Stories by Doug Flanagan

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November 30, 2023
Jordan Fitch holds a copy of his debut novel,

Washougal author pens first novel

Jordan Fitch came to a potentially life-altering realization while reading a science fiction novel — “The Kaizu Preservation Society” by John Scalzi — during a flight in the fall of 2022.

November 23, 2023
Washougal residents gather in front of Washougal City Hall Oct. 27, 2020, to protest higher-than-normal utility bills. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record files)

Washougal officials mull utility rate adjustments

The city of Washougal should implement utility rate adjustments that would increase the average customer’s bi-monthly bill by $8 and maintain current rate structures for all classes of service in each utility from 2024 to 2028, according to a rate study compiled by a consulting firm with input from a group of local residents.

November 23, 2023
The Ninebark Apartments complex (pictured above) opened to residents in the summer of 2023. The Washougal waterfront-adjacent residential complex is now at 50-percent occupancy. (Contributed photoscourtesy Ninebark Apartments)

‘Luxury for a price I can afford’

Ninebark, a 246-unit residential community nestled along the Columbia River waterfront in Washougal, includes 24 apartments that have been designated as “affordable,” or available to households that earn 80% or less of area median family income.

November 23, 2023
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 The Vancouver Housing Authority and the city of Washougal have finalized an interlocal agreement to provide rent assistance to tenants at Rockwood Terrace Apartments.

Washougal, VHA sign agreement for rental subsidy program

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) and the city of Washougal have finalized an interlocal agreement that will create a rental subsidy program for a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) property in Washougal.

November 16, 2023

Property owner rethinking adventure park

A Skamania County property owner who earlier this year proposed building an adventure park on his 150-acre site, says he is rethinking the project after receiving criticism from West End neighbors.

November 16, 2023
Washougal resident Jake Straus, a professional video game streamer, has served as foster kitten parent for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society since 2022. (Contributed photo courtesy Jake Straus)

Washougal animal shelter gets record-setting donation

Peggy DiPrima didn’t know about Jake Straus’ position as a well-known professional gaming streamer or the size of his online following when he approached her about his intention to raise money for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society earlier this year.

November 16, 2023
Fused glass artist Phyllis Carter works on a project at her home studio in Washougal in November 2023. (Contributed photo courtesy of Phyllis Carter)

Washougal artists plan holiday event

Phyllis Carter has gotten so attached to the many glass art pieces she’s created, that the Washougal artist said she’s now having trouble finding room to store all of them.