Camas, WA — Clark County Public Health has upgraded their advisory at Lacamas Lake to warning, due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water.

“Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water,” said Clark County Public Health.

The agency recommends the following:

  • No swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing
  • No water contact for animals
  • Clean fish well and discard organs
  • Avoid areas of scum when using motorized boats

Today’s announcement comes as Camas city leaders and Clark County officials are working on an inter-local agreement to start improving the water quality of Lacamas Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake.

Camas City Council member Steve Hogan has taken a leadership role with the city to keep the discussions moving. Lacamas Magazine has a more in-depth feature coming, but Hogan provided an update on Tuesday, September 23.

”We are in the process of working between the staffs and the attorneys for both Clark County and the City of Camas to come up with an inter-local agreement that will lay out who’s responsible for what,” Hogan said. “Basically what the City of Camas is interested in now in trying to take control of or lead on is the water quality, that’s what we are trying to focus on. Specifically, algae has been a huge problem, and we want to address that, but the overall water quality is what the city council appears to want to get their hands on and work on moving forward.”

Hogan addresses the timing of this water quality effort. Why now, and not years ago?

”There’s been a shift over the last few years,” Hogan said. “The Camas paper mill originally had control over the dam and the lake and Lacamas Lake for years wasn’t in the city of Camas so we’ve basically taken control of all the land around the lake and the paper mill is backing away from using any of this water in their operations so Clark County was overseeing the water quality when the paper mill was using the water. It was an industrial lake, and now it’s no longer considered an industrial lake. The City of Camas now owns the dam and we own the former ditch that used to lead down to the paper mill, so now it’s time to make a change. We are trying to work with the scientists who were involved with the county, they are on staff at the county and now we want them to work with our staff to begin to move forward at looking at where the science was and where we need to move in the future so that the water quality is available at a high level of cleanliness for people to recreate here.”

The advisory and signs will be updated as conditions change. For the latest info, visit our website: www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/public-beaches

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The Daily Journal of Commerce has announced its Women of Vision award winners for 2020, and McKean Smith’s co-owning attorney Annelisa Smith has made the list. The awards honor women who strive to shape the communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington through their leadership, mentoring efforts, community involvement, and promotion of industry diversity.

Smith’s efforts extend beyond her own practice with comprehensive, hands-on attorney mentoring to attorneys both in her own firm and also in the broader Oregon legal community. She serves on the board of several legal committees, including acting President of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, Chair-Elect of the OSB Family Law Section and she previously served on the Family Court Enhancement Project Committee and acted as conference chair for the annual OSB Family Law Conference.

These organizations and activities all strive to improve the quality of legal representation and professionalism in Oregon. With her background as a juvenile public defender representing parents and children in child abuse and neglect cases, Smith also serves the community by participating as a Director on non-profit boards like Allies In Change and as one of the founding directors of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.

Smith’s firm also has an office in Washington at the Vancouver’s Waterfront.

To learn more, visit www.mckeansmithlaw.com

Washougal, WA — The second annual Camas Washougal Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, held at Orchard Hills in Washougal in early September was the first major event the organization has had this year — due to COVID-19 restrictions — and it was a social and commercial success.

“Sponsorship support was very generous as local businesses know that not having Camas Days, due to COVID-19 restrictions, was a major financial hit to the Chamber,” said Jennifer Senescu, the CW Chamber’s Executive Director. “We had 26 sponsorships in total to support the event, and it was such a gorgeous September day.”

Affordable Exterior Solutions was the title sponsor.

Eighty-four players comprising 21 teams participated were unable to have a shotgun start, but were able to have individual tee times.

The event netted $13,000, which is $3,000 less than last year, but given virus restrictions, Senescu feels this was a success.

“I was on the True Insurance team,” Hung Tran, a CW Chamber Board member, player and sponsor. “It was great that everyone got together to be able to help the chamber out in a pandemic.”

Senescu said there were games on the course at sponsored holes, putting contests, straight drives, and two KPs. Boxed lunches were served with tasty black and blue burgers.

“We know so many businesses have been hit hard this year,” said Senescu. “We continue to work with companies to network and find solutions as we navigate the pandemic. We do see many hopeful signs.”

