Stories by Dawn
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.
Papa's Ice Cream is open through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 835-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, call 514-1010 or visit www.swplasticsurg.com/dr-allen-gabriel.
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.
For more information, call 834-7424, email email@example.com or visit www.vegagym.com.
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.
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 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).
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."
Two halls in Clark College were recently overrun by men, women and children dressed in red and green T-shirts.
Some of the colorfully-clothed individuals also wore Santa hats, and they talked about coal -- not as lumps found in Christmas stockings -- but in trains that could travel through Camas and Washougal, among other cities.
Pacific International Terminals is proposing to build and operate the Gateway Pacific Terminal between Ferndale and Blaine. The terminal would provide storage and handling of coal, grain, iron ore, salts and alumina.
Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are conducting the environmental impact statements process for the proposed terminal project.
Approximately 850 people attended a scoping meeting at Clark, and more than 150 of them were selected in drawings to each have two minutes to speak in front of the crowds holding signs expressing sentiments against coal or for jobs.
After they are transcribed, comments submitted at the Clark College hearing will be available online at www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov/. Additional comments, due by Jan. 21, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Winter is among the local individuals who receive food and information at the East County Family Resource Center.
Winter, a Washougal resident for 25 years, is a general contractor and ironworker on disability. He recently visited the resource center, located at 1702 "C" St., in downtown Washougal, to ask about receiving a Christmas food box.
Winter, 61, picked up a loaf of bread at the center, leaving one loaf behind on the almost-bare shelves.
A traffic stop involving an off-duty Vancouver police detective for one traffic violation in Washougal escalated into situations that resulted in additional charges.
According to a press release issued by the Washougal Police Department, Det. Jeremy Free was driving a vehicle that slowed and then rolled through the stop sign at 49th and P streets on Nov. 24, at approximately 11:04 p.m.
After WPD Cpl. Troy Martin activated his overhead lights, Free pulled to the side of the road and stopped, then lurched as if he had fumbled with the brakes, according to WPD Cmdr. Allen Cook.
Washougal police arrested off-duty Vancouver police detective Jeremy Free after a standoff that occurred three days after Free was stopped for rolling a vehicle through a stop sign. Free was armed during the standoff.
The Port of Camas-Washougal was honored by the Washington Public Ports Association during the association's annual meeting in Seattle. The "Port of the Year" award was voted on by the WPPA board.
A Camas company is receiving national TV exposure this week.
Randy Harper, inventor of tsunami and tornado survival pods, is in New York City to promote the emergency shelters on the Today Show. A segment on the pods was scheduled to air this morning.Harper and Neil Jackson, global account and sales manager of Rescue-Pod, received a call Nov. 20 from someone involved in the production of Today. A Tsunami Survival Pod was shipped the following morning to the set of the show.
A local businessman tries to live a life of selfless service, as promoted in the yoga philosophy and St. Francis of Assisi.
Paul Cheek, owner and director of Rushing Water Yoga, of Camas, said yoga is about the development of character as human beings -- from a selfish state to selfless.
"It is idealistic," he said. If we lived our life for other people, the world would be a better place. I'm not giving up on that potential."
Cheek's involvement in the community has included teaching a yoga class on Thanksgiving Day. This year, seven people attended and two additional individuals donated without attending.
In all, the eighth annual event raised $200 for YWCA programs for women and children.
Several issues regarding the 2013 proposed budget for the City of Washougal received attention from proponents and opponents on the City Council.
Councilman Dave Shoemaker said during the council workshop last night he is not in favor of a $500,000 property acquisition fund. It is an idea put forth by Mayor Sean Guard to use reserves for the purchase of properties in the downtown core. The properties would be developed as parks or public parking.
The owners of Universal Mixed Martial Arts have been recognized for transforming a building in downtown Camas.
Mel and Cherri Locke received the “Best Downtown Improvement” interior and exterior honors during the Downtown Camas Association annual awards ceremony Wednesday night, at Journey Community Church.
The recognition is the result of the Lockes purchasing and renovating the 4,900 square foot building at 217 N.E. Fourth Ave. Interior improvements included framing bathrooms, installing sheet rock and replacing the ceiling, roof and flooring. New paint was added — inside and out. Five skylights remained, and two more were added.
