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After hearing from numerous Camas citizens regarding the possible sale of public land near Round Lake to build a senior living center, and begin the process of rezoning that property, the city has decided to halt the entire process.

Camas City Administrator, Pete Capell, issued the following statement today:

The City of Camas received a conceptual plan for a senior living facility to be constructed on public open space property located on Everett Street, south of Lake Road. The plans for this project included provisions for trails and parking spaces for use by the public, as well as providing emergency and maintenance access to the dam and creek.  The City is always looking to better its parks program and with a sale of the property there was a potential to leverage the funds received to obtain a grant in excess of the value of the potential sale proceeds.”

With these ideas in mind, the City felt the idea was worth reviewing.  There were multiple hurdles that would need to be crossed if the City did decide to go forward with a sale. The City first needed to alert the State that the zoning and comprehensive plan designation might be changed for this property.   City staff planned to discuss the possibility to surplus and rezone the property at several public meetings and public hearings, the first being at the Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, October 25th at 5:00 pm and culminating in a series of workshops and public hearings which would have to be held before the Planning Commission and the City Council.  The onset of these discussions did not commit the City to sell the property to anyone.  In addition, there remained multiple elements which would be negotiated only in the event the property was deemed surplus and in the best interests of the City.

After a discussion with City Council at a workshop on October 16th and the subsequent article in the Camas-Washougal Post Record on October 19th, numerous emails and Facebook messages were received indicating that our community treasures our open spaces and would not support selling the property.

The City is sensitive to the will of its citizens.  While the City believes there was merit in having a public discussion about this proposal and vetting it through the many steps outlined above, City staff have received enough feedback and understand how the community feels about the project and will immediately stop the consideration process of the proposal.

The property will remain as open space in public ownership.


A local developer had planned to build a senior living center adjacent to Round Lake, in Camas.

A number of the comments we received insinuated that something improper had occurred in the submission of this proposal from an assisted living group that Tim Hazen is affiliated with.  Council members are subject to specific limitations outlined under the Code of Ethics laws of the State of Washington.   Council members are also citizens and are not denied an opportunity available to all other citizens to acquire and maintain private economic interests.  As noted, the planned process would follow all of the required steps with numerous opportunities for the public to comment before a final decision was rendered by City Council. Mr. Hazen further resigned at the start of the process according to both the regulations under the Code of Ethics laws of the State of Washington and general ethical practices, to avoid any hint of impropriety.

Mr. Hazen was an excellent City Councilor and served his constituents in an exemplary manner. Please thank Mr. Hazen for his service to the community. I hope that he will still be willing to serve as a volunteer and leader in our community.

Pete Capell

City Administrator

To learn more, visit www.cityofcamas.us

Camas, WA — Camas residents aren’t too thrilled about the City of Camas selling public lands to build a senior living center near Round Lake on Everett Road. Opponents of the development will hear details at a City of Camas Parks Board meeting, to be held this Wednesday, October 25 at Lacamas Lake Lodge.

The Parks Board will review the proposal, and may ask for additional input to continue the discussion, or they may settle on a recommendation and forward that to planning. Additional public hearings will be scheduled to discuss the matter and give citizens input.

The uproar began when Camas City Council members last week approved the first re-zoning step that would turn a 2.7-acre parcel of public land into a new development for seniors. Additional private lands would also be purchased. The proposed development is a 125,000 square-foot, 81-unit senior living center with underground parking, as well as a 48-bed memory care center.

The councilors were informed that city staff was approached by a developer who wants to purchase public lands to construct the facility. It was learned soon after that developer is Tim Hazen, who abruptly resigned from his city council seat last week.

Hazen is the owner of Premiere Senior Living

The city of Camas purchased the 5-acre open space from the Moose Lodge in 2002 for $200,000.

Citizens are concerned that once you lose an open space property, it will never be preserved for future generations.

“My thoughts are that the city shouldn’t be able to sell public land without the consent of its citizens since it IS public land,” said local resident, Liana Gulzow. “And the fact that Tim Hazen would benefit from this — and he was a former city council member — is just not sitting well with a lot of people. I’m concerned that this huge senior living facility is so close to Round Lake that it could affect the use of the trails that so many of us frequently use. And, not to mention the traffic situation.”

