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Archive | January, 2011

Toutle Tumble

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:24

No one was injured when a man from Graham did what pilots call a “ground loop” as he was doing some landings on sand bars in the Toutle River. Around 2:20 yesterday afternoon, the folks who run the Riverdale Raceway east of Toutle reported that a small plane had flipped onto its top near their facility. Deputies and aid personnel responded to the area, where they met with Carey Gray, 54, of Graham. He explained to the Deputies that he had been flying his experimental plane, along with two others who were in similar aircraft. When trying to land on a sand bar, one of his plane’s wheels hit a rock, causing it to flip. The other pilots landed at Riverdale, and after the crashed plane was flipped back upright, they swapped some parts and actually flew it to the racetrack. The parts were swapped back, and the other two planes were flown back north. Gray says that he’s making arrangements to have the damaged plane towed back to Graham, while he reports the incident to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Camera Update

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:24

As the Longview Police Department send a reminder that the warning period for the Red Light Violation Detection Cameras will soon be over, opponents of the cameras are announcing their plans to contest the devices. Longview Police Captain Jim Duscha says that starting next Tuesday, February 1st, they’ll start issuing $124 tickets for each violation detected by the cameras. The cameras are located on Ocean Beach HIghway at 15th Avenue, NW Nichols, and on all directions 38th and Ocean Beach. Duscha says that the cameras went active on January 1st, and through the 18th of this month, had registered more than 300 violations, with warnings sent to the owners of those cars. He also says that they have another 100 violations to review, with less than seven days left in the warning period. Prior to this evening’s Longview City Council meeting, a group plans to demonstrate outside of the Longview City Hall, starting a petition drive for “Longview Initiative Number 1–Let the People Decide on Red Light Cameras.” Supporters of the initiative say that they plan to gather signatures and distribute petitions, then will hand-deliver letters to the City Council during tonight’s meeting, explaining their policies, logistics and rationale for the effort. The demonstration is set to start at 6 pm, while the Council meeting starts at 7.

Meanwhile, the 30-day warning period for the School Zone Speed Limit Detection cameras starts next Tuesday outside of Columbia Valley Gardens and Mint Valley Elementary Schools. Unlike the Red Light Cameras, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the School Zone cameras will only be active during school hours, and will not operate after school hours, on weekends, holidays or summer vacation. Full details on the program are available on the City of Longview website, or by calling Longview Police at 442-5800.

Ryderwood Death

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:22

Sheriff’s Deputies say that Melanie Brown, 62, of Ryderwood, was found dead in her home late yesterday morning, apparently having been down for several days. Brown made headlines in the local area several times over the past few years, in a dispute over what she called her “service dog” being kicked out of the Hall of Justice. Brown filed two separate lawsuits, claiming that Cowlitz County was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying her and her dog entry to the Hall of Justice. Both suits were rejected. Yesterday morning, Brown’s daughter contacted the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, saying that she hadn’t heard from Brown for more than a week. When Deputies checked the home, there was no answer at the door, and her SUV wasn’t there. They checked around town, with people saying that Brown hadn’t been seen for some time. When Deputies returned to the home, it was noted that mail had stacked up, and a UPS package was still on the porch. They forced open the door, and found Brown’s body, along with the body of a large dog. The Coroner’s Office says that both Brown and the dog died of natural causes. They estimate that she had died late last week, then the dog died from dehydration a few days later.

Cathlamet Library Grant

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:21

The Cathlamet Public Library is the recipient of one of a number of grants being presented to rural libraries across the state, helping them to digitize and preserve historic items, documents and images. Earlier this week, the Washington State Library reported that the Cathlamet Blanche Bradley Public Library and the Wahkiakum County Museum received a Washington Rural Heritage grant in the amount of $5,750. They used that money to create “Wahkiakum County Heritage,” a collection of photographs and other items that offer a glimpse into the lives of early settlers, founding families and noteworthy citizens of the area. The collection also looks into the early days of forestry, fishing and farming industries in that region. You can view the collection on-line by going to www.washingtonruralheritage/wahkiakum.

Blood Drive

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:20

They’re marking National Blood Donor Month will a Blood Donor Day that’s being held today at the National Guard Armory on Vandercook Way in Longview. The folks at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning are also offering a little incentive to take part, offering a $50 voucher for any product or service for anyone who donates blood today. Call 72 Degrees at 423-1924 for more information.

Community Conversation

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:19

The Community Conversation lectures today, with Cowlitz County Public Defender Terry Mulligan as the featured speaker. He’ll be presenting a talk entitled “The Role of the Public Defender,” starting at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Admission is free, and anyone interested is invited to attend.

Herrera Beutler Town Halls

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:18

The dates, locations and times for Jaime Herrera Beutler’s first Town Hall meetings are set. The first will be held here in Cowlitz County, running from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 1st in the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium. The second will be held on Thursday, the 3rd at the Battle Ground City Hall, also running from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Herrera Beutler says that she’s inviting all residents of the Third District to attend one or both meetings, where she’ll be sharing legislative news and updates, and will also be answering questions presented by citizens.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 08:55

The Boston Celtics invade the Rose Garden tonight to take on the Trail Blazers, KLOG 6:35 pm. LaMarcus is listed as probable following a hip contusion…..In boys prep hoops tonight, Columbia River is at Kelso, Hockinson at R.A. Long and Mark Morris is at Washougal…..In girls play tonight, MM hosts Washougal and RAL is at Hockinson. The Monarchs can tie Woodland for first with a win tonight…..Both LCC teams were off last night. They will host Green River Saturday at 5 pm and 7 pm. In college hoops tonight, Gonzaga takes on St. Mary’s. The Huskies and Cougars are off until they play each other on Sunday…..The Castle Rock wrestling team has a District tune up by competing at Woodland tonight.

Camera Update

Posted on 26th January 2011 at 09:11

The Longview Police Department is out with a reminder that the warning period for the Red Light Violation Detection Cameras will soon be over. Longview Police Captain Jim Duscha says that starting next Tuesday, February 1st, they’ll start issuing $124 tickets for each violation detected by the cameras. The cameras are located at 15th and Ocean Beach Highway, NW Nichols, and at 38th and Ocean Beach. Duscha says that the cameras went active on January 1st, and through the 18th of this month, had registered more than 300 violations, with warnings sent to the owners of those cars. He also says that they have another 100 violations to review, with less than seven days left in the warning period. Meanwhile, the 30-day warning period for the School Zone Speed Limit Detection cameras starts next Tuesday outside of Columbia Valley Gardens and Mint Valley Elementary Schools. Unlike the Red Light Cameras, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the School Zone cameras will only be active during school hours, and will not operate after school hours, on weekends, holidays or summer vacation. Full details on the program are available on the City of Longview website, or by calling Longview Police at 442-5800.

Air Alert

Posted on 26th January 2011 at 09:03

There a Dense Fog Advisory up until noon today through the local area, extending down through the Willamette Valley to Eugene. Extremely thick fog formed in the area overnight, with visibility less than a quarter-mile in some spots. Forecasters say that they expect this dense fog to linger through most of the morning, so you’ll need to be extremely careful on the morning commute; slow down, increase following distance between cars and use your low beams for driving. Highway 30 near Columbia City was closed for nearly an hour after what Oregon State Police describe as a “serious injury crash.” There’s also an Air Stagnation Advisory up for this area and the I-5 corridor until 4 pm on Saturday. The advisory extends down through Clark County and the Willamette Valley. The Weather Service says that a very stable air mass and light winds will make for stagnant air conditions. There may be some light rain to help things on Friday, but they don’t expect air conditions to improve before Saturday.