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August 17, 2010

‘E’ Street waterline contract approved

A professional services agreement for additional general engineering services associated with the "E" Street waterline replacement project has been approved by the Washougal City Council. The unanimous vote last night was for a $20,124 agreement with Wallis Engineering, of Vancouver. The PSA includes engineering design and report preparation regarding the addition of a full waterline replacement within the entire "E" Street improvement projects corridor.

August 17, 2010

Local golfers excel in North Carolina

It has been a great summer for two local golfers - particularly with a recent trip to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Brian Humphreys, of Washougal, placed second out of 152 golfers in the boys age 12 division. "It was really great," he said. "It was the biggest tournament of the year. My goal was to finish in the top 10. This was way beyond my goal." Humphreys shot a 71, 69 and 68 at Pinehurst Resort. It was his fourth time participating in that tournament.

August 11, 2010

C-W fire consolidation talks continue

The Camas and Washougal City Councils could soon be deciding whether to hire a consultant to assist in a consolidation process involving fire departments from both cities. Washougal Fire Chief Ron Schumacher said if the Camas council decides to proceed forward and approves the cost of a consultant, the cities will seek requests for proposals.

August 10, 2010
Cissy Sanders and Terry Daenzer, of Ryderwood, enjoy a brownie treat, strawberry milkshake and orange float with their grandsons Nate and Bryce Anderson, of Hockinson, on the patio overlooking Lacamas Lake, at Lakeside Chalet restaurant, in Camas. Restaurant owners Nick and Paula Stanley plan to host a 30-year business anniversary barbecue later this summer.

Lakeside Chalet Restaurant to celebrate 30 years

The owners of Lakeside Chalet restaurant describe it as a very family-friendly business. Child-friendly touches include several toys that are available for use, such as a Fisher-Price plastic mobile pony that is frequently in action around the dining room. "We're 'family-casual,'" Paula Stanley said. "Mom and pop," her husband Nick Stanley added. They and Paula's ex-husband - the restaurant's manager and main cook Steve Gibson - are part of "one big blended family," according to Nick.

August 10, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action: Columbia Gorge International Film Fest

The Camas Public Library, an apartment in Washougal and scenes from Fern Prairie and Prune Hill will be among the settings for a movie to be included in the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. The event, previously named the Washougal International Film Festival, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 22, in the Vancouver Convention Center, next to the Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St., in downtown Vancouver. The film that includes several local scenes, "Hotel Vendetta," was directed, produced, edited and co-written by Tim Cogley, of Washougal. He describes it as a story about a police officer who is on "the mobsters payroll, covering up their mistakes."

August 10, 2010
Volunteers scoop up yummy ice cream sundaes during the 2009 Heritage Day festival, held annually at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal.  This year, several events, including Heritage Day, will take place inside and  adjacent to the museum.  The grand opening of the Washougal Pedestrian Tunnel and a classic car show are also part of the scheduled lineup.

Downtown Washougal hosts several celebrations Saturday

The official opening of the Washougal pedestrian tunnel will occur Saturday, along with several other activities and events. A ribbon cutting is planned for 11 a.m., at the tunnel, located next to the Pendleton Woolen Mills parking lot, at Two Pendleton Way.

August 3, 2010

Washougal tackles Arizona law issues again

Many of the individuals at last night's Washougal City Council meeting showed up primarily to indicate how they feel regarding the council's recent decision to support the Arizona immigration law. On July 6, councilors voted 5 to 2 in favor of a resolution in support of enforcing federal immigration laws on the state level. The resolution encourages state representatives of the 15th and 18th legislative districts to sponsor legislation in the next session similar to the immigration law recently adopted in Arizona. That law authorizes state and local law enforcement officers -- if they have a 'reasonable suspicion' that someone is an illegal alien -- to determine the person's immigration status. Allen Rogers, of Vancouver, thanked the council for "supporting the rule of law." Rogers is the chairman of the Washington Citizens for Responsible Government. Gary Wiram, of Vancouver, said he had German ancestors who arrived on Ellis Island. "Thank you for the vote to protect the sovereignty of our nation," he said.

August 3, 2010

Roundabouts removed from highway plan

Roundabouts are no longer being considered as potential projects along state Route 14, in Washougal. After much discussion last night, the Washougal City Council voted 4 to 3 to approve a six-year transportation improvement program that does not include roundabouts at Washougal River Road and 32nd Street. The option without the roundabouts was approved by Dave Shoemaker, Jennifer McDaniel, Michael Delavar and Jon Russell. Prior to the vote, Mayor Sean Guard asked council members to consider approving the staff recommendation which included the two roundabouts. Guard said that approval would give him and city staff a year to come up with a viable option to the roundabouts.

August 3, 2010

A.C.E. honors Team Construction executive

The founder of TEAM Construction has been honored for his involvement in Affordable Community Environments. Brian Wells, an owner of TEAM, was recognized with the "Valeria" award, presented by ACE. The Valeria award was created to honor founding board member Val Ogden's 11 years of service. Wells received the honor July 22 during the third annual "Raise Your Hat to Housing" fund raiser for ACE. The event raised approximately $20,000. ACE Executive Director Leah Greenwood credited Wells for his involvement in ACE since its inception and the construction of Covington Commons, in Vancouver in 1998.

July 27, 2010

Washougal residents to vote on EMS levy

Washougal voters will soon be asked to approve a six-year replacement emergency medical services levy. Ballots, which are expected to arrive in local mailboxes later this week, will need to be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Aug. 17. If the levy is approved, the current tax rate of 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value will not increase. "The levy will not cost homeowners any additional tax since it is simply a renewal of an existing levy for another six years to maintain EMS service within Washougal," said Camas Fire Capt. Kevin Bergstrom.