The Longview City Council is turning a thumbs-down to spending $350,000 on a system that would inject additional dissolved oxygen into the city’s water supply. The vote came after nearly an hour of input and discussion at last night’s meeting; a majority felt like Council Member Tom Hutchison, who isn’t sure that the investment would really make a difference. Public Works Director Jeff Cameron and the consultants who did the testing say that additional dissolved oxygen in the city’s water would help to keep the scale built up inside old water mains from breaking down and coming out of home taps. A majority of the council feels that they need to wait until they hear the full report on the city’s water source options before spending additional money on a system like this.
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After more than an hour of discussion, the Longview City Council is giving its approval to the conceptual plans for the first phase of renovations at R. A. Long Park in the Civic Circle. A major point of discussion is the re-location of the bust of R. A. Long to a site in front of the Library. Gitta Makinster with Project Longview says that it actually is a prime location for the statue. Phase one of the Park Master Plan implementation would include the installation of a fountain plaza across from the Monticello Hotel, re-location of the R. A. Long bust, concrete replacement and repairs, light replacements and electrical upgrades, and renovation of park benches. The design will now be finalized and approved, with a goal of starting construction in spring of next year.
Joshua James Adams, 35, of Woodland is under arrest after he allegedly fired a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of another man yesterday morning. The Sheriff’s Office says that Deputies went to a property on Oxbow Road at about 6:30 yesterday morning, after 911 calls came in about shots being fired. It was reported that Adams was “having problems” with David Fairbanks, 25, and apparently fired several rounds from a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun to try and get Fairbanks to leave. A total of four people were arrested, including Adams. He’s being charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a gun, possession of an illegal gun, and several warrants. The others were also arrested on warrant. Fairbanks was unhurt.
Sheriff’s Deputies are still looking for the man who caused an hour-long lockdown of Rose Valley Elementary School yesterday afternoon. Deputies went to the school around 1:45 pm yesterday, after it was reported that the father of a child at the school had threatened to harm the student and his estranged wife. The school was locked down as a safety precaution, but that lockdown was lifted and students went home via regular routes about one hour later. The man did NOT show up at the school; Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that they’re not releasing the family’s name, as this is still an ongoing investigation.
Portland Police now identify the body found near Sauvie Island’s Willow Bar Park as Jesse James Preddit, 22. He had been missing since May 7th, a week after being let go from a Portland hospital. Family members say that he had been battling mental illness and drug addiction, and they speculate that he had jumped off of a bridge shortly after he was reported as missing.
The Cowlitz Indians are joining with leaders of nine other tribes and Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark to make a call for additional safety measures as the number of trains carrying crude oil through the state continues to climb. In an opinion piece published in the Seattle Times, Cowlitz Tribal Chairman William Iyall joins with the other tribal leaders and Goldmark in calling for increased federal safety protocols and higher equipment standards for oil trains. The tribal officials say that these measures are needed to help protect natural resources and cultural treasures. The full text is available on the Seattle Times web page.
Cowlitz County Dive Rescue is holding a special training exercise on Sunday at the Briarcliff Pool at Rainier High School. Jayson Rogen with Cowlitz County Dive Rescue says this will run from 10 am until noon, where the team will be practicing both in-water and out-of-water skills, and they’re inviting the public to come and watch, and to learn more about the team. They’ll also have information on how you can volunteer with Cowlitz County Dive Rescue. Get more information on www.cowlitzdiverescue.com.
Steve Vincent is being recognized as the 2014-2015 Benefactor of the Year by the Lower Columbia College Foundation. For the past nine years, Vincent has been on the LCC Board of Trustees, and also served for two years as the LCC Foundation Board President. During that time, he chaired the highly successful Reaching Higher fundraising campaign, which brought in $4.6 million to benefit the Rose Center for the Arts, scholarships, equipment and other college programs. Current Foundation Board President Bob Gregory says that Vincent is a visible supporter throughout the community, and is continually advocating for LCC as an important component of Cowlitz County’s economic development infrastructure. Vincent and his wife are also founding members of the LCC’s Foundation Wertheimer Planned Giving Society, making a commitment for continued student success through estate giving plans.
Mainstage Theatre presents the classic Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” this weekend on the Dana Brown Stage in the R. A. Long High School Auditorium. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, along with a 3 pm Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at the Mark Morris High School ASB office, or at the door.
The LCC Center Stage production of “Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure” will be presented Friday and Saturday night at the Rose Center for the Arts. Curtain is 7:30 pm each night. Advance tickets are available at the LCC Student Center, or they’re available at the Rose Center box office, one hour prior to the performance.
