Longview City Info Weekly

Be a Reading Rock Star at the Longview Library

The Longview Public Library wants you to make reading a habit this summer with the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading program. Starting June 14, kids 3 years and up can track the days that they read (or are read to) to receive virtual badges and real prizes. Every 10 days of reading logged earns a reward. Log 30 days of reading to achieve Rock Star status and receive a special prize package including a lanyard, book bag, and Burgerville gift card. You can read whatever you like!

In addition to the reading challenges, you’re invited to fun, free activities around the Libraries Rock! theme, including a family sock hop, instrument petting zoo, and a grand finale picnic feature dad-band Micah & Me. Most events begin on June 20th; visit our website, longviewlibrary.org, or call 360.442.5300 for more information

We have also have reading challenges and prizes for babies and toddlers, middle- and high-schoolers, and adults, so no one is left out! Everyone can sign up at the Longview Library starting June 14th or pre-register online by following the Beanstack link at longviewlibrary.org.


Event Schedule

  • Teen Events. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Games, crafts and more for middle and high school youth.
  • Baby Beats. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and toddlers.
  • Family Events. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Special guests, activities, crafts and more for all ages.
  • Rock of Pages. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts outside on the library lawn. All ages.


Free Estate Planning Question and Answer Session

Join the Longview Public Library for an information session on the ins and outs of planning your estate. You will learn about what you can do to protect your assets, designate beneficiaries, and pass your belongings on to your family or others.

The Longview Public Library will be hosting the Estate Planning Question & Answer Session June 18 at 6:00 p.m. with Brian Brault, Estate Planning Attorney at Walstead Mertsching. This is a free presentation for informational purposes and is open to the public. 

Call the Longview Library at 442-5300 for more information or visit www.longviewlibrary.com.


The Longview Library Needs YOU!

The Longview Public Library is currently seeking adults and teens, 14 years and up, to join our band of volunteers to help run the “Libraries Rock” summer reading challenge.

As a volunteer, you’ll get to share your love of books and reading by registering kids and teens for the challenge, awarding prizes to Rock Star readers, and helping with a variety of summer events.  Have fun, meet new people, and support our community by keeping at bay the summer slide in learning that can hit even the most hard-working students during their vacation months. Teens: summer volunteering is also a great way to get a head start on your community service hours! You can choose the schedule that works best for you.

Come to one of our special summer reading volunteer training sessions on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m., or Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Sign up in person at the lower checkout desk or call us at 360.442.5301. This orientation is for both new and current Longview Library volunteers.


Get You and Your Bicycle Ready for Summer

The Longview Public Library, Peace Health Trauma Department, and Longview Parks and Recreation are excited to offer a fantastic opportunity to get you and your bike ready for summer adventures! Everyone 12 years and older is invited to join us Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 3pm for safety training, bike inspections, proper helmet use education, and basic bike repair demonstrations.

You will learn how to be a better bike rider, how to keep your bike in tip-top condition, and how to perform basic repairs. There will be time for questions and discussion. We will have special bike parking for participants. You could also get a bike helmet (adult sizes) provided by the Peace Health Trauma department.

Summer is right around the corner. Be bike ready everyplace, everyday!

Call the Longview Library at 442-5300 for more information or visit www.longviewlibrary.com.


Ron Walker Film Series

The Longview Public Library will host documentary filmmaker Ron Walker as he presents his films “This Place in Time - The Mount St. Helens Story,” “Boxcar Days” and “Richard Smalls Steamboat” at 6:00 p.m. June 13th in the Library Auditorium.

Ron Walker has been making films for 48 years.  He worked as a film music composer in the 1970's for a Portland film production company called THE FILM LOFT. It was there that he took an interest in and learned the craft of cinematography and film editing. He likes to make films about people and their hobbies and passions and also films about local history. He also composes the music for his films.

Join us at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, for a walk through some local history and character. Call 360.442.5300 for more information or log onto www.longviewlibrary.org for more information.


Reserve Police Officer test date scheduled for June 23rd

The Longview Police Department is seeking qualified citizens to join the Longview Police Reserve Officer Program.  Officers in the Reserve Unit have the same authority and responsibilities as regular police officers, but are non-paid volunteers who are there to assist and supplement regular sworn police officer in their duties.

