The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar, located in Camas, has released a limited summer menu — and all options usher in the flavors and frs.

Here’s what is new at The Hammond this summer:

  • Carlton Farms Pork shop: Double cut with roasted pineapple chutney, macadamia nuts, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh spring vegetables.
  • Tomato salad: Organic grape heirloom tomatoes, with Portland creamery chèvre, arugula, white and dark balsamic glaze, and fresh pesto.
  • Ricotta Meatballs: Marinara, fresh mozzarella, pesto, shallot gastrique, and pecorino cheese.

And, be sure to enjoy your favorite drink during the meal, and finish your experience with one of their choice desserts.

4857 NW LAKE RD #200,
CAMAS WA 98607 

PHONE: 360 954 5620
EMAIL: [email protected]

The Hammond still offers takeout options, and encourages online ordering here:

New summer menu at The Hammond.

Dr. Jeff Snell, Superintendent of Camas School District, recently answered several questions about that state of the district as it navigates this COVID-19 pandemic.

How has this transition from in-school to at-home learning been going?

Overall, I think we’re happy about the transition. We just had a two-day window to convert. We are learning a lot. Each teacher has learned a lot. It’s a work in progress.

Some things are working well, some are not.

You have to try and take risks to get to success. I’m glad that families and students are taking risks. The class meetings have been successful, and it’s good to see each other’s faces. The ability to record lessons and drive home key concepts is what we’re excited about. We are working toward personalizing things for students. 

For example, if a teacher is doing a math lesson and there’s a key concept about finding the Y intercept of the line that teacher can make mini-videos about how to do that. Students will then be able to go back and learn. During the school year, it’s hard to find the time to do that. This has created a pause to help make different building blocks to help them learn. They are thinking differently.

I think every teacher is working harder than they’ve ever been. You take a job you’ve done for 20 years and everything is flipped upside down.

What’s the status of Food Services? Are we meeting the need? 

We have a couple of separate programs going on.  One is our food services program through our schools.  They are serving breakfast and lunch to students through pick up locations.  The number of students we’re serving has grown each week as we find new families.  We have about 10 bus routes that deliver meals and our food service staff prepares those meals.  We have been averaging over 5500 meals a week and will top the 50,000 meal mark on Monday. 

We also have a food bank type of program going on at the Jack, Will, and Rob center.  Our community has stepped up and been so generous with their donations. Our current inventory is good, and the needs continue to grow.  We’ve receive money donations and have about 10-12 volunteer shoppers that go out and purchase items to keep the inventory up to date. 

What’s happening with graduation?

We are delivering a virtual graduation for June 12-13 for both high schools. We’ve been making a lot of other plans with students and parents, and we are trying to be creative by meeting those needs. Phase two gives us a little more flexibility. Depending on whatever phase we’re in we’re hoping to be able to scale up the activities.  Many have shared how important it is to them to walk across a stage and receive their diploma so we’re looking at a date in early August to hopefully be able to do that. We are also targeting Homecoming in the Fall to start some new traditions like a grad walk before a football game. We are trying to have multiple dates and opportunities so we can try to meet the needs of graduates and their families.

How has the pandemic affected the Camas School District budget?

We engage with our local elected officials and we’re on weekly webinars with the state superintendent, and from what they’re saying the budget deficit continues to grow. I think the next three to four years could be very difficult. Public education is more than half of the state budget. We’re at the mercy of enrollment and the state budget.  There could be a special session this year, and there will likely be an impact in the coming school years so it’s important for us to be thoughtful about our spending now and how we save for the future too.

I think everyone is a little worried about what the future holds. We try to do the best we can given the budgets we’ve been given. We want to maintain the staffing levels going into next year, because of the need of students.  It is likely that we will need to help catch students up a bit, and we’ll need each of our staff to do that, so our plan for next year’s budget is to really maintain our staffing levels.  The 2021 legislative session will be the first year of the biennium with new budgets that most likely will be impacted by the pandemic, so we could definitely have to address reductions at the state level in planning for the 2021-22 school year. 

