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Camas, WA —The City of Camas has announced that four finalists have been named in the search for the City’s next Administrator.

Under the authority and direction of the Mayor, the City Administrator assumes full management responsibility for all City operations, while also implementing policy decisions made by City Council, preparing recommendations, and advising on matters requiring legislative action.

The four finalists and their brief biographies are listed below, in alphabetical order:

Jeff Niten

Jeff Niten has served as the City Manager for the City of Shelton, Washington since 2019. Prior to his time in Shelton, Niten was the Community Development Director for the City of Ridgefield, Washington and spent nine years at Clark County, Washington in various planning roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.

Kira Peters

Kira Peters has served as the Community Services Administrator/Library System Director in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, for the past four years. Prior to her current role, she held multiple positions for the City of Scottsdale, including the Parks and Recreation Manager. Peters holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Organizational Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University.

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Keith Stahley

Keith Stahley currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Olympia, Washington. Prior to serving as the Assistant City Manager, Stahley served as the City of Olympia’s Community Planning and Development Director. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University, a Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Amity, Oregon. Prior to his time in Amity, Thomas served as a Lieutenant Colonel and Squadron Commander in the United States Air Force. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from Trident University International, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oregon.

The candidates will partake in a two-day interview process with various groups in and around the City, including department heads, City Council members and members of different community groups.

The public is also invited to meet the candidates and provide feedback. The Community Meet and Greet will take place, Thursday, May 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the Lacamas Lake Lodge.  Attendees will be able to mingle with the candidates in a more casual setting, and then provide their feedback to the City at the event, or electronically. 

Camas, WA — A weeklong investigation following allegations of racial slurs from Camas High School (CHS) JV baseball players against a black Skyview athlete concluded today confirming micro-aggression behavior occurred at an April 20 game. For a week, rumors have swirled about when it happened, if it happened, if it was intentional, how long the actions took place, and why the game wasn’t stopped.

A micro-aggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. CHS students have been saying on Lacamas Magazine social media sites the school does have issues with students and faculty who regularly put down racial minorities, and are frustrated administrators don’t take any action.

Camas parents who attended a 4 pm team meeting today with CHS administrators said Skyview’s claims stem from comments overheard during pre-game warmups. As the Papermakers were doing grave digger exercises they were chanting “grave diggers” as they regularly do. Skyview said the Camas players were yelling “grave n——s,” a racial insult aimed at a black Skyview baseball player.

Camas players insist they didn’t say that harmful word, but Skyview stands by their claims. Camas players felt today’s statement was rushed, and didn’t give players an opportunity to be heard. Several left the meeting feeling slighted.

Although CHS Principal Tom Morris and Athletic Director Rory Oster didn’t go into specifics in their statement, they did confirm evidence of racial slurs.

Morris and Oster issued this statement today, which was authored by Dr. Charlene Williams, Assistant Superintendent of Camas Schools:

Dear Camas Community,

You may be aware of allegations made about racist actions that took place at a JV baseball game between Skyview HS and Camas HS last week. Below is a message from Camas HS that was shared with Skyview High School athletics and administration today. 

Now that the investigation is complete, we want to share this with you in an effort to keep you informed. Please know that we cannot share information about student discipline. 

This is not how we want to be represented in our community, and we continue to be committed to our equity work.

Rory Oster, Athletic Director

Tom Morris, CHS Principal

Dear Skyview Baseball Team and Administration,

After a week of investigation, while we were not able to confirm all allegations, we do know that our players engaged in racial micro-aggressions at the April 20, 2022, JV baseball game. Their actions and the inaction of the athletes who witnessed these acts, clearly illustrate that a problem exists in our team. We are deeply sorry this occurred and apologize for the harm our players caused to Skyview team members.

Therefore, all JV games will remain canceled until the situation with Skyview and Camas JV baseball teams is resolved. Looking ahead, Camas staff will be working with its students to determine how the harm they caused can be repaired. Our plan is to engage with you to restore relationships and build a path forward. Additionally, WIAA recently created a policy around halting games when racist acts are reported; we will ensure all staff and athletes are aware of this policy and how to respond to and interrupt racist acts.

We condemn all forms of racism and will continue our work to eliminate racism in our system.