To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.cwchamber.com

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Washougal, WA — If asked the question ‘what’s cooking’ at Washougal schools, the answer may surprise you.  Washougal School District (WSD) is implementing a new approach for school meal service, with restaurant style, scratch-made, healthy, and nutritious food available for students and employees. 

“At the end of the day it is really about the desire to provide our students with high quality, delicious, homemade meals,” said Mary Templeton, WSD Superintendent.  “This program builds on our efforts to achieve our mission to know, nurture and challenge all students to rise.  It is important for our students to know they are loved and cared for and we know food nourishes the body, the mind and the spirit.” 

The work toward this change began in early 2020 with Templeton along with WSD Business Manager Kris Grindy and Career and Technical Education Director Margaret Rice researching schools across the country who were moving in a similar direction.

Grindy and Rice met with a local chef to start a needs analysis and survey of school kitchens.

“The main goal was to create a transition plan based on his findings and help us work through this complex transition, which included hiring an Executive Chef Supervisor to lead our own Culinary Staff,” explained Rice.

At the end of July, the district hired Chef Chris Youngren to lead the new Culinary Services team.  Youngren has worked in the culinary business for more than 20 years. Her career started in restaurants, but she has worked extensively in schools, most recently for the Stevenson-Carson School District.

“Our goal is to transition our former Nutrition Service program into a Culinary Service Program that prepares meals with love and care for our students from scratch; meals we would be proud to serve our own families at home,” said Rice. “By doing this we will continue to work toward building a more inclusive culture/community, one where people sit down and eat together, share stories, and laugh while filling their stomachs.”

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Even without students in classrooms, Culinary Services is already working with fresh produce and scratch cooking to provide meals for the district children, which are free through December.  This program, funded by the Federal Government, is available at no cost to any child 18 or under. The District will return to charging students for reduced and full-price meals starting in January, unless the federal program is extended. 

In the past, the food program meals were created with previously frozen foods. Now the ingredient quality is better, and all the meals are fresh.  “This means we are starting with high quality ingredients,” explained Chef Youngren. “For example, we might purchase a ham and slice the meat for our deli sandwiches ourselves ensuring a higher quality product than what we might get if we purchased deli meats already sliced.  Everything is being cooked in our central kitchen at Gause Elementary and then cooled immediately and prepared for distribution.”

Adjustments were made to the take-out model of delivery so families can easily reheat the meals to eat right away or freeze it to be eaten later.  Meals include reheat instructions and are packaged in containers that can be used for reheating.  Take-out bags include handles, which makes it easier for students and their families to carry several meals at once.

Washougal families who have not yet completed a Free and Reduced-Price Meal application form for the 2020-21 school year are encouraged to do so.  This application needs to be resubmitted each school year.

“In addition, there may be families in our community who have never thought to apply, but who may qualify if their circumstances have changed due to the COVID crisis,” said Grindy. “Families are asked to apply before October 15, but can still apply any time during the year, especially if the family experiences a change in situation that may qualify them later.”  To apply or reapply, even for those currently receiving meals, go to http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/food-services/.  The Washougal School District is an equal opportunity provider. 

And while students have not yet returned, WSD employees working in buildings or offices are getting the opportunity to order and buy these meals too.

“Staff are invited to pre-order and purchase meals that will be available each day in all buildings at lunch time (11am-1pm),” explained Rice.  “If they work in a District building other than a school, they come by the closest school to pick up their meals.”  Staff meals are charged at the adult price, and the additional participation provides additional revenue that the culinary program will use to continue future innovations and investments. 

Feedback from customers has been positive, with comments about how fresh and tasty the meals are.  “We are also getting good suggestions to improve the service,” said Chef Youngren. “For instance, we have been asked to include more condiments and plastic silverware.  We had in our minds that meals would be eaten at home and those items would not be necessary, but for instance, we are now serving staff in our buildings and they need those things.  We are taking this time to listen and adjust to be ready when we are all back together again in the schools.”

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Preparing food.

According to Rice, a key to success will be providing an excellent product at an excellent value. 

“We want our food quality to match up with other restaurants, to be just as good but not as expensive,” she said. 

A regular priced lunch at Washougal High School is $3.40 and adult meal cost is only $4.50.

“Once our students return to school, they will be greeted with the smell of delicious food cooking,” said Templeton. “Meals will be a higher quality and more restaurant style food.”  

