Scappoose will hold its annual Christmas lighting event this evening. The historic Watts House will be lit up, along with Heritage Park and along Highway 30. The Scappoose High School choir will kick things off at 6 pm, local author Trish Brown will read her children’s Christmas story at 6:30 pm, then at 6:45, the light switch will be flipped. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 7 pm, then he’ll go into the Watts House to hear from the kids. Starting tomorrow, letters to Santa can be dropped off at the Scappoose City Hall. Those letters will be delivered to “Santa’s Helpers” at the Scappoose Senior Center, who will then make sure that Santa replies.
Archive | November, 2010
The man who is reported to be the inspiration for the popular Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch” will be at Hump’s Restaurant in Clatskanie this evening. Spike Walker is the author of four novels, including his newest book “On the Edge of Survival.” Walker will be reading excerpts from the new book, and will also conduct an autograph session. You’ll have a chance to talk with Walker, and they’ll also have a number of crab-inspired specials on the Hump’s menu. Today’s book signing with Spike Walker is set to begin at 7 pm at Hump’s in Clatskanie.
Be aware that Olympia Way will be closed for about two hours this afternoon, as the legendary Nutty Narrows Bridge is put back in place. The City of Longview says that the closure is expected to run from 3 to 5 pm, with local access maintained to the point of construction. Longview’s tongue-in-cheek ambassadors, the Sandbaggers, also plan a presence at today’s bridge-raising. In a statement released late last week, the Sandbaggers say that the “world-famous Amos J. Peters, Sandbaggers, Nutty Narrows Bridge will be re-installed,” and the Sandbaggers are planning a “stirring public ceremony” to mark the event. The Mark Morris cheerleaders will “entertain,” while Longview Mayor and former Sandbagger President Kurt Anagnostou will give an “historic and inspiring” speech. After the bridge installation, a celebration is planned at the Monticello Hotel, where they plan to partake of “Nutty Narrows Nudges” and “Squirrel Bridge Cake” will be served. The spectacle is set to get under way at 3 pm on Olympia Way, running from the historic Monticello Convention marker, across Olympia Way.
Local retailers are also getting the same Black Friday response as other stores all across the country. Huge lines were reported at the new Super Wal-Mart in Longview, with people primed to get in and get after the special prices advertised. There was at least one fight reported in the line, as people arrived before midnight to jockey for position. Aid crews were also called to assist a pregnant woman at Wal-Mart, and at about 5:30 am, there was another call to the Macy’s at the Three Rivers Mall, for a woman who had fainted.
The LCC Center Stage production of the three-act farce called “Charley’s Aunt” concludes Friday and Saturday night at the Rose Center for the Arts. Curtain in the Center Stage Theatre is set for 7:30 pm each night. Call 575-TIXX for ticket information.
The 24th Red Devil Classic Basketball Tourney opens on Friday, with eight community college teams from across the northwest coming in to compete. The Red Devil Classic tips off at 1 pm Friday at Myklebust Gym, with games continuing through Sunday.
The free public viewing of this year’s 26th annual Junior Service League Festival of Trees is set for 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday at the Cowlitz Regional Conference and Events Center. The Festival of Trees itself starts at 6 pm Saturday night; call 560-6822 or 431-0513 for ticket information.
The second “I Miss Bart’s” reunion concert is planned for Saturday night at the Monticello Hotel, featuring musicians who used to play at Bart’s, a performance by the Tom Petty tribute band “Petty Fever,” and a set from the Toga Party scene from “Animal House.” This gets started at 8 pm Saturday night; tickets are available at the Monticello Hotel.
There’s benefit concert Saturday night at Standing Ovation, the old Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. Five bands will perform, raising money for Cowlitz County Drug Court. This gets started at 7 pm Saturday night.
The Rainier Marina Market continues on Saturday in downtown Rainier. They’ll have produce, herbs, plants, hand-crafted garden furniture, clothing, soaps, jewelry and other specialty items for sale; the kids will also be able to Trick-or Treat at this week’s Marina Market. The Rainier Marina Market is located at 115 East A in Rainier, next to the Bank of America; hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.
Robin Gus Millican,40, of Kelso is under arrest on charges of burglary and theft, after he was identified as the person who tried to steal a welder from a home on North First Avenue in Kelso early this morning. Just after midnight, the resident of a home in the 1200 block of North First reported that someone was in his carport, and was also looking inside his truck. The resident reported that the suspect then tried to drag a welder away from the house. Officers stopped Millican a short distance away, arresting him for second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, possession of meth and possession of marijuana. Initial bail has been set at $40,000.
Arthur Leroy Wheeldon, 26, of Kelso faces four misdemeanor counts after he was identified as the man who grabbed some cash from the till at the Kelso Safeway fuel station yesterday morning. A station employee called Kelso Police at about 8:45 yesterday morning, saying that a man had come in and asked for some change. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man grabbed cash out of the drawer and then took off toward Allen Street. Kelso Police and State Troopers converged on the scene, stopping Wheeldon in less than five minutes. He had three $20 bills on him, and reportedly admitted that he’d stolen the money. Wheeldon was arrested for criminal trespassing, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. Total bail comes to $1,475.
Some of us may still have some traveling to do over this holiday weekend, and you still may need to exercise some care. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the South Washington Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge, with heavy snow possible in the mountains and freezing rain in the Gorge. Shortly after 4 am, the Weather Service reported light freezing rain falling in the Troutdale area. No significant accumulation is expected at this time, but they do say caution is needed. East of Cascade Locks, there’s a bigger threat of ice, snow or sleet. Things are expected to warm up later today. In the mountains, snow levels are dropping down to about 2,000 feet, with heavy snow expected through the day today. If you’re heading over a mountain pass, be ready for snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
The Department of Transportation says that this latest storm brought enough snow to close the upper end of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Wednesday afternoon, they closed the highway from the Hummocks Trail to the Loowit Viewpoint, going from milepost 45 to 51. They say that there’s now three feet of snowpack on that part of the highway, and additional snow is expected through the weekend. The closure will remain in place through the rest of the winter season, though access to Coldwater Lake will be maintained as conditions permit. You can check road conditions at the WashDOT webpage, or by calling 511.
Charges against the Onalaska homeowner who allegedly shot and killed a man that he claimed was an intruder are now being elevated to first-degree murder. The Centralia Chronicle reports that prosecutors amended the charges against Ronald Allen Brady, 60, one week ago. Brady is accused of shooting and killing Thomas McKenzie, 56, of Morton, early on the morning of April 19th. Brady initially claimed that he was shooting at some suspected burglars, but McKenzie’s wife, Joanna McKenzie, 32, claims that they were at the house to get some car parts that they’d been given permission to take. Brady is also charged with first-degree assault, for shots that were supposedly fired at the woman. Brady is currently scheduled to go on trial on January 10th of next year.