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Outstanding Photo Enforcement Tickets Will Be Sent to Collections Beginning April 1, 2017

Longview Police Department will continue processing photo enforcement ticket payments through March 31, 2017. At that point, all outstanding photo enforcement tickets will be more than 90 days past due and will be sent to District Court to begin the collections process. 

Don’t delay. People with an outstanding photo enforcement ticket may pay it in person at Longview Police Department main station located at 1351 Hudson St., Longview, WA. The police department’s business office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

People should take their notice of infraction (ticket) to the department when making a payment.

Payments can also be mailed to the below address.

Longview Police Department

P.O. Box 128

Longview, WA 98632

Those who have requested a contested hearing and are found guilty, must make any court-ordered payment through Cowlitz County District Court.

Those with questions may contact the main office at 360-442-5800.

Longview Police Department is recruiting cadets

Longview Police Department is looking for young people ages 16 to 20 interested in becoming volunteers to join its cadet program. “This is an amazing volunteer opportunity for local youth who are interested in a career in law enforcement,” said Cpl. Danielle Jenkins.

The department is in the process of filling vacancies within the cadet program. Applications are available at the main police station at 1351 Hudson St. between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications may also be picked up by appointment at the LPD Highlands Satellite Office at 216 30th Avenue behind the St. Helens Shopping Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday. It is recommended that interested applicants call 360-442-5850 first to make sure the satellite office will be open when they plan to drop by to pick up an application.

Cadets are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each month and attend all scheduled training or monthly meetings. Each month a cadet is eligible to ride with a commissioned police officer. 

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria.

Be at least 16 years of age and completed the 8th grade, but have not reached their 21st birthday

Must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA in school or have graduated from an accredited high school or completed and passed a GED with an equivalent GPA

Must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug screen

Applicants under the age of 18 are required to have parental consent to apply. 

Priority will be given to Cowlitz County residents who have never been convicted of any felony or arrested for offenses involving moral turpitude or a pattern of arrests, which indicate moral character of a questionable nature. Application deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, March 31.

For more information on the cadet program, please visit the City of Longview website at  www.mylongview.com/police  or e-mail Cpl. Jenkins at danielle.jenkins@ci.longview.wa.us.

Spring into Stories at the Longview Public Library

Storytimes and activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers resume at the Longview Library starting March 27th and running through May 19th. Our early learning classes are free and require no registration or library card to attend. Children must be accompanied by a grownup, and siblings are always welcome.

Mother Goose Time (0-24 months): Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Bouncy, cuddly songs, rhymes, and stories for you to share with your baby.

Toddler Time (2 & 3 years):  Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Stories, action rhymes, and a hands-on craft activity for busy toddlers.

Preschool Stories & Crafts (3 years and up): Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Picture books, rhymes, songs plus a related craft.

Fun Hours (0 – 5 years): Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Unstructured open playtime for children with accompanying adult in the MJO room. Puzzles, blocks, board books and other age-appropriate toys and games are available.

For information about storytime or other library programs for youth, give us a call at 360.442.5301 or visit longviewlibrary.org.

Contemporary Storytelling with Music by Cochise Anderson

Longview Public Library invites you to welcome spring with Cochise Anderson from the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma, a local artist celebrating his 28th year as Native American Cultural Arts Educator, professional actor, youth theater director, musician, and spoken word artist.

  • Contemporary Storytelling with Music by Cochise Anderson
  • March 22, 2017
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Longview Library Magazine Room

 

Cochise brings original spoken word mixed with original and traditional music and contemporary stories to life. He celebrates the beauty and illuminates the struggle of his Native American culture, bringing an inclusive Native point of view that empowers his audience. He has developed innovative and engaging programs for children and adults and his acting credits include The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and the critically acclaimed feature film, Daughters of the Dust.

Join us in this celebration of spring with Cochise Anderson. Tell him, “Halito, Chookma ikana~ma!!”  (Greetings, It is Good all my friends!!)

For more information, call the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300. You can learn more about upcoming Library programs by visiting our page at www.longviewlibrary.org.

