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Archive | February, 2011

Cold and Slick

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:18

The “snowmageddon” that had been predicted for the Kelso-Longview area didn’t materialize, but we did get a dusting of snow in the metro area overnight, and light snow continues to fall off and on this morning. The Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning for the local area through 10 pm tonight, saying that snow showers will continue through the day and into the evening. While the lowlands didn’t get all that much snow, the hills did get several inches. Lower-level roads are mostly bare, but there could be light coverings of snow, slush or ice. There have already been a number of minor car crashes reported this morning, so roads could be slick. Temperatures have dropped below freezing, and today’s high isn’t expected to get up above freezing. Drivers will need to exercise extra care not only on the morning commute, but all around the area for the next couple of days. The snow is expected to dwindle away, but extremely frigid air is moving in behind that, with overnight lows in the teens expected tonight and tomorrow night. With the snow, cold and road conditions, local schools are making adjustments.

Semi-Car Crash

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:18

There were a number of weather-related fender-benders reported yesterday morning, along with at least one minor crash reported this morning just north of Kalama. Shortly after 8 am yesterday, there was a semi-versus-car collision reported on I-5 in Kelso. State Troopers say Colby Erickson, 23, of Longview was southbound near the Longview Wye, traveling in the left lane. She spun out and hit the cable barrier, then crossed back into the travel lanes, hitting a semi driven by Garth Chadwick, 56, of Seattle. Erickson’s car came to rest in the left lane, while Chadwick’s truck ended up in the right lane. Erickson complained of neck and back pain, and was treated and released from St. John Medical Center. Troopers blame the crash on excessive speed, and say Erickson will be cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Cold Prep

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:17

The City of Longview is also out with some advice on precautions you should be taking with this next cold snap. City Manager Bob Gregory says that if it’s at all possible, “stay in, stay dry and stay warm.” They say that you should take steps to prevent frozen pipes, by making sure that pipes are insulated, and to seal leaks that allow cold air to penetrate where pipes are located. Leave inside faucets on a slow drip to avoid freezing. Make sure that you have a proper heating source, remembering to never use charcoal barbecues, propane heaters or unvented gas heaters indoors or in closed spaces. Gregory also says that the city is ready with sand and gravel for local streets, but he says that you should ask yourself “is this trip really necessary?”, and try to stay off the roads if at all possible.

Power Plant Fire

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:16

Longview Fire crews spent several hours out at the Puget Sound Energy Plant at the Mint Farm yesterday evening, after a fire was reported at the facility. A passerby called 911 at 5:45 pm, reporting that they could see smoke and flames at the natural gas-fired power plant, licking at the side of a tank at the facility. They reported that the flames were three to four feet high, going up toward a catwalk at the power plant. Fire crews arrived and found a fire in some equipment and insulation at the facility. Authorities were on the scene until almost midnight. The fire was eventually tracked to an instrument box, and was eventually put out. The box was destroyed, and it’s estimated that a total of $3,000 damage was done. LFD officials speculate that exposure to some superheated steam pipes set some combustible materials on fire. No injuries were reported.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:09

The Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 10 down in the 4th quarter and beat the Trail Blazers 106-101 in overtime. Kobe Bryant led LA with 37 points. La Marcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland. The Blazers had a six game winning streak snapped…..Gonzaga hosts St. Mary’s in a key West Coast Conference men’s hoop matchup tonight in Spokane. The Huskies and Cougars are off tonight before meeting each other on Sunday…..Former Husky QB Marques Tuiososopo is leaving as the UW assistant strength coach for a similar job at UCLA where he rejoins Rick Neuheisel…..The Mariners will hold an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday. The first actual spring training game will be Sunday when they take on the Padres.

Juvy Escapee

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:05

A 13 year-old girl is facing a charge of escape, after she allegedly ran away from the Cowlitz County Juvenile Services Center yesterday afternoon. The girl was scheduled to be booked in connection with a probation violation related to an original charge of third-degree theft. Longview Police and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area, and she was caught after about five minutes, found about three blocks away. Along with original probation violation charge, a summons for escape is also being issued.

Horse Accident

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 09:05

Skye Morris, 17, of Rose Valley is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, after having suffered a severe head injury during an equestrian competition last weekend in Elma. The Daily News reports on the incident, which took place while Morris was competing with the Castle Rock equestrian team. Morris was riding her horse, Dixie, when she collided with a calf. The girl was thrown from the horse, falling face-first on the ground. The horse then rolled on her head, cracking her helmet. It’s reported that Morris was not breathing when paramedics first reached her; she was taken by LifeFlight to Seattle, where doctors removed a portion of her skull to help deal with brain swelling. Family members say that she’s currently in a medically-induced coma, and they say it could be some time before they try to bring her around. An account to help the family with expenses is now open at Cowlitz Credit Union on Washington Way in Longview. There’s also a spaghetti feed and auction in support of the family planned for a week from Sunday, March 6th, at Truluck’s Restaurant on Ocean Beach Highway, running from 2 until 8 pm on that day.

