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Weekend Events-9/30-10/2/16

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:50

More than 100 hand-crafted works of fabric art will be on display Friday and Saturday at the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Show, “Quilting for the Art of It.” This will run from 10 am to 4 pm both days at the Youth and Family Link building, located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview. Along with the quilts on display, there will be quilting demonstrations, “Make-and-Take” projects, books, displays and a raffle for a special quilt. Proceeds will go to Youth and Family Link.

The New Faces of Nashville concerts continue Friday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as Cookin’ Country 105.5 brings in Drake White and his “Livin’ the Dream” show. Come and see “tomorrow’s stars today” this Friday night at the Columbia Theatre, starting at 7 pm. Go to Bob’s Sporting Goods for advance tickets, or go to for ticket information.

A “cheeky” comedy called “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” is the 2016 season opener for Stageworks Northwest, wrapping up this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. Showtimes are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Get ticket information and learn about the rest of the 2016-2017 season by going to; tickets are also available at the door, one hour before curtain.

A student-directed and produced 2-person comedy called “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister” is being presented this Friday and Saturday night on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School, with the curtain set for 7:30 pm each night. This production will be helping to raise funds for future Mainstage productions. Tickets are available at the R. A. Long ASB Office, or at the door; dessert will also be served at the intermission.

The R-Square-D Dance Club invites you to come and celebrate Oktoberfest Weekend, with dancing Friday and Saturday at the Rose Valley Grange. Dancing goes from 7:30 to 10 pm Friday night, a Garage Sale opens at 9 am on Saturday, and then the dancing starts at 4:30 pm, going into the night. A German dinner will be served at 7:30 pm Saturday night, followed by dancing and a breakfast at 8:30 Sunday morning. It’s open to all, with all-event or individual-event admission available.

Out west of town, they’re celebrating “Columbia River Country Days” in Wahkiakum County, with events around the county both Friday and Saturday, capped off by the Grays River Covered Bridge Dinner Saturday night. Get information from the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce.

The 37th annual Longview Early Edition Rotary Harvest Classic 5K/10K Run and Walk happens Saturday morning on the streets of Longview, starting and finishing at the Life Works building, located at 904 New York Street. The 10K will start at 8:30, followed by the 5K at 8:45. There’s also a Pee Wee Fun Run at 9:45. Get more information on the Longview Harvest Classic Facebook page.

The Kelso Senior Center is putting on a Fall Festival Garage Sale on Saturday, opening at 9 am at the facility in West Kelso. The Senior Center is located in the old Catlin Hall, located at 108 Northwest 8th in Kelso.

They’re kicking off the 2016 pumpkin season this Saturday at the Pomeroy Living History Farm, located on Lucia Falls Road, just a few miles outside of Yacolt. Pumpkin Lane will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday each weekend through October. There’s a mile-long hayride with more than 100 “Pumpkin People” along the route, a hay bale maze for the kids, games, animals and a lot more. The event will help to support the non-profit living history museum and its programs. Find out more at

The Republican candidate for Governor is scheduled to be in Kelso on Saturday, making a campaign visit to the Pacific Barber Shop in Kelso. Bill Ammons says that Bill Bryant is coming in at noon on Saturday, and should be available for questions and answers. Ammons says that he’s also working to get incumbent Governor Jay Inslee in for a visit later in October.

The month-long “Spirit of Halloweentown” Festival opens on Saturday in St. Helens starting with the St. Helens Halloween Parade at 4:30 pm, and ceremonial Pumpkin Lighting in the Courthouse Plaza at 7:30. The Haunted House in the 2C’s Vendor Mall Building will be open from 5 pm to midnight each weekend through Halloween, with VIP Tours available from midnight to 1 am. Events are planned each weekend through Halloween.

The 14th annual North County Recreation Association Fundraising Dinner and Auction is set for Saturday night, ripping it up with “The Roaring 20’s.” This is being held at Parker’s Steak House, just off exit 49 in Castle Rock. No-host cocktails open at 4 pm, followed by dinner and the auction from 5:30 to 9 pm. Proceeds will help to support the North County Recreation Complex.

There’s a Scappoose Bay Cleanup planned for Saturday, with volunteers being sent out to numerous locations via kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard. The cleanup will go from 8 am until 1 pm, and from 1 to 3 pm, they’ll be planting native plants at the Marina Campground. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Call 503-397-7904 to RSVP.

The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market continues on Saturday through October, offering fresh produce, baked goods, honey and more from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays in the 7th Avenue parking lot, across from the County Fairgrounds.

The Saturday Farmer’s Market in Clatskanie goes from 10 am until 2 pm through October 8th at Cope’s Park on the Clatskanie River.

The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Southwest Washington takes place Sunday morning at Lake Sacajawea, with registration opening at 11 am. A ceremony is planned at noon, and then the two-mile Walk will start at 12:30. More information is available on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s web page.

Settled in at a new venue, the Kelso Bridge Market runs from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at the Three Rivers Mall, right next to the southwest entry.

