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Archive | September, 2018

School Starts

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:07

School doors swing open today in several school districts. In Castle Rock, today is the first day of school for grades 1 through 5, and for grades 6 and 9. Grades 7 and 8, and 10 through 12 start tomorrow. In Rainier, grades 7 and 9 start today, along with new students to the district. All other grades start tomorrow. Scappoose also starts grades 1 through 7 today, along with grade 9. Grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 will start tomorrow. All grades start classes today in Clatskanie, Cathlamet, Winlock and St. Helens

Strike Continues

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:06

Negotiations continued through the weekend, but no agreement has been reached between the Longview School District, the Longview Education Association, SEIU Local 925 and the LCPEA. District officials are announcing that classes are cancelled once again in the Longview School District. District officials say that mediations are “progressing,” but no agreement has been reached.

The unions involved in the Longview Schools work stoppage are releasing a statement, saying that they are “losing confidence in district leadership.” Union officials say that they have analyzed past and current budgets, and they now have “increasing concerns” over the people leading the district negotiations. They claim that the district asked the unions to “be creative” in dealing with the contracts; they also claim to have proposed a “sustainable path” that meets the union requests, while also keeps the district budget intact. District officials reportedly have responded that these are “categorical funds,” which cannot be used for teacher salaries. The union states that “this effectively blocks any forward progress.” The unions say that they have tried to remain positive as they communicate to the public, but they no longer have any confidence that the District negotiators have the ability to move forward. They also claim that Superintendent Dan Zorn is using “tactics authorized by other Superintendents in Southwest Washington, including threats, stalling and refusal to consider creative options.” The unions are calling for Zorn and/or School Board members to be at the table, so that the process can be expedited.

Schools remain closed today in the Longview School District, but athletic practices and events will continue as scheduled. The district is also continuing to make lunches available to kids age 18 and under, served between noon and 12:30 pm at Monticello Middle School. Updates are available on the Longview Schools web page.

Teachers in Centralia are going to the picket lines today, as contract negotiations continue in that district and in other area districts. Evergreen, Battle Ground and Washougal are still out on strike, while contracts were reached in the Camas, Hockinson, Ridgefield and Vancouver school district.

Train Death

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:06

Kelso Police report that a woman was hit and killed by a train yesterday afternoon, an incident that happened near the Harry Morgan Bridge. Burlington Northern Santa Fe reports that the women was killed at about 2:45 pm, after being hit by a northbound freight train. The train was traveling between Portland and Seattle when the unidentified woman was hit. No other details are being released at this time; BNSF and Union Pacific are continuing to investigate this incident. It’s at least the 16th train-versus-pedestrian fatality in Washington state this year.

Rails to Trails Fizzle

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:05

It appears that the drive to turn the old Columbia and Cowlitz Rail line into a hiking and biking trail may have fizzled out, as the current owners of the rail line announce that negotiations with Cowlitz County for conversion of the line have been terminated. In an August 23rd letter to the Cowlitz County Commissioners, attorneys for Patriot Woods Railroad say that the negotiations over about 21.5 miles of rail line have been terminated. They also ask the Commission to vacate the Decision and Notice of Interim Trail Use, in order to allow Patriot Woods to abandon the line. Other details have not yet been disclosed.

Motorcycle Injuries

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:04

The Sheriff’s Office reports that two motorcycle riders suffered head injuries in separate incidents that happened Saturday, east of Toutle. The first incident was reported shortly after 11 am, when it was reported that a 24 year-old man was down in the 7500 block of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Those on the scene say that the man’s helmet broke or came off. The victim was reported to be going in and out of consciousness, and he was eventually transported by ambulance under a “modified trauma” alert.

Just before 2 pm on Saturday, a 911 call came in from the 17000 block of the Spirit Lake Highway, where it was reported that a 37 year-old man had suffered a head injury after an ATV crash. This incident apparently took place on the mud flow between the Sediment Retention Structure and Hoffstadt Bluffs. LifeFlight was activated for this incident, and the patient was eventually evacuated. Other details on each incident have not yet been released.

Road Delays

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:03

If you’re a user of Rose Valley Road, be aware that another construction project is beginning today. Cowlitz County Public Works is announcing that an embankment repair project starts today in the 200 block of Rose Valley Road, and will be continuing until the end of October. Similar to the retaining wall project that was recently completed in the 300 block, this project will require the closure of the westbound lane; traffic will be controlled through the use of an automated, portable traffic light system. Contact County Public Works at 360-577-3030 if you have other questions.

AmeriCorps Event

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:02

Today is the deadline to get signed up for the current Cowlitz AmeriCorps team, working to help local non-profits, public agencies and faith-based groups across the county. AmeriCorps members sign up for an 11-month term, providing support and assistance for these local organizations. AmeriCorps members receive a small monthly stipend, and are also eligible for educational support at the end of their terms. Learn more or get signed up by going to the Life Works building at 906 New York Street in Longview, or call 360-577-5859.

Today’s Stuff

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 09:02

The new exhibit at the Koth Memorial Gallery is now open, and will run through the 28th of this month. Krista mead and Leslie Pogue are showing a wide selection of oil and watercolor paintings, a number of which are for sale. Also, pieces by local artist Jerome Makinster are being displayed in the glass case at the Koth Gallery. A reception in honor of the artists is planned for the afternoon of Monday, September 10th, going from 4 to 6 pm. Call the Longview Public Library at 360-442-5307 to learn more.

Here’s a heads-up for you would-be Harold Hills, as the auditions for the upcoming Mainstage Theatre production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” are being delayed by a week. Those auditions will now run from 6 to 9 pm next Monday night, with callbacks planned for the next night. Performances are planned in November. Get more information by going to the Mainstage Theatre Facebook page.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 4th September 2018 at 08:52

The Mariners beat the Orioles 2-1 last night as Erasmo Ramirez and the bullpen were outstanding. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC volleyball team hosts a two team double header today. The Devils play Bellevue at 2 pm and Clackamas at 5 pm…..In prep volleyball, matches include Mark Morris at Kelso and R.A. Long at Wahkiakum, both at 7 pm…..In girls soccer today, Mark Morris hosts Kelso in a 5:30 pm match at Northlake Field and R.A. Long is at home against Mountain View at 6 pm…..In boys tennis today, Prairie is at Mark Morris and R.A. Long at Union, both at 3:30 pm…..In boys golf today, Mark Morris hosts Hockinson at the Longview Country Club, R.A. Long and Ridgefield compete at Tri-Mountain and Kelso takes on Battle Ground at The Cedars.