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Archive | July, 2013

SCU Bust

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:09

Daryl Clay Reid, 53, of Longview is under arrest, picked up on Wednesday by the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit. SCU Sergeant Ray Hartley says that Reid was arrested outside of his home, initially picked up on a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant. During the arrest, officers also claim to have found that Reid was in possession of heroin, scales and cash. Reid is now being held on that DOC warrant, and will face a new charge for possession of heroin.

School Board Forum

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:08

The seven candidates who are vying for two Longview School Board positions are invited to take part in a forum that’s planned for this Sunday afternoon, being put on by the League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County. The forum is planned to start at 2 pm on Sunday in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD Building in Longview. Anyone interested is invited to come by and listen to the candidates talk about their position on the possible consolidation of schools in Longview, along with other issues facing the district. Additional information on these candidates and other local candidates is also available on

Road Work

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:07

Up in Castle Rock, work continues on the Front Street Improvement Project. This week, sidewalk construction begins between Jackson Street and Huntington Avenue North; contractors will also be putting the first layer of asphalt down, working between Shintaffer Street and Jackson Street. That work is expected to be done today. On Monday, the existing street and sidewalk between Jackson Street Northwest and Cowlitz Street West will be removed. Full details are available from Castle Rock Public Works.

Cowlitz County has a full weekend of work planned, with striping, chip sealing and paving projects all around the county. Striping is planned for today on county roads in the Toutle-Silver Lake area, tomorrow in the Kelso area, and on Sunday near Kalama. Chip sealing is also planned in several locations. You can get full details by going to the Cowlitz County Public Works website.

Starting tonight and going through next Friday, I-5 northbound will be reduced to two lanes near Ridgefield, as some deteriorated pavement is replaced. Washington Department of Transportation officials say that the closure will give work crews the space they need to work on about a half-mile worth of pavement in the right lane of the freeway. The lane closure starts at 8 pm tonight, and is expected to continue to noon on Friday, August second. Delays are possible, so you’ll want to budget some extra time if you’re coming through that area.

Nutty Narrows Listing

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:06

The original Nutty Narrows Bridge is now being listed on Longview’s Historic Register, and the City Council is also directing Mayor Don Jensen to submit a letter, requesting that the bridge be listed on the National Historic Register. Roger Peters, the son of Amos J. Peters, who built the bridge, says that it’s a proper move, and one that would delight his father…nuttynarrows…Peters spoke to the City Council for about 20 minutes at last night’s meeting, relating the “happy history” of how the bridge came to be, and the international attention that it has garnered over its lifetime. In fact, Peters says that the original construction of the Nutty Narrows Bridge was even marked by Sports Illustrated, as he read the “Scorecard” entry from the March 25th, 1963 issue of SI, which talked about the construction of the structure. The proposal for local listing sailed through on a 7-0 vote, and Jensen says that he’ll be proud to write the letter requesting the National Historic Register listing, saying that the Nutty Narrows Bridge is a source of pride for the city, and will continue to bring tourists to this area.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:06

Hisashi Iwakuma got the win and Nick Franklin hit s three-run homer to lead the Mariners to an 8-2 win over the Twins. Felix pitches tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Walla Walla beat Cowlitz 8-4 in West Coast League action last night. The rubber game of the three game series is tonight at Story Field, 6:35 pm…..The Kelso 10-year-old All-Stars went 1-1 at the Cal Ripken Regional in Montana yesterday. Kelso lost to West Linn Oregon 6-3 and beat Miles City Montana 18-4. Action continues today and Saturday in Helena…..Today is Pac-12 Football Media Day and the sportswriters picked Oregon to win the North Division with the Huskies picked 4th and the Cougars last…..The Seahawks first day of practice clouded by news that Percy Harvin has a hip injury that could need surgery.

Weekend Events–7/26-28/13

Posted on 26th July 2013 at 16:05

You can find some great buys on Friday in downtown Longview, as the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce works with downtown businesses on its first-ever Sidewalk Sale, running from 10 am until 4 pm.

Mark Morris high school graduate Chris Waggoner brings his 10-piece Neil Diamond tribute band called “Play Me” to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday night. Sing along with all of the classics, starting at 8 pm on Friday night. Call 575-TIXX for ticket information.

The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo opens Friday night at the Cowlitz County Fair, starting at 7 pm. They’ll also have go-rounds at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Cowlitz County Fair offices.

Stageworks Northwest continues a melodrama called “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” with shows planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, with 2 pm Sunday matinees. Bring the kids, come on down, cheer the hero and boo the villain. Tickets are available at the door.

You can help out the Kelso High School Marching Band at a garage sale that’s planned for Saturday at 3314 Pine Street in Longview. Hours are 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

The Cowlitz County Chaplaincy is holding a golf tournament on Saturday, going off at the Lewis River Golf Club. Organizers say that they still have slots available for the four-person scramble, with the shotgun start at 10 am. Call 425-7222 or 360-920-5747 to get signed up.

