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Morning Press: Camas bond vote; Long leads 3rd District fundraising; lack of shelter volunteers

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

Camas officials, residents wade into pool controversy

On Nov. 5, residents will vote on a bond for up to $78 million to build a community center. The city council’s decision to ask residents to foot such a large bill, and how they’ve relayed information to the public, has some people angry.

Residents say they haven’t seen this level of citizen engagement on previous issues, nor this level of vitriol directed toward city leaders.

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Long leads in 3rd Congressional District fundraising

Democrat Carolyn Long declared she would seek Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat for the second time on July 8. Since then, she’s out-raised both the Republican incumbent and her fellow Democratic primary challenger.

Long, a Washington State University Vancouver professor, received $597,307 in campaign donations between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to the most recent quarterly reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Combined with starting cash, Long’s campaign has over $603,000 at its disposal after three months of fundraising.

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Vancouver’s winter homeless shelters face shortage of volunteers

As the volunteer-run Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter program enters its 17th season, it’s facing a shortage of volunteers. Jane Seidel pointed to the abundance of opportunities to help homeless people during winter — whether it’s volunteering at a severe weather shelter, providing outreach or organizing a coat drive — as a reason that the volunteer base is spread thin.

“There are many more opportunities for folks, and that’s a good thing,” said Seidel, one of the site coordinators at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. “There are lots of other ways that people can become involved in this continuing problem of homelessness.”

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Washougal fire destroys two businesses

An early-morning fire destroyed two businesses in a shared building in Washougal on Sunday.

At about 12:30 a.m., fire crews responded to a building fire at 921 4th st. that houses Mike’s Tire & Auto and Riverside Laundry. Crews found smoke and flames coming from the building, according to a news release from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

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Burgerville union announces strike

Members of the Burgerville union announced they will strike at an undisclosed time next week after contract negotiations with Burgerville USA broke down on Friday. The union spans five locations in Oregon and none in Vancouver.

Union members also plan to camp overnight on Thursday at Burgerville’s corporate office in Vancouver, at 109 W. 17th St., according to a news release from the Burgerville Workers Union.

“The (Burgerville Workers Union) arrived ready to make serious concessions, in order to sign a contract that significantly improves the lives of Burgerville workers. But Burgerville came with a wage proposal that maintains a status quo that keeps workers in poverty,” the union’s news release stated.

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