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September 19, 2019
A volunteer holds a juvenile western pond turtle at Turtle Haven in Skamania County on Tuesday, Sept. 10. (Contributed photos by Jason Wettstein, courtesy of WDFW)

Turtle release gives threatened species a head start in Skamania County

An important part of the Columbia River Gorge ecosystem, the threatened western pond turtle, got a boost last week after Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staffers released young pond turtles at “Turtle Haven,” a protected Skamania County site owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

September 19, 2019

Washougal schools mull later start times

During his time as Washougal High School’s principal, Aaron Hansen liked to stand in front of the school’s front entrance to greet students as they entered the building in the morning. Every so often a student running a few minutes late would ask Hansen, “Why are we starting school so early?”

September 12, 2019
The current Camas City Hall is "bursting at the seams," according to city leaders. A new annex building, located just across the street from the current city hall, on Northeast Fourth Avenue in downtown Camas, will serve as a permit center and alleviate overcrowding at the main city hall building. (Kelly Moyer/Post-Record)

Bill to fix up Camas annex balloons

Camas City Council members are poised to approve nearly $1 million worth of renovations that will alleviate overcrowding at Camas City Hall.

September 12, 2019
Amy Campbell, a special needs educator at Helen Baller Elementary School, teaches children on the first day of the 2019-20 school year. Campbell has been named Washington's 2020 Teacher of the Year and will be considered for the national title. (Contributed photo courtesy of Camas School District)

Camas teacher takes top state honor

Cheers erupted at the Camas School District (CSD) Board of Directors meeting Monday night after school board members learned Camas educator Amy Campbell had been named Washington state’s “2020 Teacher of the Year” earlier that day.

September 12, 2019
A group of local and regional leaders, including Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) restoration ecologist Chris Collins (far left), Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards president Dave Pinkernell (fifth from left), Port of Camas-Washougal chief executive officer David Ripp (sixth from left), LCEP executive director Debrah Marriott (seventh from left), congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore. (fifth from right), Washougal mayor Molly Coston (third from right) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Christopher Lapp (second from right), dig holes in the ground at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge during a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 5. (Photos by Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)

$25M Steigerwald restoration kicks off

Several years ago, Washougal Mayor Molly Coston, then the president of the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, was approached by Chris Collins of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP), a Portland-based environmental protection nonprofit coalition of public and private groups.