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Weyco Layoffs

January 23rd, 2015

Details on the production slowdown at Weyerhauser’s operations in Longview are coming out. The Daily News says that they have learned that 160 workers in the liquid packaging operations will be laid off next Tuesday, but they all should be back at work by February 6th. Company officials say that they need to curtail production due to the inability to get product out of west coast ports, due to the work slowdown from the contract negotiation stalemate between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

Lucky Eagle Expansion

January 23rd, 2015

The Chehalis Indians are announcing a major expansion of the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel near Rochester. The expansion is valued at $40 million, and will involve expanding the gaming area, food and support spaces by 41,000 square feet, along with an additional 8,600 square feet of administrative space, and a 120,000 square-foot parking garage. Lucky Eagle CEO John Setterstrom says that they’ll have a new sports bar and grill, additional meeting and entertainment space, and a new player’s club and lounge. The new parking structure will also be built above the expansion, connecting directly with the casino floor. Tribal officials say that they plan to break ground on February 2nd.

Lucky Eagle Expansion

January 23rd, 2015

The Chehalis Indians are announcing a major expansion of the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel near Rochester. The expansion is valued at $40 million, and will involve expanding the gaming area, food and support spaces by 41,000 square feet, along with an additional 8,600 square feet of administrative space, and a 120,000 square-foot parking garage. Lucky Eagle CEO John Setterstrom says that they’ll have a new sports bar and grill, additional meeting and entertainment space, and a new player’s club and lounge. The new parking structure will also be built above the expansion, connecting directly with the casino floor. Tribal officials say that they plan to break ground on February 2nd.

Gadget Menagerie

January 23rd, 2015

The Washington State Library has a special program planned for this afternoon at the Cathlamet Public Library, called the “Gadget Menagerie.” State Library staff will be working with staff earlier in the day, training them in the use of eReaders, tablet computers and other electronic devices; at 2 pm, you will be able to come by and learn about these devices and how they work. They’ll offer tips and tricks on basic operations and troubleshooting, including information on how to download books. Following today’s “Gadget Menagerie,” A number of these devices will be left at the Library for one week, for patrons to check out before they’re returned to the State Library at the end of the month.

Gadget Menagerie

January 23rd, 2015

The Washington State Library has a special program planned for this afternoon at the Cathlamet Public Library, called the “Gadget Menagerie.” State Library staff will be working with staff earlier in the day, training them in the use of eReaders, tablet computers and other electronic devices; at 2 pm, you will be able to come by and learn about these devices and how they work. They’ll offer tips and tricks on basic operations and troubleshooting, including information on how to download books. Following today’s “Gadget Menagerie,” A number of these devices will be left at the Library for one week, for patrons to check out before they’re returned to the State Library at the end of the month.

Weekend Events-1/23-25/15

January 23rd, 2015

Friday:
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has been turned into a pop-rock Broadway musical, and a national touring company will bring that production to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday night. “Jekyll and Hyde” is set to begin at 7:30 Friday night; call 577-TIXX, or go to the CTPA website for ticket information.

Mainstage Theatre is presenting a one-act play festival on Friday and Saturday night on the Dana Brown Mainstage in the R. A. Long High School Auditorium. “Present Tense” and “Making the Move” are comedies, while “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” is a drama based on the 1998 Thurston High School shooting in Oregon. The festival is set to begin at 7:30 pm each night.

As many as 50 local children will be involved in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Robin Hood” that will be presented at 7:30 pm Friday evening and at 3 pm on Saturday in the auditorium at Clatskanie Middle-High School. This is part of the 26th annual Clatskanie Arts Commission Performing Arts Series; tickets will be available at the door.

Each weekend through the end of this month, Gallery 505 in Toledo is hosting a Metal and Glass Artwork Show, featuring works from a dozen different local artists. Hours at Gallery 505 run from 2 pm to 6 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. They’re located at 205 Cowlitz Street in downtown Toledo.

Friday Night Open Gym continues at Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview, starting at 6:30 pm. There is a charge of $3 per adult to take part in the open basketball sessions. Call Youth and Family Link at 423-6741 for more information.

Saturday:
You can learn about a plant-based diet and the possible health benefits for you and your family by heating to the Community Vegan-Vegetarian Potluck and Talk that’s planned for Saturday evening at Youth and Family Link. The potluck dinner will start at 6 pm, and then Renee Steelman will talk and answer questions at 7. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.

If you’re up for a little road trip, the 7th annual Pie Day Auction and Feast is planned for this Saturday down in the Nehalem area, just east of Highway 101 at the White Clover Grange. The doors open at 2 pm, with sweet and savory pies up for bid and for sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grange and Food Roots, a local community food organization.

Road Rage Incident

January 22nd, 2015

A woman says that she had to use pepper spray on a man who was apparently bothered by the way she was driving. The Vancouver woman called Cowlitz County 911 from the 100 block of Westover Drive at 10:45 last night, claiming that she had been followed from 30th and Ocean Beach Highway. She claims that the man was driving aggressively, and tailgated her. She says that she pulled over to “see what was going on,” and then she pepper-sprayed the man when he approached her car. The woman also speculated that the man may have been intoxicated. Based on information provided by the woman, Deputies have a line on who the man might be, but they haven’t reported making contact with that person.

Robbery Suspect Photos

January 22nd, 2015

Continuing to pursue three men who are suspected of robbing two Castle Rock-area women, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is releasing pictures that are thought to be the perpetrators in this case. Early Monday morning, the three men broke into the home of Amanda Dickerman, 21, and Yuni Hernandez, 28, stealing medical marijuana, cash and cell phones. Investigators now say that two of the suspects are white males, and one is black. In the photos, one suspect is wearing a black drawstring sweatshirt and jeans, one has a red or orange coat and a silver stocking hat with a black rim, and the black suspect is wearing a sweatshirt or coat with “1880” on it, and what looks like a camo stocking cap. The photos are now posted on Flashnews.net, and on the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office web page. Call 577-3092 if you recognize any of these men, or leave a tip on the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 577-1206.

Fraud Arrest

January 22nd, 2015

Chris M. McNicholas, 44, of Woodland is under arrest, accused of bilking a 91 year-old Woodland-area woman out of $2,500. Deputy Danny O’Neill says that McNicholas had made arrangements to repair a window that was leaking at the woman’s home, but never did any work. O’Neill says that McNicholas got a check for $1,200 up-front, but then came back a few days later and demanded another $300; that was followed by a second demand for another $1,000. The woman also paid that amount, but then a financial advisor stepped in, and helped to stop that last check. The advisor contacted a local window company, and found that the repair could be done for about $400. McNicholas never actually did any work on the leaking window, and was arrested yesterday on charges of second-degree and third-degree theft. After being booked into the Cowlitz County Jail, McNicholas is free after posting bail.

$2 Gas

January 22nd, 2015

As they are across the country, gas prices continue to drop in the local area, with three local stations now charging less than $2 per gallon. Gasbuddy.com now reports that Miller’s Market at 32nd and Washington Way, Beachway Market on Ocean Beach Highway and the Minit Shop at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway all have unleaded regular for $1.99 per gallon. Six other stations have unleaded regular for $2.03 per gallon. That’s less than the current national average price of $2.04 per gallon, and well below the statewide average of $2.21. Just six months ago, that average was at $3.99 per gallon.