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Morning Press: Camas mayor resigns; Mountain View principal resigns; SUV lands in river

By , Columbian Web Editor

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Camas mayor resigns effective immediately

Barry McDonnell, who was elected mayor of Camas after a whirlwind write-in campaign in 2019, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

“Over the last few months, it has become clear to me that the needs of this council, city and community are such that balancing a full-time job and family, while running the day-to-day operations as Mayor in our form of government is not sustainable for me,” McDonnell said in an emailed statement.

Matt Johnson resigns as Mountain View principal, will resign from district in 2022

Matt Johnson, the high school principal placed on paid administrative leave twice by Evergreen Public Schools since March 16, has resigned from his job at Mountain View High School and will resign from the district effective June 30, 2022, as a result of a settlement agreement with the district.

In an all-staff email sent at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Johnson said the decision to resign as Mountain View’s principal is “in the best interest of the entire Mountain View School community” following “collaborative conversations with the district,” he wrote.

Nighttime drive along Vancouver walking path ends in Columbia River

Police received a call about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses saw a SUV drive off a walking path and into the Columbia River near McMenamins on the Columbia.

According to the caller, three males climbed out of vehicle, got to the shore and then ran, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. When police arrived, they found the SUV, which was a BMW, unoccupied.

NVA Compassion-First pet hospital taking shape in east Vancouver

Veterinary care provider NVA Compassion-First plans to open a large emergency and specialty care veterinary hospital in Vancouver this summer.

The future Pacific Northwest Pet ER & Specialty Center is under construction at 815 S.E. 160th Ave, taking over the space that until two years ago housed a Whole Food Market. NVA Compassion-First is aiming for a July opening, according to Doug Hoffman, the company’s vice president of facilities and infrastructure.