Algae Bloom

The Cowlitz County Health Department is out with a warning, saying that you should avoid direct contact with the water at Silver Lake, due to a potentially dangerous bloom of blue-green algae. They’re recommending that you avoid swimming, wading or other activities that involve contact with the water. They say that you shouldn’t be windsurfing […]

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Primary Election

It’s time to count the ballots in Washington’s primary election, with finalists to be chosen in several local races. The Longview School Board has two contested positions; C. J. Nickerson and Darrell Hal Smith are challenging Jerry Stinger for position 1 on that panel, while James Norton, James Mossman and JD Rosetti are going after […]

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Petersen Targeted

A man who’s been involved in a long-running dispute with the Port of Woodland is taking aim at incumbent Port Commissioner Jerry Petersen, paying for a couple of direct-mail flyers that contain allegations of improper activity by that board. The Vancouver Columbian reports that Joerg Bleeck, the owner of Columbia River Carbonates, is responsible for […]

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Car Wash Burglaries

Columbia County authorities are asking Washington law enforcement agencies to be on the alert for a silver Nissan Titan pickup, which has been identified as the rig that a burglar was driving yesterday morning. They say that the driver burglarized several “Easy Wash coin mechanisms,” getting away with about $500 in coins. The truck has […]

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PUD Workshop

The Cowlitz PUD Commission is holding a special workshop meeting this morning, where the newly-formed Electric Rate Advisory Committee will make its first recommendation to the board. Earlier this year, the PUD formed the 15-member committee, including citizens, low-income people and senior citizens, along with representatives of business and industrial customers. The intent is to […]

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National Night Out

Once again, they’re holding a “Going Away Party for Crime” in the local area, as National Night Out activities are planned in Kelso, Longview and Kalama. In Kelso, they’ll once again be gathering at Tam O’Shanter Park, starting at 6 pm. Free hot dogs will be served, they’ll have games for the kids, and community […]

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River Incident

Several agencies were involved in a river rescue incident reported yesterday evening on the Columbia River near Kalama. Cowlitz County Sheriffs Deputies, Woodland Police, and Cowlitz Fire District 5 went into action after it was reported that a 50 year-old man on board a 25-foot sailboat in the middle of the river was grasping his […]

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East Fork Rescue

A 32 year-old man is undergoing treatment for injuries he received yesterday afternoon in the East Fork of the Lewis River near Battle Ground. Authorities in Clark County report that the incident happened near Daybreak Park, and that the injured man became stranded on an island in the middle of the river. Clark County Fire […]

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SR 503 Chase

Christopher Lee Grainger, 38, of Ariel is under arrest after a motorcycle chase that took place last night on the Lewis River Highway, just east of Woodland. Sheriff’s Deputies and Woodland Police were called to the 5000 block of the highway shortly after 7 pm, where it was reported that a man was riding a […]

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Teens Arrested

13 and 16 year-old boys from Vader are under arrest in connection with a burglary reported last month at a home on Sixth Street in Vader. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that 30 bottles of fine wine, a dozen steak knives and a .22 rifle were taken during the break-in, which was reported on […]

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