Local News

District clarifies boundaries between students, staff

In an effort to increase awareness, the Washougal School District has clarified, in detail, what constitutes acceptable behavior between students and staff. Some of the document is fairly standard, such as refraining from inappropriate physical conduct, showing pornography to a student or making jokes of a sexual nature. However, other portions of it may come as a surprise to some: For example, it is not acceptable to employ a student, such as having them baby-sit any staff member’s children.

ECFR will form ‘citizen committee’

East County Fire & Rescue is seeking citizens who are interested in being part of a committee that will offer “honest, objective input” on the district’s level of service. “The board requests the citizens committee to provide feedback on what services they think are important to continue, what services might be altered or cut, and what services might be added,” states a press release. “These suggestions will be discussed in the context of the current budget.”

Northwest Sixth Avenue will undergo repairs soon

During the past few months, Northwest Sixth Avenue in Camas has become an obstacle course of potholes. Rain, snow and ice this winter wreaked havoc on the road, which serves as a main arterial funneling traffic east and west between Highway 14 and downtown Camas. Potholes of all shapes and sizes formed when water seeped into cracks and froze, acting as a wedge and breaking the pavement apart. Last night, the Camas City Council approved a $66,400 contract with low bidder Granite Construction of Vancouver to perform what Public Works Director Eric Levison describes as “grind and patch repair” work. It will fix 91 potholes equalling 14,000 square feet, located between Adams and Norwood streets.

Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen

A woman who grew up riding horses on her family’s five-acre property and swimming with friends in the Washougal River is representing the Vancouver Rodeo this year.Amanda Knapp, 20, is the Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen for 2014. The rodeo will be held July 2-5, at the Clark County Saddle Club. The queen serves as a goodwill ambassador for the sport of professional rodeo, the Vancouver Rodeo and the Clark County Saddle Club. Knapp is the daughter of Brian and Janis. She has an older brother, William.

Lacamas Lake Lodge opens its doors to the community

The Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center is now open. A dedication ceremony is planned for Tuesday, March 25. The event, emceed by Camas Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Brent Erickson, will begin at 4 p.m. Speakers will include Mayor Scott Higgins, Camas City Councilman Tim Hazen and Friends of the Camas Community Center President Nan Henriksen. Contractor JWC Construction began work on the new facility in July. The 5,000 square foot building offers a main banquet hall that seats 150 people and overlooks the lake. There are two conference rooms, a large covered patio and a warming kitchen.

Waterfront project aims to connect port with downtown Washougal

Six Portland State University graduate students are partnering with the city of Washougal and the Port of Camas-Washougal to create a plan for the waterfront. Project Manager Shannon Jamison and Engagement Coordinator Julia Metz spoke during the March 4 port commission meeting. The students, in the master of urban and regional planning program, are expected to have the waterfront vision plan completed by June 9. Tentatively, that will include an April 5 kickoff and a May 3 recognition event. “This is their thesis project for their graduate degree,” said Port Finance Director Kim Noah.

It’s a wonderful life

During the past 80 years, Jacquie Svidran has transformed herself into a menagerie of unique and memorable characters. On stage she has played roles ranging from a jovial Catholic nun to a Jewish matchmaker to Queen Victoria. Television audiences in Alaska knew her as “Mother Moose,” a role that required her to wear a 75-pound puppet head. “I had a brake cable inside that I pulled to make the eyes roll, and these bosoms were as big as basketballs,” she said, describing the costume. “I could only wear it about 15 minutes, then I’d have to take it off and rest.”

Washougal financial picture brightens

City of Washougal employees met this morning and received accolades for their involvement in positive financial news. During a 2013 fourth quarter and year-end update to City Council last night, Finance Director Jennifer Forsberg said the city had budgeted for an estimated $594,000 deficit in the general/street fund. The actual deficit was approximately $6,000. The difference was due to higher revenues and lower expenses, according to Forsberg.

Camas lands on list of top cities for home ownership

Camas was recently named one of the top cities in Washington to own a home. NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, conducted a study to find the top 20 best places for home ownership in Washington. Rankings were based on home ownership rates, selected monthly homeowner costs, monthly household income and population growth.

Leadership Clark County informational meeting is March 18

Leadership Clark County is hosting a free information meeting on Tuesday, March 18 for candidates interested in learning more about the community leadership program and applying to enter the class of 2015.