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Fair Opens

July 24th, 2014

The 2014 Cowlitz County Fair opens today and runs through Sunday, with this year’s theme of “Feel the Excitement.” The gates open today at 11 am, with free admission to the fairgrounds until 11 pm, today tomorrow and Saturday. Sunday’s hours at 11 am to 7 pm. Kids are invited to take part in a 1 pm pie-eating contest, sponsored by the Cowlitz County Historical Museum. Today’s headline event is the “Love and Theft” concert, which is set for 7 pm in the Grandstands at the Rodeo Grounds. A separate ticket is needed to get into the show; those tickets will be available at the Fairgrounds. Other headline events include the annual Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo, which will have sessions at 7 pm tomorrow night, 1 pm on Saturday, and the finals at 7 pm on Saturday night. Sunday’s highlight event will be the Mud Bogs and Mini-Monster Trucks, which will also include the opportunity for local drivers to compete. That show is set for 1 pm Sunday afternoon. There’s also free entertainment throughout the day on the Dick Hannah Toyota Front Porch Stage, along with bingo by the Cowlitz PUD, raising money to support the Warm Neighbor Fund. All of that is in addition to the livestock and animal shows by local FFA kids, the 4-H competitions, floral entries, photograph entries and the commercial booths. Again, admission to the fairgrounds is free, and the weather is supposed to start turning around. Bring the family and come on down.

Concert at the Lake

July 24th, 2014

The weather is supposed to be improving just before tonight’s Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake, which will feature rock-and-roll music from Elliott Randall and the Deadmen. Reviewers say that this California-based band performs “brilliant Americana” that straddles the genres of country and rock. The free concert starts at 6 pm at Martin’s Dock; bring the picnic dinner and come on down.

Girl Found

July 24th, 2014

A four year-old girl that authorities in Clark County had characterized as “missing and possibly endangered” was located yesterday at a shelter in Kelso. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says that this goes back to an incident that happened last Saturday, the 19th, where 41 year-old Kimberly Ann Gibson had allegedly used her van to hit her boyfriend and father of her daughter, then drove away. Gibson’s van was eventually found abandoned in a parking lot in Longview. Around noon yesterday, a tip came in that Gibson and four year-old Stormy Kennedy had been seen walking on the street, in the vicinity of the old Emergency Support Shelter. Kelso Police responded and arrested Gibson on a second-degree domestic violence assault charge, while the girl was turned over to her father. Gibson was taken back to Vancouver for questioning.

Another Highway 30 Crash

July 24th, 2014

Oregon State Police continue to investigate a collision that closed Highway 30 west of Rainier for about an hour yesterday afternoon. This collision took place at about 4 pm, four miles west of town. The driver of a Toyota Corolla who had pulled onto the shoulder of the road apparently tried to make a U-turn, pulling out into the path of a semi tractor pulling a trailer. The truck driver hit his brakes, but wasn’t able to avoid the collision, hitting the Corolla in the driver’s side door. The driver of the Toyota was taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, with injuries that are described as “serious, but not life-threatening.” The truck driver was not injured. Names have not been released. Traffic was detoured around the crash site for about two hours.

Misner Town Hall

July 24th, 2014

County Commissioner Jim Misner is hosting a Town Hall meeting tonight, where he plans to talk about the proposed Fee for Access that Weyerhaeuser is planning to implement at the beginning of next month. Misner says that more than 600 Cowlitz County residents have signed a petition, urging the County Commissioners to address these proposed fees. Misner says that the petitioners feel that the fee program will have a negative impact on local tourism and the economy, and they’re asking for the Commissioners to do everything within their power to oppose the fee. The intent of tonight’s meeting is to ensure that everyone is well-informed of what the Commissioners can and cannot do, to gather ideas and solicit input. Misner says that they will use the information from tonight’s meeting to plan and strategize the future of recreational access in Cowlitz County forest lands. The agenda will include the local petition, a presentation on “Open Access” areas in Cowlitz County, and the proposed “Clean Forest Program” to off-set the Weyco fees. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm in the Toutle Lake Schools Multi-Purpose Room, and is open to anyone interested.

Cormorant Meeting

July 24th, 2014

There’s an open house planned for this afternoon down in Astoria, where the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will talk about proposed plans for dealing with predation of juvenile salmon and steelhead by double-crested cormorants. Scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service claim that cormorants eat an average of 11 million juvenile salmon and steelhead each year, and are now using East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia for nesting. The Corps has developed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and a preferred alternative for dealing with the cormorants, plans that include the killing of some of the birds, along with destruction of nests. Today’s Open House is planned to run from 3 to 6 pm at the Best Western Lincoln Inn in Astoria. Full details are available on the Corps of Engineers website.

Sewer Project

July 24th, 2014

Be aware that a sewer main project on 30th Avenue may alter your travel plans. Starting today, a contractor for the City of Longview will begin lining a sewer main on 30th Avenue between Maple Street and Lilac Street. The work is expected to go through next Friday, August 1st; intermittent lane closures are expected on 30th Avenue, while Maple Street and Louisiana Street will be open only for local traffic between 30th and 32nd Avenues. Residential access will be maintained during the work. You should use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Columbia Heights Closure

July 24th, 2014

As part of the slide repair near Maplewood Drive, the City of Longview is announcing a full closure of Columbia Heights Road, starting next Monday. The contractor working on the project will start construction of a retaining wall in the slide area, work that is expected to take about four weeks. Drivers are advised to use Laurel Road, Glenwood Road and Virginia Way or Nevada Drive off of West Side Highway to access the upper Columbia Heights area. Additional information on the project and its impacts are being posted on the City of Longview web site.

Bloomin’ Tour

July 24th, 2014

Following last week’s “America in Bloom” judging, six of the prettiest gardens in Castle Rock are opening up for the third annual Castle Rock “Bloomin’ Tour.” The Harmony Winery Garden, the Gardens at Stillmeadows, Cowlitz River Dahlias and Succulents, Downtown Castle Rock, Castle Rock Lavender, the Castle Rock Nursery and the Gardens at Sandy Bend are taking part in this year’s tour. Along with the beautiful grounds, the “Bloomin’ Tour” will also feature flowers and plants for sale, along with soaps, honey, jams, garden art, gifts and other special items. To get the days and hours for each venue, search for the Castle Rock Bloomin’ Tour Facebook page, or call 751-1280 to get a flyer.

OBH Fires

July 23rd, 2014

Getting back and forth between Cathlamet and Longview was a bit of a challenge yesterday afternoon and evening, as the Department of Natural Resources and local fire agencies dealt with a couple of brush fires. The first incident was reported shortly after 2 pm, on a steep bank near Stella. Along with a brush crew from DNR, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, along with Wahkiakum Fire District 4 in Cathlamet. The Sheriff’s Office reports that there were actually two fires, burning about a half-mile apart burning between milepost 50 and 51. The highway between Coal Creek and Mill Creek was completely closed for about a half-hour as these fires were knocked down. Local residents were alerted about the fires, but no evacuations were necessary. The cause of the fires isn’t known at this time. The fires were reported to be knocked down by about 4 pm, but fire crews remained in the area until about 9 pm, completing the mop-up of the situation. No significant property damage was reported.