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Election Rally

October 17th, 2014

You have a chance to hear from the contenders in the November 4th General Election at an “old-fashion political rally” that’s planned for tomorrow afternoon in downtown Kelso. Bill Ammons from the Pacific Barber Shop says that this will be a rain-or-shine event that will start at 1 pm at 308 South Pacific Avenue. All of the candidates on the General Election ballot have been invited, and all will get a chance to speak; it’s even reported that current State Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson will also be coming down from Seattle to take part. In addition, they’ll be taking time to honor former Prisoner-of-War Howard Monroe, and will thank Elton Strange for helping to raise more than $21 million in support of veterans. The “Get Ready to Vote Rally” starts at 1 pm; bring your chair and whatever rain gear you might need to be comfortable, and get educated about this season’s candidates.

Energy Open House

October 17th, 2014

You can get some information on how to make your home more energy-efficient at tomorrow’s Energy Awareness Open House that’s being offered by the Cowlitz PUD. This runs from 10 am until 2 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD Building on 12th Avenue in Longview. You can learn about the “energy hogs” in your house, find out about energy-saving programs that are available through the PUD, and get other information, as well. They’ll also be handing out free LED light bulbs, while supplies last. The Energy Awareness Open House is free and open to anyone interested.

Leaf Bank Cancelled

October 17th, 2014

Since the trees haven’t cooperated by dropping their leaves, the first-ever “Leaf Bank” that was going to be held tomorrow and next Saturday by the Washington State University Extension is being cancelled. The plan was to collect leaves from people all around the area, which would then be used to make compost. Gary Fredericks with the WSU Extension says that the weather has been uncooperative, and there hasn’t been a significant amount of leaves dropped to be able to pull the event off. Planning is now under way for the 2015 Leaf Exchange, which is now being set up for early November of next year.

Miss Washington USA

October 17th, 2014

Evelyn Clark of Cathlamet and Starling Preston of Woodland are on their way to Burien this weekend, where she hopes to collect the crown as Miss Washington USA, with a goal of moving on to the national competition and the Miss Universe competition. Clark is currently a full-time student, and also has more than a thousand hours of community service under her belt. Tomorrow and Sunday, Clark will be competing with other women from around the state, taking part in interviews, swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Judges are also reviewing her community involvement as part of the judging criteria. The Miss Washington USA Pageant runs tomorrow and Sunday at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. You can also participate by going to the Miss Washington USA web page, where you can vote for “Miss Photogenic” and “Peoples Choice.” Voting for those awards ends today. The Miss Washington Teen USA Pageant will also take place this weekend, at the same venue.

weekend Events–10/17-19/14

October 17th, 2014

The 10th annual Ryderwood Fall Arts and Crafts Fair is taking place Friday and Saturday, expanding to a full-blown quilt show at the Pioneer Hall, live music and a car cruise. This will run all day Friday and Saturday, also including a craft fair and a bake sale.

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington invite girls from all over the area to a free Swim Night that’s planned for Friday evening at Gaither Pool in Kelso. This will go from 6 to 8 pm at the pool inside Kelso High School, and is open to all girls between the ages of 5 and 18. Along with the fun events that are planned, you and your girls can get information on Girl Scouts and the ways that the group helps girls grow, learn and thrive. Call 1-800-541-9852, extension 2450 for more information.

Check out the latest offerings from Ashtown Brewing and “Happy Hour Tastes” from the Mill City Grill Friday evening at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, an event that will start at 5:30 pm. This will be held in the Ken Henderson Lobby at the CTPA, and there is a limit of 45 tickets available. Act fast by calling 575-TIXX, 575-8499.

“Halloweentown” continues the “creepy season” with “St. Helens Haunted Tours,” being offered each weekend through November 1st. The tours of the “secret, creepy and spooky” history of St. Helens will start at Plaza Square at 7 pm, starting each half-hour until 9:30 pm. Get tickets at Bertucci’s Chocolates, or go to

The Three Rivers Mall continues its “Reel Pop-Up Movies” through the weekend, with free screenings of “Sister Act,” “Mary Poppins” and “Grease.” They’ll also have matinee screenings of “Pocahontas.” This will be near the SW corner of the mall, and you can get the current movie schedule on, or on the TRM Facebook page.

The Beaver Homes Grange opens its Haunted House this weekend, going from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. Military personnel get a dollar off of admission, and you can also shave a dollar off the entry price by bringing a food donation for the H. O. P. E. Warehouse. The Beaver Homes Grange is located off of Highway 30 near Goble, just follow the signs.

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.

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is holding a Car Seat Clinic on Saturday, going from 10 am until 2 pm at the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Main Station in Kelso. You can get your car seat checked for free by a certified technician, and you could even get some help in replacing outdated, obsolete or recalled car seats. You’ll need to bring the car seat that you’re using, the child that uses the seat, and ID or proof of income if you’d like to have your car seat replaced. Call 575-6280 for more information.

