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Archive | August, 2011

Motorcycle Crash

Posted on 29th August 2011 at 07:57

Adea Weismiller, 27, of Castle Rock is recovering from a couple of fractures that she received in a motorcycle crash that happened late yesterday afternoon on I-5 near Kalama. State Troopers say that Weismiller was northbound on the freeway just before 6 pm, when one of her saddle bags came loose around three mile south of Kalama. They say the saddle bag got caught up in the rear wheel of the 2005 Harley, causing her to lose control and go into the median. Weismiller suffered a broken collarbone and a broken shoulder blade in the crash, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Her condition hasn’t been updated this morning. WSP says that since the crash was caused by a mechanical problem, no charges will be filed.

Fibre Hiring

Posted on 29th August 2011 at 07:56

Hundreds lined up this weekend to seek open positions at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging. The Daily News reports the applicants are competing for just a handful of jobs at the paper and packaging company, as they work to develop a pool of possible workers. The company says it will hire five hourly employees every month for the next several months to fill openings and replace retirees. Saturday’s session was the first of two. Another will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the AWPPW union hall on 15th Avenue in Longview.

Street Work

Posted on 29th August 2011 at 07:55

The Civic Circle in downtown Longview is now closed to most traffic, and will remain closed through September 18th, as the conversion of the Circle into a true roundabout gets under way. The City of Longview is also having raised crosswalks installed, along with flashing signs to help improve pedestrian safety in the Civic Circle. Just a reminder, there will only be limited access to the post office parking lot from Washington Way at Hudson, and businesses on 16th Avenue will only have front-door access through September 9th. Starting on September 10th, that will also be closed off, and vehicle access will be from the alley only. The Longview Library is accessible from Maple Street, and the Monticello Hotel is accessible from 18th Avenue. Details on the project are available on the City of Longview website.

While work continues on the 15th and Tennant Way intersection project, work starts today on the intersections on 14th Avenue at Tennant Way and California Way. Starting this morning, the traffic signals on 14th at Tennant Way and California Way will be out of service through this coming Friday. In addition, 14th Avenue will also be closed at Tennant Way. Detours will be posted, and you’re advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. Mill Plain Electric is installing a new traffic signal controller, along with re-wiring the traffic signal itself.

Repair work on a sanitary sewer manhole in the 3900 block of Ocean Beach Highway that had been delayed from last week is now planned for this morning. It’s planned that the city will have one eastbound lane of Ocean Beach Highway will be shut down from 9 am until noon today. Use alternate routes to avoid possible delays.

Up in Castle Rock, work continues on the Cowlitz Street West Revitalization Project. Over the next couple of days, work will be wrapped up on grading and installation of sidewalks in the project area. They’re also installing expansion joint material in the completed street section of phase 1. The Front Avenue intersection at Cowlitz Street West continues to be closed, with the traffic alterations still in place.

Paving on I-5 in the Woodland area has some ramp closures planned over the next few nights. The Washington Department of Transportation says that the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at exit 22 will be closed from 9 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow. Tomorrow night, the northbound off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp will be closed during the same hours. Wednesday night, the southbound off-ramp and the northbound on-ramp will be closed again, and on Thursday, the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at exit 21 will be closed. This is all part of the paving project that’s going from the East Fork of the Lewis River to Todd Road.

KLOG Monday Sports

Posted on 29th August 2011 at 07:02

The White Sox completed a three game sweep of the Mariners with a 9-3 victory Sunday. Seattle will host the Angels for four games starting tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Mark Calcavecchia needed a playoff hole to defeat Russ Cochran for the Boeing Classic golf title at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The Umpqua Bank Challenge begins today as Peter Jacobsen brings his popular two-man best ball event back to Portland…..The Lower Columbia College fall sports get underway this week. The LCC volleyball team is at Clackamas tomorrow night. The LCC women’s soccer team opens the season Wednesday with an 11 am match against Green River at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila…..The final week of preparation begins for Friday’s opening of the high school football season.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:18

The Mariners host the White Sox for three games starting tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The team that eliminated Kelso in the Babe Ruth 14 Regional is one win away from taking the World Series. Earlier today, Tualatin Hills Oregon shutout Newton Massachusetts 3-0 to advance to the championship later today…..High school football begins a week from tonight. Tomorrow, Kelso holds the Blue-Gold Scrimmage at 9:30 am. Mark Morris has the Blue-White Scrimmage tomorrow at 9:30 pm behind MM. The R.A. Long Red-Black Scrimmage is at 1:00 pm at Longview Memorial Stadium tomorrow…..The Seahawks will be in Denver tomorrow for an NFL Pre-season game with the Broncos…..The Boeing Classic is underway as the top Senior PGA golfers compete at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Millennium Meeting