What will Camas schools look like this Fall?

The state has set up a task force to address that and what they’ve been looking at is a range of seven models. They look at all spectrums from where we are now, and what it might look like in late August. They have told us in June we will get some guidelines from them, so we’re looking at these issues with leadership and staff. We will be having a Town Hall on June 4 to share some of our planning work and listen to ideas and concerns from the community.  We want to be thoughtful about planning for the future, recognizing how significant the events this spring have been for everyone.

What about mental health and supporting parents with at-home learning?

This is a really important focus for us.  We started off communicating with families a lot about the logistical what and now  we’re shifting to tips for conversations with students and more the how.  We’re learning a lot about what’s working and what’s not and we want to share that information. 

Regarding students in crisis: We ask teachers to reach out to each student and monitor how they’re doing.  If we don’t hear from them we’ve been trying do the phone call or even go and knock on doors to make sure everything is OK. Everything is amplified in the home.  It’s hard right now as parents are trying to figure out work, the future and help their students.  We are trying to pay attention to that. I feel like right now it’s pretty similar to what we were experiencing before. If it was on the radar before, it’s on the radar now. When you physically see students in the classroom you had a sense of the situation, but not virtually we don’t have that so we have to really pay attention to students who may be in need. 

We have a great staff; they’re working really hard. It’s been very challenging for everyone. We have the opportunity to re-invent. You see some kids flourishing in these challenging times. We will come through this as a better school district.

Snell is going on his fourth year as Superintendent of Camas Schools. To learn more what is happening in Camas schools, visit

Vancouver — Last week, Clark County submitted an application to be approved to move into Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s recovery plan. An outbreak at a local fruit processing plant put that application on hold, and local health officials continue to investigate the situation, and are actively working to keep the community safe through contact tracing and other methods.

Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County Health Director, and the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center, continue to provide updates. Here’s a look at the Clark County numbers.

  • Number of positive tests: 510
  • Number of deaths: 25
  • Number of people tested: 8,834
  • Number of contacts on monitoring: 230
  • Male deaths: 16
  • Female deaths: 9
  • Deaths aged 80+: 17
  • Deaths aged 70-79: 5
  • Deaths aged 60-69: 2
  • Deaths aged 40-49: 1
  • Long-term care facility associated deaths: 16
  • Donated N95 masks: 5,124
  • Donated surgical masks: 3,124
  • Donated masks (other): 10,147
  • Donated gloves: 102,235

Statewide Numbers

  • Number of individuals tested: 330,598
  • Number of positive tests: 20,065
  • Number of hospitalizations: 3,290
  • Number of deaths: 1,070

Law Enforcement

Crime data updates from Clark County Sheriff’s Office for Week 20 includes the following:

  • Harassment Calls fell for the first time in four weeks of unusually high call numbers, but still remains slightly higher than normal.
  • Brandishing Calls (knives and other weapons) are again much higher than usual for this time of year.
  • Restraining Orders remain higher than normal and are typical, where offenders are attempting to contact victims who have a legal right to be left alone.
  • Auto Prowl calls are again on the higher slide of normal, but only about half of the calls are resulting in actual police reports. Citizens are opting to fill out online reports but aren’t following through.

Clark County Traffic Data

Clark County
2019 vs. 2020

What came about as an idea to expand their business, Arktana is bringing product to the people— quarantine style.

“We’ve worked through this pandemic as best we can but we needed to do something different before we get to Phase 2,” said Ann Matthews, owner of Arktana.

So, what is it?

The party requires an enthusiastic leader who lets Arktana deliver their products to their driveway or backyard.

Once the store’s live event begins, these quarantine pods can touch and feel product while team Arktana livestreams the event at their store.

“It gives our customers the opportunity to touch and feel product during the live feed and order on the spot through the website: and if the item happens to be on the rack at that time they can take it home.”

It’s an idea that is starting off with a bang. The next watch party is scheduled for Friday at 5:30.

Tune in a their Facebook page to watch!

