Stories by Dawn
The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is expected to get a new lease on life this summer — with 3D presentations on the main screen and an ice cream shop next door.
Rand Thornsley, managing director of The Rootstock Capital Management LLC, has signed a five-year lease with Gary and Marilyn Webberley, owners of the Liberty building through Fourth Avenue Liberty LLC.
The theater is located at 315 N.E. Fourth Ave.
A local man is not letting a medical condition stop him from doing what he enjoys.
Dr. Darren Smith, of Camas, has "foot drop" -- paralysis of his lower left leg and foot. He acquired the weakness of the tibialis anterior muscle in 2002, after he underwent a surgical procedure to help embolize a soft tissue mass on his back.
After using braces that helped with lateral stabilization, Smith found the Allard USA ToeOFF brace in August 2010. His athletic accomplishments include winning the 2012 and 2010 Canadian National Paratriathlon championships and the 2012 PATCO/PanAm Paratriathlon Championship.
The events include swimming, bicycling and running.
"I feel incredible to have competed against some of the fastest in the world," Smith said. “Just because the word 'para' is used in front of a sport, does not make people slow. There are some fast people with missing limbs out there. The category I compete in includes below-the-knee amputees."
A former counselor at J.D. Zellerbach Elementary School, in Camas, and her husband are among the newest parents of a child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
April and Aaron Marvin, of Vancouver, adopted Kamble, 2, in December 2012.
The Marvin's household also includes their son Carson, 3, and dogs Addy and Oakley.
"They are best friends," April said, regarding Kamble and Carson. "They do everything together. They have been inseparable."
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A house fire in Camas led to several temporary road closures, as firefighters worked to protect surrounding structures.
Two attorneys have moved their offices from Vancouver to downtown Washougal.
Donald Grant and Douglas Elcock have signed a lease for Executive Suite 245, in Washougal Town Square, 1700 Main St.
The owners of the Camas Hotel will soon be ready to show the results of a third floor renovation project.
Tom and Karen Hall will host an open house during the First Friday festivities, from 5 to 8 p.m. Snacks and tours will be available.
The project has involved taking out six single "bachelor" rooms and adding one king and two queen rooms with bathrooms.
Three local women older than 30 are enjoying the rewards and challenges of playing soccer.
Rachel and Erin Bradstreet, along with Lea Phillips, are among the members of "Passin Thru," a team in the Lower Columbia Womens Soccer Association.
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A local firefighter was treated for fatigue and dehydration Wednesday afternoon, after assisting with a fire near the Vancouver-Camas border.
There could be a reduction in the number of days that fireworks can be sold inside the city limits of Washougal, starting in 2014.
Ron Schumacher, fire marshal and deputy chief of fire prevention for the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, is proposing the reduction.
It is currently legal to sell fireworks from noon to 11 p.m., June 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 29 through July 4, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on July 5, as well as from noon to 11 p.m., from Dec. 27 through Dec. 31.
The proposal would limit sales from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 2 through July 4, and from noon to 11 p.m., Dec. 29 through Dec. 31.
The city's municipal code states fireworks may only be discharged on July 4, from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to Jan. 1, at 1 a.m.
The former youth pastor of a Camas church recalls helping people affected by Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans.
Ricky Ortiz coordinated the April 2-9, 2011, trip through Forward Edge International, of Vancouver.
The team of 12 volunteers from River Rock Church ranged in age from 17 to 74.
Ortiz said it caught everyone in the group off guard that the effects of the August 2005 hurricane were still "pretty bad" more than five years later.
The frustrations continue near the West Columbia Gorge Humane dog shelter.
Jesse Hutton, owner of Northwest Underwater Construction, has been seen videotaping the shelter -- reportedly on the advice of his attorney.
Hutton has previously expressed frustrations with the noise levels of dogs barking at the shelter.
A local resident is the newest board member for the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.
Teresa Lawwill, of Camas, recently agreed to join the board of directors. She previously served the association by volunteering on the auction committee.
Lawwill, community relations director for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, has experience in fundraising, event management and community outreach.
She is impressed with Billy Henry, executive director of the association, and its progression.
The issue of allowing prayer at Washougal City Council meetings involved public comments last night, but there was no council discussion.
Councilwoman Connie Jo Freeman, who has expressed support for allowing prayer at meetings, requested the issue be delayed until further notice.
Councilwoman Jennifer McDaniel pointed out that some of the audience members were at the meeting to talk about the prayer issue.
Two Camas women appreciate their five decades of friendship.