Applicants must be 21 years of age by completion of the Reserve Officers Academy, June 2019, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass the same pre-employment background procedure as regular police officers.

Testing will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Mark Morris High School in Longview.   The testing process includes a written examination and a physical agility test.  The physical testing consists of a 300-meter sprint, sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5-mile run.  Those applicants passing the written exam and physical agility test will move forward to the background procedure. 

Successful applicants must then complete a Reserve Officer Academy held in Southwest Washington. The academy is every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and most weekends from January to June 2019.  After completing their training, Longview reserve police officers are required to donate a minimum of twelve (12) hours per month.

For more information on the Reserve Officer Program, or testing, contact Ofc. Cyndi Johansen at 360-442-5800 or Sgt. Doug Kazensky at 360-442-5804.


Downtown Crosswalk Replacements Commerce Avenue from Hudson to Florida

The City’s contractor has started replacing select crosswalks in the 1200 block of Commerce, and at the intersection of Commerce and Hemlock Street.  On Commerce, one-half of three crosswalks will be replaced in the south bound lane.  On Hemlock, one entire crosswalk will be replaced on the west side of the intersection.  Construction and cure time will take approximately (11) days.  Expect the following:

1100 and 1200 blocks of Commerce will be reduced to one lane but will remain open to    one-way, north bound traffic.
South bound Commerce traffic will be detoured to 14th Avenue at Hudson Street.
Hemlock Street will be closed on the west side of Commerce.
Vehicle access on Hemlock between 14th and Commerce will be limited to local traffic only.
Traffic signals at the intersection of Commerce and Hemlock will be set to flashing red.

Shoppers are encouraged to utilize 12th and 14th Avenues to access downtown and find parking. 


Funding Applications Available through the City of Longview’s 2017-2018 Budget Process
The City of Longview is taking applications for the funding of programs, events, and projects that will be considered during development of the 2017-2018 budget, including those applications that support or maintain tourism in Longview. The deadline for submitting an application is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

An application may be requested at the Executive Office on second floor of Longview City Hall, or by calling 442.5004. In addition, an electronic version can be obtained from the City’s website at www.mylongview.com. Completed applications must be mailed to the City of Longview, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632, or hand-delivered to the Executive Office on the second floor of City Hall, 1525 Broadway.

Requests for outside agency funding are normally made during the budget process. Included in the Request for Funding packet is an informational sheet highlighting the steps utilized for outside agency requests. It includes the method for submitting a request and the process after Council considers the request.

The request for funding application should clearly state the amount of support needed for each year of the biennial budget on the application (example: $2,000 in the year 2017 and $2,000 for the year 2018). All requests for funding will be evaluated according to availability of funds. Any request that meets the criteria for tourism funds will then be prioritized according to its benefit to citizens of Longview most directly, its meeting the human needs of the people as a whole, and its promotion of Longview.

Successful applicants will be notified in writing if they are selected to receive tourism funds.

Funding Request Application


It is the season for child window falls

Windows must be safeguarded to keep young children safe! Warm weather brings open windows that can prove dangerous for young children.

Sadly, window falls are not uncommon between the months of May to September. In fact, it is something that has become predictable, therefore it is preventable.

Children 5 and under are most likely to fall from windows. The reasons are numerous:

  • warm weather brings open windows
  • young children enjoy the view and fresh air
  • screens do not hold against the weight of a child leaning against it
  • small children do not understand the dangers of an open window
  • small children are top-heavy due to the size of their head in relation to their body, and  lose their balance easily
  • furniture near windows allow children to get too close


How to Prevent Child Window Falls

These incidents are preventable. Window safety devices, which should not be confused with window security devices, are available, but not in every store. To be sure you find the right devices, check with the Stop At 4 website at www.StopAt4.com to learn which devices serve as window safety devices.

There are essentially three kinds of devices:

Opening Control Devices - these limit the window's opening to less than four inches, the same distance used for railings, crib rails, and other places where children might push through. These devices also need to maintain the window as a means of emergency escape, in case of fire. This means they can open easily, but like a child resistant pill bottle or a child resistant lighter, there needs to be two functions that require strength and dexterity to allow them to operate. It must also re-set when the window is closed from the opened position. These should not be confused with security devices that clamp onto window tracks or otherwise do not have the characteristics above.

