Stories by Danielle Frost

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September 21, 2017
Rebecca Bohlin, a JMS teacher, participated in the Legislative Scholar Program in Olympia this summer. (Contributed photo)

Civics, up close

A Washougal teacher recently had the opportunity for hands-on learning.

September 21, 2017
Camas High School music teacher Ethan Chessin was recently honored as ESD 112's Regional Teacher of the Year. He has taught at CHS for the past seven years, and says he enjoys helping students see music as a means of communicating meaning, and not as a competition.

Bringing students together

The loud, crowded choir room was abuzz with activity as students chatted amongst themselves and prepared for class. Teacher Ethan Chessin instructed them to gather in a circle and the classmates proceeded to share interesting tidbits of information about themselves.

September 14, 2017
Officers from the Clark County Sheriff's Office assist Skamania County crews at the Archer Mountain Fire earlier in this week. (Contributed photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff's Office)

Local agencies help Skamania County neighbors fight Archer Mountain blaze

After embers from a wildfire consuming 35,000 acres on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge jumped the Columbia River early last week, sparking a spot fire in nearby Skamania County — the Archer Mountain Fire, located roughly 15 miles northeast of downtown Washougal — the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office found its resources and personnel stretched to the limit.

September 14, 2017
Elida Field (right) and her niece, Elsa Harris, worked 12- to 14-hour days to paint this mural at Prune Hill Elementary School. The 30-foot high piece includes artwork from nearly 500 students. At left, the completed artwork frames the entrance to the gym and cafeteria. Contributed photo by Holly Folk

Inspiring future creatives

The first thing one notices upon entering the gym at Prune Hill Elementary School is the larger than life, jungle-themed mural.

September 7, 2017
Dawn (Horn ) Coonrod (right) and Audrey (Ladd) Rancore, are two of the key organizers for the upcoming Camas High School class of 1965 reunion. They created these memory books to share with classmates.

Papermaker bonds

The year was 1957. U.S. Surgeon General Leroy Burney linked smoking with lung cancer. Russia launched Sputnik I, and Leif Svendsen, Camas High School’s first exchange student, spent the year as a Papermaker. Flash-forward six decades and Svendsen is heading back to Camas to attend his 60th class reunion. This Saturday, Svendsen will serve as co-master of ceremonies for the reunion, along with his former classmate, Linda Freeman-Westfall.