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Weyco and KapStone Reports

October 31st, 2014

Weyerhaeuser is out with its third-quarter earnings report today, announcing net earnings of $1.1 billion, compared to earnings of $157 million in the same period last year. The third quarter earnings include $966 million from “discontinued operations” related to the sale of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, along with another $9 million from “special items.” When those items are excluded, net earnings come in at $174 million; that compares to $136 million in the same period last year, and $234 million in the second quarter of this year. President and CEO Doyle Simmons says that they were able to increase the quarterly dividend by 32 percent in this quarter, and also repurchased $130 million in common shares. He says that a “relentless focus on operational excellence” is paying off for the company and its shareholders. Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the company expects a downturn in timberland operations, “significantly lower” performance in wood products, and “significantly higher” results in the cellulose fiber segment of the company.

KapStone Paper and Packaging is reporting “record results” in the third quarter of 2014, announcing net sales of $598 million and net income of $54 million. Net income is up 22 percent over the same period in 2013. KapStone Chairman and CEO Roger W. Stone says that they have continued the positive momentum from the second quarter, and have now achieved all-time record quarterly results. Stone says that productivity gains from improved operations and “synergy” have helped to improve the bottom line; he also says that capital investments are delivering the expected results, and he says that they continue to “prudently invest” in the company’s operations. Stone says the company is continuing to shift from “integration” to “optimization,” and he claims that those steps will continue to strengthen and improve KapStone’s financial results.

DV Crackdown

October 31st, 2014

Lewis County law enforcement went out on a domestic violence crackdown yesterday, with nearly three dozen officers from eight different agencies were involved in the sweep, attempting to serve nearly 200 warrants. The police departments of Toledo, Winlock and Napavine were involved in the sweep, along with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Corrections and the police departments from Morton, Chehalis and Centralia. The sweep started at 7:30 yesterday morning and continued until midnight, resulting in ten arrests. During the sweep, it was learned that a large number of the suspects had moved out of the area. Lewis County officials say that they will now be coordinating with other police agencies to locate and arrest suspects, in cases where their addresses are known.

Gypsy Moths

October 31st, 2014

After trapping 16 Gypsy Moths near Yacolt, steps will be taken to locate and eradicate those insects so that they don’t reproduce and spread. The Washington Department of Agriculture is announcing the results of this year’s Gypsy Moth trapping program, where about 20,000 traps were placed in trees, shrubs and other plants all around the state. Along with the moths trapped near Yacolt, seven moths were found in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, along with single moths at two other parks in Seattle, Neah Bay, Port Townsend and Lake Whatcom. Physical inspections are now being conducted at the multi-moth sites, looking for other evidence of Gypsy Moth infestation. Interventions will likely be determined by the end of the year. It’s noted that all of the moths trapped are European Gypsy Moths, and none were the more dangerous Asian Gypsy Moths. The trapping program continues each year, to try and ensure that there are no permanent colonies of the pest.

CHHH Award

October 31st, 2014

It’s being announced that Longview-based Community Home Health and Hospice is a “Top Agency” of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, recognizing the facility as one of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This is the ninth year of rankings by HomeCare Elite, which identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies, also highlighting the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Rankings are determined by a variety of performance measures, including quality outcomes, use of best practices, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of nearly 10,000 facilities across the country, only about 2,500 are considered to be “elite.”

FHC Certification

October 31st, 2014

The Family Health Center North Beach Clinic in Ocean Park is now being recognized as a “Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home,” ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dian Cooper with the Family Health Center says that a PCMH is a model of primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication that helps to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time. “Level 3” is the highest level recognized by the NCQA. Using this “medical home model,” the FHC offers quality, effective and efficient care, while responding to the unique needs and preferences of each patient. It’s also noted that Medical Homes also lead to higher quality and lower overall costs. Cooper says that work is continuing to receive PCMH recognition for the other Family Health Center clinics in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.

Evans Honored

October 31st, 2014

The National Judicial College is announcing that Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Michael Evans has come through with a special achievement, announcing that he has completed a course called “Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach.” Evans took the course several weeks ago in Ashland, taking part in an in-depth discussion and analysis of ethical behavior and justice at the point where law, literature and life experience intersect. The course also weaved literary exercises on ethics into the curriculum, with attendees going to several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and then discussing the ethical dilemmas of the characters in each of those plays. Evans attended the course through scholarships paid through state and national sources. No county funds were utilized.