Camas residents have taken to social media to express their concerns, as well.

“Our city should not be selling public park land,” said Ammon Child. “Especially to a recently resigned city council member who clearly has been working on this behind the scenes!”

In order to re-zone, Camas leaders must hold a series of public meetings to change the parcel’s zoning, which is currently parks open space.

City Councilwoman Bonnie Carter said she thinks the city is setting a bad precedent.

“The only thing that was requested of the council was to direct staff to submit paperwork to the state to have the parcel of land considered for re-zoning,” said Carter. “This request was unusual because it did not first go through the normal channels of review before going to council, but it is legal. The rezoning request deadline to the state was last Wednesday, hence the unusual request. Mr. Hazen’s experience on council and city planning knowledge played into the timing.”

Carter assures that the project will still go through the appropriate channels starting with Wednesday’s meeting.

“Lack of information concerning the actual request of council and what will still happen has many folks upset,” said Carter. “And rightfully so.”

Hazen will present his proposal, and there will be an open process wherein citizens can express their opinions on the matter.

To learn more about this process, visit http://www.cityofcamas.us/businessdev/plancommission

SKAMANIA COUNTY, WA — As the Archer Mountain fire holds at 209 acres, the Skamania County Sherriff’s Office has reduced several area evacuation notices. A smart and hard-working fire crew has been working tirelessly to put the blaze.

The following evacuation notices are still in place:

Level 2 (Be Ready):

  • Archer Mountain Road (west of Deville Drive)
  • Franz Road
  • Archer Mountain Road (east of Deville Drive)
  • Dim Rill Dale Drive

Archer Mountain Road west of Deville Drive was previously issued a Level 3 (Go!) evacuation notice. Residents who live on Archer Mt. Road east of Deville Drive may return to their homes.  This described area is reduced to a level 2 evacuation notice including Deville Drive and Wakina Road.

Evacuation levels are constantly being evaluated as fire behavior changes.  If the evacuation level is reduced, that information will be posted on the Skamania County Sheriff’s website at www.skamaniasheriff.com

Should it become necessary to increase an evacuation level, residents will be notified in person by Sheriff’s deputies or other emergency personnel.


Archer Mountain Fire. Photo courtesy of KATU.

The summer vacation season is shorter for most Southwest Washington families, given the extended snow make up days from the 2016-17 school year, so it seems early to get a jumpstart on Back to School (B2S) shopping, but it’s really a good time to find the best deals.

Deloitte recently conducted its 10th annual Back to School (B2S) survey, which takes a detailed look at this year’s shopping and spending trends. Total B2S shopping in the United States is expected to reach $27 billion, and department stores fall from second to sixth place as favorite shopping destinations. Mass merchants have jumped to first place.

That $27 billion projection would make 2017 the second biggest B2S shopping season on record.

B2S is the second biggest shopping season of the year, affecting 29 million U.S. households, 53 million children, and accounts for 50 percent of all school-related expenditures, according to Deloitte.

In this B2S shopping season, Deloitte says “consumers are focused on different retailers and items to fill their carts. Mass merchants and off-price retailers are becoming the go-to venues while traditional department stores and specialty clothing retailers take a back seat.”

Here are some of the survey’s findings:

  • 81 percent of respondents plan to shop at mass merchants. This is a 24 percentage point jump over of last year.
  • 28 percent plan to shop at off-price stores. This is up from 10 percent in 2016.
  • 28 percent say they’ll shop traditional department stores, which is down from 54 percent last year.
  • Just eight percent of parents plan to visit specialty clothing stores, falling from 25 percent in 2016.

Welcome back to school written on a sheet of paper school with colorful pens

Local retailers have seen an earlier spike in traffic this year, and many attribute that to the heat.

“We think they’re coming in to escape the heat,” said one Target employee.

Retailers also get the most dollars spent at their stores the earlier they advertise their sales, according to the survey.

“I love to save money,” said Marcia Wahlman, a Wal-Mart shopper. “I love finding the best deals.”

The statistics show that families spend, on average, $501 per child, which is on par with 2016. Fifty-seven percent of respondents will use cash or debit cards for their purchases, while others will use credit or retail credit cards.