8:20 am Update–2/24/11

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 08:29

Lower Columbia College – Closed
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed. No intersession activities at Wallace Elementary.
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – Closed
Kalama – Closed
Woodland – School Closed and no Skills Center
Rainier – Closed
Clatskanie – Closed
Vernonia – Closed
St. Helens – Closed
Scappoose – Closed
Knappa – Closed
Jewell – Closed
Warrenton-Hammond – Closed
Astoria – Closed
NW Regional ESD: Columbia Co. – Closed
Toledo (WA) – Closed
Winlock – Closed
Wahkiakum – Closed
St. Rose School – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Elementary and Jr/Sr High School is closed. Child Development Center is running on normal hours.
Lower Columbia CAP – Opening at 10 am
*CAP Transit – The Lower Columbia CAP Transit Van will not run its I-5 route today
Sylvan Learning Center – Closed
LCC Head Start/Early Head Start & E-CAP – Closed
CUBS – Several route changes are in effect, check the CUBS website or Flashnews.net for full details.

7:00 am School Update–2/24/11

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 07:06

Lower Columbia College – Closed
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed. No intersession activities at Wallace Elementary.
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – Closed
Kalama – Closed
Woodland – School Closed and no Skills Center
Rainier – Closed
Clatskanie – Closed
Vernonia – Closed
*St. Helens – Closed
Scappoose – 2 Hr delay, AM and PM Snow Routes, AM Kindergarten canceled, AM and PM Preschool canceled, No bus service on Wikstrom, upper Church, JP West, Keyes, and Smith. Drivers-watch for icy patches.
Knappa – Closed
Jewell – Closed
Warrenton-Hammond – Closed
Astoria – Closed
*NW Regional ESD: Columbia Co. – 2 hours late
Toledo (WA) – 2 hrs late, Buses on snow rts
Winlock – 2 hrs late, Buses on snow rts
Wahkiakum – Closed
St. Rose School – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Elementary and Jr/Sr High School is closed. Child Development Center is running on normal hours.
*Lower Columbia CAP – Opening at 10 am
*Sylvan Learning Center – Closed
Polly’s Day Care –
LCC Head Start/Early Head Start & E-CAP – Closed

School Closures–6:30 am, 2/24/11

Posted on 24th February 2011 at 06:30

Lower Columbia College – Closed
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed. No intersession activities at Wallace Elementary.
Castle Rock – Closed
*Toutle Lake – Closed
Kalama – Closed
Woodland – School Closed and no Skills Center
Rainier – Closed
*Clatskanie – Closed
Vernonia – Closed
St. Helens – 2 hrs late, No AM kindergarten, Buses on snow rts
Scappoose – 2 Hr delay, AM and PM Snow Routes, AM Kindergarten canceled, AM and PM Preschool canceled, No bus service on Wikstrom, upper Church, JP West, Keyes, and Smith. Drivers-watch for icy patches.
*Knappa – Closed
Jewell – Closed
Warrenton-Hammond – Closed
Astoria – Closed
Toledo (WA) – 2 hrs late, Buses on snow rts
*Winlock – 2 hrs late, Buses on snow rts
Wahkiakum – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Elementary and Jr/Sr High School is closed. Child Development Center is running on normal hours.
LCC Head Start/Early Head Start & E-CAP – Closed
CUBS – CUBS is also announcing that bus routes have been changed due to forecasted snow and ice conditions. They’re announcing several specific changes:
Route 12 in the Columbia Valley Gardens/West Longview:
* Eliminate Pacific Way — alternate route: 30th Ave to Pennsylvania Ave to 38th Ave, then continue normal route.
Route 20 in Kelso:
* Eliminate 8th & Vine — alternate route: left on Grade from Ash to Allen Street, right on Allen Street, then continue normal route.
* Eliminate Crawford Street — alternate route: 7th Ave to Cowlitz Way, then continue normal route.
Route 21 in North Kelso:
* Eliminate Crawford Street. Alternate route: Cowlitz Way to 7th, then continue normal route.
* Eliminate Burcham and Bates Road. Alternate route: Kelso Drive, then continue normal route.
Routes 10 and 11 will remain on their normal routes.
Route changes are effective today at 7 a.m., and will continue until road conditions permit returning to normal service. Further advisories will be posted on www.FlashAlert.net.