Sincerely,

Rory Oster, Athletic Director

Tom Morris, CHS Principal

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Camas, WA —The only outdoor skate park in East Clark County, is ready for a refresh. Built in 2002, the Camas-Washougal Skate Park, while currently functional, is desperately in need of renovations.

Camas Parks and Recreation is currently working with a host of partners to design plans for multiple new features at the park.  But with new features, come new costs. To help offset those costs, the City is working with the Camas Parks Foundation to kick off a month-long fundraising campaign, starting with a classic skate movie at Liberty Theatre, April 28.

Join the Camas Parks Foundation, and Camas Parks & Recreation at the Liberty Theatre, Thursday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., for the showing of “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography” (rated PG for some strong language). Bones Brigade is a classic skateboard movie featuring skateboard stars Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill.

Admission is $7.50, and tickets will be pre-sold, and seats pre-selected by visiting: https://www.camasliberty.com/movie/129019/Bones-Brigade-An-Autobiography  All ticket proceeds will be donated towards the Camas-Washougal Skate Park improvements! 

In addition, the month-long fundraising effort will also include an on-line silent auction which will begin April 28 and run through June 4, culminating with a skate event at the Camtown Youth Festival! Check out the amazing auction items, stay up to date with the progressive fundraising efforts, or donate directly on the “Donate to the Skate Park” button at:  https://www.camasparksfoundation.org/skatepark 

Major contributors to this project include Camas Parks Foundation, Collective Concrete, Grains of Wrath, Liberty Theatre, Live Well Camas, Lunch Money, Nest & Love Photography, Poler, Parks Foundation of Clark County and Yew Skateboards. You can view all the donors, sponsors and contributors by visiting the Camas Parks Foundation web page at: https://www.camasparksfoundation.org/skatepark 

For questions or more information contact: Krista Bashaw at 360-817-7991 or [email protected]

For questions or information related to the on-line fundraiser, contact: Vicki Kerr at 503-730-5300

Local artist and Clark County Master Gardener Liz Pike is organizing a community Easter egg hunt at her organic Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie on Saturday, April 16th. The Port of Camas Washougal, Minuteman Press, ART FARM and Shangri-La Aviation are also co-sponsors of this country style Easter egg hunt. Visitors must park at Grove Field Airport, 632 NE 267th Avenue, just around the corner from Shangri-La Farm. The Easter Bunny will be driving the farm’s all-electric Sunflower Mobile; transporting attendees from the airport parking lot through the woods on a forest trail to the farm. 

The Easter egg hunt is actually three events in one, separated by ages. There’s a Tots Egg Hunt for ages 0-4 at 10:00a.m., followed by a Kids Egg Hunt for ages 5-8 at 11:00a.m., and a Big Kids Hunt for children over 9 years of age at noon on Saturday, April 16th. “We are inviting our community to experience Spring on a farm,” says Liz. “There’s lots to see this time of year including baby chicks and newborn lambs.” 

While at the farm for Easter egg hunt festivities, Liz invites the public to tour her lush gardens and see honeybees and happy chickens in action. Wander around raised vegetable beds and stroll the meandering trails through botanical flower gardens. See berry patches and fruit orchards along with Shangri-La Farm’s “e-crap station,” an environmentally conscious recycled animal poop composting system. There’s also a quaint farm stand open year round which sells farm fresh eggs from free-range chickens as well as organic fruits and vegetables during the season. 

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Activities at the farm are as diverse as the plant life. Liz has a working art studio, an exhibition art gallery and an instructional studio at the farm, where she teaches oil painting workshops. Her ART FARM Sip&Paint studio accommodates up to nine students for scheduled classes. A complete schedule can be found at http://lizpike.art. Guests are invited to tour all of the art studios while attending the Easter egg hunt. 

Shangri-La Farm has been part of the Clark County Natural Garden Tour in 2018, 2019 and 2020. This year’s Tour is slated for Sunday, July 17th. Liz and her husband Neil Cahoon established Shangri-La Farm in 2010. 

“After eleven years of blood, sweat and tears, we enjoy sharing our farm with the public,” said Liz. “All year long, visitors stop in to purchase fresh items at our roadside farm stand. We invite them to tour the gardens and experience the changing beauty of the season.” 

Liz and her husband understand the importance of fostering a local, sustainable food system. 

“We realize people have food choices and we appreciate the support we receive from local families. This Easter egg hunt is one small way we can give back,” added Liz. 

