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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More