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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.

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Construction begins on Hills at Round Lake

The grand opening of two model homes was recently held at one of the largest planned residential developments to be built in Camas in recent years. Lennar Homes has begun construction on the first three phases of the Hills at Round Lake PRD, which includes 69 home sites. At complete build out, the development will include 333 lots on 89-acres. It is located off of Crown Road adjacent to Woodburn Elementary School — a $17.9 million facility that opened to students in September 2013.

Citizens voice opinions on marijuana issue

The Camas City Council heard comments from both sides of the marijuana issue on Monday. It was another step in the information gathering process as the group of elected leaders works toward making a decision about whether to allow marijuana retail sales, processing and production facilities within city limits. The city’s efforts are in response to Initiative-502, which was approved by voters in November 2012. It allows people 21 and older to possess and use recreational marijuana. A zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of sales, processing and production facilities in Camas is currently in place.

Exhausted but accomplished

Happy and accomplished, but rightfully exhausted faces were on display Saturday during the 11th annual Student Stride for Education at Washougal High School’s Fishback Stadium.

Camas considers LID to fund sewer infrastructure in NUGA

The City of Camas is currently considering its options to fund sewer system infrastructure in a large portion of the North Urban Growth Area — the expansive area north of Lacamas Lake that was adopted into the city’s urban growth boundary in 2007. During the May 5 City Council meeting, Public Works Director Eric Levison provided information about the option of forming a local improvement district to bring in an estimated $24 million that would cover the costs associated with planning, designing and constructing an extensive gravity sewer system. The LID could encompass approximately 1,600 acres. The infrastructure would start in the Green Mountain area and provide gravity conveyance through a series of forced mains and pump stations to Crown Road.

Marijuana public hearing is May 19 in Camas

Should Camas get into the marijuana business? That is the question Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and the Camas City Council are hoping to hear the public’s response to during a hearing scheduled for Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave. Community input is being solicited regarding whether to allow marijuana retail sales, processing, manufacturing and growing facilities within city limits.

Highlighting the community’s senior citizens

Senior citizens in the local community are active and vital. Today, people in their 50s, 60s and beyond often are not slowing down, but instead taking on new opportunities to learn, explore and grow. In the Camas-Washougal community, our senior citizens are running marathons, actively volunteering, opening new businesses, caring for their grandchildren, and making efforts to be lifelong learners.

Winlock man killed in three-truck collision near Washougal

State troopers are investigating a three-vehicle crash that killed a Winlock man Friday morning on state Highway 14 near the Clark-Skamania county line.

Simple act has profound impact

Camas past and present came together on Saturday for the “Spring Into History” event in downtown. At the heart of the celebration was a true example of multiple generations working toward one common goal.

Legislative session, Bi-State Bridge Coalition will be discussed at Pike town hall

Following the completion of her second legislative session as an 18th District representative, Liz Pike has planned two public meetings in Camas. An open house reception will be held Friday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., in her recently opened downtown Camas office, 307 N.E. Birch St., Ste. 203. In addition, a town hall event will be held Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Camas Police Department community room, 2100 N.E. Third Ave. Pike, along with Sen. Ann Rivers, will provide an update on the 2014 legislative session.

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A new chapter for downtown’s bronze statue

Recent efforts to replace a bronze statue’s stolen book were inspired by a Camas fifth-grader who was concerned that the little girl looked lonely. In turn, the bronze statue inspired the 9-year-old’s imagination and creativity as the subject of her very own short story, featuring dragons, thieves, beasts and magic spells.

Camas, Port support hiring consultants for tax credit program

The City of Camas and Port of Camas-Washougal have both recently committed financial support for laying the groundwork to take part in the federal New Markets Tax Credit Program. The final piece of the puzzle is now in the Washougal City Council’s hands. On April 15, Port commissioners voted 3-0 and on Monday the Camas City Council voted 6-0 to enter into a professional services agreement with the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. The document outlines the process and financial commitment for working with consultants to establish a Community Development Entity, a move that is necessary to take part in the New Markets Tax Credit Program, which could support local economic development projects.