It was a beautiful day in the park for the several hundred people who gathered in downtown Longview yesterday afternoon, taking part in the Community Solidarity Rally in support of the ILWU and their struggle with EGT. One of those who spoke was ILWU Executive Board member Jeff Johnson, who says that local labor is going to prevail in the end. At least 500 attended yesterday’s event, and the crowd could have been as large as one thousand. ILWU members were joined by at least nine other unions between Portland and Seattle, along with representatives of the “Radical Women of Portland and Seattle,” and the Progressive Party of Washington. The rally even included an original Woody Guthrie-type ballad from ILWU Local 19 member Leif Kahl, a song about the situation in Longview, yet harkening back to old labor struggles. The event was completely peaceful, and went off without any incidents. The City of Longview and several nearby businesses closed early, after alerts about possible “anarchist” involvement at the rally. Though a group claiming to be anarchists held a banner at the back of the rally, the event went off without a hitch, with no negative incidents reported. The reception at LCC for artist Erica T. Melville was postponed, and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 4th, while the Lower Columbia Professionals “Tailgate Party” will be rescheduled for another date.
Archive | September, 2011
With a police presence along the tracks and a Coast Guard helicopter hovering overhead, another 110-car unit train arrived yesterday morning at the EGT grain terminal in Longview. The train carrying wheat originated in Cheney, and came through Vancouver around 7 yesterday morning. It arrived in Longview around 9 am, and was escorted into the facility without incident. In fact, there were no protestors whatsoever. In a written statement, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet says that the union made the choice to “tone down the intensity” of the situation, and chose not to demonstrate against this delivery. Sundet says that this is an effort to send a message to Larry Clarke, the CEO of EGT, saying that it’s in his best interest and the best interest of all involved for him to sit down with ILWU President Robert McEllrath to solve the dispute. He says that the only real method of resolution is for that meeting to take place as soon as possible.
The ILWU and representatives of Local 21 will be in a Federal courtroom today, as District Court Judge Ronald Leighton considers the fines to be levied for their tactics in connection with the EGT labor dispute. The NLRB has asked the court to fine the International Longshore and Warehouse Union more than $290,000 for damages and expenses from protests earlier this month. In addition, oral arguments are also scheduled in connection with the motion for summary judgement that’s been filed in connection with the lawsuit filed by EGT against the Port of Longview. That hearing is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon. It’s not known at this time if Leighton plans to issue a ruling, but the Cowlitz County Commissioners have requested an “expedited decision” in the case.
Longview Police are looking into an incident reported by a man living near Olympic Elementary School, where a man claims that someone may have tried to abduct his eight year-old grandson. The man called 911 from his home on Dover Street at about 3:20 pm. The boy reportedly said that a black male in his 20’s approached him as he was walking from school, offered him candy and tried to get the boy to go with him. The boy also claims that the man tried to get the boy to tell him his “safety password.” They boy ran off, saying that the man chased him until he hid in some bushes. The suspect is described as an African-American male, around 20 years old, wearing a white “NY” hat, with a dark shirt and dark shorts. Officers checked the area, but didn’t report finding anyone matching the description.
A 22 year-old transient is under arrest on a charge of second-degree assault, picked up late last week in connection with a stabbing that took place in the course of a street fight that happened in July. Today’s Daily News reports that Gary Lee Johnston, Jr., was arrested last Saturday in connection with the fight that happened on July 24th in the Highlands. During that fight, Lechaun Baker, 42, was stabbed; he claims that he’d gone to the scene to try and protect his girlfriend from another group that was going to “jump” her. Baker drove to the scene, armed with a baseball bat, and reportedly hit at least one woman with that bat. The group then surrounded Baker, and in the ensuing melee, he was stabbed. Johnston reportedly tells police that he acted in self-defense, and was also trying to protect the woman who’d been hit with the bat. Johnston was already being held on a felony drug charge, and is also being served with a warrant for driving while suspended. His bail totals $52,00. David William Emter, 25, of Longview also faces charges in connection with this incident.
One of the men involved in a triple-murder at a home near Salkum in August of last year is going to prison for 14 years, the result of a plea agreement in Lewis County Superior Court. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the sentencing of Ryan J. McCarthy, who used to live in Onalaska. McCarthy is pleading guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, residential burglary and first-degree attempted extortion in connection with the shooting deaths of David West, Sr., 52, David West, Jr., 16, and Tony Williams, 50, of Mineral. The shootings took place on August 21st of last year, in what authorities say was a drug debt collection attempt that went terribly awry. McCarthy’s attorney says that he took the plea deal to avoid a life prison term for murder convictions. Judge Richard Brosey says expressed disappointment that he couldn’t impose a longer prison term, saying that McCarthy deserves a “very long, very severe sentence.” John Allen Booth, Jr., 32, is accused of being the triggerman in the killings, and is scheduled to go to trial on multiple counts of murder in November.
