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Gospel Sing-A-Round

May 23rd, 2016

There will be a “joyful noise” tonight at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as choirs from six local churches meet up with the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir for tonight’s “Sing-A-Round Gospel Choir Project.” It’s estimated that at least 225 voices will be involved in tonight’s event, which will start at 7 pm. This is a benefit for FISH of Cowlitz County. Call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to the CTPA web page.

Hill Reenters/Filing Update

May 20th, 2016

He hasn’t actually filed yet, but Jim Hill of Kelso is now telling the Daily News that he’s back in the County Commission race for the seat that Mike Karnofski currently holds. Earlier this week, Hill said that he was dropping out, claiming that he wasn’t getting any backing after declaring that he was running as an Independent. In an e-mail to TDN, Hill says that he decided to get back in after receiving more than 70 phone calls supporting his candidacy. Hill has been an extremely outspoken critic of the county’s support for Love Overwhelming and its low-barrier homeless shelter; he also claims that more needs to be done to attract jobs. As soon as Hill formally files, it will be a four-way race, with Libertarian Curtis Hart and Republican Arne Mortensen going after the seat the incumbent Karnofski. The top two vote-getters in the August Primary Election will advance to the November General Election.

In other filing news, Mike Kayser of Castle Rock is joining in the race for the Cowlitz PUD Commission seat that Ned Piper is leaving. Kayser is no stranger to political races, having run campaigns for the Legislature in 2002 and 2003, along with a run for County Commissioner in 2014. Kayser currently serves as a Commissioner for Fire District 6 in Castle Rock, elected to that position in 2013. Dan Clark of Castle Rock and Lonnie Knowles of Castle Rock are also filing for this seat; Piper is stepping away from the PUD Commission after 24 years of service.

19th District Senator Dean Takko now has a challenger, as Sue Pederson of Aberdeen files for the position. In her filing, Pedersen says that she prefers the “Independent GOP Party.” Takko is running as a Democrat. Filing continues through 5 pm today.

New Baby Beutler

May 20th, 2016

Little Abigail Beutler now has a baby brother, as Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announces the birth of Ethan Beutler, saying that he was born Wednesday morning. Beutler posted the news of the birth last night on Facebook, posting a picture of the newborn and saying “It’s with great joy that Dan and I share that our new baby boy, Ethan Beutler, was born early Wednesday morning. Beutler says that she and the baby are a bit tired, but are otherwise healthy. That’s in marked contrast to the birth of Abigail, who came three months early, and was born without kidneys. Abigail Beutler is reported to be the first-known survivor of Potter’s Syndrome, and recently received a kidney from her father. The toddler came through that surgery with flying colors, and is reported to be “doing well.” Just prior to delivering her son, Beutler filed for her fourth term in Congress, and she’s being challenged for that seat by State Representative Jim Moeller of Vancouver, along with Democrat David McDevitt.

SAR Confab

May 20th, 2016

Hundreds of Search and Rescue volunteers and specialists are meeting this weekend at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, as the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office hosts the 47th annual Washington State Search and Rescue Conference. Nearly 100 separate classes will be offered during this conference, covering a wide spectrum of topics connected to Search and Rescue. Along with the seminars, demonstrations and workshops, Cowlitz County Search and Rescue is setting up “SAR Caches” around the area, which contain tickets to a special drawing that will be held on Sunday. Weather-permitting, helicopter landings are planned Saturday and Sunday in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Fairgrounds. There’s a Hospitality Night planned for this evening at the Kelso Red Lion, going from 7 to 10 pm; on Saturday, William Lokey will talk about the evolution of volcano emergency responses, going back to the 1970’s. Get details on registration by going to You can also get information on the Washington SAR Conference Facebook page.

Reserve Officer Testing

May 20th, 2016

The Longview Police Department will be testing would-be Reserve Police Officers tomorrow, conducting written exams and physical agility tests. Reserve Police Officers have the same authority and responsibilities as regular police officers, but they are unpaid volunteers, helping to support and supplement sworn officers in their duties. Testing will get under way tomorrow morning at 9 am at Mark Morris High School in Longview; applicants will need to complete a written exam, and then finish a physical agility course. That course includes a 300-meter run, situps, pushups and a 1-point-5 mile run. Those who advance through those tests will go through a background check, and then must complete the Reserve Officer Academy, which will run January through June of next year. Following the Academy, Longview Reserve Officers are required to donate a minimum of 12 hours per month to the department. Call Officer Cyndi Johansen at 442-5800 for details.