Menu items will include items such as teriyaki rice bowls, bento hummus boxes, pulled pork sliders with coleslaw, Taco Tuesday, and even chicken and waffles.  You only need to step into the school kitchen to experience the welcoming smell of fresh pizza coming out of the ovens to understand the difference.

Another change students will see is the Culinary Services staff wearing chef coats as they prepare and serve meals.  “We are professionals and we want staff to look like the professional team they are,” said Chef Youngren. “These folks work hard and deserve respect for making these meals with love and care. Our staff is extremely excited to be a part of this new Culinary Services model.  They are looking forward to the direction it is going and proud to be a part of it.  Everyone is excited, onboard, and willing to do whatever is needed to make sure we can meet our goals of this program.”

“It is exciting,” said Glenda Huddleston, Culinary Services Server 1. “It just feels better to actually be cooking and serving fresh food.  And it tastes good!”  Staff involvement includes the use of their recipes. Culinary Services Server 2, Linda Manire’s fresh pineapple salsa and pico de gallo recipes were used for a recent Taco Tuesday meal.  

Rice, as WSD CTE Director, is playing a large part in the development of the new meal service program.  “My role is to see the bigger picture as well as watch the fine details,” she explained. “I’m helping guide the program in the direction we want it to be in the future.”  Long-term, WSD would like to build in the opportunities for WHS culinary students to learn and grow their skills working with Culinary Services staff in partnership with their teacher, Chef Brenda Hitchins.  Eventually they would like to leverage partnerships to develop and establish a registered Youth Apprenticeship Program.

“We hope our students will enjoy the food more and that less students feel they need to bring lunches to school,” Rice said. “As a parent, I remember the added stress of trying to get a healthy, yet delicious meal together every day for my child and we would like parents to know that we have their backs. We want the food they eat here to be some of the best meals they had all day. We’re creating a food experience, one where folks look forward to what is on the menu for the next day and they are talking about it.”

“The highest compliment will be when students are posting photos of their school lunch on social media to tell others how yummy is,” Rice added.  

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Getting pizza out of the oven.

VANCOUVER, WA —Carolyn Long, candidate for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, received a political endorsement from The Columbian, which serves Vancouver and greater Clark County. 

“Our recommendation hinges on Long’s demonstrated ability to meet with and listen to constituents throughout the district; her understanding of economic policy; and her understanding of Congress’ role in holding the executive branch accountable,” the paper editorial board said. 

The Columbian concluded that she was the “superior choice to represent the Third.” Read the full endorsement from The Columbian below.  

“I am honored to receive The Columbian’s endorsement for the second time,” said Long. “In Congress, I will fight hard every day to bring affordable healthcare, family-wage jobs, and will only work for Southwest Washington. We desperately need new leadership to guide us out of this economic and public health crisis. And we need a leader who will listen. I will continue to listen to Southwest Washington by holding town halls, roundtable conversations on policy issues, and Coffees with Carolyn in our community.”

Abby Olmstead, Campaign Manager said, “Like many Southwest Washingtonians, The Columbian recognizes that our leadership has failed us. Small businesses continue to close, people are out of work, and our infrastructure is crumbling, all while D.C. politicians prioritize their corporate donors over their own constituency. It’s clearer than ever that it’s time for a change.”

Read the full endorsement below: 

Although each will try to portray the other as an extremist, congressional candidates Carolyn Long and Jaime Herrera Beutler are relatively moderate representatives of their parties. Each is capable of being an effective voice for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, and each has demonstrated a strong understanding of the issues that impact our region.

The Columbian Editorial Board recommends a vote for Democratic challenger Carolyn Long against Herrera Beutler, the Republican incumbent. As always, this is merely a recommendation; The Columbian trusts that voters will study the candidates and the issues before casting an informed ballot.

Our recommendation hinges on Long’s demonstrated ability to meet with and listen to constituents throughout the district; her understanding of economic policy; and her understanding of Congress’ role in holding the executive branch accountable.

Long, a political science professor who lost to Herrera Beutler by 5 percentage points two years ago, built her 2018 campaign on a series of town hall meetings. That strategy has been hampered this year by social distancing, but it reflects her willingness to engage with constituents ranging from Goldendale to Long Beach. Herrera Beutler has not held an in-person town hall since early 2017, opting instead to answer selected questions on conference calls.

