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Alexa Efraimson earns Gatorade National cross country award

Camas High School junior Alexa Efraimson was surprised by a former Olympian this morning during her advanced marketing class. Efraimson was planning to make a speech, when professional distance runner Molly Huddle entered the classroom and presented her with the 2013-14 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year trophy.

Washougal mayor fights prostate cancer

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has been holding some city staff meetings at his house since he underwent prostate cancer surgery. The operation, which took more than six hours, was conducted Feb. 17. Since then, Guard has gone to City Hall for short meetings and paperwork. “The timing of the surgery allowed for proper planning for it,” he said Monday. Guard, 51, was diagnosed in October. He said the cancer was not caught through simple digital exams as part of his annual physical.

Mount Pleasant officials react to levy failure

Despite a recent levy failure, Mount Pleasant School District officials are confident. “Voter turnout was very low and we were pretty much the only thing on the ballot,” said Peter Tarzian, superintendent. “So, the no voters voted no, and the yes votes probably still have their ballot on the fridge.” Voters were asked to approve a two-year, $310,000 levy. It failed by earning 43.48 percent support.

Sisters, survivors

As children, sisters Jennifer and Kimberly never felt safe. Never. At a time when most youngsters are being loved, protected, cared for and nurtured, their reality instead was a home filled with abuse, mistreatment and secrets. While growing up in California, from the time they were toddlers to into their teen years, Kim Abell and Jennifer Chilton suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their father, a former police officer, private detective and Marine.

Robidoux brothers are running for Boston

Look through a roll of paper and you get an idea how Kyle Robiduox sees every day life with retinis pigmentosa. Extreme tunnel vision. No peripheral vision. Not able to see at night. Unable to drive a vehicle. Robiduox was diagnosed with the disease when he was 11 years old, but that didn’t stop him and his older brother Jayson from playing baseball and basketball, or chasing each other down the slopes on skis.

Legislative town hall is Saturday in Camas

Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) and Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) will host a town hall meeting Saturday, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Camas Police Department community room. Rivers and Pike will talk about bills advancing through the Legislature, provide an update of the process and seek input on legislation that concerns the 18th District.

Burma cookbook authors to speak

Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, authors of “The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas,” will present an hour-long illustrated history of Burma/Myanmar through its food on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m., at the Camas Public Library.

Camas library sets trivia night

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Impairment, speed cause Camas crash

Speed and impairment are being listed as factors in a multi-vehicle collision Feb. 13 on Pacific Rim Boulevard in Camas. According to a news release from the Camas Police Department, Andrew S. Colburn, 43, of Camas, was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS eastbound at a high rate of speed on Pacific Rim, at approximately 8:35 p.m., when he collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano driven by Cheri M. Thomas, 45, of Camas.

Washougal School District levies pass

Washougal School District officials are likely breathing a sigh of relief as both of its levies passed in last Tuesday’s election. “I am extremely appreciative of the support of the community,” said Dawn Tarzian, superintendent. “Levy dollars bridge the critical gap between our state allocation and the basic program needs for our students.” Added Les Brown, technology director, “I’m super excited that voters supported the increase in our technology levy.”