Things are starting to calm down on the coast, but the Weather Service says that there’s still some wild weather on tap for the South Washington and North Oregon Cascades. A Winter Storm Warning runs through 7 am tomorrow in those areas, with heavy snows and gusty winds expected all through today and tonight. An additional one to two feet of snow is possible by tomorrow morning, with west winds of 30 to 50 miles an hour. If you’re planning to do some Christmas Break skiing, be aware that the roads leading through the passes will be snow-covered and icy, as will the roads heading into the ski resorts. The strong weather is expected to start easing up tomorrow morning.
Archive | December, 2010
They’re making a couple of announcements at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center. Longview School Superintendent Suzanne Cusick is being introduced as the newest member of the St. John Medical Center Foundation, starting a three-year term that will run through 2013. Cusick says that healthy students and a healthy community go hand-in-hand with a healthy school district; PeaceHealth officials also note Cusick’s involvement with other local groups, including her service as Board Chair for Youth and Family Link, Chair of the ESD 112 Superintendents, and her membership on the Executive Board for the Cowlitz Economic Development Council.
PeaceHealth St. John is also announcing that the Columbia Regional Breast Center has received a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy, awarded after a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Hospital officials say that this ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Columbia Regional Breast Center Manager Ruth Melvin says that this award affirms what they know and are so proud of, saying that they have a great team, with the best equipment to provide the best possible care.
Officials with St. Vincent de Paul in Longview say that local residents came through for them, donating enough money in a December fund drive to retire the mortgage on their new food bank and thrift store. Today’s Daily News reports on the results of the fund drive, saying that by the end of this month, $31,600 dollars will have been donated. That money will be matched by an anonymous donor; local St. Vincent de Paul Board President John Gotshall says that they had a goal of $25,000, which would have been matched to make $50,000. They needed around $50,000 to pay off the loans on their new building at 1222 Baltimore Street in Longview. Gotshall says that this “wonderful response” by the community will allow them to completely retire the debt on the building, and will also allow them to set aside some reserve funds for special projects and needs. He says the result of their fund drive has exceeded all expectations, and he says that it’s another testimonial to the giving community that we live in.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points to lead the Blazers to a 96-91 victory over the Jazz in Salt Lake City. Portland moves on to Denver to play the Nuggets tonight, KLOG 5:00 pm…..R.A. Long beat Ridgefield 60-47 last night. Bronson Folz-Edwards scored 15 to lead the Jacks. Highland Utah beat Mark Morris 62-53 in the San Diego Surf N Slam boys tournament. Rem Bakamus had 18 for the Monarchs. MM takes on Eastlake at 10:30 am today…..The LCC women’s basketball team opens play at the Chemeketa Holiday Classic today. The Devils play Linn-Benton at 1 pm this afternoon. The LCC men’s team hosts Edmonds in a 6 pm game Wednesday…..The Kelso wrestling team competes in the Lake Stevens tournament starting today.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal car crash that took place early this morning on Riverview Drive, east of Castle Rock. Deputies and aid crews were called to 100 block of Riverview Drive shortly after 1 am; the 911 caller reported that a 20 year-old man had been drinking, and arguing with the mother of his child. Those on the scene reportedly told him not to drive, but he took off anyway, apparently with two 14 year-old males in the vehicle. The car he was driving went off the road and down an embankment. Deputies found the vehicle on its top, some 20 feet off the roadway. The two 14 year-old suffered minor injuries in the crash, and were taken to St. John Medical Center, where they were treated and released. The driver was declared dead at the scene. The County Coroner’s Office was called to the crash site. No names have been released as of yet, and an update is anticipated later today.
Deputies say that a 65 year-old Longview man took his own life last night at a home on Kirkland Road, off of Columbia Heights. The man’s wife called 911 just after 9 pm, reporting that he was armed with a gun, and had threatened to kill her. The wife got out of the house, and called 911. A number of Deputies arrived at the home, and they reported seeing a man outside of the house, pacing and holding a gun. Deputies say that they tried to talk the man into putting the gun down, but after just a few minutes, he put the gun to his head and fired a single shot. The man died at the scene; no one else was injured. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigate the incident; the Coroner’s Office now had custody of the body.