For more information, Liz can be reached at 360-281-8720 or email [email protected] Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie is located at 26300 NE Third Street, Camas, WA 98607. 

Camas, WA — The team at Natalia’s Cafe invites you to their Malt Shop Grand Opening event this Friday evening! The city of Camas is blocking off part of 4th Avenue for the festivities, which includes fun from all several merchants, including Juxtaposition, Arktana, Camas Gallery, Caffe Piccolo and many more!

Here’s what will be happening:

• The DJ will start playing music at 4 pm.

• Professional artist Anna Norris will begin her live painting at 4 pm. Guests may purchase $5 raffle tickets to purchase Anna’s painting and at 8 pm Friday a raffle ticket will be drawn to determine the winner of the painting. All proceeds to benefit our local food bank.

• The official malt shop ribbon cutting starts at 5 pm.

• The Hula Hoop contest starts at 6 pm. The winner will receive a gift certificate from Juxtaposition.

• There will be a Pie Eating contest, and the cafe is still seeking volunteers for that. 

• There will be an Instagram contest — which is a take your photo in your 50s attire to win a free specialty ice cream — once a month for a year. You need to tag Juxtaposition and Natalia’s Cafe in your posts.

• The Special Grand Opening Menu is $5.99 burgers, fries and a drink; $4.99 hot dogs, fries and a drink; and $2.99 root beer floats

• Kids will receive free mini ice cream cones.

• Juxtaposition will be handing out tokens and kids can get toppings for their ice cream cones.

• There will be many kids photo opportunity!

• A Balloon guy will be making balloons. 

Come to downtown Camas this Friday to enjoy the experience! Natalia’s Cafe is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Dallas St. in Camas.

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The Natalia’s Cafe Malt Shop.

CAMAS, WA – The Camas Police Department will begin a full-time body-worn camera program starting in April, Chief Mitch Lackey announced today.  The department contracted with the AXON company last fall for the equipment, including software and data storage, which is necessary for a body-worn camera program to meet the new state requirements for recording custodial interviews.  Now, the department is ready to take the next step and institute a full, body-worn camera program, which will allow officers record all their field actions.

In February 2021, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik, and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Action and Reform Committee, put out a joint letter to the community and all local governments.   In that letter, the Prosecutor’s Office stressed the importance of implementing body-worn camera programs for all local law enforcement agencies.  In addition to being a valuable tool for prosecutors, body-worn cameras also build community trust by demonstrating transparency and openness into the way police officers carry out their duties.  The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office hoped that local governments would work diligently to secure funding for this important tool.

Golik recently praised Camas PD for their quick work on establishing the program.

“I want to thank the Camas Police Department for their leadership in implementing a body-worn camera system,” Golik said. “The Prosecutor’s Office is in strong support of body camera systems. Our office’s mission to seek justice is a shared mission with law enforcement agencies. Our joint mission will be furthered through evidence that will be gathered by body cameras. Law Enforcement body cameras systems are a critical tool that will help ensure the public has confidence in our community’s criminal justice system. The Camas Police Department should be congratulated for moving forward on body cameras.”

While Camas Police officers possessed the AXON equipment for the more limited purpose of the custodial recordings mandated by the state, there was always a plan to move toward implementing a full body-worn camera program, which is the program that will begin next month. 

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“I am extremely grateful to former Mayor Ellen Burton, current Mayor Steve Hogan, as well as the entire Camas City Council, for their support for this program,” said Chief Lackey. “Without their guidance, and budgetary support, we would not have been able to successfully bring this to the community.”   

Last year, the Camas City Council authorized a five-year lease with AXON for the equipment and data storage, in the amount of $311,168.00.  In addition to the equipment costs, there will be some increased staffing needs in the police department’s records unit who will handle the public records requests for the videos. The department hopes to add a full-time Police Records Clerk later this year to meet that need.

The City was able to fund the start-up of the body-worn camera program through a combination of general fund dollars and one-time revenue provided by the State of Washington for criminal justice purposes.  In addition, the police department has also applied for grants, however, no grant funding has been received yet. 

Over the past few months, the department administration and City management team worked closely with the labor group representing Camas police officers to develop a body-worn camera policy, which is a critical piece of the body-worn camera program.  The new policy provides officers guidance on when they’re expected to use their cameras, and in what settings that they are allowed to turn the cameras off.  It balances the desire by the public for transparency along with protecting individual privacy rights. 