Edith Arndt, 84, and Annice Sampson, 74, walk together four days a week through their neighborhood and into the downtown business core.
Their round trip route is a little less than two miles.
"Walking is the best exercise there is, but it takes discipline," Arndt said recently, during an interview in her home. "I miss it, if I don't walk.
"It's good for your physical and mental well being," she added. "It clears your head. If you have any problems, you will feel better after walking."
An idea to have prayer at Washougal City Council meetings is drawing strong opinions.
Allowing prayer has been supported by Councilwoman Connie Jo Freeman.
“Invite clergy from established religions,” she has said.
Two men have been arrested for the recent port-a-pottie arsons in Camas. A third suspect is outstanding.
The Washougal City Council could still consider a resolution opposing the Columbia River Crossing project, but the revised edition will be much shorter than the original version that was considered last night.
The original three-page resolution was crafted by City Administrator David Scott, based on input from City Council members. Information in that resolution was obtained from similar resolutions adopted by the Clark County Commissioners and Oregon House Republicans.
The CRC project, to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, would include an extension of light rail 2.9 miles across the Columbia River to Vancouver. The extension would end near Clark College in the Central Park Neighborhood and include a station on Hayden Island, four stations in Vancouver and three new park and rides.
A local Navy veteran recalls when he received a “dolphin pin” and a tattoo — all on the same night.
It was 1958, and Jerry Barber had returned from a trip to Pearl Harbor. He had just been promoted and was qualified as a submariner.
In order to receive a submarine warfare insignia pin, Barber had to learn about water, air and hydraulic systems, as well as tracking a target and setting a torpedo.
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A recent addition to the 192nd Station development offers an assortment of driving courses as well as Department of Licensing knowledge and road tests.
9-1-1 Driving School has hired retired and off-duty police officers to serve as knowledge/skills examiners.
Brenda Gardner, co-owner and office manager, said the police officers provide positive mentoring.
"The primary focus is on teen driving and traffic safety education," she said.
For more information, call 210-7146, email 911drivingschool.com or visit www.911DrivingSchool.com.
A former local policeman was found guilty and sentenced Wednesday for assaulting a mentally ill suspect.
Arsons, involving five port-a-potties in Camas, are under investigation.
A man who worked for the Washougal Police Department for more than 28 years is accused of repeatedly punching a mentally ill suspect involved in a domestic violence case.
Former Officer Robert Ritchie, 53, is charged with fourth degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. Clark County District Court Judge Sonya Langsdorf is scheduled to announce a verdict Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m.
Ritchie's case involved a non-jury, bench trial March 14.
A local resident has received national recognition for his efforts to help make history more interesting for younger generations.
Brett Oppegaard, of Camas, accepted the George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, in Washington, D.C., in February. The award was presented to him by National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.
Oppegaard received a crystal medallion, inscribed with the National Park Service logo. The award was presented in an engraved wooden box.
The National Parks Foundation paid for his travel expenses to the nation's capital.
Three friends and business associates have combined their efforts to showcase their event planning services.
Studio 2911 is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St., in downtown Camas.
It includes the offices of Wendy Sturm, owner of "We Plan It," Kristina Kuntz, event coordinator with Niella's Special Events, and Amy Brown, owner of Lacamas Flowers & Events.
Niella's, owned by Kuntz and her husband Jonathon, is the parent company of Studio 2911.
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Several Washougal City Council members are eager to let state legislators know they are opposed to the Columbia River Crossing project.
A project that could replace the I-5 bridge will be the featured topic of a Washougal town hall.
The meeting with City Council members is scheduled for Saturday, at 9 a.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 "C" St.
Comments about the proposed Columbia River Crossing project and other issues will be accepted from residents and property tax payers within Washougal or Washougal's urban growth area.
A Camas townhouse fire is under investigation, after a local firefighter escaped injury.
Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association President Paul Dennis has been involved in contacting a variety of companies that are interested in moving to or expanding within the local area.
During a recent performance measure assessment presentation to the Washougal City Council, Eric Hovee said of 37 contacts in 2012, seven projects are complete. They include the relocation of CID Bioscience from the Camas Meadows area to the former American Legion building near downtown Camas. Other completed projects include Fastenal, Fisher II, Robertson & Olsen, Sapphire Materials, Sharp Solar and Universal Jiu Jitsu.
