Washougal proposes ban on retail marijuana, collective gardens

The City of Washougal is proposing to prohibit medical marijuana collective gardens, as well as recreational marijuana producers, processors and retailers through Dec. 31, 2015. A public hearing will be held on those issues during the City Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.

Levy lid lifts will be on Washougal ballots Nov. 4

Washougal voters will be asked during this year’s General Election to approve two levy lift propositions. One would be similar to a lid lift that was in place from 2007 through 2012, for fire and emergency medical services. The other lid lift proposal would pay for an additional police officer and other public safety enhancements.

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Local buildings are among 'Top Projects'

The first building in the Steigerwald Commerce Center is on the list of “Top Projects” of Southwest Washington, named by the Vancouver Business Journal. The 21,600 square foot structure, at 4125 S. Lincoln St., Washougal, has housed Foods in Season — a distributor of seafood, caviar, specialty meats, mushrooms and truffles — since April. Team Construction, LLC, of Vancouver, was the general contractor for the $2.167 million project.

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In pursuit of bigger musical dreams

Liam Tully’s parents have told him he used to dance around on the fireplace mantle at the age of 3 or 4 with a plastic Mickey Mouse guitar and pretend to play “Johnny B. Goode.” Tully then got involved in theater, until he said playing the guitar started to consume his life.

Washougal releases survey results

A majority of individuals who responded to a survey would like to receive more communication from Washougal about what the city is doing. The four-page survey, conducted by ETC Institute, involved 411 participants, out of 1,200 people who were contacted by phone or mail. Survey recipients were randomly chosen, according to Chris Tatham, with ETC.

Aviation Career Day will include hot dogs and plane rides

Local aviation enthusiasts will be out in force this weekend, to educate and inspire future pilots and raise community awareness about Grove Field Airport. The Camas-Washougal Aviation Association annual steak feed will take place Saturday, at 6 p.m., at the airport, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.

Wine & Microbrew Street will include live music

Two local breweries, and a winery owned by Washougal residents, will feature some of their beverages at this year’s Wine & Microbrew Street. P Street Pale Ale, created by Mill City Brew Werks, in downtown Camas, and Damnesia IPA, made by Amnesia Brewing, in downtown Washougal, will be available to purchase, as part of the Camas Days festivities.

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CHS runner to attend ESPYS awards

CHS senior Alexa Efraimson will walk the ESPYS red carpet tonight.

Washougal mayor objects to retail marijuana applicant

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard is concerned the opening of a retail recreational marijuana business, operated by the owner of Mary Jane’s House of Glass, could cause an increase in service calls by police. In a letter to the Washington State Liquor Control Board license division, Guard said from August 2012 to June 3, this year, the Washougal Police Department had 23 calls for service at Mary Jane’s, 1825 “E” St.

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Living on a grand scale

A Washougal man estimates he has invested approximately 6,000 hours in creating a scale model railroad town in his home. Larry Kennedy said he has about 5,000 hours of work left, before the project is completed. “It is a work in progress,” he said.

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CWEDA website features property listings

The new Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association website includes listings of local buildings that are available to lease or purchase. The goal is to provide information to companies considering locating in the C-W area.

Camas council mulls purchase of LaCamas Swim & Sport

Several Camas City Council members are not ready to commit to the purchase of LaCamas Swim & Sport. During yesterday’s workshop, Lauren Livingston, president of The Sports Management Group, said the membership billing units originally reported by the club included the Silver Sneakers and Silver Fit program participants. The senior citizens are billed a per class fee, but they do not pay a membership fee.

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An environmentally friendly alternative

A homeowners association in Washougal implemented a unique method to clear an overgrown storm water retention area. Sixteen goats were rented July 1-3, for a flat rate of $600, to eat greenery near 39th and “P” streets, in the Krause Meadows neighborhood.

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Armed robbery suspect faces methamphetamine charge

Business is back to normal at the 7 Market in Camas, following an armed robbery Wednesday morning.