Officers will now begin training on the new program in small groups and will start wearing their body-worn cameras immediately after completing the training.  Because of this, the community may notice some officer with cameras, and others without during this initial period.  However, Chief Lackey stated that all Camas officers will likely complete the training by the end of April 2022. 

The video data created by the body-worn camera program is stored by the AXON company and is retained for the period of time mandated by the Washington State Archivist.  Depending on what type of incident was captured on the video, the retention of that video is mandated for varying amounts of time.

“This is a big step for the Camas Police Department, and more importantly, the right step,” Lackey said. “Our officers do outstanding work each day in this community and these cameras will now document that work for all to see. In law enforcement, disputes do sometimes arise about what was done, what was said or what actually happened. These cameras will now create a video record that should help resolve some of those disputes.”

Camas, WA — Team Mean Machine and Discovery High School worked for months on the Power Pivot Project, which this week won a National Finalist title in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. 

This is a device that helps people with limited mobility. The Power Pivot™ is a portable motorized disk that can assist caregivers transferring persons with limited mobility between wheelchairs, seats, and beds. Unlike existing transfer disks, the Power Pivot™ provides rotation to move the patient without having to twist or apply force. 

In December, the team entered the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition, and won statewide. Then, in February they made a video submission for the chance to win $50,000 as a national finalist and $100,000 and a national overall winner. On Thursday, Samsung announced the National Finalist, and the Power Pivot was one of them. There is a bounce of $10,000 to the project that gets the most community engagement. 

You can vote for Discovery High School at https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ 

Here’s the video submission: https://youtu.be/tTN3_SSdZ0w

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Camas, WA — Local photographer Lara Blair wanted to do more to spotlight Ukraine, and decided to use her skills to reach out to the community and learn more. The results are stunning!

“I make myself watch the news with images of women and children saying goodbye to their men who stay behind to fight,” said Blair. “The unfathomable transfer of sick children from a hospital to a train car ready for escape–we just can’t wrap our heads around this type of suffering.  As they say, there’s no such thing as somebody else’s children. How can this be happening? These are the thoughts that lay heavy on my heart and I wanted to do more than just donate money to support Ukraine.

“I decided to put an all-call out to local Ukrainian women who might want to come to the studio to be photographed in flower crowns. My assistant, Erin, and I did research on how to build vinoks and we created five crowns for our models to wear. Three beautiful, strong women and two children came to create with us in the studio on March 7th. I was moved by their stories, brought to tears by the heartache, worry and pain. It was amazing to see them in traditional head pieces with shoulders back and sparkling eyes. I held it together until they left and then broke down with the heaviness of what comes next for them. What an honor it was to get to know and capture these women.”

Blair said she knew there had to be more “to make the connection with this beautiful culture. I’ve always believed art brings people together and communicates what can’t be spoken. My team and I were so happy to celebrate the beauty and goodness of Ukraine, if only for a couple of hours.”

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Camas, WA — An independent ESD 112 investigation into allegations of racial slurs and taunting at a December 10 Camas home girls basketball game has concluded with nine findings, and no evidence to substantiate the allegations.

Investigator Gay Selby submitted her findings to Camas School District (CSD) Superintendent Doug Hood on January 20, and the report was released to Camas parents today. The investigation began after a December 13 Holla Mentors letter from Benson High School (BHS) Coach Eric Knox to CSD leadership alleging racial slurs (including the “N” word) and taunting from the student section during the JV and Varsity games on December 10 at the Camas High School gymnasium, also known as The Warehouse.

In her conclusion, Selby said “that some sort of inappropriate language likely was used by the CHS students, though no students could be specifically identified.”

In his letter, Knox said: “Based on my team’s experience in your gym Friday night, clearly you have a lot more work to do around fundamental principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. My team is solely comprised of young women of color; they deserve to be treated with respect and feel safe no matter what gym they play in. What are you going to do to ensure that Camas High School will be a safe environment for the next team of non-white students that plays in your gym? I leave this question for all of you to grapple with and I trust that you will do so.” 

Hood said his administration took the allegations seriously and moved swiftly to initiate the investigation.

