Broomall-Newtown, PA won the Babe Ruth World Series with a 12-3 victory over Lumber River, NC last night. Scott Hahn pitched the victory and was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player. Yancy Bird of Kelso was a 1st team All World Series selection…..The Mariners return to action tonight as they host the Washington Nationals, KLOG 6:00 pm. Felix Hernandez pitches tonight…..The Seahawks closed out the pre-season with a 41-31 loss at Oakland…..The WSU football team dropped with season opener with a 41-38 loss to Rutgers. The Huskies open the season with a game at Hawaii tomorrow, 6:30 pm on 101.5 FM The Wave…..Football Jamborees tonight include Kelso at Yelm and R.A. Long at St. Helens…..The LCC soccer team hosts Whatcom at 12 pm Saturday.
As complaints about Longview’s water continue to come in, city staff says that Longview’s water quality is continuing to improve, and actually rivals or exceeds expensive bottled water in some aspects. At last night’s Longview City Council meeting, Project Manager Amy Blain says that independent examination of a year’s worth of data shows that the city’s water is perfectly safe. Blain says that their continuing study still does show some specific problems in certain locations in the city. Changes in the city’s hydraulic delivery system is leading to a high “water age” in some spots, and the longer that the water sits in these older pipes is when the problems start. Testing also shows that increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen helps to prevent problems, and there is a suggestion that the city begin to inject additional dissolved oxygen into the water. Another recommendation from Blain is to continue with water main replacement, saying that when mains have been replaced in problem areas, the problems “go away.” Replacement of water mains in alleys along 15th Avenue off of Oregon Way are in design, and other water main replacements are suggested. The issue of “white-spotting” caused by silica in the water is still a vexing issue, but does not pose any sort of health hazard. The city is planning some additional outreach to inform water users about dealing with the silica, to prevent damage to glassware, silverware and appliances. The City Council also says that they plan to move ahead with the $217,000 study about the city’s water source issues; Mayor Don Jensen says that “they made a mistake” by moving away from the Fishers Lane plant, and they need some solid information about the costs connected to moving back to the Cowlitz River as a water source.
Korin Rolles, 22, of Longview is under arrest on DUI charges after an incident reported yesterday afternoon in the area of Glenwood Drive and Lynn Place. Calls about an erratic driver started coming in around 5:30 pm, with witnesses reporting that a woman in a small SUV was all over the road. The 911 callers said that the driver was speeding up and slowing down, was swerving into the oncoming lane, and was driving as fast as 50 miles an hour in the residential neighborhood. A Sheriff’s Deputy caught up with the suspect, but wasn’t able to get her to pull over until they got down to 30th and Pacific Way. The Deputy also says that the driver backed into a guard rail during the stop. Field sobriety tests were administered, along with a breath test. Rolles reportedly blew a .231, nearly triple the legal limit. Because of her level of intoxication, Rolles was taken to Saint John Medical Center for several hours, before being booked into the Cowlitz County Jail. Her car was also impounded.
The final distribution of excess steelhead from the Lake Merwin Fish Hatchery is planned for this afternoon at the Help Food Warehouse in Longview. Lower Columbia CAP says that they will have 300 fish available for distribution, starting at 12:30 this afternoon. To be eligible to take part, you will need to present a USDA commodities card, or a Washington EBT card. It’s emphasized that Oregon EBT cards cannot be accepted. You will also need to bring a plastic bag, a cooler or some other sort of container for carrying your fish. Again, this is the last steelhead distribution of the year from the Lake Merwin Hatchery, and will take place in the 12th Avenue parking lot behind the CAP offices on Commerce Avenue in Longview.
Work starts today on revisions of pavement markings for the travel lanes at the Civic Circle in Longview. All entrances from Washington Way and all exits to Washington Way are being re-striped to accommodate two lanes of traffic. Pavement preparation is expected to begin today, and work should be completed by next Wednesday. Intermittent lane closures and temporary detours will be in place during the day tomorrow, and on the evening of Tuesday, the 2nd. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is announcing that the Environmental Assessment for the Martin’s Bluff Rail Improvement Projects “Task 5 and Task 6” is now available for review. WashDOT officials say that this EA evaluates rail construction projects between Kalama and Kelso, with a goal of improving passenger rail service along the entire Pacific Northwest rail corridor. “Task 5” deals with a new siding near Kelso, while “Task 6” focuses on improvements at the Kelso-Longview rail junction. Public comment on the EA is open until September 27th, and there’s a public hearing on the EA planned for the afternoon of Thursday, September 18th, to be held in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD building in Kelso. You can get more details by going to the project websites for each project, which are posted on the WashDOT website.
