Long-time documentary filmmaker Ron Walker will be at the Longview Public Library this evening, presenting several of the movies that he has made over the years. In the 1970’s, Walker worked as a film music composer for a company in Portland called “The Film Loft.” He learned cinematography and film editing while working there, and has used those skills for 48 years. Walker likes to make films about people and their hobbies, while also focusing on local history. Walker will present three films tonight; “This Place in Time—The Mount St. Helens Story,” “Boxcar Days,” and “Richard Smalls Steamboat.” The free screenings take place at 6 pm this evening in the Library Auditorium.
Archive | June, 2018
More than 60 local community leaders, employers, and representatives from social service agencies will be getting an up-close look at what it’s like being poor, going on at today’s day-long “Bridges Out of Poverty” Workshop. The workshop consists of two four-hour simulations, the first being a “poverty simulation,” which will then be followed by a four-hour “Bridges Out of Poverty” simulation. Melissa Taylor with Lower Columbia CAP says that this will be an immersive role-playing experience, learning what it’s like to be in poverty. The afternoon “Bridges Out of Poverty” session is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty, using the lens of economic class to provide concrete tools and strategies for communities to use in reducing poverty. The workshop runs from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center.
The Port of Longview Commission holds its regular meeting this morning at 10 am, where Port Executive Director Norm Krehbiel will be recognized for his 25 years with the Port. Director of External Affairs Ashley Helenberg will also be presented with her 10-year award. Helenberg’s office will then get more kudos, as the American Association of Port Authorities presents its 2018 award to the Port of Longview for Overall Excellence in Communication. Under the action items, the Port Commission will be asked to accept the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grant that will help to pay for improvements at Willow Grove Park. This is a 50-50 grant that totals 445-thousand-600 dollars; the Port will pitch in an identical amount, helping to renovate restrooms, improve the walking path, install new picnic shelters and to construct a new viewing platform at the park. The meeting is open to the public.
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and other agencies extinguished a brush fire in the Lexington area yesterday afternoon. Witnesses told authorities that they saw five to 10 high school aged boys running from the area after detonating a mortar type device. The fire on dredge spoils near Riverside Park grew to about an acre before it was put out. There were no injuries or damage to structures. The investigation continues.
The Mariners defeated the Angels 6-3 last night. Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger had two homers each to back the pitching of Mike Leake. The M’s and Halos play a day game today, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears rallied from four runs down to beat the Port Angeles Lefties 6-5 in 11 innings. The Bears go for the sweep when they play the Lefties in a game that starts at 4:35 pm…..Luke Brown went 4 for 5 to lead the Hilander Dental Senior Legion team to a 12-6 victory over RBI at the Lumberyard. Trey Hageman had three RBI’s and was the winning pitcher. HD plays the Portland Barbers in Hillsboro Friday night at 7 pm…..The 26th Bud Clary War of the Border boys summer high school basketball tournament gets under way Friday and runs all weekend.
According to the owner of the Triangle Motors used car lot, there have been several incidents of theft since a fire destroyed the office and 10 vehicles. The latest incident was yesterday morning when a bystander reported that two men were attempting to take batteries out of vehicles. The witness told police that he confronted the suspects and they stated that they worked at the lot. When he called 911 to report the theft, the two men took off in a white van. Officers contacted the owner of the lot and he reported that he was having to deal with recent theft attempts. The latest suspects stockpiled some of the batteries in the bed of a pick-up in the lot but weren’t able to steal them as they fled the scene. The suspects are still at large.
A recent break up went bad when an upset man threatened to jump off the Allen Street bridge early Monday morning. A woman called Longview Police and reported that her ex-boyfriend left her house upset and sent pictures of himself sitting on the ledge of the bridge around 4:30 yesterday morning. Longview Police officers used Google Earth technology to located the suspect and eventually found him and took him into custody on an outstanding warrant.
The response is getting so big, they’re having to change the venue. This month’s Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce event is also helping the Koelsch Senior Communities celebrate their 60th anniversary, at an event that’s planned for this evening. The event has been moved to the Canterbury Inn, going from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. They’re teaming up with Summerland Catering Services and the Fire Mountain Grill for food and beverages, and while the event is free, you will need to RSVP to get on the list to get in. Call the Chamber at 360-423-8400 to register. Parking and shuttle rides will be available from the Cowlitz County Expo Center.
The Mariners won for the ninth time in 11 games as they defeated the Angels 5-3. Nelson Cruz hit two homers to offset the two long balls from Mike Trout. The M’s and Halos play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Travis Paynter of LCC was back in his home town last night pitching the Cowlitz Black Bears to a 4-3 win at Port Angeles. The Bears are now at 5-5 as they play at Port Angeles again tonight at 6:05 pm…..The Oregon State Beavers will open up the College World Series in Omaha Saturday with a game against North Carolina at 12 pm. The Washington Huskies will then play next in a 5 pm battle with Mississippi State. It’s the Dawgs first appearance in the classic event in Omaha…..In senior Legion baseball today, Hilander Dental takes on RBI at the R.A. Long Lumberyard at 6 pm.
A reception is planned for this afternoon at the Longview School District Administration Offices, where District Communications and Technology Director Sandy Catt will be honored for her 33 years of service. Catt’s retirement was announced in March, following more than three decades of service. Today’s reception will run from 4:30 to 6 pm, and is open to all. It appears that the Longview School Board will be asked to appoint at least a partial replacement at this evening’s regular meeting, as it’s announced that former Daily News Publisher Rick Parrish has been selected as the district Communications Coordinator, to start on July 1st.
The regular Longview School Board meets at 6:30 pm, where the Board will get a report on “Conscious Discipline.” There will be an on development of the 2018-2019 Operating Budget, and the Board will also be asked to set a public hearing for that budget. The School Board also plans to set a date for the second run of the district’s Capital Facilities Bond measure, targeting February 13th or April 24th as possible dates for that election. Both the reception and the regular meeting are open to the public.