Washougal to form proposition committees

The Washougal City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, Aug. 5, at 5 p.m., in the Washougal Council Chambers, to formally appoint two committees to prepare statements for and against a proposition that will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

Fines policy saves Washougal School District money

After years of textbooks being lost and sports uniforms going MIA, the Washougal School District decided enough was enough. At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, the district began using an electronic system to scan textbooks, increasing communication with students, parents and coaches, and prohibiting students with a missing uniform or equipment to participate in sports until the items were returned. Transcripts were not released to graduating seniors unless all fines were paid. This has resulted in more than $7,000 worth of fines and fees paid, and lost items returned as of June.

Herrera Beutler ‘prayed for a miracle’

When Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler gave birth to her first child earlier this month, doctors believe the little girl was likely the first baby to survive a diagnosis previously considered fatal. Camas residents Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel Beutler, on Monday announced that their daughter, Abigail Rose Beutler, was born July 15 at 3:13 a.m., at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. While in utero, Abigail was diagnosed with Potter’s syndrome, caused by bilateral renal agenesis. Potter’s syndrome is a condition associated with a deficiency in amniotic fluid often caused by a baby’s prenatal kidney failure. According to a press release, Abigail’s case absence of the kidneys resulted in anhydramnios, or a complete absence of amniotic fluid in the womb, which is critical to lung development. The condition often results in terminated pregnancy. Babies born with the condition suffer from pulmonary hypoplasia, or severely undeveloped lungs, and are unable to breathe once outside of the womb.

Camas bank robbery suspect surrenders

The man believed to be responsible for robbing the U.S. Bank in downtown Camas remains in the Multnomah County Jail after he turned himself in to police. Christopher A. Arrington, of Washougal, surrendered himself to the Multnomah County Jail, Wednesday, at approximately 5 p.m. His description and several photos were released to local media outlets Tuesday, and the Camas Police Department started to receive tips from the community soon after. Beginning Wednesday morning, those tips led detectives to Arrington. According to the CPD, Arrington has a criminal history in Oregon and Washington and detectives found that he had valid arrest warrants out of each state.

Washougal man surrenders for robbery of U.S. Bank’s Camas branch

A local resident turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, for the Tuesday robbery of the U.S. Bank branch in downtown Camas.

ECFR capital projects bond will be on Nov. 5 ballot

The East County Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to place a $1.275 million capital projects bond on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. After some discussion during its July 16 meeting, Jack Hoober, Gary Larson and Vic Rasmussen voted in favor of the resolution, while Martha Martin and Mike Berg voted against. The 20-year capital projects bond would fund two new fire engines, one brush truck, new fire fighting and medical equipment, an emergency generator at Mount Norway Station 94, parking lot repair at Sunnyside Station 93 and a water well at Livingston Mountain Station 92.

The art of the voice

Individuals who walk by First Christian Church in Camas could be treated to a variety of vocalizations — from a teenage girl singing an Italian aria to a 20-something man working on breath control. They are Krysia Woods and Liam Tully, local residents who are students of Anne Maguire. Woods is a member of the Washougal High School choir, while Tully, a WHS graduate, is a performing and recording artist. Maguire, a mezzo-soprano, provides private voice and music theory lessons for students ages 14 and older.

Citizens to vote on Washougal council/manager issue

Washougal voters will decide during the Nov. 5 General Election whether they want to see a change in the city’s form of government. Last night, the Washougal City Council voted unanimously to put a proposition for adoption of the council/manager form of government on the ballot. The city currently has a strong mayor/council form. Incumbent Sean Guard will face Earl Scott for the mayoral position, in the November election.

Washougal's Hathaway Elementary School will offer full-day kindergarten

Starting this fall, Hathaway Elementary School will offer full-day kindergarten at no additional out-of-pocket costs to parents. The funding is a step toward compliance with the Supreme Court McCleary decision, which mandates lawmakers must fully fund basic education, including kindergarten, by 2018. Grants for full-day kindergarten at schools with the highest rates of poverty will be first priority. In Washougal, Hathaway was the only school to qualify, with a free- and reduced-price lunch rate of approximately 62.7 percent, compared with 34 percent at Gause Elementary and 32.5 percent at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary. There were no schools in Camas which qualified.

Camas-Washougal residents visit orphanage in India

Ten area residents recently traveled to India to show care and support at an orphanage for girls. The travelers, primarily from Bethel Community Church, in Washougal, included Connie Jo Freeman. They visited the Home of Love, which provides housing and education for 87 girls, ranging in age from 5 to 18. The children are either orphaned or from parents who are too poor to care for them. “Unlike most orphanages, when the children turn legal age they are not turned out to fend for themselves,” Freeman said. “They have college to look forward to, financially provided by Home of Love.”