Selby’s investigation focused on the following: 

  • Allegations by BHS Coach, Eric Knox, that racial slurs, including the “N-word” were directed by CHS students in the bleachers, toward BHS players, on the court. 
  • Interviews with CHS students, CHS administrators and supervisors, CHS parents and supporters, referees, the BHS coach, and BHS players. 
  • Two videos of the CHS-BHS girls’ varsity basketball game (no video available of junior varsity game) and newspaper articles, including Camasonian (CHS school newspaper) article, and social media posts. 
  • Review of any applicable policies and handbooks (CHS Code of Conduct). 
  • Review of applicable emails. 
  • Camas High School Code of Conduct (Camas School District Policy 3207), p.28

Nearly 50 people were interviewed, including: CHS Athletic Director, CHS Principal, CHS Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach, CHS Cheerleader Advisor, CHS Cheerleaders (4), Referees (3), CHS Players (3), CHS Parents and Supporters, CHS Students (28, not including cheerleaders and players) Non-Camas High School Student, BHS Varsity Coach, BHS Players (2), and WIAA Executive Director.

Selby’s findings: 

“To arrive at these findings, I interviewed each of the persons listed above and reviewed two separate videos of the girls’ varsity basketball game between Camas High School and Benson High School on December 10, 2021,” Selby said. “Many adults interviewed are easily identifiable, students will remain anonymous. The students interviewed represent all high school grade levels, and were dispersed throughout the student section.” 

  1. Everyone associated with CHS, who was in attendance for the junior varsity and/or the varsity games, did not recall hearing any racial slurs or seeing inappropriate gestures from the CHS student section directed at the Benson High School teams or individual players. 
  2. Each of three officials (referees) interviewed stated they had not heard any racial slurs or inappropriate gestures from the CHS student section directed at the team or individual players. They further stated the crowd, especially the students, were loud and into the game. They noted there was an issue during the game that involved the Benson coach challenging the recording of fouls. 
  3. CHS personnel in attendance at the junior varsity and/or varsity games, located in positions where they would likely hear any racial slurs or inappropriate language or gestures coming from the student section, stated they did not hear or see anything inappropriate. Both indicated that if they had heard or seen anything of this nature, they would have talked with the student(s) immediately and taken any additional appropriate action as needed. 
  4. When asked how they would describe the CHS students during the game, many students responded as follows: “really into the game, loud, energetic, supportive, enthusiastic, rowdy” but nothing different than usual when cheering on the Papermakers. 
  5. When CHS students were asked if there was anything about the game that seemed somewhat unusual from previous games they had attended, several commented on the BHS players kneeling for the National Anthem and/or being surprised when the Benson varsity coach crossed the court towards the student section but was intercepted by the referees. They acknowledged hearing the Benson coach shout something at the student section as he crossed the court, but no one could recall what he said given the loud environment of the gymnasium. 
  6. CHS parents/supporters interviewed stated they did not hear any racial slurs or inappropriate gestures coming from the student section. 
  7. Several CHS students commented a person they assumed was a Benson parent, walked in front of the student section 2-3 times, but they did not recall him saying anything to the students. 
  8. An article in the January 5, 2022, issue of the student news publication the Camasonian cited a CHS student who stated he/she had observed the racist remarks directed towards the players: “A girl on the Benson basketball team fell on the court. While she was getting back up a group of boys said to each other, ‘Black Lives Matter: we stand with you’ in a mocking tone with their fists in the air. Then they started laughing. The student said the Camas students appeared to not think the players nor the coaches could hear them. They tried to just say it to each other … the boys around that did not hear it just laughed at the so-called joke.” This incident was not cited in any of the interviews with other students seated in the CHS student section. I do not know the identity of the student quoted in the school newspaper. The student chose not to be interviewed and Camasonian student journalists protected their source. 
  9. The Benson coach stated in his letter that, “Throughout the game, both during play and timeouts, a number of my players told me one-on-one that they were hearing individuals from the student section using the N-word to taunt our players.” My interview with the coach identified three Benson players who told him they had heard the N-word; however, when and where the comments were heard differed. The coach indicated that two players had heard derogatory comments while sitting in the stands during the JV game. They moved to another area in the gymnasium. During the game a third player reported hearing the N-word which led to the coach crossing the court and approaching the Camas student section.

