Longview City Info Weekly

Public invited to comment on proposed new bus route

Earlier this year, RiverCities Transit (RCT) faced a shortage of transit operators, causing the

additional mid-day service (the “B routes”) on Routes 31 and 32 to be cancelled. RCT is now

proposing to add new Route 30, which will cover and provide 30-minute service to many of the busiest stops on Routes 31 and 32. Service is proposed to begin on November 18, 2019.


Popular stops include:

  • LCC
  • 15th Avenue Safeway
  • St. John Medical Center
  • the Highlands, Olympic and St Helens neighborhoods
  • Ocean Beach & 32nd Avenue
  • 7th Avenue Wal-Mart


The new service will run Monday through Friday. The first trip will depart the Longview

Transit Center at 10:30 a.m. and the last trip will depart at 4:30 p.m.


For a complete list of stops and to see a map of the proposed route please visit:



Public Comment

Public comment on the Route 30 service change is welcome until November 13, 2019,

concluding with the Cowlitz Transit Authority public hearing on the proposed service at 4:00

p.m. at Longview City Hall in the second floor Council Chambers.


Email CustomerService@RCTransit.org
Call Customer Service at 360-442-5663
Send a message or post a comment on RiverCities Transit's Facebook page
Mail your comments to RiverCities Transit, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632
In-person turn in your comment at the Longview Transit Center: 1050 11th Avenue
Verbally in front of the Cowlitz Transit Authority Board at a public hearing scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the council chambers at Longview City Hall


Longview City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities. Special equipment to assist the

hearing impaired is also available. Please contact the City Executive Office at 360.442.5004 at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance, if you require special accommodations to attend the



Ron Walker Film Series Two Original Films about the History of Astoria

On November 13 at 6:00 p.m. the Longview Public Library will host filmmaker Ron Walker in the Library Auditorium for a night of free entertainment. Ron will be showing two original films about the history of Astoria: “An Afternoon with Liisa Penner, Archivist, Clatsop County Historical Society,” (36 minutes) and “Astoria in the 1950’s with Liisa Penner” (11 minutes). 

The first film will feature Liisa Penner (historian) telling amusing, shocking, and true stories of Astoria’s past. Historical photos, news clippings, and museum displays will help illustrate Liisa’s narrative. The second film will take a walk through Astoria during the 1950’s as Liisa gives her eye witness account of growing up there, riding on the ferries, and working in the Koffee Kup restaurant that her mother owned during that time.

Come learn more about the oldest city west of the Rockies on November 13 at 6:00 p.m. with Ron Walker and his original films. This event is free and open to the public!

Contact Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300 for more information or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org to see all the activities happening at the Longview Public Library.


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 volunteer tutors. Training is provided online at your own pace. 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 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. 

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.

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.


Contemporary Storytelling and Music with Cochise Anderson

Longview Public Library invites you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Cochise Anderson from the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma. Cochise is a local artist celebrating his 30th year as Native American Cultural Arts Educator, professional actor, youth theater director, musician, and spoken word artist.


Contemporary Storytelling and Music with Cochise Anderson

November 4, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Longview Library Main Reading 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 history and culture 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.


Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out on October 23

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting October 23 for these upcoming shows:


Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

The Broken Badge – A Christmas Melodrama – November 22 – December 8 (2019)

This is the story of a small western town in 1896 that will eventually be called Longview. It is a story of lost love, a jilted woman, a “rehabilitated” villain and of course our hero Justin Credible and our Heroine “Longview Lacie” for this retelling of a completely true tale of the old west… well… that’s our story and we are sticking to it. Be ready to cheer our hero and boo at our villain. POPCORN THROWING WILL BE MANDATORY! *Melodrama - Rated G – Fun for all ages


The Columbia Theatre:

Johnny Cash Christmas – Saturday, December 14 (2019)

Celebrate the holidays, the Johnny Cash way. James Garner and his Travelin’ Three return to the Columbia Theatre to bring favorite Johnny Cash songs from his Christmas albums, as well as favorites from 6 decades of concerts by the Man in Black.

A Christmas Carol – Monday, December 23 (2019)

It’s been said that the most popular stories are ones about redemption or time travel: A Christmas Carol has both! Perhaps that’s part of the reason that it has become such a classic at this time of year. 19-109


Pablo Cruise – Saturday, January 18 (2020)

To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event! Today, Pablo Cruise is bringing more energy and excitement to the stage than ever before!


The Choir of Man – Saturday, February 1 (2020)

Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub! The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything—pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock—all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend!


Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association:

Jeannine Goeckeritz – Sunday, January 26 (2020)

Internationally-renowned flutist Jeannine Goeckeritz has entertained audiences around the world with her captivating live performances, expressive style and inspiring music. Her program highlights beautifully orchestrated compositions that blend popular and crossover classics consisting of Starry, Starry Night, Annie’s Song, My Favorite Things and more. A rich signature sound.


LCC Center Stage Theatre:

Sense & Sensibility – November 15 – November 23 (2019)

Full of humor and theatricality, this lively adaptation of Jane Austen’s sparkling romance follows the adventures of the Dashwood sisters after their sudden loss of fortune. Swept into a tangle of gossip and scandal they must learn to balance sense with emotion to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money. Start the holiday season early with this family friendly show!

Tickets for these shows will be available to check out beginning October 23 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 main floor 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. 19-109

The Culture Card 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.


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. 


And the winner is... Longview!

Redfin recently announced our beautiful city as the best city in the State of Washington to retire. WE AGREE!

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Longview, Washington

We found Longview to be the best city to retire in Washington state. Longview is a verdant area located near the Columbia River. Longview has a variety of recreational facilities, including Lake Sacajawea Park, which is known for its vibrant gardens and wonderful walking trails. The region has dozens of other parks with lots of dog-friendly areas and sports fields. Local and state taxes are low at just 1 percent, so your dollar will stretch much further than other areas in Washington.

Activities: Lake Sacajawea Park, Columbia Theater, Nutty Narrows Bridge, The Lewis and Clark Bridge, Cowlitz County Historical Museum.

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-best-cities-to-retire-state/


Storage sheds and outbuildings may have restrictions

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that the placement of detached structures of any size or type is a regulated activity within city limits.  Placement of this type of structure, whether temporary or permanent, may require a permit from the Community Development Department prior to placement.

“It is not uncommon to find sheds, greenhouses, canopies and other types of outbuildings placed in areas not allowed by our Longview Municipal Code,” says Community Development Director John Brickey.  “Before placing any structure on your property, it’s important to see if you need a permit.  Safety is an important consideration in regulating these types of structures.  Some of these structures are not designed to be used long term, and placing them in property setback areas can create unforeseen problems.” Brickey asks that the following guidelines be considered before purchasing and placing a shed or small structure on your property:

Check with Community Development prior to purchasing or placing a shed or outbuilding type structure for placement and permit requirements by calling 442-5086.
There is no size exemption for permits.  Installation or construction of structures of any size require a placement and/or building permit.
Even if a structure is to be temporary, it still may require a permit.  Permits for temporary structures are valid for 180 days.
Sheds, greenhouses or other types of outbuilding type structures may not be placed in front or side yard areas defined as setbacks, even if the structure is to be temporary. These areas on your property must be free of structures. A typical residential front yard setback is 25 feet, and side yard setbacks are usually five feet from neighboring property lines and 20 feet from public right-of-way.
Structures also may not be placed in a manner that reduces or eliminates required off-street parking spaces.
Membrane structures and steel pipe structures are often required to be designed by a Washington State engineer.  Be sure that the required engineering is provided with the structure you are purchasing. 

Questions regarding sheds and outbuildings may be directed to the Zoning Division at 442-5086 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 


We do the Mash! The Little Monster Mash!
Come to our annual fall costume and dance party at the Longview Public Library, Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. We're planning a spooky fun evening for all ages, with doughnut races and other games, face-painting by Catherine Walquist, make-and-take crafts, sensory play for little monsters, and a costume contest. And it wouldn't be Little Monster Mash with a dance floor. DJ Rick Yates is back to spin some seasonal favorites to get you on your feet.

This event is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support of the Friends of the Longview Public Library and our amazing volunteers.


The City of Longview Urban Forestry Division begins taking applications for street tree removal

The City of Longview Urban Forestry Division will begin taking applications submitted by property owners for removal of street trees on the Urban Forest Management “Prohibited Trees” list. The removal program will permit up to 30 approved Tree Removal and Replacement Applications. Applicants must be the property owner or have approval in writing from the property owner allowing for the removal and submit property owner approval and contact information along with the application. Trees eligible for removal must be one of the species identified on the City of Longview’s “Prohibited Trees” list in the Urban Forest Management Plan. The policy is a one to one removal and replacement program in order to create a neutral effect on the urban forest population.

Trees approved for removal under this policy:

  • Poplar
  • Conifers
  • Mulberry
  • Sycamore
  • Weeping Willow
  • Box Elder
  • Ginko (Female)
  • Flowering Plum
  • Cottonwood
  • Catalpa
  • Hawthorn
  • Crabapple
  • Kwansan Cherry
  • Birch
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Sweet Gum

The restriction on the number of property owner requested removals allows the tree crew to continue to maintain the health of the urban forest through required maintenance and other removals and replacements. Once all 30 approved removal requests have been granted, property owners will need to reapply the following January.