Window Guards - these cover the window with bars or a netting, but have the same release characteristics as the Window Opening Control Devices. The spacing of the bars must also be less than four inches. These should not be confused with security bars.

Safety Screens - these replace ordinary screens with a screen fit with a stronger screen fabric and frame assembly. Placing these in existing windows would require special order from a manufacturer who would provide them with the necessary releases. These are best suited for new construction or with replacement windows.

·         Windows still need to be monitored by adults. Curious children are naturally attracted to open windows and even more so, to what is outside.

·         Teach kids to maintain a safe distance from a window, much like you would a hot stove or fireplace.

·         Keep furniture away from windows so children do not have a means to climb up to a window. Most windows, by design, are too high for children age 5 and under to access.

·         Windows serve as a means of light and fresh air, but also as a means of emergency escape in a fire (or for firefighters to access the home). Working smoke alarms on each level of a home and in each sleeping room provide early warning and usually safe escape through a door (rather than a dangerous window). Check smoke alarms today.


Take the Accessible Transportation User Survey!

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments is updating the regional Human Services Transportation Plan.  Your responses to this survey will provide valuable insight and help us direct federal, state, and local money to where it can help the most.

Make a difference by providing input on your current and future needs. Your responses will help set priorities to improve transportation services for people with disabilities, youth, seniors, veterans, low-income, and rural residents.

Call (360) 577-3041 or email cwcog@cwcog.org for a survey in other languages.



Accessible Transportation User Input meeting

RiverCities Transit, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), and the Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative (ATCI) invite you to join them on Tuesday, June 12 for one of two Accessible Transportation User Input Meetings being held.  The first meeting will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and the second will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Both meetings are at the McClelland Arts Center, 951 Delaware Street, Longview, WA. Please come and share your thoughts on the future of accessible transportation in Cowlitz County and surrounding areas. It’s your opportunity to provide input on the Coordinated Public Transportation—Human Service Transportation Plan (HSTP). Your input will help set priorities for funding opportunities to improve transportation services for people with disabilities, low income, youth, elderly, veterans, and rural residents who do not have the means to get to important destinations on their own.

The CWCOG is lead agency of the Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for the counties of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum and is responsible for drafting the HSTP. The RTPO is in charge of the development of the Regional Transportation Plan and certifying that countywide planning policies and the transportation element of local comprehensive plans are consistent with it. The CWCOG also develops and maintains the six-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

For more information call Ken Pearrow at (360) 577-3041 or email kpearrow@cwcog.org.

If you need special accommodations to participate in this process, please call us at 360-577-3041 by 5:00 p.m. by Friday, June 8. Ask for the ADA Coordinator. For TDD users, please use the state's toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial 360-956-7575.


Archwood Drive Road Closure for street repairs

The City of Longview Street Division will be repairing broken concrete street panels.
The construction site is located on Archwood Drive at the Southwest intersection of West Lynnwood Drive.
Construction work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. Monday, May 21th and is estimated to be completed within 2 weeks.
Archwood Drive will be closed at the Southwestern intersection of West Lynnwood Drive.
Traffic will be detoured to the North Eastern Intersection of Archwood Drive and West Lynnwood Drive.
To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.


Life Jacket Loaner Board locations

The Longview Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the Life Jacket Loaner Board locations.

·         Willow Grove 1 at Boat Launch and 2 by the swimming area

·         County Line Park

·         Castle Rock Boat Launch

·         Horseshoe Lake

·         Merwin Dam

If you are swimming or boating in any of these areas and you or your family need a life jacket, just go to the board and borrow one. We have all sizes from infant to adult. When you are done using them for the day, just hang them back up on the board for the next person. It’s that easy!

If you notice there are no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, please call 360.442.5501 to report it so we can quickly get them replaced.


