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Archive | August, 2011

MLK Memorial

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:04

A woman from Woodland will be featured at today’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D. C. Karen Locke was selected out of several hundred entrants to present poems, songs and other testimonials. Locke will be reciting her own poem, “When Will Mankind Stop?,” a poem she wrote back in 1977, in response to a racially-charged incident back in Baltimore. She’s expected to recite her poem this afternoon, part of five days of ceremonies connected to the MLK Memorial Dedication.

Weekend Events–8/26-28/11

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:02

The Mill City Mayhem roller derby team holds a special match tonight at Warehouse 17, located at 1465 Industrial Way in Longview, in conjunction with this weekend’s Unique Tin car cruise. The Revving Regulators will take on the Burning Butchers, starting at 7:30 pm. You can also join the Mayhem after the derby at Hardtails Bar and Grill in West Kelso.

“SummerFest” continues at tonight’s “Downtown Live” event in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Commerce Avenue in Longview, also connecting to Unique Tin. Starting at 6:30 pm, they’ll be having “Slow Drags” on Commerce, involving some of the classic and custom cars involved in Unique Tin. They’ll also have live entertainment, extended store hours and other fun going on until at least 9 pm tonight.

Longview’s Community Market is also open on Friday nights in the 1200 block of Commerce Avenue, right next to Stylemasters. They’ll have plants, crafts, produce and other items for sale.

Woodland’s all-new Farmer’s Market continues this weekend at Horseshoe Lake Park, with live music, fresh food and hand-made crafts. The Woodland Farmer’s Market will be open from 3 until 7 pm.

LCC’s production of the campy rock musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Rose Center for the Arts. Curtain on Friday and Saturday is at 7:30 pm, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Tickets are available through the LCC website, or at the Rose Center box office, one hour prior to curtain.

They’re off and running in the 30th annual Hood-to-Coast Relay, with more than 20,000 runners making their way from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean at Seaside. The runners and support vehicles will be coming through Columbia County, using Highway 30, Pittsburg Road, Schaffer Road and Apiary Road before cutting over to Highway 47 and Highway 202. Exercise caution along those roads.

The third annual Cathlamet Corral Downhill Longboard Festival will be held this weekend, with around 100 competitors expected. Races and events are planned in Cathlamet and on Puget Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They’ll be chugging and steaming at the annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Toledo. Along with 150 tractors involved in the tractor pull, they’ll have more than 100 vendors, snack bars and a “corn stand.”

The Southwest Washington YMCA Golf Tournament is planned for Saturday, a benefit for Partners with Youth and the Families Scholarship Campaign. Call Trish Potter at 423-4770, extension 209 for more details.

The doors open at 8 am tomorrow morning for the 37th annual Unique Tin car show, with hundreds of classic and custom cars and trucks on display. They’ll have “blow-ups” at noon and 2 pm, the pinup contest at 3, and then the annual cruise around the Civic Circle and 15th Avenue will start at 6 pm tomorrow night.

The grand re-opening of the Kelso Senior Center is planned for 1 to 6 pm at Catlin Hall in West Kelso. A “Meet and Greet” starts at 1 pm, games will run until 4 pm, then there’s a square dance demonstration and dance going from 4 to 6 pm.

They’re holding a Vacation Bible School Carnival from 1 to 3 pm tomorrow at Trinity Lutheran Church in Longview. Highlands Baptist Church is also holding its annual Block Party from 10 am until 3 pm tomorrow.

The Cowlitz County Community Farmer’s Market continues on Saturdays through October in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

The 21st annual “Montana Picnic” is set for Saturday at Woodland Horseshoe Park in Woodland, starting at 11 am.

The Wahkiakum High School class of 1971 is holding its 40th reunion this weekend, celebrating with a potluck barbecue at the home of Dave and Sandy Hendrickson. Call 360-577-0832 for more details.

The Kelso Bridge Market continues on Sunday, open from 10 am to 3 pm in the green space next to the Catlin Spray Park. Come on by for crafts, produce and other fresh items for sale. The Market will run each Sunday into September.

Pot Hearing

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:57

It was a spirited, but respectful crowd at Castle Rock Elementary School, as the Castle Rock City Council held a public hearing on their emergency ordinance regarding a moratorium on collective medical marijuana gardens inside the city limits. No action was taken at last night’s special meeting, but Mayor Pro Tem Earl Queen says that he’s thinking that the moratorium will remain in place. Several dozen people attended last night’s meeting, and after hearing a number of presentations, 21 people spoke to the Council. The vast majority support the use of medical marijuana, saying that the city needs to take steps to insure that it’s available to patients that need it. All who spoke agreed with the principle that marijuana needs to be kept away from kids, and were in approval of city regulations that help to prevent that. The City Council took no action last night, with plans to resume discussions on the issue at their meeting on September 12th. Currently, the moratorium would be in force until January 10th of next year, but the Planning Commission also observed last night’s meeting, collecting information for a possible proposal to the Council. City Planner T. J. Kieran says that they’re currently planning to have something developed by this fall, hoping to present a proposal to the Council in November.