Trees will be removed within one calendar year from date of application. Trees causing hardscape damage will receive priority scheduling and healthy trees will be slated for removal within regular staff workload.

If the property owner application is accepted under the removal plan, the cost to replace the removal is $300. More information and the tree removal application can be found under the Parks Tab on the City’s website www.mylongview.com under the Urban Forest Program tab or contact the Urban Forest Manager at 442.5421.


The City of Longview is HIRING!!!

Administrative Services Director: $104,148 – 140,616 annually. Closes October 31, 2019.
Fire Intern: $300 monthly. Seasonal. Continuous recruitment.
Police Officer (Entry Level & Lateral): $68,808 - $89,028 annually. Continuous recruitment.
Recreation Leader (Assistant): $12.00 - $14.76 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.
Recreation Site Leader: $12.37 - $15.22 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.

​Visit www.mylongview.com to read more about the open positions and to apply.


Tents, canopies and other temporary structures may have restrictions

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that the placement of temporary structures of any size or type is a regulated activity within city limits. Placement of this type of structures, whether temporary or permanent, may require a permit from the Community Development Department prior to placement.

“It is not uncommon to find canopies, tents and other types of temporary coverings set up in areas not allowed under our Longview Municipal Code,” says Community Development Director John Brickey. “Before placing any temporary structure on your property, it’s important to see if you need a permit. Safety is an important consideration in regulating these types of structures. They are not designed to be used long term, and they typically do not meet snow and wind load requirements. If not secured or constructed properly, they can quickly become air born or collapse, potentially injuring someone.”

Brickey asks that the following guidelines be considered before purchasing and placing a temporary structure on you property:

  • A temporary enclosure or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable materials supported by any manner or a “membrane structure” is defined as a structure.
  • Check with Community Development prior to placement of a temporary structure to see if you need a permit by calling 442-5087. 
  • Temporary structures are only permitted for a maximum of 180 days.
  • Temporary structures may not be placed in front or side yard areas defined as setbacks. These areas on your property must be free of structures. A typical residential front yard setback is 25 feet, and side yard setbacks are usually five feet.
  • Temporary structures may not be placed in any required parking areas.
  • Temporary membrane structures and tents are not approved for habitation unless placed within a licensed RV park approved for such use.
  • Recreational-type temporary structures on private, residential property may not require a permit. Examples include patio umbrellas and patio cloth gazebos.

Questions about temporary structures may be directed to the Community and Economic Development Department at 442-5086 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 


Teen Tuesday at the Longview Public Library

Teen Tuesdays are free activities for middle and high school youth, every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., September 24 - November 26, at the Longview Library. All events are free--snacks and supplies included. No sign up or library card required. For more information, call 360.442.5300.

October 22 - Interactive Hocus Pocus
Watch the classic movie with props and guided call-outs
October 29 - Little Monster Mash
Our annual all ages Halloween extravaganza!
November 5 - Writing Games
Play games like consequences, Story Cubes, Storymatic, and more
November 12 - DIY Hand Warmers
Make hand warmers you can heat up in the microwave and slip in your pocket
November 19 - Candy Sushi & Bubble Tea
Craft sushi look-alikes with rice krispies, Swedish fish, and other candy
November 26 - Minute to Win It
Challenge your friends to fast Minute to Win It games

Park and Recreation runs coming up!

Pumpkin Pi – Willow Grove

Saturday – October 26, 2019

Turkey Trot – Lake Sacajawea

Thursday – November 28, 2019


Longview Library Newsletter

Be sure to check out the latest issue of our library newsletter, Dialog. We have lots of fun in store! http://longviewlibrary.org/newsletter.php

Have you listened to the Library's new podcast yet? They cover a variety of library and book-related topics. Take a listen! http://longviewlibrary.org/yourshelf.php


Believe in the ability to change our community! Volunteer!

BE THE CHANGE you seek in our community. Change the way you look at the world by working for positive change in your own hometown. Devote some time volunteering on one of Longview’s many boards or commissions!

Longview’s boards and commissions enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to our city for the enrichment of the community as a whole. At the end of this year, several terms on our boards and commissions will end and may need to be filled. In addition, other vacancies can occur during the year. This is a perfect time to find your niche and make a positive, lasting contribution for the future of Longview’s next generations.

Visit the boards and commissions webpage under the “Your Government” tab at www.mylongview.com to view current and upcoming vacancies, apply, and learn more about specific boards. If you have previously applied, just log in to view or update your current application. If you have never applied, create an account and choose the boards you are eligible for. You may apply even if there are not vacancies for a board that you are interested in; your application will be kept in the event there is a resignation during the year.


Applications for upcoming vacancies will be accepted through October 31, 2019 but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.