Health Fair Washougal This Saturday

October 15, 2013 by:

This Saturday October 19th from 11-3pm  at the Jemtegaard middle school is a health fair. Music, raffles, prizes, free message, interactive health booths and lots more.

35300 SE Evergreen Hwy, Washougal, Washington 98671. Free Admission. Bring canned foods for the Backpack Program. All donations go to help local schools.

Washougal Health Fair October 19th, 2013 Washougal Health Fair

Building Stronger Communities through Crossfit

January 20, 2013 by:
Crossfit North Pacific

Getting ready to start my workout at Crossfit North Pacific.


I recently started going to a Crossfit gym down the street – CrossFit North Pacific. I actually met the owners Polly and David Albright, at a recent Camas and Washougal Local Connections meeting. They asked me for help with their website, and asked if I would be willing to exchange web work for time at their Crossfit gym? Initially, I have to admit, I was not sure how keen I was on CrossFit? I think I had fears it would be a bunch of meat heads and people barking orders. Now looking back, my notions could not have been further from the truth. For anyone who is not familiar, in Crossfit, you have what is called a Workout Of the Day. For short it is called a WOD. Prior to your WOD, you have a warm-up, which may be some combination of running, rowing, sit-ups, push-ups, box jumps, pull-ups, or literally hundreds of other named exercises in various combinations. In Crossfit they say, “Routine is the enemy”, so you literally have no idea what your workout is going to be before you come in, and I think for me, it is part of what I have really enjoyed about it so far! In Crossfit, you often time your workout, so if you were looking on, and you were not familiar with Crossfit, it might look like everyone in the room was competing with each other. The reality is, everyone in that room, they are your biggest fans and helpful supporters, getting you to the finish line each day. In Crossfit, you no doubt get a tremendous strength and cardiovascular workout, but I think for me, the most exceptional part of Crossfit has been seeing how people come together to support each other in health and community!

Crossfit Group Shot Washougal

Workout Complete!

DEQ to Award Draft Permits for Coal Exports by end of February

December 9, 2012 by:

DEQ draft permits for Coal Exports through the Columbia River Gorge to be awarded by the end of February.

Coal-export foes, including many bused in from Salem and Hood River, appeared to outnumber supporters at the last DEQ meeting,  before considering whether to issue draft permits by the end of February.

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Coal export meeting in Portland draws a crowd of about 800

How Many Jobs Will Coal Shipments Really Generate?

October 10, 2012 by:

How Many Jobs will Coal Exports Really Produce?

Back in February 1981, Gov. Vic Atiyeh eagerly hosted 200 representatives of Big Coal, Big Rail, Big Banks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in his push to build a coal export terminal on more than 90 acres of prime Portland riverfront. The Columbia River Gorge was to be the coal chute from Wyoming’s Powder River basin mines for coal-desperate Pacific Rim countries. His office and the state, he said, would back him. Hundreds of jobs were envisioned. He soon wielded a gold-plated shovel in groundbreaking ceremonies with Pacific Coal Corp.

Result: Two years later, despite the Port of Portland and investors spending $25 million on the venture, it died because, according to The Oregonian: “The Asian demand was based on promises … (and) the demand for coal had been vastly overstated.” The coal-company skedaddle set off a minefield of investor lawsuits and workers’ fury. A decade later, Los Angeles was taken for $47 million.

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How many jobs will coal shipments really generate?


Cape Horn Conservancy

October 2, 2012 by:

Living in Washougal, I am lucky enough to have quick access to the Cape Horn trail, which is perhaps my favorite hike in The Gorge, though admittedly I have not hiked them all, not even close! According to Cape Horn Conservancy, The Cape Horn trail, as we know it, has been around to some extent for about 15 years. Cape Horn Conservancy is an all volunteer non-profit dedicated to providing thoughtful stewardship of this trail and surrounding public lands in the Washougal to Stevenson corridor. They work closely with the United States Forest Service (USFS), Washington Trails Association (WTA), and Friends of the Columbia Gorge (FOCG) to maintain and improve the existing trail and plan for its eventual integration into a Washougal to Stevenson trail system. The vision of this trail is a world-class hiking destination; a jewel of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area trail system.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has spent about $785,000 to complete its part of the improvements on the seven-mile trail. The Friends of the Columbia Gorge put in about $150,000 to build the Nancy Russell Viewpoint and the Washington State Department of Transportation spent about a half-million building two pedestrian underpasses beneath State Route 14.


