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The City of Kelso is accepting applications for fireworks stand permits.

Due to the size of population, the City of Kelso is limited to allow for three fireworks stands each year.  Permits may be granted, or denied, based upon the City Manager's assessment of the applicant's experience and demonstrated record together with such other factors as are determined to be in the best interest of and benefit to the community.  All applications to operate fireworks stands shall be made no later than May 2, 2019.

For additional information, please visit the City's website or contact Traci Howard at 360-423-0900 or

Tonight, starting at 8:30 pm, crews from Mill Plain Electric will be making changes to the signals on Allen Street at 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue.

The change on 4th Avenue at Allen will modify the signal and signing so that the left lane and the middle lane on 4th are left turn only lanes, and the right lane is available for through traffic southbound as well as right turns. On Allen at 5th Avenue, the signal and signing change will prohibit left turns from Allen to 5th Avenue Street. On 5th Avenue at Allen, the signal and signing changes will change the designation for the middle lane to allow left turns from 5th to Allen. Through traffic northbound on 5th at Allen will continue to be able to use the middle lane. Directional signing will be installed to route eastbound traffic on Allen Street to 5th Avenue northbound via 4th Avenue and Oak Street.  C & R Tractor and Landscaping will install temporary striping on 4th, 5th, Oak and Allen. Permanent striping has been delayed until night time temperatures are suitable.

The City will work to minimize inconveniences during construction. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

City of Kelso
Engineering Department
(360) 423-6590

The Park Board meeting for Thursday, January 17th has been canceled.

The City of Kelso will be hosting the 19th District Legislators Wednesday, December 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss legislative delegations for Kelso.  As we will have a majority of council members attending, the public is also welcome to attend.

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Call 211 on your cell phone or visit 211 Washington Resource Network or to find Extreme Cold Weather Shelters in our area.

A Storybook Christmas

Friday, November 30, 2018 Kelso City Hall - 203 S. Pacific Ave 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lower Columbia College and the Kelso School District are partnering to add a larger Headstart facility at Barnes Elementary School, 401 Barnes Street, Kelso. The new modular will be approximately 5,000 square feet in size and have an additional 14 off street parking spaces as well as an off street drop off and pick up for the kids. Parties wishing to comment on the Notice of Application or Environmental Checklist must do so in writing by 4:30pm December 6, 2018. Please follow the directions within in the Notice of Application on how to submit comments. Only written comments can be taken. For more information visit Current Development Projects on our Planning Webpage.

Tonight, starting at 7 pm, crews from SPM will be striping Grade Street from Oak Street to 13th Street. The striping will be in a new configuration from the current striping. Between Ash Street and 13th, the new striping will designate one through lane each direction, a center-turn lane and bike lanes on each side. From Oak to Ash, the new striping will designate one through lane in each direction and bike lanes on each side. During the work, individual lanes will be closed until the striping dries, but Grade Street will remain open. In addition, striping to Oak Street from 4th to 5th, 4th from Academy to Oak and 5th from Oak to Allen will occur in upcoming days as weather allows.

The City will work to minimize any inconveniences. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

City of Kelso
Engineering Department
(360) 423-6590


Cowlitz Clean Waters is sponsoring its second annual student video contest for high school students to raise awareness of the solutions to stormwater pollution.  Grand prize for the winning video is a $500 Amazon gift card, with $250 and $150 gift cards for the runners-up. For more information see the Cowlitz Clean Waters Website at