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Archive | November, 2010

Millennium Shoreline Permit

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 08:56

The Cowlitz County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit that’s being requested by Utah-based Millennium Bulk Logistics. Commission Chair George Raiter says that the company has met all of the legal requirements, and he says that their proposal will actually be an improvement to what’s currently on that property. The Commissioners say that concerns that were raised in last week’s four-hour public hearing are valid, but it was also noted that most, if not all, of those issue are covered in the “mitigated finding of non-significance” that was issued in regard to the proposal. Under that finding, a total of 50 conditions are connected to the permit, dealing with issues like dust control, noise, traffic and other environmental concerns. At yesterday’s meeting, an additional condition was imposed, requiring the company to come back to the county for another permit if Millenium plans to expand beyond the handling of five million tons of coal per year. Opponents to the project now have 21 days to appeal the decision to the state of Washington; Millennium says that they’d like to get moving on this, hoping to close the deal on the Reynolds Metals/Chinook Ventures property by the end of this month.

Shooting Report

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 08:55

The report on that shootout involving a Longview Police Officer is out, and they’re now saying that more than 40 rounds were expended between Officer Nick Woodard and suspect William Kelly of Vancouver. Today’s Daily News has the full story regarding the October 26th shootout, which got started shortly after a robbery at Yoon’s Market on Pacific Way. Woodard tried to stop a pickup matching the description of the suspect, and was involved in a short car chase. After the pickup broke down, Woodard ordered Kelly out of the pickup at gunpoint. He says Kelly reached into the truck and pulled out a semi-automatic SKS rifle, then started shooting at Woodard. Rounds perforated Woodard’s police car, as the Officer took cover, then returned fire. After emptying the SKS, Kelly starting firing from a MAC-11 9MM pistol that he had hanging from his neck. Another full clip of ammo went in Woodard’s direction before Kelly ran into the bushes. Other Officers arrived the scene, including a K-9 and Lower Columbia SWAT. About two hours later, Kelly’s body was found about 80 yards from his pickup, dead from two gunshot wounds to his chest. An autopsy shows that Kelly shot himself twice, using another .357 magnum that he had. A check of Kelly’s car turned up ten more guns, along with ammunition, masks and wigs. They also say Kelly was hit by three rounds from Woodard, but those wounds were not lethal. Woodard wasn’t hit by any of Kelly’s rounds, but he did suffer some scrapes and cuts while trying to find cover. Woodard was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, but has now been returned to active duty.

Ecology Fines

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 08:54

The Department of Ecology reports that Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging was hit with several fines during the second quarter of the year. A total of $17,000 was levied in three separate incidents. There was a fine of $1,500 levied on April 12th for an incident connected to a violation of the plant’s wastewater permit was recorded. On May 25th, a fine of $8,000 was filed for air pollution violations on December 23rd of last year and on January 13th of this year. On April second, a $7,500 fine was imposed for another air permit violation. Those were the only significant violations reported in the local area.

No Smelt

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 08:53

The Columbia River Compact issued a “Joint State Action Notice” late yesterday morning, announcing that there will be NO commercial or sport fishing for smelt in the coming year. The Compact announced that the Columbia River and all adjacent tributaries will be closed for all smelt fishing. Fishery officials say that there’s just no way that the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow the fishing of an endangered species like this. Last March, Columbia River Smelt were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, after nearly two decades of declining runs. Last year, only 3,600 pounds of commercially-caught smelt were recorded, and only four days of sport dipping was allowed, with only minimal success. Washington Fish and Wildlife has received a $560,000 grant for researching smelt, and it’s thought that they may use some of that money to hire commercial dippers to help determine the actual size of this year’s run. It’s also speculated that it would be “highly unlikely” that sport dipping will be allowed within the next few years.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 08:52

Kentucky defeated Washington 74-67 in the Maui Invitational last night. The Huskies will take on second ranked Michigan State in the third place game later today. Gonzaga downed Marquette 66-63 in the third place game at the CBE Classic in Kansas City. Klay Thompson scored 35 points as the WSU Cougars beat Portland 84-68 in the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle. The Oregon Ducks beat Texas Southern 75-52…..The local college hoop season begins Friday with the 24th Red Devil Classic at LCC. The Devils open the season Friday night at 8 pm against Peninsula…..Holiday Bowl officials will be at the UW versus California game Saturday in Berkeley. There is a chance the winner would represent the Pac-10 if either team becomes bowl eligible with six wins.

School/Event Closures-7:00 am-11/24/10

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 07:20

(*-latest update)
*Lower Columbia College – Closed
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – All buses on snow rts AM and PM, no South Silver Lake run.
Kalama – Already off for the holiday
Woodland – Non-student day
Vernonia – Closed
Knappa – 1 hour late
Jewell – Jewell School is closed Tues and Wed. Will resume on Monday Nov.29th
Warrenton-Hammond –
Astoria – Closed
Toledo (WA) – Closed
Winlock – Closed
Wahkiakum – All school on time today. PM kindergarten attending in AM.
Naselle-Grays River Valley – Closed
St. Rose School – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Elementary and secondary school closed. Child Development Center open two hours late.

