D. Studio 21, Inc. provides marketing, advertising services

A marketing and advertising agency has relocated from southwest Portland to downtown Washougal. As a new resident of Washougal, I wanted to live and work in the same community,” said Heather Jordan, principal and creative director of D. Studio 21, Inc. The visual communications agency creates brand promotions for fortune 500 companies and local start-ups. “I help companies and organizations authentically communicate their brand message to build loyal communities — otherwise known as a consumer base,” Jordan said. “Common values and needs bring people together. I facilitate this natural attraction through my strategic use of visual design.” For more information, call 210-5316, email or visit

LCCU opens new center in Vancouver

Lacamas Community Credit Union, founded in Camas in 1936, has opened its Andresen Financial Center in Vancouver. It is the credit union’s northwestern-most location. The Andresen Financial Center has garnered attention for its customized Opteva ATMs built by Diebold, which feature deposit automation and concierge services. At the self-service ATMs, members can complete envelope-free cash and check deposits, as well as traditional cash withdrawals. The Andresen Financial Center features three lobby ATMs during business hours and two more ATMs outdoors in drive-up lanes available 24/7. Within Lacamas’ newest concierge-style facility, staff guide members to appropriate areas to fulfill their financial service needs. For more advanced needs, staff can assist members directly.

Suspects arrested for kidnapping, assault, robbery

Two men, including one from Washougal, have been arrested on charges including kidnapping, assault and robbery. According to a press release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Markus L. Bedell, 25 of Washougal, and Charles W. Sample, 32 of Vancouver, were arrested for allegedly kidnapping at gunpoint Vancouver resident Robert Downey, 27, against his will and transporting him to the upper Washougal River area off North Fork Road on Thursday, Aug. 15. They stripped him of his clothing, tied him to a tree, physically assaulted and them robbed him. Downey was left there by Bedell and Sample overnight. He was able to work himself free and make his way to North Fork Road where a passing motorist picked him up the morning of Friday, Aug. 16.

Showcasing Camas history

A renowned Camas artist will soon begin the work of creating the city’s first outdoor mural in recent history. Maria Repetto will paint the 3 foot by 30 foot mural, which will be mounted on the facia above the Ballard & Call Fine Art Gallery, located at 408 N.E. Fourth Ave. The artwork will be inspired by a photograph of downtown Camas taken in the early 1900s that belongs to Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brent Erickson, a longtime Camas resident. “When we saw it, we were so excited,” said Marquita Call, who owns the gallery with Sharon Ballard.

Washougal council votes on C-Tran board issue

Washougal wants to level the playing field when it comes to the composition of the C-Tran board.

Walk will raise money for lung cancer research

A local resident plans to take part in a 5K lung cancer walk, in honor of her mother, who died with the disease. Kalle Fletcher, of Washougal, and her daughters Emerson, 5, and Elliot, 3, will participate in the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s ‘Free to Breathe’ event in Tacoma, Saturday, Sept. 7. There will also be a 5K run and a one-mile walk available that morning at Dickman Mill Park, 2432 Ruston Way. “I’m really excited about it,” Fletcher said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring awareness to the cause.” For more information about donating or registering for the walk or run, email Event Chair Julie Drobny at or visit

Hay fire shuts down Highway 14

A hay truck fire that closed down both lanes of Highway 14 near the Pendleton Woolen Mills on Aug. 20 is likely due to a mechanical issue. According to Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart, a hot exhaust pipe from the engine may have ignited the hay, based on observations at the scene. “We do not know the precise cause of the fire and, in fact, we likely will never know, simply because the truck was destroyed,” he said. According to witnesses at the scene, motorists on Highway 14 spotted a truck carrying a load of hay that was on fire just before 3 p.m.

Hay fire closes Highway 14 Tuesday

Fire that closed Highway 14 yesterday likely started by mechical issues with a vehicle hauling hay

Ginger Juice to host taste testing Thursday in downtown Camas

A smoothie and juice bar will soon open at 1887 Main, in downtown Washougal. Ginger Juice is expected to open in late September. Prior to that, there will be a “taste testing” event Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Adventures of a sisterhood

They say a person is never too old to try something new, and five local women are proving that by living their twilight years to the fullest. The latest adventure taken on by these ladies in their 70s and 80s had them suspended in the air and zipping from tree to tree in the rain forest of Skamania County. In July, longtime friends Lois Schroeder and Mary Stencel, of Camas, and Oleta Platt, Helen Moore and Carol Phillips, of Washougal, took the Skamania Zip Line Tour, based at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson.