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Black Liquor Spill

Officials with Weyerhaeuser say that a significant spill happened on the Longview millsite this past Friday morning. Washington Emergency Management contacted officials with Cowlitz County late last Friday morning, relaying a report from Weyco, saying that between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of “contaminated black liquor water” has spilled onto the soil, due to an “overflow.” They say that the spill was contained onsite, and that no assistance was needed. The spill was reported to federal, state, county and local officials, but no enforcement action has been reported.

15th and Oly Way Work

The City of Longview is starting some work on the intersection at 15th Avenue and Olympia Way, so some lane closures will be in place during this week. Today through Monday, the 20th, traffic coming off of 15th Avenue northbound will NOT be allowed to turn west onto Olympia Way. 15th Avenue southbound will also be reduced to one lane during this work. They’ll shut the project down during Thanksgiving week, but another week of work is planned from Monday, November 27th to Monday, December 4th. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.

School Board Previews

Both the Kelso and Longview School Boards meet tonight at 6 pm, and both have significant items on the agenda. The Kelso School Board will get a report on Student Achievement at Wallace Elementary School and will also hear about school improvement plans before getting a report on the Facilities Thoughtexchange Process, before taking action on the resignation letter from Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich.

The Longview School Board also meets at 6 pm; they will get a report on “Alternative Learning Experiences” before opening a preliminary discussion on the Replacement and Operations Levy and Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy, prior to a review and discussion about the recently-failed bond request. Both meetings are open to the public.

KLOG Monday Sports

WSU jumped ahead of UW in the latest AP College Football Poll. The Cougars are at # 15, while the Huskies dropped to #16…..The Husky men’s basketball team defeated Eastern Washington 79-69 last night. WSU held off Texas Southern 86-84 in OT…..The Idaho State women’s team surprised Washington 79-59 yesterday. Former LCC star Madison Hinrichs had two points for Idaho State…..The Trail Blazers host the Denver Nuggets in NBA action tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..Castle Rock and Kalama both battled back to take 6th place trophies at the State volleyball tourneys in Yakima……Rainier is into the Oregon 3A football semi-finals after a 40-6 win over Nyssa Saturday. The Columbians take on Santiam Christian at 11 am Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

Structure Fire Near Castle Rock

Multiple fire agencies were dispatched to a residence at 3421 West Side Highway Friday morning at 9:43 am when flames were visible. The fire near Sandy Bend Road was attacked using water tenders. Apparently a chimney fire got into the structure, causing the damage. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. The Washington State Patrol was called in to help with traffic while the scene was cleared. No further information on cause and damage done has been released yet.

Weekend Happenings

Friday:
The annual Christmas Bazaar at the Canterbury happens this Friday, going from 9 am until 4 pm. Along with all of the hand-crafted Christmas decorations and gifts, they’ll have whole pies for sale, kids can get their photos taken with Santa, and a light lunch will be available for purchase. Avoid the heavy traffic at 3rd and Hudson by taking the shuttle between the Cowlitz County Expo Center and the Canterbury Inn.

The production of Red Herring, a fun story of love and nuclear espinonage is tonight at 7:30 pm at LCC’s Rose Center.

Community Home Health and Hospice is bringing Bloodworks Northwest in for a Blood Drive on Friday. Donations will be taken between 9 am ant 3 pm at the facility at 1035 11th Avenue in Longview, closed from 11 am until noon for lunch. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to go to a party with Seahawk linebacker Bobby Wagner. Call 1-800-398-7888 to learn more.

The Sons of Norway are hosting a Holiday Boutique and Luncheon, going this Friday and Saturday at the lodge on Catlin Street in West Kelso. Hours are 9 am until 4 pm each day, will all manner of Scandinavian cookies and pastries for sale, along with pickled herring. Split Pea and Taco soups will be served between 10 am and 3 pm, along with ham and chicken salad sandwiches, pie and coffee. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lower Columbia School Gardens.

Friday evening, you’re invited to come and “Light Up the Night,” a memorial event that will go from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the E. Kenneth Henderson Memorial Garden, located off of 12th Avenue, next to Community Home Health and Hospice. Visit the garden and light a special luminary in honor of a loved one who is no longer with us. Special luminaries will be available to honor veterans. Call 360-414-5408 to learn more.

It will be “on like Donkey Kong” this Friday at Life Works, as they host a Retro Gaming Night. This will run from 6 to 9 pm on Friday at the Life Works building on New York Street in Longview, with NES, GameCube, Genesis and other classic video game systems set up for play. There will also be a large projector for multi-player games. This event will not be staffed, so parents will need to be with their kids. Find out more by calling 360-577-9093.

The Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre group presents “Seussical” this weekend and next weekend, the musical that’s based on the writings and drawings of the legendary Dr. Seuss. Shows are planned this Friday and Saturday night on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School, with curtain set for 7:30 pm each night. Pay an extra $% for a “VIP Ticket” and get reserved seats, along with snacks with the cast at intermission.

Saturday:
The Longview-Kelso Early Bird Lions will be putting on “Turkey Bingo” on Saturday, with two sessions planned at the Longview Eagles. Sessions are set for 10 am to 12:30 pm, and from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. New cards must be purchased for each session. There will be a “turkey prize” in each game, and a large turkey will be awarded in each blackout game. They will also have raffle drawings, 50-50 games, and lunch will be available all day long. The Longview Eagles are located at 1526 12th Avenue.

