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Memorial services for Cindy Schimpf (Donaldson) will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 7th at the Latter Day Saints Church located at 1721 30th Avenue in Longview.  The family has opened the services to all community members wishing to pay their respects to Cindy’s life and legacy.

The Kelso Public Library will be open from 3:00 – 8:00pm on September 7th.


The City is grieving today from the passing of Kelso Library Manager Cindy Schimpf (Donaldson).  Cindy passed away this morning at St. John’s Medical Center in Longview.

Born and raised in Kelso, Cindy was the City’s longest-tenured employee with just under 36 years of service, all of which was spent in the library improving literacy and influencing generations of children within Cowlitz County.  Cindy was appointed as Library Manager in 2010 and expanded the library’s community outreach programs following the facility’s relocation to Three Rivers Mall.  She was heavily involved in the local faith community and held numerous leadership positions in charitable organizations such as Altrusa International throughout her career.

Statement from Kelso Mayor Nancy Malone:

“Today Kelso has lost a pillar of our community.  Cindy was a beloved friend, coworker, and public servant whose heart was filled with joy and compassion for everyone she encountered.  This tremendous loss will be felt deeply by all who have known her personally and professionally, but her legacy will live on through the public library she so dearly loved and to which her life was dedicated.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Kelso Public Library is closed today and is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, August 28th at 10:00am.


The dry spring season, coupled with reduced discharges from the Riffe and Mayfield Dams, have resulted in lower than normal flows in the Cowlitz River.  These conditions are affecting the output capability of our Ranney collector.  If these conditions continue, the Kelso system may reach a point where adequate amounts of water cannot be produced to fully meet utility customer demand.

Therefore, the City of Kelso is asking residents to help conserve water.

Please see the full press release for details.

For questions, please call the Engineering Department at 360-423-6590

 The City of Kelso is pleased to invite community agencies and event organizers to submit requests for lodging tax funding that will be considered for the 2019 budget year.

If your agency/organization would like to request financial support from the Lodging Tax Fund, please submit a Request for Funding form to the City Manager’s office no later than July 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Applications may be submitted directly by email to or mailed to City Hall at PO Box 819, Kelso, WA 98626.

Lodging Tax Funds are available for agencies and events that will promote tourism and encourage participants to sample the hospitality of the citizens and businesses of our area.

Please contact the City Manager's office at 360-577-3301 with questions.

Make a Great First Impression for your Business

As low as 0% interest loans to eligible property owners to enhance commercial buildings and storefronts within the program's designated area.

Loan amount is 80% of eligible project costs incurred, up to $30,000 based off of building front footage.    

Informational Letters sent to business owners the week of June 25, 2018.

For more information visit Downtown Kelso Facade Improvement Plan or




Old Pacific Highway Pavement Repairs


Beginning June 18 and ending June 22, Old Pacific Highway will be closed for road repairs between UNeek RV and approximately ½ mile to the South. The road work will repair a section of Old Pacific Highway that has settled as a result of land movement. Nutter Corp. will complete the work under contract with the City of Kelso. During the road closure, traffic will be detoured around the closure via Kalama River Road and I-5.

Following the five day closure, the road will be open, but single lane closures will be necessary for up to a week to allow for completion of guardrail replacement and restoration work along the edge of the road.  While single lane closures are in place, traffic will be flagged through the work area. Delays should be expected.

Construction will be completed by June 29, 2018.

If you have questions about the project, contact Paul Klope, 360-577-3322.

Updates will be posted on the City’s webpage and Facebook page.

June 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cowlitz County Administration Building - General Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, 207 4th Avenue North, Kelso.