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Club changes guard and presents awards

Rotary Club of Longview members held their annual Changing of the Guard meeting recently where awards were presented and the club’s new leader was introduced.

Outgoing President Hani Eid thanked members for an outstanding Rotary year. He also thanked board directors and committee chairpeople for their outstanding service. Each person received a token of appreciation.

Eid also inducted Denise Ferner as the new president. Her term is July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

Awards and Recognitions Committee chairman Bob Beal presented additional awards.

Longview Public Library librarian Chris Skaugset received the Vocational Service Award for outstanding service within a vocation. Sarah Koss was the presenter.

Josh Dailey, 2016 Rookie Rotarian of the Year, presented Keith Larson with the 2017 award for “seeking ways to help the club and successfully wearing many hats,” states a press release from the club.

Non-Rotarians who volunteer with the club on projects or who exemplify the values of Rotary also are honored by the club. Brian Magnuson recognized Debbie Malone for her many years volunteering for the club’s major fundraiser, the annual Tour de Blast bicycle event at Mount St. Helens.

R.A. Long High School senior Jerrod Strong received the award the club gives to a young person in the community. Jerrod received the award for his “cheerfulness and can-do attitude in overcoming a physical disability,” states the press release. He is the statistician for the RAL basketball team and “Jerrod worked hard to play in the RAL-Woodland game Jan. 3, sinking a basket to start the game,” states the release.

Rotarian and attorney Josh Dailey received the Jim Torkko Ethics in Business Award. Connie Hladek received the Service Award for her work as a board member and as chairwoman for key committees.

Literacy Committee chairwoman Sarah Koss was recognized by incoming club president Ferner for “years of dedication to reading projects for local students, projects that have garnered the local club district Rotary awards.”

Finally, Ferner discussed local club and Rotary International goals for her presidential term. She pledged to increase local membership by 10 percent, track the service hours of Longview Noon Rotarians, create a five-year strategic plan and increase contributions to Rotary International.

Karnofski on ISU spring dean’s list

Lisa Karnofski of Longview was named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

She is majoring in software engineering.

To be named to the list, a student must have received a 3.5 or higher grade-point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work.

Longview Rotary club awards scholarships

The Rotary Club of Longview recently awarded 10 $1,500 scholarships to local high school graduating seniors.

The criteria for the scholarships included academia excellence, service to the community, financial need and opportunity for success.

The recipients

Toutle Lake High School: Ashlynn Dean; the school is the site of the Rotary Club’s major fundraiser, the Tour de Blast bicycle race at Mount St. Helens.

R.A. Long High School: Samantha Haywood, the Bassett McRae Scholarship provided by Dr. Tom Pulliam; Heydee Amador Munoz, Maci Robinson and Kayla Church, Rotary Scholarships (for students who will attend a community college, a four-year university, vocational school or technical school).

Mark Morris High School: Kennedy Werner, the Bill Davis Memorial Scholarship for a student entering the business field; Luke Slind, the James Stacie Memorial Scholarship (awarded in alternate years); and Amber Torell, Andrea Nelson and Marisol Sanchez Matias, Rotary Scholarships (for students who will attend a community college, a four-year university, vocational school or technical school).

Busby joins

Gibbs & Olson

Kyle Busby has joined Gibbs & Olson of Longview as a project engineer.

Mug: Kyle Busby


A 2010 graduate of Kelso High School, Busby is a 2014 graduate of the University of Washington civil engineering program.

He holds engineer-in-training certification in Washington.

His experience includes preparing construction plans, specifications, cost estimates, three-dimensional surface models and pipe networks for transportation and civil site design projects, according to a press release.

Busby will help with transportation, site, storm water, waste water and water design projects as well as storm water analysis.

Barker receives

police awards

Longview native Skylar Barker recently received the Officer of the Year award from the Corpus Christi Police Department and the Kiwanis Club of Corpus Christi’s Chief Floyd Simpson Police Office of the Year Award.

Barker has been with the Corpus Christi, Texas, Police Department for four years.

