A woman is recovering from injuries she received in a car crash reported last night in the 200 block of Fishers Lane. Longview Police say that this happened just before 8:30 pm, when a pickup crashed into a utility pole. The collision knocked the pole down, also bringing down what turned out to be Qwest fiber optic internet lines. A fire hydrant was also damaged in the collision. The woman was a passenger in the pickup, and was taken to St. John Medical Center to get treated for some facial injuries. The driver of the truck was cited for negligent driving.
Archive | March, 2010
A man who used to work in Longview as a contractor is heading to Federal prison, after pleading guilty to Federal charges of mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. The U. S. Attorney’s Office in Tacoma reports that Donald Chill, 41, of Marco Island, Florida, was sentenced yesterday in U. S. District Court, following his guilty plea in October of last year. Chill had a company called Charles Prescott Restoration, specializing in the rehabilitation of property damaged by fire, flood, wind and vandalism. Most of his work involved billing of insurance companies. In his plea agreement, Chill admitted that he inflated billings for his work, then he sold the company without disclosing the fraud. Chill was sentenced to four years in prison, five years of supervised release, and was also ordered to pay nearly $5 million in restitution.
The Red Canoe Credit Union branch was evacuated for a short time yesterday morning, after employees reported finding a suspicious object near the front doors. At about 8:30 yesterday morning, an employee reported that there was a cylindrical object near the front door, wrapped in duct tape. The building was evacuated through another door, while Kelso Police responded to the scene. They checked the object, and found that it was some sort of foam handle, wrapped in duct tape. They cleared the scene about 15 minutes later, and normal operations resumed.
The Longview School District reported yesterday that they have been successful in scoring a federal grant to try and help improve academic performance at Monticello Middle School. The district announced yesterday that Longview was one of nine districts in Washington that will receive the grants, though they won’t know the actual size of the award until late next month. The district applied for $1.5 million over the next three years, pledging to set up a plan to “transform” Monticello from being one of the state’s persistently lowest-performing schools. 41 schools from 21 districts applied for the grants, and only nine were awarded. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction is working with each of the districts to finalize the award amounts, which should be announced on the 27th of next month.
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging is announcing the launch of a new company website, put out in conjunction with an new trade media advertising campaign that showcases the new Longview Fibre brand. Lou Loosbrock is the vice president of sales and marketing, and he says that they’ve made a subtle transformation of the company’s logo, as well, shifting from “Longfibre” to “Longview.” He also says that a new tagline “True Craft,” communicates the company’s dedication to bringing authentic, professional service to their customers. Company officials say that the new website focuses more attention on products, and helps Longview Fibre stand out from its competitors; they say one of the goals is to communicate the company’s true manufacturing and service proposition. You’re invited to check out the new website at www.longviewfibre.com.
The commercial fishermen will be out on the Columbia River today, as the Columbia River Compact announces a 12-hour non-Indian commercial fishery that will run from noon until midnight today. The river will be open from the mouth to the I-205 bridge, with several sanctuaries set up near tributary river mouths. The commercial fishers will be allowed to use drift nets only, and are allowed a by-catch of five white sturgeon. Full details are available from Washington or Oregon Fish and Wildlife Departments.
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts renovation project is one of this year’s recipients of a state award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation announced this year’s awards yesterday, making presentations to 13 individuals and organizations. The Columbia Theatre was one of two Rehabilitation projects that was honored. It’s noted that this project is Cowlitz County’s first DAHP award-winner, and recognizes the hight quality work that was done. DAHP officials say that the project has restored the character of what they say is an “elegant” community performing arts center. They also say that the CTPA is now a “first-class venue” for top-name performers, but also raises awareness of preserving Longview’s unique heritage as a 1920’s planned community. Award recipients will be recognized in a special ceremony set for May 4th in Olympia.
The Seattle Mariners have a day off today as they get ready for the regular season opener next Monday. Yesterday the M’s beat the Oakland A’s 3-2 in Phoenix…..The Mark Morris baseball team has a spring break game at Ephrata this afternoon at 6 pm…..The Oregon Ducks athletics department has made a big money offer to Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith, according to several media reports. No word yet if he’s seriously considering the offer…..UW spring football practice begins this afternoon. Head coach Steve Sarkisian says QB Jake Locker will dabble with some pro baseball this summer, but it will not interfere with his football commitment…..The Seahawks have signed special teams star Sean Morey away from the Arizona Cardinals. Morey is a kick coverage specialist.
A power outage that affected about 3,000 Clatskanie PUD customers is being blamed on this morning’s blustery weather. The outage was reported at about 7:15 am, affecting an area from just west of Rainier, going into Clatskanie. Greg Booth with the Clatskanie PUD says that a BPA feeder line called the “Naselle Tap” was hit but some sort of debris, and that caused the line to part. It took until about 9:45 to make repairs.
We’re a little over a week into spring, but the Weather Service says that winter weather is returning to the area for the next couple of days. They say that a strong late-season cold front is moving ashore today, bringing high winds to coastal areas, and dumping a lot of snow in the mountains. A high wind warning is up this morning at the coast, with sustained winds of 35 to 45 miles an hour, and wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour in the Long Beach area. Winds have been picking up in the local area through the morning, with sustained winds above 20 miles an hour between 2 and 5 am today in Kelso, and a peak gust of 39 miles an hour recorded at the airport at 4:15 am. So far, no local problems from the gusty winds have been reported. There’s also a winter storm warning up until 11 am in the south Washington Cascades, with heavy snow and gusty winds expected through the day. Forecasters say as much as 18 inches could fall above four thousand feet through the day today, followed by another eight to 12 inches tonight. Winds are expected to be 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of up to 50 miles an hour. Be ready for severe driving conditions if you’re heading over a mountain pass, as spring break gets under way.