Last Dig

May 20th, 2016

The last razor clam dig of the spring opens today and runs through Sunday, but you’re going to have to drive for a ways to get those bivalves. Mockrocks and Copalis will be open for digging on the morning tides today, tomorrow and Sunday; those tides will take place at about 6:30 tomorrow morning, just after 7 am on Saturday, and at about 7:45 on Sunday. The best digging happens an hour or two before low tide. Washington Fish and Wildlife typically closes the fishery by the end of May, to allow the clams to spawn and then recover. Be sure to have your current shellfish license, and observe the bag limit rules.

Women’s Safety Class

May 20th, 2016

Tomorrow morning at 9 am, the Rainier Police Department is putting on a Women’s Protection Course, offering education and training that could help keep you safe. The course will cover things like the myths about sexual assault, safety considerations for your home, workplace, while walking or jogging, avoiding date rape and personal self-defense. Registration forms can be picked up at the Rainier Police Department, located at 106 West B Street in Rainier. There’s a limit of 15 attendees, with preference given to Rainier-area residents. Depending on the interest level, additional classes could be scheduled. Call RPD at 503-556-3644 for additional information.

Bioblitz Festival

May 20th, 2016

Scientists from Lower Columbia College are taking part in the first-ever “Bioblitz Festival,” which is taking place this weekend at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver. Along with the group from LCC, scientists from Clark College PSU, the Forest Service, the National Parks Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife and others will turn volunteers into “citizen scientists” for a day, as those people help to count and identify plant and animal species on the grounds of the fort. The Bioblitz Festival kicks off this evening with a 7 pm screening of “I Do Not Go Alone,” compilation of historical highlights from around Fort Vancouver. Saturday’s activities will take place in the Historic Hangar at Pearson Airpark, which is located right next to the fort, going from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Pre-registration is strongly recommended; you can do that by going to, and look for the Fort Vancouver Bioblitz Festival.

Weekend Events–5/20-22/16

May 20th, 2016

Lower Columbia College puts on the Spring Arts Festival on Friday, going from noon until 6 pm in the Rose Center for the Arts. The Festival will feature the rollout of the 2016 Salal Review arts magazine, along with various demonstrations and workshops. Admission is free, and everyone is invited.

The Spring Arts Festival also includes a Northwest Voices Literary Series event, where mystery author and Longview native Lyndsay Faye will hold a writing workshop at noon in the Rose Center, followed by a reading in the Longview Public Library at 6:30 pm. Both events are free and open to anyone interested.

Rare photos of Washington State Parks, taken in the 1930’s by Asahel Curtis, will go on display at the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center at Silver Lake this weekend. “Washington State Parks Through the Lens of Asahel Curtis” will be featured at the center through September 15th, kicked off by an exhibit unveiling from 5 to 6 pm, with free admission. The doors of the Visitors Center will close at 5:15 pm, and a brief program will start shortly after. The Silver Lake Mount Saint Helens Visitors Center is located east of Castle Rock on State Route 504, right across from Seaquest State Park.

Head down to Woodland for a good laugh, as the Love Street Playhouse presents a British farce called “See How They Run,” running this weekend and next weekend at the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. Advance tickets are recommended, and you can get them at

The Willapa Hills Audubon Society is planning a road trip on Saturday, meeting out at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet before heading out to the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, the Sakmakowa Middle Valley area, and possibly Puget Island. Meeting time on Saturday morning is 7 am; you should be prepared for the weather, and for walking as far as five miles. You should also bring your own lunch. Call 577-7720 for details.

“Weed Warrior Volunteers” are needed for a noxious plant eradication project that’s planned on the west side of Mount St. Helens; if you want to be a “Weed Warrior,” then you need to attend a one-day training session that planned for this Saturday at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center. That’s the old Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center. If the weather holds, a group of “Weed Warriors” will stay overnight, then will head out Sunday morning to go kill some weeds! Get more information from the Forest Service or the Mount St. Helens Institute.

