined the leadership at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, giving the site an infusion of renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Erin Leverman, a Vancouver resident and student at Washington State University, was recently appointed by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society Board of Directors to the museum's executive director position. Leverman, who holds an associate of arts degree from Clark College, is currently a senior with plans to graduate in December 2013 or May 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. When she saw the announcement about the local museum’s open position, she thought it would offer an opportunity that combines her interests and her education. "I've loved history for years," she said. "This is something I've explored before as an avenue for my degree. I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn what goes on in a museum, help out, use my degree and get the learning experience."

Pike introduces Safer Schools Act

State Rep. Liz Pike of Camas has proposed a bill to allow firearms on school grounds. House Bill 1788, the Safer Schools Act, would allow both public and private schools to adopt a policy authorizing employees to possess firearms under certain conditions, as part of an adopted school safety plan. "Recent massacres at 'gun free zones' in public schools prompted me to start a broad community discussion about how we can make our schools more safe in Washington," said Pike, a republican. "This law, if passed, would give school boards the authority to add more flexibility in making their schools safe."

Camas voters approve school district levies

The Camas School District's maintenance and operations and technology levies passed by significant margins during the Feb. 12 special election, but not all Clark County school districts were so lucky. In Camas, Proposition 1 (M&O) passed with 62.32 percent of the vote, while Proposition 2 (technology) earned 64.36 percent approval.

Charles R. ‘Bob’ Tidland: A business and community leader

Camas industrialist Bob Tidland might be as well known for being the co-founder of Tidland Corp., as he is for his love of simply riding his tractor and tending to his farmland. "He was a giant of a community leader and a business leader," said recently retired Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson. "I think he was a patron of the whole community." Charles Robert “Bob” Tidland, a third generation Camas resident, died peacefully at home Feb. 5, 2013. He was 89. A public memorial service will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Grace Foursquare Church, 717 S.E. Everett Road, Camas.

Have a heart this month

A Camas woman is an example of the importance of recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack. Pat King had a massive heart attack in July 2011. Prior to that, she was a smoker and she was often tired. King, 56, had been scheduled to have a thyroid test with her doctor that week. "I never made it to that test," she said. "I had shortness of breath and some swelling of the ankles. At work, they said I was pretty spacey. "The fatigue lasted for months or years," King added. "I had no energy."

Future of fire department trial merger will be decided soon

Since July 2011, the Camas and Washougal fire departments have been taking part in a functional consolidation as a way to pinpoint financial and process efficiencies and improve service levels. That effort's long-term future will likely be decided soon, as elected officials consider information provided in a recently released consultant's report. "I was impressed with the report in the way it pointed toward the fact that the work we've done together has yielded some substantial positive results that were surprising to [consultant Paul Lewis] and frankly surprising to me," said Camas City Councilman Steve Hogan. "There are some interesting options, but I think it really stated or proved that the cooperation between all parties was impressive."

Julie Mueller to take the helm at Lacamas Heights Elementary

A 23-year employee with the Camas School District will soon become principal at one of its elementary schools. Julie Mueller, 46, will take the helm at Lacamas Heights Elementary this fall. She will replace Jan Strohmaier, who will serve as principal at the new Woodburn Elementary School. Mueller is a former teacher at Lacamas, and currently the associate principal of Liberty Middle School.

Pendleton Woolen Mills announces a new CEO

A Seattle resident has been appointed as the chief executive officer of Pendleton Woolen Mills. Mark Korros served most recently as the CEO and president of Filson, an outfitter for outdoor enthusiasts.

Young entrepreneur opens boutique in downtown Camas

In Italy, Bella Vita means “beautiful life.” Locally, it means a new business has opened in downtown Camas. Tanya Gutierrez opened the doors to her boutique Feb. 1. Since then, she has been selling purses and women's clothing next to the Camas Hotel. For more information, call 844-5847 or email