Longview City Info Weekly

RiverCities Transit Set to Break Ground on Transit Center Expansion

RiverCities Transit is set to break ground Monday on a long awaited expansion of their Downtown Transit Center

located at 1135 12th Avenue. RiverCities Transit is operated by the City of Longview, who has contracted with JH Kelly,

LLC to construct the Center. The improvements include replacement of the transit center building to accommodate

additional drivers and provide for administrative staff being relocated to the new transit center; reconfigure the bus

drive aisles and berths for more efficient and safe bus circulation; provide new passenger shelters; provide more efficient

site lighting; and add site fencing to provide better visibility and increase safety on site.


The project will begin with installation of a temporary transit center facility at 1050 11th Avenue to be used during

the year-long construction project. The temporary site is expected to be completed by February 20. At that time,

transit riders will be directed to the temporary site to purchase bus passes and catch RiverCities buses as well as

connections to CAP, Wahkiakum on the Move, and CC Rider.


This project is largely funded by $ 4.1 million in grants provided by the Federal Transit Administration and the

Federal Highway Administration, with local matching funds provided by the local transit sales tax.


Editor’s Note:  Please contact Ivona Kininmonth, Staff Engineer for questions regarding construction.  Transit operations

related questions may be directed to Amy Asher, Transit Manager.



Live local Police auction of unclaimed property

For the first time in more than 18 years, Longview Police Department will be auctioning

unclaimed found and seized property in town rather than in another location. The live auction will be held 9:00 a.m.

to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19 at the McClelland Arts Center, 751 Delaware Street.


Most recently, LPD auctions were held in Oakville, WA about 61 miles from Longview.


Boyd’s Auction & Estate Sales Company will open the doors at 8:00 a.m. for people who want to view items for

one hour before the auction starts. Among other things, backpacks, clothing,

collectible coins, jewelry, knives, purses, stereo equipment and tools will be available for purchase


A complete list of Longview’s auction items is now available at the Longview Police Department main station

at 1351 Hudson St. or viewable online on the City of Longview’s website at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=402


People who believe listed items belong to them must file a claim in writing to the Longview Police Department, attention:

Ron Cryderman, no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 11.


To see pictures of the items that will be up for bid, people may visit Boyd’s Auction Estate Sales

Company online preview at



All sales are final. LPD makes no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, of any nature as to the condition

of the goods offered for auction. 


Determination of severe weather event concluded

City Manager Kurt Sacha has determined that effective Thursday, January 3 the severe

weather event designated on December 30 will conclude. The weather forecast now indicates

that low temperatures in Longview will be consistently above freezing (32 degrees).


One emergency shelter had obtained a temporary use permit to operate during this event – for

the Love Overwhelming building at 618 14th Avenue – and pursuant to LMC 7.30, they may

continue to provide emergency shelter services for up to but not beyond two more days.


For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community

Development Department at 360.442.5087.


Nichols Boulevard closure between 25th and 26th Avenues for tree removal

The City of Longview Urban Forestry Department will be removing a tree located on Nichols

Boulevard between 25th and 26th Avenues.


Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5 and is estimated to be completed

by 4:00 p.m. Nichols Boulevard will be closed between 25 and 26 Avenues to all traffic.

Traffic traveling on Nichols Boulevard will be detoured around the work site.


To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.



January Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be showing paintings by artist Judy MacLeod from January 5 through January 31.

There will be a public reception for the show on January 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Koth Memorial Gallery. The glass case in the

Koth Gallery will also feature a variety of work from artist Tammy Jorgenson from January 5 through January 31.


Contact Daniel at the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the Koth Memorial Gallery.


Altered Book Workshops

Longview Public Library invites you to sign up for a free Altered Book Informational

Workshop with local artist, Susan Supola. Susan will teach you the how-tos to take a book and

make it into something spectacular - no experience necessary! You can use any book (old, new,

recycled or multiple – but NOT a library book!) and cut, tear, glue, fold, draw, paint, or

otherwise create exciting additions and alterations to the pages in any way you can dream up!

This is a fun, pressure-free way to get creative and make a very unique piece of art.


Two informational workshops will take place on January 19. The first session will be from 1:00

p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each workshop is

limited to 25 participants, and you only need to sign up for one of the sessions. Basic materials

will be provided and registration is required.


These workshops are highly recommended for anyone participating in Art Speaks Volumes - an

event brought to you by the Longview Library Foundation and The Friends of the Library. Art

Speaks Volumes invites creative people of all ages to make altered books for a silent auction on

April 27 (all proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit library programs).