The annual Pose Your Pets with Santa event happens this Saturday at the Canterbury Inn. Fido, Fluffy and you can all smile for the camera between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday. Your donation will get you two 5×7’s and 8 wallet-size photos, and your pet will get a gift from the Canterbury. Proceeds will help support the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

The Kelso Bridge Market puts on its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, going from 9 am until 4 pm at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This is the 12th annual Bridge Market Bazaar, with lots of great vendors and lots of great stuff for sale. Call 360-957-2515 if you need more information.

Learn about Girl Scouts as the group celebrates its Founder’s Birthday on Saturday, at an event running from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building on Douglas St. in Longview. This is intended for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade; they’ll be serving cupcakes, along with crafts and games; you can also learn more about what Girl Scouts are doing in Cowlitz County. Admission is free.

The monthly Wahkiakum County Flea Market happens this Saturday out in Skamakowa. They’ll be open from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, located just off of Ocean Beach Highway in the middle of Skamakowa.

The Lower Columbia School Gardens will be holding their 2017 Fall Fundraiser this Saturday, going from 6 to 9 pm in the Bowers Building at 1338 Commerce in downtown Longview. Along with the live music, they’ll be serving dishes made from the produce that was grown by local school kids. They’ll have an apple cider press, along with local brews, wines and kombucha. This event helps to support the program of connecting kids and families to their food through hands-on gardening.

Sunday:
There are two special programs set for this Sunday at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso. At 2 pm, they’ll have their annual business meeting, and John Simpson will also present the fourth installment of “A Trunkful of Letters,” continuing to chronicle his ancestor’s experiences and life as he fought in the Civil War. At 3:30 on Sunday, “The Great War: A Cowlitz County Centennial Reflection” will be opened to the public, the museum’s new exhibit of artifacts, photos and music from World War 1, including stories from Cowlitz County residents that were involved. A color guard will open the exhibit. Both events are open to all; the Museum is located at 405 Allen St. in downtown Kelso.

The Longview-Kelso Community Concert Series continues on Sunday at LCC’s Rose Center for the Arts, as virtuoso guitarist presents a tribute to “The Father of the Classical Guitar,” Andres Segovia. The second concert of the 2017-2018 season will be presented at 3 pm on Sunday. Call 360-636-2211 for tickets to this event, or to find out more about tickets for the remainder of the season.

Veterans Stories

Right in time for Veterans Day, Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is launching a presentation of the photos, stories and memories from Southwest Washington veterans, men and women that took part in the recent Veterans History Project. Beutler says that she’s been humbled to hear these stories, first-hand accounts of military combat from the men and women who lived through it. Beutler says that she’s proud to be able to share these stories, while also working to make sure the men and women who served are getting the benefits that they’re entitled to. The Veterans History Project stories will be available at jhb.house.gov through the end of this month. They will also be archived at the Library of Congress.

Veterans Day

With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday this year, observance of the holiday is being moved to today. Schools are closed today, along with federal, state, county and local offices. Lower Columbia College is closed today, and public libraries are also closed. Some banks and other financial institutions may be closed, some may be open. River Cities Transit and Waste Control are on regular routes. The business offices for the Longview Police and the Cowlitz PUD are also closed today, though police and PUD activities still go on.

Local veterans can get a nice meal in several locations today and tomorrow. The Longview Eagles invite local veterans to a Spaghetti Dinner, opening the doors at 5:30 pm this evening. They’ll be serving baked spaghetti and all of the regular sides; veterans eat for free, while guests, friends and members pay $5 apiece. Call 360-425-1444 to get signed up in advance. The Longview Eagles are located at 1526 12th Avenue.

All service men and women are invited to the Monticello Park Senior Living facility at 605 Broadway this evening, where they will be served a complimentary dinner of meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, herbed mixed vegetables and apple pie, all prepared by Chef Ellen. Call Monticello Park at 360-575-1778 to get signed up.

Across the river, the VFW Post 1909 and its Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Veterans Day Potluck, starting with a social hour at 11 am, and then lunch being served at noon. The annual awards for the Post will be presented, there will be a silent auction, and there will be other fun items. The Post will be serving chili and a sandwich bar, and you’re also free to bring a dish to share. This will happen at the Alston Corner Assembly of God Church, located off of Highway 30 between Rainier and Clatskanie.

The Castle Rock Eagles host their annual Veterans Day Dinner on Saturday, starting at 5 pm at their building on Huntington Avenue South. They’ll be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and a dessert. Veterans eat for free, guests and other members pay $5 apiece.

The Applebee’s in Longview is continuing a chain-wide tradition of serving free meals to veterans on Veterans Day. All you need to do is provide a valid military ID, either active duty or inactive; you can also show a photo of you in uniform, or wear your uniform to the restaurant.

Young Toy Inventor

Sam Ryan of St. Helens, 9, is in the running for scholarship money, prizes and a chance to have his invention sold around the world, as his “Kidvention” has made the finals of a national competition. Fat Brain Toys is sponsoring the Kidvention competition, asking children to submit their ideas for toys or other entertainment pieces. Ryan’s toy is called the “Balloon Pop Play Parachute,” a home-sized version of parachutes that kids play with in gyms at school. Ryan is one of five national finalists, eligible for a 25 hundred-dollar scholarship, 500 dollars in toys, and his toy will be presented at the New York Toy Fair, where it could be picked up for national or international distribution.

Disney Trip

The St. Helens Marching Band and Color Guard is in the midst of a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, taking part in the Disneyland Main Street Parade. 60 band members and 14 chaperones are in Anaheim through Monday, after a year of fundraising to help each student cover the thousand-dollar expense. The students will be marching in the theme park, playing music from their competition show, called “The Fall of Rome.” Band Director Noelle Freshner has a goal of taking the band to Disneyland once every four years, trying to make sure every band student has a chance to make the trip.