Little League is coming back! Camas Little League begins its In-Person Registration this weekend. Interested boys and girls, ages 4-18, who want to play baseball or softball, are encouraged to sign up.  Challenger division is available for mentally/physically disabled players, ages 4-18.  All participants must reside within the Camas Little League boundaries, unless  you qualify for a boundary exception. If you think you do, please contact the League President, Doug Speas.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTSBirth certificate , 3 proofs of residence, enrollment form
ONLINE REGISTRATION:  Online registration is open.  If you choose to register online,  you will still need to bring a copy of the birth certificate and 3 current proofs of residence to in-person registration.  There will be a separate  line for online registrants to turn in these documents.
Returning players may have a birth certificates on file. 
IN-PERSON REGISTRATION:  Only a parent or legal guardian can register a child
Saturday, January 23           10-2pm            Grass Valley Fire Station
Tuesday, January 26            5-7pm              Grass Valley Fire Station
REGSITRATION FEES:  There is a family maximum registration fee of $300
All divisions of baseball/softball: $135 ($150 beginning Feb 1st)
T-ball: $110 ($125 beginning Feb 1st)
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Longtime Camas, Jeff Peebles, got a closer  look at the extensive damage the heavy rain and floods have inflicted on Forest Home Road, in the heart of Camas. He captures the erosion to the foundation of part of the road, and why the road is closed indefinitely. Thanks, Mr. Peebles, for your intriguing video report.
He said the heavy pounding of rain has eroded a sub-set of the road, deeming it unsafe for car traffic.
“I can’t believe what’s happened because of all the rain we’ve been having,” said Peebles. “It was cool to capture what’s going on.”

Historical Rainfall and Floods

The area has been walloped for weeks with very heavy rain. In December, the area broke all records for most inches of rainfall, topping the 7-inch mark that was set in 1996, when the Columbia River overflowed, causing extensive damage to homes and structures along its shores.
There was also severe damage to other roads that are closer to Lacamas Lake, which crested to near flood stage during the torrential rain fall.
Local government agencies created flood zone alerts so citizens could know what areas to avoid.
“The goal is to save lives and keep people out of harm’s way,” said Washington State Representative, Liz Pike.

The Camas Varsity Football team ended their 2015 season at the State Quarterfinals, which was hosted by the Skyline Spartans. The final score was 35-10. We’ve posted a final photo album at our Facebook site. Photos by Blake Schnell. Go to




Jared Bentley scores the winning touchdown of Saturday’s game.

by Ernie Geigenmiller
Photos by Blake Schnell

CAMAS — Papermaker Football fans got their money’s worth at Saturday’s playoff game against the Skyview Storm in a competition that saw plenty of turnovers, defensive scores for both teams, and a successful drive near the end of the fourth quarter that made the difference.

It was a playoff game that was a battle early on, as neither side left anything on the field. The top-ranked Camas Papermakers etched out a victory on their home turf at Doc Harris Stadium, taking the lead with just 2 minutes and 16 seconds remaining to beat rival Skyview 29-22 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. 

Bentley celebrates his TD with teammates.

Both sides eagerly wanted to play Skyline next week in the quarterfinals.

Papermaker fans expected a routing like they did during the regular season, when Camas smashed Skyview 41-10, and the opening moments of Saturday’s playoff game looked to tell that same story. Papermaker Drake Owen returned the game’s opening kickoff, running 95 yards for a Camas touchdown. That happened in the first 17 seconds.

The Football Game Changed

But, the story quickly shifted.

Skyview answered back with a safety and an 83-yard touchdown pass to take a 9-7 lead before the end of the first quarter. Defense dominated the game, and offenses kept punting.

Papermaker Cooper McNatt changed the game with an interception, as Jordan Del Moral moved the ball 48 yards, with QB Liam Fitzgerald taking the ball the final two yards for their second touchdown, giving Camas a 14-9 edge.

Running back Jordan Del Moral.

That was the score at halftime.

Jack Colletto lit up the fans by returning an interception for a 94-yard touchdown. The score was Camas, 21, Skyview, 9.

But the Storm wasn’t finished.

An 80-yard touchdown pass to Travis Yajko put them within 5 points of the Papermakers. The Storm then took advantage of a Camas fumble early in the fourth quarter, pushing them to a 22-21 advantage. Camas fans got nervous. That was Camas’ fourth turnover.

