Morning Thunder

The unsettled weather continues in the local area, with lightning, thunder and heavy showers reported downtown this morning. Shortly before 6 am, an extremely heavy rain shower swept through West Kelso, accompanied by flashes of lightning and peals of thunder. So far, there have been no reports of damage, but be aware that storm drains […]

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Skater Snagged

Benito Santiago Chavez, 20, is under arrest, after he was identified as the person who vandalized Cliff’s Hilltop Market yesterday afternoon. Around 3:30 pm, someone reported that a suspect had tagged the market with white paint, and then headed off in the direction of the skate park. Kelso Police contacted Chavez at the park a […]

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Victim ID’d

The victim in Saturday’s fatal gyrocopter crash at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark has been identified as James LaFayette, 59, of Kalama. He died Saturday afternoon, when his locally-made Sport Copter crashed into the ground and burst into flames. Witnesses rushed to the crash scene and pulled him from the wreckage, but he died within minutes. […]

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Preliminary Budget

The rough budget times continue for Cowlitz County, as County Auditor Kris Swanson presents the preliminary 2014-2015 budget. In making her initial report at yesterday’s County Commission meeting, Swanson reports that the initial requests from department heads have the budget $2 million out of balance for 2014, and $1.3 million out in 2015. Swanson says […]

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Garbage Rates Rise

You can expect your garbage bill to be going up in the not-too-distant future, as Cowlitz County transitions to its “new method” for disposing of solid waste in the local area. As part of that transition, the base rate for disposal of solid waste is going up, effective December 1st. County Solid Waste Manager Don […]

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West Main Contract

After submitting a bid that came in nearly a half-million dollars below the engineer’s estimate, Rotschy, Incorporated of Vancouver is being awarded the contract for the first phase of the West Main Street Realignment Project in Kelso. Kelso City Engineer Mike Kardas says that you can probably expect to see work begin in mid-to-late October…wmaincontract…Rotschy’s […]

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Boot Camp

The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce kicks off its third and final Small Business Boot Camp today, starting a six-week series focused on marketing and sales. Starting this morning and running each Wednesday for the next six weeks, local experts will be coming in to discuss things like marketing, social media, sales, hiring of sales people […]

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Hazardous Waste Collection

Cowlitz County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event today up in Ryderwood. They’ll be open from 10 am until 12:30 pm today, set up on the main road between the library and fire station in Ryderwood. You can bring pesticides, paint, solvents and other household chemicals; business waste, radioactive materials, leaking containers, biological […]

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School Starting

Labor Day has come and gone, so that means that it’s time for school to start again. Classes start today for kids in the Castle Rock, Kalama, Wahkiakum and Winlock school districts. Longview, Kelso, Woodland and Rainier will open the school doors tomorrow. Tomorrow will also mark the first day of operation for the new […]

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Grandma Hit

Kenneth Edric Dailey, 30, of Kelso is under arrest, after he allegedly used a vehicle to hit his 71 year-old grandmother. This incident took place around 3 pm yesterday at a home in the 400 block of North 9th, when Kelso Police and aid personnel were called about a woman who’d been injured and was […]

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