Camas High School athletic teams won their respective events in Girls soccer, Boy’s golf and Volleyball on Monday. Here are the details.

Camas Girls Soccer 

JV: Kelso 0-Camas 4

Emme Nieto, Brooklyn Jardine (Ella Tenant), Pyper Wise-Cruz (Tenant), Jardine.

Riley Hodson 3 Saves

Varsity: Kelso 0-Camas 4:

Lily Loughney (Maya Parman), Madeline Johnson, Bella Burns, Anna Mooney (Nora Melcher).

Keeley Wieczorek 0 Saves

Adriana Cortes 0 Saves

Boy’s Golf

The CHS boy’s golf team beat Battle Ground 161 to 209.  The team was led by the match medalist Owen Huntington @ 36.  Eli Huntington @ 41, Evan Chen @ 40, Cameron Miller @ 44, and Drew Scott @ 50 also played in the Varsity match.   The JV team of Caleb Shira @44, Leo Cassel @ 50, and Easton Rheaume @ 51 also beat Battle Ground’s JV.

Volleyball

Varsity – Camas won

25-17

22-25

25-18

25-22

Stats: Emmy Hansen- 17 kills, 5 digs, 3 service points Sydney Moltrum- 26 assists, 2 aces, 3 digs, 2 kills, 4 service points Grace Varsek- 5 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs, 2 service points Alliyah Barnes- 5 kills, 3 blocks, 2 service points Jessie Westby- 4 aces, 2 digs, 4 service points Chloe Asciutto- 4 kills, 2 blocks Halle Reiter- 17 digs, 7 service points, 1 ace

JV won

C won

4th team won

Camas
Camas Volleyball won their first match of the season. Photo by Will Hansen.

Vancouver, WA — According to Clark County Public Health, COVID-19 activity rates plummeted from 209 cases per 100,000 to 137 cases per 100,000 this past week.

Here’s the latest COVID-19 update:

  • 24 new cases
  • 8,135 cases to date
  • No new deaths
  • 221 total deaths to date (199 confirmed, 22 suspect)
  • 245 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 34 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 1 person hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

Learn more on the Clark County Public Health COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Vaccination Update

The Washington State Department of Health received its shipment of Pfizer vaccine for the Clark County Fairgrounds vaccination site. That means the fairgrounds will be open this week to fulfill its second-dose appointments.

Anyone who received their first dose at the fairgrounds site should have received an email from Safeway after receiving their first dose. That follow-up email contains a link to schedule an appointment for the second dose. 

Appointments are best. But anyone who was unable to get a second dose appointment scheduled or didn’t receive the confirmation email, can take their vaccination card and ID to the fairgrounds and receive their second dose without an appointment.

The fairgrounds site is open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday and 9 am to 3 pm Saturday.

First-dose appointments are not available at the fairgrounds this week.

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Vaccines.

Camas, WA — Beginning Friday, February 19, the Liberty Theatre will resume regular showings at their historic venue. This article contains all new show listings for week of February 19-25.

The main theatre will operate at 25% occupancy, which is 75 seats per showing and the Granada Studio will operate with only 7 persons per show. This allows for social distancing in compliance with Phase 2 guidelines. Online ticket reservations are strongly encouraged, tickets are available at the box office subject to availability. Their COVID-19 policies are here https://www.camasliberty.com/page/14740/Covid-19-Message

The theatre box office opens at least 30 minutes before each show; we encourage patrons to come early as the safety precautions we are taking requires additional time in seating patrons. No seating after the lights go down.  

Visit www.camasliberty.com to buy tickets.

New shows starting this week:

News of the World (PG-13) Main Theatre $6.50
Fri: 7:00 PM
Sat: 7:30 PM
Sun: 12:406:00
Wed & Thu: 7:00 PM

News of the World (PG-13) Granada Studio, $6.50
Sat: 12:503:40
Wed & Thu: 3:30 PM

The Croods: A New Age (PG) Main Theatre $5.50
Fri: 4:15 PM
Sat: 1:30 PM
Sun: 3:30 PM
Wed & Thu: 4:15 PM

Vertigo (1958) (PG) Main Theatre, $5
Sat: 4:15 PM

Vertigo (1958) (PG) Granada Studio, $5
Fri & Sat: 6:20 PM
Sun: 1:454:45
Wed & Thu: 6:20 PM

Liberty
Liberty Theatre.

Washougal, WA — What’s in a name?  That is food for thought for Washougal School District students who have been challenged to submit name ideas for the district’s new Career and Technical Education (CTE) food truck.

The food truck was purchased last spring by the WSD CTE Department with the goal to create project-based learning opportunities and eventually a student-led business. 

“This truck will literally be a vehicle for learning,” said Margaret Rice, WSD CTE Director.  “Literally!  It is also an extension of our professional kitchen facility in the Excelsior Building at WHS.”

