Oregon Senator Ron Wyden plans to be in Scappoose tomorrow, holding a Town Hall meeting at the High School. This is one of a series of five Town Halls that Wyden plans to hold this weekend, increasing the total number of those events to 871 over his career. Wyden has pledged to hold Town Halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties each year. Wyden says that these Town Halls are an essential piece of the ongoing conversation with constituents, calling the “best sense of the Oregon Way in arriving at common-sense solutions.” He says that he looks forward to hearing directly from Oregonians about their concerns and ideas. Tomorrow’s Town Hall will start at 3:30 pm at Scappoose High School.
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The Lower Columbia chapter of 100+ Women Who Care celebrated its first anniversary earlier this week, designating the Belly Brigade as the first beneficiary for 2018. Those who gathered at the Kelso-Longview Elks voted to donate the proceeds from that meeting to the local charity that’s working to feed the homeless in the local area, chosen over Habitat for Humanity and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid. $7,400 was donated at Wednesday night’s meeting, but it was noted that a large number of members were unable to attend, so additional donations are expected to come in. Each quarter, more than 100 women from across the area meet, with each donating $100 cash; that lump sum is then donated to the beneficiary that’s chosen by the membership. Donations for this quarter’s choice are still being accepted; get more details on the Facebook page for 100+ Women Who Care.
The Friends of the Longview Library are continuing a Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, with thousands of titles in a wide spectrum of literary genre available at amazing prices. The will also have CD’s, DVD’s, talking books and other items for sale. Proceeds help the Friends of the Library support programs and services not included in the Library’s budget.
Master Gardener training starts this Friday morning at 9 am, being offered by the Washington State University Extension program. Participants will get more than 90 hours of in-depth training on community gardening topics, covering edible and ornamental plants, composting, environmental issues, pest identification and more. Training starts this Friday, and will be offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays through the end of June. Call WSU Extension for more information, at 36-577-3014, extension 3.
The 2018 Seattle Mariners Caravan rolls into Longview on Friday, with players and broadcasters coming to the Fitness Center at LCC’s Myklebust Gym for a community gathering. The Mainers Moose will also be there for pictures with the kids, helping the players deliver the DREAM Team message; the Moose and the players will also be available for photo and autograph sessions. This runs from 4:30 to 6 pm; it’s free and open to all.
You’re invited down to Woodland for “Move It Saturday,” an event being put on by Cowlitz on the Move and the Cowlitz Valley Runners. Walkers, runners, cyclists or any other mode of people-powered transportation is welcome, for individuals and for families. All fitness and endurance types are welcome, and any of the routes can be modified to meet any schedule or fitness level. Meet at Luckman Coffee at 1230 Lewis River Road in Woodland, and things will get under way at 8 am. You can view the routes on cowlitzvalleyrunners.com/saturdayruns.
Stageworks Northwest is hosting a High School One Act Showcase on Saturday, with performances coming from R. A. Long High School, Washougal High School and Wahkiakum High School. A total of four plays will be present, with showtimes at 8:30 am, 10 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. The plays will also be presented next weekend in the One Act Showcase. This Saturday’s Festival has free admission. Get more information by calling 360-636-4488.
“Breakfast with Frosty” happens this Saturday morning at The Canterbury Inn, a benefit for local children’s literacy program. They’ll be serving Frosty pancakes, there will be photos with Frosty, and everyone attending will receive a gift. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 360-425-7947 to learn more.
The Lower Columbia Indivisible Group is inviting everyone to come down to the Longview Civic Circle at 11 am on Saturday, where the 2018 Women’s March will take place. This march celebrates last year’s event, where more than four million people around the world all marched on behalf of women and women’s rights. Around 200 people took part in last year’s local event. Meet across from the Monticello Hotel.
The annual Krystle Rose Cook Day of Remembrance is planned for this Saturday in St. Helens, going from 11:30 am until 2 pm. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis will be the keynote speaker, and balloons will be released, carrying notes in memory of Krystle Cook and other victims of homicide. Everyone is invited to come by and share.
The doors open at 11:30 am for the “Soup’s On” community lunch that will be served this Saturday at the Kelso First Baptist Church. Lunch will be served until 1 pm, and the Clothes Closet will also be open. It’s free and open to all; the Kelso First Baptist Church says “Come and share with us.” The church is located at 214 S. 4th St. in Kelso.
Check out the restored Monticello Hotel while tasting the best soup that ten local restaurants have to offer at Saturday night’s Soup-Off, a fundraiser for the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Things get started at 6 pm, with the restaurants competing for prizes and bragging rights. Get ticket information on columbiatheatre.com.
Act now to get your tickets for the annual St. Rose Knights of Columbus Crab and Chicken Feed. This will happen in the St. Rose Parish Center, serving up fresh crab, roasted chicken and the legendary Paul family Cheese Bread. The social hour starts at 5 pm, dinner is at 6, and then the auction will start at 7. This is a 21-and-over event; get your tickets at the St. Rose Parish Center on 26th Avenue, just off of Washington Way.
