Stories by Doug Flanagan

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March 28, 2019
Camas School District superintendent Jeff Snell announces that Hellen Baller Elementary School teacher Amy Campbell (right) is the district's nominee for the 2020 Washington Teacher of the Year award at the district's board of directors meeting March 25.

Camas names its nominee

Amy Campbell is passionate about helping her students succeed, and sometimes she has trouble containing that passion. But that’s OK with her; she tries to foster as many ‘celebration moments’ in her classroom as possible.

March 28, 2019
Washougal Community Library's Rachael Ries works with Columbia River Gorge Elementary School students Lauren Byrne, Aubrey Timmons and Bailey Wright during a coding club session last month. (Contributed photo courtesy of Rene Carroll)

STEM lessons expanding in Washougal

Earlier this month, fourth-grade students at Gause Elementary School participated in an activity in which they were asked to build ‘scribble bots.’

March 21, 2019
On April 15 the Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners will hear a presentation from RKm Development, which hopes to be chosen to revitalize the port's 26 acres of waterfront land, pictured above.

Director of port favors firm from Portland

On March 14, Port of Camas-Washougal executive direcor David Ripp met with Roy Kim of Portland’s RKm Development to talk about the possibility of the company developing the port’s waterfront property. Port director of planning and development Mark Miller and port commissioner Bill Ward were also present.

March 21, 2019

Mount Pleasant to modernize facilities

After the Mount Pleasant School District’s Tuesday, March 19 board meeting, superintendent Vicki Prendergast and board president Karl Kanthak sat around a table nestled in a corner of a classroom at Mount Pleasant Elementary School and talked about some of the challenges that come with supervising a small, rural school district.

March 21, 2019

Camas rejects sanctuary idea

On Monday, March 18, about 20 to 25 Patriot Prayer members attended the City of Camas council meeting. About 15 of those people spoke during the meeting’s public comment period. The council members listened to what they had to say, then moved on with their agenda.

March 21, 2019

Washougal School District reviews student conduct policy

Washougal School District staff members want to help the district become one of the best in Washington. They know that for that to happen, every student must succeed, and that in order for a student to succeed, he or she must be given every opportunity to do so.

March 14, 2019

$8 million shortfall expected next year

A member of the Camas School District’s budget committee told Camas school board members Monday the committee is addressing the district’s looming 2019-20 budget deficits.

March 14, 2019
Columbia River Gorge Elementary School students Justice LaFrance (left) and Jackson Joyce (right) work on an art project at school. (Photo by Rene Carroll courtesy of Washougal School District)

March into art

Shirley Bishop wasn’t exposed to a lot of art when she was growing up. It wasn’t until high school that Bishop, more of an athlete type, took a stained glass class, which helped her discover her creative nature.

March 14, 2019
Members of the Camas High School drama department prepare the school's stage on March 11. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" will open Thursday, March 14.

Camas High to stage ‘Hunchback’

When Sean Kelly announced last year that the Camas High School drama department would produce and perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as its annual musical the following spring, his students weren’t overly enthusiastic about the choice.