And both teams would fumble the ball again later in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver Hunter Bruno goes down.

Jared Bentley, Hunter Bruno and Del Moral completed three consecutive first downs to bring the Papermakers to the 23-yard line with 2:23 left. Bentley caught the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald, and both players connected again on the 2-point conversion to put the Papermakers up by seven.

QB Liam Fitzgerald battled all night, but in the end made a 23-yard TD pass that sealed the victory.

That gave Skyview football just over 2 minutes to respond, until McNatt nailed his second interception of the night – dashing the Storm’s hopes of a last minute drive. After a first down, Camas took a knee.
The undefeated Camas team travels to Sammamish next weekend to face Skyline (10-1) in the state quarterfinals.

Wide Receiver Sean Ramage.


The Papermakers Girls Swimming team won their 4A District victory at Pasco over the weekend. The Lady Papermakers earned a total of 254 points. In the photo, team captains Jessica Rourke and Brooke Kelly are holding the trophy.

Several girls advance to State competition in Federal Way.

The team consists of the following swimmers: Savannah Kennedy, Emily Hows, Lydia Keller, Brooke Kelly, Jessica Bretz, Corinne Bintz, Jessica Rouske, Siobhan Choong, Kalle Rouske, Nicole Lobkov, Hannah Clayton, and Madalyn Scherwinski.


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The Papermakers continue to dominate this season (7-0). Here is a photo from last Friday’s game against Union. Camas QB Liam Fitzgerald throws the ball as he’s being sacked.


VANCOUVER — Camas resident Derek Vanderwood was sworn in as Clark County’s newest Superior Court judge Friday at an investiture ceremony that was attended by approximately 130 people.

Vanderwood, who has practiced law in Vancouver since 1996, was sworn in by Judge Barbara D. Johnson, as family, friends and peers looked on during the sunny afternoon on the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center.

Derek Vanderwood is sworn in as Superior Court judge by
Judge Barbara D. Johnson

The simple, yet elegant ceremony included remarks by Johnson, Casey Marshall (Vanderwood’s former law practice partner), and Judge Daniel L. Stahnke, who all spoke highly of Clark County’s newest judge.

Marshall introduced Vanderwood and spoke highly of their professional relationship while sharing some lighthearted moments. He said he at first doubted that Vanderwood would be appointed to the bench, but never doubted he’d make a good judge.

“And here we are now, ” Marshall said. “Derek will do an excellent job. He’s very meticulous and has a great love of community.”

Vanderwood was appointed to the bench by Governor Jay Inslee after a vacancy become available through the retirement of Judge Nichols. Vanderwood will have to run for election in November to complete the remaining two years of this judicial term.

“We welcome Derek into his new role,” said Judge Stahnke. “He’s been doing orientation for the past week … and know this can be overwhelming.”

After taking the oath of office from Judge Johnson, Vanderwood received his robe, which was placed by his wife, Allison, a longtime Clark County resident.

“It’s been a great opportunity to serve so many clients over these many years,” said Vanderwood. “And my partners have been a great help. I’m looking to create new relationships and this is an opportunity to help others … and I want you to know that I’m committed to respecting all those who enter the courtroom.

“This has given me a chance to reflect on accomplishments, and it’s a wonderful chance to serve,” he added. “And I ask you all to look how you can serve our community.”

In her closing remarks, Judge Johnson said: “Judge Vanderwood fits in and truly seems to have a calling to be a judge. It’s very meaningful to have him here.”

In attendance was Vanderwood’s immediate family, including his wife, Allison, and three of his four children: Alina, Andrew and Tyler. His oldest two sons, Devin and Grant, are currently serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru and Dallas, Texas, respectively. The new judge also serves as a local LDS Bishop in Camas.

Derek Vanderwood, his wife Allison, and three of their five children.

Much of his extended family, including his mother, Joan, and siblings, were in attendance, as well.

Following the investiture ceremony, the guests attended an elegant reception at Vancouver Hilton.

“It’s a great experience for our family,” said Andrew. “It’s a good change. I thought he would get it. He’s a great public speaker and it was just right.”

His mother, Joan Vanderwood, referred to the ceremony as a parent pay day.

“Of course, I’m impressed with Derek and his abilities,” said Joan. “He’s very fair and has many good qualities. I’ve always felt he had the potential to be amazing and live up to his potential.”