Help out young Darian Heath and his battle a rare form of brain cancer by taking part in the “Day for Darin” fundraiser that’s happening on Sunday. The local bike community is turning out at the Kelso Safeway at 10 am on Sunday, and then will ride with Darin and his family to Papa Pete’s Pizza in Longview. They’ll be having raffles and other activities at the pizza parlor until 3 pm.
The Longview Police Department auction of unclaimed property happens this Sunday, at a live auction that will take place this Sunday at CTM Unlimited Auctions in Oakville. The complete list of auction items is available on the LPD page on mylongview.com.
A contingent of Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies were on duty outside of their regular jurisdiction yesterday, volunteering their time to patrol Pierce County while members of that Sheriff’s Office attended the memorial service for a fallen comrade. Pierce County had asked for some patrol assistance, so that their deputies would be free to attend the service for Deputy Daniel McCartney, who was shot and killed last week, while on duty. Deputies Landen Jones, Justin Taylor, Justin DeRosier and Craig Murray volunteered to help out. They were paired with officers that were familiar with Pierce County. Murray and Jones have already worked two shifts, and they say that it’s “much different” than working at home. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office says that their hearts go out to the McCartney family and to the law enforcement community in Pierce County. The four Deputies will be back on their regular patrols in Cowlitz County later this week.
Longview Police have always said that the shooting that happened in the Old West Side on December 26th “was not a random act,” and the details behind that shooting are interesting, to say the least. Yesterday morning, LPD announced the arrest of Joel Daniel Phillip Williams, 39, in connection with the shooting, and they say that he’s now being charged with second-degree assault and illegal possession of a firearm. It’s being reported now that Dustin Hurliman, 38, is friends with Williams, and he supposedly asked Williams to shoot him, as a way to avoid going to jail. Around 2 pm on the 26th, Hurliman was shot in the leg, in an alley between 24th and 25th Avenues. A massive manhunt was unsuccessful, but Williams was eventually identified as the shooter. Police say that they have been talking with Williams for some time, but they have not been able to get in touch with Hurliman. Williams is due in Cowlitz County Superior Court this morning, where his bail will be set.
A man who was found dead inside of a pickup in Chehalis earlier this month is now being identified as a Vader resident. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the body of Rickie J. Hornbeck, 64, was found on January 7th, located in a pickup that was first thought to be abandoned on Interstate Avenue in Chehalis. It was noted that there was a propane heater inside the truck with Hornbeck’s body, and there’s some speculation that he may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The truck was initially found on January 6th, and was thought to be abandoned. Hornbeck’s body was found the next day, when a tow company arrived to move the vehicle. The Lewis County Coroner is now awaiting the results of toxicology tests, to see if the cause and manner of death can be pinpointed.
Longview Police report that someone is trying to scam local fast foods restaurants into releasing financial information. Workers at the Dairy Queen on Ocean Beach Highway called Longview Police at about 6:30 pm, reporting that a man calling himself “Merk Benton” had called in, claiming that he was from DQ corporate. “Merk” was asking workers at the restaurant to “count down” the money in the till and in the safe, claiming that there had been some theft by another employee. The workers were suspicious, and did not release any information to the caller. Police say that this is a scam that’s similar to one that was run through the Jack in the Box restaurant several months ago. The investigation continues.
The plaintiffs in a failed lawsuit against the Longview School District are filing an appeal of the ruling in that case. The Daily News reports that the five families who had sued for more than 18 million dollars over the use of an isolation booth at Mint Valley Elementary School are appealing the unanimous jury ruling in the case, claiming that key evidence was excluded, along with testimony that could have helped their case. The case will now go to the Ninth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco. The five families claim that the constitutional rights of their children were violated by the use of the booth; an eight-person jury ruled against those families after a three-week trial. Oral arguments will be presented to the court after all pertinent documents are filed; they say that it could take up to two years to get a ruling.
A joint meeting of the Longview City Council and the board for Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington is planned for this evening. Late last month, the City Council requested this meeting, looking for a route to get the council and HOSWWA on the same page regarding housing concerns in the city. There was some consternation as it was announced that Mayor Don Jensen and several Council members were planning to fire the entire Board of Directors, claiming “inefficiency” by the board, and a lack of action on Longview housing issues. In this evening’s agenda summary, the city says that his joint meeting was arranged to discuss “concerns and appropriate actions” that will help to address housing issues in Longview. They also say that there’s a need for “collaborative leadership” between the two groups, and to find a way to “come to a solution to move forward” on the creation of housing opportunities in the city. The Council also plans to discuss committee assignments and the 2018 council meeting schedule at this evening’s workshop. It starts at 6 pm in the second floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is studying the issues that lead to congestion and traffic backups at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge, and they say that there’s not going to be any easy fix. ODOT released a report on bridge congestion yesterday, citing a number of factors that lead to the congestion. Some of those include the steepness of the bridge itself, the limited space for the merge to occur, the signal at Rockcrest Street and an increase in traffic. Several projects that could help improve the flow are identified, but all are extremely expensive. While they continue to review possible funding options, ODOT plans to continue studying the problem. It’s noted that traffic across the Lewis and Clark Bridge has increased by some 10 percent over the past decade.