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Marijuana moratorium extended in Washougal

The Washougal City Council has extended a marijuana moratorium by three months, after listening to comments during a public hearing. The unanimous decision, regarding the retail sale, processing and growing of recreational marijuana within the city limits, occurred during the May 27 meeting. A previous ordinance was set to expire yesterday.

Freeholders send proposed charter to voters

Clark County voters will cast their ballots this November on a charter document that has been crafted and approved by a majority of the Board of Freeholders. On May 27, the Freeholders voted 11-3 to approve the proposed charter. Voting against the document were Peter Silliman, Tracy S. Wilson and Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas). Rep. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) was absent from the meeting due to a family emergency.

County commissioners will hear from the public on surface mining overlay map

On Tuesday, June 3, the Clark County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed surface mining overlay map. It is a document that received impassioned feedback from Livingston Mountain residents, when it was discussed by the County Planning Commission in late 2013. The proposed surface mining overlay map is part of an update being conducted for Clark County’s mineral resource lands regulations. Counties planning under the Growth Management Act are required to identify, designate and protect mineral resource lands that are not already characterized by urban growth and that have long-term significance for the extraction of minerals.

Local couple earns honors for mentoring, volunteering

Gordon French describes owning LJC Feed as “a labor of love.” He and his wife Patty purchased the store in Camas 19 years ago, and they have influenced and educated children, teens and adults ever since. The Frenches have been named the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce 2014 “Business Persons of the Year.” “It was awesome,” Patty said. “It feels very rewarding.”

Supporting the community

The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club motto is “service above self.” So, it makes sense that the 57 member group has earned the title of “Citizen of the Year” by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great that they can be recognized as a whole for what they all do for the local community,” said Chamber Director Brent Erickson. “They’re a real well-rounded group.”

Camas Public Library will be closed on May 22

The Camas Public Library will be closed on Thursday, May 22, so that staff can take part in training.

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.