Holiday Gift Fair will include pet adoptions Friday through Sunday

A three-day event will include participation by local vendors.

Survivor story: Camas author pens third book

Underneath the shoulder length, wavy, gray hair and glasses, lies the strength of a woman who survived an abusive marriage and found love the second time around. Della Howe, 85, of Camas, has written her third book, “Al’s Twisted Mind,” about her ex-husband. In the book, Howe, who uses the pen name Marie Jensun, has changed her former husband’s name. She married “Al” when she was 18, and he was 21.

Washougal Community Center improvements are part of 2014 budget

Improvements are needed in the Washougal Community Center kitchen, in order for that facility to continue preparing food for the Meals on Wheels program. The 2014 preliminary city budget includes $50,000 for kitchen upgrades. “The entire kitchen, except the commercial dishwasher, is out of compliance with health department codes,” said Washougal Parks, Cemetery and Facilities Manager Suzanne Grover.

Proposition 1 defeated in Washougal

The form of government in Washougal will remain the same, after the defeat of Proposition 1. The measure would have changed the form from mayor-council with a city administrator to council-manager. Proposition 1 received 996 votes for it (34.38 percent) and 1,901 votes against it (65.62 percent). City Councilman Brent Boger said he was disappointed with the results.

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Transport Holding Co., Inc. relocates

A corporation that handles the shipping of more than 50,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans a year has moved from downtown Camas to downtown Washougal. Transport Holding Co., Inc., has leased the 3,080-square-foot Suite 230, in Washougal Town Square. It operates six auto shipping brokerages. Three are based out of the Washougal office, and the other three are in Phoenix, Ariz. Terry Williams, president and chief executive officer, splits his time between the two cities. For more information, call 834-2900, email Terry@magiccarpetautotransport.com or visit www.magiccarpetautotransport.com.

Political action committee to host post-election recap

Results from the Nov. 5 General Election will be discussed by a political science professor.

Concert to benefit homeless shelter Friday

Singers from around the area will entertain, to help an emergency shelter.

Proposition 1 is defeated in Washougal

Washougal voters decide to not change the form of government.

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Elida Field to host open house at new studio on Friday

A local artist will soon open a studio and art gallery in downtown Camas. The space has been renovated for Elida Field, a professional artist, art instructor and consultant. She will host an open house Friday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at 735 N.E. Sixth Ave. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Field will be among the participants in the Clark County Open Studios Tour. For more information about the open house, call 901-0031, or visit www.elidaart.com.

Liberty Theatre to serve beer and wine, starting Nov. 15

People who want to drink beer or wine while watching a movie in downtown Camas will soon get their wish. The Liberty Theatre has received a beer and wine license from the Washington Liquor Control Board. Starting Friday, Nov. 15, beer and wine will be available to purchase at the Liberty refreshment area. “We are re-working the concession area so that there will be a beer and wine station on the west end of the counter,” said Rand Thornsley, managing director of The Rootstock Capital Management LLC.

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In honor of our veterans

A variety of events are planned in the Camas, Washougal and Vancouver areas and beyond, to honor the country’s military veterans on Veterans Day.

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Lil’ Dudes and Divas moves to Camas

The owner of a boutique and consignment shop, previously located in the Uptown Village area of Vancouver, has moved her business to downtown Camas. Erika Petersen has opened Lil’ Dudes and Divas. The business sells new and gently used children’s clothing and accessories. That includes toys, games, puzzles, shoes, hats, coats and socks. The new items are displayed along the walls, while the consigned goods can be seen on racks. There are also umbrellas, greeting cards, bookmarks and photo albums.

Fairgate Inn to transition to assisted living facility in 2014

The site of many overnight stays, weddings, teas, banquets and Camas-Washougal Rotary Club meetings will soon become an assisted living facility. Jack and Chris Foyt, owners of The Fairgate Inn, plan to begin accepting residents in January 2014, after all of the licensing is completed. They will be board members of Fairgate Estate, while their daughter Jennifer Coriell will serve as the administrator.

