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Construction begins on Hills at Round Lake

The grand opening of two model homes was recently held at one of the largest planned residential developments to be built in Camas in recent years. Lennar Homes has begun construction on the first three phases of the Hills at Round Lake PRD, which includes 69 home sites. At complete build out, the development will include 333 lots on 89-acres. It is located off of Crown Road adjacent to Woodburn Elementary School — a $17.9 million facility that opened to students in September 2013.

Local groups plan Memorial Day commemorations

Memorial Day weekend in Camas and Washougal will feature several remembrances and tributes. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Citizens voice opinions on marijuana issue

The Camas City Council heard comments from both sides of the marijuana issue on Monday. It was another step in the information gathering process as the group of elected leaders works toward making a decision about whether to allow marijuana retail sales, processing and production facilities within city limits. The city’s efforts are in response to Initiative-502, which was approved by voters in November 2012. It allows people 21 and older to possess and use recreational marijuana. A zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of sales, processing and production facilities in Camas is currently in place.

Jenkins resigns from Washougal High School

Math teacher Jay Jenkins has resigned from Washougal High School. The School Board accepted his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, at a special meeting on Thursday. This came about after a flurry of publicity about Jenkins’ allegedly touching students inappropriately during instructional time. The reported incidents dated back to 2008.

Jenkins resigns from Washougal School District

Math teacher Jay Jenkins has resigned from Washougal High School. The School Board accepted his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, at a special meeting on Thursday.

Friends of Excelsior selling desserts at 'Phantom'

Friends of Excelsior will be selling homemade desserts at the Saturday showings of "Phantom of the Opera," on May 17 and May 24 at Washougal High School.

Candlelight vigil will support missing Nigerian girls

The Bring Back Our Girls Candlelight Vigil will show support for recently kidnapped Nigerian girls.

Camas considers LID to fund sewer infrastructure in NUGA

The City of Camas is currently considering its options to fund sewer system infrastructure in a large portion of the North Urban Growth Area — the expansive area north of Lacamas Lake that was adopted into the city’s urban growth boundary in 2007. During the May 5 City Council meeting, Public Works Director Eric Levison provided information about the option of forming a local improvement district to bring in an estimated $24 million that would cover the costs associated with planning, designing and constructing an extensive gravity sewer system. The LID could encompass approximately 1,600 acres. The infrastructure would start in the Green Mountain area and provide gravity conveyance through a series of forced mains and pump stations to Crown Road.

Washougal eyes marijuana moratorium or ban

Washougal residents will have an opportunity to comment on a potential extension of a moratorium and/or a ban regarding the retail sale, processing and growing of recreational marijuana within the city limits. A public hearing will be held during the next regular City Council meeting Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 1701 “C” St. The council approved an emergency ordinance on Dec. 2, 2013, regarding the establishment of retail businesses that sell marijuana. It establishes a six-month moratorium prohibiting all uses allowed under state Initiative 502. That ordinance is set to expire June 2.

Marijuana public hearing is May 19 in Camas

Should Camas get into the marijuana business? That is the question Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and the Camas City Council are hoping to hear the public’s response to during a hearing scheduled for Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave. Community input is being solicited regarding whether to allow marijuana retail sales, processing, manufacturing and growing facilities within city limits.