Stories by Dawn Feldhaus

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June 15, 2010
Donna Gruetzke, of Camas (left), and Sue Kuzma, of Hazel Dell (right), were among the participants in the "Worldwide Knit in Public Day" Saturday, at Esther Short Park, in downtown Vancouver. The Fort Vancouver Knitters Guild sponsored the Clark County event.

Knitters unite at Esther Short Park

A predominantly solitary hobby became social on Saturday, as area knitters participated in "Worldwide Knit in Public Day." Donna Gruetzke, of Camas, was among the participants at Esther Short Park, in downtown Vancouver. She knits socks, shawls, sweaters, scarves, hats and legwarmers for herself, friends and family. "It's relaxing," Gruetzke said. "It can be a challenge when you try new patterns. "I usually watch TV while knitting, or knit while waiting in a doctors office," she added.

June 11, 2010
This vertical axis wind turbine in The Dalles, Ore., is manufactured by Skyron Systems, Inc. The company will soon study the potential use of turbines at various Port of Camas-Washougal properties.

Wind energy to be studied at port

A manufacturer of vertical axis wind turbines will soon provide a free feasibility study, to determine if its products could provide any economic benefits to the Port of Camas-Washougal. Brian Sheets, chief executive officer of Skyron Systems, Inc., along with Chief Financial Officer Bill Steele and Marketing and Sales Manager Jon Gruett attended the June 1 port meeting. The feasibility study will be conducted at locations such as the port's marina area, industrial park and Grove Field Airport. "We're anxious to see what that study shows, and we'll use that information to take the next steps," said Port Planning and Development Director Scot Walstra. "The study will show what the best locations [for the turbines] will be."

June 11, 2010
The former offices of George Schmid & Sons, Inc., were demolished in May. The land at 1407 32nd St., in Washougal, is the proposed site for housing and commercial development.

Schmid land could be housing, restaurant site

The land in Washougal that used to bustle with the activity of bulldozers and other excavation machinery sits quietly these days -- following the demolition of the George Schmid & Sons, Inc. offices. The demolition in May has made room for a planned unit development that could include residential and commercial development at 1407 32nd St., in Washougal. The Schmid Family Limited Partnership II, which owns the land, has received preliminary plat approval for a 68-lot subdivision and planned unit development. The proposal would involve dividing the western portion of the site into 25 lots for single-family attached dwellings (town homes), as well as 11.3 acres of open space and a .66-acre parcel for future commercial development. The applicant has proposed to divide the eastern portion of the site into 42 lots for single-family detached dwellings.