The Morning Press: Camas football, gay marriage, liquor sales, freeholders

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Camas wide receiver Zach Eagle catches a 78 yard pass for a touchdown against Eastlake at Eastlake High School, Saturday, November 23, 2013. Camas won 47-28. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

Portlanders and committed United Church of Christ members Jim McPartland, left, and Grant Edwards walk down the aisle Nov. 9 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hazel Dell. The Rev. Sara Rosenau, from the happy couple's Portland UCC church, officiated.

Wine associate Ron Bond looks over the wine offerings at Vancouver's Total Wine & More. Customer service through a highly trained sales staff is one of three areas of focus for the spirits-selling chain store.

Greg Melum, center, grounds foreman for Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery, helps place a casket under a shelter in preparation for an outdoor funeral Nov. 7.

Candace Yarnell, left, smiles next to her husband, Herschel Yarnell, as Capt. Jason Mansfield of Fire District 3 talks during a PulsePoint media conference on Friday. Candace saved her husband's life earlier this year with help from a CRESA dispatcher when her husband went into cardiac arrest. At right is Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson.

Real Salt Lake's Robbie Findley (10) celebrates after he scored a goal on Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, right, in the first half of the second game of the Western Conference finals in the MLS Cup soccer playoffs Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:

Camas passes playoff test with victory over Eastlake

SAMMAMISH — The Camas Papermakers passed their first real test of the season Saturday, and they made some Clark County high school football history in the process.

Zach Eagle scored four touchdowns, Reilly Hennessey threw for 292 yards, and the Papermakers fought off Eastlake in a 47-28 victory in the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

Top-ranked Camas (12-0) became the first team from Clark County to reach the state semifinals in three consecutive seasons. The Papermakers will face Bellarmine Prep in the Tacoma Dome next week, date and time to be determined.

They got there by surviving this road trip to Sammamish, by thriving under their first pressure situation of 2013. After 11 blowout victories, the Papermakers had to secure this win in the final 14 minutes of the game.

Read the full story here.

Same-sex Oregon couples flock to Clark County to wed

Portlanders Grant Edwards and Jim McPartland “waited and waited” to get married.

They’d been living together for seven years. They wanted the world to know about their solid commitment. The only obstacle was a maddeningly simple one: according to state law that’s been affirmed by popular referendum, you can’t get married in Oregon if you’re gay.

In late October, Edwards and McPartland stopped waiting. Jim has suffered some health scares recently, and the couple want to be sure Grant has no problem holding his beloved’s hand during any future hospital stay. So they went ahead and got their wedding license — in Clark County.

That’s because Oregon recently doubled back on itself by deciding, as a matter of practicality, to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Read the full story here.

Liquor sellers pour it on for holiday shoppers

After 18 months of private liquor sales in Washington state, the competitive liquor market is moving into its second holiday season that is traditionally its highest sales period of the year.

Local spirits sellers are pulling out all the stops to compete for those sales. It’s a contest that has some retailers expanding store liquor departments, others carrying holiday gift packs and some offering extra services such as online sales and abundant, well-trained sales associates on the selling floor. Other liquor retailers, such as warehouse-style booze seller Total Wine & More, rely on volume-order advantages and promotions with spirits producers that help level the playing field with stores such as Costco and other volume discounters.

Issaquah-based Costco invested $22 million to back the voter-approved Initiative 1183, which pulled the state out of the business of selling spirits on June 1, 2012.

Read the full story here.

Grave digger: A solemn profession

Greg Melum slowly drove his backhoe down a drenched road to dig a grave in the Garden of Hope.

The Evergreen Memorial Gardens grounds foreman had much to do before the 10 a.m. burial of a 40-year-old Vancouver homemaker. Holding a card with instructions, he led his small grounds crew in the hourlong process of preparing her grave during one of the stormiest mornings in recent memory.

It’s difficult, but vital, work. In his 33 years tending to the 80-acre, family-run cemetery — where the dead also are buried in gardens of “Grace,” “Faith” and “Time” — 53-year-old Melum has helped usher thousands into the unknown. Whatever that may be.

First, the team laid planks to frame a rectangle on the ground before cutting out squares of heavy sod. Melum shifted the Cat machine’s long levers like a puppeteer to maneuver the backhoe’s clawed bucket, digging out dirt in wheelbarrow-sized scoops. When the hole was a little more than 5-feet deep it was ready for a cement grave box, a protective tomb for the casket.

Read the full story here.

Taking pulse of CPR

Approximately 360 to 370 people go into cardiac arrest annually in Clark County, and an average of 17 percent survive, Dr. Lynn Wittwer said Friday.

Wittwer, the county’s emergency medical services program director, said he was defining “survive” as patients who leave the hospital in good neurological condition.

While a 17 percent survival rate ranks higher than many places in the United States, Wittwer would like to increase the survival rate to 30 percent.

And a tool he believes will help was unveiled Friday at the Clark County Public Service Center: PulsePoint, a free smartphone app that alerts CPR-trained users to a cardiac arrest in public.

Read the full story here.

Freeholders to be sworn in Tuesday

Shortly after the results of the Nov. 5 election are certified Tuesday, Clark County’s 15 freeholders will be sworn into office and convene for their first meeting as a board.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. and is comprised of mostly introductory and procedural matters for the newly formed board. The meeting is also to be recorded by Clark-Vancouver Television.

The biggest decision facing freeholders in their first meeting, is the election of a board chair, vice chair and secretary.

The acting chair entering the first meeting is state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, who received the most votes in the election.

Read the full story here.

Timbers season ends with loss to RSL

PORTLAND — A Portland Timbers season that will long be remembered as a remarkable turnaround needed one more reversal of fortune to become extra special.

But Real Salt Lake — a team the Timbers didn’t beat in six tries this season — didn’t let it happen.

A rebound goal in the 29th minute from Robbie Findley put RSL ahead 1-0 in Sunday’s match and gave the visitors a three-goal lead in the two-match series. The 5-2 series win sends Real Salt Lake to the MLS Cup final. RSL will take on Sporting Kansas City on Dec. 7. Sporting Kansas City will host the game because it had more points in the regular season standings.

For the Timbers, a season filled with first-time successes ended one step shy of the championship match — and with only the second loss of the season at Jeld-Wen Field. A boisterous home crowd wasn’t enough to rally the Timbers past a poised and organized team from Salt Lake City.

Read the full story here. Check out our Timber’s blog here.