In-store purchases account for 57% of total B2S sales, with 21% online, and 22% undecided.

The Southern portion of the U.S. accounts for 44%, giving that region the highest average spend. The West accounts for 18% overall.  The Midwest is 20%, and the Northeast is at 18%.

So, how much will your family spend?


Kids ready for the start of the new school season.

The City of Camas is issuing a voluntary water use restriction advisory in an effort to conserve water during this summer’s heat wave. The advisory is as follows:

Water your lawn on odd or even days depending on the last digit of your home address. The current heat wave is generating higher water use and stressing the City’s water supply.

Other ways to conserve water include: 

  • Accept a dry lawn – grass becomes dormant during periods of drought but rejuvenates naturally when winter approaches
  • Let your grass grow taller in  the summer – longer blades promote deeper rooting and shade the root zone, reducing water loss
  • Use a broom to clean driveways and paths – sweeping will get them clean without wasting water.
  • Water your grass or garden in the evening – give your gardens a light water at dusk (between 7pm – 9pm); if you water in the middle of the day, it evaporates
  • Take short showers
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
  • Only wash full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher (unless they have a setting for half loads)

As part of the city-wide effort, the public works department is reducing irrigation at local parks and facilities, as well.

Click here for more information – http://www.cityofcamas.us/pwwater

First Friday in Camas is coming today with a focus on “Small Town Summer Fun” with the fun beginning at 5 pm in downtown Camas on 4th Avenue. The festivities end at 8 pm.

Due to the heat, several of the outdoor games and crafts are moving indoors.  

Downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, and the Liberty Theatre will have their air conditioning to keep things nice and cool. Stop by Journey at 304 NE Birch for games, crafts, and your activity list for the evening.

First Friday Activities

  • Play the “Guess the Missing Word” game in downtown businesses & earn tickets to win great summer prizes!
  • Outdoor fun & games including duckie race, marble grab, cornhole, ring toss, and more with prizes (*most will be brought inside Journey due to the heat)
  • Woo-hoo! 3 Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Opening Celebrations for Salon 904 at 5pm, 904 NE 2nd; Camas Beauty Bar at 5:15pm, 210 NE 4th; and Salud! Wine Bar-Event-Center-Wine Storage at 5:30pm, 224 NE 3rdAvenue. All are invited.
  • Free kids’ painting sponsored by The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Make a paper boat and see if it floats!

Artist working on 4th Avenue in downtown Camas.

To learn more, visit www.downtowncamas.com

The cities of Camas and Washougal are opening COOLING STATIONS this week due to the extreme heat warning for the Pacific Northwest.

The City of Camas is extending hours at the Camas Public Library.

“The Camas Public Library will be utilized as a cooling center to provide relief to those trying to keep cool,” said Camas City Councilwoman, Bonnie Carter. “Library hours have been extended — from 10 am to 8 pm.”

The City of Washougal will be opening COOLING STATIONS all week at the municipal complex in downtown Washougal, which is located at 1701 C Street, as follows:

  • Tuesday – City Hall and Library (8 am-5 pm), Community Center (5-9 pm)
  • Wednesday – City Hall and Library (8 am-5 pm), Community Center (5-9 pm)
  • Thursday – City Hall and Library (8 am-5 pm), Community Center (5-9 pm)
  • Friday – City Hall and Library (8 am-5 pm), Community Center (5-9 pm)

There are also several churches with the community participating in the relief effort. Look for the COOLING STATION signs throughout Washougal.

CRESA has information regarding ways and places to stay cool. Clark County Public Health, in coordination with CRESA, has also released information about how to avoid over-heating and the prevention of health-related illness.




We compiled a fun list of things that show you have lived in Camas for a while. How long have you lived here?

  1. You bowled at Riverside Lanes before Big Al’s entered the scene.


    Riverside Lanes on Third Avenue.

  2. You associate Gyro’s with Friday night Camas Varsity football games at Doc Harris Stadium.
  3. You never speed by the Fire Station on Parker Street because there’s usually a police officer there. Speed trap. You know where all the speed traps are.
  4. You know who Joe Papermaker the Mean Machine is, and you defend him when people make fun of the name.
  5. You know Lacamas Lake is disgusting but swim in it anyway during the warm summer months. Plus, you know where the tree rope is.