Please call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 for more information on Art Speaks

Volumes, or to sign up for the Altered Book Workshops.


Cowlitz Clean Waters 2019 Student “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution” video contest

Cowlitz Clean Waters, the regional public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution, is sponsoring its second

annual student video contest. The contest is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) within Cowlitz County,

including public, private and homeschooled students.


Students are invited to showcase their creativity, talent and environmental awareness by producing 30-second video

public service announcements to help promote behavior change to address stormwater pollution and clean up our waters here in Cowlitz County. 


The grand prize winning entry will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, with $250 and $150 gift cards for the second

and third place winners, respectively. Entry in the contest is free. The video contest rules and entry forms can be found online at https://cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contest


The deadline for submitting entry forms is February 28, 2019. If you have questions, you may contact Van McKay

at the City of Kelso at 360-577-3323.


Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the City of Kelso, City of Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated

Drainage Improvement District #1 (CDID#1), Kelso School District, Longview School District, Washington State University

(WSU) Cowlitz County Extension and the Lower Columbia College.


This partnership is committed to developing a public information and education campaign to help inform the

Lower Columbia region about the impacts of stormwater runoff on our local waterways and to affect behavior changes and water

quality improvements in our communities.


Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out on January 9

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, LCC Center

Stage, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for

checkout starting January 9 for these upcoming shows:


Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

The Pirates of Penzance – March 15 – April 7, 2019

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has

mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the

pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel, the Major-General Stanley’s songbird

daughter. He wins her heart, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied

about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his

bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead

to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”


Center Stage LCC:

The Importance of Being Earnest – February 22, 23, 24, 28, and March 1, 2, 2019

Come see Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status.

Gwendolyn and Cecily don’t care who they marry as long as his name is Ernest. Jack and

Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to change their given names to secure their way

into the ladies’ hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, but her efforts to impose propriety

prove useless against Cupid’s earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are



The Columbia Theatre:

The Choir of Man – February 7, 2019

It's a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live Percussion

with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented case of

nine handsome blokes sing everything - pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock - all to roof raising heights.

It's the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you'll ever

attend! CHEERS!


The Irish Comedy Tour – February 23, 2019

Detroit native Derek Richards; Boston-born Mike McCarthy; Nova Scotia's Damon Leibert; and

from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland Derrick Keane will have you howling with laughter

these hilarious Irish American comedians tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and



Jesus Christ Superstar – March 8, 2019

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for

the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A

timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universallyknown series

of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such

well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.”

In partnership with Portland’s Stumptown Stages.


Asleep at the Wheel – March 23, 2019

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based

in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard

country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob

WILLS and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third

full-length Bob WILLS tribute album. You can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and

swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!


Tickets will be available to check out beginning January 9 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 360.442.5300 with your library card number ready to check out your

tickets today. See the complete rules and restrictions at



This program has been made possible through generous donations from the Longview Library

Foundation, and through collaborative partnerships with Stageworks Northwest Longview

Theatre,Columbia Theatre, LCC Center Stage Theatre, and the Longview-Kelso Community

Concert Association.


Learn How to Self-Publish YOUR Book!

Longview Public Library has joined forces with Vikki Carter of SquishPen Productions in partnership with Alan Rose

of WordFest to present ways you can write and publish your own book as part of our continuing effort to help local

literary talent show what they can do! Join us January 8 for a panel presentation with three local authors who have

successfully published their work and plan to do even more.


These authors will be sharing their stories of self-publishing and give you the opportunity to ask questions to help

you get your own books or stories published. You can learn the ins and outs and ups and downs of setting off on your own self-publishing adventure.


There will be two opportunities to attend the panel discussion on January 8, 2019: 

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Both sessions will take place in the Magazine Room of the Longview Public Library.


Meet the authors:

Denise Kawaii writes stories as she wanders through life, making odd observations as she goes. Known as the Woman

With a Thousand Hats, she published a memoir by the same name in 2017. In addition to writing about her life,

she skips through genres with abandon. Her Sci-Fi novel, Adaline, has consistently been listed on Amazon Kindle's

bestseller list, and she's also published novels in romance, medical fiction, psychological crime, and other genres.

