Two establishments in Columbia County are dealing with penalties for failing to verify the age of a young customer, before selling that person alcoholic beverages. The Clatskanie Chief reports that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission handed down fines of $1,485 to the Columbia Tavern in Saint Helens, and the Deli Store on Rockcrest Street in Rainier, after both outlets failed to verify the age of a minor before they bought or were served an alcoholic beverage, when that person reasonably appeared to be under 26 years of age. The establishments can pay the fine, or they can serve a nine-day suspension of alcohol sales privileges.
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Longview City Council member Ken Botero holds his final Candidate Forum prior to next Tuesday’s General Election, inviting PUD Commission contenders Loren Sievila and Dena Diamond-Ott to an event being held this evening at the Longview Women’s Club. The forum starts at 7 pm at the building on 21st Avenue, and is open to anyone interested.
The Teen Tuesday events continue this evening at the Longview Public Library, with tonight’s program being based around the novel and the movie called “The Giver.” This is listed as a “Color Party,” with crafts, games, “hair chalk colors,” face painting, a photo booth, prizes and other activities. This is open to all area middle and high school students, going from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Auditorium on the lower level of the Longview Library. Admission is free, and no library card is required. Call 442-5301 or go to the Longview Library web page for more information.
You can check out the offerings from a number of local businesses at tonight’s “Rely Local Fall Festival,” which will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Northwest Natural Stone on California Way in Longview. They’ll have a Halloween Costume contest with cash prizes, Fred Carter will provide live music and the “Association of Rapscallion River Rats Pirates” will also be featured. Funds raised by this event will also help to support the Free Community Dinner that’s being planned for December 14th. Admission is free; they’ll also have raffles, games and other family fun. Northwest Natural Stone is located at 660 California Way in Longview
After Mike Moss rescinded his acceptance of the job, the Cowlitz County Commissioners are still staying in-house in their selection of a new Public Works Director. Commission Chair Mike Karnofski is announcing that current Facilities Services Director Ron Junker is being promoted to the Public Works Directorship. Karnofski says that this move helps to maintain continuity, as they also continue to look for ways to consolidate departments and increase efficiency. A press release with more information on Junker’s promotion is expected later today.
Salvador Martinez, 61, of Longview is under arrest after the pickup he was driving ended up in Lake Sacajawea. Longview Police and aid crews were called to the 1800 block of Nichols at about 10:15 pm, when a local resident reported that a truck was in the water near the 20th Avenue Bridge. Martinez and his son were able to get out of the truck, but it appears that the younger Martinez suffered an arm or shoulder injury, and was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. The elder Martinez says that they were heading to the hospital in the first place, but the pickup had no defroster, and the windshield wipers weren’t working. When he turned toward the hospital, Martinez drove off the road and went right into the lake. The son is listed in good condition at St. John, while the father is being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on a no-bail third-degree theft warrant. He’s also being cited for second-degree negligent driving.
A Kelso woman is staying with friends after fire broke out last night in her apartment on Elm Street. Fire crews from Cowlitz 2 and Longview were called to the four-plex in the 800 block of elm at about 8:30 pm. Firefighters say that they saw smoke coming from one of the ground-level units. A neighbor from one of the upper-level units used a pair of fire extinguishers to help keep things contained, and then the fire crews finished things off in just a few minutes. The damage estimate is put at about $5,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it’s thought to be accidental at this time. No injuries were reported.
Oregon State Police report that seven teenagers from Vernonia were very lucky Saturday night, when the pickup they were riding in went off of Highway 47 and crashed into a tree. The crash happened around 11:30 pm on Saturday, about six miles south of Vernonia. The 16 year-old female driver lost control ni a curve, went off the highway and crashed into a tree. The driver and one passenger were taken to Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center, with injuries said to be “non life-threatening.” Family members took a third passenger in with minor injuries. Six of the seven teens are 16 years old, while the seventh is seventeen. It’s also noted that the crash took place at the very end of National Teen Driver Safety Week.
The Longview Public Development Authority meets in a special session this afternoon, where they will review the Request for Proposals that have been submitted in regard to a feasibility study for a hotel and sports complex in the vicinity of the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Today’s meeting will start at 4 pm in the Small Conference Room at the Longview City Hall, and is open to the public.
The results of an inventory of historic properties in the Old West Side of Longview will be presented this evening at the Longview Public Library. The Longview Historic Preservation Commission will receive the results of this inventory in a special meeting that starts at 5:30 pm, where consultant Sally Donovan will present the results. The Commission invites Old West Side residents to this evening’s meeting, saying that this will be a great time to ask questions about specific properties, and to get details about the process and possible benefits of getting those properties listed on the local historic register.