The monthly “Soup’s On” community lunch is planned for Saturday at the Kelso First Baptist Church on South 4th Street. The Doors open at 11:30 am, and lunch will be served until 1pm. For those who might have a need, there will also be a Clothes Closet available. Call the church at 423-2513 for more information, or if you would like to help out.

Watch out for the zombies running around the streets of St. Helens on Saturday, as the first-ever “Monster Dash” is held. This is being put on by the Rotary Club of Columbia County, looking to raise money to support local veterans. There will be 10K and 5K courses that will head out from Columbia View Park in Olde Towne St. Helens, along with a “Monster Mile” for the kids. The Shoestring Community Players is providing the “zombie talent,” also helping to do makeup for others who would like to be zombies. Check-in is at 3:30 pm, the 10K will start at 4:30 pm, and the 5K will start at 5. Following the run, Columbia County Brewing and Dockside is hosting a chili and cornbread feed.

Laura Ellis returns to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Saturday night, bringing a film noir-based show called “Femme Fatale” to the historic building on Commerce Avenue. This is a multi-media event, with Ellis singing in front of vintage film clips, weaving a story of ill-fated love. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm on Saturday. Contact the CTPA box office for ticket information.

Come to the Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market and find produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, entertainment, and 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.

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.

SCU Bust

October 16th, 2014

Renita Ray Sterling, 55, of Kelso is under arrest after the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a home in West Kelso. After going through the residence at 306 Southwest 2nd, detectives claim to have found meth, cocaine, various prescription drugs, cash, a gun and other items related to the drug trade. Sterling is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on a variety of felony drug charges, including possession of meth and coke with intent to deliver, possession of schedule 2 and schedule 4 drugs and maintaining a drug house. The “intent to deliver” charges also have a school zone enhancement. Sterling is currently being held without bail, pending her first court appearance.

Car-Pedestrian Collision

October 16th, 2014

A 47 year-old man is recovering from injuries he received yesterday afternoon, when he was hit by a car while crossing 15th Avenue at the intersection with Maple Street. Longview Police say that this happened a couple of minutes before 1 pm, as the man was in the crosswalk between Jack-in-the-Box and Maple Street. Those on the scene reported that the 47 year-old was bleeding from his head and nose, and complained about “hurting all over.” 15th Avenue was closed shortly after the collision, and re-opened to traffic about a half-hour later. The unidentified man was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment; it’s now being reported that the driver of the car is being cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Washington Shakeout

October 16th, 2014

The “Great Washington Shakeout” earthquake drill is scheduled to take place at 10:16 this morning, and the Washington Emergency Management Division says that more than a million people have signed up to participate in the event, making it the largest drill of this type in state history. At 10:16 am, the statewide Emergency Alert System will be activated, and the citizens signed up for the drill will “drop, cover and hold,” practicing skills that will help them to stay safe in the event of a real earthquake. In addition, coastal communities will be testing their tsunami alert sirens during this drill. EMD officials say that they couldn’t be more pleased with the response to this year’s Shakeout drill, saying that it’s the perfect opportunity to practice earthquake safety, and then do one more thing to be better prepared for the next quake, winter storm or other disaster. You can get more information on the EMD website about the Great Washington Shakeout drill, along with other disaster preparedness information.

Fishery News

October 16th, 2014

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is setting up a series of public meetings, with a goal of discussing and developing a new draft policy for management of salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay. WDFW officials say that this policy will help to provide regional guidance on hatchery and harvest reform, and will also help to align fishery management with conservation and economic objectives. It’s hoped that the draft policy could be considered for adoption early next year. Seven meetings are planned between October 25th and January 17th, all being held in Raymond. You can get information on the topics for each meeting, the time and location by going to the Washington Fish and Wildlife web page.

Nominations are being sought to fill positions on advisory committees that help to provide guidance on sport and commercial fisheries on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Fish and Wildlife Departments in Washington and Oregon are both looking for nominees for their joint advisory groups that deal with sport and commercial fisheries on both rivers. These groups will meet three or four times a year to help develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries. Get the full rundown on the WDFW web page. Nominations are being accepted through November 14th.

Planning Commission Vacancy

October 16th, 2014

Applications are being taken through October 27th for an open seat on the Kelso Planning Commission. Jared Wade recently resigned from the Planning Commission, and the person selected to replace him will serve out the rest of his unexpired term, which runs through November 1st of 2016. Members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, per the provisions of the City Charter. The Planning Commission deals with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and also provides advice to the City Council on land use issues. Members of the Planning Commission must live within the Kelso City Limits. Applications can be obtained from the City Manager’s office at the Kelso City Hall; call 577-3301 if you have other questions.