Long also demonstrates a strong understanding of economics. During a joint interview with the editorial board, Herrera Beutler defended the tax cuts and spending increases she supported in 2018, inaccurately claiming that the federal deficit was decreasing before the pandemic scuttled the economy. Long said: “We were told two years ago that the Republicans’ tax plan was going to pay for itself. We learned that within a year, a trillion dollars was added to the federal debt. That’s money that my daughter is going to pay for.”

Herrera Beutler also lauds President Trump’s economic policies and tariffs. Those policies devastated American farming prior to the pandemic, with taxpayers shelling out $28 billion in aid to farmers over two years.

Meanwhile, Herrera Beutler revealed to the editorial board that she plans to vote for Trump in his bid for reelection. In 2016, she declined to support Trump and says she voted for then-Rep. Paul Ryan as a write-in candidate. Last year, she voted against the House of Representatives’ impeachment of the president, at one point calling the proceedings a “farce.”

Regarding checks and balances, Long said, “Congress needs to reassert itself.”

Herrera Beutler has some strong selling points to warrant a sixth term in Washington, D.C. Those include a genuine ability to work in a bipartisan fashion and to focus on the needs of Southwest Washington. She has been active in trying to reduce sea lion predation on salmon in the Columbia River and in developing measures to reduce maternal mortality. Her work often focuses on health care issues, but we disagree with her frequent votes to overturn the Affordable Care Act without offering a viable alternative. For her part, Long supports strengthening the Affordable Care Act but does not support Medicare-for-all.

It is impossible to paint a complete picture of either candidate’s positions in a single editorial, and we recommend that voters do their homework rather than believe what they see in TV ads. Video of The Columbian’s interview is available online, and both candidates have agreed to debate on Oct. 9.

But in our opinion, Carolyn Long is the superior choice to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Camas, WA — When Jacquie Hill, owner of Body Bliss Yoga, decided to organization a donation center for regional wildfire evacuees, she had no idea the incredible response she’d get.

The announcement that she’d partner with neighboring business, Lily Atelier, isn’t even a week old, and the donations pile in daily.

“I’m super happy that so many people were generous both with their time and with the supplies they donated,” said Hill. “We have received games, school supplies, nice clothes for all ages and genders, pet supplies, diapers, backpacks, all kinds of great things. The studio is filled with such great energy, and now all these supplies are heading our to Oregon communities devastated by the wildfires.”

Hill partnered up with Blake Brinker, a local Camas resident, who is working with the Global Empowerment Mission to ensure these supplies get to people who need them the most.

Since last Wednesday, Body Bliss Yoga Studio and Lily Atelier have been serving as drop off centers that pile up daily, which are then sorted by type, gender and age in boxes, bins and bags. It’s all quite organized.

“Jacquie has done an incredible job making this happen,” said Marilyn Reed, owner of Lily Atelier, a women’s boutique in downtown Camas. “We were happy to partner with her and we received so much support from our customers. Thank you so much!”

Hill said the donations received these past several days will support hundreds of families.

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To the Editor:

In Camas, we have an incredible opportunity to elect a leader who will sit across the table from you. Senator Rivers has been in the Senate eight years but still goes out knocking on doors. She leaves her phone number on fliers so that any constituent can call her, and makes sure to have a town hall or public event with her constituents every quarter, not just during campaign seasons. Not too often do you have the chance to elect a politician who is genuinely service-oriented. My son is an intern for her and I can speak on some of the stories he’s told about her. Trying to direct homeless families to resources, helping people with disabilities get pandemic relief, working as a golf caddy to put her son through college, and of course, giving an opportunity to my son, are all examples of her service that I can testify to. 

As a leader, she’s exactly the type of person you want to have a line of communication with. Ann Rivers is the whip of the Republican party and rises above party labels to work on bipartisan bills. No matter who you are, you can count on her to answer your calls, return your emails, and work for you in Olympia. With all the problems we currently face we should not accept anything less than an experienced leader who cares about us. Ann Rivers is the clear choice for the state senate.  

Sincerely,
Eric Gonzalez

Editor’s Note: While we don’t receive many letters to the editor, we do encourage them. We ask that each letter be civil and respectful. All received will be considered. Please email letters to [email protected] with “LETTER TO THE EDITOR” in the subject line.

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Adventure Dental lands double title in 2020 Best of Clark County. Despite COVID closures, Adventure Dental was announced last month as both the best dental office and runner up for the best orthodontics office of 2020. 