Washougal Planning Commission to discuss recreational marijuana issues

The Washougal Planning Commission will soon address the issues of potentially banning the retail sale, growing and processing of recreational marijuana within the city limits — with an expiration date. The city is working on an amendment to its development regulations. The amendment would state “no use that is illegal under local, state or federal law shall be allowed in any zone within the city.”

Port of C-W hosts Independence Day festivities

Events for all ages will be provided at Marina Park Friday. Children, ages 3 to 11, are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes for a patriotic-themed parade at 4 p.m., around the park, located by the Port of Camas-Washougal marina, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal.

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Acupuncturist heads west to downtown Camas

A licensed acupuncturist has relocated her practice from Washougal to Camas. Stephanie Meinhold owned Washougal Acupuncture & Herbs, LLC, in the Evergreen Marketplace at 3307 Evergreen Way, Ste. 603, before she moved to 405 N.E. Sixth Ave. “I moved my practice, due to much lower overhead in Camas and a lack of affordable professional space in Washougal,” she said.

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Improving the latter years of life

Maggie Lou Heltzel enjoys challenges, most any games and mingling with people. She is among the participants in beanbag baseball at Columbia Ridge Senior Living, in Washougal. Heltzel, 86, also enjoys playing bingo and exercise “sometimes.”

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Healthy at work

Georgia-Pacific is among the area’s companies that promote health and safety — in the workplace and beyond. The mill in downtown Camas provides an on site nurse and physical therapist, for employees. Fresh fruit can be found in the nurse’s office, and sometimes in the clock room.

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Constant companions

There are benefits for dogs and their owners to spend time running or walking. Justin Anderson, of Washougal, said his 4-month-old goldendoodle, Kirby behaves better with a walk.

Lacamas, iQ credit union consolidation is official July 1

Members of Lacamas Community Credit Union recently received letters in the mail, welcoming them to the iQ Credit Union ‘family.’ During a special meeting of the LCCU membership on June 12, members voted 79 percent in favor of approving consolidation plans between Lacamas and iQ.

Financial solutions are proposed in Washougal

The Washougal Finance Director has presented information about options that could offset a projected deficit of $322,000 in 2015. During the City Council workshop Monday, Jennifer Forsberg said the renewal of a levy lid lift would bring in $144,000, while a $10 vehicle tab fee would generate $107,000.

Applications are still being accepted for Washougal city council seat

The successor to Washougal City Councilwoman Caryn Plinski will be chosen in July. A special City Council meeting had been scheduled for Monday, at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St., to hold interviews of applicants and potentially appoint a new member, and the deadline to submit applications was going to 5 p.m., Wednesday.

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Westlie Ford sets up shop in Washougal

A local company, with a long history in the community, is transitioning from its historic roots to expansions, renovations and relocations of several departments. The Westlie Ford parts and service departments, as well as business administrative offices, have been moved from 314 N.E. Birch St., in downtown Camas, to the dealership’s sales location at 40 S. Marina Way, in Washougal.

Camas may buy LaCamas Swim & Sport

After several years of committees looking at options for constructing a community center in Camas, a potential site is available that would cost less and be available sooner. City leaders are looking into the possibility of purchasing LaCamas Swim & Sport.

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Diligently serving senior citizens

The kitchen coordinator for The Meals on Wheels People Camas-Washougal plans to continue being creative, singing, dancing and traveling, while making new friends after retirement. Alla Fleischer, 66, will retire after preparing lunch Friday, at the Camas Community Center.

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The Serendipity Shop sells clothing, eclectic items

Cori Lee’s business card contains a definition of serendipity — “the art of making happy discoveries.” She recently opened a new business in Washougal, The Serendipity Shop, which contains a wide array of goods.

