A literal rock star is embracing his new life in East Clark County.
Jonny Aherne, the bass player for The Temper Trap, an Australian indie-pop band, moved to Washougal with his wife, Britni, and two children in 2020.
“It’s been a bit crazy. It was a weird time to move. (But) we’re feeling settled as a family and (experiencing) the local stuff,” said Aherne, who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. “I believe you get what you give out of a community, and we haven’t had a lot of chances to ‘give’ yet, but it’s been pretty pleasant so far. We’re landing now and starting to really wrap our heads around how much life we can have here.”
Aherne’s journey to Washougal began about 18 years ago, when he met a visitor from America named Britni Blackketter. They fell in love, got married, and moved to London, then New York City as The Temper Trap rose to prominence. But several years ago, they started talking about the possibility of relocating closer to Blackketter’s family in Moscow, Idaho.
“There was a longing to come back closer to Britni’s family,” Aherne said. “Because I toured this region of the world, I just knew how beautiful it was. The pandemic hit, and we already knew that we would love to live in this area.”
They moved to Portland and lived there for a short time before settling down in Washougal. Blackketter is a physical education teacher at Helen Baller Elementary School in Camas.