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Archive | December, 2010

Shop Local Winners

Posted on 30th December 2010 at 08:51

There’s still ten days left to get signed up for the Shop Local and Win incentive program from the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. This week’s winners were announced yesterday; Kathy Osier, Sharon Campbell, Louise McLean, Judy Young, Summer Clemenson, Gurina Rodman, Dean Hutcheson, Judy Merrit, Keri Verhei, Sucrea Hutchison, Janet Pratt, Jason Mackey, Shana Busby, Mary Ann Coiner and Helene Watson were all winners this week, receiving gift certificates, gift cards and other prizes from local businesses in the drawing. Chamber officials say that they’re checked in nearly $111,000 in receipts from local businesses in this year’s campaign, and they still have ten days to go. The final grand prize drawing will be held a week from tomorrow, picking the winner of the Relaxation Package for Two at 5 pm on Friday, January 7th at 5 pm. All non-winning tickets that haven’t been chosen in previous drawings have been rolling over from week to week, and will be included in the final drawings. You can find out more and get registered by taking a receipt from a local business to the Chamber office on Olympia Way.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:48

Denver beat Portland 95-77 in NBA action last night. The Blazers host the Jazz tomorrow night…..Linn Benton upset Lower Columbia 90-79 in OT yesterday at the Chemeketa Women’s Tourney in Salem. The Devils take on Lane at 1 pm this afternoon. The LCC men are at home tonight against Edmonds with tip off at 6 pm…..The UW Huskies open Pac-10 hoop action tonight at USC, KLOG 6:30 pm. WSU is at UCLA tonight…..Eastlake downed Mark Morris 71-57 at the San Diego Surf N Slam yesterday….The Mark Morris girls host a four team tourney starting today. Kelso takes on Heritage at 5:30 pm followed by MM versus Sequim at 7 pm…..Washington and Nebraska have one more day of preparation for tomorrow’s Holiday Bowl in San Diego, KLOG 6:00 pm.

Library Death

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:47

Kelso Police are now reporting that the woman who was hit Monday evening outside of the Kelso Public Library has died from her injuries. The victim has been identified at Georgia Brawand, 58, an eight-year employee of the Library. She had been involved in helping to pack up the Library for its pending move to the Three Rivers Mall, with several family members helping out. At about 5:20 pm on Monday, Brawand and her family were calling it a day; other family members had arrived to give them a ride home, pulling into the Museum parking lot. Kelso Police say that Brawand started heading across 4th Avenue, crossing on a diagonal, outside of the crosswalk. Robert Schumacher, 58, of Kelso turned onto 4th from Academy at that same time, and apparently hit Brawand as she was crossing the street. It’s noted that it was very dark and rainy at the time of the collision. No citations have been issued at this time, but the case has been forwarded to Detectives for further review. Memorial services are still pending.

Local Snow

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:46

The Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory up until 4 pm today for the area, saying that we could get a dusting of snow even down to the valley floor. Snow levels are dropping down to the valley floors this morning, with snow already reported in the Scappoose area. Gusty winds and heavy snow is also being reported in the hills to the west of Rainier. Forecasters say that showers will continue to move through the area all day today, tapering off by this afternoon. They say “local and brief” accumulations of an inch or so are possible below 500 feet today. One to two inches are expected around the 800-foot level, and two to four inches are expected above 1,000 feet. The higher you go, the deeper the snow. Above 1,500 feet, three to six inches is expected today. If you’re heading into the higher hills today, be ready for the possibility of snow-covered roads. Things are expected to start clearing up tomorrow, but temperatures are also expected to drop down below freezing.

Permit Appeal

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:45

The Washington Department of Ecology is getting into the case involving the shoreline permit that Cowlitz County approved for Millennium Bulk Logistics, filing a “motion to intervene” with the Shoreline Hearings Board. The environmental groups that filed the appeal are applauding the move, saying that it shows that the state understands the importance of the case. Jan Hasselman, the attorney for Earthjustice, says that this is a big move for the state. Officials with the Department of Ecology say that they’re intervening, to make sure that they’re included in any discussions as the appeal of the permit moves through the legal process. Ecology says that they will be asked to issue several permits connected to the project, and they want to be sure that the environmental review and all permit decisions are legally sound. The Shoreline Hearings Board will hear the appeal in the middle of April, planning to hold at least part of the hearing in Longview. A ruling on the application is due by June 14th.