If you and your family want to use the popular Speelyai Bay Day Use Park on Lake Merwin, you had better do it this weekend, as PacifiCorp is preparing to close the facility for repairs. The utility says that the park will close on Tuesday, the 2nd, and should be closed until at least mid-December as the facility is renovated and enhanced. Contractors are being brought in to replaced the park’s septic system, to make parking lot improvements, upgrade the picnic area and to install additional ADA access. Boat launching will still be available at the nearby Cresap Bay Park; day use facilities are also available at Cresap Bay and at Merwin Park. PacifiCorp officials say that they wanted to have the facility open for the popular Labor Day weekend, but they also posted signs and will be distributing notices about the pending closure.
Today is the last day of the Kelso School District Surplus Sale, which will run from 10 am until 2 pm at Ed Laulainen Stadium at Schroeder Field. The district is selling off old textbooks, furniture, miscellaneous equipment, floor tiles, athletic uniforms and more. Sealed bids on two vehicles are also being accepted, with those bids due by September 19th at 3 pm. Get more information on the Kelso School District website, or by calling 501-1340.
The Three Rivers Mall kicks off its “Reel Pop-Up Movies” this weekend, with free screenings of “Spiderman II,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Mummy.” They’ll also have matinee screenings of “Despicable Me.” This will be near the SW corner of the mall, and you can get the current movie schedule on www.threeriversmall.com, or on the TRM Facebook page.
The Toutle Valley VFW Auxiliary is holding a Garage Sale and Silent Auction, going from 8 am until 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the VFW Hall on Hansen Road in Toutle. There will be “no pricing” on any of the items; you’ll be able to donate what you think is right for the purchase. Proceeds will help local veterans and their families.
Youth and Family Link continues with its Family Open Gym Nights on Friday, running from 6:30 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring the whole family down for movies, crafts, bingo and other fun. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.
There are actually three events planned for this weekend at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet, including the Wooden Boat Festival and the Buzzard Breath Chili Cookoff, which have been moved from other days. The Fall Fishing Frenzy Salmon Derby starts on Saturday morning, and will run until Sunday, September 7th. Derby tickets are available at the Elochoman Slough Marina office, at Vista Park, and at the Bank of the Pacific branches in Cathlamet and Naselle.
The Wooden Boat Show will run Saturday and Sunday in the Marina, starting at 10 am on Saturday. Along with the boats that will be on display, they will be talks about local history, poets, clinics on boat restoration and a “rubber ducky race” at 2 pm on Saturday. Sunday will have a “farewell parade” of the wooden boats at noon.
The Buzzard Breath Chili Cookoff will also be held at the Marina on Saturday, with teams competing to make the “Best Chili.” Also marking the change in this event, there will be a special pot of Clam Chowder made, as well. Public tasting is planned from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, at a price of $7 a bowl.
The final Music on the Mountain Concert is planned for Saturday evening up at the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory Amphitheater, featuring Longview native Daniel Kirkpatrick and his band, “the Bayonets.” The free concert runs from 6:30-8:30 pm, and the Lions will be selling food and adult beverages.
A little further down the mountain, the Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club will be teaming up with Cowlitz County Tourism to host “An Evening with the Stars!” at the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center. This is an open stargazing event that is scheduled to run from 8 pm to Midnight on Saturday. Club members will be setting up telescopes for viewing of celestial delights, or you can bring your own scope or binoculars for viewing. This is also a free event, but it is weather-dependent.
The 11th annual “Cruise to the Country” car show and shine is set for Saturday at the Amboy Territorial Days Park, with pre-registration planned from 11 am until 1 pm on Friday at the park. Breakfast starts at 7 am on Saturday, and then the show starts at 9. Proceeds benefit local veterans programs.
Come to the Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market and find produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, entertainment, and fun! Come on down and join the fun there’s something good for everyone! Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview . Along with the locally grown produce, they’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Find out more by calling 957-2515.
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council invites local union members and their families to their annual Labor Day Picnic, which is scheduled to go from 11 am to 4 pm at the Toutle River RV Resort, just off exit 52 of I-5, three miles north of Castle Rock. You can bring the kids and a dish to share; they’ll have swimming, kids’ games, live music and a giant croquet tournament. Contact the CWCLC for more information.
It’s being announced that the Northwest Innovation Works ethanol plant project at the Port of Kalama is taking a major step forward, as NWIW and Williams Northwest Pipeline sign a preconstruction agreement for the three-mile-long lateral pipeline that would supply natural gas to the facility. The Cowlitz Economic Development Council is also announcing that NWIW has hired the consulting firm of BergerAbam to provide permitting and environmental expertise on the project; BergerAbam also has a separate agreement with the Port of Kalama for permits that the port may need for this effort. NWIW President “Vee” Godley says that this significant progress on crucial components of this $1.8 billion project, taking them “two steps closer” to making this project a reality. The CEDC says that the actual permitting processes for the pipeline, the NWIW facility and the Port of Kalama will begin soon, and will include opportunities for public comment and engagement.