Low Barrier Shelter Delay

The Kelso City Council is going ahead with a six-month moratorium on “low-barrier shelters” in the city, saying that they need more information so that they can make the right decision about where these facilities should be placed. Mayor David Futcher says that this is a critical decision, and they need to make the right […]

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State of the County

2013 was a challenge, but the County Commissioners say that they’re optimistic about 2014 as the “State of the County” address was presented. Commission Chair Mike Karnofski says that staff and elected officials did an amazing job of balancing the budget as revenues continue to dwindle, but there are still some major issues that need […]

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Voca People Cancel

After postponing their original booking from October 5th to March 14th, “Voca People” are now completely cancelling their planned performance at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Columbia Theatre Executive Director Gian Morelli says that this is a rare, but not unheard of, situation. Morelli says that this one was particularly tough, given that […]

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Cold Snap

The Weather Service says that we need to be ready for a cold snap that will hit the area today and should continue into the weekend. In a Special Weather Statement issued this morning, forecasters say that “confidence is increasing” that very cold temperatures will cover the area, starting tonight. Today’s high is expected to […]

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MMHS Photo Enforcement

Today is the last day that warnings will be issued for speed limit violations on 15th Avenue in front of Mark Morris High School. The Longview Police Department reports that starting tomorrow, 124-dollar tickets will be issued for violations caught by the new detection cameras. Mary Chennault with LPD says that the full month of […]

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Agitated Girl

Kelso Police report taking a 13 year-old girl into custody after she caused a ruckus at the family home. The parents of the girl called for help at about 4:30 pm, saying that she was “out of control.” The girl was reported to be “hurting herself,” and had assaulted at least three other members of […]

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State of the County

The Cowlitz County Commissioners plan to deliver the “State of the County” address this morning at 10 am. Each of the County Commissioners will make a presentation, dealing with the specific portions of the county government that they oversee. The “State of the County” addresses will be presented in conjunction with today’s regular meeting of […]

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Kelso Council Preview

The Kelso City Council wants to hear from citizens on the issue of “low-barrier” homeless shelters at this evening’s meeting. In January, the Council took an “emergency” vote, temporarily banning those types of shelters inside the city limits. These “low-barrier” shelters are open to pretty much anyone, including sex offenders, drug and alcohol users, even […]

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NPS Grant Award

Projects in Cowlitz County are among the 350 awardees in this year’s National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Each year, the NPS makes technical assistance grants available to local groups, non-profits, tribes, states and local governments. Here in Cowlitz County, the NPS is connecting with Pathways 2020 to continue work on connecting […]

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Fun Factory

A new pre-school program opens today at the Southwest Washington Family YMCA. “Fun Factory” is intended for kids between the ages of two and six, offering a variety of activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11:45 am through the month of February. Get more information on this program and other family-oriented programs at […]

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