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Vancouver Crash

July 21st, 2014

Levorne Akles, 53, of Kelso is being charged with negligent driving, no insurance and hit-and-run after a crash that took place early this morning on SR 500 in Vancouver. State Troopers say that the crash happened at about 3:20 am, on SR 500 at Thurston Avenue. Akles was reportedly driving eastbound, when his car swerved off the left side of the road, crashing into the concrete barrier. Akles did get shaken up in the crash, and was eventually transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview as a precaution. Troopers claim that Akles was not wearing his glasses, and reported that he was extremely tired prior to the collision. His car has been impounded as the crash investigation continues.

Self-Service Internet

July 21st, 2014

The Longview Library plans to fire up its self-service internet reservation system today. Starting this morning, people who come into the Longview Library to access the internet will be able to make their own appointments, using new kiosks that have been installed. Library officials say that the patrons will use their library cards to set appointments for the next available computer; they’ll also be able to reserve future slots, also using their library card. Card users will also be able to preview their print jobs prior to going to the payment kiosk, which should help to cut down on excess and unwanted pages being printed. Patrons who bring their own laptops or other devices running Windows software will also be able to print on Library printers, using the Wi-Fi signal in the building. Guest passes for use of the Library computers will also be available. Call the Longview Library at 442-5300 for more information, or go to the Longview Library website.

Teen Training

July 21st, 2014

A six-week strength training class for local teens is scheduled to start today at the YMCA of Southwest Washington in Longview. This course will run from 1 to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 29th, taught by a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. The program is intended for 15 to 19 year-olds of any fitness level, working to teach safe training methods for a variety of strength-building regimens. Training will be offered in cardio, Nautilus, free weights and resistance training. They say that the goal is to provide quality training, which will help to build a solid foundation for sports, personal growth and life-long healthy living. A minimum of six students are needed to run the class, and there is one scholarship available. Call Fitness Director Lisa G. at 423-4770 for more information.

VBS Starts

July 21st, 2014

With a theme of “Set Your Sails for Shipwreck Bay,” Vacation Bible School opens today at the Kelso First Baptist Church. Organizers say that this program is open to kids from age 4 through high school, and will be offered today through Friday from 9 am until noon. Children should arrive at the church by 8:45 am each day. You should call the Kelso First Baptist Church at 425-2513 to arrange for transportation, or if you have other questions. Other churches around the area may also be offering similar Vacation Bible School programs, so you may also want to check with your local worship center to find out more.

“Big Event” Pol Rally

July 21st, 2014

Kelso barber and local political pundit Bill Ammons is setting up a big rally this afternoon, inviting all candidates for offices that are listed on the August 5th primary election ballot to a rally that’s planned for this afternoon. Ammons is calling today’s rally the “Big Event,” which is set to start at 1 pm today on the street next to the Pacific Barber Shop on South Pacific Avenue. Ammons says that he’s not exactly sure who might show up, but he has extended invitations to all local, state and federal candidates, offering each of them an open platform to present their campaigns. Today’s “Big Event” is open to anyone interested.

Hotel Hell Premieres

July 21st, 2014

It will be another week before you’ll see Longview’s Monticello Hotel featured on national TV, but you can get a warm-up for the next Monday’s airing by watching tonight’s season premiere of “Hotel Hell” on Fox12 out of Portland. The premiere will feature the “Meson de Mesilla,” a boutique hotel located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “Hotel Hell” is scheduled to air at 9 pm tonight on Fox12.

Big Weekend of Fairs

July 18th, 2014

The Kalama Fair continues Friday and Saturday at the Fairgrounds off of I-5 at exit 32. Highlights on Friday include the Pie Diving contest, a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, and the “Kalama Fair Game Show.” Saturday will have the Treasure Hunt and the Watermelon Easting Contest, “Strut Your Mutt,” live music and the Lawn Mower Races. Doors open at 8 am on Friday and 7 am on Saturday.

With a theme of “Fairlicious,” the Castle Rock Fair continues thought Saturday evening. The Upper Gate opens at 8 am each day, while the Lower Gate opens at 9. Along with the 4-H exhibits and livestock shows, the Toutle FFA Logging Show is set for 7:30 Friday night, followed by live music from “Midnight Hour” at 8. There’s a Scarecrow-building Competition on Saturday, a “Wet Money Scramble,” and a lip sync contest at 7 pm Saturday night.

Down in Cathlamet, the 33rd annual Bald Eagle Days will be going on Saturday and Sunday, with the Bald Eagle Run, a Parade at noon on Saturday, a Waterball Fight, a beer garden and fireworks at 10 pm Saturday night. There’s also a laser-tag showdown in downtown Cathlamet on Saturday. Events are centered on Main Street in Cathlamet, and at the Elochoman Slough Marina.

Enduro Races

July 18th, 2014

A mountain bike racing event will have parts of two trails near Yacolt closed on Sunday. The Forest Service is sending out an alert, saying that portions of the Silver Start and Chinook trails will be closed for Sunday’s Oregon Enduro bike races. They say that approximately 180 racers will be competing on Silver Start trail #180, Chinook Trail #180B, Ed’s Trail #180A, and on the last three miles of Forest Road 4109. The trails will be open during practice, which is planned for tomorrow, but they will be closed during the racing on Sunday. Get more information on www.oregonenduro.com, or by calling 360-449-7800.

Cowlitz Fair Looms

July 18th, 2014

Starting Saturday, entries for this year’s Cowlitz County Fair will be accepted in a variety of categories. From 10 am to 5 pm, entries for the competitions in sewing, needlework, quilts, canning, baking and ceramics will be accepted, along with entries in the Creative Youth competition. Fine Arts and China, Photography and Art competitors can drop their entries off between 10 am and 4 pm. Other categories will be allowed to submit entries on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Go to the Cowlitz County Fair website or call 577-3121 for more information.

Garage Fire

July 18th, 2014

Longview Firefighters dealt with a fully involved garage fire last night. The call came at 8:38 pm in the 300 block of Oregon Way. No details were provided, but crews were able to get the blaze knocked down. No reports of any injuries. The investigation is underway.