Rainier Junior-Senior High School history teacher Andrew Demko is in Washington, D. C. this week, taking part in the 2013 Summer Educators’ conference, hosted by C-SPAN. During this conference, teachers in grades six through 12 will be learning more about C-SPAN, and how they can effectively integrate the cable news channel’s offerings and online resources into their classrooms. They’ll have sessions on C-SPAN’s mission, programming and event coverage, along with training on how to use C-SPAN’s online resources. They’ll also get information on StudentCam and Teacher Fellowship opportunities, along with examples from others who have successfully incorporated C-SPAN’s offerings into the classroom.
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It’ll be Island Music and Boat Drinks at tonight’s Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. Brooke Fisher with the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce says that the theme for this month’s Business After Hours is “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and will feature tunes from the Cowlitz Ukulele Association, along with island-themed food and beverages. This is taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm today at Cowlitz County Title Company, located at 1159 14th Avenue in Longview. You can register on the Chamber of Commerce website, or call 423-8400 for additional information.
The awards for this year’s Go 4th Parade are out; Hilander Dental wins this year’s Commercial Float award, while Love, Inc. won the Religious Float prize. Lower Columbia Head Start was presented with the youth Group Float award, and the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo princesses were this year’s Equestrian winners. The Commercial Motorized award goes to Carl’s Towing, and Hutton Motorsports had the best Decorated Car. For walking groups, the Youth prize goes to Fresh Attitude Dance Studio and the Adult award goes to Sign Print 360 Band. Mahalabeya Gamal was the best Costumed Group, Lower Columbia School Gardens wins the Open award, and the Grand Prize went to Bumble Bee Towing. The award plaques in each category can be picked up at the Candy Bouquet, located inside The Merk on Commerce Avenue in Longview.
Angela Jennifer Irene Anderson, 23, of Longview is being charged with first-degree assault after an incident reported last night at the River City Trailer and RV Park on California Way. Just before 8:30 pm, another resident of the facility called 911, reporting that there was a woman armed with a knife, chasing another woman. Longview Police responded and questioned the two women, eventually taking Anderson into custody on the assault charge. Elizabeth Worth, 45, was also arrested on a misdemeanor warrant, and has since been released from the jail. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
Ryan Minton, 61, of Kalama remains in the Intensive Care Unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver after a motorcycle crash reported yesterday afternoon on I-5 near Woodland. At about 2:30 pm, Minton was southbound on the freeway, getting off at the Dike Access Road. State Troopers say that he swerved to miss some debris, and lost control of his bike. Minton complained of chest and back pain after the crash, and was taken by ambulance to Vancouver. State Troopers continue to investigate the crash; no charges are reported at this time.
Longview Firefighters asked Longview Police to help deal with a “very strange man” who was at the 7th Avenue Walmart store yesterday evening. At about 9:30, a man reportedly called LPD, asking for help in rolling up the fireworks tent that was in the store parking lot. Officers declined the request. Around 10:45 pm, Longview Firefighters responded to a report of a small brush fire near the store; when they responded, the man who had called for assistance with the tent was still there, saying that he’d set the fire for “training purposes. He once again asked for help with the tent; it was noted that he had nothing to do with the facility, but had simply taken it upon himself to disassemble this structure. Longview Police report that the incident was “settled by contact,” with no charges reported at this time.
Summertime means road work around the area, and there are a few projects that might affect your travels. Starting today, you can expect single-lane closures on 3rd and 1st Avenue between Tennant Way and Lincoln Street in Kelso, as deteriorating concrete panels along that portion of West Side Highway are repaired and replaced. This work is scheduled to run from 9 am to 4 pm, today through Friday.
The City of Longview Water Division is doing some repair work on water distribution lines, working in the 700 and 800 blocks of Broadway Street. That work is set to begin at 7 am today, and should be complete by 5 pm on Thursday of next week. Starting today, the westbound, inside lane of Broadway between 7th and 8th will be closed to through traffic, a closure that will be in place until Thursday, the 18th. Use alternate routes to avoid possible congestion.
The Washington Department of Transportation is also kicking off a series of projects to repair and resurface aging pavement on I-5 between Woodland and the Clark County Fairgrounds. Starting tonight, single and double-lane closures are planned in both directions of I-5, while crews grind out the old pavement, and replace it with fresh asphalt. These nighttime closures are expected to continue into the fall. Crews will also be doing repairs at the Ridgefield Weigh Station, will replace roadway traffic sensors, and will pave the ramps at the La Center Interchange. If you’re traveling through this area t night over the next few months, be sure to budget some extra time, or plan an alternate route.
Your kids can learn all about how to grow their own food at a Gardening Camp that’s planned for this week, courtesy of the WSU Master Gardeners. “Camp Luqal Luqal” will start this morning and will run through Friday; sessions for kids in grades 1 through 3 will go from 8 to 11 am each day, and sessions for kids in grades 3 to 5 will go from 1 to 4 pm. Gary Fredericks with the Master Gardeners says that this will be a hands-on experience, giving kids a chance to explore the worlds of bugs, plants and weather. There is a fee to attend, and there’s a limit of 25 kids per class. Sessions will be held in the Floral Building on the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Call the Master Gardeners at 577-3014, extension zero for more information.
The first of two day camps being offered by WSU 4-H Extension opens today and runs through Thursday. The Rocketry Day Camp for kids in 3rd grade and above will be held from 4 to 7:30 pm at the WSU Extension Offices, located at 1946 3rd Avenue in Longview. Kids will be building and launching their own rockets, under adult supervision. The deadline to register for that camp has passed, but you still have time to get your kids signed up for the Bread Baking Day Camp that’s planned for a little later this month. Again, this is for kids in 3rd grade and above, and there’s a limit of six kids. This day camp will start on Monday, the 15th, and will run through the 18th; adult involvement is required, but the kids will be doing the baking of the bread. If you need more information, call Michelle Parker at 577-3014, extension 6.
The Go 4th Festival Committee is out with the first listing of winning button numbers; button number 12351 is the winner of this year’s grand prize, eligible to pick up $600 in gift certificates at local restaurants. 05158 is the number two button, winning $500 in Shilo Inns scrip, and button 06172 wins a Weight Loss Clinic membership. The full list is printed in today’s Daily News, and will also be listed on the Go 4th website, at gofourthfestival-dot-org. We’ll also have a link on the KLOG-KUKN-The Wave websites. If your button isn’t listed, don’t throw it away, as a second drawing for unclaimed prizes will be held next Monday. www.gofourthfestival.org