Halloween Festivities

October 31st, 2014

Haunted Houses include…

Nyghtmare Manor: Thursday & Friday dark to 10pm. Free admission but bring a can of food for the Help Warehouse. Located at 142 Winford Road in Silver Lake.

Beaver Homes Grange Haunted House: Friday & Saturday 6:30-9:30pm. Admission is $5, or $4 with a can of food. Located on Beaver Homes Road in Goble off Hwy 30, follow the signs

Haunted House in Cathlamet: 5-9pm at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds

Parties, Carnivals, & Safe Places to Trick or Treat…

Halloween Party at Zojo Coffee House on Ocean beach Hwy, Halloween at 6pm, free, music, candy, face painting & fun.

The Street of Screams at the Cowlitz Co. Expo Center, Friday from 3:30-7:30pm, admission is $1 or a can of food. Safe indoor trick or treating for ages 3-13.

Safe House for Trick or Treaters: at Monticello Park Retirement Community at 605 broadway in Lv., 5:30-7:30pm games & goodies.

Stroll through Halloween at Rose Valley Grange, 6-10pm, challenges & treats with displays. $2 admission, for all ages

Trick or Treat Hour at Somerset Retirement Community, 6-7pm, at 2025 Tibbetts Drive in Lv.

Kelso 1st United Methodist Trunk or Treat, 5-8pm for all area kids, at 206 Cowltiz Way.

Longview Church of Christ Trunk or Treat, 5-7pm, kids under age 12, at 2219 50th off of Ocean Beach hwy.

Faith Lutheran Church in Clatskanie Trunk or Treat, 4-6pm, hot dogs, candy & fun, bring a can of food, 1010 NE 5th street.

Haunted High School Family Night at Kelso High auditorium, 6-11pm, ages 6 & older. $5 adults $3 kids presented by the Drama dept.

Halloween Party at the Castle Rock Library, 4:30-6pm, games & goodies, not too scary for the little ones.

Harvest Party at Catlin Elementary school, 6-8pm, candy games, pizza, no scary masks, presented by Faith Fellowship, free.

Harvest Party at New Life Fellowship, 6-8pm, games, candy, inflatables, free, at 2441 42nd Ave. in Lv.

Harvest Party at Abernathy Assembly of God, 5:30-8:30pm, games, candy, chili & hot dogs, free, at 702 abernathy Creek Road.

Harvest fest at First baptist Church in Lv. 5-7pm, games & prizes, no scary costumes, at 1718 E. Kessler Blvd.

Fall Family Festival at Vader Assembly of God, 6-8pm, games, food, fun, at 302 6th street.

Halloween Carnival at the Quincy Grange, 5-8pm, bingo, costume contest, games, 3.5 miles east of Clatskanie on Rutters road.

Vader Name Change?

October 31st, 2014

After being known as Vader for the past 101 years, there could be a move to change the town’s name back to “Little Falls,” the moniker that it had back in the early 1900’s. It’s being reported that the Vader City Council is mulling over the possible name change, as they move ahead during the latest budget process. Looking back in history, the Tacoma Public Library Washington Place Names Database says that the area now known as Vader was called “Sopenah” by the Northern Pacific Railway, but locals knew that town as “Little Falls.” Northern Pacific had another Little Falls in Minnesota on their line, so that was ruled out. Some local residents asked the Legislature to name the town “Toronto,” but that was disputed. A compromise agreement landed on Vader, which was the name of a local German resident. The Washington Legislature officially settled on Vader in March of 1913. In 2005, the topic actually went to a vote of the town’s residents, and “Little Falls” failed by just eleven votes. Mayor Ken Smith says that there’s been more discussion about making the change, but they also need to figure out how much a name change like that would cost.

Weekend Events–10/31-11/2/14

October 31st, 2014

Friday:
The Three Rivers Mall continues its “Reel Pop-Up Movies” through the weekend, with free screenings of “Goonies,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Mask,” and “E.T.” They will also have matinee screenings of “Hotel Transylvania.” This will be near the SW corner of the mall, and you can get the current movie schedule on www.threeriversmall.com, or on the TRM Facebook page.