CUBS – Route 12: CVG/WEST LONGVIEW: Eliminate Pacific Way — alternate route: 30th Ave to Pennsylvania Ave to 38th Ave and then as normal.
Route 20: Kelso – Eliminate 8th Ave from Ash to Allen Street – alternate: left on Grade from Ash to Allen Street, right on Allen Street continue on route; Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: 7th Ave to Cowlitz Way
Route 21: NORTH KELSO: Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: Cowlitz Way to 7th; Eliminate Burcham and Bates Rd — alternate route: Kelso Drive
Route 10 and 11 will remain the same.
Route changes are effective until 7 PM tomorrow (Wednesday, November 24th). Further advisories will be forthcoming. Stay tuned to your local radio station for current information.

School/Event Closures–4:00 am–11/24/10

Posted on 24th November 2010 at 04:20

Lower Columbia College – Opening at 10 am
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – All buses on snow rts AM and PM, no South Silver Lake run.
Kalama – Already off for the holiday
Woodland – Non-student day
Vernonia – Closed
Knappa – 1 hour late
Jewell – Jewell School is closed Tues and Wed. Will resume on Monday Nov.29th
Toledo (WA) – Closed
Winlock – Closed
Naselle-Grays River Valley – Closed
St. Rose School – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Elementary and secondary school closed. Child Development Center open two hours late.

Bethany Lutheran Church in Longview – Thanksgiving Eve service cancelled
Castle Rock Christian Church – Community Thanksgiving service at 7 pm cancelled, 6 pm Soup and Salad event also cancelled.

CUBS – Route 12: CVG/WEST LONGVIEW: Eliminate Pacific Way — alternate route: 30th Ave to Pennsylvania Ave to 38th Ave and then as normal.
Route 20: Kelso – Eliminate 8th Ave from Ash to Allen Street – alternate: left on Grade from Ash to Allen Street, right on Allen Street continue on route; Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: 7th Ave to Cowlitz Way
Route 21: NORTH KELSO: Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: Cowlitz Way to 7th; Eliminate Burcham and Bates Rd — alternate route: Kelso Drive
Route 10 and 11 will remain the same.
Route changes are effective until 7 PM Wednesday, November 24th.

School/Event Closures–8:00 am–11/23/10

Posted on 23rd November 2010 at 08:57

Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed, No football banquet tonight, rescheduled for December 1st.
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – Closed
Kalama – Closed
Woodland – Closed
Lower Columbia College – Closed today, reopening tomorrow at 10 am.
Centralia College – Main campus opens at 10 am, Morton campus opens at noon

Rainier – No school Tuesday. No parent conferences.
Clatskanie – Closed, No Parent-Teacher Conferences
Vernonia – Closed
Scappoose – Schools CLOSED – No Conferences
Knappa – Closed
Jewell – Jewell School is closed Tues and Wed. Will resume on Monday Nov.29th

Toledo (WA) – Closed

Wahkiakum – Closed
Warrenton-Hammond – Closed
Astoria – Closed

Lower Columbia CAP – Closed today, will reopen tomorrow at 10 am. Three Rivers Christian – closed
Sylvan Learning Center – Closed
Polly’s Day Care – 2 hours late, opening at 8:30
Rose Valley Child Care – Closed

CUBS – Notification of Fixed Route Bus Schedule Changes Due to Weather Route Changes at this time:
Route 12: CVG/WEST LONGVIEW: Eliminate Pacific Way — alternate route: 30th Ave to Pennsylvania Ave to 38th Ave and then as normal.
Route 20: Kelso – Eliminate 9th Ave from Ash to Allen Street – alternate: left on Grade from Ash to Allen Street, right on Allen Street continue on route; Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: 7th Ave to Cowlitz Way
Route 21: NORTH KELSO: Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: Cowlitz Way to 7th; Eliminate Burcham and Bates Rd — alternate route: Kelso Drive
Route 10 and 11 will remain the same.
Route changes are effective until 7 PM today. Further advisories will be forthcoming.

Longview Fibre – Non-operational, salaried and office staff are advised to stay home.
Longview Chiropractic – Closed today
Cowlitz Ukulele Association – Meeting cancelled

Icy Roads

Posted on 23rd November 2010 at 08:52

As predicted, overnight lows in the local area dipped down into the 20’s, freezing the light layer of snow that fell during yesterday. That has frozen into a layer of ice that’s covering all of the area’s roadways, making for extremely treacherous driving conditions. There have been numerous reports of cars spinning out or sliding off of local roadways over the past 24 hours, but no serious incidents have been reported. County road crews have also been busy, as the cold has caused trees to fall and block some roads, but as of 5 am, no road blockages are being reported. Driving conditions are extremely treacherous this morning, and local authorities are saying that if you don’t need to drive this morning, then don’t. Even walking to your car could be extremely hazardous, as sidewalks and parking lots are also completely covered with ice. It’s a day that you should just stay inside if it’s at all possible.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 23rd November 2010 at 08:52

The Washington Huskies were impressive in a 106-63 victory over Virginia last night at the Maui Invitational. The Dawgs will take on Kentucky in the semi-finals tonight. Also in men’s college hoops, Kansas State defeated Gonzaga 81-64 in the semi-finals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City. Tonight, Washington State hosts Portland in the Cougar Hardwood Game at Key Arena in Seattle…..The local college basketball season begins on Friday as the 24th Red Devil Classic tips off at LCC. There are four games Friday capped off by the LCC Red Devils opener at 8 pm against Peninsula…..The Kelso Hilander football banquet tonight has been postponed because of the weather. The event will take place on December 1st.