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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Students at Grass Valley Elementary School in Camas are back in class this afternoon following a bomb threat this morning.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There certainly seems to be something special about growing up in and graduating from high school in a small town like Washougal. It’s a community with many familiar faces, as some would say “everybody knows everybody.” That includes students, teachers and administrators. And from the athletics boosters to the PTA, many parents are also actively engaged in school activities, in and out of the classroom.
1950s cinema and fashion icon Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” For many women, shoes are not simply worn to protect feet from the elements, but as unique expressions of style, mood and personality. With this in mind, a new boutique in downtown Camas will soon offer footwear for women and men in a variety of styles, colors and sizes, with a special focus on customer service and attention to detail.
Kelly Slauson’s optimistic nature is contagious. Within a few minutes of meeting her, it’s very plain to see that this 20-year-old college student is most definitely a “glass is half full,” kind of gal.
A federal tax credits program has the potential to have a number of positive impacts on local economic development, by setting the stage for new private sector investment and the creation of new jobs to Camas and Washougal. Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association Executive Director Paul Dennis recently proposed to Camas and Washougal city councils and the Port of C-W Commission the idea of taking part in the U.S. Treasury’s New Markets Tax Credit Program.
The Camas City Council voted last night to extend a zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of marijuana production, processing and retail sales facilities. The moratorium gives city staff time to “review and determine the local implications of the state rules, and to assess impacts and potential liabilities under federal law, and to determine an appropriate regulatory framework under those laws.” The moratorium is an extension of the one put into place in November 2013.
For the past several months, Camas-Washougal Post-Record staff members have been working diligently behind-the-scenes to update and redesign the newspaper’s website. The results of those efforts were finally unveiled yesterday, and the new website launched to the public. The website has an updated look and feel, and there are a number of new features that will allow visitors to find the information they are looking for faster and easier than before.
A little girl whose book was stolen years ago will soon have a replacement in her hands. This “little girl” is actually the well-known bronze statue that sits on one of the benches that surround the fountain located at Northeast Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street in downtown Camas. When it was first installed in June 2002, the girl was holding a book, also made of bronze. Just a few weeks later, the book was damaged and then repaired. It was later stolen again and never replaced. That is, until now.
The Clark County Board of Freeholders will meet in Camas, to discuss the drafting of a home rule charter. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, at the new Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center, is open to the public, and will include an extended public comment period, at the beginning and end.
A former Camas-Washougal area resident is the Clark County Democrats’ top choice for appointment to the Clark County Commission seat being vacated by Steve Stuart. On Friday during a meeting of the Democratic Central Committee, Craig Pridemore received the most votes, followed by Kelly Love Parker, Vancouver Chamber of Commerce executive director and retired labor leader Ed Barnes. According to Washington state law, the central committee of the party held by the resigning county official submits a list of three names in order of preference to the remaining county commissioners — Tom Mielke and David Madore — who have 60 days to select a replacement from the list. Stuart is a Democrat. If an appointment is not made during that time, Gov. Jay Inslee makes the appointment.
While in some parts of Camas modern homes, industrial buildings, and newly built businesses are the norm, with a little imagination stepping into downtown Camas can be like taking a little step back in time. In the shadow of the Camas paper mill, tree lined, two-lane streets are home to small, quaint shops. It’s a cozy, comfortable place, where there’s an easy camaraderie among business owners, employees and visitors.
Camas has a history mystery on its hands. In 2013, a Georgia-Pacific paper mill engineer was cleaning out his desk in preparation to move to a new office, when he reached his hand deep into a drawer and accidently discovered what appeared to be a small black book. Printed on its spine in gold colored lettering was “Kodak negative album,” and inside were approximately 100, 3 by 4 inch negatives along with a log detailing the month and day the photos were taken.
The Camas-Washougal Post-Record recently chronicled the story of Camas sisters Kimberly Abell and Jennifer Chilton, two incredible women who lived through brutal childhoods to become strong wives, mothers, individuals and citizens. After years of abuse at the hands of their father, they testified against him and he was put in prison. After being released early, he attempted to contact them. Disturbed that this was not against the law, Abell and Chilton worked to change the laws first in California and recently here in Washington.
A potential new endeavor involving the cities of Camas and Washougal, and the Port of Camas-Washougal could provide the seed money to take part in a federal tax credit program aimed at supporting local economic development projects. Consultant Don Mazziotti and Stephen Brooks, principal with Portland-based Pilot Management Resources, Inc., recently presented information on the New Markets Tax Credit Program to both city councils, and the port commission.