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Firefighters initiate project for local man with ALS

A local woman who has spent her life helping people recently benefitted from the generosity of others. Charlie Dawson, of Washougal, is a volunteer battalion chief and a first responder with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. Her husband, Bob, was officially diagnosed with ALS — also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease’ — by a neurologist in October 2013.

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.

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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.”

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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.

Washougal eyes marijuana moratorium or ban

Washougal residents will have an opportunity to comment on a potential extension of a moratorium and/or a ban regarding the retail sale, processing and growing of recreational marijuana within the city limits. A public hearing will be held during the next regular City Council meeting Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 1701 “C” St. The council approved an emergency ordinance on Dec. 2, 2013, regarding the establishment of retail businesses that sell marijuana. It establishes a six-month moratorium prohibiting all uses allowed under state Initiative 502. That ordinance is set to expire June 2.

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Mill City Brew Werks receives Main Street award

A downtown Camas business has received statewide recognition for improving the economic condition of the area. Mill City Brew Werks, owned by Mark Zech and Walt LeDoux, is located at 339 N.E. Cedar St. The restaurant, pub and brewery received an Excellence on Main award from the Washington State Main Street Program.

Retail marijuana sites are selected by lottery

A man who is hoping to open a retail marijuana location in Camas did not have much to say Monday, regarding his top placement among applicants involved in a lottery. Marc Elkins, with Elkgard Enterprises of 3199 N.E. Lechner St., declined to comment about the Washington State Liquor Control Board lottery results due to Camas’ continued moratorium. On April 7, the Camas City Council voted to extend a zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of marijuana production, processing and retail sales facilities. A public hearing regarding the growing, harvesting and processing of marijuana in Camas will be held Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

Oaks area could be added to refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to include approximately 88 acres of rare Oregon white oak woodland and savanna forest habitats within the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Chiropractor joins Camas Family Health Center

A chiropractor who specializes in treating the aches and pains that come with athletic pursuits is the newest addition to the staff at Camas Family Health Center. Dr. Bryan Gehm focuses on sports fitness and injuries. “Golf, tennis, softball, baseball, swimming and running are all in full swing,” he said. “They are all activities that can bring on injury and discomfort.”

Washougal joins effort to participate in tax credit program

The Washougal City Council has narrowly approved an agreement that proponents hope will result in the addition of local jobs and economic development. The vote last night was 4 to 3, in favor of authorizing Mayor Sean Guard to sign a professional services agreement to retain consultant Pilot Management Resources LLC. It involves the expenditure of $21,875. Councilors Brent Boger, Caryn Plinski, Paul Greenlee and Connie Jo Freeman voted for it, while Joyce Lindsay, Jennifer McDaniel and Dave Shoemaker voted against the agreement.

Car prowler targets vehicles in Washougal

Police are looking for a car prowler who rummaged through several vehicles early April 22 in Washougal.

Trail advisory committee to be formed

A local historian will lead a group that will focus on the interpretive and educational features of the port waterfront trail project. Roger Daniels, of Washougal, recently referred to a suggestion made during a September 2013 open house regarding waterfront revitalization of the former Hambleton Lumber Company site.

Washougal postpones vote on tax credit program

Varying opinions regarding a New Markets Tax Credit program have led the Washougal City Council to defer additional discussions and a possible vote by two weeks. Councilors voted unanimously last night to table a decision regarding a professional services agreement with the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, the City of Camas and the Port of Camas-Washougal. It would include an expenditure of $21,875 from Washougal.

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Camas woman enjoys the creative process of photography

Marcie Dole shoots like a mom. She recently opened a photography studio in downtown Camas. Dole, a mother of three, takes portraits of high school seniors, bridal showers, golf tournaments, birthday and anniversary parties, as well as retirement and award ceremonies.

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Website promotes Washougal as a tourism destination

The owner and creative director of D. Studio 21, Inc., has created another website, intended to draw people to Washougal. Heather Jordan and her team collaborated with Lone Wolf Development in 2013, to promote the downtown area. The newest collaboration is a city of Washougal tourism website, that invites visitors to “Keep Discovering Washougal.” The site, www.visitwashougal.com, involved Jordan, her employees and marketing/communications consultant Rene Carroll.