DCA to host business awards ceremony Nov. 11

The third annual Downtown Camas Association meeting and awards celebration will provide an opportunity for local business owners to gather and commemorate a year of accomplishments. It will be held Monday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Journey Community Church, 304 N.E. Fourth Ave. The cost to attend, $15 per person, includes appetizers, wine and dessert.

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Homemade with love and laughter

A youngster with culinary ambitions has grown up and is making her dreams come true. Bethani Higdon won a Camas-Washougal Girl Scout baking competition at the age of 8, when she made mocha chocolate brownies. Her mother, Connie, recalls Bethani, now 21, saying that when she grew up, she was going to open a restaurant. The mother and daughter plan to open WildFlour Cafe & Cupcakes, in downtown Washougal, this Friday.

Washougal could use utility rate phase-in strategy

Some Washougal residents who live in single-family homes could see water rate decreases in 2014. According to the final results of a rate study conducted by the FCS Group, 61 percent of the water bills for single family residences with three-quarter inch meters would be lower than current rates. The current average bi-monthly bill for customers who use 10 ccf of water is $60.38. That could decrease to $58.21 next year. A proposed rate for 2015 would be $58.83. One ccf equals 748 gallons.

City council hears potential impacts of Prop. 1

Washougal City Administrator David Scott presented a transition plan during last night’s City Council meeting, in the event that Proposition 1 is approved. The measure would change the form of government, from mayor-council with a city administrator to council-manager.

Camas woman to vie for Miss Washington title

A former Camas High School cheerleading captain is preparing for the Miss Washington USA pageant this week. Shelby Meader, Miss Greater Clark County USA, will be among the 75 participants in the pageant Friday and Saturday, at the Highline Performing Arts Center, in Burien. She spent this past Saturday in Seattle with other contestants, practicing wearing high heels from noon to 6 p.m., and enunciating their names and titles in front of a microphone. In case of a technical issue, they have to be prepared to speak “super loud,” according to Meader. It was the last in a series of four workshops held during the past month and a half.

Retirement party for Washougal drug dog is set for Saturday

As Washougal Police K-9 Officer Dingo prepares for retired life, his successor is already in training. “Ranger,” a 2-year-old male Dutch shepherd, and his handler Officer Kyle Day are in a 10-week class, provided by the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Treasure House deals with food bank shortages

There are some empty shelves at the Inter-Faith Treasure House, of Camas/Washougal, and Executive Director Nancy Wilson is hoping area residents will help fill them. “We’re really short on food,” she said. “If people would just buy one or two extra cans, it would make a lot of difference here in our little town. “We appreciate one can, two cans, a sackful,” Wilson added.

“Blessing of the Animals” to be held Sunday

Cats, dogs and other pets are welcome at the annual blessing ceremony Sunday.

Mayoral candidates focus on local issues

Two men who have lived in the local area for most of their lives — incumbent Sean Guard and challenger Earl Scott — are hoping to serve as the mayor of Washougal for the next four years. Utility rate reductions, parks and promoting economic development are among the issues of interest among them. Scott, a Washougal resident for 28 years, said he has always had political aspirations. He previously considered running for Port of Camas-Washougal commissioner, but it would have been a conflict of interest since he was the fire marshal with the City of Washougal. The duties of a fire marshal include inspecting port buildings. “This is not a quick decision,” Scott said regarding his city council candidacy. “It’s been in the works for quite a long time.

Washougal proposes utility rate relief

The people who attended the Washougal Town Hall Saturday morning at Washougal High School received an education about water and sewer rates and the potential for them to decrease. City Administrator David Scott presented preliminary cost of service and rate results, developed by FCS Group. Major findings include the indication that multifamily residential customers have been subsidizing other customer classes. A phase-in strategy would keep rates flat for multifamily customers, while other groups “step up,” according to Scott.

