Longview city staff will also be undertaking the development of a “scope of work” to study traffic flows around the Civic Circle, at the suggestion of City Council members Tom Hutchison and Chet Makinster, looking to adjust the changes made in 2012. Makinster says that they can’t be afraid to do the right thing, even if it means going back to the way things were before…circletraffic…A number of citizens also spoke on this topic, most of them also upset with the traffic flow changes that were made. Hutchison says that it looks like there have been some safety improvements with those changes, but also says that other problems have increased, saying that he got rear-ended last week while driving around the Civic Circle. Hutchison and Makinster’s motion to re-establish two lanes of entry into the Circle on Washington Way passed on a 4-2 vote, also with the directive that this situation be monitored, so that other adjustments can be made in the future if they’re needed.
Archive | June, 2014
Jacqueline M. Lions, 61, and Raymond G. Linn, 51, of Longview are being charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver after the Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at an apartment on 9th Avenue. The warrant was served at the unit in the 1200 block of 9th yesterday morning, with detectives claiming to have seized a half-ounce of meth, packaging materials, cash and other items related to the drug trade. Lions and Linn are husband and wife; both were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail, and Lions was then released on her personal recognizance. Linn is being charged with four separate felony counts, held without bail at this time. Lions is charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, along with three counts of meth delivery.
A bikini barista on North Hendrickson Drive in Kalama says that a man flashed her yesterday afternoon. The barista called 911 just after 5 pm yesterday, claiming that a man driving a black Mercedes exposed his genitals to her as he went through the stand’s drive-through lane. The suspect drove off, and was last seen heading north on I-5. The barista was able to get a license number off the car, along with a description of the driver, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
The fireworks season officially opens tomorrow in Washington, starting at noon and going until 9 pm on Saturday, July 5th. Under Washington state law, legal sales of fireworks in Washington will go from noon to 11 pm tomorrow. From Sunday, the 29th to Friday, July 3rd, sales are allowed from 9 am until 11 pm. The legal hours for discharge of fireworks also mirror the sales hours. On Friday, July 4th, there’s another hour of discharging fireworks allowed, going until midnight. On Saturday, the 5th, sales are allowed form 9 am to 9 pm, and discharge of fireworks is allowed from 9 am to 11 pm. Public safety agencies are out with the annual reminder to observe the “Three B’s” of fireworks safety, “Be Prepared, Be Safe and Be Responsible.” There also may be local restrictions on fireworks sales and use in certain areas of the state, especially in places like state or federally-owned properties. Be aware of those types of restrictions before you go lighting the fuses.
Moving into the summertime boating season, water safety is also being emphasized, particularly in the operation of boats on area waterways. Local marine law enforcement agencies will be taking part in “Operation Dry Water,” with extra patrols planned to be on the lookout for unsafe or impaired boat operators. Operation Dry Water starts today and runs through Sunday, focusing on the prevention of injury and death in incidents caused by boaters who are under the influence. Washington state officials say that at least 64 people have died in boating incidents between 2004 and 2013, where alcohol was a contributing factor. Statistics recently released by the Coast Guard show that “BUI” is the leading factor in boating deaths. During last year’s Operation Dry Water, officers had nearly 4,000 contacts, issuing more than 1,300 warnings, 6 BUI citations and 219 citations for other violations.
Lower Columbia CAP will be distributing between 50 and 60 hatchery steelhead that were donated to the facility by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Help Warehouse managers say that the fish are being donated from the Lake Merwin Fish Hatchery. The distribution of these fish will begin at 11:30 this morning, and will continue until they are all gone. To be able to receive one of these fish, you will need to show your USDA Commodities Card, and will need plastic bags, a cooler or some other sort of container. The distribution event will start at 11:30 am in the parking lot behind CAP offices in the 15 hundred block of Commerce Avenue in Longview. Call the Help Warehouse at 425-3430, extension 252 for more information.
Washington Fish and Wildlife says that they expect to meet the hatchery escapement goal for Spring Chinook on the Kalama River, so that river will re-open to hatchery Chinook fishing, starting tomorrow and going through the end of July. Starting tomorrow, the Kalama will be open to Spring Chinook fishing, going from the mouth to the boundary markers that are one thousand feet below the upper salmon hatchery. The daily limit will be six hatchery Chinook, with a maximum of two adults. The minimum size limit is 12 inches. All other salmon except hatchery Chinook must be released, and barbless hooks are required. Starting on August first, the Kalama will open for hatchery Coho, as well. Get full details by going to the WDFW website, or by contacting your local outfitter.
The Southwest Washington Youth Symphony Young Musicians Summer Camp concludes on Friday with a special concert, starting at 5:30 pm in the Rose Center for the Arts at LCC. Call 430-1978 or 430-7283 for more information.
There’s a free theater workshop for local 6th-to-8th graders going on Friday at the Kelso Public Library. The workshop is titled “Let’s Make-Up,” and will focus on makeup as the foundational image for all performers. The free workshop runs from 3:30 to 4:30 Friday afternoon at the Kelso Library in the Three Rivers Mall.