    Lacamas Lake

    Lacamas Lake

  6. You know a small order of fries at Top Burger will feed you and three of your friends just fine, but you order a large anyway. You also know fries at Top Burger taste even better with their ice cream.
  7. You know movies are just better at Liberty Theater, even with the old building smell (you get used to it after a few minutes).
  8. You remember when band concerts and performances were held at Garfield.
  9. The odor from the paper mill doesn’t faze you anymore.
  10. Going to the “beach” during the hot summer months means going to Cottonwood, aka BA Beach.
  11. You remember when the Camas Hotel was gross. It’s not anymore.
  12. Summer isn’t summer without a blizzard at Dairy Queen in downtown Camas.
  13. You did all your shopping at Sprouse Reitz in downtown Camas.


    Spouse Reitz was located where Lizzabeth A is today.

  14. You got your hair cut at Baldy’s (formerly next to Lily Atelier). Some refer to it also as Jack’s Barbershop.
  15. You know the original town’s name wasn’t “Camas.” Hint: Look at our magazine’s name.

We welcome you to add to this list. Just comment below.

To learn more about Camas, visit: http://www.cityofcamas.us


Since today is Election Day, we dug up some old history and fun facts, and learned that Charles Farrell was the first registered voter in Camas. This is a photo, courtesy of Images of America, of the 1915 Farrell House, which was built by John Roffler for Charles Farrell and his wife, Ursula “Rose” Roffler. Charles was the fist registered voter in Camas, and served on the Camas City Council for many years.

The Farrell House still stands today, and has been very well maintained over the generations. Locals know it well.

Initially, the Charles and Rose ran a general store in downtown Camas, as well as a home millinery business. Their business evolved to become the Farrell and Eddy Department store, which was the go-to department store for local residents.

Today, the building still exits, and houses the Camas Antiques store, which is an attraction from miles around. It’s truly a destination for many people.

So, now you know.

For more information, visit Camas Public Library via the Internet, or stop by the historical building, which had a major renovation in 2003. They have a section that allows you to view and copy old materials, which help one gain a sense of local history.


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Scott Binder shows young athletes how TRX works.

When Results Fitness Training opened its doors this past October, its owner, Scott Binder, was excited about sharing his passion for TRX, which is a different way of doing weight exercises.

The brainchild of former Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick, TRX consists of suspension training bodyweight exercises that develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

Health and wellness enthusiasts are pumped about the TRX system, which requires a Suspension Trainer – a highly portable performance-training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.

Using TRX at Results Fitness Training.

Binder explains, “The founder took a belt and parachute and created the TRX system. He had to learn how to market product, and eventually turned it into a successful business. In all, there are 300 movements, and it’s all core all the time. Core is defined from your armpit to your mid-thigh (front, side and back).”

TRX delivers a fast, effective total-body workout, and helps build a solid core while increasing muscular endurance. It’s also beneficial for people of all fitness levels – from pro athletes of all sports to the beginner. Seniors also enjoy the program.

And, since its roots are with the Navy SEALS, it’s fully integrated in all four branches of the US military.

The program is also heavily nutrition-based, and helps its clients by balancing the right proteins, carbs and fats.

“Nutrition is 80 percent of it,” says Binder. Results Fitness Training hosts nutrition seminars every Tuesday night at its facility. They can also create meal options.

One-on-one training is available. You can sign up by visiting www.resultsfitnesstraining.com and registering for a class, or simply drop by. Costs vary depending on an individual’s needs.

Scott Binder demonstrates how to use TRX.

It’s the only complete TRX facility available in the Vancouver/Camas area, and they offer 7-9 classes per day. While Binder teaches the majority of the sessions, Results does have other instructors teaching several classes.

Results Training, located in the shopping plaza near Costco (19206 SE 1st Street, Suite 112), has 2,056 square feet of space, and can accommodate 18 people in a single class. The average class size, though, is four to eight. Call 360-984-5465 to set up a meeting time. You can also visit www.resultsfitnesstraining.com