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Amnesia will move headquarters to Washougal

Amnesia Brewing has announced it is moving all of its operations to downtown Washougal. The company, owned by Kevin King and his wife, Kristina, has sold its Portland location to StormBreaker Brewing. The site, at 832 N. Beech St., will remain open through December. A new 15-barrel brewing system began production in March, at 1834 Main St., in Washougal. It was a month after a tasting room opened at the 5,500-square-foot site. The brewery is expected to produce up to 6,000 barrels of beer a year. For more information, call 335-1008 or visit www.amnesiabrews.com.

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“Earth” sculpture to be installed in Washougal Tuesday

“Earth,” a kinetic metal and glass sculpture, will soon be installed and dedicated near downtown Washougal. The artwork, created by Sharon Warman Agnor, will be presented during a ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., at Pendleton Way and the state Route-14 pedestrian tunnel.

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C-W Port Harbormaster Mark Hamrick feels fortunate to be able to help others

Mark Hamrick’s job as harbormaster at the Port of Camas-Washougal marina is one that he enjoys immensely.“What we have is a small city on the water,” he said. During a recent walk around the 350-slip marina, Hamrick said there is never a typical day. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” he said. As a harbormaster, he spends approximately 70 percent of his time outside. Hamrick was hired by the port in 2005, in the role of maintenance assistant. He was promoted two years later to harbormaster.

Washougal approves development agreement

A public hearing regarding the development of the former Hambleton Lumber Sales LLC site attracted more than 40 people to the Washougal City Council meeting last night. After almost two hours of public comments and council discussion, council members approved a development agreement with the Port of Camas-Washougal and Parker’s Landing LLC, for the land located at 335 S. “A” St. The vote was 6 to 1, with the opposing vote issued by Caryn Plinski. Prior to that, she and councilman Paul Greenlee voted to postpone a decision on the development agreement. That motion failed 5 to 2. Earlier, Plinski said the waterfront development could be “an amazing thing to add to Washougal.” “I want a park, trail, restaurants and shops,” she said. “I’m not sure I’m ready to pass it tonight.”

City reviews agreement for former lumber mill site

A mixed-use development, along with trails, public access to the Columbia River and possibly housing, are expected to be among the components of the former Hambleton Lumber Sales LLC site. The Port of Camas-Washougal and Parker’s Landing LLC are requesting the Washougal City Council consider a development agreement for the land located at 335 S. “A” St. The LLC is represented by Lance Killian, of Killian Pacific, a commercial real-estate development and investment company. Killian Pacific has created The Crossing and Evergreen Marketplace, in Washougal, as well as the Grand Central and Riverstone Marketplace developments, in Vancouver.

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Honoring heroes

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists' attacks was remembered in the Camas-Washougal communities Wednesday.

Proposition 1 has supporters and critics

Washougal voters will have an opportunity during the Nov. 5 General Election to decide whether they want the city to continue its current mayor-council with a city administrator form of government or change to a council-manager form. Committees were recently appointed by the City Council, to write statements for and against Proposition 1. The proposition would change the form of government. With a council-manager plan, council members appoint a city manager, and that person appoints and directs the department heads. A city manager can be removed by a majority vote of the council.

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Wilbert Kalmbach participates in Honor Flight

A retired Camas paper mill employee recently had an opportunity to visit several sites in Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program. Wilbert Kalmbach, a World War II veteran, and his daughter Maria Dunn saw The Lincoln Memorial, Air Force and Marine Corps memorials and a Vietnam memorial that honors the nurses who served. They also witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Kalmbach, 86, remembered an especially emotional moment at the WWII memorial. He encountered a 2-year old girl with her parents. She held a small American flag and had a red ribbon in her hair. “Samantha said, ‘Thank you for serving,’ Kalmbach recalled. “Her daddy said, ‘These are the veterans I told you about, remember?’”

Washougal reviews development agreement for former Hambleton Lumber site

A mixed-use development, along with trails, public access to the Columbia River and possibly housing, are expected to be among the components of the former Hambleton Lumber Sales LLC site. The Port of Camas-Washougal and Parker’s Landing LLC are requesting the Washougal City Council consider a development agreement for the land located at 335 S. “A” St. The LLC is represented by Lance Killian, of Killian Pacific, a commercial real-estate development and investment company. Killian Pacific has created The Crossing and Evergreen Marketplace, in Washougal, as well as the Grand Central and Riverstone Marketplace developments, in Vancouver.

