Washington is proud of its rich Native American heritage. Many counties in Washington have names derived from native languages. Cowlitz County, which was founded in 1854, is a great example.
The word Cowlitz is a rough adaptation of the Native word tawallitch, the tribal name of the Native Americans who lived there before pioneers arrived. It is also the name given to a river running through the county, as well as a massive glacier that feeds into the river.Although the official translation of this word is lost in time, it is thought to mean “capturing the medicine spirit” or “river of the shifting sands.” The Native Americans living in Cowlitz country thrived on its abundant natural resources such as salmon and other fish. They were prodigious traders who established commercial ties with many other tribes in the Pacific Northwest.
Today, Cowlitz is 1,146 square miles, making it the 25th largest county in Washington. Its population is 102,133, many of whom live in Longview, Cowlitz’s largest city, and the county seat of Kelso.
No, not the type requiring bleeps. Actually, Secretary Reed spent part of Wednesday participating in separate county swearing-in ceremonies in Kelso and Olympia.
The Secretary traveled south in the morning to the Cowlitz County Courthouse to swear in County Commissioners Mike Karnofski and Dennis Weber (in photo above), and PUD Commissioner Kurt Anagnostou.
After returning to Olympia, Reed made the short trek around Capitol Lake and up the hill to the Thurston County Courthouse to take part in an afternoon swearing-in ceremony for County Commissioners Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe, Thurston County Superior Court Judges Christine Schaller and Erik Price, and Thurston PUD Commissioner Linda Oosterman. Reed didn’t swear in any of the Thurston officials, but he gave a keynote speech on leadership.
Last June, we blogged about a fun run/walk event in Castle Rock to help raise money for the Castle RockLibrary, which has been struggling to stay open since voters there narrowly defeated a levy measure last November to help finance it.
It appears that the second time might be the charm for the library. Updated elections results Thursday afternoon show the library levy is passing, with 342 voters (62.3 percent) supporting it and 207 (37.7 percent) opposing it. The levy needs at least 60 percent to pass. Initial results Tuesday night showed it was just below the approval threshold.
Cowlitz County has 40 suspended ballots that need signatures or other verifications. If all 40 suspended ballots are from Castle Rock, 29 of them would have to be “no” votes for the levy to fail. The results will be official on September 2.
Here is a story about the latest results in The (Longview) Daily News.