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Archive | July, 2010

Property Valuations

Posted on 30th July 2010 at 08:14

Cowlitz County Assessor Terry McLaughlin says that the annual “Notice of Value” statements are going out to Cowlitz County property owners today. He says that these notices will inform the owners of the assessed value that’s being used for assessing property taxes in 2011. McLaughlin says that state law only requires that notices be sent to property owners whose assessed valuations have changed, but in an effort to better communicate with taxpayers, notices are going out to all property owners this year, with a few exceptions. If you have questions about your valuation, you can visit the Assessor’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5pm, or call them at 577-3010. If you don’t agree with the valuation, an appeal can be filed with the Cowlitz County Board of Equalization, but there’s a 30-day limit from the Notice of Value mailing to file that appeal. More information on property taxes and the appeal process is also available on the state Department of Revenue website.

Portland Freeway Work

Posted on 30th July 2010 at 08:14

Once again, if you’re heading into Portland this weekend, you’ll need to know about some freeway work that might alter your travel plans. The Oregon Department of Transportation says that they have to replace a barrier on the Marquam Bridge that’s been hit several times in recent months, so I-5 northbound over the bridge will be closed from 10 pm tonight until 6 am tomorrow morning. Traffic will be detoured onto I-405. In addition, there’s also a closure of the off-ramp that links I-205 to I-84, a closure that will run from 9:30 tonight until 7 am tomorrow morning. Again, detours will be posted.

Red Cross Garage Sale

Posted on 30th July 2010 at 08:13

As the Red Cross building on 14th Avenue is finally sold off, the agency is holding a “garage sale” today. Suzanne Arnits with the Southwest Washington chapter of the American Red Cross says that they’re now looking to downsize the Longview office, and they’ll be selling off miscellaneous office furniture and supplies. She says that they’ll have tables, chairs, desks, bookcases, microwave ovens and other items for sale. Hours are 9 am to 3 pm today. Call 423-7880, extension 127 for more information.

Weekend Events–7/29-8/1

Posted on 30th July 2010 at 08:10

Friday:
The “Bart’s Reunion” and Blues Brothers Revue by Dave and Matt Koenig is set for Friday night, starting at 8 am. Cover charge is $10 per person.

Saturday:
The 8th annual Mother and Son Outdoor Adventure starts at 11 am Saturday at Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea, put on by Longview Parks and J. H. Kelly. Pre-register on the Longview Parks website.

The 16th annual Clatskanie Community-Wide Garage Sale is on Saturday, with maps of the homes taking part available at Hump’s Restaurant and Windermere/St. Helens Real Estate in Clatskanie.

You can also head down to the Clatskanie City Park for the 4th annual “Rhythm on the River” Blues Festival, with five separate bands performing, headlined by Portland blues legend Curtis Salgado. Things get started at noon, and admission is free.

There’s a UKC All-Breeds Dog Show on Saturday at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds, running from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

The 2nd annual Toutle Lake High School Multi-Year Class Reunion is set for Saturday at Harry Gardner Park near Toutle. This year’s event is open to the classes from 1960 to 1985, and will run from 10 am to 4 pm.

The King Brothers and The Hitmen will perform in a Relay for Life benefit that starts at 6 pm Saturday night at the Longview Eagles lodge, located at 1526 12th Avenue in Longview.

Kalama’s Weekend Market continues on Saturday and Sunday, and runs through August. Hours in downtown Kalama are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with all kinds of fresh food, crafts, collectables and other wares available for purchase.

The Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market continues this weekend, running into October. They’ll have fresh produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, live entertainment, and other fun. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday. The Market is back in its old location on the west side of 7th Avenue, across from the Expo Center Horse Arena.

The Rainier Marina Market continues on Saturday in downtown Rainier, and will run through December 19th. They’ll have produce, herbs, plants, hand-crafted garden furniture, clothing, soaps, jewelry and other specialty items for sale. The Rainier Marina Market is located at 115 East A in Rainier, next to the Bank of America.

