Back Issues: March 29, 2017

New Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioner selected

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Larry Keister and Commissioners

Larry Keister (center) with Commissioners John Spencer (left) and Bill Ward. Photo courtesy of Port of Camas-Washougal.

The Port of Camas-Washougal appoints Larry Keister as the new District 3 Commissioner. Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey, will attend the April 4 regular meeting to administer the oath of office. Keister will fulfill the term held by Bill Macrae-Smith, who resigned February 8. The balance of that term runs through November 28, 2017.

Commissioners John Spencer and Bill Ward made the decision following a six-week period during which the position was advertised, tours of the Port with interested candidates were given by Executive Director David Ripp, and interviews were conducted during an open public meeting. A total of six applications for the District 3 position were received.

Keister is an active member of the community and involved heavily in the development and planning of past and current Port projects. He has a great working relationship with city officials and community leaders. Keister’s involvment in Port processes and projects will give him a head start as he begins his service.


Alpacapalooza returns this weekend

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW) presents the 15th annual Alpacapalooza at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. The free show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 1, and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 2. Parking is $6.

Alpacapalooza features over 600 alpacas that will participate in a variety of shows and contests. Vendors from nearly 150 farms will be on hand with products including socks, hats, coats, sweaters, gloves and stranger items like lamp shades, wine bottle covers and laundry machine dryer balls. The public can meet with the animals and learn about the breed.

AAWW is a group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts who have come together as a regional affiliate organization of the international Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. It seeks to raise public awareness of alpacas, share knowledge and resources, and organize alpaca events. For more information, visit



Jemtegaard student wins 14th annual stride art contest

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Stride logo winner - Hannah and her mom, Jennifer Summers

Hannah and her mom, Jennifer Summers.

StrideCat2017WhiteBackgroundWashougal Schools Foundation announced the winner of the annual logo contest for their 14th annual Student Stride for Education during a rally at Jemtegaard Middle School last Friday.

Hannah Summers is a sixth grader representing the school. Of the many submissions, her drawing of a panther was chosen to be the logo for the event. In addition to seeing her logo on race promotional materials, Summers will receive a $50 cash prize.

The Student Stride for Education is a community event designed to raise money for the Washougal Schools Foundation by including the community in a fun-filled morning of running events. The Stride is sponsored by local businesses, with sponsorship dollars to go directly to classrooms for grants to help create learning experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

To participate, sponsor or volunteer, go to or contact Stephanie Eakins, event coordinator at 360-513-0525 or


Spring cleaning event in Vancouver April 1

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

09012e34c3adf1d2beb954020b588e17.JPG.max800A series of free Green Neighbors Recycling Day events will expand opportunities for Clark County residents to recycle a variety of items. The next one is in Vancouver on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, at Evergreen High School, 14300 NE 18th St. Recycling Day events are free and open to all Clark County residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or other identification with an address, may be required. County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. Household hazardous waste, such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, will not be accepted. Dispose of hazardous waste for free, year-round, at one of the transfer stations found at For a full list of events, click here.