Local News

School levy issues will be decided today

Today is Election Day in Clark and Skamania counties. In Washougal, voters are being asked to cast their ballots on the school district’s two replacement levies that would fund maintenance and operations and technology. Although the levies are not new, the amounts have been increased to keep pace with increased enrollment and allow the district to expand in several educational areas, according to officials.

Coaster the cat makes his mark in downtown Camas

A former homeless kitten has grown up to become a beloved addition at Lutz Hardware. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Coaster took a cat nap among the din of the Drylok Masonry Waterproofer display. The promotion of the waterproofing paint included the soft sounds of a water feature. Jenny Berry and her husband Joe, of Vancouver, were shopping at Lutz for the first time that day. “Look at the kitty,” Jenny said, as she noticed Coaster relaxing on a stack of 60G garnet sandpaper and a soft cat toy, near a copy machine.

Fashion show and teddy bear drive is Feb. 23

A fashion show and teddy bear drive will be held in Stevenson. On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., Rock Cove Assisted Living will host the event that includes a fashion show by A Boutique, vendors, chocolate and a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Admission is a stuffed toy that will be donated to area domestic violence centers, emergency services and hospitals.

Camas-Washougal schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 10

The Camas and Washougal school districts have announced Sunday evening that schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 10, due to the threat of inclement weather.

Vehicle careens over embankment in Washougal

The driver of a vehicle that traveled over a 20-foot embankment escaped injury this morning. According to a press release from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 7, a passenger vehicle was attempting to drive down a steep hill in Washougal in the 1800 block of North Sixth Street.

Local schools will be closed on Friday

The Camas and Washougal school districts have announced that all schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 7, due to poor weather conditions. All before and after-school activities are also cancelled.

Righting a wrong

A representation of the Camas community’s generosity was bolted into place on Friday. A new granite monument at the grave site of Alexander Stuber was secured into place at the Camas Cemetery by employees from Vancouver Granite Works. The original one, more than 100 years old, was destroyed by vandalism in October 2013. Vancouver Granite Works worked to replicate the original monument, which included an image of a rose and the Bible verse “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” from the second book of Timothy 4:7.

Camas man killed in Vancouver shooting

A Camas man was fatally shot Monday in what law enforcement officials are describing as a case of workplace violence. At approximately 11:30 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Westside Business Center located at 1800 W. Fourth Plain Blvd., in Vancouver’s industrial west side in the Fruit Valley area. When officers arrived, they located the body of Ryan E. Momeny, 45, a manager at the Benjamin Moore Paint Co., in front of the business. They then found Robert R. Brown, 64, a driver at the company, deceased inside a vehicle in the parking from what is being described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Two Rivers Heritage Museum reopens with new, updated displays

After a two-month closure, the Two Rivers Heritage Museum reopens today with a new display highlighting the local area’s fabric weaving history. The exhibit, “Early Fabric Making,” features a working counter balance loom set up to weave rugs with blanket selvage material donated from Pendleton Woolen Mills, which is located across the street. Every blanket woven at Pendleton is trimmed of selvage on two sides before finishing the edges. It is sturdy, colorful material that can be woven into soft rugs. “The loom appears to be handcrafted as opposed to manufactured and is estimated to be from the last part of the 19th century,” said Camas-Washougal Historical Society member Marilyn Brown. “It is the size that could be found in a family home and was used to weave material for clothing, linens and home decor.”

Port rezoning request causes concern for refuge

The secretary of the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards is hoping the Port of Camas-Washougal will modify its rezoning request regarding some of the land in the Steigerwald Commerce Center. In a letter to Port Executive Director David Ripp, Willemina Niosi said the 19.65 acres in the request currently serve as a buffer between the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the port’s heavy industrial zoned land located to the west. The port is requesting that Clark County rezone the southern parcel of the commerce center from parks/open space to heavy industrial.