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Beginning today, the Post-Record website – – has a brand new look and feel. These exciting new initial features and functions that we’ve added are just a taste of great things to come.

And as we continue to improve, week-by-week, you’ll see plenty of other changes that we hope will make the site the most robust community meeting place in Camas and Washougal.

First, we have created a more vibrant and contemporary look. Now you can comment on our news stories, letters to the editor and guest columns (after first going through an easy registration process). The improved site will have a new calendar of events and a new photo gallery section on our home page.

That photo gallery will be an especially exciting feature for many of you. Now, in addition to photos that the Post-Record news staff places on the site, readers can submit their own photos as well. The online gallery will hopefully be the equivalent of an expanded weekly Camas-Washougal scrapbook. Community events, sports contests, schools activities — all of these events will see expanded coverage through our website, in the weeks and months to come.

There will be plenty of exciting new features for businesses as well. Our new online directory of businesses — 360 Marketplace — will offer advertisers a forum to promote their products and services in a much more visually enhanced manner, at a very reasonable cost. Now merchants will be able to publish several photos online, along with expanded details about their business, giving readers a glimpse of their establishment not seen before.

Other user-friendly features, coming later in July, will include electronic news archives and on-line classified advertising entry capabilities that will enhance the site even more. In a nutshell, we think almost everyone will be able to find something about the new that will grab them.

However, a couple of key words about this process should be emphasized up front. The words need to be noted here because the evolution of our website is still a work-in-progress.

Staffers here at the Post-Record, led by Managing Editor Heather Acheson and Production Manager Bobbi Foster, have been hunkering down for the past several months with our company IT staff to iron out the many details of the site and its new look. To put it mildly, there is much more work that will go into the process. The good news for you, our loyal readers, is the site will continue to evolve, improve and expand.

We hope you like our new changes. After you have spent some time with the new site, drop me a note and let me know what you think.

Welcome to the new!

Mike Gallagher can be contacted at