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The Kelso School Board is scheduled to meet this evening, starting at 5 pm with a work session that will include a Facilities Report, which will then be followed by the regular meeting at 6 pm. Several significant items are included for action in that 6 pm meeting. The Kelso School Board will be asked […]

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The Castle Rock City Council has several budget-related items at this evening’s meeting. The meeting will open with a public hearing on the proposed 2018 budget, along with the 2018 utility rates. Along with a budget of $8.6 million that’s needed to run the city, they’re proposed to increase water and sewer rates by 4 […]

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Management of people on probation in Columbia County is getting a boost, as the US Justice Department awards a grant of more than $1.2 million for probation services. This grant will help to pay for a deputy district attorney, a sheriff’s deputy and a probation officer, along with a vehicle for the deputy. The Criminal […]

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Management of Spirit Lake and the Toutle River system needs to be upgraded, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, before some sort of huge disaster befalls the system. The new report came out last Friday, also saying that the management process should include more involvement from groups […]

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Your kids have chances to talk live with Santa on TV, during programs being offered tonight and tomorrow night on KLTV Channel 11. Santa will be available to take a call from your child between 6 pm and 7 pm tonight and tomorrow night, and those calls will be broadcast live on KLTV, Comcast channel […]

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The Sheriff’s Office is opening an investigation into yesterday morning’s fire that did substantial damage to a building in South Kelso. Fire crews were called to 1418 South Pacific Avenue in Kelso at 5:30 yesterday morning, when flames were seen coming from the vacant building next to Carlson’s Heating and Air Conditioning. The reporting party […]

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A 39 year-old woman is getting treatment for burns she received last night at a home on Dillon Drive in Kelso, burns she apparently received when her father tried to pour gasoline on a fire. Sheriff’s Deputies and aid crews were called to the home in the 100 block of Dillon Drive just after 9:30 […]

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Be aware that area roadways are frost-covered this morning, and that could make for a tricky commute. Overnight lows are once again at or below freezing, and any moisture is freezing onto road surfaces. Many streets are covered with frost, particularly those that get little traffic. Bridges, overpasses and underpasses may be icy and slick; […]

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The Longview City Council is moving ahead with zoning code changes that are an attempt to increase multi-family housing development in the city. Council member and local realtor Mike Wallin says that these code charges are a good thing for the city, and that more changes are coming. Under the changes that were approved last […]

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The U. S. International Trade Commission is coming down on the side of US softwood lumber producers, supporting the claim that Canadian softwood is being improperly subsidized by the government. The ITC issued its ruling yesterday, agreeing with the Commerce Department declaration that Canadian lumber is being “dumped” onto US markets. In a statement issued […]

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