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:07

About 250 people attended last night’s Public Interest Forum on the proposed Millenium Bulk Terminals coal export facility at the old Reynolds Metals plant, with opponents of the facility squaring off against the project’s backers. Dan Serres with Columbia Riverkeeper says that Millenium Bulk and its parent company, Arch Coal, simply can’t be trusted to keep the site and surrounding community safe. Serres points to internal documents showing that Millennium was intending to develop a facility that’s much larger than the 5 million-ton export terminal that was first applied for. He also claims that coal dust is a problem in every single coal-handling facility in the country, and that there’s no reason to expect that things would be different here. Serres and Gayle Kiser with Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community both say that they want “cleanup before development,” saying that just getting the facility cleaned up will help to provide more than 100 good jobs to the community for several years. Millennium CEO Ken Miller says that the cleanup of the site is already under way, and they remain committed to developing a clean and safe operation. Miller and Environmental Manager Kristen Gaines say that several cleanup projects have already been completed, and several more should be under way in the next 30 to 45 days. They say another eight projects should be permitted in the next six months. Working through the Department of Ecology, Miller and Gaines claim that a full cleanup plan should be developed and under way within the next 12 months. Arranged by the Cowlitz County Commissioners and League of Women Voters, last night’s forum was intended as an information session, intended to help people get clear information on the proposed project.

Woodland Fire

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:06

Fire crews from Woodland and Kalama have been dealing with a house fire reported at about 4:30 this morning. The first 911 calls came in around 4:30 am, reporting that flames were seen at an unoccupied home at 4005 Dike Road. As law enforcement responded, they reported seeing the fire from some distance away, and by the time the first units arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. They also reported that the fire was spreading into nearby tress. Within ten minutes, the house had collapsed; firefighters arrived and started work to protect a camp trailer that was parked near the burning house. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, nor is there a dollar estimate on damage.

Toledo Fire

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:05

There’s been another major fire in downtown Toledo, just nine months after a blaze destroyed Cowlitz River Antiques and the Toledo Logging Museum. Shortly before 1 am yesterday, Toledo Fire crews were called to a warehouse at Ramsey Way and Augustus Street. The building had been right next door to the building that burned last Christmas, and was being used to store construction equipment and other items for an upcoming auction. Fire crews from Winlock, Vader and Napavine joined in the battle against the fire, helping to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby buildings. The warehouse and its contents are a total loss. The cause hasn’t yet been determined. No injuries were reported.

Longview Council

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:05

Longview Public Works Director Jeff Cameron says that they’re learning more about natural water flows into Lake Sacajawea, and they’re urging the continuation of the drawdown study at the lake to get a full picture on how those flows could be managed for the lake’s water supply. Cameron updated the City Council last night, saying that the second drawdown of the lake in July helped to eliminate a large algae bloom that had come up in June. He also says that they’ve learned that the lake is “stratified” temperature-wise, and they think that is leading to the release of phosphorus, which then feeds the algae. Cameron says that they think additional aeration as certain spots could help to break up that stratification, and that as the fall rains begin, additional natural flushing will occur. Public Works is asking for the continuing study of the drawdowns through July of next year, which will then give the city time to decide on a final alternative before the supply from the old Water Treatment plant is shut off in May of 2013. In other action last night, the Council is holding off on recommended changes in parking times near Saint John Medical Center, and in the downtown core. Sarah Cave with PeaceHealth says that imposing two-hour limits along Kessler and Douglas would cause additional problems, also noting that the hospital is expanding its nearby parking facilities. A recommendation to change downtown parking times also failed, with the Council directing city staff to “tweak” those recommendations. That will come back to the Council in September.

Ramp Closure

Posted on 26th August 2011 at 08:04

As work continues on the Longview Wye reconstruction, the Department of Transportation is advising of a full closure of the ramp from Old Pacific Highway to Tennant Way. The ramp will close at 8 pm tonight, and will remain closed until 10 am next Tuesday. A detour will be posted, directing traffic trying to get into town from Carrolls and Rose Valley to Kelso Drive and Allen Street. During the closure, crews will remove the existing ramp, and will raise the roadway by some seven feet. This new, taller ramp will improve sight distances, giving drivers more time and space for merging onto Tennant Way.