The contest launched February 1 and will run until February 26, giving WSD students of all ages plenty of time to get their creative juices flowing. 

“We have had some really great entries so far,” said Rice. “Students are putting excellent thought around meaningful themes and describing how they came up with the name.  I am looking forward to seeing what else students have to contribute to this contest.”

Contest details are at http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/cte/food-truck/.  Students must submit their idea using their school district email.

The learning around the food truck will reach beyond the development of the name, food plans and food service.  WHS students will participate in all aspects of the project development including business plans, learn about health department rules, navigate through local permitting and licensing, develop manuals for training and safety and even the creation of marketing and truck maintenance. 

Rice hopes students participating in the name contest feel like they are a part of history in the making and can help to drive the excitement for the truck and the learning opportunities it represents.  “We expect this truck and the program to be around for a long time,” she explained. “Young students will be able to remember their part in helping find a name when they get to the high school and can begin participating in its operation.”

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) and local merchants have been busy this week preparing for February’s First Friday, which is A Chocolate Affair to Remember!

Chocolate treats, art shows, candy themed activities, after hours shopping, prizes, and more will all be a part of the First Friday event in Downtown Camas in February, says the DCA.

Virtual activities started on Monday, February 1st and in-person First Friday activities are today from 5-8 pm. Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts with wine and specials at select locations, as well.

The First Friday evening’s activities include:

  • Guess the candy jar amounts in each participating location and be entered to win the candy, gift cards and other great Valentine’s themed prizes!
  • Art receptions and shows in downtown art galleries: Attic Gallery (featuring Marcia Jeglum and Hand Cut Tyvek Art) & Camas Gallery (featuring Matt Gibson and penny fish kits for kids and Bev Birdwell with her hand painted Valentine wine glasses and matching masks)
  • After Hours Shopping and Fun!

Participation lists will be available here soon and in stores on First Friday. All are invited for a fun night!

Vancouver, WA – The Building Futures Foundation (the 501c3 charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of Clark County) is seeking applicants for scholarships and tool grants. The deadline to apply is July 1.

Scholarship applicants should be Clark County residents pursuing education for a career within or directly related to the building industry. Scholarships are awarded to support those attending a college, university, and/or a trade/technical school. Tool grants are awarded to first-year and second-year electrical apprentices.

Both applications should include two letters of recommendation and information regarding career pathway, financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities. Full details on how to apply for the scholarship and tool grant can be found online at http://biaofclarkcounty.org/get-involved/building-futures-foundation/.

Additionally, the Building Industry Association of Washington is offering scholarships and grants. The deadline to apply is May 14. For complete information, visit https://www.biaw.com/program/education/.

 The Building Futures Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation, which raises money via donations and event contributions, to award scholarships and tool grants to local students pursuing a career in the building industry.

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of all businesses involved with real estate, land development, homebuilding, and construction.

Clark County Public Health issued a statement over the weekend that people who visited a Camas salon recently may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should quarantine at home:

Anyone who visited Stellar Hair Design in Camas between 10 am and 7 pm Jan. 19-23 or Jan. 26 may be at risk of contracting COVID-19. Skamania County Community Health and Clark County Public Health have been unable to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed. It’s unclear how many people may have been exposed.

Individuals who visited the salon during those times should quarantine for 14 days from their most recent visit to the salon during that timeframe.

Health officials recommend anyone exposed to COVID-19 quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. People who do not live or work in a high-priority setting – such as long-term care facilities, health care facilities, food processing facilities or jails – may shorten their quarantine in the following circumstances:

• If a person who is in quarantine has no symptoms, quarantine can end after Day 10.
• If a person who is in quarantine receives a negative COVID-19 test and has no symptoms, quarantine can end after Day 7. The person must be tested on or after Day 5, and quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than Day 8. Even if a negative test is received before Day 8, the quarantine period should still be a full seven days.

Anyone who has been in quarantine should continue to monitor their symptoms through Day 14. If they develop symptoms, they should isolate themselves immediately to avoid infecting others and seek testing for COVID-19.

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Washougal, WA — The successful Washougal School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) program focuses on providing students with real world experiences led by knowledgeable, passionate staff.  The newest addition to that staff is Alexandra Yost, Washougal’s first CTE Professional Technical Assistant or Pro Tech, for short. 

“We are delighted that Alex is bringing her extensive business and culinary background to the team,” said Margaret Rice, WSD CTE Director.  Yost is the former owner and chef of OurBar in downtown Washougal and is currently a member of the Washougal City Council. She is also very politically active in the area, and frequently attends and organizes local Black Lives Matter (BLM) rallies condemning police violence while calling for racial equality and justice. She has also advocated for defunding the Washougal police.

