La Center — A year after finishing last at the Washington High School Chess Association State Championship tournament, the La Center chess team had a stronger showing last weekend, as they tied for 13th place.
Washougal — A group of Hathaway Elementary School fifth-grade girls took a special lunch field trip last week to Hearth, where they learned about table manners as part of the Young Women in Action program.
The following are local land-use proposals. The county or city may rate them in three categories: nonsignificant, no environmental impact study needed; nonsignificant, provided proponents meet certain conditions; and significant, requiring an environmental impact study.
By Michael Liedkie, Camas
February 25, 2015 6 a.m.
Malden sits on the meandering boundary between the flat, arid Columbia Basin and the forested breaks of the Rocky Mountain foothills. It's circled by steep grassy hillsides with intermittent stands of scrub pine and rocky outcrops, and the vegetation, though often sparse, provides grazing for hardy white-faced cattle. Farmers also grow grain in these hills, and resident ground squirrels are a special bane to some, who encourage hunters to use them as targets. The farmers have been known to provide the shells.
Clark County — Clark County Environmental Services oversaw the planting of about 2,500 seedlings this winter at Camp Bonneville. Douglas fir and western red cedar seedlings were planted in areas of the former military base that had been selectively thinned. The work was done in accordance with the Camp Bonneville Forest Stewardship Plan. "Not much forest management was done at Camp Bonneville in more than 30 years," said Environmental Services Director Don Benton in a release sent out by the county. "By following our certified stewardship plan, we are slowly creating a healthier ecosystem."
Camas — The Camas-Washougal Aviation Association won the Spirit of Aviation award, given out by the Northwest Washington Aviation Association in conjunction with the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association. The award is given to groups and people who display a passion for aviation. The award comes after a fire in October at the Grove Field Airport in Camas, where the group operates out of, destroyed 10 hangar bays and several recreational planes. Since the fire, the organization has formed new committees, held new events and continued to champion aviation. A press release sent out by the organization said the award "brings light in a dark time for CWAA."