If you’d like to host your own watch party, contact Ann at [email protected]

Camas Mayor Barry McDonnell shared a message about his first six months in office during last week’s City Council meeting. You may also watch it here:

Here is the transcript of the speech:

The last six months have been, by far, the most challenging six months of my life. Learning and doing this job while also maintaining my full-time job, along with staying connected with my wife and children, is a juggling act I am constantly, actively working at. That challenge is even more compounded by a few other factors.

First, Camas is currently operating without a City Administrator. Now, I will own that impediment as it was my decision to go in a different direction, but it still has made it challenging. The City Admin position is the biggest, and I believe, the most important non-elected position in Camas. The good news is that we still have the money budgeted for the position and that we have had plenty of applicants for the job. We are starting to go through those this week to narrow it down to the right candidate.

Secondly, and as everyone is aware, there is an unprecedented global pandemic going on with COVID-19. The good news on that front is that our healthcare system has not been overrun by this disease. The bad news is that it has destroyed a lot of small businesses and our economy as a whole. Right now, we are focused on getting through the next couple of weeks, and we look forward to entering Phase 2 and starting to open our city back up. After we get through this, I think it will be important to look back and see what could have been done differently at a local, State, National, and global level once we have all the information in front of us. But until then, my focus is on managing us through these times the best that we can.

When I stood up to offer myself to this position, what I saw as the biggest challenge in Camas was around communication. First and foremost, our website is not that great – it’s something the City is working on, and right before we went into this stay at home order, we were on the way to doing that. But it needs a total overhaul, which we have already started the process. I feel confident that we can have the new updated website up and running by the end of the year.

People can’t get involved to make a difference unless they have the correct facts, and they have trusted sources to get them from. That’s what I intend for this new version of our website to provide. I want to make it more accessible to find and get correct information about what’s happening in our town. I want people to know how they can participate in ways that get results, that help our community, that strengthens us all. Camas is a small town, but I believe that together our community can do big things.

Camas is an old town with deep and honorable roots. And I am honored to be part of this town and to help lead this town. I believe myself and my team are all leading with positive values, and respect is at the forefront of those values. I understand that these are challenging times, and emotions can run high – however, I have an expectation that everyone communicates in a respectful way.

I have set that tone with my staff and with the Council, and I have the same expectation for our citizens. We can and may disagree on things; however, this can be done in a productive way where both sides present themselves with respectful candor and not contempt.

I recognize that I am not your typical Mayor. For one, I came into this position with zero government or political experience. This was not even something on my bucket list – I never dreamt that I would be the Mayor of our city. But the timing was right, and thanks to the support of many of you, I will be holding this office for the next three and a half years. I’ve committed myself to a single four-year term in office, and I believe I can accomplish a lot in that time frame. And as your Mayor, there are a lot of things that I want to accomplish.

When my term is up, my biggest hope is – and I need to believe – that there will be quality candidates who are willing to stand up and put themselves out there to be the next Mayor or Council member, people who are willing to invest their time for the betterment of Camas’ community, people who care enough about our town to ensure we protect what is important. My dream is to inspire future candidates who will take that leap of faith because they care for and believe in the health and strength of our community, they believe the way Camas looks and feels is important, and they believe that they have the ability to do what it takes to help our town move forward in a positive way. People that make it about Camas and not themselves. Inspiring people who think this way to a call to action for our town will be the biggest gauge of how I measure my success as Mayor.

Last fall, I decided to stand up for this position because I was frustrated that no one else would. And on that journey, I met with many enthusiastic and energized citizens of Camas as I asked them to vote for me as a write-in candidate. But in those same conversations I also told them not to write my name down unless they were planning to get involved too. I knew at the time, and it is abundantly clear to me now that I cannot do this job alone; in order for our city to be successful, we have to work together and keep working together. Camas needs our citizens to show up, too. In three years, if we don’t have good people, quality candidates, to pick up where I will be dropping off, I will have failed. My job in the next three and a half years is to get people to give a damn and show up – and to show up with optimism.