During the past few months, Northwest Sixth Avenue in Camas has become an obstacle course of potholes. Rain, snow and ice this winter wreaked havoc on the road, which serves as a main arterial funneling traffic east and west between Highway 14 and downtown Camas. Potholes of all shapes and sizes formed when water seeped into cracks and froze, acting as a wedge and breaking the pavement apart. Last night, the Camas City Council approved a $66,400 contract with low bidder Granite Construction of Vancouver to perform what Public Works Director Eric Levison describes as “grind and patch repair” work. It will fix 91 potholes equalling 14,000 square feet, located between Adams and Norwood streets.
There is no doubt that women have made some incredible strides during the past century. Once denied the right to vote, own property, attend school or hold jobs in certain professions, all of these opportunities are now open to both men and women without discrimination. And they now represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what women can and do achieve through hard work and determination.
The Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center is now open. A dedication ceremony is planned for Tuesday, March 25. The event, emceed by Camas Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Brent Erickson, will begin at 4 p.m. Speakers will include Mayor Scott Higgins, Camas City Councilman Tim Hazen and Friends of the Camas Community Center President Nan Henriksen. Contractor JWC Construction began work on the new facility in July. The 5,000 square foot building offers a main banquet hall that seats 150 people and overlooks the lake. There are two conference rooms, a large covered patio and a warming kitchen.
During the past 80 years, Jacquie Svidran has transformed herself into a menagerie of unique and memorable characters. On stage she has played roles ranging from a jovial Catholic nun to a Jewish matchmaker to Queen Victoria. Television audiences in Alaska knew her as “Mother Moose,” a role that required her to wear a 75-pound puppet head. “I had a brake cable inside that I pulled to make the eyes roll, and these bosoms were as big as basketballs,” she said, describing the costume. “I could only wear it about 15 minutes, then I’d have to take it off and rest.”
The Camas City Council is interested in knowing exactly what citizens think about Initiative-502 and how its implementation should — or shouldn’t — impact the local community. During last night’s Camas City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Higgins said he would like more information, so that he can gauge whether the community has a strong feeling about the issue one way or another. “I don’t believe we’ve heard from a lot of our community yet,” he said. “I personally haven’t received much feedback at all as far as what course of action the community should take on that, and I think I’d really love it if we invited it.”
Dianne and Darin Van Dyken are lucky to be alive. As profiled in an article in today’s Post-Record, before the two met in 2012, they had both had serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. The destructive paths they chose to take in their lives led to very dark places. Darin ended up in what he describes as “the ghetto,” essentially homeless and dealing drugs to survive, while Dianne had attempted suicide and was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants — her blood alcohol level pushed to a point that could have been deadly. Both had several unsuccessful attempts to get clean.
On Saturday, my Mt. Norway kitchen was overflowing with the aromas of delicious, savory delights — pork marinated in ginger and a thick, sweet soy sauce, then cooked for nearly two hours on a low heat with Asian chile powder to create a unique stew. Mint, onion, ginger and garlic later joined the flavor palate to create a potato salad tossed with gently seasoned oil. On Sunday, sweeter scents prevailed as a mixture of fresh pineapple, sugar, cinnamon and clove simmered on top of the stove in my favorite bright red dutch oven. The result was a ridiculously sweet, syrupy jam that I later spooned into a hot cup of English breakfast tea, and spread on top of a slice of crusty bread.
Knowledge, understanding and compassion are power. This concept can be applied to many facets of life, but particularly when it comes to those aspects that make us different from one another.
As children, sisters Jennifer and Kimberly never felt safe. Never. At a time when most youngsters are being loved, protected, cared for and nurtured, their reality instead was a home filled with abuse, mistreatment and secrets. While growing up in California, from the time they were toddlers to into their teen years, Kim Abell and Jennifer Chilton suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their father, a former police officer, private detective and Marine.
Speed and impairment are being listed as factors in a multi-vehicle collision Feb. 13 on Pacific Rim Boulevard in Camas. According to a news release from the Camas Police Department, Andrew S. Colburn, 43, of Camas, was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS eastbound at a high rate of speed on Pacific Rim, at approximately 8:35 p.m., when he collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano driven by Cheri M. Thomas, 45, of Camas.