Determination of severe weather event concluded

City Manager Dave Campbell has determined that the severe weather event designated on February 22 has concluded. The weather forecast now indicates that the low temperatures will be several degrees above freezing for the next week. 

There have been no permits issued or sought for severe weather shelters in Longview since this event was originally designated last month.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development department at 360.442.5087.

Avoid Identity Theft – Be Informed          

In today’s world, identity theft and fraud are all around us. Do you know how to recognize fraud? How can you make sure your identity and personal information is safe?

Join AARP trained instructor Jim Perkins at the Longview Public Library for a discussion on how to spot fraud and identity theft. Con artists steal billions from individuals every year. Learn how to protect yourself and your family and keep what you have worked so hard to build.

  • March 18, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Longview Public Library

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at the Longview Library at 360.442.5321. You can also learn more about the library at www.longviewlibrary.org.

Longview Police Department encourages more online reporting to improve overall service

The Longview Police Department is asking citizens to file reports about more types of crimes online in order to increase the efficiency of that process and allow for more effective use of police staff time. 

Having more crimes reported online by the public will give Longview patrol officers more time to do more proactive community policing and conduct their own investigations instead of spending most of their time writing reports.

Online reporting will allow the department’s community service officers (CSOs) to make better use of their time and skills, too. For example, CSOs will be able to respond more quickly to burglary calls and abandoned or derelict vehicle complaints, share crime prevention tips with citizens and businesses, and attend community meetings.

In addition, more online reporting will enable the department to keep its highly productive Street Crimes Unit fully staffed.

Online reporting is convenient and easy to do.  Reports can be submitted from a home or business computer 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Those who do not have a computer may file a report online at the Longview Police Department’s main station, its Highlands Satellite Office, or the Longview Public Library. Another option is to have a friend or family member file a report on a victim’s behalf.

A CSO reviews each online report, as does the detective sergeant to make sure it qualifies for online reporting and meets established criteria. Reports with information worthy of an officer’s follow-up will be forwarded to a supervisor for assignment.  As a result, when an officer is truly needed, there will actually be a greater likelihood of an improved response time.

Effective March 1, Longview officers will no longer respond in person to the following types of incidents:

  • unattended hit-and-run with no injuries (parked vehicles with no one inside)
  • identity theft
  • lost property
  • theft from a vehicle (also referred to as a vehicle prowl)
  • vandalism of a vehicle (such as broken windows, slashed tires, etc.)

(Officers will still respond to attended hit-and-run incidents, which means someone was in the victim vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle that fled the scene afterward.)   

Citizens who wish to report these types of crimes will be required to file a report online if the following criteria are met:

  • the incident is not an emergency
  • the incident occurred within the Longview city limits
  • there are no known suspects or evidence
  • the incident did not occur on a state freeway
  • the victim has a valid email address

For some perspective, in 2007 the Longview Police Department received a little over 34,000 calls for service. Without any increase in patrol officers, that number increased to about 46,000 in 2016.  The department has been responding to about 125 calls per day with many responses requiring a sworn officer to submit the type of report that most citizens can actually do just as quickly and accurately, or more so, themselves.

Online reporting and its expanded use is certainly not new. Other police departments across the country long ago decided their officers would no longer respond to certain types of calls due to limited staff resources and the need to go to higher priority calls such as domestic violence situations, assaults, robberies, and other crimes in progress.

Longview police staff have discussed the idea in the past, but held off until now on saying no to responding to every type of incident reported. According to Patrol Captain Robert Huhta, “We are now at the point that we truly need to do something to free up our officers to respond more quickly to higher priority calls and to give them more time to do more thorough patrol and investigations.”  Captain Huhta said it was not an easy decision to make because some people will probably perceive it primarily as a reduction in officers’ personal contact with the community, whereas the goal is actually to make that contact and other police services more effective within the limits of existing resources. “We simply can’t afford the level of staffing that would enable us to do things the way we’ve always done them.”

“We see online reports as a win-win,” Captain Huhta continued. “Online reporting is convenient for citizens because they don’t have to wait for an officer, they can file reports online at any time, and it fulfills insurance companies’ requirements to file a police report. On top of that, greater use of online reporting will free up our officers to use their time more efficiently and productively. In that sense, it’s exciting to think about the improved service we’ll be able to provide to the Longview community.”

Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, Longview/Kelso Community Concert Association, Center Stage LCC, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting March 14 for these upcoming shows.

Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

The Philadelphia Story – April 21 – May 7

This classic 1939 romantic comedy tells the story of an American socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband and a charming reporter. Prepare for twists and turns and lots of laughs!

The Columbia Theatre:

Under the Streetlamp – April 13, 2017

Enjoy unforgettable entertainment from this quartet of recent leading cast members of the musical Jersey Boys, as they perform hits of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Ted Vigil: John Denver Tribute – April 22, 2017

Of the half dozen John Denver tribute troubadours, none come anywhere close to looking or sounding like Ted Vigil. He has played twice for John Denver’s own “Windstar Foundation” in Aspen, CO and last year received the Rising Legend Award by the National Traditional Country Music Association. It promises to be a mellow, uplifting evening!

Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute – April 29, 2017

Starring Craig A. Meyer as Almost Elton John and featuring music by The Rocket Band, this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John. Meyer uses his remarkable resemblance and uncanny ability to channel the legendary star’s character, costumes, and charisma.

Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association:

Sonic Escape – April 7, 2017

In Celtic with a Twist Sonic Escape combines the tunes you love with flute and fiddle playing like you’ve never heard (or seen) before! Shawn and Maria will take your breath away as they transform the flute and fiddle into a Celtic Orchestra right before your eyes. Come hear your favorites as though for the very first time.

Tickets will be available March 14 and are limited and first come first served. Patrons over 18 can checkout one pair of tickets for free per calendar year. Come to the information desk or call 442-5300 with your library card number ready to check out your tickets today. See the complete rules and restrictions at http://www.longviewlibrary.org/tickets.php. 

Longview Public Library Partners with WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum

The Longview Library and WorkSource are partnering to bring employment resources to you! WorkSource will be holding monthly classes at the Longview Public Library for job seeking and resume building help. Classes will be held the first and third Fridays of the month beginning March 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited to 10 students and registration is required. Call the Library at 360.442.5321 to register. Classes will include:

Job Search Strategies will help you look for the jobs that fit you. Find out the best way to job search.

Resumes and Cover Letters communicate to a prospective employer who you are, what you know, and what you have to offer. Which resume and cover letter formats best display your skills, knowledge, and abilities? Learn what to use to attract employers and lead to more interviews! Learn the difference between an application and a resume and why you need to do both of them.

Training and Funding programs are available through WorkSource, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Title 1 federally-funded program that helps pay for training and offers support services for eligible individuals in qualifying occupations and Reboot, which is a new program that can be your foot in the door for a career in manufacturing or information technology. Find out about the range of opportunities available through these programs.

For more information, contact the Longview Public Library, 360.442.5300, www.longviewlibrary.org, or WorkSource in Kelso, 360.577.2250.

Mint Valley After School Program
Space is open at the Longview Parks & Recreation Mint Valley After School Program. This safe, supervised, quality program is conducted by experienced recreation leaders and includes organized games, sports, crafts, reading, homework time, guest speakers and special events. The school district provides a federally subsidized snack at most sites. This program is held on weekdays when school is in session. Financial assistance for scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying families. Contact the Recreation Office for more information at 360.442.5400. For more information, visit us online at www.mylongview.com or call us at 360.442.5400.

Date Night Series

Longview Parks & Recreation is coordinating a date night series in partnership with various local businesses.  These date night experiences are geared to showcase local restaurants, recreational facilities, the arts, and culture.  The next one will be Flight’s, Bites, and Trivia Night and will be held on March 24th at Ashtown Brewing Company. Space is limited to 25 couples and pre-registration is required. For more information visit us online at www.mylongview.com or call us at 360.442.5400.

Downtown Streetscape Phase 3

This spring, the City of Longview will begin constructing the final phase of streetscape improvements in the 1200 block of Commerce Avenue. The project will replace and upgrade sidewalks, crosswalks, bulb-outs, street trees, lighting and furnishings starting from the south side of Hudson Street and ending at the south side of Hemlock Street.