Every year The Columbian nominates businesses in various categories as “The Best of Clark County.” The nominees are voted for by friends, family, and residents of Clark County. All winners can be found on bestofclarkcounty.com

This island adventure-themed pediatric dental office is located in Salmon Creek in the Vancouver, WA area and creates a fun and carefree experience for both kids, teens and adults needing orthodontics. Doctors Todd, Neil, Justin, and Wolfgramm are big kids themselves whose goal is to help each and every patient feel happy and comfortable while at their office. 

The office is thrilled to be welcoming patients back after COVID closures earlier this year. Safety precautions are in full effect but the energy at Adventure Dental remains the same. Here are a few comments some recent patients have left;

“Our first visit to Adventure Dental was during covid. Still a fabulous experience for my three and five year old” – Jenny K

Greta Laurine also leaves a five star Google review saying, “Great experience during this crazy COVID time. Took extra precautions with safety: mask wearing, temperature checks, individual waiting area and dividers separating client rooms. Kids enjoyed the fun atmosphere and warm personalities of the hygienists and dentist.”

Dr. Justin Heaton of Adventure Dental said: “We are extremely excited and humbled to be awarded Best Dental Office in Clark County! We are committed to serving those in our community and to providing the best dental care possible to each and every patient.”

COVID-19 EXPOSURE update from Clark County Public Health: An employee at Chiro One Wellness Center Salmon Creek, 13800 NE 20th Ave., tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The employee worked while potentially contagious and may have exposed nearly 300 patients who visited the office over four days last week. The employee also exposed the 14 other employees at the wellness center.

All patients who visited the Salmon Creek office Sept. 8, Sept. 9, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 are considered close contacts who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should quarantine immediately. Patients who visited the Salmon Creek office on other days, or visited other Chiro One locations, were not exposed and do not need to quarantine.

Public Health will call each patient to notify them of their exposure and provide additional information about quarantine, but it may take several days to reach all 300 people. Patients who were in the Chiro One Wellness Center in Salmon Creek anytime Sept. 8-11 should quarantine immediately and not wait for a call from Public Health.

Patients should quarantine for 14 days from their most recent visit to the wellness center during that Sept. 8-11 timeframe. Individuals in quarantine should stay home and avoid all contact with anyone who isn’t a household member. They should not go to work, attend church or visit any public places, such as grocery stores.

Anyone who has questions prior to being contacted by Public Health can call 360.386.2140. Public Health recommends all close contacts call their health care providers and request testing for COVID-19, even if they do not have symptoms. Close contacts should quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the test result. Anyone who develops symptoms during the 14-day quarantine, even if they tested negative earlier, should be tested for COVID-19.

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The Clark County chapter of Turning Point USA, a grassroots organization with tabling events, meetings, rallies, debates and other community events, with a focus on helping high school and college level students, is setting up a food and supplies drive for wildfire evacuees from Wednesday to Saturday. All donations collected from this week will go directly to Clackamas County evacuees this Sunday at 9 am.

TPUSA Humanitarian Aid Mission 2020 is asking for the following items:

Gift Cards (Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes etc.), toiletries (mouth wash, tooth paste/brushes etc), hand warmers, clothes, non-perishable foods (canned goods, rice, beans, nuts, dry milk powder) water, blankets, pet food, etc…

Drop-off Points 

From Wednesday to Friday 4-6 PM (Saturday 1-2 PM) anyone can donate and drop off food/supplies at any of these places at any of these times. 

Costco Parking Lot: (4-6 PM Mon-Fri, Sat 1-2 PM

6720 NE 84TH ST, VANCOUVER 98665

Skyview High School Parking lot: (4-6 PM Mon-Fri, Sat 1-2 PM

1300 NW 139th St, Vancouver, WA 98685

Vancouver Mall Macy’s parking lot: (4-6 PM Mon-Fri, Sat 1-2 PM

8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662

Sunday the 20th Meet at the Macy’s Parking lot at Vancouver Mall

 9:00 leave 9:30 AM

TPUSA Members and any others that want to join will be going down to Clackamas town center and other evacuee camps in the area. 

ANYONE THAT WANTS TO HELP THAT HAS A TRAILER/TRUCK CONTACT WAYNE ETTLING AT [email protected] 

Feature photo courtesy of KATU.

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