The seven projects that are underway include Amnesia Brewing, Foods in Season, IMT Bodycote, InnoTech America and Mill City Brew Werks. The names of companies involved in "Brew Pub 3" and &"Biotech 1" are not yet disclosed. Sixteen projects are considered active, while five are listed as dormant and two are considered dead.
Frank de la Rosa’s life story reads like a history lesson, including many familiar names in the music business.
His career has taken him around the world, and he is quite content to reflect on the highlights from his home in Washougal.
De la Rosa's love for music could be attributed to his father, a musician who played the bass. His mother did not encourage him to pursue it as a career, because she thought it provided an unstable lifestyle.
When de la Rosa picked up a congo musical instrument at a Latin club, musicians told him he had a natural rhythm and encouraged him to pursue music.
A local husband and wife have teamed up to open a restaurant in Camas.
K & M Drive-In, named after its owners Kevin and Melinda Bruzzone, is located in the building previously occupied by The Old Fashion Maid Restaurant.
"We feature fresh ground beef hamburgers charbroiled to order, hand-cut french fries and hand-scooped ice cream shakes," Kevin said. "We also offer charbroiled chicken breast sandwiches and hot dogs."
K & M Drive-In, 3414 N.E. Third Ave., is open daily, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 210-5803.
A Camas woman is an example of the importance of recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack. Pat King had a massive heart attack in July 2011. Prior to that, she was a smoker and she was often tired.
King, 56, had been scheduled to have a thyroid test with her doctor that week.
"I never made it to that test," she said. "I had shortness of breath and some swelling of the ankles. At work, they said I was pretty spacey.
"The fatigue lasted for months or years," King added. "I had no energy."
A limited liability corporation, East Village Investors, has purchased 15.97 acres of land in Washougal for $7.08 million.
The sale, from DM Stevenson Ranch to East Village, includes the building occupied by Bi-Mart, at 3003 Addy St. and some of the surrounding land.
Greg Goforth, a commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Jenkins & Associates, represented the seller in the transaction.
In documents filed with the Secretary of State's Office, Lone Wolf Investment LLC is listed as the governing member of East Village Investors LLC.
The City of Washougal is expected to face economic challenges, based on recent projections.
During the City Council's annual planning conference Jan. 25 and 26, Finance Director Jennifer Forsberg and City Administrator David Scott talked about the long term financial status of the city's general fund.
With the city's requirement that the annual budget include a minimum reserve equal to 16 percent of one year's operating expenses, options to make sure the general fund is balanced include slowing the rate of the growth of expenditures and/or increasing the rate of growth of revenues.
A woman who spent 3 ½ years promoting concerts and celebrity appearances on an Army base in Qatar is a new staff member at Columbia Ridge Senior Living.
Deborah Campbell is the community outreach director at the retirement and assisted living community, in Washougal.
She is a former Department of Defense employee who provided marketing services for Armed Forces Entertainment. That included promoting appearances by Denzel Washington, Kid Rock, Washington Redskins cheerleaders and professional golfers as they traveled to entertain soldiers.
Columbia Ridge Senior Living is located at 2300 W. Ninth St., Washougal. For more information about future activities, call 335-1238.
Ivan Gering, co-owner of Papa's Ice Cream in downtown Washougal, plans to close up the shop on Saturday.
He recently announced the closure, due to medical reasons.
Gering, 70, and his wife, Chris, opened Papa’s, in August 2008, in the Washougal Town Square, at 1700 Main St., Ste. 130.
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A local doctor was recently featured in an ABC News report regarding “cancer-versary” celebrations.
Dr. Allen Gabriel, of Camas, provided comments about parties that acknowledge overcoming cancer.
He said celebrations are important psychologically.
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A local dance instructor is following in her mother’s footsteps.
Candace Miller, program director for Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio, in Camas, teaches preschool ballet, tap and creative movement, as well as elementary classical ballet, tap and jazz and adult tap.
Her mother, Carol Opyt, owned Miss Carol's Studio of Dance, in Dyer, Ind. Miller, 46, has been dancing since she was 2. She grew up dancing in her mother's studio.
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Karen Ferguson remembers learning to sew from her mother and grandmother. At age 5, she sewed by hand. Two years later, Ferguson was using a non-electric sewing machine. “I took to it, like a duck to water,” she said. Now 70, Ferguson works on a variety of projects from her home in Fern Prairie. Her two-car garage has become a sewing room, with a cutting table. Patterns fill file cabinets. Ferguson designed the rack that holds thread, and she built shelves to hold fabric with materials from Washougal Lumber Co. She provides alterations, hemming, resizing and zipper repair.
