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Weyco Pulp Sale

May 2nd, 2016

Weyerhaeuser is selling off its pulp business, sending that part of the company to International Paper for a price of about two billion dollars. IP is buying five pulp mills in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and up in Alberta. The deal also includes converting facilities in Mississippi and Poland. This sale is part of a strategic review of Weyerhaeuser that was announced last November, when the timber giant announced that it was buying Plum Creek Timber. The deal also includes a $300 million tax benefit, coming from the purchase of assets.

Sauvie Island Drowning

May 2nd, 2016

Authorities are still working to recover a woman who is missing and presumed as drowned after she fell off of her paddleboard near Sauvie Island. Authorities in Multnomah County say that the woman had been on the board at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon, when she went into the water near Collins Beach. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says that they have spotted the body, and they were bringing additional resources to complete the recovery. The woman’s name hasn’t yet been released.


May 2nd, 2016

Those for and against the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility on the old Reynolds Metals plant in West Longview are now poring over the three thousand pages of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project. The long-awaited document was released on Friday, opening up a 45-day public comment period. In making the joint announcement with the Department of Ecology, Cowlitz County Building and Planning reports that this draft study covers 23 environmental resources areas; they also say that this project would impact 21 of those areas, some of those impacts are called “significant.” They say that most, if not all, of these impacts can be mitigated. Three public hearings on the DEIS are being set up, with the first one on May 24th here in Longview. The other hearings are May 26th in Spokane and on June 2nd in Pasco. The DEIS can be viewed on-line, and they also have a hard copy at the Longview Library.

Chinook Rentals Theft

May 2nd, 2016

Thieves continue to target businesses on Industrial Way, as Chinook Sales and Rentals reports the loss of nearly $14,000 in tools and equipment over the weekend. The burglary was reported just before 8 am Saturday, saying that someone had cut the fence next to the railroad track, then they got into the yard and cut a hole in the side of the building itself. Nine red suitcase-style Honda generators valued at more than $1,100 apiece were taken, along with a Stihl professional-grade chain saw and two more “quick-cut saws.” Police say that the burglars were careful to not trip the store’s security sensors. No suspects have been identified.

Marijuana Meeting

May 2nd, 2016

The Castle Rock City Council has a special meeting planned for this evening, where they’re scheduled to take action on the first reading of an ordinance to adopt a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses. If it’s adopted as presented, then all for-profit sales, growing, producing or processing of marijuana would be banned inside the Castle Rock city limits, going for at least full year. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Second Avenue SW.

Prayer Banned

May 2nd, 2016

The Vader City Council is doing away with the saying of a Christian prayer at the beginning of their meetings. In the Centralia Chronicle, Council member Judi Costello says that it’s her belief that the prayer violates the separation of church and state. Three other members of the Council sided with Costello, while Mayor Ken Smith voted to keep the prayer. There were no comments from the crowd during this discussion and vote.

Karnofski Files

May 2nd, 2016

Current Cowlitz County Commissioner Mike Karnofski is announcing his plans to run for another term. In making his announcement last night, Karnofski says that he’s been encourages by many people to run again, so he can continue to improve the state of Cowlitz County’s economy. Karnofski says that Cowlitz County “must continue to become a place where people want to live, work and play.” Karnofski points to his achievements in improving the financial and health picture in the County; Karnofski says that he’s looking forward to the chance to serve the people of Cowlitz County.

Hill Declares

May 2nd, 2016

Jim Hill hasn’t even finished his first term on the Kelso City Council, but he’s now gearing up for a bigger challenge, announcing that he plans to run for the County Commission seat now held by Mike Karnofski. Hill has been extremely critical of Cowlitz County and its support of the Love Overwhelming homeless shelter. Hill says that the money given to Love Overwhelming has been wasted and that it needs to stop. Hill says that he doesn’t belong to a political party, so he’s running as an independent. It’s also reported that Curtis Hart of Kelso also plans to run for the seat that Karnofski has, also motivated by the low regard he has for Love Overwhelming. Karnofski represents Commissioner District 1, which covers Kelso east of the Cowlitz River, along with the southern portion of the County. Current Community House on Broadway Executive Director Frank Morrison is running against Dennis Weber, also based in part on the county support of Love Overwhelming.

Lane Closures

May 2nd, 2016

Manhole cover repair work begins today on Industrial Way in Longview, starting this morning at 8:30 am. The repairs are taking place in three locations between Fibre Way and Oregon Way, with work expected to take about a week. Lane closures will be in place while the work goes on each day until 3:30 pm. Steel plates will cover the manholes each night. There’s could be quite a bit of congestion, so you may want to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Local Weekend Happenings

April 29th, 2016

Stageworks Northwest is making some adjustments in honor of Dr. Marion Clark at Sunday’s final performance of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” wrapping up this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. The 2 pm Sunday matinee will now be presented at 7:30 pm, so cast and orchestra members can attend the memorial service for Clark, who was a supporter of Stageworks, and was a colleague of many of the performers. Showtimes are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, and now on Sunday, as well. Tickets are available at the door, or by going to

The Grandmothers Bowling League is holding its annual banquet on Friday, starting at 11 am at the Sizzler restaurant on Ocean Beach Highway. Call 751-4174 for registration information.