“Alex’s focus along with supporting CTE teachers will be managing two new, exciting CTE educational opportunities that feature project-based learning,” said Rice. “One is the development of a CTE operated food truck and the second is implementation of a Green Schools Program to our high school in collaboration with WSD Culinary Services.”

In spring 2020, a food truck was purchased by the WSD CTE Department with the goal to create a student-led food truck business.  “This truck will literally be a vehicle for learning,” said Rice.  “Literally!  It is also an extension of our professional kitchen facility in the Excelsior Building at WHS.”

The learning around the food truck is expected to reach far beyond the development of food plans and food service. 

“WHS students will participate in all aspects of the project development,” explained Yost.  “Students will work on a business plan, learn about health department rules, navigate through local permitting and licensing, develop manuals for training and safety and even the creation of marketing.  There will also be opportunities in manufacturing, welding, small engine service/repair and maintenance for students interested in those CTE experiences.”

When operational, the food truck will be available for hire to serve the community at events and will be student led.  Yost is developing a team of mentors to counsel students in this project work.

“We want as many aspects of the food truck as we can to be project-based and student led/created so the first step is a contest to develop a name and will be open to all students of WSD,” explained Rice. “The name should be representative of our community, perhaps with some derivative Washougal.  It needs to be appropriate for all ages, be catchy and not already copyrighted.” 

The contest process is in the works and will be announced soon and run through February 26. Details can be found on the Washougal School District website at http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/cte/food-truck/.  The next student contest will be to design the artwork to adorn the truck.

Yost is also tasked with development of a CTE Green Team.  This effort will bring education, sustainability, and reduced carbon footprint to the WSD High School Culinary Services department, which became self-operated over the summer.

“A major aspect of that transition has been the move to scratch production of meals,” said Rice. “With that change it was also the right time to bring the Green Schools concept to the high school.  Our students have been sorting and recycling food waste and trash in our elementary and middle schools for some time. The high school program will provide an opportunity for students to continue these efforts.”

“Ultimately we want to take this Green Team experience and education down to the classroom level as well as eventually developing a Green Ambassadors program in which students are driving the program forward leading a sustainable program that can be passed on for years to come,” said Yost.

This environmentally focused program sits firmly in WSD’s mission pillars of sustainability and stewardship of resources, partnerships to support students, educational engagement, and equity to include all students. The goal is to involve students to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and contributions to the landfill while taking these experiences forward in life.  Their efforts also help to save District operational funds by reducing waste and disposal costs.  

“The program also brings in aspects of our career and college readiness by introducing students to companies such as Waste Connections,” said Rice.  “They will see various elements of career opportunities they may not have realized existed. In a time when it seems like everything is changing and nothing is ‘normal’, we are trying to take every opportunity to teach our students how to learn from change, collaborate and adapt to find efficiencies in the ‘new’ so we can continually improve the current situation.”

Hindu prayer will open meetings of both Washougal City Council and Clark County Council in Washington on January 11 and 19 respectively, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before both Clark County Council and Washougal City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. 

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use; besides lines fromUpanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.  

Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”; which he will then interpret as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge county councilors and city councilmembers and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind. 

Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award. Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, on the Advisory Board of The Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been panelist for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produces a weekly multi-faith panel “Faith Forum” in a Gannett publication for over nine years. 

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA. 

Camas, WA — The team at Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel invites you to ring in the New Year with some delicious brunch options — available this weekend only.

For two days, Friday Jan 1st and Saturday Jan 2nd, from 10 am-2 pm, Tommy O’s is offering six dishes, and four speciality drinks to help you celebrate 2021.

Here’s what they are offering:

  • Huevos Rancheros — Crispy tortillas layered with black beans, cheddar cheese, and rancheros sauce, topped with two eggs and finished with pico de gallo and sour cream.
  • Loco Moco — Hamburger patty, fried onions and steamed rice, smothered in brown gravy and topped with two eggs.
  • Veggie Scramble — three eggs scrambled with pepper, onion, and spinach. Served with your choice of steamed rice, hash browns, or breakfast potatoes.
  • Big Island Scramble — three eggs scrambled with pepper, onion, spinach, and Kalua Pork. Served with your choice of steamed rice, hash browns, or breakfast potatoes.
  • Hash House — (Featured image with kalua pork added) which is hash browns, provolone cheese, sautéed veggies, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
  • Kim Kam — (Featured image below) Pork belly friend rice topped with sautéed spinach and two eggs finished with teriyaki.

Add Kalua Pork, Spam, breakfast potatoes, hash browns, cheese, sour cream, pico, guacamole, or avocado to any dish!

Speciality drinks include Tropical Mimosas, Lilikoi Margarita, Tommy O’s Mai Tai, and Bloody Mary.

Call 360.833.0115 to preorder.

Tommy O’s
The King Kam. Pork belly fried rice with sautéed spinach and two eggs finished with teriyaki.