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Saying that his work is going to take him out of town, Larry Hembree is stepping down from the Kelso School Board, one month before his term is scheduled to expire. Back in May, Hembree announced that he would not seek another term, but now he says that his current career will require him to […]

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The first of five “scoping meetings” on a project to maintain the shipping channel in the Columbia River at 43 feet starts tonight in Longview. The Army Corps of Engineers and the ports of Longview, Kalama, Woodland, Vancouver and Portland are joining together on the project, working on an “integrated” Environmental Impact Statement and long-term […]

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The Cowlitz River is now closed to Chinook salmon fishing. The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure over the weekend, saying that Chinook caught on the Cowlitz, the Green River and the North Fork of the Toutle will have to be released, due to low hatchery returns. The pre-season forecast had 3,900 fall […]

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A fish passage project gets under way today on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, work that will re-route traffic on that highway. Starting today, all lanes of the highway will be closed at Wooster Creek, where a 54-inch culvert is being removed, and a new 20-foot bridge is being built. This will allow a natural […]

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The City of Longview is closing Sunset Way during daylight hours for some pavement repairs. The work zone runs from Pacific Way to Indian Creek Drive, with work starting today and going through Thursday of this week. Work is scheduled from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day, with traffic detoured onto 37th Avenue while […]

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Major kudos to Mark Morris High School senior Isabel Buckingham, who has been named as a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Buckingham is being recognized for her academic excellence, placing in the top 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the Merit Scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National […]

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They’re been working at it for almost two years, including another four hours of review, citizen input and discussion last night, but the Longview City Council has finally acted on changes to the city’s zoning code in regard to the siting of emergency shelters. There was considerable discussion over the inclusion of the Office Commercial […]

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A wayward squirrel gets the blame for a large power outage that hit the industrial area of Longview yesterday morning. The Cowlitz PUD reports that 395 customers lost power at 11:12 yesterday morning, when a squirrel stepped in the wrong place at the Fibre Way Substation, causing a lightning arrestor to fail. The outage affected […]

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Lloyd Stewart, 64, of Warrenton is back on dry land, rescued by a fellow boater after Stewart’s boat capsized on the Columbia River. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office reports that the mishap took place just after 9 yesterday morning, on the river just north of Fort Stevens. Stewart had been crabbing when his 18-foot aluminum […]

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Jessica Nicole Brown, 28, of Longview is heading to prison for 3-and-one-half years, sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of controlled substance homicide. Brown admits that she gave her roommate, 26 year-old Sara Marie Kirchner, a dose of heroin on May 7th, and then she left her to die. The Daily News reports on […]

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