The Three Rivers Mall continues its “Reel Pop-Up Movies” through the weekend with “A Princess Party.” Free screenings of “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Princess and the Frog” will be presented They will also have matinee screenings of “Alladin.” This will be near the SW corner of the mall, and you can get the current movie schedule on www.threeriversmall.com, or on the TRM Facebook page.
There’s a comedy show Friday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, featuring “Dwight Slade and Friends,” including 1988 R. A. Long High School graduate Bent Hanlen. The stand-up comedy show starts at 7 pm; call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to the CTPA web page.
Friday and Saturday night at Woodland High School, they’re presenting the children’s classic “Wind in the Willows,” with the curtain set for 7 pm each night. Tickets will be available at the door.
Youth and Family Link continues with its Family Open Gym Nights on Friday, running from 6:30 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring the whole family down for movies, crafts, bingo and other fun. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.
Saturday night at the St. Rose Parish Hall on 26th Avenue in Longview, the Southwest Washington YMCA is holding the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance for the Adult Goodtymes Program. This will run from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, with live music, food, fun and prizes to be awarded. This is also intended as a “Sponsor Appreciation Night.” Call the Y at 423-4770 to get information on signing up.
The Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday afternoon in the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center at Clatskanie Mid-High School, starting at 3 pm. This is part of the Clatskanie Arts Commission Series, and you can go to the CACS website for more information. Tickets will be available at the door.
Holiday Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 2039 44th Ave., Longview; sponsored by Watershed Garden Works; to benefit Lower Columbia School Gardens.
Mrs. Santa’s Bazaar Gazaar: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 23, 1070 Cowlitz View Court N.W., Castle Rock; sponsored by Diann Bonkowski; to benefit two families in need of clothes, food and toys for Christmas; silent auction and raffle for a Wii station.
Winter Wonderland Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, Somerset Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview; sponsored by Somerset Retirement and Assisted Living Community; to benefit Longview Hospice Children’s Summer Camp.
Woodland Care Center: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21, 310 Fourth St., Woodland; sponsored by and to benefit the resident council.
Beaver Homes Grange Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road (turn onto Nicolai Road at Goble, Ore., off Highway 30 and follow the signs); sponsored by and to benefit the Grange; soup and sandwich lunch with cake for dessert.
Goble Community Market Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, 103 C West, Rainier (big green building behind City Hall); sponsored by and to benefit the Goble Community Market.
Holiday Magic Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso; sponsored by the Kelso Senior Center; to benefit the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner; coffee and doughnuts served in the morning, $1.50; lunch: hoagie sandwiches, chips and a brownie, $3.
Holiday Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, 2039 44th Ave., Longview; sponsored by Watershed Garden Works; to benefit Lower Columbia School Gardens.
Holiday Shopping Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Kelso High School Commons, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; sponsored by the Kelso Music Boosters; to benefit the Kelso Kilties Winterguard; $1 per person age 12 and older to shop.
Joyful Season Craft Bazaar: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22, 403 Balcer St., Castle Rock; sponsored by Connie Hall; to benefit the Emergency Support Shelter.
Mrs. Santa’s Bazaar Gazaar: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 23, 1070 Cowlitz View Court N.W., Castle Rock; sponsored by Diann Bonkowski; to benefit two families in need of clothes, food and toys for Christmas; silent auction and raffle for a Wii station.
Olympic Elementary Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, Olympic Elementary School gymnasium, 1324 30th Ave., Longview; sponsored by Olympic Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO); to benefit the school.
St. James Family Center Annual Holiday Gift Fair: 10 a.m-4 p.m. Nov. 22, St. James Episcopal Church, 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet; sponsored by the church; to benefit the St. James Family Center; stew and biscuits or corn bread, chef salad, hot dogs, nachos, desserts; $3-$6.50.
St. Philip Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, St. Philip Parish Hall, 430 Bozarth St., Woodland; sponsored by and to benefit the St. Philip Altar Society; raffle items ($1 each raffle ticket); Tom’s Famous White Chicken Chili, $3; other refreshments available by donation.
Rose Valley Elementary School was locked down for more than an hour this afternoon, as Cowlitz County Deputies looked for a man who may have been making threats against family members of a student at the school. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that they got a report that a man was making physical threats against others, and may have been on his way to the school to try and get the student. Deputies were sent to the school, which was locked down at about 1:30 pm, as a safety precaution. That lockdown was kept in place until about 2:45 pm, when students were sent home via normal channels. Rosenzweig says that they didn’t really have any indication that the man was actually headed to the school, but they took this step, just to be on the safe side. Students are on their way home, while the effort to locate the person making the threats is continuing.