The Washougal City Council has given the go-ahead to use $500,000 of unrestricted general fund reserves to provide a one-time, flat-rate reduction in water rates for residential homes. The 2013 bi-monthly base rate reduction is $14.48 ($86.87 for the year). Prior to the reduction, the bi-monthly single family residential water rate was $60.38.
Rand Thornsley believes more people would see films at the Liberty Theatre, in downtown Camas, if they were allowed to drink beer and wine there.
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Washougal police want to find the two men who restrained an elderly woman during a home invasion robbery.
An annual event, organized by the Camas-Washougal Soroptimists, helps generate donations of money and peanut butter for a weekend backpack program for local schoolchildren.
The Washougal City Council could soon consider an ordinance that will provide some economic relief for residential utility customers.
In information presented during a workshop last night, Finance Director Jennifer Forsberg talked about a proposed ordinance that would use $500,000 of unrestricted general fund reserves to provide a one-time, flat-rate reduction for 2013 for residential homes.
There are approximately 5,756 residential homes, including apartments, in Washougal. The proposed bi-monthly flat rate reduction would be $14.48 ($86.87 for the year).
James Resop is learning patience through a cat adoption program at Larch Corrections Center.
Resop, a 39-year old inmate in the minimum security facility, in Yacolt, said he is enjoying learning what "his" cat likes and dislikes and being responsible for something other than himself.
Challenges include getting Butterfly, the cat, to exercise.
"Butterfly loves ice water and has mood swings," Resop said.
The Washougal City Council issued a unanimous vote last night, to not pursue the outsourcing of public works responsibilities.
The vote occurred after several members of the public expressed concerns about water, sewer and stormwater rates.
In August, the council voted 4 to 3 to authorize Mayor Sean Guard to sign a $45,335 professional services agreement with Science Applications International Corporation, of Seattle. The agreement was expected to help city leaders determine if a public-private partnership for operation, maintenance and management of the city's water, wastewater and storm water utilities is feasible.
Guns in schools were among the topics discussed in an 18th District town hall meeting with Sen. Ann Rivers, (R-La Center) and incoming Rep. Liz Pike, (R-Camas).
During the meeting Saturday at the Camas Public Library, Pike said she has heard from teachers who like her proposal to allow them to carry guns in classrooms.
Chuck Miller, of Camas, said children need to be protected in schools.
A local musician has a gig at least four times a week.
When Steve Christofferson, of Washougal, plays a piano, it can be with solo singers, quartets or orchestras. He has written "a tune or two" and played on other people's recordings.
Christofferson, 56, has also participated in week long residence camps for adults and high school musicians in Port Townsend, Wash., and at Stanford University.
He has worked with some Washougal High School students as they prepare to perform in the Blue Note Cafe series at the school.
"I love the Blue Note Cafe," Christofferson said. "School concerts are nothing new, but anyone can try out for it. It's a student led thing."
A local mother has formed a club that supports her weekly film habit and benefits a downtown Camas business.Carissa Reid, of Camas, founded the Camas Movie Club, because she loves movies and wants to help promote the Liberty Theatre. She has seen more than 50 movies at the Liberty since December 2011. Her recent favorites have included “Brave,” which she saw with her daughter, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
"I was also very taken with 'Robot & Frank,' which was a quiet little film with some unexpected twists,: Reid said.
That movie and "Magic Mike" are among the films viewed by Camas Movie Club members in the Granada Cinema, at the Liberty.
Water, sewer and stormwater rate increases were on the minds of more than 70 people last night in Washougal.
A standing-room-only crowd attended a three-hour community meeting in the council chambers at City Hall. The crowd spilled over into the lobby.
It was not a City Council meeting or workshop, but six council members were present. Councilwoman Caryn Plinski was not available to attend.
Next year, the total bi-monthly water, sewer and stormwater bill for a single family residence, within the city limits of Washougal, is expected to increase to $211.13. That compares to $174.60, for every two months, this year.
Decorating their home for the holidays has become a labor of love for Ray and Joan Hamilton.The indoor and outdoor projects, which began as a form of amusement and entertainment for the grandkids, has also been appreciated by their neighbors and other local residents.
The Hamiltons have been decorating their house and yard for several holidays since they moved to 2242 N. "M" St., Washougal in June 2009.
"It builds up every year," Ray said.
Last year's display included a decorated, 6-foot Christmas tree in a pickup with wreaths around the wheels.
"I had to have three extra circuits put in," Ray said. "The kids really like it."