Former Congressional aide hired by the CREDC

The new manager of investor relations for the Columbia River Economic Development Council worked three years as the district director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. Kimberly Pincheira served in a similar capacity for former Congressman Brian Baird. “She brings a wealth of relationships and experience with local businesses and governments which will be important to our organization,” CREDC Board Chair Bill Dudley said regarding Pincheira.

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Film crews capture essence of C-W area

The Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association is involved in a video project, designed to showcase the area to prospective tenants of office and industrial spaces. “The intent of these videos is to present them to business and industry leaders looking to locate in the Camas-Washougal area,” said CWEDA President Paul Dennis. “I can tell them about the size and type of buildings and land available, but it is more difficult to explain the quality of life here. These short videos will do just that.” One video will focus on Camas, and one will concentrate on Washougal. Another video will include both communities. The C-W videos will be featured online at www.cweda.org and in a digital magazine that is being worked on by students at Washington State University-Vancouver. For more information, call 607-9816 or email paul.dennis@cweda.org.

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Local business owners purchase Workshed Interactive

Two local men have bought a local company, with the intention to keep it local and help other local businesses succeed. Joseph Graves and Brian Kashas have purchased Workshed Interactive from Bret and Shannon Van Horn. “Brian and I had been searching for a way to work together, and Workshed had built each of us a website,” Graves said. “When we heard from Bret and Shannon that they’d be moving on, we felt like the Workshed brand of craftsmanship was a good fit with our personalities. “We both appreciate good design and enjoy problem solving,” he added. “This was something we could do together, add our own business philosophy, and maintain our existing businesses Joseph Graves Capital Management and Evolutn Design.” Workshed is located at 1887 Main St., Ste. 204, Washougal. For more information, email team@workshed.com or visit www.workshed.com.

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D. Studio 21, Inc. provides marketing, advertising services

A marketing and advertising agency has relocated from southwest Portland to downtown Washougal. As a new resident of Washougal, I wanted to live and work in the same community,” said Heather Jordan, principal and creative director of D. Studio 21, Inc. The visual communications agency creates brand promotions for fortune 500 companies and local start-ups. “I help companies and organizations authentically communicate their brand message to build loyal communities — otherwise known as a consumer base,” Jordan said. “Common values and needs bring people together. I facilitate this natural attraction through my strategic use of visual design.” For more information, call 210-5316, email inquire@dstudio21.com or visit www.dstudio21.com.

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Walk will raise money for lung cancer research

A local resident plans to take part in a 5K lung cancer walk, in honor of her mother, who died with the disease. Kalle Fletcher, of Washougal, and her daughters Emerson, 5, and Elliot, 3, will participate in the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s ‘Free to Breathe’ event in Tacoma, Saturday, Sept. 7. There will also be a 5K run and a one-mile walk available that morning at Dickman Mill Park, 2432 Ruston Way. “I’m really excited about it,” Fletcher said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring awareness to the cause.” For more information about donating or registering for the walk or run, email Event Chair Julie Drobny at sunnyjcd@gmail.com or visit www.freetobreathe.org.

Washougal council votes on C-Tran board issue

Washougal wants to level the playing field when it comes to the composition of the C-Tran board.

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CHS grads reconnect

Careers, retirement, husbands and grandchildren were among the topics of discussion during a recent gathering of graduates of the Camas High School Class of 1966. The celebration of friendship was held Friday, at the Washougal home of Kooky “Ritter” Helland and her husband Dennis (Washougal High School Class of 1965). “I only wanted the ladies to fellowship this time,” Kooky said prior to the event. “Some of them that are coming to the luncheon don’t even attend the reunions. I love my male classmates also, but I just wanted the ladies.”

