The Huskies will arrive in Provo Friday for a walk-through leading up to Saturday’s season opener at BYU. UW coach Steve Sarkisian returns to his alma mater for the first team since he played QB for the Cougars…..The Seahawks waived DT Jonathan Lewis and cut four others to get down to today’s 75 roster limit…..Advanced ticket sales are underway for Friday’s Mark Morris at Kelso football game at Schroeder Field. Tickets can be purchased at Furness Drug from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm…..The Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 last night. The M’s send Felix Hernandez to the mound tonight against the Halos, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Longview brothers David and Devin Mackin both won their divisions at the Washington state Arm Wrestling championships in Richland last weekend.
Archive | August, 2010
The Bonneville Power Administration welcomed a couple of hundred people at Castle Rock Elementary School yesterday, as the power agency opens a series of public meetings on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, a proposal to build a 500-kilovolt transmission line between Castle Rock and Troutdale. One topic of discussion was the so-called “Pearl Route,” which the Cowlitz County Commissioners are looking at for reconsideration. Doug Johnson with the BPA says that the “Pearl Route” was rejected because of potential high costs and environmental impacts. Johnson says that the BPA is going out with revised route maps, showing how several possible segments have been removed, moving them away from populated areas. He says that they’re also looking at moving the north-end substation to a site that’s further north and east of Castle Rock. Johnson says that the agency is still on track for the project, using this year to develop preliminary design and documentation of project impacts. They’re still planning to come out with its draft environmental impact statement on the project in fall of next year. Additional public meetings are planned for today at Skyview High School, on the 8th in Amboy, and on the 12th at Union High School. Additional information is available on the BPA website.
Two people are under arrest after a local bail bonding company moved to revoke the bail of a man wanted on a felony warrant. Agents of Freedom Bail Bonds called the Sheriff’s Office shortly before 6 pm yesterday, saying that they’d learned that Bradley Steven Penny, 28, of Longview was at an apartment in the 3700 block of Sunset Way. Penny wasn’t there when Deputies first checked, but they got another call around 10:30 pm, and Penny was arrested at that time. He’s now being held on warrants for possession of stolen property and obstructing an officer, with bail of $15,000 that has been revoked. Samantha Renae Harris, 24, was also arrested, and is now being held on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree rendering criminal assistance. Her bail is set at $500.
The Sheriff’s Office says that a 17 year-old girl is facing charges of DUI and hit-and-run after a crash that happened early this morning in the area of 42nd and Pacific Way. Deputies and aid crews responded to that area at about 1:20 am, when it was first reported that an SUV had crashed into a building. Deputies arrived and found that the SUV had actually crashed into an embankment, not a building. The 17 year-old female driver suffered some minor injuries in the collision, and was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Deputies say that they’re not sure exactly where the girl came from, but a further investigation shows that she’d hit a mailbox on 34th Avenue and another nearby hedge prior to crashing at 42nd Avenue. The Ford Explorer that the girl was driving got totalled.
Look for traffic impacts from sewer projects in both Kelso and Longview; starting today, work starts on replacement of an aging sewer line in northwest Kelso, working along Northwest 3rd Avenue. Inspection, marking and prep work is already under way, and the main work of excavation and replacement will start today. The project is expected to last into mid-October. There could be traffic disruptions connected to the project; detours will be posted.
As part of the West Longview Sewer Diversion Project, Prudential Boulevard will be closed at Crocker Avenue for the next couple of weeks. The closure on the main road through the Mint Farm Industrial Park is set to begin today, and will be in place through September 17th. Access to local businesses in the area will be maintained. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
Negotiations continue between local 153 of the AWPPW and Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging. There’s been no report on possible progress in yesterday’s sessions on the contract talks, but it is being reported that the two sides plan to meet again today. A union official tells the Daily News that they’ll continue to meet, working to get the best contract possible for their workers. It’s also being reported that progress is being made in regard to compensation for the union members, but health care benefits and pension plans remain as the main sticking points.
They’re showing off jobs and projects in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, efforts that were funded by Federal Recovery dollars. Presentations are planned from 10 am until noon today in a variety of locations; at the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory, they’ll have a video and tour of the improvements that are being made. Presentations are also planned at the Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, the Pine Creek Visitor Information Center, and the Mt. Adams Ranger District headquarters. You can also find out more by calling the Forest Service at 360-891-5007, or go onto the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website.
Lower Columbia CAP is announcing the availability of Back-to-School haircut vouchers, making those vouchers available for kids from 5 to 18 years of age. The vouchers are available at the Help Food Warehouse on a first-come, first-serve basis; you’ll be asked to bring identification for the kids, things like medical cards or Social Security cards, along with proof of low-income status. The vouchers will be available at CAP through Thursday between 8 am and 3 pm. Call 425-3430 for more information.
School starts today in the Winlock School District, while classes start tomorrow for kids in the Kelso, Longview, Woodland, Wahkiakum and Toutle Lake school districts. It’s Thursday for the kids in Kalama. The new school year starts next Tuesday in Castle Rock, Rainier and St. Helens. Be on the lookout for kids making their way to and from school bus stops, and be sure to observe the 20 mile-an-hour school zone speed limits.
They’re looking for a new Executive Director for the United Way of Cowlitz County, as Bob Johnson takes a position with the St. John Medical Center Foundation Team. Johnson has been with the local United Way for 15 years, and he says that this was a great opportunity, looking at some new horizons for his work. Johnson says that he currently has the second-longest tenure in Washington state for United Way directors, in a situation where the positions usually turn over every five to eight years. Johnson says that this will be “something different to do,” and the move will also help to bring some fresh blood into the United Way. He says that he’s moving onto a great team, and is looking forward to being involved with the focused efforts of the Foundation. Advertisments are now being posted for the position now held by Johnson, which will be open until September 24th. Johnson says that he’ll be starting his new position on September 27th, and he hopes that they can have a new Executive Director chosen by then.