Youth and Family Link continues with its Family Open Gym Nights on Friday, running from 6:30 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring the whole family down for movies, crafts, bingo and other fun. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.

Saturday:
The 37th annual Toy Soldier Bazaar runs from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday at the Cowlitz County Conference Center, with this year’s proceeds helping to support Addy Jo Clifton, a local little girl who is battling cancer. Donated entrance fees will be going directly to Addy Jo and her family. Call 751-5106 for more information.

You can help out the Show and Chamber Choirs at Kelso High School by going to a Craft Fair Fundraiser that’s planned for Saturday in Gregg Hall at Cowlitz Villa in Kelso. The choirs are working to raise $30,000 to send 27 students for a special tour and performance at Disneyland. They’ll have locally-crafted gifts, jewelry, candles, baked goods and other items. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm; Gregg Hall is located at 900 Grade Street in Kelso.

The YMCA of Southwest Washington kicks off its Kids Goodtymes Program on Saturday, providing activities, games and other fun for special needs children between the ages of 6 and 13. Financial assistance is available for families that qualify. Call the Y at 423-4770 for more information.

There’s a free Water Safety Training class for families that starts on Saturday, November 1st at the YMCA in Longview. You can learn how to help yourself and others while in the water during the class. Participants will receive a 30 to 40-minute water safety swim lesson, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of free time in the Y’s Activity Pool. The classes run two Saturdays in a row, and will be offered at different times through December 6th and 13th. Call the Y at 423-4770 to get registration information.

There’s a free “Adventures in Boating” education course being offered on Saturday at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, going from 8 am until 4 pm. Call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092 for registration information.

If you have some pictures that you would like to show in this year’s annual Amateur Photo Contest and Show at the McClelland Arts Center, entires are being accepted from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, the 2nd and from 4 to 7 pm on Monday, the 3rd. The show itself starts next Friday, with an Artists Reception that evening. After that, the Photo Contest and Show will run through Sunday, the 9th. Contact Longview Parks and Rec for more information.

The annual Mist Helping Circle Fall Festival is set for this Saturday, starting at 6 pm in the Mist Grade School Gym. They’ll have a live and silent auction, a bake sale, door prizes, a quilt raffle and an entertainment program. This is the primary fundraising event for the Helping Circle, and will help to support maintenance of the Mist Cemetery, along with a scholarship program.

You can help to improve the habitat for the endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer by heading down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help plant thousands of native trees and shrubs to help provide cover and fed for the deer, starting this weekend and going into March of next year. Get more details on the Refuge website.

It’s the last weekend for the Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market , your last chance to come and find produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, entertainment, and other fun! Come on down and join the fun, there’s something good for everyone! Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.

Sunday:
Play some bingo and help support the Crusaders Relay for Life Team on Sunday at the Longview Eagles, located at 1526 12th Avenue. Kids are welcome to attend the 2 pm session; they’ll start with a regular session, and will follow that with a speed session. Details are available through the Longview Eagles.

At 7 pm on Sunday, you’re invited to attend “A Service of Remembrance” at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. The Columbia Choral Ensemble will be featured, along with the Lower Columbia Women’s Threshold Choir. You can come by and find space for quiet and healing. This is also a benefit for Community Home Health and Hospice. Call 414-5465 for more information.

The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. Along with the locally grown produce, they’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Find out more by calling 957-2515.

Shooting Arrest

October 30th, 2014

Castle Rock Police now report making an arrest in connection with that shooting incident that was reported Tuesday morning at an apartment on Roake Avenue. Shortly before noon, a tip came in that Zackary Jonathan Turner, 24, of Castle Rock was at his grandmother’s house, which is located in the 400 block of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Officers went to that home and took Turner into custody at about 12:15 pm. Turner is now being held on a charge of first-degree assault, after he allegedly used a pellet rifle to shoot a 25 year-old male friend in the stomach. Apparently, Turner thought that the friend was involved in the theft of a cell phone. The case got started Tuesday morning, when the victim was brought to St. John Medical Center, and went into surgery. The victim is still listed in good condition, while Turner is being held without bail.