Voters in the Longview School District can learn more about the replacement levies on the February 11th ballot at an Open House that’s planned for tomorrow. Sessions are planned from noon to 1 pm, and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm; district officials will be available to provide information on the four-year replacement levies that are in front of voters. The Longview School District is asking for voters to approve two separate levies, one that helps to pay for Maintenance and Operations, along with a Technology and Capital Projects Levy. Both sessions are informal, and will have ample opportunities for questions and comments. You can also get more information by heading over to the Longview School District website.
Archive for January, 2014
Construction projects could slow your travel on I-5 to the south of us. A full closure of I-205 northbound that had been planned for tonight at the Northeast 134th offramp is now being moved to tomorrow night, starting at 10 pm Wednesday night, running until 5 Thursday morning. This work is weather-dependent, and could be re-scheduled again, based on the weather. Daytime single-lane closures will be going on through Friday at the 134th Street project. Paving of the freeway will also have nighttime single- and double-lane closures between Woodland and Vancouver through Friday, also depending on the weather. You may need to budget some extra time if you’re traveling on the freeway during these work schedules.
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The razor clam bounty continues, with another dig opening this evening and continuing through the weekend. Twin Harbors will be open on this evening’s tide, joined by Long Beach on tomorrow night’s tide. Mocrocks joins the mix on Thursday and Friday, and then Copalis will also be open on Saturday evening. Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open for digging Sunday evening. At this time, Fish and Wildlife is expecting one more dig to be scheduled in late February, also saying that they expect the season to extend into the spring. Get more information on the Washington Fish and Wildlife website.
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You can find out about what it might be like to work for Boeing at a special program being held today at Lower Columbia College. The college’s Career Center is sponsoring today’s Employer Information Event, which will start at 2 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Representatives from Boeing will be on hand to talk about career opportunities, and will also talk with students and community members about insights into the company’s hiring process.
LCC is also announcing that, because of the popularity of this term’s topics, they’re moving the Community Conversation lectures back into the Wollenberg Auditorium. College officials say that Main 119 has been near capacity for the first two lectures, which are presented under the umbrella heading of “Health and Wellness in Our Community.” They also say that some instructors are planning to bring students to future lectures, so more room is needed. The Community Conversation lectures are presented each Thursday at noon; this week’s lecturer will be Ian Thompson with the Lower Columbia School Gardens, talking about “School Gardens: Real Food, Real Life Lessons.” The lecture is free and open to anyone interested.
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If you’re still trying to figure out how to work that new tablet, Kindle Fire or iPad that you got for Christmas, the Longview Public Library could be coming to the rescue, starting a series of Tablet and eReader classes. An iPad class is planned for this afternoon from 2 to 3 pm; next Monday, there’s a class on Kindle Fires, also going from 2 to 3 pm, and then on Monday, the 10th, there’s a class for eReaders only. All of the classes are free and open to anyone that might need help. If you’re not sure which class to attend, call the Longview Library at 442-5300. This program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Longview Library.
A new art exhibit is also open at the Longview Library, featuring new paintings by Leon Lowman. This show consists mainly of large abstract paintings, primarily done in acrylic on canvas. This is the first local showing by this artist, who will be honored at a reception that’s planned on February 6th, during Longview’s First Thursday Art Walk. That reception will run from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit in the Koth Memorial Gallery in the lower level of the Longview Library will run through February 22nd. The display and the reception are free and open to all.
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The Seahawks went through Super Bowl Media Day earlier today in Newark. The team conducted another practice session as they get a day closer to the Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Broncos. EA Sports released the results of the Madden 25 simulation game where Denver beat Seattle 31-28 in OT. The game is 8-2 in the last 10 Super Bowl predictions.…..The Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Kelso Hilander boys hoopsters are alone in third place after a 60-56 win over Fort Vancouver last night. Tonight, Mark Morris hosts Hockinson in a key GSHL 2A showdown…..Kelso defeated R.A. Long 52-43 in girls hoops. Mark Morris blasted Hockinson 83-37 as Ashley Coons had 28 points. Tonight, the Lassies are back into action hosting Fort Vancouver.
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Mother Nature celebrated the 313th anniversary of the Great Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake yesterday with a series of much smaller quakes that happened just a few miles south of Longview. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports that several quakes took place yesterday morning and afternoon, including a couple that were actually felt by people in the local area. The first quake took place at 8:43 am, a magnitude 2.4 event that was centered about 15-1/2 miles south-southeast of Longview. That was followed by a 2.9 event at 9:31 am, also centered in the same general area. Most people didn’t notice, but several dozen people in Kalama, Woodland and La Center did report some minor shaking. Three more micro-quakes were also recorded, a 0.9 event at 11:34, a 1.4 event at 2:01 pm, and a 1.7 event at 2:53 pm. There were no reports of damage or injury. The Great Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 event that occurred off the Pacific Northwest coastline on January 26th, 1700, occurring along 600 miles of fault line. The coasts of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia were ravaged by the quake, which also caused devastating tsunamis in Japan.
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LifeFlight was called in to evacuate a motorcycle rider who suffered a significant injury late yesterday morning at the Riverdale Raceway near Toutle. A call for help came in from the track at 11:55 am yesterday morning, with those on the scene reporting that a 21 year-old man had crashed, and was bleeding profusely. Those on the scene reported that the man was going in and out of consciousness, and they requested LifeFlight. Aid personnel from Cowlitz Fire District 2 in Toutle responded to the scene, and provided initial care until LifeFlight arrived about a half-hour later. The unidentified victim was lifted out at 11:24 am. His condition hasn’t been updated.
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State Troopers are continuing the investigation into a Friday night crash in Klickitat County, an event that resulted in the death of Marty Jacobs, 53, of Kelso. Troopers say that Jacobs was driving on SR 141 Friday night, about nine miles north of White Salmon. They say that he lost control of his pickup at about 10:30 pm, crossed the highway and then rolled several times. The pickup came to rest in the southbound lanes. They say that Jacobs died at the scene; it’s also noted that he was not wearing his seat belt. Troopers blame the crash on “driving with the wheels off the roadway.”
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Longview Police are still working to identify the suspects that were involved in a home invasion robbery reported Friday night in the 3100 block of Oak Street. The residents of the home say that two men forced their way in, one carrying a knife, while the other suspect had a shotgun. The people inside the house claim that the suspects stole cash and prescription drugs, then left. No other details on the descriptions of the suspects or their method of getting away have been disclosed. No arrests have been reported.
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