Stories by Doug Flanagan

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February 15, 2024
East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) firefighters battle a two-alarm house fire in east Clark County in January 2024. (Contributed photo courtesy of East County Fire and Rescue)

Rural fire district facing staffing, revenue woes

East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) leaders say they are facing staffing shortages, an aging vehicle fleet and a “significant” revenue shortfall that could lead to lower levels of service.

February 8, 2024
Washougal homicide victim Sandra Ladd (second from right) is pictured with three of her six grandchildren in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Mikaela Sasse)

‘Somebody out there knows what happened’

Family members of Sandra Ladd, the 71-year-old Washougal grandmother found murdered in her home in June 2020, say they are frustrated by what they consider a lack of movement in the homicide investigation.

February 8, 2024
Washougal artists John and Anni Furniss hold a bowl they created together, with John doing the woodworking and Anni completing the painting, in their Washougal garage/studio, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2024. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)

Washougal’s ‘Blind Woodsman’ tells life story in new book

John Furniss has told the story about his life, which has included bouts of chronic illness and depression, drug addiction, financial despair, the loss of his sight following a failed suicide attempt at the age of 16, a loving marriage, and a fulfilling career as a renowned woodworker, to audiences many times, especially during the past few years.

February 8, 2024
Mihaela Keller-Loss, who trains at The Base Camas jiujitsu academy, will compete March 10, 2024, in her second professional mixed martial arts fight in Houston, Texas. (Contributed photos courtesy of Mihaela Keller-Loss)

Washougal mixed martial arts fighter preps for second professional bout

Mihaela Keller-Loss has worked diligently to improve her grappling and wrestling techniques since switching from sport karate to mixed martial arts (MMA) several years ago. But the Washougal resident’s greatest strength continues to be her striking ability, which she used to win more than 20 world championships during her two decades as a karate fighter.

February 8, 2024
Yvonne Gee sits on a bronze sculpture created by her partner, Daviid Van Zandt, in their Washougal home studio, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)

Washougal art lover named to commission

Yvonne Gee is not an artist herself, but she has become one of the key figures in the art community since moving to Washougal in 2019, publicly supporting and promoting the work of her partner, their friends, and local organizations.

February 1, 2024
A city of Washougal employee clears snow from a Washougal road In January 2024. (Contributed photo courtesy of the city of Washougal)

Officials debate Washougal’s storm response

A Washougal City Council member is calling for the city of Washougal to improve its response to severe weather events, after back-to-back snow and ice storms in mid-January made roads and sidewalks impassable, stranding many Washougal residents inside their homes for several days.