Right-wing misinformation comes to 3rd District debate

As anyone who had the misfortune of wading through the disgusting pool of homophobic misinformation being promoted by right-wing politicians and media regarding the in-home attack on Paul Pelosi, the elderly husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, knows by now, we cannot afford to keep up the “both sides” narrative when it comes to misinformation.

October Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to the return of cooler, wetter weather. The sudden shift in weather last week provided some much-needed relief for firefighters battling the Nakia Creek Fire north of Camas-Washougal. The fire, which led to “go now” evacuation notices for thousands of Camas-Washougal households, but did not, thankfully, destroy any homes or take any lives, was 30% contained when the rains returned on Oct. 21, and fire officials said the forecasted rain would ease fire conditions and “offer relief to firefighters and residents alike.”

Focus on infrastructure must include climate resilience plan

Two of the most common answers to the question Camas Mayor Steve Hogan posed to potential Camas City Council applicants this week — “What are the top two or three issues facing Camas in the next five years?” — spoke to the city’s looming infrastructure needs and officials’ ability to proactively plan for future growth, especially in the city’s North Shore area.

Overturning outdated cannabis retailer ban a smart move for cash-strapped Washougal

It has been nearly a decade since Washington citizens voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November 2012.

Help bring history alive for Washougal students

Washougal middle school teacher Scott Rainey has been leading his eighth-grade Jemtegaard students on a “rite of passage” for 18 years. Students who can afford the trip — which now costs around $4,000 per person — head to the East Coast with their teacher, peers and chaperones during the summer break to take in some of the most iconic pieces of America’s history, including the United States Capitol, White House and Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.; Times Square and Broadway in New York City; and the famed Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

August Cheers & Jeers

As much as we might love the long days, lake swims, camping trips and backyard barbecues summer brings, the shift from summer to fall has its own magic: cooler weather, the joy of drinking apple cider at a local pumpkin patch and the new school year’s promise of what might be.

July Cheers & Jeers

We’re a week into August already, so our first Jeers for this July Cheers & Jeers column should probably go to the fact that rainy, dismal months like January and February seem to drag on forever while the sunny days of July and August fly by faster than a reporter typing on deadline.

We can’t ‘return to normal’ on our own

Camas-Washougal officials must plan now for new climate reality

“An unusually intense, early season heat wave is gripping areas from Texas to the entire Southwest, including major metro area such as Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Sacramento,” is how one media source explained the “dangerous” heat wave, with temperatures between 100-106°F (Sacramento) and 122°F (Death Valley) that swept over Texas, Arizona and California earlier this month, causing the National Weather Service to issue a high warning for heat-related illnesses.

Forget the ‘Big Lie,’ tune in to the truth this week

It has been more than 17 months since the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on our United States Capitol — 17 months since someone planted a pipe bomb outside a building containing our then vice-president elect Kamala Harris, the first woman ever elected to the vice presidency; 17 months since people erected a noose and makeshift gallows outside our Capitol and cried for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence; 17 months since someone seemingly removed the panic buttons from a Democratic congresswoman’s office; and 17 months since Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters hurled racial slurs and beat Capitol Police officers on duty that day.