Cape Horn trail maintenance parties.


The Cape Horn Conservancy, has been having, and is going to be having some upcoming work parties, for anyone who is interested in volunteering. These work parties are limited to 10 people.

Here is a notice that was published by Teresa Robbins, The President of the Cape Horn Conservancy.

-October work events will be developing a “permanent fix” to a historical mud problem on the first 450′ of the trail… Your support in the past and the FUN raiser raised the funds, the materials are delivered and sheltered and now we could use a little help putting it all together. We’ll be clearing and widening the trail a bit, laying fabric, installing log curbs and raising the bed with 6-8″ of gravel. Come and join in the fun!


Cape Horn work party.


CHC Cape Horn Trail work parties:

Saturday, October 13

10am – 3pm

Friday, October 26 10am – 3pm

Other Cape Horn Trail work opportunities available through Washington Trails Association:

Thursday, October 4th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, October 11th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, October 25th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

If you would like to volunteer Click here




October 2, 2012. Submitted by Kenny Bavoso of

Mult. Co. Chair Jeff Cogen raises the alarm against coal exports, directs Multnomah County health and emergency staff to take action

September 19, 2012 by:

Jeff Cogen Raises Concern With Coal

Chair Jeff Cogen joins the growing list of major elected officials throughout the northwest in the northwest who are expressing grave reservations over the threat that coal exports pose to regional air quality and global climate change. More importantly, Cogen is taking action and is directing the County’s Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management to study the risks and make recommendations for relating country policy in response to those risks. While some local politicians have leaped up and suggested that nothing can be done to engage public resources…

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Mult. Co. Chair Jeff Cogen raises the alarm against coal exports, directs Multnomah County health and emergency staff to take action

Amanda Fritz pushes plastic reservoir covers as ‘fiscally responsible leadership’

September 8, 2012 by:

“A request should be made to the Oregon Health Authority to allow Portland to switch to membrane covers as the most cost-effective LT2 compliance mechanism for the City and our ratepayers,” Fritz wrote in a two-page memo to Mayor Sam Adams and others.

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Amanda Fritz pushes plastic reservoir covers as ‘fiscally responsible leadership’

Hood River City Council Member Kate McBride Speak Out Against Coal Exports Through Columbia River Gorge

September 2, 2012 by:

Kate Mcbride, a  Hood River city council member speaks about potential coal exports through The Columbia River Gorge.

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Listen to her 5 minute speech

Kate Mcbride City Council Member Hood River

New Coordinated Care Organizations Moving Forward in Hood River and Wasco County

August 30, 2012 by:

Oregon Health Plan

Two new coordinated care organizations have been provisionally certified to serve Oregon Health Plan clients, officials announced today.

Pending final approval later this month, the new CCOs will begin operation on November 1, 2012. PacificSource Community Solutions Coordinated Care Organization – Columbia Gorge Region will serve OHP clients in Hood River and Wasco counties. Yamhill County Care Organization will serve local clients there.

In total, 13 CCOs have received final approval to serve OHP clients and three have been provisionally certified. The majority of OHP clients in the state will be served through a local coordinated care organization.

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New Coordinated Care Organizations Moving Forward in Hood River, Wasco …

Camas and Washougal On A Diet Challenge – PRLog

August 28, 2012 by:

Community Weight Lose Challenge

“Health and wellness are the building blocks for strong, productive, and vibrant communities,”

said Rosie Palisson, MD, Kaiser Permanente lead physician at Cascade Park Medical Office in Vancouver. “Each of us can make a significant difference by creating healthier lifestyles for ourselves, our families, and our communities. This event — and this public education campaign — is about helping Americans realize their ability to help solve one of our nation’s greatest challenges.”Camas and Washougal community members are invited to view Consequences, the first segment of the series, and participate in a discussion with local health and obesity experts. After the discussion, guests will receive information on how to engage community members and provide effective resources regarding obesity and healthy living.

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Camas and Washougal On A Diet Challenge – PRLog