An interview with two of the BHS players who reported to the coach hearing derogatory comments said they heard such comments when the team walked in front of the Camas student section when they entered the gymnasium following warm-up exercises in the cafeteria/commons. The players said they heard the N-word coming from the front/center area of the CHS student section. They told the coach what they heard and he told them “don’t let them get to you.” They said the first half of the game they heard a lot of “trash talk” coming from the student section, but in the second half they heard the N-word coming again from the student section. They said that it again seemed to be coming front/center and that it was a male voice. They believe it came from the same person. They stated these were the only times they heard the N-word. Following this incident, the BHS coach crossed the court toward the CHS student section. 

At the conclusion of the interview, the Benson coach was asked if he would be willing to work with the leadership of CHS in addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He stated he would “be open” to considering such if asked.

Selby’s Conclusion

“Based on nearly 50 face-to face interviews, including two BHS players, conducted in person, via Zoom, or via telephone there is clearly a difference of opinion as to whether inappropriate language, including racial slurs and/or the use of the N-word, by CHS students occurred during the junior varsity and/or varsity girls’ basketball games between Camas High School and Benson High School on December 10, 2021,” she said.  “It is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion that racial slurs and/or inappropriate gestures were directed towards the BHS girls’ basketball team or individual players from CHS students seated in the student section of the gymnasium. I did not observe any such conduct in the videos | reviewed. However, the specificity of the allegations by Coach Knox, and his allegations were generally corroborated by the interviews of the BHS players even though the details were somewhat different. The allegations of Coach Knox were also generally corroborated by the student interviewed for the school newspaper article. Therefore, I have concluded that some sort of inappropriate language likely was used by the CHS students, though no students could be specifically identified.”

Suggestions 

The investigation offers these suggestions:

  1. The Camas High School Code of Conduct mentions “slurs” but needs to add language that directly addresses racial slurs, inappropriate gestures, and hurtful designations.  
  2. Due to the coronavirus, it was not possible to hold an all-school assembly or other large gathering of CHS students prior to the basketball season to discuss sportsmanship and appropriate language/gestures at sporting events either home or away. It is suggested this be an assembly topic, or be included in an assembly for another purpose, prior to the major sport seasons of the year. 
  3. Prior to the beginning of each athletic contest, it is suggested the PA announcer remind those in attendance, especially the student section(s) of the behavior that is expected and the behavior that will not be tolerated. 
  4. Several students alluded to occasionally hearing racial slurs/comments among students around the campus of CHS. It is, therefore, suggested the administration and faculty continue their efforts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion following a comprehensive plan develop with those who have the required knowledge and experience, including a strong student voice.

Hood issued this statement:

Camas Community,

“In December, we received a devastating complaint regarding racial slurs used during a basketball game between Benson and Camas High schools which prompted an immediate third-party investigation. We are so sorry and deeply regret that any member or guest in our community would experience such a hateful act.

“It is imperative that we remain vigilant in our commitment to dismantling racist practices and experiences in our schools and community. Unfortunately, our students, families, and staff tell us that racist and other hateful incidents persist in our hallways, classrooms, and athletic spaces as confirmed by the investigation. We must continue to uproot and condemn all racist, xenophobic, and other hate-based behaviors and plan to take action. What follows is the conclusion of the investigation report received on Thursday, January 20, and the beginning of a set of ongoing practices to address concerns.”

Camas, WA — Nominated by Coach Dale Rule for his efforts to help a local family in need, Camas resident Bill Criddle received the Mill Town Pride Award at Monday night’s Camas School Board meeting.

Criddle, along with the help of others, raised funds to help a family pay past due electricity bills, and also give them a credit with Clark Public Utilities.

“I am honored, humbled and a little embarrassed to have received this award from the Camas School Board,” said Criddle. “Personally, I wish that no one knew what we had done. I say ‘we’ as this was not just me. This was our community. Several people, that without asking who it was for, and wanting to remain anonymous, just stepped up to help when needed. This is Camas! I just happened to be the one that sent a text to a few friends. I know that each of us can make a positive impact in our community if we look for ways to serve others. Thank you Dale for the nomination and incredible things you said and thank you CSD for the award.”

The Mill Town Pride Award recognizes local community members who do things to improve life in and around Camas.

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Criddle being acknowledged at Monday’s Camas School Board meeting.
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Supporting Bill Criddle.