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G-P mill navigates global, local issues

Global and domestic competition in the paper industry is among the changes and challenges faced by the Georgia-Pacific mill, in Camas. That is according to Joe Ertolacci, the vice president of manufacturing for the mill. There is increased global competition in the production of copy paper in China and South America and other communications papers and new domestic producers of tissues, paper towels and napkins in the commercial and consumer private label industry.

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Fun on Ice

A Washougal woman is among the participants in the fast-paced sport of hockey. Corinne Lorch, 26, plays for “Jabronis,” a co-ed team that includes her husband Neil. This is Corinne’s first season playing hockey. She and Neil started skating a few months ago, to get to the point that they could participate in a league at the beginners level, at Mountain View Ice Arena. Corinne enjoys that hockey is fast moving, competitive, physical and just “all around fun.”

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Vancouver Vision Clinic relocates within Camas

The staff of the Vancouver Vision Clinic in downtown Camas recently joked that they needed sunglasses when they moved from a basement level office to desks surrounded by windows. The ample amounts of natural light, on the street level, are at 329 N.E. Sixth Ave. The move from 405 N.E. Sixth Ave., occurred March 3. Dr. Raj Patel and Dr. Derek McTyier own the building and the practice. The new office has three exam rooms, compared to one at the former location. For more information about the Camas office, call 834-4802 or visit www.camas.vancouvervision.com.

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Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen

A woman who grew up riding horses on her family’s five-acre property and swimming with friends in the Washougal River is representing the Vancouver Rodeo this year.Amanda Knapp, 20, is the Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen for 2014. The rodeo will be held July 2-5, at the Clark County Saddle Club. The queen serves as a goodwill ambassador for the sport of professional rodeo, the Vancouver Rodeo and the Clark County Saddle Club. Knapp is the daughter of Brian and Janis. She has an older brother, William.

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Waterfront project aims to connect port with downtown Washougal

Six Portland State University graduate students are partnering with the city of Washougal and the Port of Camas-Washougal to create a plan for the waterfront. Project Manager Shannon Jamison and Engagement Coordinator Julia Metz spoke during the March 4 port commission meeting. The students, in the master of urban and regional planning program, are expected to have the waterfront vision plan completed by June 9. Tentatively, that will include an April 5 kickoff and a May 3 recognition event. “This is their thesis project for their graduate degree,” said Port Finance Director Kim Noah.

Washougal financial picture brightens

City of Washougal employees met this morning and received accolades for their involvement in positive financial news. During a 2013 fourth quarter and year-end update to City Council last night, Finance Director Jennifer Forsberg said the city had budgeted for an estimated $594,000 deficit in the general/street fund. The actual deficit was approximately $6,000. The difference was due to higher revenues and lower expenses, according to Forsberg.

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Therapeutic Associates adds Camas location

Camas is the newest location for a Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy practice. With more than 80 locations in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, Therapeutic Associates Inc., is a physical therapist-owned and operated partnership of clinics. Lindsy Palisca, director of the local clinic, specializes in running/footwear analysis, vestibular disorders, temporomandibular dysfunction and migraines. Other programs and services include ASTYM, athletic screens, injury prevention, orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation and performance training. Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy – Camas, 3180 N.E. Third Ave., is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 335-9033, email camaspt@taiweb.com or visit www.therapeuticassociates.com.

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Dream Team basketball camp to be held in Camas

A former college basketball player is coordinating a “Dream Team” camp for youth in Camas. Larry Jury, of Camas, played for George Fox University, in Newberg, Ore., and Big Bend Community College, in Moses Lake, Wash. He has also competed in the Cascade Pro-Am Summer Basketball League, in Portland, and he coached a boys basketball team in the Hillsboro, Ore., School District.