Longview’s squirrels once again have their overhead pathway across the Civic Circle, as the world-renowned Nutty Narrows Bridge is re-installed over Olympia Way. With cheerleaders, doves and the Longview Sandbaggers overseeing the process, the Nutty Narrows went back up yesterday afternoon. Father Richard Green of St. Stephens Episcopal Church was called upon to bless the event; he admits that this was definitely out of the ordinary. The Nutty Narrows first went up in 1963, the brainchild of local builder and developer Amos J. Peters. He put up $1,000 for the bridge, which is made of fire hose and aluminum pipe. The bridge was taken down and repaired in 1983, then in 2005, the bridge had to be moved again, when one of its anchoring trees was taken down because of disease. It’s noted that the new location of the bridge is “just three trees away” from its original location. As part of yesterday’s reinstallation, the Sandbaggers are announcing a photo and art contest, awarding a prize of $50 for the best photo or drawing of a squirrel on the Nutty Narrows Bridge. The deadline for entries is June 15th of next year, and judging will be conducted at next year’s Go 4th Festival.
Archive | November, 2010
The high school basketball season got underway last night with Jamboree events. In boys play at Mark Morris, the Monarchs, Kelso and Onalaska all went 1-1 in mini-games. In boys action at R.A. Long, the Jacks and Toledo ended up tied and Castle Rock was 0-2. In girls action at RAL, MM went 2-0 and RAL was 1-1. The Kelso Lassies open the season tonight at Battle Ground, KLOG 6:50 pm…..The Trail Blazers try to snap a three game losing streak with a game at Philadelphia tonight, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Tumwater advanced to the 2A State football title game against Archbishop Murphy with a 63-25 victory over East Valley…..The Cowlitz Black Bears signed three players from the Oregon Ducks recruiting class, P Brandon Brennan, OF Kyle Garlick and OF Brett Thomas.
There’s another strong weather system poised to hit the region tonight and tomorrow. The Weather Service has a High Wind Warning in effect for the South Washington and North Oregon coast, starting at 10 pm tonight and running until 1 pm tomorrow. Winds are expected to pick up around midnight tonight, then the strongest winds are predicted to hit between 2 am and noon tomorrow. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles an hour are expected, with gusts of up to 70 miles an hour on the headlands. There’s also a Winter Storm Warning up for the Columbia River Gorge, along with South Washington and North Oregon Cascades. That starts at 7 pm tonight and runs until tomorrow night. Freezing rain, snow and sleet is possible in the Gorge, while another one to two feet of snow is possible in the mountains out of this system. Gusty winds are also expected. Be ready for extreme driving conditions if you’re heading west or east tonight.
The cause of a fire that did about $40,000 damage to a home on North 3rd Avenue in Kelso remains under investigation. The fire at 1212 North 3rd was reported just after midnight on Saturday, and when fire crews arrived, they found that a bedroom and the laundry room of the house were both fully involved in flames. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, with assistance from Longview Fire. No injuries were reported.
A faulty chimney is being blamed for a second fire in Kelso on Saturday morning. At 5:35 am, Cowlitz 2 was called out to 175 North Maple, when the residents of the home reported that smoke was coming from the wall of the house. The family evacuated, but the father and one of the sons did re-enter the house, trying to spray water on the chimney to keep the fire contained. Firefighters arrived and found that the fire had spread from the chimney, going into the floor and wall next to that structure. Total damage is estimated at $30,000. Longview Fire assisted with the overhaul of the scene. Again, no injuries were reported.
There’s a workshop on Youth Suicide Prevention planned for this evening at the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium. Statistics show that an average of two youth between the ages of 10 and 24 kill themselves each week in Washington state. One in every ten Washington high school students have reported attempting suicide, and nearly one in four have seriously considered it. More than 30 percent of gay and lesbian youth report at least one suicide attempt within the past year, and youth suicides outnumber youth homicides. Mary Jadwisiak is the field coordinator for the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, and will discuss the free resources available in the local area. She’ll also provide training on youth suicide prevention. The workshop will also feature open discussion on how we call all work together to keep local kids safe from suicide. The Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the PUD Auditorium. It’s free and open to anyone interested. Call 360-687-7954 for additional information.
Today is the deadline for downtown Longview businesses that might like to be a U. S. Postal Service satellite station to submit an inquiry. The Post Office is looking to replace the Contract Postal Unit at Olympic Drug, which is closing early next month. Postal Service officials say that they’re actively seeking to form a partnership with a local retailer, who might be interested in providing postal products and services. Post Office officials say that they preferred location would be somewhere in the area bounded by Washington Street on the north, Douglas Street on the south, 3rd Avenue to the east and 15th Avenue to the west. About 180 square feet of space is needed to house the Contract Postal Unit. Handicapped accessibility is also a requirement. Business owners who might be interested need to contact the Post Office at 503-294-2338 before the close of business today.
Matt Cassel threw four touchdown passes leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Hawks are now tied with the Rams for first in the NFC West. Seattle hosts Carolina on Sunday…..New Jersey defeated Portland 98-96 in NBA action on Sunday. The Blazers have lost three straight as they play at Philadelphia tomorrow…..Lower Columbia defeated Mount Hood 72-58 in the third place game at the Red Devil Classic Sunday. Ryan Rogers had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He was named all-tourney…..Mark Morris and R.A. Long both host boys hoop jamborees tonight at 7:30 pm. RAL hosts a girls event at 5:30 pm…..Rainier plays another state football championship as they take on Santiam Christian Saturday at 11 am.
You’re invited to the annual Open House for the Salvation Army Christmas Center, which opens today out on Industrial Way in Longview. The center officially opens at 11:30 am; there will be public tours, and the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce also plans to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This year’s Salvation Army Christmas Center is located at 1061 Industrial Way, the old Hollinger Mechanical building. Salvation Army officials say that they’re now taking applications for families that are in need during this holiday season.
There’s a planning meeting set for 9 am today at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall, where work will continue on a downtown Christmas Tree lighting ceremony for downtown Castle Rock. Organizers say that they’re planning to hold an event in downtown Castle Rock on Saturday, the 20th, set to coincide with the annual Community Christmas Dinner at Hattie’s Restaurant. Right now, they’re planning to light the tree at 5:15 pm, along with pictures with Santa and a wreath-making contest. Downtown businesses are being asked to decorate for the holidays, with a plan to turn on all of those displays at the same time. They’re trying to organize volunteers to help businesses that are unable to decorate, and they’re also working on “adoption” of vacant storefronts, to get those decorated, as well. If you’d like to get involved, you can attend this morning’s planning meeting, or get in touch with Andrea Gebhardt at 274-6685, or call Karen Johnson at 274-6603.