“Seattle Shakespeare” returns to Cathlamet this weekend presenting “The Tempest” this Friday afternoon at Wahkiakum High School. WHS students will be viewing the play as part of their schooling, but the production is also open to the community. Curtain is set for 1 pm on Friday on the Wahkiakum High School stage. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations that will help support the troupe and possible return engagements.

The Friends of the Kelso Library are holding a Used Book Sale this weekend, Friday, Saturday and MONDAY at the Library in the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day, with a “Clearance Day” on Monday. will help support children’s programs and other services.

You’re invited to a retirement party for outgoing Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Director Carlos Carreon, which will run from 2 to 4 pm this Friday in the third floor General Meeting Room at the Cowlitz County Administration Building in Kelso. Friday is his last day or work.

This Friday and Saturday, there’s a fundraising Garage Sale at 58890 Morten Lane in St. Helens, being held in support of Sandy Byers as she tries to raise money to pay for her heart transplant. The sale is located about a mile off of Highway 30 in St. Helens, on the way to the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The annual Kids’ Fish-In at Lake Sacajawea is set for Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 3. Kids taking part will each receive a rod and reel, gear and help with getting started. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first 400 kids. Go to for more information, and to get signed up.

A lot of local kids are getting their feet wet as business people on Saturday, as Longview Parks and Rec hosts a Kids Garage Sale, running from 9 am until 1 pm at the McClelland Arts Center. Kids are renting their own booths and are selling their own wares; head on over and see what they have.

The annual March of Dimes March for Babies is set for Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea. Registration will start at 8 am on Saturday, and the March itself will start at 9. You’ll be able to walk in support of the March of Dimes and that group’s battle against birth defects, and will also be able to walk with others who have dealt with premature birth, birth defects or the loss of an infant.

The 2016 Lower Columbia Contractors Association Home Garden and Leisure Show is happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Along with vendor displays, they’ll have a number of seminars and demonstrations, along with hands-on activities for the kids. This year also features the first-ever LEGO building competition for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Admission is $2 or two cans of food.

The Rainier Garden Club is putting on its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, running from 9 am to 3 pm in the J&R Sales parking lot. They’ll have trees, flowers, native plants, vegetables, Mother’s Day gifts and a lot more. Proceeds will go into the Rainier Garden Club’s community projects.

The Castle Rock High School FFA is holding its annual Plant Sale this Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 2 pm. They’ll have hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables for sale, raising money for the FFA and its student activities. The sale will take place in the greenhouse at the high school.

The Comcast Cares event is taking place this Saturday in Castle Rock, with volunteers coming in to work on the South Huntington Avenue water feature and entry into the city. This is located right across from Lions Pride Park; you should bring gloves, hand tools and other implements. Lunch will be provided to the volunteers. Go to to get signed up.

There’s a “Mom’s Day Out Bazaar” set for this Saturday in the Northlake Baptist Church Gym, running from 10 am to 4 pm. This is on the corner of Ocean Beach Highway and Pacific Way, and will be a benefit for the Caring Pregnancy Center of Cowlitz County. Each vendor at the event will be giving away a prize; get details on the CPC of Cowlitz County Facebook page.

From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, its “Safe Kids/Healthy Kids Day” at the Southwest Washington YMCA. There will be all manner of activities, games, demonstrations and prizes; they’ll also have life-jacket-fittings and water safety information. Contact the YMCA on 15th Avenue in Longview for information on getting your children involved.

The 48th annual Coin Show of the Cowlitz Coin Club of Longview-Kelso is set for this weekend at the AWPPW Hall in Longview. You’ll be able to view, buy, sell and trade coins, and there will also be raffles of gold and silver American Eagle coins. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday; admission is free.

Violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge performs Saturday evening at the Journey Adventist Church in Kelso. Jorge has played in more than 60 countries, performing in venues from high schools to Carnegie Hall. This performance is set for 6 pm this Saturday at the church on Solomon Way, just off of West Side Highway near Lexington.

The Kelso Bridge Market opens this weekend, moving to a new venue. From 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, the Bridge Market will be open at the Three Rivers Mall, and they will be giving free pansy plants to the first 100 mothers that visit.

The Mainstage Theatre Children’s Class will present “The King’s Meal” on Sunday, a production that’s billed as a “family-friendly musical.” Curtain on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School is at 2 pm on Sunday; donations are requested.

At 3 pm on Sunday, the Columbia River Handbells will present a concert at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. The bell team will be joined by Jared Devine, who will play the cello on two special pieces. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations in support of the Columbia River Handbells.