Sunday:
The Kelso Bridge Market runs each Sunday through October, at a new venue in West Kelso. The Bridge Market will now be located on the lawn next to the Catlin Rotary Spray Park on Northwest 8th Avenue. Hours are 10 am until 3 pm each Sunday through October.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 30th July 2010 at 08:06

Pacific Tech advanced to the State Legion semi-finals with an 8-6 win over the Spokane Bandits. Pac Tech will play the Yakima Pepsi Pak at 7 pm tonight in Selah…..Kelso dropped two games at the Cal Ripken 12-year-old Regionals yesterday. East Boise beat Kelso 11-1 and Conway WA beat Kelso 16-1. Bracket play is this afternoon and the semi-finals and finals are tomorrow at Tam O’Shanter…..The Cowlitz Black Bears beat the Wenatchee Apple Sox 7-1 last night. The Bears play this weekend at Bend…..The White Sox completed a four game sweep over the Mariners with a 9-5 win last night. The M’s are at Minnesota today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Bruce Vaughn fired a 4-under 66 to take the lead after the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club.

Car Explosion

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:48

Longview Police are investigating a car fire reported early this morning in the area of 20th and Hudson, an incident that may have been an arson. Fire crews were called out around 1:40 am, when it was reported that a car was on fire, and had actually exploded. The 911 caller reported seeing a gas can next to the car, also reporting that there was a “heavy-set” man in the area around the time that the fire was spotted. The fire damaged another car parked nearby. No injuries were reported, as Longview Police continue to follow up.

Suspect Caught

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:47

After a manhunt of several days, Thomas Cecil, 26, is under arrest, picked up yesterday evening as he was hiding in a West Longview storage unit. Longview Police had been looking for Cecil since last Thursday, when he allegedly dragged a LPD Detective some 60 feet with his car. The Detective was trying to arrest Cecil as a suspect in the passing of a number of bogus checks. Acting on a tip, police went to the Solo Storage complex in the 39 hundred block of Memorial Park Drive, and found Cecil sleeping on a couch inside one of the storage units. It’s reported that an accomplice of Cecil was renting the unit, and had locked Cecil inside earlier in the day. Cecil was arrested without incident, and is now being held on a laundry list of charges, including assault, forgery, fraud, ID theft and other counts. Initial bail is set at $115,000. The accomplice was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Property Scam

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:46

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is sending out an alert, saying that a local realtor is being victimized in a rental property scam. They say that one of the realtor’s listings has been copied, changed and posted on Craigslist as a rental property, with a false e-mail address to contact. The listing offers to rent a $400,000 home for $1,000 a month. Captain Corey Huffhine says that they’ve notified Craigslist that the ad is false, and advised them to pull the ad. Huffhine says that these type of scams are common, and he urges everyone to exercise extreme care when dealing with people over the internet, especially when the deal seems too good to be true. Huffhine says “due diligence” is the key when being involved in transactions of this type.

Trash Suit

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:45

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Spokane to prevent garbage from being shipped from Hawaii to a landfill in the Eastern Washington town of Roosevelt, transferred from ship to ground transport at the Port of Longview. The lawsuit was filed yesterday by the Yakama Nation and several environmental groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which approved plans for shipments of plastic-wrapped bales of waste. The plaintiffs say that a full environmental review should have been done, saying that there’s a threat of contamination by exotic species from the tropical trash. The first shipment of trash is scheduled to leave Oahu tomorrow, and it’s unclear at this time if the suit will prevent that shipment. An attorney for the plaintiffs says that they expect a hearing this week on a request for a temporary restraining order. The first shipment had been scheduled for July 8th, but that was put off when punctures and tears were found in a number of bales. Officials with Hawaiian Waste and the federal government say those bales will be re-wrapped before they’re shipped.

New Commissioner

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:45

Troy Stariha, 39, has been selected to succeed Fred Swanstrom on the Port of Kalama Commission. Stariha was chosen to fill the slot opened up when Swanstrom suddenly died in May. Stariha owns Kalama Auto Supply and Repair, and this is his first time in serving in an elected position. Port Commissioner Randy Sweet tells the Daily News that Stariha will bring a good connection to the Kalama business community and the downtown core. Stariha was chosen out of six candidates for the position. He’ll serve in the post through November of next year, filling out the remainder of Swanstrom’s term.