The annual Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Autumn Fest and Punkin’ Chunkin” starts at 3 pm on Friday, then runs on Saturday at the Two Islands Farm Market, located at Stockhouse’s Farm on Birnie Slough Road. You’ll be able to do your own “punkin’ chunkin’” by using the “Rogulator,” or you can even bring your own well-engineered machine.
The Castle Rock Quilters and St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold their combined quilt show and sale from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday and 10 to 3 on Saturday at the church on First Street in Castle Rock. Donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds going to fight world hunger.
The Mark Morris Foundation is holding a fundraising barbecue prior to Friday night’s game against Woodland. This will get started at 5:30 pm, with a burger, chips, a soda and a cookie available for $6.
The annual Harvest Classic 10K run and walk will be held Saturday morning, starting at 8:30 am on New York Street, right off 7th Avenue. Registration at the LifeWorks building will run from 7 to 8 am. Sponsored by the Longview Early Edition Rotary, the event is a fundraiser for the Help Food Warehouse.
He’s a finalist from “America’s Got Talent,” illusionist and comedian William Scott will perform Saturday at the Kelso Eagles, a fundraiser for the Kelso High School Spanish Class trip. Tickets are available at Kelso True Value Hardware and Marine, the Hillcrest Store and at Flying K in West Kelso. They’ll also be available at the door. Shows are planned at 5 and 8 pm.
The Cowlitz County Community Farmer’s Market continues this weekend, with its Customer Appreciation Day on Saturdays in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday.
There’s “A Call to Pray for Peace” on Sunday at the Civic Circle in Longview, looking to help ease tensions in connection with the recent turmoil at the Port. All are invited to take part, starting at 1 pm on Sunday. The event is being arranged by the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association.
There’s a St. Francis “Blessing of the Animals” going on Sunday afternoon at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. Reverend Kathleen Patton with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will conduct the blessing. They’ll also have some Guide Dog puppies available. The Humane Society is located at 909 Columbia Boulevard in Longview.
Week five of the prep football season is tonight including Kelso at Fort Vancouver (KLOG 6:45 pm), Woodland at Mark Morris and R.A. Long at Washougal. Football Friday show is at 6 pm on KLOG…..The Huskies take on Utah in Pac-12 football tomorrow, KLOG 4 pm. The WSU Cougars are at Colorado and OSU visits Arizona State…..The Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in Seattle…..Mark Morris downed R.A. Long 15-50 in both boys and girls cross country action…..The LCC volleyball team hosts Green River tonight at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball, Kelso beat Bay 3-1 and RAL beat Washougal 3-0…..The LCC soccer teams host Green River tomorrow at 12 pm…..In prep soccer, Camas beat Kelso 4-1 and Washougal blanked RAL 3-0.
The Oakland A’s shutout the Mariners 2-0 last night in the last game of the season. The M’s were shutout a team-record 16 times this season…..The Lower Columbia College volleyball team rallied from down 2-1 to beat Pierce 3-2 last night in Lakewood. Shailah Rickets led the way with 18 kills as the Devils raised their league record to 1-2…..In prep volleyball tonight, Kelso hosts Hudson’s Bay, and Washougal is at R.A. Long…..The Everett soccer team scored five goals in the second half and blanked LCC 6-0 yesterday…..In prep soccer today, Camas is at Kelso and Washougal visits Longview Memorial to play R.A. Long tonight…..Civil War cross country is at Lake Sacajawea today as MM takes on RAL…..In boys golf today, Kelso at River, MM at Woodland and RAL at Hockinson.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 is staging a Community Solidarity Night this evening at the Civic Circle in Longview, starting at 5:30 pm. Organizers are inviting union, non-union, families, friends and anyone else that’s interested to come and stand with them, looking to raise awareness regarding their claims that EGT has failed to follow through with the promises that they’ve made to the local community. A large crowd is anticipated, and in connection with that, the City of Longview is shutting down early today. City officials announced yesterday that the Longview City Hall and the Longview Public Library will close at 4 pm today, to try and help ease the influx of traffic that’s expected. In addition to today’s event, the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association is announcing that they’re going to hold a prayer gathering at 1 pm on Sunday, also at R. A. Long Park in the Civic Circle. Association President Mark Schmutz says that this Sunday’s event “will not be a time for speeches,” saying that the group is concerned about the escalating violence connected to this dispute. He says that they’ll be praying for peace, on behalf of all the people in their congregations, union member, law enforcement and local business people. He emphasizes that they’re not taking any sides in the dispute.