Local educators will be involved in a couple of rallies today, one in Longview and one in Olympia. At noon today, hundreds of teachers, administrators, parents and other education supporters are expected to gather on the west campus of the State Capitol in Olympia. The “Standing Strong, Standing Together” rally will take place on the first day of the special Legislative session, asking the Legislature to spare education in this next round of budget cuts. The Washington Education Association and school supporters say that education and students have already absorbed more than their fair share of cuts. They say that it’s time to protect school funding and give students the well-rounded, quality education that they deserve. Those who can’t attend will be “Wearing Red for Public Ed” today. Teachers and school staff from Longview, Kelso and Castle Rock plan to gather before and after school hours outside of the Walgreen’s at 30th and Ocean Beach Highway. Photos from the rally will be forwarded to Olympia, with WEA members gathering the union headquarters at 6:30 pm to write letters to state legislators.
Archive | November, 2011
Local retailers are getting the word to be on the alert, after several counterfeit $100 bills showed up over the weekend. Authorities say that a number of bills were reported in the Longview area, then yesterday afternoon, another possible incident was reported at the Woodland Wal-Mart store. This last incident was called in at about 2:30 pm yesterday. Store employees tried to stall the person who had passed the bill, but the suspect ran out of the store, and was able to evade local police. Local retailers are being reminded that they should check all large bills for security marks and strips, and to also use counterfeit-detecting pens on those large bills.
Longview Police took Jamey Leeroy Withers, 22, into custody early yesterday morning, after getting a report that he was wanted on a perjury charge. Officers went to an apartment in the 33 hundred block of Maple Street shortly after midnight last night, where Withers was arrested without incident. He’s now being held without bail on a charge of second-degree perjury. Details surrounding the charge haven’t yet been disclosed.
There’s a 5 pm deadline today for voters in Woodland who’ve had their ballots challenged by Cowlitz County Elections to get those issues resolved, and have those votes count in the still-undecided City Council race between Scott Perry and Robert Ripp. Currently, Perry leads Ripp by just a single vote, 569-to-568. Elections Supervisor Carolyn Myers tells the Daily News that they have seven “challenged” ballots that could still be counted; those ballots either don’t have a signature, have the wrong signature, or a signature that doesn’t match voting records. Myers says that letters have been sent to each of the registered voters connected to those ballots; she’s also been trying to contact those voters by phone. If the ballots aren’t corrected by 5 pm today, they’ll be rejected. These seven ballots are critical; an automatic recount would be triggered unless Perry collects five or more of those votes. The timeline is also short, as this year’s election must be certified by tomorrow. If the two candidates end up tied after the recount, then the race would be decided by a coin flip.
Firefighters from Cowlitz Fire Districts 2 and 5 had a successful “Fill the Boot” effort on Friday, collecting more than $6,000 from persons who drove by the Allen Street intersection with the Three Rivers Mall. The final count was $6,072, bringing this year’s Fill the Boot collection total to $12,572. Cowlitz 2 Lieutenant Jason Sanders say that they’d like to thanks everyone who donated, along with local businesses that helped support the effort. Dutch Brothers, Burger King and Red Lobster all allowed the firefighters to set up collection boots at those facilities, while also providing refreshments for the firefighters. Sanders say that it was a lot of fun, and he says that they’re extremely pleased with the results, given the challenging economic times. All proceeds are going to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
It wasn’t exactly the best day to be out riding a motorcycle, but more than 100 bikers braved the wind and the rain to take part in the the 19th annual Jumbo’s Memorial Toy Run, collecting toys and donations for local kids. The toys collected will go to needy kids in the Longview-Kelso area; more than 1,000 children were on that list in the past year alone. The cash donations will help to buy toys that weren’t collected on Sunday, to help make sure everyone on that list gets a present. The toys will be handed out on Sunday, December 11th at LCC.
The 25th Red Devil Classic men’s basketball tournament begins today with four games beginning at 1 pm. LCC open the season tonight at 8 pm against SW Oregon, KLOG 7:55 pm…..The Huskies basketball team hosts Houston Baptist today, KLOG 2:30 pm. WSU lost to Oklahoma 74-59 last night in Anaheim. The Cougs play New Mexico today…..The Apple Cup is tomorrow in Seattle, KLOG 3:30 pm. The Civil War takes place in Eugene tomorrow…..The Seahawks are at home Sunday for a matchup with the Washington Redskins…..The Rainier Columbians hope to get back to the Oregon 3A championship game if they can beat Dayton Saturday at 11 am. The game is being played at Hillsboro Stadium.
We got some pretty strong weather over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, even with some lightning and thunder rumbling through overnight. Even with the gusty winds and rain that was heavy at times, impacts weren’t too bad. The Cowlitz PUD reports no power outages, and local roadways are clear. There could be some debris on the street as you make your way in, but we don’t have any closures or blockages to report this morning. This morning’s rainfall totals for reporting stations around the area show that we got six-tenths of an inch of rain over the past 24 hours, or maybe just a bit more in some spots. The strongest winds blew through late yesterday morning and early afternoon. Kelso had a peak gust of 39 miles an hour, Longview had 35, Kalama got a peak gust of 35, and Castle Rock had a gust of 32 miles an hour. We’re supposed to get a break from the strong weather today, as the rain tapers off, even with some partly sunny skies later on.
There’s still strong weather to the west of us, with a high surf advisory in effect until ten this morning. The Weather Service says that a westerly swell of 20 to 23 feet will continue through the morning. The Coast Guard currently has the Columbia River bar closed, along with the bars at Grays Harbor and Quillayute. Those bars will remain closed until the ocean conditions improve. The Coast Guard was involved in a rescue near the mouth of the Columbia yesterday afternoon, saving three adults and two children aboard a pleasure boat near Warrenton. Around 12:45 pm, a distress call came in from a 22-foot boat that had lost power, and was dragging its anchor about a mile north of Desdemona Sands. A motor lifeboat was dispatched from Cape Disappointment, and was able to tow the vessel to Hammond. There were no injuries.
A Longview driver was involved in a two-car crash on I-5 north of Vader yesterday afternoon. The State Patrol reports that Brian Nash, 21, of Longview was rear-ended as he slowed for traffic at milepost 65 northbound, a few minutes before 3 pm. As Nash was slowing down, he was hit from behind by Nereida Chavez-Barriga, 29, of Mount Vernon. Neither driver was hurt, but a passenger in Chavez-Barriga’s car, Ignacia Chavez, 60, was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital after he complained of back pain. Troopers blame the crash on following too closely, and they cited Chavez-Barriga for driving too fast for the conditions.