Garage-Yard Sales Guidelines

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that while conducting a garage sale does not require a permit, garage sales are a regulated activity within city limits.  Sales of secondhand merchandise conducted from residences and designated as garage sales, estate sales, yard sales, and/or moving sales are allowed without a permit provided they are conducted under the following requirements:

  • Residents may conduct garage, estate, yard and/or moving sales from their residence for up to 20 days in a calendar year. Each sales event may not exceed four consecutive days, and goods must be removed from public view between sales.
  • No sale shall begin before 8 a.m. or continue beyond 9 p.m.
  • No goods or merchandise shall be offered for sale that are not owned and used by the persons conducting the sale.
  • No more than four residences may combine merchandise in the sale.
  • Garage sale signs shall not be placed more than six blocks or 2,400 feet from the location of the sale, within the right-of-way without the adjoining property owners permission, within the right-of-way along a state route (such as Ocean Beach Hwy., 1st and 3rd Avenues, Industrial Way, Tennant Way, etc..) and these signs shall not be placed on utility poles, trees, medians, or other devices located within the public right-of-way.
  • Signs may be put up as many as two days prior to the scheduled event, and must be removed within 24-hours after the event has concluded.  Failure to do so can result in a civil fine.

Questions about garage sales may be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 


Ride All Summer!

RiverCities Transit encourages students to take advantage of the summer rates with the Summer Fun Pass. Students can purchase three months for the price of two! 

Plan Your Trip - Visit rctransit.org to use our trip planner and see our buses in real-time with our "Where's my Bus" feature

Accessible Buses - All buses in the RCT fleet are wheelchair accessible with the ability to kneel or lower.  All buses have either ramps or lifts.
Bicycle Friendly - Each bus is equipped with a bike rack.

RiverCities Transit is your ticket to freedom in Longview and Kelso


Tutors needed at the Longview Public Library

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

You don’t need any special skills or to speak another language. If you are 18 or older, have graduated from high school or earned 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. 

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 is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you want to help, we can work with your schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month initial commitment but are welcome to stay longer. We really need tutors who can help between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for those learners who are working during the day. 

The library provides teaching material and resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support. Training is on the computer and self-paced. You can do it at home or in the Longview Public Library. Please call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321 for more information.


Mint Valley Junior Golf Program

Summer Junior Golf Program for ages 6-12 is every Thursday starting June 28, 2018 and runs through August 16, 2018.  This fun-filled program has great instructors, lots of golf, a tournament and more.  The cost is just $145 to join and includes lunch. The tournament requires an entry fee of $40.

Space is limited to 40 kids, so sign up early.

For a registration form, please go to http://www.mint-valley.com/ or call 360-442-5442


Are you looking for help to start or expand a business?
The City of Longview’s Revolving Loan Fund has funds available for loans! The Revolving Loan Fund is to create new jobs, strengthen the City’s and region’s economy, encourage revitalization of downtown Longview, and encourage development of the City’s Mint Farm Industrial Park and other industrial areas. You can find more information at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=84. Or contact Bill Fashing at the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments at 577-3041.


Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Heats begin at 9 a.m.

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up

Early bird registration now open!  Save $5 of the individual price, or $20 off a team registration if you sign up by May 4th!

Join Longview Parks and Recreation, the YMCA, and PeaceHealth Wellness for the 3rd Annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon held at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea Park. Come as an individual or put together a team to compete in this trifecta event - swimming, running, and self-propelled water sports (kayaking or paddle boarding). The race starts with a 500m swim at the YMCA, followed by a 5k course throughout the Lake Sacajawea Park, and ends with a 2 mile kayak course around the lake! Stick around after the event for food, music, games, refreshments, and giveaways!

Individual - $50, $45 if registered by May 4th!

Team of 3 - $110, $90 if registered by May 4th!

(Registration includes shirt, lunch, finisher medal, and swag bag)


Mark your calendar for future Fun Runs

  • Roy Morse Park - $5 dollar 5K
  • Saturday - June 9, 2018
  • Firecracker - Lake Sacajawea
  • Tuesday – July 3, 2018
  • Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon
  • Saturday – July 21, 2018
  • Seahawks Poker Walk – Lake Sacajawea
  • Sunday – September 9, 2018
  • Moonlight Run – Mint Valley Golf Course
  • Friday – September 21, 2018
  • Pumpkin Pi – Willow Grove
  • Saturday – October 27, 2018
  • Turkey Trot – Lake Sacajawea
  • Thursday – November 22, 2018


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