Judge Vanderwood has served actively in the community for years in his ecclesiastical capacity, as well as serving Little League and the Boy Scouts of America, among other organizations.

Judge Vanderwood takes his seat among other judges.

“It’s been a fantastic day,” said Allison. “It’s really an honor to be part of this event, and I’m just so  proud of him. This entire experience teaches our kids the importance of community. When he was appointed by Governor Inslee, were were shocked, but very happy with the announcement. It was a surprise and surely a great honor. Derek will serve people well.”

Judge Vanderwood will continue his orientation these coming weeks, and will then be given a load of cases to oversee.


by Danielle Behnke

The transition between the flexible, long and sunshine filled summer days to shorter and busier school days can either be a difficult or an easy one depDanielle Behnkeending on how well prepared the student is prior to the beginning of the school year.

Outside of the school day and homework, many students also take part in extracurricular activities. Some of these activities include sports, babysitting, music lessons, religious activities, and even things as simple as hanging out with friends. What many incoming high school students worry about is not being able to maintain a ‘healthy relationship’ with their school life and their regular life. Trying to keep a balance between the two can be stressful, challenging, and can not always work out if a student does not know what to prepare for before making outside commitments. Academics can be very demanding, but so can extracurricular activities. With a few helpful tips, keeping a balance between the two becomes that much easier.

The first step is to prioritize. Knowing what is most important beforehand helps make difficult decisions in the future easier to make. Mentally making a list and knowing what is the most and least important to you is very important.

Academics should always be on top of one’s preferences. From the start of freshman year and then on, the grades that you get are going to have an extensive influence on your future. After academics, the rest of the decisions must be made by the individual in the order that they themselves want to make it.The top of the list of their priorities should mean the most to them, and at the bottom it should be what is least significant to them. For example, Emily Conner, a former freshman at Camas High School orders her ‘list’ as follows: “I always put my schoolwork first because I know that’s what is going to benefit me the most for my future. Then. of course my family and friends, and spending time with them. My activities like softball, dance and volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society are more for fun and competition, and I do not plan to go to college for any of them. Then my only job for now which is babysitting comes last on my priorities.”


Danielle Behnke
Helen Baller Elementary offers a robust PE program that helps balance students’ lives.
By prioritizing all of your activities before the school year begins, it will save you a whole lot of time and stress for the future.
The second step is to remain organized. The individual should plan out their week beforehand, that way there are no surprises. It is beneficial to plan out a schedule per day of the week too, which Carly Banks, a junior at Camas High School, explains how she manages to fit in homework, sports, babysitting, and friends in her everyday lifestyle.
“Grades will always come first,” Carly said. “What I do is get organized the night before and make a game plan for the next day. I try and finish all the homework in class with the free time the teacher gives us. If I do not finish my homework I will finish it when I am waiting for cheer or volleyball practice to begin.” By knowing what to expect for the day ahead, Banks was able to use that hour before practice to get the work she needed for school done, which gave her relaxing time once she got home from practice.
Therefore, by giving herself a schedule, she knew what her day was going to consist of and did not have to worry about not being able to get everything completed.
Giving yourself time to relax is something that you must accommodate as well, because without that time you are bound to become stressed out and exhausted.
The final tip to maintaining a balance between school and activities is to make sure you do not to commit to more activities than you can handle. Otherwise you will end up too high over your head, and will probably end up having to give up one thing or another. Making priorities, remaining organized, giving yourself time to relax, and knowing how much you can handle are all important and recommended steps to ease the struggle of balancing one’s school life with their outside of school activities.


Portland Fire Crew (Engine No. 14) raised $2,200 this past weekend for the 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event at Oaks Park on May 19, as part of an ongoing effort to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. Overall, the event raised more than $205,000 as more than 500 heads were shaved for the cause.

Participates in the event shave their heads for two reasons: 1) To raise money for a cure and: 2) To stand in solidarity with the kids that do not have the choice to be bald.

Aaron Gagnon, a Camas resident, and local firefighter, said his whole Engine No. 14 crew shaved their heads.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

After Shave: Chris Butler, a cancer patient, Lisa Knight,
Chris Butler, Jesse Altig and Aaron Gagnon, from Portland Fire Crew No. 14.


More Baldrick's
Before: (left to right) Aaron Gagnon, Lisa Knight,
Chris Butler and Jesse Altig.