If you’re looking to start the New Year on a healthy note, you can take part on the 29th annual Year-to-Year Run, set to start just before midnight tonight in Longview. The 5K run and fitness event will start at the Youth and Family Link building at 907 Douglas, with the gun set to go off at 11:50 pm. The festivities actually get started at 9 pm, with 3-on-3 basketball, capped off by a matchup game between Longview Police and Firefighters from Cowlitz 2. The course will go from the Link building to 7th Avenue, up 7th to Vandercook Way, over to 14th, then back down 14th to Douglas. You’re encouraged to wear costumes and bring noisemakers, and while the course is well-lit, be sure to bring flashlights and reflective clothing. Awards will be presented to the men’s and women’s winners, along with the largest team. Proceeds from the event will benefit Youth and Family Link and SAFE Family Ministries.
Archive | December, 2010
You may need to exercise some care on this morning’s commute, as there are patches of freezing fog around the area. Overnight lows dipped into the 20′s, and combined with the fog that formed, there are some roads around the area that are extremely slick. Drivers will need to be prepared for black ice on area roadways, along with limited visibility from the fog. Be sure to budget some extra time for this morning’s commute, as you’ll definitely need to slow down. Increase your following distances and be careful as you’re accelerating and using your brakes.
Samuel Thomas Oester, 22, of Longview is under arrest after a shoplifting incident at the Super Wal-Mart in Longview. Store security reported that they had a shoplifter in custody at about 8:20 yesterday morning. As Longview Police were taking the suspect into custody, he informed Officers that he had swallowed four baggies of heroin just prior to his arrest. The suspect said that he’d swallowed about 2 1/2 grams. The suspect was immediately taken to St. John Medical Center, and was held for observation through the day. The balloons finally “passed,” and the suspect was cleared from the hospital shortly after 10 pm. During the day, LPD did some more checking, and found that Oester had originally given them a false name. His identity was confirmed, then Oester was booked on charges of third-degree theft, drug possession, and first-degree criminal impersonation. Initial bail has been set at $35,000.
Longview Police are working to find the owner of a briefcase that was found yesterday evening at the Triangle Center Starbucks. An employee at the coffee shop reported finding the briefcase just after 6 pm, reporting that the case contained illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. The owner of the case hasn’t been identified, but Starbucks employees say it may be associated with a man who reportedly has been stealing tips at local Starbucks outlets. That man is reported to be a hispanic male, about 6’3″, with his left eyebrow pierced and a rose tattoo on his left forearm. LPD continues to follow up.
A man wanted on a felony warrant from Portland was arrested yesterday afternoon in Kelso. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office contacted Cowlitz County at about 5 pm, reporting that Sergey V. Fedoruk, 37, was wanted for larceny and first-degree theft. They were directed to a home in the 100 block of Hometown Drive in Kelso; Deputies checked the address that they were given, but didn’t find Fedoruk at first. They followed up at another nearby home, and arrested Fedoruk at that location, picking him up shortly before 6 pm. Fedoruk now awaits extradition to Oregon, held on a $10,000 warrant.
A new greenhouse gas emissions rule that goes into effect on January first could have major and negative impacts on Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging’s planned biomass-fueled power plant. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency requires large industries to obtain permits for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Today’s Daily News reports on the analysis being done by Longview Fibre, saying that it could delay or even kill the $100 million project. Company officials tell the paper that the new rule could re-define wood as a “non-renewable resource.” That definition could make their fuel material subject to additional regulation, and could eliminate any cost-efficiency connected to that source. The company had been planning to have the 65-megawatt plant up and running by 2013, but the additional permit requirements could push that back another year. Longview Fibre President Randy Nebel says that the new power plant could help improve productivity by some 30 percent over the next three years. EPA officials say that they’ve heard the concerns, and they are ready to work with companies that might have problems in obtaining a permit.
The “efficiency closure” at Lower Columbia College continues through tomorrow, but the LCC Bookstore will be open for a couple of hours today, so that students who’ve pre-ordered Winter Term textbooks on-line can pick those books up. The Bookstore in the Student Center will be open today from noon until 2 pm, so students can pick up books that were ordered over the internet. No other bookstore services will be available today. Winter Term at LCC starts next Monday morning.
The man who’s been the public face of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument since shortly after the eruption in May of 1980 is getting national recognition for his work. The U. S. Forest Service announced yesterday that Peter Frenzen has been presented with the 2010 Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education. Forest Service officials say that the award recognizes Frenzen’s dedication to sharing the knowledge of scientific discovery and nature with volcano visitors, educators and students. They say that Frenzen has led the efforts to develop award-winning exhibits, educational programs, documentaries and news stories at the volcano in our back yard. Gifford Pinchot Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton says that a special place like Mount Saint Helens deserves the best, and she says that they have that in Frenzen. Frenzen says that it’s been his good fortune to work with an amazing group of scientists and educators in a truly amazing place. He also says that it’s “especially gratifying” to receive an award associated with a “father of Conservation,” also being the namesake of our own Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Gifford Pinchot was the very first director of the Forest Service, serving in that post between 1905 and 1910.
The folks who put together the Our Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve are coming out with a big “thank you” to those who helped out. Treana Storie with the Cowlitz PUD helped organize the event, saying that more than 500 people were served, and every child that attended received a present from Santa. Storie thanks the AWPPW for donating the hall, and she also thanks everyone who donated food, dinnerware, gifts and money to help make the Christmas Dinner happen. She also says that there was a tremendous outpouring of volunteers, helping to cook, serve, play music and help clean up. She says that without the gracious people in the community, the event would not have been possible.
Jake Locker makes his final appearance as Husky QB tonight when Washington takes on Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The UW men’s basketball team opened Pac-10 play with a 73-67 win at USC. UCLA rallied to beat WSU 80-71 in Westwood…..The LCC men’s basketball team beat Edmonds 76-58 last night. The LCC women’s team was ousted from the Chemeketa tourney with a 97-80 loss to Lane…..At the MM Winter Break girls hoop tourney, Mark Morris downed Sequim 63-34 and Kelso beat Heritage 31-25. Kelso plays Sequim at 2 pm today followed by MM versus Heritage at 3:30 pm…..The MM boys team takes on Vacaville CA at the San Diego Surf N Slam today at 10:30 am…..The Blazers host the Utah Jazz tonight at the Rose Garden.