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Park Committee

Posted on 19th October 2016 at 08:38

The Port of Longview Park Advisory Committee meets this morning, gathering to discuss and handle issues connected to Willow Grove Park and Boat Launch, and to provide recommendations to the Port of Longview Commission. On today’s agenda will be a review of the Park Rules and member comments; they’ll get information on the newly-selected Park Host, and they’ll also get an update on the Payment Kiosk. In New Business, the Park Advisory Committee will look recommendations for Capital Projects in the coming year, and will also get a presentation on a possible grant application for work at the Boat Launch. There will also be an open discussion about the Equestrian Usage Policy at Willow Grove Park. Today’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm at the Port of Longview offices, located under the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The meeting is open to the public.

Cowlitz Way Attack

Posted on 19th October 2016 at 08:36

Kelso Police are looking into an assault that was reported yesterday morning in the 300 block of Cowlitz Way. A man called 911 at about 7:45 yesterday morning, claiming that another man had headbutted him in the face. The suspect was last seen walking south on 4th Avenue. Kelso Police checked the area, and did cite one man that they met with. No other action is being reported at this time.

FHC Expands

Posted on 19th October 2016 at 08:36

The Family Health Center is expanding, announcing the opening of a new clinic on 14th Avenue. The FHC has renovated and re-opened the old Women’s Clinic at 784 14th Avenue, offering primary and preventative health care, family planning services, chronic condition care and assistance with enrollment for health insurance. This now brings the number of Family Health Center clinic locations to 13, offering a wide array of health and support services to people in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties. The Family Health Center-14th Avenue Clinic also offers extended hours and same-day appointments, open Thursday through Saturday from 8 am until 9 pm on those days. If you need more information, or if you would like to make an appointment, call the Family Health Center at 360-703-6400.

Shoalwater Award

Posted on 19th October 2016 at 08:35

The Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe is receiving national recognition, being honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with their “Culture of Health Prize.” The Shoalwaters were chosen out of 200 communities from around the country, honoring the tribe for its efforts to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Foundation officials say that the Shoalwater Tribe was chosen “because of its success in bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health.” A half-dozen representatives of the tribe are in Princeton, New Jersey today to receive the award; that ceremony will be live-streamed on, starting at 9 am local time.

Square Dance Lessons

Posted on 19th October 2016 at 08:34

If you’ve been looking for a different way to get up on your feet and be active, the R-Square-D Square Dance Club is offering lessons, starting this evening at the Kelso Senior Center. Craig Abercrombie will be the instructor; Plus classes start at 6:30 pm, Beginner classes are at 7:30, and Mainstream classes will be held at 9 pm. They say that these classes are for new and experienced dancers, and all are welcome, singles, couples or even teens. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing you can move in, and there is a nominal costs to attend. The class is being held in the Kelso Senior Center, located in the old Catlin Hall in West Kelso. Get more information by calling 431-7553, go to, or go to the R-Square-D Square and Round Dance Club Facebook page.

I-5 Fatality

Posted on 18th October 2016 at 08:44

The State Patrol is now reporting that the man who was critically injured last Saturday on I-5 north of Kelso is now dead. Jason Wright, 40, of Vancouver was injured a few minutes before 5 pm on Saturday, when his car hydroplaned on I-5 northbound at milepost 44. The car spun off of the freeway and hit a tree; Wright was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, where he died at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon. Troopers say that Wright was driving too fast for the conditions at the time of the crash.

Teen Dies

Posted on 18th October 2016 at 08:41

Authorities in Clark County now say that a 13 year-old Yacolt boy who was accidentally shot by a cousin has died from his wounds. The shooting took place Sunday afternoon, at a home just outside of town. The two boys reportedly had been out in the woods near the house, possibly target practicing. Other details aren’t being disclosed at this time, other than to say that the weapon involved was a .30 caliber hunting rifle. The 13 year-old was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, where he died yesterday. The Clark County Major Crimes Team continues to investigate.

Morrow Plug Pulled

Posted on 18th October 2016 at 08:41

Coal export facilities being proposed for Longview and for the Port of St. Helens could be in jeopardy, as the companies who were trying to get a transfer facility built in eastern Oregon are pulling the plug on that part of the project. It was announced last week that Lighthouse Resources, which was formerly called Ambre Energy, is now shipping coal through Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, B. C., and will shut down the plans to build a transfer facility at the Port of Morrow. Last year, the Oregon Department of State Lands rejected the permit application for the Morrow facility, and Lighthouse now says that it will drop the appeal of that decision. The Port of Morrow has also appealed the decision, and a ruling on that appeal is expected within the next month. Officials with Lighthouse Resources say this setup allows the company to pursue short-term goals, while they continue to focus on further long-term growth at the Millennium Bulk Terminals facility in Longview.

Love Overwhelming Sale

Posted on 18th October 2016 at 08:40

Local social media is abuzz after it was disclosed that Cowlitz County is in the process of buying the building that Love Overwhelming currently occupies. On today’s County Commission Consent Agenda is an item regarding the purchase of 304 Cowlitz Way in Kelso, the building that the homeless shelter currently uses. The building is owned by the Emergency Support Shelter, and that organization made a decision to sell about a year ago, using the proceeds to pay down debt connected to the ESS move to a new location in Longview. The county is looking at a purchase price of $250,000; County Commissioner Dennis Weber says that these discussions are “preliminary,” and that no final decision has been made. The county has several options for the site, including the move of the Sheriff’s Office or the 911 Center, or as a new Morgue. Meanwhile, Love Overwhelming has reportedly been looking for other locations, including the building on 3rd Avenue in Longview, which is now being used by the Shekinah Christian Center. Some of the “local news” pages on Facebook are urging people to organize and oppose that move. This morning’s meeting of the Cowlitz County Commission starts at 9 am.

City Stuff

Posted on 18th October 2016 at 08:39

The Port of Longview plans to work on the 2017 budget in a pair of workshops that are planned for today and tomorrow. The meetings start at 10 am each day, and they’re being held at the Port offices, located on Port Way, right underneath the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Both workshops are open to the public, but opportunities for public input could be limited.

The Kelso City Council will get a presentation on the recently-implemented “Adopt-A-Street” program, and they will also have a discussion about a Feasibility Study regarding the Angor Point property, out near the Longview Wye. 2017-2018 utility rates will be discussed, and a First Reading is scheduled on a proposed utility tax increase on water, sewer and garbage providers, with that money helping to pay for two new police officers. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 pm in the Kelso City Council chambers, and is open to the public.

Today at 6 pm is the deadline for applications to the City of Longview, dealing with a second round of tourism funding in the city. Late last month, Longview re-opened the applications for this funding, which is intended to support or maintain tourism inside the city limits; examples of projects that qualify for funding include, but are not limited to, things like brochures, event promotion and outreach. Applications and other information is available at the City of Longview Executive Offices, located on the second floor of the Longview City Hall. Information is also available on