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Sports equipment donation program gets underway

A mother of young athletes has developed a sports equipment donation program. Julia Ross said her two youngest children, ages 9 and 14, have been involved in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer for several years. She said the idea for the Clark County Equipment Exchange Program came about a few years ago when she and other family members were cleaning out the garage and getting ready to take a load to Goodwill. “I started wondering about how we could better reuse the old, outgrown sports equipment we were collecting,” Ross said. “I wrote up a plan, but I was not able to act on it as I was working full time then. This summer while not working, I revisited the idea and just went for it.” For more information, visit www.cceep.org.

Ginger Juice to host taste testing Thursday in downtown Camas

A smoothie and juice bar will soon open at 1887 Main, in downtown Washougal. Ginger Juice is expected to open in late September. Prior to that, there will be a “taste testing” event Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Camas resident sells office supplies

A former Liberty Middle School football coach has launched a campaign to focus on local businesses through his office supplies company. Ty Lambert owns The Office Group, an online business. He sells ink and toner, office furniture, and cleaning and school supplies.

Glass maker to locate in Washougal

A glass manufacturer will soon move into Building 5, in the Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial Park. Port commissioners have approved a five-year lease with Mary Jane’s Glass Production, with a five-year extension option. The cost will be $3,380 per month, plus leasehold tax. The glass production company is a new venture, created by Bobby Saberi, his brother David, and Brandon Brock. Customers will include nine locations of Mary Jane’s House of Glass.

Washougal man surrenders for robbery of U.S. Bank’s Camas branch

A local resident turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, for the Tuesday robbery of the U.S. Bank branch in downtown Camas.

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The art of the voice

Individuals who walk by First Christian Church in Camas could be treated to a variety of vocalizations — from a teenage girl singing an Italian aria to a 20-something man working on breath control. They are Krysia Woods and Liam Tully, local residents who are students of Anne Maguire. Woods is a member of the Washougal High School choir, while Tully, a WHS graduate, is a performing and recording artist. Maguire, a mezzo-soprano, provides private voice and music theory lessons for students ages 14 and older.

Citizens to vote on Washougal council/manager issue

Washougal voters will decide during the Nov. 5 General Election whether they want to see a change in the city’s form of government. Last night, the Washougal City Council voted unanimously to put a proposition for adoption of the council/manager form of government on the ballot. The city currently has a strong mayor/council form. Incumbent Sean Guard will face Earl Scott for the mayoral position, in the November election.

Public input will help shape waterfront property

The Port of Camas-Washougal is seeking input from area residents as it plans to revitalize some of the former Hambleton Lumber Company site. The plan is to include a park and a trail at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal, that will connect to other area trails in the future.

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Camas teen qualifies for national tennis tournaments

A local student has a lot to look forward to, as he excels in tennis on a national level. Mark Vasat, 14, is competing this week in the National Clay Court Championship, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He qualified for it by winning all of his singles and doubles matches in his age category at a Junior USTA tennis tournament in Yakima. Vasat’s top placement at the Pacific NW USTA event also qualified him for the Zonal Team Championship July 24 through July 28, in Colorado Springs. “I enjoy competing at a national level,” he said Friday, from Florida. “I am physically and mentally challenged at each match, and I meet new friends from around the U.S.”

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Jim and Pam Clark are named to the Camas Days Royal Court

Jim and Pam Clark have been selected as Camas Days royalty this year. During a recent interview at their Washougal home, Jim said he was surprised and quite honored to be chosen. "So am I, very humbled," his wife Pam said. They are enjoying getting "ribbed" by friends about their new titles. "She is our royal highness, and I'm the lowness," Jim said. "We've given most of them permission to stay seated when we enter the room."

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Focus Designs opens office in downtown Camas

A Camas company is increasing its exposure on a regional, national and global level. Focus Designs Inc. owners Daniel Wood, David Martschinske and Rick Johannessen have opened an office in downtown Camas. "All the creative stuff happens here," Martschinske said. Research and development occurs in Camas, while manufacturing of the Self Balancing Unicycle happens in China. "Right now, the unicycle encompasses a majority of our efforts," Martschinske said. "We are, however, spending about 20 percent of our time expanding new ways to repackage this technology."