If you’re living inside the boundaries of the Longview School District, expect to see and hear quite a bit of information on the work that the School Board is doing in regard to facilities management. At last night’s study session, the School Board approved a communications plan dealing with this issue, with “phase 1” to be implemented in May and June. Board President Jerry Stinger says that it’s a wide-ranging effort…The district plans to use a variety of methods to get information on the issues that the district is facing, including newsletters, e-mail messages, press releases to local media, reader commentaries in local publications, weekly employee bulletins and web page messages. They also plan to distribute comment cards, and will work to get out to community groups to relay this information. In June, the district plans to conduct a survey, which will be conducted in three separate ways, on-line, on paper, and also including a statistically valid phone survey. Other community engagement efforts will include “listening post” sessions, meetings between the School Board and district staff, and small group meetings. There will also be an effort to seek out and engage “underrepresented populations,” to make sure their input is also included. District officials say that once this first phase is completed, they’ll collect and present the information to the School Board, and then a second phase may be developed and implemented.
Archive | April, 2013
One man is under arrest on extortion charges, and Deputies are working to find a second suspect in a scheme reported yesterday morning by a Kelso man. Just before 5 am, a man called the Sheriff’s Office to report that the suspects had taken his Harley, and were trying to charge him money to get the bike returned. Deputies went to a home near Rocky Point to follow up, and the suspects reportedly rode off on the motorcycle. A brief chase went up North Pacific Avenue, with a crash reported in the 1900 block. Brett Alan Melville, 45, was arrested at gunpoint in a felony stop at that time, while the second suspect ran off. Melville is now being charged with second-degree extortion, possession of stolen property and driving while suspended. An extensive search was conducted for the second suspect; that person has been identified, and the effort to find him is continuing.
Longview Police are looking into another theft incident reported in the parking lot of Winco Foods. They say that a strong-arm robbery was reported at about 11:15 last night, when a woman reported that her purse was snatched as she was in the parking lot of the store. The woman says that two men in a dark green Ford Taurus or Contour stole her purse, and then drove off on 15th Avenue. A second witness says that the suspects may have driven east on Ocean Beach Highway, heading toward Kelso. Kelso Police joined LPD in the effort to find the suspects, but they weren’t located. The investigation is continuing.
First-half property taxes are due today. Cowlitz County Treasurer Kathy Hanks says that her office will be open today from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to accept payments; payments can also be mailed, but they must be postmarked today to be valid. You can also make those payments on-line or by phone; to make an on-line payment, go to officialpayments.com, and use Jurisdiction Code 5608. To pay by phone, call 1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829), and use that same Jurisdiction Code, 5608. The Cowlitz County Treasurer is located in the County Administration Building at 207 North 4th in Kelso; call 577-3060 if you have other questions.
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging employees Mark Owens and Mike Mayton are now members of an exclusive fraternity, as the company announces that the pair has been inducted into the exclusive “Couch Pit University Fraternity.” Company officials say that this induction recognizes Owens’ and Mayton’s expertise and tenure within the papermaking industry. Owens is superintendent on Paper Machine 12, while Mayton is the superintendent on the Number 10 machine. Worldwide, only about 100 people are members of the “Couch Pit Fraternity,” with extensive knowledge and expertise in the papermaking process, and high regard from peers in the industry. The only other Longview Fibre employee with such a designation is Brad Bowman, who is the company’s paper team leader.
Ever wanted to own your own water treatment plant? Now that the Mint Farm Water Treatment Plant is on-line, the City of Longview is declaring the old Water Treatment Plant on Fishers Lane as surplus, and is taking steps to move that property off the city books. The city has already salvaged equipment, tools, meters, and other usable materials from the plant at Fishers Lane and West Side Highway, and is now in the process of deciding how to dispose of the remaining building and land. The City Council passed a resolution at last Thursday’s meeting, formally declaring the site as surplus to the city’s needs. The assessed value of the land is put at $179,000, and the improvements are assessed at $8 million. At this time, it’s unknown and unclear what the ultimate fate of the property might be. A portion on the west side of the property is being deeded to the Cowlitz PUD, and an intake structure is being maintained, to provide fresh water to Lake Sacajawea. City officials say that they have a few options, and will just have to wait and see what kind of offers come in.
Community House on Broadway celebrates 25 years of providing a “hand up, not a hand-out” to those who are less fortunate in our area, with a special banquet that’s planned for tonight at the Monticello Hotel. Community House Executive Director Frank Morrison says that the event is being billed as “Stone Soup,” as a reminder of the troubles and hardships that the homeless face. Morrison also says that they’ll be celebrating the great achievements of Community House over the past 25 years, and will also talk about the goals ahead for the next 25 years. Seating in the Monticello Hotel ballroom is set to start at 6:30 this evening, dinner and the program will start at 7. Reservations are required; call Community House at 425-8679 for additional information.
Basketball fans in Seattle were disappointed to learn that the NBA Relocation Committee recommended that the proposed sale of the Kings to a Seattle group be denied, thus keeping the team in Sacramento…..The Mariners beat the Orioles 6-2 last night as Michael Saunders hit a homer and Joe Saunders pitched a complete game. Seattle and Baltimore play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Mark Morris won a 4th straight league baseball title with a 7-1 win over Ridgefield. R.A. Long’s playoff hopes were seriously damaged with a 3-2 loss to Hockinson. The 3A District baseball tourney begins today at Rister Stadium in Kelso with River taking on Prairie at 4 pm…..Mark Morris beat RAL 5-1 in prep softball. River edged Kelso 5-4. The Lassies host Mountain View today at 4 pm.
Doward Miller, 62, of Woodland figures to be sore today, but he’s also considering himself to be pretty lucky, after having suffered no significant injuries when the bulldozer he was operating flipped over on top of him. Cowlitz County Deputies and aid personnel from Woodland were called to Miller’s property on Bryant Hill Road a few minutes after 3 yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that Miller’s dozer had rolled over, pinning him underneath. The 911 caller reported that Miller’s chest and legs were pinned. Miller says that he’d been trying to put the bulldozer onto a trailer when it slid off, flipping over and trapping him. Miller was conscious and breathing, and told his son to run up to the house and get a jack. The son returned with a bottle jack, while a neighbor also started digging. As the neighbor and another son continued to dig, Miller was eventually able to wriggle out from underneath the machine. He was checked out, and found to have no serious injuries. Miller tells the Vancouver Columbian that he figures to be at work today, continuing his job at Danish Marine on Hayden Island.
Joel Howard Darvell, 36, of Castle Rock is under arrest on a first-degree assault charge, after he allegedly fired a gun during a domestic violence incident that took place early Saturday morning. Castle Rock Police say that they were called to a home on Green Acres Drive at about 2:30 Saturday morning, where it was reported that Darvell had been in a fight with his wife. During that dispute, Darvell supposedly fired a single round from a .45 handgun, with the bullet hitting an inside wall. It’s also alleged that Darvell assaulted his teenage son as he tried to intervene. Darvell was booked on the first-degree assault charge, along with unlawful possession of a gun and fourth-degree domestic violence assault. He’s currently being held without bail, pending a court hearing.