A Clark County judge has denied the city of Washougal's appeal of an arbitrator's decision to reinstate a police officer convicted of assaulting a mentally ill man restrained in the back of his patrol car in July 2012.
With only one contested Camas school board race, both candidates agree that this election is not a matter of turning things around in the district: It's about making good programs even better for the district's 6,000 or so students.
Washougal — The Calling Church, 2213 E St., held a coat drive in September for the children at its neighborhood school, Hathaway Elementary. The drive resulted in 20 new and gently used coats' being donated to the school, just in time for colder weather. Kathy Huff and Stephanie and Gary Welch delivered the coats.
Washougal — Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School students helped raise money by doing what kids do best: playing. During the three-day Sport-a-Thon in late September, students set goals for a series of physical activities — from shooting basketballs to throwing Frisbees — and asked family and friends to sponsor them with pledges of money. The CH-S Boosters event raised $6,347, which will be used to buy a new portable sound system for music classes and special events. Ten percent was set aside for the physical education program.
As the Nov. 5 general election approaches, candidates for Washougal City Council are stepping up efforts to set themselves apart. But for the two mayoral candidates, Mayor Sean Guard and fire Capt. Earl Scott, there's agreement on one issue: They want to be the city's top administrator despite a proposition that would prevent either from getting there.
Camas — Artist Elida Field won the People's Choice award for the heart she painted as part of that "The Beat Goes On" fundraiser for the new heart unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Thirty professional artists painted heart sculptures that were placed on display throughout downtown Vancouver for a few months before being auctioned. Field, who lives and works in Camas, grew up in Ridgefield, and her heart paid tribute to her childhood home as well as other homes from all over the world. Field's heart was on display near the Welcome to Vancouver sign on Mill Plain Boulevard entering downtown. The fundraiser brought in more than $500,000. More Field work can be viewed at elidaart.com.
The Camas-Washougal Community Chest launched its 2014 fundraising drive on Oct. 1, with a goal of raising $78,000. The money is used for grants to local nonprofit organizations that run youth programs or otherwise serve Camas and Washougal residents in need. The Community Chest has been around since 1946.