The Kelso Eagles recently helped to raise nearly $5,200 that’s going into the Charity Care program at Community Home Health and Hospice. Fibre Federal Credit Union helped to organize the event, working to raise money for the program that provides home health and hospice care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Last year, Community provided nearly $664,000 in charity care to local families.
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If you’re looking for some calm and serenity, there’s a three-day Meditation Retreat planned for this weekend at the Awakening Enlightenment Buddhist Monastery in Longview. A visiting Abbot from China will help lead the retreat, with four meditation sessions scheduled each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Vegetarian meals will be provided; admission is free. The Monastery is located at 123 Dainen Place in Longview, off of Columbia Heights Road between Nevada Drive and Virginia Way. Get more information by calling 430-9287.
The YMCA Goodtymes group will be going on the wild side on Saturday, taking a trip to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville. They’ll be leaving the Y building on 15th Avenue in Longview at 8 am on Saturday, and will return at 8 pm. Contact the YMCA at 423-4770 for more information.
The 5th annual Arts of the Mountain celebration is planned for Saturday and Sunday at several locations along the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Local musicians and artists will be set up at the Silver Lake Grange, Toutle Lake Schools, and at Twosome Art Studio, located just east of Toutle. This year, A Farmer’s Market is being added at the school, along with Cowlitz Indian carver Robert Harju. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm each day.
The Arts on the Mountain celebration will be topped off (literally!) Saturday night when the Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band performs at the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory. Their program, titled, “The West,” will feature pieces from John Williams, Aaron Copland and Phillip Sparke. Admission to the concert is free, but you will need to pay admission to tour the Observatory. The concert will be moved inside in case of poor weather.
Get ready to get dirty and sloppy at the Mud Day that Longview Parks and Rec is putting on this Saturday afternoon. This will go from 1 to 4 pm this Saturday at Roy Morse Park, where kids will be able to roll in the mud, make mud pies, and do all of the dirty stuff that they usually get yelled at for doing. This is open to all kids, age 1 and over. Parks and Rec will hand out garbage bags, but you should bring a towel and a change of clothes.
You can learn about plant-based cooking at a hands-on cooking class that’s planned for Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building on Douglas Street in Longview. Vegan fusion cooking instructor Deb Kay will walk you through the conversion of local produce into full meals, going from apps to desserts. This runs from 1 to 6 pm on Saturday, and there is a fee to attend. Call 432-4182 to get more information.
The Cowlitz County Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run, going from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.
The Winlock Improvement Network and the Winlock Lions are hosting a Farmers Market that will run each Saturday through September 24th, starting this Saturday at the corner of State Route 505 and Highway 603.
There’s a Farmer’s Market open each Saturday in Clatskanie, going from 10 am until 2 pm at Cope’s Park on the Clatskanie River.
The Kelso Bridge Market is at a new venue this year, at the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday next to the southwest entry to the Mall.
The Mariners boot another opportunity to win, as Steve Chisek throws a WP in the 10th inning, allowing Detroit to complete the series sweep with a 5-4 win yesterday. Seattle brings it home tonight, with Wade LeBlanc making his first Seattle start as the M’s open interleague play against the St. Louis Cardinals, KLOG coverage starts at 6 pm…..The Black Bears get a series win against the Gresham Greywolves, a 7-3 win before heading off on the road. Yeager Taylor had 3 RBI and two impressive putouts in the field. The Black Bears now head to Kelowna, game time is 6:35 pm…..The Portland Trail Blazers make a deal with Orlando to acquire F Jake Layman of Maryland with the #47 pick in the NBA Draft, while Damian Lilliard says that he’s not going to the Rio Olympics with Team USA.
The Port of Longview is announcing a “major opportunity” for developers and cargo operators, putting out Bridgeview Terminal as a place for business operations. The Port announced the Cargo Terminal opportunity yesterday in a press release; Bridgeview Terminal is made up of two cargo docks and upland areas, land that became available when the lease of a previous bulk cargo operator and tenant expired earlier this year. The Port says that it’s primarily interested in the import or export of bulk cargoes, they will consider other opportunities for marine-dependent uses. The Port calls this a “significant opportunity” to establish new cargo operations on the Columbia River. Business Development Manager Laurie Nelson-Cooley says that this is an opportunity that doesn’t come up every day, with a ready-to-go facility, direct transportation connections and an experienced workforce. The Port is now accepting formal Requests for Expression of Interest in this property.
The Kelso School District reports that five more water fixtures need to be replaced, as lead testing of water supplies is completed. The most recent test results show elevated levels of lead in one classroom at Barnes Elementary, two classrooms at Butler Acres, one at Coweeman Middle School and one classroom at Huntington Middle School. Carrolls Elementary, Rose Valley Elementary, Loowit High School and Kelso High School all came back as clean. District officials say that all fixtures with elevated lead levels were shut off immediately; they will be retested and corrected over the summer. Previous tests showed elevated levels of lead in seven other fixtures in the district; those are also receiving this remedial repair work.
They’re tightening the belt up a bit more in the budget preparations for the Kelso School District, finding additional reductions that will help to reduce the amount of reserves that the district will use in the next school year. Staff disclosed another $300,000 in reductions for the coming school year, reducing the reserves being used by nearly a full percentage point. Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich also says that they’re still keeping the cuts away from the classroom…ksdbudget…In the Superintendent’s Recommended Adjustments, Gelbrich is saving $100,000 by cutting the Fitness Center Replacement fund, reducing the Motor Pool budget, and by reducing contingency funds in the Business Office and Human Resources budgets. Another $200,000 revenue boost comes from an increase in Local Effort Assistance from the state. Action on this information is planned at the August School Board meeting.
It apparently didn’t take long for Codi Lanai Jacob, 20, of Longview to decide that jumping into the Cowlitz River in an attempt to avoid arrest wasn’t such a good idea. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Jacob came into Offender Services at 9 yesterday morning, to submit to a drug test as part of her conditions that keep her out of jail. Jacob reportedly admitted to using cocaine, and was told that she would be arrested. Deputies say that Jacob bolted out of the Hall of Justice, went down the steps and across the parking lot, then she dove into the Cowlitz River. That swim didn’t last long, as the cold water chased Jacob right back to shore. Jacob gave herself up without further struggle, and is now being held on the probation violation charge.
Jack Tapani, 11, of Woodland is being honored by Clark County Fire and Rescue, presented with a Lifesaving Award related to an incident from the night of April 29th. Tapani’s 10 year-old brother fell into a bonfire, and it was the 11 year-old who pulled him out, and then provided care until help arrived. Tapani was presented with his award at the year-ending assembly at Woodland Middle School.
You may want to avoid Industrial Way over the next week, as the City of Longview completes some manhole cover work. Work is planned in the eastbound lanes between Columbia Boulevard and International Way, starting today and going through next Thursday. Lane closures will be in place while the work is being conducted between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm each day. You can expect congestion when driving through that area while the work is going on, so it would probably be a good idea to explore alternate routes.
The May unemployment rate came in at 7.1 percent, eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than the same period last year. Scoff Bailey with Washington Employment Security says that non-farm employment in Cowlitz County “hasn’t moved an inch” over the past 12 months. He says that about 3,200 people in Cowlitz County are jobless and seeking work, about 300 fewer than the same time last year. Initial and continuing unemployment claims continue at “very low levels.”