Under normal circumstances, the biggest contingency of people who show up to City functions are the people who are upset, who only get involved when they are angry about a specific issue. I know this particularly well because not long ago, my wife was one of those people. The first time I went to a City Council meeting was when Stacy came down to complain about losing the Crown Park pool. That was my first experience with Council meetings, and to be honest with you, my first experience with local government. It was frustrating for Stacy not getting a satisfying answer from the City, and ultimately she ended up having no impact for our beloved Crown Park pool. It was frustrating for me; I saw the communication between our City and ourselves as a one-way street. We were both ignorant to the processes. We did not know what a Council meeting was but had an expectation that this is where you went to get answers.

Now, as Mayor, I recognize there needs to be a place for citizens to publicly interact with their elected officials, and I have come to recognize that our City Council meetings are not the ideal place for this as these are specifically set up as a time for Council to approve the policies and budgets that must be held in public. That is the purpose of these meetings.

Two council meetings ago, I said that we would start posting the questions online that we had received in meetings so that everyone would have access to the responses. What I didn’t anticipate was turning the meetings into a question and answer section at the beginning and end as well as creating some potential public request issues along the way. It’s also a terrible format for questions and answers. Ultimately, I feel like it’s important to have an actual dialogue with citizens and that creating a separate place for that is the way to go. At the same time, we need a better way of communicating questions and answers in a more streamlined fashion. We are working on this as a component with our City’s website. During meetings, we will continue to follow up with individuals with questions to get results, but I need to find a better format and forum to do so. The last two weeks have been extremely busy, and I still have the questions from last meeting and will get them updated soon.

But because these meetings are a challenging place to have a meaningful conversation, starting this summer I will be rolling out a new type of meeting, an open town hall AMA (Ask the Mayor Anything) with the ability for our citizens to engage with myself and other leaders in our town on a regular basis in a space that’s designed for open conversations. I believe this will be a more effective way for all of us to communicate and would be something that Council members will be able to join me on a regular basis going forward, too. As of this moment, I am unsure as to how I will roll it all out currently, but I am looking forward to it and will get the information out to you as we firm up the plans.

So, we have a lot going on in Camas right now. Not everything is perfect, but we are constantly working together toward identifying our issues and solving our problems. And I think it’s very important to emphasize both sides of that equation – that with as many moving parts as there are to an entire city, there will always be things that need to be fixed, and conversely, that myself and my team are actively making improvements to make Camas a better place to live, work, and enjoy, too. It’s important not to get caught up in emotions on a singular issue; it’s important to keep a perspective of all the moving parts – to see and acknowledge all of the good that we have going on in this City. It is important to not only be realistic but optimistic, to be engaged, to be thoughtful, and to be respectful, and now is a time more than ever that we as neighbors and friends in Camas need to come together and work together as we go through these strange times and help each work together to build a future we can all enjoy. We are all here because this is a place we love and enjoy living in, because we want the best for this place and our community. I know that’s why you’re here, too, and Camas absolutely needs you, our citizens, as part of our equation for success.

Thank you for your time and your vote of confidence, I’m pretty sure I went over my three minutes there. I am happy to be, and even though my hair is a little bit greyer than it was last fall, I am still very optimistic for what the future of Camas can be when we all work together. And I truly believe we can.”

The Camas Washougal Business Alliance has altered their 12th Annual Stuff the Scholarship event, which is now all online. The event, originally scheduled for mid-March, will be held on Saturday May 23, from 6-8 pm. Register now for detailed instructions. 

This year, the Stuff the Scholarship team had planned to host the event at Lacamas Lake Lodge surrounded by friends and community. But, they can still make these scholarships happen for the very deserving senior class of 2020 (at Camas and Washougal High Schools) with your help. The event raises money to provide ample scholarships for several deserving local seniors.