For more information about the DCA, contact Program Coordinator Brenda Schallberger at 216-7378 or email@example.com or visit www.downtowncamas.com.
A local man enjoys playing music in his “man cave” (three-car garage), and he has the support of his neighbors.
Louis Pain, a Washougal organist and keyboard player, recalls his first rehearsal in the garage with other members of Soul Vaccination in late June 2011. The band was rehearsing for the Waterfront Blues Festival with Bruce Conte, a guitarist with Tower of Power.
“I was concerned about how our new neighbors would react to the noise,” Pain said. “I gave the president of the homeowner’s association a heads up, but still throughout the rehearsal, I was braced for the sound of police knocking on the door. The next day, our neighbors told us that they had indeed had an issue with the volume. Namely, they’d wanted us to open the ‘man cave’ doors and windows so they could hear better.”
For more information about upcoming performances, as well as private lessons and organ clinics and rentals, visit www.louispain.com.
In an effort to reduce the sounds of dogs barking and a nearby air horn activating, City of Washougal employees have installed an acoustic screen around part of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society dog shelter.
The cost of the Acoustifence screen, $3,500 plus delivery and tax, was paid from the city's animal control budget for building maintenance and the building capital facilities fund, according to City Administrator David Scott. The installation of the screen occurred Thursday and Friday.
Washougal Police Chief Ron Mitchell said Thursday the city was working on reducing the noise levels coming from the kennel. By that time, someone from the shelter's neighbor, Northwest Underwater Construction LLC, had told Mitchell they would remove the air horn.
The Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioners plan to spend $6.07 million in reserves, to purchase 13.25 acres in shoreline property at the former Hambleton Lumber Company site.
During their Nov. 6 meeting, the commissioners unanimously authorized Port Executive Director David Ripp to execute a purchase and sale agreement with Killian Pacific, LLC.
A portion of the land purchase at 335 S. "A" St., Washougal, includes the waterfront area to create a public trail.
"This parcel will enable the port to directly connect our existing land to the east and provide a way for the community to enjoy amenities along the length of the port-owned waterfront," Ripp said.
The Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioners voted 3 to 0 Tuesday night, to purchase 13.25 acres of the former Hambleton Lumber Company site. The intention is to create a waterfront trail, while Killian Pacific plans to collaborate with the port regarding development options on the remaining land of the same size.
A local woman has developed a space for crafters, scrappers and sewers to work on their creations for a day or two at a time.Anna Davis, of Washougal, spent Sunday with her sister Linda Hinsvark, of Scappoose, Ore., and other friends at “Sew Desperate” — a place with no guys, kids or TVs.
Davis rents the space at 1324 "E" St., Washougal, and provides tables and chairs for crafters to complete their various projects on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cost to craft there is $15 per person, per day.
In the past, the women worked on their craft projects once a month at various rented locations throughout the year.
"All the ladies here have been together for five years," said Barbara York, of Washougal. "I love it. It's a place I can spread out. At home, I'm bothered by the phone and laundry. Here, it's truly very relaxing. It's hard to spread out this much in your own living room."
For more information about Sew Desperate or to register for the LEGO event, contact Davis at 835-7030 or AnnaDavis59@hotmail.com.
The mayor of Washougal is hoping City Council members will see the value of several ideas in the 2013 proposed budget.
Sean Guard said during the Oct. 22 council workshop he would like to "kick start" commercial development activity by introducing a "fee holiday" for 2013. It would eliminate most of the fees for commercial and mixed use development.
Traffic impact fees and utility system development charges would remain.
"The goal of the 'fee holiday' is to incentify development to get started sooner, to add to our property tax base and increase sales tax revenue," Guard said. "Preliminary program parameters would require construction to be started in 2013 and completed by the end of 2014."
A former Camas resident and his wife recently received national exposure on the NBC singing competition, “The Voice.”
Fans of Shawn Lewis, 35, and Natasha Neuschwander, 29, saw them leave the show after their coach, Christina Aguilera, chose a solo artist instead to move forward in the process.
Lewis said it was challenging to find and agree on the arrangement for the battle round.
"Trying to divide that to feature each vocalist and us as a duo, it was a laborious process," he said.
For more information, visit www.beatfrequency.net.