The investigation into the fire that devastated a block of downtown Toledo on Christmas morning is continuing. The fire in the old Masonic Hall at Ramsay and Cowlitz Streets was first reported at about 4 am on Saturday, with flames quickly ripping through the 118 year-old building. More than 30 firefighters from agencies all around the area helped to fight the blaze, including crews from Toledo, Cowlitz 2 in Kelso, Cowlitz 6 in Castle Rock, Cowlitz 3 in Toutle, Lewis County Fire District 5 in Napavine, Lewis District 7 in Vader, and Riverside Fire in Centralia. The fire crews literally ran the city out of water, so they ran a pumper down to the nearby Cowlitz River, and pumped water from there to keep the hoses charged. It took nearly 12 hours to get the fire completely put out. Cowlitz River Antiques, a used book store and the Toledo Historical Society were destroyed in the fire, along with the Toledo Logging Museum. The owners of the antique store and museum say that they’re most disturbed about the loss of historic artifacts in the museum. Firefighters were able to save many of the Historical Society’s records. Several other nearby businesses suffered some smoke and water damage. The exact cause still hasn’t been determined, but they’re saying that this appears to be accidental at this time. There’s been no dollar estimate on damage as of yet.
There’s a Winter Storm Warning up for this afternoon and evening in the South Washington and North Oregon Cascades, saying that snow levels will drop as low at 1,500 feet, and as much as a foot of snow could fall tonight. Forecasters say that as much as three feet could fall at the ski resorts by tomorrow night. They also say that there will be gusty winds with this snowfall, causing the local blowing and drifting of snow. The mountain passes are expected to be snow-covered and icy. If you’re making a trip across a mountain pass, you should be ready for extremely difficult driving conditions.
The State Patrol responded to a couple of crashes reported yesterday afternoon on I-5, during the heavy holiday traffic. At 2 pm, there was a two-car crash on I-5 northbound, about six miles north of Castle Rock. Ronald Mezich, 46, of Woodinville and Kristie Wenger, 45, of Kent complained of neck pain after their SUV was rear-ended by Tumau Shaw, 42, of Federal Way. Troopers say that Mezich had stopped for heavy traffic at milepost 57, and was rear-ended by Shaw. Mezich and Wenger were taken to Saint John Medical Center for treatment, while Shaw was cited for excessive speed and following to closely.
One person was hurt in a two-car crash that took place just after 3 pm at milepost 67 northbound, about ten miles south of Chehalis. Troopers say Tracy Smith, 20, of Renton was driving in the right lane, as Ryan Kimball, 31, of Redmond slowed for traffic. They say Smith was unable to avoid Kimball’s car, and hit him from behind. Kimball suffered lower back injuries in the crash, and was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment. Smith was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
All three lanes of I-5 southbound was shut down very briefly at milepost 49 last night. State Troopers say that the southbound freeway was completely closed at about 10:30 last night, due to a two car crash. The drivers were able to get their cars to the shoulder, and the freeway was re-opened in just a few minutes. They say that only minor injuries were reported. There’s been no names released, nor have they said if any citations were issued.
The folks that put together the Jumbo’s Memorial Toy Run say that they were able to provide Christmas presents to more than one thousand local children this past week, their largest number ever. Jumbo’s organizer Debbie Ingram tells the Daily News that they held a party for 900 kids in Longview and Kelso, then that was followed by a second event for kids in Castle Rock and Toutle, with nearly 200 attending that party. Cowlitz ABATE, a local motorcycle awareness organization, teams up with the Southwest Washington Motorcycle Association and Unique Tin to collect the toys on the Sunday after Thanskgiving, bringing them in on a motorcycle parade through downtown Longview. This is the 28th year for the Jumbo’s Memorial Toy Run.