The two-part event will include a Facebook Live presentation, hosted by Lacamas Magazine, Tabitha Shaffer, Angie Cherry, Linda Holmes and special guest, Tony O’Berio. While you listen to or watch us on your phone, you can have your computer open and ready to bid on your favorite silent auction items. The silent auction will be open from 6-7:30 pm and the Live Auction and farewell will run from 7:30 to 8:00 pm


Schedule of Events:

  • Facebook LIVE presentation hosted by Lacamas Magazine
  • Online bidding platform through Greater Giving
    Facebook Live 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm with Angie, Tabitha and Linda
  • The “why” behind Stuff the Scholarship
  • About the CWBA and our Mission
  • “Paddle Raise” for donations to the scholarship
  • “Fund a Need” for local food bank
  • Dedications to our sponsors
  • Package descriptions and thanks to local business
    Facebook Live 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Auction hosted by Tony Oberio
  • Closing with Angie and Tabitha

Bidding Platform:

  • Register at
  • Sent detailed instructions for the evening
  • Silent bidding open from 6-7:30
  • Live Auction with a new item every 1-3 (probably 1 minute or less) minutes starting at 7:30 pm

To learn more, visit the CW Business Alliance website:

Washougal, WA – The IMPACT CW (Camas-Washougal) food drive, organized by St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal, which helps hundreds of Camas and Washougal families with summer food boxes, is going digital this year.

“With the current COVID-19 environment, we know that now more than ever, our local communities have families in need of food,” said Susan Klemetsrud, IMPACT CW Volunteer. “Also, to support our donor’s safety and the safety of our community, the food drive will be held online this year and is limited to monetary donations. Those funds will be used to purchase gift cards from local grocery stores to be distributed to families in need.”

This annual community food drive for Camas and Washougal school district families has been growing for the past five years, distributing hundreds of food boxes to those in need.

“In the past, we have collected monetary and food donations during the month of May,” said Beth Raetz, St. Matthew Lutheran Church Office Secretary. “We then held a community event on the second Sunday of June where community volunteers helped us sort food, assemble food boxes, and load the food boxes for delivery to the schools. We even hosted a free community BBQ and entertainment from the Camas-Washougal Orchestra. With current Stay at Home orders in place, we just won’t be able to do that this year even though the need is great.”

This is a time for us to come together as a community. If you would like to help meet this need, IMPACT CW is asking donors to consider giving in two ways: either online through a Go Fund Me page or by sending a check payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 716 Washougal River Road, Washougal, WA 98671, and include in the memo line Impact CW.


“We are truly grateful for any donation size; however, this year we will create an insert to be given out with each gift card highlighting our wonderful local businesses that have contributed at specific levels,” Klemetsrud said.

Donations starting at $250 will include the business name/logo on the inserted card. For a donation of $1,000 or greater, there will be a larger version of the business name/logo at the top of the card. The names of these donors will be placed on the church Facebook page, pamphlets, and advertisement of the event for next year.

“We would like to receive donations by Monday, June 1 to be included on the insert,” she said.

Schools will again partner with IMPACT CW to identify those families who could use some help. “Last year we made more than 140 boxes,” said Raetz. “This year, with so much increased need in our communities, we anticipate the need may be in excess of 200 families. If your family could benefit from a local grocery gift card, please contact your school counselor or principal.”
For more information, contact Raetz at the church office at 360-835-5533.

Lacamas Magazine editorials are rare, but given the reaction (over 1,000 comments on the Lacamas Magazine Facebook and Instagram sites) from our coverage of Saturday’s Open Camas Rally, I’d like to lay out a few facts:

1) A reporter’s job is to report the news, so reporting an event isn’t necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with the event or the news itself. It is the news. Why is this rally/protest news? When a group this large (160+ people) peacefully assembles — during a pandemic — to speak out, have their say, and march the streets in front of shuttered businesses, it is newsworthy. I would have covered it had it been a group of environmentalists, teachers, mill workers, students, or even Boy Scouts.

2) Don’t begrudge the reporter. The report is simple and straightforward, and reflects the opinions of a segment of our local population. Lacamas Magazine has provided for months ample, factual, and objective COVID-19 reporting from Governor Jay Inslee, state and local health officials, and first responders. We will continue to do that. Saturday’s rally provided another perspective.