Website: https://KawaiiTimes.com


Trish Heinrich  has been obsessed with stories about female heroes ever since she put on her first pair of Wonder Woman

under-roos and spun around. She was one of the co-creators of the super hero comedy web series “The Collectibles” and

is a script consultant for projects in development with Despot Media. Her first novel, “Serpent’s Sacrifice”, was published in 2017

and is the first book in the Superhero series, The Vigilantes.  You can find her and her superhero series, The Vigilantes, at www.trishheinrich.com


Lilly Robbins Brock has also written & published three nonfiction memoir/biographies to honor three members of the Greatest Generation

who served our country during World War II. Lilly Robbins Brock was born in Olympia, Washington where her pioneer family

homesteaded in the late 1800s. She loves history and one of her passions has been researching her family tree. Learning about

the past lives of her hometown inspired Lilly to write Book One of her historical fiction novel Intrepid Journey: An Untamed Frontier.

Website: https://www.lillyrobbinsbrock.com


For more information on the authors, please visit their websites or contact Vikki Carter at vikki@squishpen.com.

For information about the dates and times of the event, please call the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300 or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org.



Curbside recycling change

Effective January 1, 2019, glass will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling program.

It was discovered that during the collection and processing of the curbside recycling materials,

most of the glass would be crushed during the baling process. Broken glass is a huge

contamination concern and has a direct impact to Longview’s market prices. By removing glass

from the curbside program, it will reduce contamination and provide for a better marketable

material which will in turn, benefit the ratepayers of Longview.


Residents will be asked to either discard their glass bottles and jars into their green garbage

containers or to bring them directly to Waste Control for recycling.



Pickup of leaves from City owned trees runs October through January

From October through January, leaves from City of Longview maintained trees may be placed in the street for

pick up by the City’s Stormwater Division.


“It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely

throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins,” says Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward.

 “Our crews use shovels and pitchforks, and street sweepers, front-end loaders and dump trucks, to load and haul leaves

to pre-designated areas for composting.”


Ward asks that the following guidelines be followed when placing leaves in City streets, which are considered public rights of way:

  • Place only leaves from City-maintained trees. Yard debris is the property owner’s responsibility. Leaves from non-City owned trees
  • can be taken to the Waste Control Transfer Station from October 1 through April 15 for a fee. 
  • Place leaves in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage. This also makes it easier for the street sweeper to pick them up
  • . If the sweeper is unable to pick the leaves up, a street crew will remove them with a front-end loader.
  • Do not put branches or sticks in leaf piles as it may damage the sweeper.
  • Be patient. Leaf pick up is on a structured schedule and will be picked up as soon as possible.
  • Help prevent flooding on your street by clearing leaves from catch basin grates until City crews are able to pick up the leaves on your street.

Any questions about leaf pickup may be directed to the Stormwater Supervisor at 442-5621. 


Golden Apple Intergenerational Preschool

This unique program offers your child daily planned, intentional activities where children and seniors come together to grow,

learn about themselves and others and form relationships that can be life changing. The program meets on Tuesday, Wednesday

and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  Participants should be

Ages: 3 – 5 and potty trained. Space is limited for 12/04 - 12/27, and the cost is $95.00 with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents. 


Before & After School Program

Safe, supervised, quality-activities conducted by experienced recreation leaders include organized games, sports, crafts reading,

homework time, guest speakers and special events. The school district provides a federally subsidized snack at most sites.

A 2018-2019 registration form must be completed. Participants should be K-5th grade. This program is held on weekdays

when school is in session, Monday through Friday.  This program will be held in the afternoons at CVG, Kessler, Northlake,

Mint Valley and Robert Gray (AM & PM). Drop In Coupon Book, and monthly options available. Financial assistance for

scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying families.  Visit us at www.mylongview.com/recreation or call 360.442.5400.



Current Recruitments at the City of Longview

  • Recreation Leaders (part-time before and after school): Various positions, apply online.  Open until filled.
  • Transit Operators (Casual/on-call) – River Cities Transit: Salary range: $21.14 per hour (Casual Operator), $18.65.65 per hour (Causal Operator Trainee Pay). Open until filled.
  • Entry Level Police Officers: $32.12 - $41.56 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Lateral Police Officers: $5860 - $7203 per month, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Fire Intern Opportunity: Firefighter internship training program.  Acquire hands on experience and learn the required skills and techniques to become a career firefighter.  $300/month stipend.  Continuous recruitment.

For more information about any of the career opportunities at the City of Longview, visit the website www.mylongview.com