West Kelso Fire

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:56

It’s been a busy night for Kelso Police and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue. At about 12:15 am, Officers and Firefighters were called to a home at 300 Southwest Second, where a fire was reported. The 911 caller reported black smoke coming from the vacant house at about 12:15 am, then reported seeing flames a few minutes later. Firefighters say that the fire did about $30,000 to $40,000 damage to the vacant building, and they’re still working to determine the cause.

Redpath Crash

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:56

LifeFlight was activated shortly after 4 am today, landing at Huntington Middle School to transport one of the victims in a motorcycle crash reported in the area of North Pacific Avenue and Redpath Street. Kelso Police say that the crash happened shortly after 4 am; at least two people were aboard a dirt bike, riding on the dike, when they went over an embankment and crashed. One person was taken away by helicopter, while the second person was transported by ambulance; names of the victims haven’t yet been released. KPD also says that there may have been a third rider, but that person hasn’t been identified. It’s also noted that alcohol was a major factor in the incident. So far, there’s been no report on the citations that might be issued.

Barnes Street Collision

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:55

The Washington State Patrol Commercial Division is following up after a dump truck skidded into the path of a motorcycle riding on North Pacific Avenue at Barnes Street, causing a collision. The Sheriff’s Office says that this crash took place shortly before 11 am yesterday, as Franklin J. Bobadilla, 23, was riding northbound on North Pacific. Jerry Reagor, 73, was southbound in a ten-yard dump truck, when he had to brake hard to avoid some traffic in front of him. The truck then slid sideways, with the rear end skidding into the path of Bobadilla’s motorcycle. He bounced off the truck, went into a gravel parking lot, then got wedged underneath at parked car. Bobadilla was taken to Barnes Elementary School, where LifeFlight picked him up and flew him to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center. His condition hasn’t been updated this morning. Reagor was unhurt. WSP came in to inspect the brakes on Reagor’s truck, to try and figure out why it skidded sideways. So far, no citations have been issued.

Vader Crash

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:55

A truck driver from Russiaville, Indiana, is being cited for driving with his wheels off the highway, crashing into a bridge abutment on I-5. The crash happened at about 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, when a semi driven by Kevin Conrad, 46, went off the northbound freeway and crashed into the bridge at the Toledo-Vader Road, State Route 506. The northbound freeway was closed for a time as the damaged truck was removed. Troopers blame the crash on driver inattention. Conrad was transported to Centralia Providence Hospital as a precaution.

Mental Review

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:54

The man accused of murdering his brother-in-law at a home north of Kelso earlier this month is being sent to Western State Hospital in Steilacoom for a mental evaluation. Today’s Daily News reports on yesterday’s hearing involving Sergey Fedoruk, 38, who’s accused of second-degree murder in the August first death of Serhiy Ishchenko, 48, of Kelso. Ishchenko’s body was found outside his sister’s home, and an autopsy shows that he died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. On the 9th of this month, Fedoruk made his first court appearance by video link, restrained in a chair. It’s noted that he talked through the entire proceeding, interrupted the judge, and made rambling statements. They also say that Fedoruk has been refusing to take his anti-psychosis medicine. His criminal history includes a “not guilty by reason of insanity” acquittal in a 2007 assault case, along with a 2008 committment to Western State. Judge Jim Stonier ordered a 15-day evaluation, with a review hearing set for September 14th.

Coal Forum

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:53

You’re invited to the Cowlitz County Expo Center this evening, as the Cowlitz County Commissioners and the League of Women Voters host a Public Interest Forum on Millennium Bulk Logistics and the coal export terminal that they’re proposing for development at the old Reynolds Metals plant. Organizers say that this will be a moderated event, with panelists from Millennium and Columbia Riverkeepers, along with Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community. The panel will also answer questions submitted from the audience, and those can be submitted in advance to the League of Women Voters. The Public Interest Forum will run from 7 to 9 pm tonight at the County Event and Conference Center. Questions can be submitted to, or you call call 360-931-9961 for more information.

Fire Danger

Posted on 25th August 2011 at 07:53

The Forest Service is announcing an escalation of the fire danger level in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Starting yesterday, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level was elevated from level one to level two, increasing restrictions for work in the forest. Forest Service officials say that the only real impact to the general public is a restriction on the use of power saws. Until further notice, chain saws cannot be run between one and 8 pm. They say that the fire danger rating is now put at “moderate,” and they urge everyone to take proper precautions with fire at all times in the forest. Full details on fire danger in the Gifford Pinchot are available on the Forest Service website.