Pending weather impacts and unforeseen delays, we anticipate construction will take about three months to complete. To minimize disruption, hours of work will be limited to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and construction will not be allowed on both sides of the street at the same time. Depending on the contractor, work may occur over a four or five-day work week. Businesses are encouraged to use alley entrances but the contractor will be required to maintain storefront access at all times.

April through June, Commerce will be temporarily converted to one lane, one-way, southbound. In an effort to minimize the time for construction, on-street parking will not be allowed. However, the Stylemaster parking lot will temporarily be made available for public parking and signage will be provided to assist customers to find parking. In the two prior downtown projects, we found on-street parking was not well utilized and hindered the contractor’s progress.

The City is committed to keeping businesses and residents informed about construction, and to encourage people to visit downtown despite construction impacts. Regular project updates will be provided through public service announcements, email, Longview Downtown Partnership newsletter and online at www.mylongview.com. To help make this project successful, please notify your employees, tenants and customers so they are better prepared to make adjustments.

Teen Book Club

Love books and pizza? Join the Longview Public Library at the Highlands Community Center the first Friday of each month at 4:00 p.m. for our Teen Book Club! We discuss a different book genre or theme each month, with free books (and pizza) provided thanks to the Longview Library Foundation. We will be talking fantasy April 7.

Pick up your book at the next meeting or by contacting Becky at the Library at the lower floor desk, call 360.442.5323, or email becky.standal@ci.longview.wa.us.

The Highlands Community Center is located at 292 21st Avenue, next to Archie Anderson Park. This event is free and open to middle and high schoolers.

Winter/Spring Recreation NOW Open for Registration

Winter/Spring Registration is now open in our NEW Online Registration System! Be sure to check out our upcoming Programs & Events:

-Kids Fish-In - This statewide program was created to provide more fishing opportunities for youth in the state of Washington. The fishing area will be netted with trout. Each participant will receive a rod and reel to keep. Kid's Fish-In is conducted by Longview Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cowlitz Game and Anglers, Mt. St. Helen's Bassmasters and Lower Columbia Fly Fishers. 

  • 4/29/17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Ages 5-14
  • Cost is $10
  • Rod and Reel included (to keep)   

-Spring Break Day Camps - Engage in recreational activities, sports, crafts, game, interactive presentations, and science and nature activities. Our camp reinforces healthy lifestyles, leadership, acceptance, team building, good decision making and strong values. Bring lunch, snack, and beverage every day. Pre-registration is required. 

Kessler Spring Break Day Camp

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kessler Elementary Gym 
  • Cost is $26-$31 daily or $70 to $75 for the entire week      

Lego City SB Camp

  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Woman’s Club building
  • Cost is $50 -$55

Art Adventure Camp

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Woman’s Club building
  • Cost is $50 -$55

Kung Fu Spring Break

  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Monday –Thursday – Academy of Kung Fu
  • Cost is $34 - $39
  • 5-13 years

There is something for everyone! For a complete list of programs visit us online, like us on Facebook to receive announcements about upcoming events!  

Please call Longview Recreation at 442-5400 for more information. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adult Literacy Tutors Needed at Longview Public Library

We need your help! Project READ, the adult literacy tutoring program at the Longview Public Library, has an immediate need for tutors. Training is provided. Tutors typically work two hours per week to help an adult in our community improve literacy skills.

You do not need any special skills or to speak another language. If you are 18 or older, have graduated from High School or gotten a GED, and can read this, you are QUALIFIED! We are looking for creative, caring, and patient volunteers willing to give two hours a week to help an adult improve literacy skills and reach life goals. 

Many adults in our community need help improving reading, writing, speaking, math, and other literacy skills in English. Some come from other countries and need to study to become US Citizens. There are many opportunities to help local adults improve and succeed at home, at work, and as active community members.

Project READ matches volunteer tutors with adult learners to work one-on-one in the Longview Library.  Sessions are typically twice a week for one hour during regular library hours. The library in open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We can work with your schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month initial commitment

The literacy coordinator provides resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support.  Training is on the computer and self-paced. You can do it at home or in the Library. Please call Elizabeth Partridge at 442-5321 for more information and to sign up to help someone in our community.