Electrical failure blamed for Grove Field fire

Investigators have determined that an electrical equipment failure started a fire that caused nearly $1 million in damage to hangar bays at Grove Field in Camas.

Proposed ECFR budget eliminates three firefighter positions

On the eve of the onset of discussions about East County Fire and Rescue’s 2015 proposed budget, which includes the possibility of firefighter layoffs, one of the district’s longtime commissioners turned in his resignation.

Vote 'yes' on home rule charter

For some time now, it’s been quite clear that a change is needed in Clark County government. An opportunity has been presented to the public to do so, and it’s time for voters to seize it.

Happy Halloween fun in Camas-Washougal

Ghosts, goblins and goodies. With Halloween fast approaching, many special events and activities for kids are happening throughout the month.

Home rule charter draws support, criticism

Supporters of the Clark County home rule charter say it will create a more efficient form of government and strengthen citizen representation. Opponents suggest it will do quite the opposite. Voters will have the opportunity to decide for themselves during the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election. The charter proposition requires a simple majority approval to pass.

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Camas City Hall will get a fresh coat of paint

Camas City Hall is going to get spruced up, and the work will begin this week.

Fire destroys hangar bays, planes at Grove Field

A fire at Grove Field airport destroyed 10 hangar bays and a handful of planes last night.

Camas mayor, city council will get raises

A citizen committee has decided to boost the salaries paid to the Camas mayor and city councilors.

Family continues to search for missing Portland man

A Portland man with significant medical issues has not been seen after being reported missing one month ago in Skamania County.

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Making joyful noise

The melodies of compositions written by Mozart, Gluck, Grieg and Beethoven can sometimes be heard dancing among the eaves of the sanctuary inside Camas United Methodist Church, then gently tiptoeing out toward the surrounding Crown Park neighborhood — tempting the ears of those who happen to be strolling past.

Forums will focus on charter, candidates

Organizers of a handful of upcoming forums and informational sessions hope the events will help to educate voters about many of the issues and candidates that will be part of the Nov. 4 general election.

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Woman in wheelchair falls over embankment at Heritage Trail

A woman suffered minor injuries today when her wheelchair toppled off of the Heritage Trail and onto the lake bed of Lacamas Lake.

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Family escapes house fire in Washougal

Officials believe a fire that occurred in Washougal on Saturday was caused by a discarded cigarette.

Police search for hit and run suspects

A Fern Prairie man says he is thankful he and his granddaughters are alive after they were recently involved in a hit-and-run accident.

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Brown’s Funeral Home welcomes new employee

Ever since she was a child, Gretel Bohn says she has had a strong desire to have a positive influence on the world.

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Family escapes house fire in Washougal

Officials believe a fire that occurred in Washougal on Saturday was caused by a discarded cigarette. According to Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart, a family of five, including three adults and two children, had all been sleeping when the fire initially broke out at 2257 N. “O” St.

Portland man last seen in Skamania

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help find a Portland man who was reported missing Sunday evening.

Lake levels to decrease this week

Camas residents will soon notice water levels at Lacamas Lake becoming increasingly lower.

Concert to benefit charities

All proceeds from an upcoming country music concert in Vancouver will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Shared Hope International.

ECFR voters will decide on EMS levy

On the Nov. 4 General Election ballot, East County Fire and Rescue will be asking its voters to approve the renewal of a levy that supports emergency medical services.

ECFR could face tough budget cuts

East County Fire and Rescue Commissioners will soon be contemplating some difficult decisions as they begin the district’s 2015 budget discussions.

Asphalt repair work begins Aug. 25

On Monday, Aug. 25, the City of Camas will begin five days of asphalt repairs on Northwest 18th Avenue, from Northwest Division to the top of Northwest Fargo Loop.

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Miles of trials

Blue skies and bright green, expansive fields of grass provided the backdrop for this year’s Lacamas Valley Sheepdog Trial.

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Sheep dog trials return to Camas

A decade ago Lynn Johnston brought home border collie puppy Anna, and his life hasn’t been the same since.

Briggs, Vick move on to general election

Approximately 28 percent of Clark County voters turned in ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election.

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Two people rescued near Naked Falls

Two people were rescued in separate incidents that occurred in the Naked Falls area of the Washougal River on Saturday.

Aug. 5 Primary Election Results

Following the release of the first round of election results tonight, Washougal resident Mike Briggs has a secure lead in the Primary Election race for 18th District state representative.

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Mayor declares ‘Alexa Efraimson Appreciation Day’

On Monday, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins declared that Friday, Aug. 8, will be “Alexa Efraimson Appreciation Day.”

Pianist will perform concert on Sunday in Washougal

A recent Marylhurst University graduate will perform a piano concert in Washougal on Sunday. Ian Guthrie, the pianist at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal for the past two years, will put on a short piano concert at the church, located at G Street and Washougal River Road, at 12:45 p.m.

Road work will begin in Camas next week

Beginning Monday, July 28, crews will begin asphalt repair work at several locations around Camas. Northwest Lake Road from Northwest Everett Street to Northwest Sierra will undergo base repairs, a full width grind of the existing surface, and will then be capped with an asphalt lift.

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The end of the road

Cal Hittle hauled his first garbage can when he was just 5 years old. To make ends meet, Hittle’s father had to work a variety of jobs — wildcatter in the oil fields, ranch hand and logger, to name a few. Wherever there was work, that is where the family went. All told, they lived in seven different states, and the children attended 13 different schools.

