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Inauguration Duty & Prep

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:24

Citizen-Soldiers from Washington are helping to provide support for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D. C. Based out of Camp Murray near Tacoma, the Washington National Guard reports that 20 members of the 10th Civil Support Team and ten members of the 242nd Combat Communications Squadron are in the Nation’s Capitol, supporting the Joint Task Force-District of Columbia for today’s 58th Presidential Inauguration. The members of the 10th Civil Support Team are conducting radiation detection efforts in and around the National Mall, while the Fairchild-based members of the 242nd Combat Communications Squadron are supporting the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, while also providing communications capabilities to their tactical operations center.

Be aware that businesses and public agencies in Portland are preparing for the possibility of large demonstrations, and they are getting ready to shut down Tri-Met and other public transportation as these demonstrations unfold. Columbia County Rider is out with an alert about possible service disruptions, advising riders to keep an eye on their Facebook page, Twitter and the CC Rider for updates about stops in downtown Portland and other possible service disruptions.

Women’s March

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:23

Dozens of local women are signed up to participate in tomorrow’s “Longview Women’s March on Washington,” an event that’s scheduled to start at noon in Longview’s Civic Circle. Organizers say that the mission of today’s march is to show solidarity with women across the nation, not only coming together to express the frustration, anger and fear that many women are feeling today, but also to show determination and hope. They say that the “love and power” from all of these women can overcome the challenges that lie ahead. They’re looking to support and amplify these voices, locally, across the state and all the way to Washington, D. C. Tomorrow’s Women’s March on Washington will start at noon, and will be limited to walking on the sidewalks around the Civic Circle. Get more information on the event Facebook page.

Fedoruk Sentenced

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:21

Sergey Fedoruk, 43, of Kelso is going back to prison, re-sentenced for beating his brother-in-law to death back in 2011. Today’s Daily News reports on yesterday’s hearing, where Federuk was once again sentenced to 18 years in prison. Fedoruk has been tried twice and has now been sentenced twice in connection with the murder that took place near Ostrander Road. In 2012, Fedoruk was convicted of second-degree murder, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Last year, that conviction was thrown out, after the Washington Appeals Court found that prosecutors had acted improperly in the case, and that Fedoruk’s attorney had failed to raise mental health issues. Fedoruk has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and required treatment before his second trial could be held. During the second trial, defense attorneys tried to contend that Fedoruk was in a manic or psychotic state when he killed his brother-in-law, but he was convicted again, and was presented with the same prison sentence. Judge Stephen Warning says that Fedoruk clearly suffers from mental illness, but there’s also “no question that Mr. Fedoruk is a dangerous individual.”

Smelt Preview

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:20

Fishery managers say that this year’s smelt run on the Cowlitz should be “modest,” possibly the smallest run in the past five years. Washington Fish and Wildlife is out with the 2017 outlook for the smelt run, predicting a return of 3.2 million to 3.3 million pounds, similar to the runs in 2011 and 2012. By comparison, last year’s run came in at 5.1 million pounds, 11.4 million pounds in 2015, 16.6 million pounds in 2014, and 9.6 million pounds in 2013. They say that ocean conditions were favorable for smelt in 2012 and 2013, but they have deteriorated since then. In 2010, Columbia River Smelt were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, and state officials have lobbied the Feds for limited fishing opportunities. Last year, commercial dippers were allowed eight fishing periods, where about 4,800 pounds of smelt were harvested. Sport dippers collected more than 141,000 pounds on the one day that dipping was allowed. If smelt dipping is allowed this year, they say that the season will probably be similar to last year.

Port of St. Helens Meet and Greet

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:18

You can meet with the five finalists for the Executive Director’s position with the Port of St. Helens at a Meet and Greet that’s planned for this Sunday in Rainier. This will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Old Hall, “The Big Green,” located behind the Rainier City Hall at 103 West C Street. The finalists include William Anderson of Kotzebue, Alaska, Sean Clark of Rainier, Jonathan Hellberg of Camas, Stephen Johnson of Porltand and Michael Perez of Houston. At 6:15 Sunday night, each of the finalists will be asked to give a short speech, and then will be available to meet with citizens. Refreshments will be served.

Living on the Land

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:16

Today is the deadline to get signed up for a course called “Living on the Land,” a course that’s intended to help small-acreage landowners improve their property and protect the environment. WSU Extension is offering this class, helping these landowners deal with the real-life issues that come up as they try to manage their lands. This is a multi-week class, offering information on how to improve the soil, reduce mud and weeds, keep your animals health and reduce chore time. They say that you’ll get practical tips for making a small-acreage farm more efficient and profitable. Classes will run Monday nights at 6 pm, starting on February 6th and going through April 10th. The classes will be held in the Cowlitz County Training Center, located next to the Hall of Justice in Kelso. There is a fee to attend. Call WSU Extension at 577-3014, extension zero to sign up.

Into the Storm Auditions

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:15

Auditions for a special show will be held tomorrow at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in Longview, looking for a wide spectrum of people to take part in a staged reading about resistance to intolerance. Leslie Slape and Spencer Renee are creating “Into the Storm,” which will be presented as a staged reading, featuring monologues and dialogues from real people, in real and recent situations. Slape and Renee say that this is intended as an opportunity for disenfranchised people to open up and express their voices. Auditions are planned tomorrow from 1 to 4 pm at the Longview Theatre; there will be a single rehearsal at 6:30 pm on Friday, the 27th, and then “Into the Storm” will be presented at 7:30 pm on Saturday, the 28th. If you need more information, you should call Leslie Slape at 431-5332.

