Archive for October, 2011

Large Crowd Attends Camas Youth Advisory Council Forum for Local Candidates Debate

October 25, 2011
Large Crowd Attends Camas Youth Advisory Council Forum for Local Candidates Debate

The Camas Youth Advisory Council was the actual star of the show Monday evening, with their ninth annual Candidate Forum.  Six Candidates participated in this professionally orchestrated forum, with the students from the Advisory Council utilizing time cards in the strictest sense, and posing tough but relevant questions .  The forum took place in...
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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…..

October 24, 2011
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…..

You’ve seen them everyday, on every corner, around every bend.   Political signs.  There is just no avoiding them.  But just how effective are they?  Do people really decide who to vote for based on the candidates signs? I decided to find out.  Here you will see all the signs that are currently posted...
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White Oaks Restoration Project Underway in Scenic Gorge

October 23, 2011
White Oaks Restoration Project Underway in Scenic Gorge

You may have noticed the sound of a large helicopter that was flying in the West end of the Scenic Gorge area about two Sundays ago.  It wasn’t the Army helicopters that fly up the Gorge, but the Department of Natural Resources working on a very important project. This project is Phase Two of...
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LETTER: Clear Reasons Why Gary Larson, Jack Hoober, and John Clancy Should be Retained as ECFR Commissioners

October 21, 2011

I was a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 9 for 26 years before the recent merger to what is now East County Fire and Rescue.  During my fire service, I had held a number of different positions and was assistant chief when I retired in 2002. In that 26 years, I attended numerous meetings with Gary Larson pertaining...
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Washougal City Council Holds Brief Public Meeting, Exits into Executive Session

October 18, 2011
Washougal City Council Holds Brief Public Meeting, Exits into Executive Session

Washougal City Council most likely held the shortest meeting in their history last evening.  The meeting lasted less than ten minutes. The Agenda included the regular call to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by roll call.  All councilors and the Mayor were in attendance.  There was no correspondence, and no one in...
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Operation “Lethal Vapor” HazMat Drill a Success for the Region

October 18, 2011
Operation “Lethal Vapor” HazMat Drill a Success for the Region

On Saturday morning October 15th a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) drill was held in the Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial park. This regional drill, hosted by East County Fire & Rescue and Skamania County Fire Department No.4, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The drill focused on an accidental release of a chemical that affects...
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LETTER: Regarding Questions about ECFR Volunteer Fire Fighter Training

October 16, 2011

East County Fire & Rescue Fire Fighters logged 5,377 training hours in FY2010.  This included national standard classes on Fire Fighter I & II; Hazardous Materials response & Incident Command; Incident Safety Officer, Instructor; and several Wildland firefighting disciplines.  There are State certifications for Emergency Driving, There were in-house academies on Strategy & Tactics, Pump Operation...
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LETTER: Be Informed about Upcoming ECFR Commissioner Elections

October 16, 2011

I retired from ECFR in 2008 after serving our rural community as a volunteer firefighter since 1977.  During that time I saw many improvements in Fire District 9.  The merger with Fire District 1 in 2006 created East County Fire & Rescue. Not only did that add many volunteers, it raised the Board of...
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LETTER: Keep Emergency Preparedness Education by Electing Clancy, Hoober, and Larson

October 15, 2011

My husband and I completed a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class presented by East County Fire and Rescue.  Since we have begun our family, we felt it was our duty as parents to always provide for our family no matter the circumstance, especially in a disaster, whether it be natural or man-made. My husband...
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LETTER: ECFR has Great Balance

October 13, 2011

Ask yourself, if you owned a chicken ranch would you hire foxes for security? Union, non-union, or volunteer fire fighters don’t make the best fire commissioners due to the potential for conflicts of interest when voting on issues that affect compensation or working conditions. A commissioner would have to abstain from voting on all...
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