The theme for the 78th annual Winlock Egg Days is “The Wonderful Egg of Oz,” being held Friday and Saturday, with all kinds of great fun planned. The first-ever “Import Tuner Car Show” runs from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, along with the Queen’s Coronation at 7. The World’s Largest Egg has been dolled up as a monument to the 12th Man and the Seattle Seahawks, and of course, there are free egg salad sandwiches being served at 11 am on Saturday, along with all of the other fun events.
For the second year in a row, the Oregon Waterfowl Festival is being held in St. Helens. The three-day event is being held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, with goose and duck call contests, the first-ever “Fowl Film Festival,” dog-retrieving competitions and other events. They will also have a barbecue and live music Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door.
The 8th annual “Weed Rodeo” is scheduled to get under way Saturday morning, with volunteers fanning out from the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch to track down and eradicate Scotch Broom and other invasive plants. This will begin promptly at 10 am. Volunteers that sign up for the Weed Rodeo will also be able to camp overnight in the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, and will also be able to go on a guided hike along Johnston Ridge on Sunday.
The 3rd annual “Arts of the Mountain” event runs this weekend, with local artists, winemakers and other artisans showing off their skills in at least five different locations along the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, starting at Silver Lake and going all the way to the end of the road at Johnston Ridge.
The “Music on the Mountain” concerts also start tomorrow evening, with an acoustic rock duo from Seattle called “Science!” kicking things off at 6:30 pm. Along with the live music in the Johnston Ridge Observatory Amphitheatre, the Kelso Rotary will be set up to sell food, beer and wine.
With a theme of “A Magical Time in Clatskanie,” the Clatskanie Heritage Days kick into high gear this weekend, with the annual Heritage Car Cruise, the Clatskanie Arts Commission Pancake Breakfast, “Pie in the Park” and other events. Things are centered around Clatskanie City Park.
The League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, with Washington League of Women Voters President Kim Abel as the keynote speaker. This will start at 10 am on Saturday at the Cowlitz County Training Center, right next to the Hall of Justice. Call the League of Women Voters at 360-225-2294 for more information.
The Kelso First Baptist Church is holding a “Raise the Roof” Car Wash on Saturday, working to collect money to pay for a new roof on their building. The Raise the Roof KFBC Car Wash will run from noon to 4 pm on Saturday in the parking lot of the church, located at the corner of South 4th and Vine.
Theatre Camp at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts wraps up on Saturday, with two performances of “Hansel and Gretel,” coordinated by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Around 60 local children will be in the cast, with performances planned at 3 and 5:30 pm at the Columbia Theatre. Call 575-8499 or contact the Columbia Theatre box office for tickets.
Washington State Parks is partnering with Tacoma Power, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and others for the “Safety on the Water” event that’s being held up at Mayfield Lake. This is an all-family event that will run from 10 am until 1 pm at Mayfield Lake Park, located off of Highway 12 in Mossyrock.
There’s an outreach event planned for Saturday in Cathlamet, in support of the Angel Wings Rescue Animal Shelter. From 1 to 3 pm at the Thyme Street Bistro, they’re having a “Sweet Fundraiser Meet and Greet,” where you’ll be able to meet with Angel Wings staff, and you can also learn about how to support the facility. The Thyme Street Bistro is located on Main Street in Cathlamet. The number of Angel Wings Rescue is 430-8073.
Down in Scappoose, the Farmers Market is open each weekend through September. Along with fresh veggies and plants, they’re planning to sell seafood, barbecue and Seattle cheese steak sandwiches at the food court, and they’ll have live entertainment. The Scappoose Farmers Market is located next to Heritage Park off of Highway 30 in Scappoose.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run at the County Expo Center. They will have plants, honey and other handcrafted items available for purchase. Hours in the 7th Avenue parking lot at 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. Along with the locally grown strawberries and raspberries, they’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Find out more by calling 957-2515.
The Red Sox avoided the sweep when they beat the Mariners 5-4 last night. David Ortiz hit a homer for Boston. Seattle takes today off before hosting Cleveland for three starting tomorrow night…..Former LCC Red Devil Travis Jewett, an assistant baseball coach at Vanderbilt, helped his team win the NCAA championship last night with a 3-2 victory over Virginia…..Shane Bieber tossed seven innings of three hit ball with 11 strikeouts as the Cowlitz Black Bears blanked Kitsap 3-0 last night. The Bears take today off before hosting Victoria tomorrow night…..The Pacific Tech Senior Legion team has two games today at the Belgrade Montana tournament which runs through the weekend…..The Blazers have no picks in the first and second rounds of tonight’s NBA Draft in New York.
The Weather Service is out with an alert that you might see some very heavy rain storms this morning, events that are already causing some localized flooding problems in areas like Vancouver and Beaverton. An alert went out around 4:20 this morning, warning about heavy showers that were forming over southern Clark County and the Portland metro area. Forecasters say that some of these storm cells are capable of producing up to a half-inch of rain in a very short amount of time. There have been several incidents of rapidly rising water stranding cars or flooding basements. Visibility during these type of events may be extremely compromised, and the ponding on roadways could make for a severe driving challenge.