The 2nd annual Clean Up Rose Valley event is planned for this Saturday, running from 8 am until noon. Areas will be assigned between the junction of Old Pacific Highway South and Rose Valley Road, up to the Whitehouse Bridge, along with the side roads. Call 425-8620 for advance selection of your project site, or come to the recycling site-park and ride at the bottom of Rose Valley Road at 8 am Saturday to get and assignment.

The “Spring Cleaning Sale for the Booster Club of Kelso High School” is also set for Saturday at the Rose Valley Grange, going from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Proceeds will help support a celebration for the 8th-graders who are graduating from Kelso Middle Schools this year.

Bikers Against Child Abuse are planning a 100-mile ride on Saturday; registration will open at 9 am at the Pro Caliber building on Industrial Way in Longview, and then kickstands go up at 10 am. At the end of the ride, they’ll have “Jack Diesel and the Hangovers” playing live music, door prizes and a 50-50 drawing. Pro Caliber is located at 1020 Industrial Way in Longview.

The Kelso Marching Band Boosters are looking to raise some money by selling Krispy Kreme donuts this Saturday morning; they’ll also be washing cars, and will have hanging flower baskets for sale. The money raised will help pay for entrance fees and travels costs to various competitions around the region. This will take place at J&E Store, located in the old Prairie Market building at the base of Columbia Heights, starting at 10 am on Saturday. Call 703-3559 for more information.

You can make sure that your car seat is correctly installed at the Safe Kids Lower Columbia Car Seat Clinic that will be held this Saturday. This will run form 10 am to 1 pm at the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue main station, located at 701 Vine St in Kelso.

The Kelso First Baptist Church is hosting another “Soup’s On” community lunch on Saturday, starting at 11:30 am. Lunch will be served until 1 pm, and the clothes closet will also be open. The church is located at 214 South 4th in Kelso.

Longview Historic Preservation Month wraps up on Saturday, with a display of historic photos the Port of Longview that they say will offer an “exciting new perspective of the people and machines that made the Port of Longview one of the area’s main economic engines.” This will take place from 10 am to 3 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD Building on 12th Avenue in Longview. Admission is free.

You’ll need to be quick on your feet and quick with your brain at Saturday’s Red Devil Dash, which will go from noon until 4 pm on Saturday at LCC. Teams of two or more will solve clues and develop a route for making their way through downtown Longview. The top three teams that visit all of the businesses and then get back to LCC first will win cool prizes! This is a benefit for the LCC Student Success Fund. Check-in at the Student Center starts at 11:30 Saturday morning.

The 31st annual “In Honor of Our Children” Pow wow will be held this Saturday morning at Kelso High School, with grand entries of the tribes scheduled at 1 and 7 pm. There will be dancing and drumming competitions, adult and children’s raffles, vendor booths, food for sale and more. Admission is free; all are invited.

Down at the Woodland Grange, there’s a Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, with the money raised helping to support Cub Scout Pack 531. All proceeds will help the pack pay for camp and other scouting events.

There’s a big country music show planned for Saturday night at the Kelso Theatre Pub, featuring no fewer than eight different acts. “Boots and Brews” gets started at 9 pm this Saturday, and it’s an all-ages show. Get a break on your ticket by getting them in advance.

The Cowlitz County Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run, Saturdays and Tuesdays through October in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.

The Northwest Jazz Orchestra bring “Jazz on a Clear Day” to the First Baptist Church on Wheeler Street in Longview on Sunday. This 19-piece band will perform at 3 pm on Sunday; the First Baptist Church is located off of Tennant Way, on the route to Home Depot and Walmart.

The Kelso Bridge Market is at a new venue this year, at the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday next to the southwest entry to the Mall.

Child Sex Case

May 19th, 2016

The man that Kelso Police was looking for on child sexual abuse charges is now in custody, picked up early this morning. Records show that Robert Maurice Scott, Jr., 31, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail a few minutes after 1 am, charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. KPD put out an alert yesterday afternoon, saying that Scott hadn’t been seen since May 1st, also saying that he knew that he was a suspect in this case. Details on how Scott was located and arrested haven’t yet been disclosed; Scott is currently being held without bail, awaiting his first court appearance on these charges.