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Morning Press: Vigil for slain teen; Navigation Center changes; Backwoods Brewing

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

Hundreds mourn slain transgender Vancouver teen at vigil

Nikki Kuhnhausen’s mother remembers the day her daughter officially came out as transgender. It was the first day of sixth grade.

“She wasn’t Nick anymore. She was Nikki,” Lisa Woods told media Friday night before a vigil for the slain teenager. “She had been Nikki behind closed doors since she was 2 years old. She had Hannah Montana and high heels and makeup. We would buy her girls clothes for her bedroom.”

Kuhnhausen was proud of who she was, Woods said, but the family worried that others may not be as accepting.

About 300 community members attended a vigil for Kuhnhausen, organized by National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation, at Vancouver United Church of Christ in Hazel Dell. The organization was contacted by the Vancouver Police Department early in the missing person case — overseeing the distribution of more than 2,400 flyers and social media outreach.

Read more about the vigil for the slain teen.

Vancouver’s Navigation Center sees changes after outcry from neighbors

Change is afoot at Vancouver’s Navigation Center, the day center for people experiencing homelessness.

The modifications are visible from the street, where temporary fencing now blocks off the formerly open-entry patio near the intersection of Grand and Fourth Plain boulevards. Inside, the center is different too. Clients now scan ID cards in order to access services like laundry and showers, and a new television and furniture offer a safe, comfortable place to rest.

Find out more about changes at the Navigation Center.

WSDOT: Drivers should not block new roundabout in Washougal

Drivers eastbound on state Highway 14 in Washougal will see a new electronic sign telling them not to stop in the roundabout at 32nd Street.

The sign, which provides a simple “Do not block circle” message, automatically turns on when a train is blocking 32nd Street north of the roundabout and vehicles are stacking up on 32nd Street.

When the sign is on, drivers eastbound on Highway 14 wanting to turn north onto 32nd Street should wait in the left lane before the roundabout. The lane was designed to hold traffic so it will not block other vehicles from using the roundabout.

Learn more about what WSDOT to make the roundabouts safer.

Barrels of craft beer flow from Backwoods Brewing

CARSON — It’s been over a year since Backwoods Brewing, a family brewery in the Columbia River Gorge town of Carson extended a foot into downtown Portland to open its second pub.

In hindsight, although the company dealt with growing pains, co-owner and CEO Steve Waters said the move brought stability to the company.

“The Portland location has helped the company feel a lot more secure,” Waters said. “If we hadn’t opened a second pub, we’d be really struggling as a company.”

The brewery is now one of the biggest in Southwest Washington, and it’s rolling out about 6,000 barrels a year with a staff of about 80, Waters said. It’s seeing five times the annual revenue of its first year in 2012, which shows that Backwoods is another example of the growing brewery scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Read more about what is brewing at Backwoods.

All-Region football: All guts & finally glory

Offensive linemen, the glory is yours.

Throughout its football state championship run, Camas’ offensive line drew praise for its size, skill, athleticism and completeness as a unit. It paved the way for quarterbacks Jake Blair and Blake Asciutto to throw a combined 2,500-plus yards and 27 touchdowns, a running game that had more than 3,500 rushing yards and an offense that averaged 41.7 points per game.

None of that happens without the big guys up front, who proved to be a major focal point for opposing teams when game planning for the Papermakers.

Find out more about these outstanding linemen.


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