3) This was NOT a collective local business owner-driven event. What do I mean by that? One local business owner helped organize it to demand leaders re-open society; it wasn’t planned as a political event espousing an ideology or particular candidate, though some people brought political signs.

4) Downtown Camas business owners did not organize this rally. They are doing their best to survive right now. Don’t aim any of your anger towards them as that would simply be wrong.

5) The police were present and provided guidance to the demonstrators on how to best conduct themselves, which included staying on the sidewalks and not blocking traffic.

6) I was with the rally participants from 1 pm until approximately 2:30 pm and during that time I did not see any malicious traffic blockage, profanity or anything overtly disrespectful. With that said, watch the video and make your own conclusions:

And, one more important matter: Local businesses are preparing to reopen under guidelines that keep changing. They are doing their best to prepare for customers to feel comfortable — and welcome. What are things you suggest they do to help you feel comfortable?

People in a free world are at liberty to express their opinions, and freedom of the press is in our Bill of Rights. I invite you to submit letters to the editor, or even draft opinions, if you’d like.

Thank you for reading,


For more than 60 days now, Washington state has been dealing with the realties of Governor Jay Inslee’s “shelter in place” orders, which have limited mobility in an effort to slow the spread of novel corona virus. 

Once the order to close theaters, gyms, restaurants to dine-in services, hair salons, retail stores, etc. went into effect in mid-March, it turned once-thriving cities into eery ghost towns, and initiated a crushing blow to the incomes and cash flow of many businesses and employees.

Local artist, Anna Norris, saw the impact it had on downtown Camas, and decided to capture this moment in history through art.

The streets were empty, along with restaurants, stores, and even banks.

“I’ve had trouble wrapping my head around this pandemic and I was looking for a metaphor about what could represent it,” said Norris. “I met with Wendy DelBosque at Natalia’s Cafe and asked ‘what are we gonna do?’ She was looking at an empty restaurant that’s normally bustling with people. So, that inspired it.”

Painting is how Norris best copes with the pandemic.

“Then as I started working on the painting, the Wizard of Oz came into it,” she said. “It was like when the house dropped. It changed everything in our lives, and it was just right. It was bright and sunny that day. There was no one in town. And there she was standing there. She was like Dorothy. I wanted to open the door and be outside. I wanted all the outside to be in color, given the chromatic colors at Natalia’s.”

Although DelBosque has seen work-in-progress photos, the big unveiling came on Thursday, May 14. 

“She brought it in and I was awestruck,” said DelBosque. “I love having the muted interior colors and then I saw the outside colors. Anna and I have for years talked about making paintings true to Camas that were based on famous paintings. She has painted the outside so many times, and she wondered what she could do to portray this pandemic. We talked about how the streets were so empty and how it looked from the inside out.”


Everybody that sees the painting has a moment, said DelBosque.

Norris said people cope in their own way, and she continues to take photos of all this emptiness — for future art projects.

“I’ve painted to cope with all this,” said Norris. “I paint every day, and I paint all day. Before that I baked a lot, and cooked a lot, and the only constant these days is change. I can’t sleep. I lay there and worry about things I can’t fix. I worry about health care workers who don’t have proper PPE. I’ve only had a few times where I thought ‘Anna, you could die from this.’ My father is 92 and he could die, but he’s doing well, but he’s bored out of his mind.” 

DelBosque hopes the art continues. 

“Anna’s ‘We’re Not in Camas Anymore’ is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen,” said DelBosque. “We have to put things into art. It’s the best way to document history.”

The painting will be on display at Natalia’s temporarily, and will then be moved to the Attic Gallery in downtown Camas. To learn more about Norris, visit:

Wendy DelBosque, left, and Anna Norris, right, show Anna’s painting “We’re Not In Camas Anymore.”

Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another. 

Through the Safe Start approach, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Eight counties have received the variance. 

For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, restaurant operations may resume with limitations after meeting specific criteria, effective May 11, 2020.

“No restaurant or tavern may operate indoor or sit-down services until they can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply,” the guidance states. 

Guidance documents: