Morning Press: Camas mill closure, Luyster verdict, cannabis poisoning




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Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.

Parts of Camas paper mill to shut down; at least 280 jobs to be lost

The Camas identity will take a hit next year as hundreds of papermakers are set to lose their jobs.

Georgia-Pacific on Tuesday announced it plans to shut down several operations at its Camas mill and cut up to 300 jobs. Between 120 and 140 jobs will remain at the mill, which opened in 1885 and in the 1980s employed around 2,400.

“The paper mill is the reason Camas exists,” said Peter Capell, city administrator. “The biggest concern we have about this is the people. They have mortgages, college payments, retirement. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”

Luyster found guilty of three counts of murder

Family members sobbed and embraced, rallying around shooting survivor Breanne Leigh, after a Clark County jury found Brent Luyster guilty of triple aggravated murder.

Luyster, 37, now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Danette Anderson, the mother of shooting victim Joseph LaMar, called out, “Praise Jesus!” as corrections deputies shackled Luyster to escort him from the courtroom.

Cannabis poisoning sends pooch to hospital

Of all the things Andy Healy worried could poison her dogs, cannabis wasn’t on the radar.

That changed, though, after what was supposed to be a fun 15-mile hike in the woods ended with an evacuation and a trip to an emergency animal hospital.

Healy set out Oct. 29 on the Siouxon Creek Trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with her friends Laura Stockton and Rick Blevins and her two 5-year-old border collies, Fen and Jil.

Clark County businesses in tight spot when it comes to dogs, cats

The golden retriever at the coffee shop. The feline in the backpack at the bar. The Pomeranian in the grocery store.

Clark County residents love sharing experiences with their pets. But while local humans enjoy bringing their four-legged friends along to grab a beer at a brewery or toting them into the grocery store, health officials say those visits run afoul of health code and put food establishments in a tough spot.

“It probably is viewed by some as an innocent thing, but the reality is, it puts the business in a precarious legal place,” said Joe Laxson, program manager for Clark County environmental public health.