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Working together

This past week, I’ve attended four local functions that show wonderful results of what great things can happen when we work together.

Wednesday evening I attended an Apprenticeship and Trades Fair put on by the Longview School District. The partnership with LCC for Running Start for college bound students is well-established. This is a partnership with local Unions for Pre-apprenticeships. (Thank you Longview School District! Vote for the replacement levy!)

Our “Meet the Author” event with the Longview Library was held at the Columbia Theatre for an informal chat with author Mona Goldbeck. Her book, “The Children of Willesden Lane was available for free/ thanks to the Rotary.. This was followed up with, again, free performances for all the local school children at the Theatre with newsreel film clips, narration by Ms. Goldbeck and wonderful piano music . (Thank you, Columbia Theatre and all others involved.)

On Thursday, I attended another open-to-the-public Community Conversation Class at Lower Columbia College.. These classes quarters series now is entitled “Making the World a Better Place” and held at Laufman Lecture Hall, Room 101, From noon to 1:00. If you haven’t attended before, it is well-worth it. It is a Brown Bag, so feel free to bring lunch. (Thank you, LCC.)

On Sunday, Stageworks last performance of a festival of plays by local high school drama departments. What wonderful involvement for these young thespians to ‘strut their stuff’ at the local theatre and getting input from knowledgeable theatre judges to help them hone their skills. (Thank you, everyone at Stageworks.)

JoAnne Baker


What is scoping?

This is your chance to weigh-in on the new environmental review of Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed Kalama methanol refinery.

The comment period we are in right now is called scoping. The scoping period is the best time to point out all the issues that the new Environmental Impact Statement should address. Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County are co-creators of the new EIS. These and other agencies will use the new EIS to decide whether to issue permits for the Kalama methanol refinery.

If you’ve never voiced your concerns about building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in our tiny town of Kalama, now is your chance.

All scoping comments must be received by 5:00pm on March 1, 2018. Email your comments to or mail them to “Ann Farr c/o Port of Kalama, 110 West Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625.”

You can also learn more at a meeting hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Kalama Community Building.

Linda Leonard



Not one, but two razzle-dazzle trick plays designed for immobile pocket passing quarterbacks to catch passes captivated audiences at this year’s Super Bowl.

The first thrown to Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady, who only puts on the “burners” when being pursued by a 330-pound offensive tackle, was dropped by the veteran quarterback. The second was to a fill-in quarterback (Eagles’ Nick Foles) determined to do his best.

The latter ended up a true decider, as Ferndale, Wash. Native coach Doug Pederson made the gutsiest of calls. On fourth-and-goal, having been denied three times, when all others including Pederson’s wife would’ve sent in the field-goal unit, he says “Nuts. We’re going in.”

Fans live for that.

Think Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl 49: Marshawn Lynch crashing into the end zone from 1 yard out was the conventional, expected, call. Instead, a pass that fails. End of story except for years of coulda, woulda, shoulda.

Nick Foles, a backup replacing star quarterback Carson Wentz, out with a torn knee, takes the Eagles into and through the playoffs to beat arguably the best team assembled and them, at full strength.

Superbowl 52 will be remembered as the year the backup quarterback and the absolute moxie of the play calling took down the Belichek-Brady dynasty.

The shepherd boy slays the giant.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose, Oregon

Price tag

For the price of 21 police stations, I can have an elementary school? I’m all for the little urchins, but this is getting out of hand.

Chris Fry