Barker is a 2003 graduate of Mark Morris High School. He was in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2013. While in the service, he received a Purple Heart and was in two combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He joined the Corpus Christi Police Department in 2013. He is a SWAT Team member, an Honor Guard member and was named Officer of the Month before receiving his latest two awards.

Stansbury joins

Utilize I.T. Inc

Kylie Stansbury has been hired as operations manager at Utilize I.T. Inc. of Longview.

She will be responsible for developing and executing operational and business development strategies to drive sustainability and growth, states a press release from the company.

The Syndey, Australia, native has worked in operations and administrative positions in the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Chamber gives

out awards

“The Pillar of Strength and Crystal Apple Business and Education Awards” sponsored by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce took place May 3 at Lower Columbia College.

The event recognizes and celebrates people in business and education who have excelled during the year.

Members of the Chamber’s Education Foundation Committee and The Lower Columbia Professionals Committee (LCP) awarded 14 scholarships to selected high school seniors at the event.

The Education Foundation Committee awarded $7,000 in scholarships to four seniors. The Chamber’s Lower Columbia Professionals Committee awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 11 seniors.

In addition to recognizing scholarship recipients, the year’s Pillars of Strength and Crystal Apple Business and Education nominees and recipients were honored.

The winners

Higher Education Teachers of the Year: Amber Lemiere and Louis LaPierre, LCC.

Higher Education Support Person of the Year: Jodi Dahlke, LCC.

K-12 Administrator of the Year: Ray Cattin, Wallace Elementary School.

K-12 Classified Person of the Year: Maria Rodriguez, Kelso School District.

K-12 Teacher of the Year: Pam Bauman, Kelso School District.

Workforce Education Individual Achievement: Kathy Miller, Red Canoe Credit Union.

Workforce Education Business: Millennium Bulk Terminals.

Small Business of the Year: Gibbs & Olson.

Large Business of the Year: Foster Farms.

Small Non-Profit of the Year: Emergency Support Shelter.

Large Non-Profit of the Year: Lifeworks.

Business Person of the Year: Ryan Grady, ServPro.

Rising Star: John Paul, KUKN, KLOG, The Wave.

Ambassador of the Year: Teedara Garn.

Goodell gets

BA degree

Gary Goodell of Longview recently received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.

Two attorneys

join board

Appellate attorneys John Hays and Anne Cruser have been appointed to the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid (CWLA) board of directors.

CWLA works hard to extend its reach and engage leaders in the legal community to promote and support its mission of providing free legal services to low income people in the civil courts through the generous donations of time from local attorneys, states a press release from the CWLA.

Hays is a private practice attorney in Longview. He received his license in 1986. He has represented defendants in Class A, B and C felonies in Cowlitz County Superior Court and has represented defendants in more than 100 felony jury trials, states the press release.

Since 1988, he has represented clients in Cowlitz, Clark, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Kitsap and Thurston counties in cases to the Washington State Court of Appeals for criminal and civil matters.

Hays also is a Judge Pro Tem for Cowlitz County.

Kalama resident Cruser received her license in 1998. She is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she is the supervising attorney for the appellate division. She spent eight years in private practice doing appellate criminal defense throughout counties in Southwest Washington, criminal trial defense, juvenile representation in Cowlitz County, and parent representation in dependency and termination cases at the appellate level, states the press release.

Cruser was a Judge Pro Tem in Cowlitz County District Court for five years.

She serves on the Washington Pattern Instructions Committee for the Washington State Bar Association and frequently provides training sessions for attorneys along with search and seizure training for law enforcement.

Monahan attends piano competition

Linda Monahan recently attended the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.

Competitors between 18 and 30 years old attend from all over the world.

Schwartz earns

PhD in California

Wm. Andrew Schwartz, a 2003 graduate of Mark Morris High School, recently received a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.

Schwartz is the executive director of the Center for Process Studies, co-founder and executive vice president of Toward Ecological Civilization ( and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Many locals earn degrees from WGU

Several local residents have received degrees from Western Governors University (WGU) Washington. The university held its sixth annual commencement ceremony at KeyArena in Seattle on May 6 and celebrated the graduation of more than 2,600 graduates.

