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Non-Profit Night

January 21st, 2015

Tickets are still available for this evening’s “Non-Profit Night” at Mark Morris High School, where you will have the opportunity to learn and interact with local non-profit organizations. A wide spectrum of local organizations will be set up to discuss their services, events and impacts that they have on the community. You can also learn about how you might be able to get involved with these groups. Teens can also get information on community service credits that can apply to their graduation. This event is being organized by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Mark Morris DECA Club. Get ticket information by calling 423-8400 or go to the Chamber web page.

City Manager Finalists

January 20th, 2015

A public reception is being set up for Wednesday, the 28th, where you’ll have a chance to meet with each of the five finalists for the Longview City Manager position. The short list includes current Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell, who has been with the City of Longview since 2005. Curtis Calder has been the City Manager in Elko, Nevada since 2003, while James Patrick has been working as City Manager for Storm Lake, Iowa for the past five years. Dana Reed is the Interim Town Manager for Tremont, Maine, after having worked in Bar Harbor, Maine between 1986 and 2014, and John Williams has been the Battle Ground City Manager since 2009. Following the open reception on the 28th, the candidates will be involved in a full day of interviews on the 29th. The City Council is hoping to make a decision on the successor to Bob Gregory shortly after these interviews.

Fog Alert

January 20th, 2015

Dense fog has once again settled in over the local area, with visibility down to a quarter-mile or less in some areas of Cowlitz County, the I-5 corridor and the Lower Columbia River. A Dense Fog Advisory is up until 10 am this morning, extending down through the Portland-Vancouver area and the Coast Range, as well. It’s reported that visibility was down to a couple of hundred feet in some spots near Vernonia. You’re reminded to slow down, increase your following distance, and be sure to have your low beams on, so other drivers can see you.

Pot Robbery

January 20th, 2015

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is working to find three male suspects in connection with a knifepoint robbery reported yesterday morning at a home just north of Castle Rock. The incident was relayed to CCSO just after 8 yesterday morning; Amanda Dickerman, 21, says that the suspects forced their way into her home at about 7 am, wearing masks and wielding knives. Dickerman’s companion, Yuni Hernandez, 28, has a card to grow medical marijuana, and the suspects stole a bag of marijuana that was around one gallon in size. The suspects also took several hundred dollars in cash and the victims’ cell phones. The suspects are thought to be in their late 20’s or early 30’s. There was a delay of about an hour in reporting the crime, as the victims drove to a relative’s home in Longview to make their report. If you have information on this incident, call the Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092, or cal Crime Stoppers at 577-1206.

Semi Rollover

January 20th, 2015

Romualdo Rodriguez, 52, of Hesperia, California is being charged with second-degree negligent driving after a semi rollover that gummed up traffic yesterday morning on I-5 southbound near Headquarters Road. State Troopers say that Rodriguez was southbound with a tractor and an empty trailer when the rig went off the freeway to the right, crashing into a dirt embankment just after 10 am. The impact caused the truck and trailer to tip onto its side, blocking the right lane of the freeway. Rodriguez and a passenger escaped injury in the crash. The wreckage was cleared by about 11:45 am. Rodriguez was cited and released.

Sunday Bike Crash

January 20th, 2015

Two men are recovering from injuries they received in a Sunday motorcycle crash that took place on I-5 north of Castle Rock. The State Patrol says that the crash happened at about 1:30 pm on Sunday, when Thomas Gibbs of Rainier, Washington, 58, was riding in the left lane, going at a high rate of speed. As Gibbs tried to pass another vehicle, he lost control of his Harley, dumping the bike and then skidding across the freeway to the right shoulder. Gibbs was treated and released from Centralia Providence Hospital, while Woody Pittman, 33, of Olympia was LifeFlighted to a hospital in Vancouver. He has since been released. Troopers say that excessive speed caused the crash; Gibbs was cited for negligent driving, driving while suspended and no motorcycle endorsement.

Longview Street Work

January 20th, 2015

Work starts today on street panels and damaged sidewalks in the area of 19th and Beech Street in Longview. The City of Longview says that this work will be done on the south side of the intersection at 19th and Beech, causing a closure of 19th Avenue at that intersection. Eastbound Beech Street will also be reduced to one lane while this work is going on. 19th Avenue will be open to local traffic only, with access available from Alabama Street. These closures are expected to be in place for about two weeks. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Pile-driving connected to the Washington Way Bridge Replacement Project begins today, and is expected to continue into early March. Contractors will begin driving wood and steel piles at 8 am today, with work continuing until 4 pm, Monday through Thursday. Noise-deadening curtains will be used to try and reduce the noise, but people living near the project will be hearing this work, and there will also be some vibrations felt, as well. Get the latest on this project by going to the City of Longview web page, or by checking the city’s Facebook page.

Adult Reading Contest

January 20th, 2015

Today marks the start of the second annual “Fire It Up” adult reading contest at the local libraries throughout Cowlitz County, with weekly prizes being offered, along with three county-wide grand prizes. Entry forms are now available at the libraries in Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock and Woodland, or you can download an entry form from the web page of any of those libraries. No library card is needed, and you can enter as often as you want; just submit a form for every item read. Local businesses are donating the weekly prizes; the grand prizes include a Kindle Fire, $200 in gift certificates, or a $200 outdoor recreation package. The Longview Library is also offering an additional incentive of using your completed entry forms to offset overdue fines; reduce those fines by up to five dollars by bringing your filled-out form to the main desk at the Longview Library. The “Fire It Up” adult reading program will run through February 28th. Contact your local library for more information.

History Club Fundraiser

January 20th, 2015

There’s a fundraiser planned for this afternoon and evening at Panda Express in Longview, in support of the Rainier Junior-Senior High School History Club and the school’s chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. The school will get a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds between 4 pm and 7 pm today. Contact Andrew Demko at Rainier Junior-Senior High School for more information.

MLK Day

January 19th, 2015

Marking Martin Luther King Day as a Day of Service, the Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network plans to be out in the Highlands neighborhood today, doing a number of service projects around the area. AmeriCorps volunteers will be cleaning walkways, working on the Community Center, along with various activities with kids in the Highlands. In addition, they’ll be taping a documentary on the Highlands, looking at like “then and now.” You’re invited to come by and be a part of this project, just visit the Highlands Community Center from 2 to 4 pm today to be a part of this.

Schools are out today, and all levels of governmental offices are closed. There’s no mail, and Post Offices are also closed today. Most banks and credit unions are closed today, though some in-store branches could be open. Local libraries are closed, as is Lower Columbia College. River Cities Transit and Waste Control are on regular routes. Today is a “Free Day” at Mt. Rainier National Park and other National Parks in Washington, with entrance fees to the park waived. This is the first of six “Free Days” at National Parks in Washington. This is also a “Free Day” at all Washington State Parks, with no Discover Pass needed for day use activities at every state park, along with sites managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.