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Marijuana hearing draws comments

The Washougal City Council plans to “wait and see” if state legislators approve bills related to the production, processing and sales of recreational marijuana. A public hearing was held last night, regarding the council’s Dec. 2, 2013, approval of a six-month moratorium prohibiting all uses allowed under state Initiative 502.

Property owners propose 'Grass Valley Master Plan'

A group of property owners have expressed interest in working with Camas to create a master plan vision for the Grass Valley area on the west side of the city. Vancouver land use and zoning attorney Randy Printz, who represents the property owners making the proposal, spoke about the concept on Friday during the City Council’s annual planning conference. It was described as a unique opportunity to paint what is currently a “blank canvas.”

Two local credit unions will consolidate

Two credit unions with locations in the Camas-Washougal area plan to combine efforts this summer. Lacamas Community Credit Union and iQ Credit Union have announced their intentions to consolidate their individual financial institutions into a single, larger credit union. According to a press release, a team of employees from both credit unions will oversee the transition process, which will include the exploration of naming strategies for the institution.

Golladay Way

By digging into dirt and evidence, Dick Golladay found his way into people’s hearts. “I know how to do it, and I know where the masters are,” said the 66 years “young” police officer turned landscaper. After graduating from Camas High School in 1965, Golladay served as a volunteer firefighter and then joined the Camas Police Department May 30, 1973. He dedicated 24 years to the force, retired in 1997, returned in 2002 and became the supervisor of the offender work crew.

Lloyd Halverson would serve as the legislative lobbyist for Camas

Retired Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson could soon be returning to work for his former employer. During tonight’s City Council meeting, a contract with Halverson is on the agenda for approval. The agreement would have him performing governmental affairs consultation work, including developing lobbying strategies for the Washington State Legislature and U.S. Congress, lobbying the state legislature in support of the city’s annual legislative goals, and lobbying Congress for federal funding for infrastructure projects. As part of his duties, Halverson would be required to provide the city with written and oral reports.

Washougal voters to decide replacement levies

The Washougal School District will be asking voters to approve two levies on Feb. 11. Ballots are expected to arrive in mailboxes this week. A three-year maintenance and operations levy and technology levy will replace the current ones, which expire at the end of 2014. Although the levies are not new, the amounts have been increased. This is in order to keep pace with increased enrollment and allow the district to expand in several areas of current focus, according to school district officials.

Fire destroys garage in Camas

A detached garage and all of its contents were destroyed in a late night fire in Camas on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Camas-Washougal Fire Department units were dispatched to reports of a structure fire at 2525 N.E. Everett St., in Camas.

List of marijuana license applicants grows

The Fern Prairie Market is among the newest applicants for a retail marijuana license. Overall, there are 18 retail applicants in the city limits of Camas and five in Washougal. For processors licenses, there are three applicants in the city limits of Camas and three in Washougal. Aspiring marijuana producers include three applicants in Camas and four in Washougal.

Washougal vehicle tab fee is discussed

Washougal residents could see a $20 increase in their vehicle tab renewal fees, to pay for road maintenance and repairs. The idea was discussed during the Washougal City Council’s annual planning session Saturday, at the Washougal Community Center. Current pavement management funding includes $150,000 in real estate excise taxes and one-time contributions of $62,000 in the 2014 budget.

BNSF prepares to replace Washougal River railroad bridge

A Camas railroad bridge that is part of a line that is more than 100 years old will soon be replaced. Originally built in 1908, the 550 foot long BNSF Railway railroad bridge that runs above the Washougal River and parallels Southeast Sixth Avenue is on tap for replacement, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. Over the years, work has been done to improve and maintain the bridge, but it has never been replaced. “This is an upgrade and enhancement,” Melonas said. “It’s an upgrade for safety and efficiency.”