Local News

G-P mill navigates global, local issues

Global and domestic competition in the paper industry is among the changes and challenges faced by the Georgia-Pacific mill, in Camas. That is according to Joe Ertolacci, the vice president of manufacturing for the mill. There is increased global competition in the production of copy paper in China and South America and other communications papers and new domestic producers of tissues, paper towels and napkins in the commercial and consumer private label industry.

Fun on Ice

A Washougal woman is among the participants in the fast-paced sport of hockey. Corinne Lorch, 26, plays for “Jabronis,” a co-ed team that includes her husband Neil. This is Corinne’s first season playing hockey. She and Neil started skating a few months ago, to get to the point that they could participate in a league at the beginners level, at Mountain View Ice Arena. Corinne enjoys that hockey is fast moving, competitive, physical and just “all around fun.”

Governor signs bill that supports sex abuse victims’ rights

The two Camas sisters who inspired 18th District Sen. Ann Rivers to introduce Senate Bill 6069 were on-hand for the recent bill signing. As part of the bill, effective June 12 victims will be able to request notice from the state Department of Corrections when a specific sex offender is released or transferred. They can also request that the offender refrain from contacting the victim and/or immediate family members.

Port, cities consider New Markets Tax Credit Program

A potential new endeavor involving the cities of Camas and Washougal, and the Port of Camas-Washougal could provide the seed money to take part in a federal tax credit program aimed at supporting local economic development projects. Consultant Don Mazziotti and Stephen Brooks, principal with Portland-based Pilot Management Resources, Inc., recently presented information on the New Markets Tax Credit Program to both city councils, and the port commission.

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.