Castle Rock: Ashleigh Kruckenberg, bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies (K-8); Colleene Little, bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies (K-8); Bryce Garbe, master of arts in teaching in social science (5-12); and Judah Rister, bachelor of arts in special education.

Cathlamet: Elizabeth Clark, master of arts in teaching in elementary education (K-8).

Kalama: Chastity Elliott, bachelor of science in nursing; and Mallory Schlang, bachelor of science in nursing.

Kelso: Carole Harrison, bachelor of science in business management; Evelyn Schill, bachelor of science in nursing; Joy Sesler, master of education in instructional design; Kristen Slater, bachelor of science in nursing; Laurie Elam, bachelor of science in nursing; Michelle Ashby, bachelor of science in nursing; Sadie Young, bachelor of science in nursing; Sarah Brenner-Williams, bachelor of science in nursing; Sarah Mattison, bachelor of science in nursing; Charles Meadows, bachelor of science in business management; Samuel Sturza, master of business administration; and Timothy Watson, bachelor of science in business management.

Longview: Alyssa Taylor, bachelor of science in nursing; Amber Taylor, bachelor of science in nursing; Anna Baker, bachelor of science in nursing; Lorelei Catlin, bachelor of science in nursing; Malissa Harris, bachelor of science in nursing; Bethany Gomez, master of science in nursing education; Betsy Brown, master of arts in teaching English education (5-12); Deborah Burzynski, master of science in nursing education; Jodi DeSpain, bachelor of science in nursing; Kayla Edwards, master of arts in teaching in elementary education (K-8); Lanie Cosio, master of science in accounting; Mathea Koski, master of science in nursing leadership and management; Misty Brunelle, master of arts in mathematics education (K-6); Sharla Hixon, bachelor of science in nursing; Brant Jacobson, bachelor of science in nursing; Craig Hoehne, MBA in management and strategy; David Juneman, master of science in information technology management; Jason Whitney, master of science in nursing education; Jesse Gomez, bachelor of arts in mathematics (5-12); Steven Baker, master of science in special education; and Vasiliy Pisarchuk, bachelor of science in accounting and master of business administration.

Silver Lake: Alisa Wilske, bachelor of science in nursing; and Kristin Niehenke, master of science in curriculum and instruction.

Zimmerman joins honor society

Grace Zimmerman of Grays River recently was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Pacific Lutheran University

Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

Pace named

to dean’s list

Nicholas R. Pace of Kelso was named to the dean’s list at Norwich University in Vermont for the spring 2017 semester.

Many named to

WSU honor roll

Several local residents have been named to the Washington State University spring 2017 president’s honor roll.

To be eligible for the honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and receive a 3.75 grade-point average or receive a 3.5 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

Castle Rock: Royce Conjulusa, Benjamin DeCamp, Erin Dillinger, William Forsyth, Levi Godinho, Joshua Hamer, Tessa Hensley, Emma Johnson, Mikayla LaFontaine, Emilee Morehouse, Danelle Roan, Kyla Sheneman, Gary Weston and Taryn Wilson.

Kelso: Caleb Anderson, Samuel Bates, Julia Breidt, Joshua Cardinale, Jennifer Contreras, Cassie Davie, Rockne DeFrates, Jory Goehner, Mariah Inman, Kevin Lender, Anna Lewis, Steven Manthe, Macey Martin, Kelli McDonald, Shawn McElligott, Terryn Mitchell, Colleen Reynolds, Steven Spence, Maria Venegas, Joey Wardell, Nina Willis, Katie Wood and Katie Wymore.