Washougal Sport & Spine Physical Therapy has opened a second location at LaCamas Swim & Sport.
The expansion to Camas provides exercise and cardiovascular equipment and a private treatment area for modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and manual therapy techniques.
Treatment is provided for conditions such as muscle and joint injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, work injuries, auto accidents and spinal pain. In addition to standard physical therapy treatments, aquatic therapy in the pool is available.
An Irish-born chef plans to prepare local, fresh and creative dishes in downtown Camas.
Tim McCusker, owner of the Rustic Palate (a catering company), will open Harvest restaurant, next to the Camas Hotel, at 401 N.E. Fourth Ave., within the next two months.
"We've always been very fond of main street," he said. "It is picturesque. Everyone has been very warm.
"Even when you pass a stranger, someone gives you a smile," McCusker added.
The owners of Washougal Brewing Co. LLC plan to open a brewpub in downtown Camas by June 2013.
A Washougal couple has lovingly transformed a property that once housed racehorses into a farm that grows a variety of vegetables and other produce.
Roy and Jo Grace Buck purchased 7.5 acres 14 years ago. With one-half acre currently under cultivation, they hope to eventually increase that to around four acres.
The Bucks started to farm locally last year, by growing radishes, carrots, potatoes and squash.
They also grew seven kinds of lettuce, three types of chard and two types of cabbage.
"It was such a great learning experience," Jo Grace said.
Representatives of a Camas company will be among the presenters on the ABC program “Shark Tank.”
The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge remains closed to the public, primarily because the boardwalk entrance is heavily damaged.
The Oct. 5 grass and brush fire damaged 148 acres at the refuge.
Refuge Manager Jim Clapp is applying for $100,000 for burn area restoration from the Department of the Interior. It could take four to six weeks to find out if the funding is approved.
The boardwalk will need to be replaced before the refuge can be reopened.
“I don’t know how long it will take to replace it,” Clapp said by phone Monday. “We’ll do our best to get the refuge reopened soon.”
For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Clapp at 835-8767, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.refugestewards.org.
Former WFD Chief Basil "Booj" Taylor died Wednesday. His career included working for the WFD and the Camas Fire Department.
Opinions vary among local leaders, regarding the potential sales tax increase to pay for a light rail extension from Portland to Vancouver.
C-TRAN Proposition No. 1, to be voted on in the November 6 General Election, would also pay the operations and maintenance costs of the Fourth Plain Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit project between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall.
If approved, it would increase the sales and use tax by 0.1 percent, or one penny on a $10 purchase. The measure would raise an estimated $4.6 million annually, to fund the operations and maintenance cost for C-TRAN's share of light rail transit through downtown Vancouver.
After those projects are completed, $1.2 million estimated annual savings from eliminating duplicated bus service would be reinvested in the system.
The light rail extension would be located between the Portland Expo Center and Clark Park & Ride (across the street from the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.). Light rail trains would travel on the I-5 replacement bridge (Columbia River Crossing).
The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public until further notice, after a brush and grass fire consumed approximately 140 acres near Washougal.
The cause of the fire on Friday is under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources. Camas-Washougal Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Miller said it appears the fire started on the shoulder of state Route 14, which likely points to the careless discarding of a burning or smoldering object by a passing vehicle.
Firefighters from several departments responded Friday to flames at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. A discarded cigarette butt was the cause of the fire.
Representatives from Pendleton Woolen Mills, in Washougal, and the State Department of Labor & Industries have agreed to settle an appeal regarding citations of workplace violations.
The settlement states the Sept. 13 agreement is entered into for the "purpose of expediting the abatement of workplace hazardous exposures and precluding protracted and expensive litigation." The total assessed penalty has been reduced from $93,300 to $46,650.
This summer, the State Department of L & I notified Pendleton officials about 21 violations in several categories. An inspection was opened on Dec. 19, 2011.
A Camas woman is preparing to show a collection of fine art prints that celebrates the connections between girls and horses.
The exhibit, featuring art by Lara Blair, will begin with a First Friday reception, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Elida Field gallery, 421 N.E. Cedar St., in downtown Camas. Live music will be provided by Robin Smith-Jackson, of Terre Bonne, Ore., and Blair will be available to talk about horses.