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Coffee and Politics

July 15th, 2016

The candidates for County Commissioner District 2 will appear at a forum tonight at Zojo Coffee on 14th Avenue. The event begins at 6 pm. Dennis Weber, Frank Morrison, Kevin Hunter and Shawn Nyman are slated to join in the discussion Friday evening.

Brynion Slingshotters

July 15th, 2016

Sherriff’s Deputies are investigating a case of a car speeding and a passenger using a slingshot yesterday afternoon on Mt. Brynion Road. The two suspects have been identified but no arrests have been reported. CCSO found the slingshot and a container of coins in the vehicle.

Castle Rock Road Striping

July 15th, 2016

Drivers may encounter slow moving paint striping trucks this Friday, July 15, 2016. Motorists encountering the lead buffer truck are asked to wait until the last truck has passed before entering the roadway. Drivers behind, or travelling opposite of the painting operation, should not cross the paint lines. If vehicles do need to exit the roadway, they should proceed slowly at a 90 degree angle. Paint drying times will depend on weather, but it is generally dry within five minutes.

Striping for Friday, July 15 – Castle Rock Area

Finkas Road
S Toutle Road
Parker Road
Frank Smith Road
Luebke Road
Sightly Road
Moore Road
Hall Road
George Taylor Road
Wiley Road
Kerr Road
Paine Road
Carnine Road
Schaffran Road
Si Town Road
Studebaker Road
Studebaker #2
Kroll Road
Old Pacific Hwy N
Barnes Drive
Imboden Road
Burma Road
Toutle Park Road

Longview Schools Water Testing

July 15th, 2016

Yesterday, the Longview School Department received results from the first of a series of tests for lead levels in water throughout the district’s schools.

As a result of recent discoveries of lead in school drinking water in the region and across the country, the district began testing its schools in early-June. Sites tested first included the district’s Central Kitchen where elementary breakfast and lunches are prepared and packaged and Broadway Learning Center where district preschool special education and HeadStart ECAP classes are held.

Of the 22 tests performed at Broadway, three water sources tested above the Washington State Department of Health’s 20 parts per billion trigger level for lead: two in separate classrooms and one in a room used as an office for staff members. Of the 7 samples drawn at the central kitchen, one infrequently-used water spigot tested above the trigger level. The district is discontinuing use of the the four water sources while further tests are being conducted to determine the source of the lead.

“The Longview School District is committed to a safe environment for our students and staff members,” said Dan Zorn, superintendent. “The district will address each occurrence on a case-by-case basis and we will take appropriate action at any other water outlet that is testing at levels above what is recommended by the health department,” Zorn said.

However, the Washington health department indicates that most exposure to lead comes from dust and chips from paint removal, contaminated soil, industrial sources and from materials that contain lead used in parental jobs or hobbies.

The district continues its systematic testing of two of its schools each week, with the final samples being completed by July 22. Samples are being taken by school personnel following federal and state guidelines. Due to the high level of interest in testing, laboratory results are taking approximately 5 weeks. Results will be posted as available on the district’s website: www.longviewschools.com.

STP Coming Through

July 15th, 2016

The annual bicycle ride known as the STP is coming through Longview and Rainier this weekend. The Seattle to Portland ride actually has a corporate sponsor name this year, officially the Group Health/Alaska Airline Seattle to Portland ride.

The STP route follows state highways and local roads starting Saturday morning. Locally, the riders start showing up on the county road between Napavine to Winlock and Vader. The riders hit the Westside Highway from Castle Rock to Longview then along Industrial Way before crossing the Lewis and Clark Bridge.

Based on previous STP rides, the most congestion and delays will be early Sunday morning on the Westside Highway from Castle Rock to West Kelso and Longview. The Lewis and Clark bridge will mostly likely be tied up most of Sunday. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes across the bridge from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Sunday. The riders will be escorted by members of the Gold Wing motorcycle club. STP riders crossing the bridge Saturday will be on their own and won’t have the bridge escorts.

The State department of Transportation asks drivers to share the road and prepare for some delays. DOT also reminds bicyclists of their responsibility to follow Washington’s rules of the road.

Concert at the Lake

July 14th, 2016

You can pick up a special hand-made treat at tonight’s Summer Concert at the Lake, made by the kids who are involved in the Lower Columbia School Gardens. At tonight’s show, featuring a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute from the Randy Linder Band, they’ll be serving a garden-fresh artisan pizza, served on hand-stretched dough, topped with seasonal herbs and veggies grown in the School Gardens. Ten-inch pizzas will be for sale for $10 between 5 and 8:30 pm, and will be available at each of the Summer Concerts through August 11th.

Concert at the Lake

July 14th, 2016

You can pick up a special hand-made treat at tonight’s Summer Concert at the Lake, made by the kids who are involved in the Lower Columbia School Gardens. At tonight’s show, featuring a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute from the Randy Linder Band, they’ll be serving a garden-fresh artisan pizza, served on hand-stretched dough, topped with seasonal herbs and veggies grown in the School Gardens. Ten-inch pizzas will be for sale for $10 between 5 and 8:30 pm, and will be available at each of the Summer Concerts through August 11th.

Castle Rock Fair Opens

July 14th, 2016

“Celebrating Small Treasures and Big Memories” is the theme for the 2016 Castle Rock Fair, which opens tonight and runs through Saturday. The gates at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds open at 6 pm, and the parade through downtown Castle Rock will take place at 6:30 pm. The arcade will be open, there’s a Baton Show, and the Olson Brothers will have live country music at 8:30 pm. Festivities and frivolity continue from 8 am until 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Castle Rock Fair Opens

July 14th, 2016

“Celebrating Small Treasures and Big Memories” is the theme for the 2016 Castle Rock Fair, which opens tonight and runs through Saturday. The gates at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds open at 6 pm, and the parade through downtown Castle Rock will take place at 6:30 pm. The arcade will be open, there’s a Baton Show, and the Olson Brothers will have live country music at 8:30 pm. Festivities and frivolity continue from 8 am until 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Kalama Fair Opens

July 14th, 2016

The Kalama Community Fair celebrates its second year at Haydu Park, opening today and running through Saturday at the park off of exit 32 on I-5. Gates open at 10:30 am, and the Beer Garden opens at noon. They’ll have “Llama Games,” community entertainment, a pasta dinner, and the coronation of the queen at 7 pm. The Pie Diving Contest is set for 12:30 tomorrow afternoon and the Kids Chicken Chase is at 3 pm Friday. For the adults, there’s a Texas Hold ‘em tournament in the Beer Garden, and then everyone is invited to the Twilight Ballroom Dance at 6 pm Friday evening. Saturday also has a full slate of events, including the parade at 11 am. Haydu Park is located just east of I-5, right off of exit 32.