Longview: Evan Albertson, Blake Bussing, Jordan Byman, Tanner Byman, Jessica Carson, Mackenzie Curry, Andrew Davis, Jaidah Dickinson, James Dieter, Nathan Eiche, Deborah Estes, Jessica Ferguson, Sky Goble, Jaimi Gomes, Travis Guernsey, Rebecca Huhta, Lois Keilwitz, Connor Lane, Derek Mashburn, Amy Maurer, Kendra McGarthwaite, Michael McNeil, Lindsay McQuaid, Brett Merritt, Hannah Mirenta, Charles Mitchell, Brandon Nass, Peggy Noble, Ruth Orcutt, Drew Parker, Amy Phillips, Leah Richards, Nick Rinck, Weston Robinson, Elizabeth Sharer, Brianna Sorensen, Angel Tapia, Sydney Thompson, Genieve Tumapat and Michael Wardle.

Naselle: Haley Pine and Jared Sagmiller.

Toutle: Noah Benson and Naten Gregory.

Woodland: Morgan Atchley, Jessica Barkley, Aaron Birch, Mikayla Blackwell, Jeronimo Cordero, Amanda Corey, Melissa Eldridge, Michelle Finucane, Mitchell Harbick, Terah Hoyt, Daniel Hughes, Cooper Irwin, Makayla Lefever, Carly Mairose, Alexandra Moore, Andars Nosler, Martin Parrao, Kacie Rice-Robertson, David Sharshakov, Alissa Smith and Amanda Wiant.

Preheim named

to honor roll

Orrin Preheim of Kalama has been named to the Kansas State University spring 2017 semester honor roll.

To be named to the honor roll, a student must have at lest 12 graded hours with a 3.75 or higher grade-point average for the semester.

Johnson graduates

from ASU

Austin R. Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Mark Morris High School, graduated with honors (cum laude) May 11 from Arizona State University, in Tempe, Ariz.

Johnson received a bachelor of science degree in supply chain management. He also received a certificate in applied business data analytics from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

He has accepted a permanent position with Axon (formerly Taser International) in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Collins receives

D.P.T. degree

Kylie Collins of Longview has completed the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz.

Graduates received their degrees at a June 2 ceremony at the university.

The daughter of Longview residents John and Janice Nelson, Dr. Collins graduated from Mark Morris High School in 2006. She received a bachelor of science degree in kineisology with a minor in psychology from Arizona State University in 2010.

While at Midwestern, she served as class vice president, went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala, and volunteered and served on the Education Committee Board.

Student visits

nation’s Capitol

Monticello Middle School student Riley Ellis, who attends the Youth & Family Link’s Explorers Club afterschool program, and her mom Kimberly Ellis, spent part of a recent week meeting with U.S. Senators and Representatives and their aides to discuss the importance of investing in afterschool and summer learning programs for youngsters.

The Ellis family traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual Afterschool for All Challenge, organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

Riley was one of six afterschool students from five states selected to travel to the annual event. Her trip was in collaboration with Schools Out Washington and the Afterschool Alliance.

Riley shared her experiences and perspectives on afterschool programs with members of Congress, emphasizing how her program helps her complete her homework on time and broaden her horizons by helping in the school’s community garden, states a press release from Afterschool Alliance.

“The 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program has helped Riley develop friendships, learn new skills like cooking and gardening, as well as helped her get exited about school,” Riley’s mother is quoted in the release. “In fact, she is now on grade level and won an attendance award thanks in great part to the 21st CCLC program.”

The Afterschool for All Challenge is an annual event that brings together afterschool program providers and experts, along with students, to showcase some of the innovative activities their afterschool programs provide, states the press release.

“Students like Riley and parents like Kimberly speak so eloquently about the kinds of innovative, hands-on learning activities that quality afterschool programs offer students,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant, is quoted in the release.

“These programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. They help young people discover their passions and have fun while they learn. We need to increase public and private funding so all students can take advantage of the opportunities afterschool and summer learning programs provide.”

Student qualifies

for rodeo event

Mark Morris High School 11th-grader Levi Delamarter recently qualified for a position on the Washington state/provincial National High School rodeo team and will travel to Gillette, Wyo., July 15-24 to compete in the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

He will compete in team roping. This is the second year he has qualified for the nationals in team roping.

He and his partner Wade Bruemmer of Okanagan, Wash., finished the high school rodeo season as state champions in team roping. Delameter finished fourth in the state in tie down roping.

The event will be telecast live online at

— The Daily News


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