Hit-and-Run Arrest #1

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:14

Joseph L. Riley, 45, of Longview is being charged with hit-and-run, after he was identified as the person who smashed into the front of Mary’s Bar and Grill on Ocean Beach Highway. This got started around 5:30 yesterday morning, when it was reported that a “dark-colored Nissan SUV” had slammed into the building at 4503 Ocean Beach Highway, doing significant damage to the front entry to the restaurant. Sheriff’s Deputies did get some evidence from the crash scene, including a partial plate number. Using that partial number, they were able to use variations that eventually led them to Riley. When questioned, Riley reportedly said that the SUV “went forward” when he started it, hitting the building. Riley says that he “got scared” and took off without reporting the incident. The owners of Mary’s say that they’re still assessing the damage and they’re checking the insurance coverage. The restaurant is closed while repairs are made, but the bar is expected to remain open.

Hit-and-Run Arrest #2

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:13

Deputies report making an arrest in connection with Monday’s hit-and-run spree that took place up in the hills west of Longview. Several residents report that they had vehicles and property damaged Monday night by someone driving a car with a flat tire. The suspect car was abandoned, and the registered owner says that he had loaned the car to Patrick Lloyd Phillips, 34, of Longview. At about 7:30 Tuesday morning, a report came in from a home on Ammons Drive, where a pickup had been stolen. This isn’t far from where the hit-and-run vehicle had been dumped. That pickup was found about five miles away, driven into the brush off of Pilgrim Road. Phillips was found walking in the area and was taken into custody; they say that his phone was found in the ditched truck. Phillips is now being charged with possession of a stolen car, three counts of hit-and-run, driving while suspended and a vehicle interlock violation. Phillips is being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Property Trafficking

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:12

Zachariah Charles Harris, 26, of Longview is under arrest, picked up by the Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of trafficking in stolen property. Deputies say that they took a report of a truck and a motorcycle being stolen from a home in the Castle Rock area, and then a Deputy spotted those vehicles at a hoe in the 300 block of Olson Road in Longview. The owner of the stolen rigs mentioned Harris as a possible suspect, and the owner of the home on Olson Road says that Harris had tried to sell him the motorcycle. When Deputies checked the truck, they claim to have found heroin and syringes inside. Harris is now being charged with first-degree possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property, possession of heroin and a failure to appear warrant. Bail totals $7,500.

SCU Bust

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:10

Eight people are in custody after the Street Crimes Unit served warrants at two homes on Ohio Street in Longview. Warrants were served at 4657 Ohio and at 4707 Ohio Street, where detectives claim to have seized heroin, meth, prescription narcotics and guns. Raymond E. Chance, 34, Jeremy LeBeau, 33, and Gerald R. Hefley, 59, were arrested at 4657 Ohio, while Brandon J. Smith, 35, Amy S. Ware, 46, Kent C. Whiting, 26, James R. Anfinson, 30, and Whitney P. Ware, 28, were arrested at 4707 Ohio. SCU officials say that these warrants stem from an ongoing investigation, and additional arrests are possible.


Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:08

Authorities in Lewis County report making a large drug bust, seizing large amounts of heroin and meth, hundreds of illegal prescription pills, LSD and 18 firearms at a home in rural Chehalis. Drannon Bradley Smyth, 23, of Chehalis was arrested at that time, and is now being held in the Lewis County Jail. Smyth, who also goes by the street name of “Dragon,” is now being identified as a “large-scale” drug dealer, also trading guns to make his deals. It’s noted that several of the guns seized in the bust have been identified as stolen. Smyth is now being held on bail of $100,000. A second man was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Thurston County.

Crochet Resigns

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:06

The City of Woodland will soon be looking for another new Police Chief, after it’s announced that Phil Crochet is leaving after just one year. Woodland Mayor Will Finn is confirming the resignation in today’s Daily News, saying that Crochet informed him of the decision last week. Crochet came into a department in turmoil, with firings, lawsuits and other controversy. So far, Crochet has not elaborated on his reasons for leaving. Finn tells TDN that he’s meeting with the City Administrator to discuss a possible hiring plan.

Bridgeview Terminal RFPs

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:05

The Port of Longview is now soliciting Requests of Proposals on Bridgeview Terminal, the proposed redevelopment of Berths 1 and 2 at the port. Port officials say that what’s now called Bridgeview Terminal includes two cargo docks and upland areas, and recently became available when a previous lease ended. The Port says that it’s interested primarily in proposals for import or export activities, they are also open to other “marine-dependent uses.” They say that this is a rare opportunity, and the Port plans to maximize these facilities for cargo throughput, job creation and return on investment. They say that this is the second step in redevelopment of Bridgeview Terminal, following a “Request for Expression of Interest” that went out in June. They say that announcement had a “high response.” The RFP and related documents can be found on the Port of Longview web page.

Budget Workshop

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:05

The Longview City Council is holding a Preliminary Budget Workshop this evening, starting at 6 pm in the second-floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall. They plan to review the budget parameters, and will review the revenue projections for the coming biennium. The Council will get a look at baseline programs and performance measures, and they’ll also discuss opportunities for enhancing the General Fund. Proposed 2017 utility rates will also be on the agenda. This evening’s meeting is open to the public.

SBA Deadline Approaching

Posted on 29th September 2016 at 09:04

The Small Business Administration is out with a reminder that you have just one month left to apply for federal disaster relief loans, helping to pay for damage done by last year’s severe storms and flooding. The SBA says that there’s a deadline of October 28th for local small businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which can help to pay almost any expenses connected to the damage that was done. The loans are available in Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Lewis, Clark and Skamania counties in Washington, along with Columbia County in Oregon. Get more information and apply on-line by going to the SBA web page.