The 11th annual Columbia County American Cancer Society Relay for Life is planned for this weekend, starting at 10 am on Saturday at St. Helens High School, continuing until 10 am on Sunday.

Amalak presents the annual Garden Tour in Kalama on Saturday, featuring five special locations around town. You can get maps and tickets for the tour at the Floral Effects Florist Shop on First and Elm. Proceeds from the tour will help support local charities that are backed by Amalak.

The second Music on the Mountain concert is set for Saturday night up at Johnston Ridge, with Seattle-based Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets performing at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is taking this Saturday off, due to the Cowlitz County Fair, but they’ll be back next week, open from 9 am until 2 pm on Tuesday and Saturday in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. Berry season is kicking into high gear, fresh peaches are coming in, and local produce is also starting to come in.

The 2013 Ol’ Pastime Tavern Car Show is set for Sunday in downtown Rainier. This will run from 10 am until 3 pm on Sunday, a benefit for the Columbia Womens’ Resource Center. Registration starts at 8 am on Sunday; they’ll also have raffles, a cake walk and kids’ games. In addition, you’ll be able to purchase a breakfast buffet at Hometown Pizza on A Street in Rainier.

The first-ever Southwest Washington Family YMCA Day Camp Car Wash is planned for Sunday in the large parking lot of the facility on 15th Avenue in Longview. Hours are 9 am until 3 pm on Sunday, with all proceeds helping to support the YMCA Summer Outdoor Day Camp. All campers who help out will get 10% cut off of their fee for the following week of camp.

The Sunday highlight at the Cowlitz County Fair is the return of the Demolition Derby, starting at 2 pm in the grandstands at the Fair. Tickets for that event will be available at the Fair offices.

Catch the Downtown Farmers Market at its new location on Sunday, heading to the parking lot at 15th and Broadway, across from the Longview City Hall. Along with the fresh flowers, hanging baskets, plant starts and handmade crafts, local berries and other fresh produce is expected to be in this weekend. Hours are 10 am to 3pm on Sunday.

WSH Fatal–Updated

Posted on 25th July 2013 at 16:15

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate last night’s fatal car crash in the 7000 block of West Side Highway, now saying that excessive speed was clearly a factor in the incident. They’re identifying the woman killed in the crash as Brenda Osgood, 42, of Castle Rock. The initial investigation shows that she had been traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, and then lost control of her car. There were more than 300 feet of skid marks before her car skidded off the southbound shoulder of the road, slamming into a large tree. Osgood’s car came to rest about 30 feet off the highway, down in a ravine. At this point, they’re not sure of the possibility of driver impairment, but toxicology tests are pending.

Motorcycle Collision–Updated

Posted on 25th July 2013 at 16:14

Longview Police continue to investigate a serious motorcycle crash that took place last night in the 200 block of 24th Street. Officers and aid crews were called to that scene at 9:25 pm, where it was reported that a motorcycle had crashed, and that the rider was seriously injured. Those on the scene reported that the male rider was bleeding profusely from a head injury, and also had a wound to his chest. That man was taken first to Saint John Medical Center, and then was transferred to Oregon Health and Science University, where he’s now listed in critical condition. The victim’s name hasn’t been officially released. At this time, it doesn’t appear that anyone else was injured. As the investigation continues, it’s now being reported that the 33 year-old motorcycle rider had been following a small sedan, and then moved to overtake the car. They say that the man got in front of the car and attempted a wheelie, and that’s when the crash occurred. The victim’s name still has not been released.

Private Rescue

Posted on 25th July 2013 at 16:13

A 48 year-old woman from Katie, Texas, who was injured in a fall on Mount Saint Helens, apparently decided that riding in a stokes litter wasn’t the best way to get off the mountain, and decided to pay for a private helicopter to evacuate her. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says that Nancy Allen had climbed the mountain Tuesday night, with her 18 year-old daughter. On the descent, Allen and her daughter lost the trail, and she fell off of a rocky outcropping. Allen contacted the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office around 8 pm on Tuesday. Their search and rescue team responded, along with the Volcano Rescue Team out of Yacolt. Though Allen’s injuries weren’t serious, she was unable to walk, and was loaded into the litter. Around 5:20 yesterday morning, Allen apparently decided that she’d had enough of the stokes basket, and decided to hire a private helicopter to airlift her and her daughter out. Around 6:30 yesterday morning, that chopper picked up Allen and the 18 year-old at the 6,100-foot level of the mountain. Cox says that the name of the helicopter company and their destination haven’t been made available at this time.

Archie Anderson Burglary

Posted on 25th July 2013 at 16:12

The folks with Longview Youth Baseball say that someone broke into their clubhouse at Archie Anderson Park, stealing electronic equipment valued at about $1,000. The theft was reported a little after 1 pm yesterday; league officials say that the thieves got a PA system with a microphone, an amplifier and a CD player. It’s also noted that there were no signs of forced entry, so it’s thought that the suspect may have had a key. So far, no suspects have been identified, but Longview Police are following up on the case.