Former Congressional aide hired by the CREDC

The new manager of investor relations for the Columbia River Economic Development Council worked three years as the district director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. Kimberly Pincheira served in a similar capacity for former Congressman Brian Baird. “She brings a wealth of relationships and experience with local businesses and governments which will be important to our organization,” CREDC Board Chair Bill Dudley said regarding Pincheira.

Honorary street name will serve as tribute to Jimmie Rodgers

Camas “hometown boy” Jimmie Rodgers will be in town later this month to attend an event that will celebrate a street being re-named in his honor. The ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m., in front of the singer’s childhood home at 725 N.W. 10th Ave. Jimmie Rodgers Avenue will be the new honorary street name for 10th Avenue in the Forest Home neighborhood. Rodgers, who will turn 80 on Sept. 18, said the recognition is very special to him.

Washougal School District approves budget

The Washougal School Board adopted its 2013-14 budget last week with little fanfare, a marked change from years past when cuts were more apparent. Brian Wallace, business manager, described the spending plan as reflective of School Board priorities. Last year’s budget was $28.8 million. The current budget of $30.14 million is based on an estimated enrollment of 2,918 full-time equivalent students, 48 more than the budgeted enrollment for 2012-13. “It is a fiscally responsible budget, and at the same time, increases resources that support technology integration, new curriculum, improved facilities, safety and staff development,” Wallace said.

Film crews capture essence of C-W area

The Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association is involved in a video project, designed to showcase the area to prospective tenants of office and industrial spaces. “The intent of these videos is to present them to business and industry leaders looking to locate in the Camas-Washougal area,” said CWEDA President Paul Dennis. “I can tell them about the size and type of buildings and land available, but it is more difficult to explain the quality of life here. These short videos will do just that.” One video will focus on Camas, and one will concentrate on Washougal. Another video will include both communities. The C-W videos will be featured online at and in a digital magazine that is being worked on by students at Washington State University-Vancouver. For more information, call 607-9816 or email

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