Weekend Events–1/20-22/17

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 08:13

Friday is the deadline to get signed up for a 10-week “Living on the Land” workshop that’s being offered by Washington State University Extension. This directed toward small-acreage landowners, providing tips and information on soil improvements, mud reduction, improved animal health and reduced chore time. Classes will be held Monday evenings at 6 pm, starting on February 6th and going through April 10th. Call WSU Extension at 577-3014, extension 0 for information and registration.

The Hilander Pony Club is hosting its 2016 Hunter-Jumper Show and Combined Test this weekend at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Jump Schooling Rounds start at 8 am on Saturday, followed by the show opening at 9 am. High Point Awards will be presented in each jump division, and for the combined tests. Get more information on the HIlander Pony Club Facebook page.

There’s a special Family Panel Presentation planned for this Saturday at the John Searing Auditorium in Longview, where they plan to discuss a Host Family Program in Cowlitz County, focused on the issue of homeless youth. Current statistics show that more than 800 kids under the age of 18 are homeless in Cowlitz County. Saturday’s program will run from 9 am until 1 pm at the Cowlitz PUD building in Longview. Call 423-0140, extension 15 for more information.

The Kelso First Baptist Church hosts another “Soup’s On!” community lunch, starting at 11:30 am at the church on S. 4th Avenue in Kelso. The entire community is invited to come by and take part, and they will also have the Clothes Closet open for those who have a need. The Kelso First Baptist Church is located at 214 S. 4th in Kelso.

WSU Vancouver is putting on a “Preview Day” this Saturday, giving potential students a chance to take a look at the school and the campus. Tours for freshmen start at noon on Saturday, and then at 12:15 pm for transfer students. WSU Vancouver is located just off of the intersection of I-5 and I-205; take the 134th Street exit and follow the signs to the campus.

The annual Knights of Columbus Crab and Chicken Dinner happens this Saturday night at St. Rose Catholic Church in Longview, with the doors swinging open at 5 pm on Saturday. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and will feature fresh Dungeness Crab, and then the silent auction and raffle will start at 7 pm. This is the main fundraising event of the year for the Knights of Columbus, as they work to support the church and its activities. Contact the church at 26th and Nichols in Longview for ticket information.

You’re invited to come over to the Double Cupp Diner Friday night, as Troupe America put on “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a Tony-award winning musical that will be presented at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The cast of four singing gas jockeys and two waitresses will sing rock, country, swing and other up-tempo tunes, celebrating old-time Americana. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm Saturday night; call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to

The Clatskanie FEAST is planned for this Sunday, going from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at Clatskanie Elementary School. Organizers say that they will serve a meal made from local produce, and then there will be a conversation over the food needs of the Clatskanie area, both day-to-day, and in the event of some sort of major disaster. They say that the goal is to “mobilize community members, and to identify and implement food system improvement projects. The Clatskanie FEAST runs from 3:30 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank.

Gibson Procession/Service

Posted on 19th January 2017 at 08:30

A procession of emergency vehicles will wind its way in an around Kalama, also working its way around Longview before this afternoon’s memorial service for Kalama Police Chief Randy Gibson. This morning’s procession will be led by the Kalama Police Department and Cowlitz Fire District 5, and will also include the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, along with the police departments in Kelso, Longview, Woodland and Castle Rock, along with the Washington State Patrol.

Kalama City officials will close at 11 am today, and then the procession will begin at 11:15 am, at the District 5 Fire Station on Todd Road. They plan to head northwest on Cloverdale Road, then will go south to First Street, Kingwood and the Frontage Road, making their way to I-5 northbound. The procession will leave the freeway at the Longview Wye, coming on Tennant Way to Nichols Boulevard. They will continue to Ocean Beach Highway, and then will continue west on Ocean Beach to 42nd; there they will turn down to the New Life Church, planning to arrive at 11:45 am. The service will begin at the church at 1 pm. The City of Kalama is asking that the motorcade not be interrupted by non-procession vehicles.

The service at the New Life Church is scheduled to begin at 1 pm, and is open to the public. A private reception for the family will be held separately in Kalama, following this afternoon’s services. Gibson’s family is asking that you make memorial contributions to the Behind the Badge Foundation, in lieu of flowers; you can also donate to the Chief Randall Gibson Memorial Fund; head to Heritage Bank locations in Kelso or Longview to make a contribution, or you can drop that donation off at the City of Kalama offices, located at 195 North First Street in downtown Kalama.

Flood Prep

Posted on 19th January 2017 at 08:29

The rains are easing this morning, the snow and ice has melted, and local roads are bare and wet. Flood watches in the local area have been cancelled, but there were some precautions taken last night in the local area. As authorities were keeping an eye on the Kalama River, Camp Kalama was cleared out as a precaution, with current tenants allowed to move their trailers and RV’s to the Port of Kalama Marina for the night. As of yesterday evening, observers noted that the level of the river was about three feet below the lowest riverfront spaces. They’re continuing to monitor the situation, as the threat of flooding in the local area continues to ease.