The way that water and sewer charges in the City of Longview are calculated are changing, as the City Council approves a change from a flat rate to a consumption-based rate structure. City Council member Dennis Weber says that this will charge utility customers for what they actually use. City officials had been planning to make some other rate increases with the change to the consumption-based structure, but with the receipt of a low-interest loan and a grant for the Mint Farm Water Supply Project, they’re saying that no rate increases are needed at this time. They are suggesting that the City Council review utility rates next month.
Archive | August, 2010
Be aware that the 30th Avenue railway crossing will be closed tomorrow. The Columbia and Cowlitz Railway will be doing some repair work. 30th Avenue will be closed during the work, which is set to begin at 7 am tomorrow morning. The closure is expected to run until 9 pm. Detours will be posted. There will also be some intermittent closures of Beacon Hill Drive tomorrow and Sunday, as some railroad trestle maintenance is conducted. Delays of up to 15 minutes at a time are possible. Starting at 9 pm tonight, the City of Kelso will be closing North Pacific Avenue from Cowlitz Way to North Kelso Avenue, as they perform pavement grinding and repairs. The closure is expected to last about five hours, with traffic detoured to North First Avenue.
The Daily News has a new managing editor, as it’s announced that John Markon, 57, will be taking over the newsroom. They report that Markon comes to this area from Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he’d previously been working as the news and features editor for the Post Register newspaper. Markon is a native of Virginia, and has spent much of his time in the sports aspect of journalism. He moved over to news in 2008, saying that he was looking for a new challenge. Markon also says that he likes working for smaller papers, where everyone is asked to “do a little bit of everything.” Daily News Publisher Rick Parrish is quoted as saying that Markon has a wealth of experience at the community level, and will help to keep the Daily News focused on the local area.
Starting this morning, the annual Hood-to-Coast Relay will get started at Mt. Hood, with 17,000 runners then taking part in the relay that will end at the Pacific Ocean in Seaside. The relay comes through Columbia County, using Highway 30 from Scappoose to Saint Helens. Just south of St. Helens, the relay course veers off of the main highway at Church Road. The runners will then go past the Columbia County Fairgrounds, running through rural area of the county before leaving through the Mist-Birkenfeld area on Apiary Road. Columbia County officials say that you will need to be aware of some traffic control changes for the relay, including a restriction on left turns off of Highway 30 at Church Road. More information is available on the Hood-to-Coast Relay webpage, or you can follow them on Twitter.
The Friday Downtown Live event wrap up this evening, and the Columbia River Reader is sponsoring a special activity connected to that. You’re invited to take part in the Columbia River Reader Shore Excursion Downtown Walkabout. Starting at 5 pm, you can stop by the CRR office, located at suite 108 in The Merk. You’ll pick up a “passport,” then you’ll follow clues that will lead you to other locations in downtown, where you can get your passport stamped. Sue Piper with the reader says that there will be surprises at each of the locations. Passport holders will also be eligible for special deals, offered only to those with the passports. Once you’ve finished up, return to The Merk and you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize drawing, which will include a Seahawks portable grill and other prizes. They’ll be serving a cake prepared by Kristi’s Custom Cakes, along with other celebrations connected to the Reader’s 77th issue.
The second annual Cathlamet Downtown Corral longboard skateboarding event is planned for this weekend, with dozens of skateboard racers in town for a series of events. This afternoon at 5 pm is the “slide competition,” followed by the tight slalom at 6 pm. Tomorrow, they’re planning two “push races” around Puget Island, one of 7.5 miles and a second of 15 miles. At 2 pm, the “mystery slalom” will be held in downtown. Sunday will have the feature event, a downhill race that will go right through town. That’s set to start at 9 am Sunday morning. Proceeds helped out the local medical clinic last year. More information is available at www.cathlametcorral.com.
The 36th annual Unique Tin car show is planned for this weekend at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, with hundreds of classic and custom cars and trucks showing up to take part. Pre-registration is set for today from noon to 6 pm, with the pizza party for guest and pre-registered members running from 6 to 7 pm. The gates open at 8 pm tomorrow morning, and will run until 4 pm. The “Adult Games” run from 10 am until 2pm, with the “blow up car” events planned at noon and 2 pm. The Pinup Contest is set for 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 4 pm, then from 6 to 9 pm, the annual 15th Avenue Cruise will be held. A permit is needed to take part in that event. Following the cruise, there will be a rock-n-roll dance in the Civic Center from 9 pm until midnight.
The Mariners return to action tonight at home against Minnesota, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Saginaw Valley, Michigan and North Syracuse, New York will meet for the Babe Ruth World Series title today in Monticello, Arkansas…..Auburn was knocked out of the Little League World Series with a 7-5 loss to Pearland, Texas yesterday…..The Seahawks plan to play QB Matt Hasselbeck and many starters three quarters in tomorrow’s NFL Pre-Season game at Minnesota. Game time is 5 pm tomorrow…..The Champions Tour comes back to the Seattle area with today’s first round of the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie Ridge. Meanwhile the U.S. Amateur is down to the final eight golfers at Chambers Bay near Tacoma.
The Mariners and Red Sox split a double header yesterday with Boston winning the first game 5-3 and the M’s taking the nightcap 4-2. Seattle is back home after going 6-6 on the long road trip. They will take today off before the Twins come to Safeco Field tomorrow night…..The Kelso Babe Ruth All-Stars are back home after going 2-2 at the Babe Ruth World Series in Arkansas. The semi-finals today features Bryant Arkansas against Saginaw Valley Michigan followed by Greenville North Carolina against N. Syracuse New York…..Swin Cash scored 20 points to lead Seattle to a 79-66 playoff win over the Los Angeles Sparks last night…..Mark Morris HS is looking for a new girls head basketball coach after Scott Ruhland stepped down, citing time conflicts with his regular employer.
LifeFlight was activated to evacuate the driver of a loaded log truck that rolled over this morning in the 8400 block of West Side Highway. The crash was reported shortly before 8 am. Authorities say no other vehicles involved in the crash, and there’s no word yet on the condition of the driver.