PUD Budget

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:45

The Cowlitz PUD Commission formally adopted the 2011 budget yesterday, passing a document that is more than $20 million less than the 2010 budget. PUD officials say that the 2011 budget is 7.79 percent smaller than 2010, responding to reduced retail and wholesale power sales. The total budget comes in at $239.6 million, including a budgeted expense of $166.6 million for purchase of power from the BPA. They’re also planning for a predicted wholesale rate increase of 8.5 percent from BPA, scheduled to come in on October first of next year. In response to the reduced revenues and increased expense from the BPA, the PUD is enacting a rate increase to go into effect on January first, with rates going up an average of 9 percent. Depending on the actions of the BPA, there could be another rate hike later in the year. The PUD has cut labor costs by more than $78,000 from 2010, and has also reduced the capital improvement budget to $17.2 million. That’s a cut of 57 percent.

PUD officials also report that they’ve completed the process of transferring the PUD Water System to the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District, getting the PUD out of the water sales business. The PUD had owned a water supply system that served 3,800 customers since 1946, serving an area north and east of the Longview-Kelso area. Beacon Hill had been providing sewer service to much of the same area for many years, and they started discussions about transferring the water system back in 2006. The actual transfer started in 2007, and was finally completed this year. There’s no purchase price connected to the transfer, as all assets are owned by the customers, and they’ve simply been transferred to Beacon Hill to manage. Beacon Hill Water and Sewer will assume the principal and interest on seven infrastructure loans connected to the system, totaling $6.54 million.

Sherod Nichols

Posted on 29th December 2010 at 08:44

A couple of things are planned for today, in memory of Sherod Nichols, 16, of Longview, who died last year after battling a congenital nerve disease called Neurofibromatosis Type 1. The disease caused tumors to grow along the nerves in his body. Despite his problems, Nichols served as a manager to the football and basketball teams at R. A. Long. Two events in his memory will be held today at Longview Memorial Park, a balloon release between 2 and 2:30 pm, followed by a candlelight vigil at 6 pm. Today’s Daily News reports that Nichols’ family has set up a foundation in his honor, the “Dino Doozer Foundation.” They have a goal of sending children with NF Type 1 to a special camp in Virginia. This year, they were able to send two children to Camp New Friends, and Nichols’ mother tells the paper that they have a goal of sending five kids this next year. Donations can be made in Sherod Nichols’ name at Home Town National Bank in Longview.

Woman Hit

Posted on 28th December 2010 at 08:49

Kelso Police continue to investigate a car-versus-pedestrian collision that took place yesterday evening near the Kelso Public Library. They say that the collision took place at about 5:20 pm, as a 58 year-old woman was crossing 4th Avenue. Witnesses say that the woman had just left the Library, and was hit by a car that had just turned off Academy. It’s noted that it was dark, raining hard, and that the woman was not crossing in a crosswalk. First responders called for LifeFlight, but they informed the paramedics that the helicopter couldn’t fly, because of the weather. The woman was taken to St. John Medical Center on a full trauma alert, then was transferred to Oregon Health and Science University. She’s listed in serious condition this morning. Police are not releasing the woman’s name until family members have been notified. The officers investigating the collision say that the 58 year-old male driver has been cooperative. Based on the information available at this point, they say he does not appear to be at fault. An update should be released later today.

Attempted Robbery

Posted on 28th December 2010 at 08:48

A 41 year-old woman claims that a man tried to rob her yesterday evening in downtown Longview. The woman called 911 at about 5:30 pm, from the 1500 block of 11th Avenue. She claims that the suspect grabbed her and tried to steal her money. He ran off when the woman pulled out her cell phone to call police. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6’3″, with a heavy build and some facial hair. She says he was wearing a puffy black jacket, and black pants. He ran off, and wasn’t located. Longview Police say that he may have gone to a nearby auto dealership, who called about an “unwanted man” in the showroom, a few minutes after this incident. Officers responded to that area, but didn’t find the man.

Victim ID'd

Posted on 28th December 2010 at 08:48

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the man that was killed in a one-car crash that took place early yesterday morning east of Castle Rock. The crash happened shortly after 1 am yesterday, in the 100 block of Riverview Drive. A 1992 Acura driven by James Lewis Huffman, 30, of Castle Rock left the road and flipped onto its top. Two 14 year-old boys who received minor injuries in the crash say that Huffman was partially ejected, and died at the scene. It’s noted that Huffman was not wearing a seat belt; Deputies also say that excessive speed and intoxication were factors in the crash. The two teens were treated and released at St. John Medical Center.