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Kelso Arson

Firefighters dealt with a house fire reported this morning in South Kelso. At 3:40 am, fire crews were called to the 1000 block of Elizabeth Street, when it was reported that a house was on fire, with flames showing through the roof. When firefighters …

Exhibit Hall Workshop

Castle Rock is putting together a Task Force that will take on the task of trying to figure out what to do with the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall, which was vacated earlier this year. Officials say that the building is currently “not sustainable” in its current condition, either physically or functionally. Castle Rock citizens, community […]

July Jobless Stats

It’s moving at a snail’s pace, but the Employment Security Department says that Cowlitz County’s jobless picture is continuing to improve. The July jobless rate came in at an even 7 percent, down marginally from the number in June. They also say that this is three percentage points lower than the unemployment rate in July […]

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Council Workshop

The Longview City Council meets tonight in a workshop session, starting at 6 pm. They will hear about a request to apply for a SAFER grant, with the money from that grant directed to the hire of additional firefighter-paramedics, who could then staff a…

Clam Dig

The final razor clam dig of the spring season opens today and runs through Sunday. Mocrocks will be open all four days, with digging allowed on the morning low tides. Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open Saturday and Sunday, and Copalis will be ope…

Today’s Events

Longview Police are coming back with “Coffee with a Cop,” planning to meet with citizens this morning at two locations in Longview. Officers will be available to listen to citizens and to ask questions at this morning’s “agenda-free, informal meeting.”…

100 Women Who Care

They’re still tallying up the donations, but it’s being announced that Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of this quarter’s donation from the Lower Columbia chapter of 100 Women Who Care. Stacy Delgarno says that about $7,300 has been…

Ciera Hart Identified

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is now confirming that the body recovered from the Pacific Ocean is that of Ciera Hart, 12, of Woodland. She’s one of six confirmed deaths after 38 year-old Jennifer Hart of Woodland drove off of a 100-foot cliff o…

Washington Way Assault

Longview Police are looking into an assault reported last night, where a man was injured after being hit in the head. The incident was reported just after 10 pm, in the 3100 block of Washington Way. The 911 caller reported that the victim was on the gr…

Pepper Sprayed

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is being called in to work on an alleged assault case, where someone apparently was pepper-sprayed. The person that was sprayed called 911 at about 4:20 yesterday morning, reporting that the incident happened in the …

Wayward Boat Pilot Dies

The man who was at the wheel of a speeding boat that rammed another boat at Buoy 10 last summer has died. Video of the crash involving Marlin Larsen’s boat bearing down on the fishing boat on the Columbia River went viral last year. The three people ab…

No Annexation

Annexation of the county “islands” in South Kelso is off the table for the City of Kelso, after action last night by the Kelso City Council. City Manager Steve Taylor says that the message from the Council is clear. Last year, the City Council had dire…

Whale Death

It appears that a gray whale has died after becoming entangled in ropes from a crab trap. The yearling male gray whale was found last Friday on Long Beach, and authorities say that a crab trap and ropes were wrapped around the whale’s mouth, flipper an…