Camas approves $10.5 million bond ordinance

The Camas City Council on July 21 approved an ordinance that could provide up to $10.5 million in limited tax general obligation bonds to fund several different projects.

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Dougan Falls rescue

A Washougal man was rescued by emergency crews last night after his legs became trapped under some rocks at Dougan Falls. According to a press release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, just after 8 p.m., deputies responded to a 911 call reporting that a man was stuck in the water.

Five applicants will vie for Washougal City Council seat

Five people will be interviewed on Monday in an effort to fill the vacancy that exists on the Washougal City Council.

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Missing Camas teen found

Angelic “Anji” Tracy Dean, missing from her home in Camas since June 23, was found July 9. According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Dean Wednesday afternoon at Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Ore., approximately 18 miles from her home in Camas.

Camas makes ‘Best Town’ list

Family Circle magazine announced today that Camas has been named to its annual list of “10 Best Towns for Families.” The magazine, which “celebrates the health and well-being of family,” revealed in a press release the results of its eighth annual survey to identify towns that offer “stellar schools, affordable housing and a giving spirit.”

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Police believe missing Camas teen may be in danger

They are words no mother expects to read when she picks up her daughter’s journal. “If you’re reading this, I am either missing or dead.” But those are among the unsettling statements written recently by teenager Angelic “Anji” Tracy Dean.

Downtown Camas car show scheduled for Saturday

Planning is underway for the popular annual Camas Car Show on Saturday, July 5. The event will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m., on the streets of historic downtown. Free to spectators, it will include live music, balloon art, kids’ activities, raffles, and extended shopping hours at local businesses.

C-W libraries close for Independence Day holiday

Local libraries will be closed for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. The Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., will be closed Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5. The library will open again on Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m.

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Uniting for Prevention

To “unite” is defined as joining, combining or incorporating to form a single unit. There is a reason this descriptive term is included in the name of the organization that is made up of a diverse group of members who work together to “support youth, encourage families, enrich community and guide healthy choices.”

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‘Glamming it up’ for a good cause

With 1970s pop song “You Sexy Thing,” playing in the background, nine grown men wearing full make-up and dressed in satin, lace, high heels and pearls strutted down the runway, past the crowd of cheering supporters. It’s certainly not something you see everyday in Washougal.

Emergency crews prepare for fireworks season

The Fourth of July is a holiday when many people enjoy celebrating with fun activities, food and, of course, fireworks. The rules and regulations governing the sale and use of fireworks vary significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction — what is legal in one city is not necessarily legal in another.

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Power is back on in Camas-Washougal

The power is now back on following an outage that impacted thousands in Camas and Washougal on Monday. At approximately 4:48 p.m., power was knocked out to an estimated 14,325 customers in Camas-Washougal, according to Clark Public Utilities. A feed located between Bonneville Power Administration and Clark Public Utilities was lost.

Police respond to bomb threat at Grass Valley Elementary School

Students at Grass Valley Elementary School in Camas are back in class this afternoon following a bomb threat this morning.

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USPS takes Camas post office off the market

After being on the market for more than four years, it looks like the Camas post office will not be sold after all. Peter Haas, of the United States Postal Service’s corporate communications department, said in a recent email that the building is no longer for sale. “The Camas Post Office facility has been pulled off the market,” he said. “Retail operations will continue to be offered to customers at the current location. We have no further details to share at this time.”

Outdoor school memories to treasure

Decades ago, when many of us were just kids, making the annual outdoor school trip as a sixth-grader was a rite of passage. In what was often the first time away from home, we cooked hamburgers on homemade Bunsen burners, slept in sleeping bags in old “rustic” cabins, ate meals together, shared chores to keep the camp running smoothly, sang songs and maybe most importantly learned about nature and interacted with each other in new and different ways.

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A hidden treasure

Vern and Faye Schanilec describe the Washougal River Greenway Trail as one of the “hidden treasures of Camas.” The Schanilecs walk the trail often, and Vern provided assistance with an Eagle Scout project that resulted in the planting of 12 red leaf maple trees along one portion of the walkway.

Freeholders send proposed charter to voters

Clark County voters will cast their ballots this November on a charter document that has been crafted and approved by a majority of the Board of Freeholders. On May 27, the Freeholders voted 11-3 to approve the proposed charter. Voting against the document were Peter Silliman, Tracy S. Wilson and Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas). Rep. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) was absent from the meeting due to a family emergency.

Talent, drive, ambition

If you haven’t seen Camas High School junior Alexa Efraimson’s race that captured a state title and set a national high school record, you’re missing out. It’s nothing short of incredible. The teen running sensation owned that race from start to finish. Determination was written all over her face and evidenced in her consistent, powerful stride that never once wavered. It took her 4 minutes, 33.29 seconds to run 1,600 meters (four laps) around the track.

County commissioners will hear from the public on surface mining overlay map

On Tuesday, June 3, the Clark County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed surface mining overlay map. It is a document that received impassioned feedback from Livingston Mountain residents, when it was discussed by the County Planning Commission in late 2013. The proposed surface mining overlay map is part of an update being conducted for Clark County’s mineral resource lands regulations. Counties planning under the Growth Management Act are required to identify, designate and protect mineral resource lands that are not already characterized by urban growth and that have long-term significance for the extraction of minerals.