2013 is off to a good start for Weyerhaeuser, as the Federal Way-based timber and paper company reports net earnings of $144 million for the first quarter of the year, compared to $41 million in the same quarter last year. Company officials say that the long-awaited rebound in the housing industry is a major contributor to the bottom line, with new house construction at its highest level since June of 2008. CEO Dan Fulton says that this is the strongest quarter for the wood products segment since 2005. Total revenue was up 35 percent in the quarter, up to $1.95 billion. Weyerhaeuser is also raising its quarterly dividend, going up to 20 cents per share. While this is an upbeat report, the company is predicting slightly lower selling prices in the upcoming quarter, along with higher raw material prices.
Archive | April, 2013
A 79 year-old woman is being charged with DUI after a crash that took place last night in the vicinity of the Monticello Hotel. A little after 10 pm, it was reported that a pickup had crashed into four cars parked near the hotel. No injuries were reported, but Officers did say that there was evidence of impairment by the driver involved. A Portable Breath Test was administered, reportedly showing a blood alcohol level of .119, over the legal limit of .08. They say that the woman was cited and released, scheduled to appear in court later today.
Following up on yesterday’s story about possible sexual predators posing as teen pop stars on Facebook, then contacting local kids, a Kelso woman called the Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning, saying that someone claiming to be Justin Bieber had been conversing with her daughter. Deputies eventually contacted the girl and her grandmother, who says that this person had been chatting and texting with the girl. When questioned, the girl says that the conversations had been about “normal things,” and that the person posing as Bieber had never brought up the idea that they should meet. Deputies were able to get a phone number from the girl; they once again cautioned her and the parents about the possible dangers of this type of activity. The information gathered is being turned over to Kelso Police Detectives.
Jarrid Moore, 25, of Woodland has to consider himself to be pretty lucky this morning, having suffered only minor injuries when he crashed his motorcycle on a bridge over I-5, then was ejected onto the freeway below. State Troopers say that this crash happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, as Moore was riding with several other people on Highway 14. Moore had been southbound on the freeway, then took the exit to Highway 14. They say that he failed to negotiate the left-hand curve, and hit the cement barrier. Moore flipped off of his bike, landing on the grassy median some 25 to 30 feet below. After landing on the grass, he rolled or bounced onto the paved shoulder of the freeway. Moore was taken to a hospital in Portland to get treatment for a head injury and a cut to his knee. Responders say that they had been “expecting the worst and hoped for the best; we got the best.” The crash investigation is continuing; Moore was cited for having no driver’s license and no motorcycle endorsement.
The weather should be pretty decent for tomorrow traditional “opening day” for trout fishing on lowland lakes throughout Washington. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that lakes all across the state have been stocked with millions of catchable fish, starting tomorrow and open for the next six months. WDFW Director Phil Anderson says that the start of the lowland lakes season is the biggest fishing day of the year. Would-be anglers need to have a current Washington freshwater fishing license; those can be purchased at hundreds of dealers all across the state, or you can also buy them on the Fish and Wildlife website. That website also has the latest stocking information, along with other tips and information on fishing lakes all around the state.
Kelso High School Junior Myckelle Mathis is going to be part of a big weekend in Portland, as she competes in the Oregon Potters Association Scholarship Competition. One of her pottery pieces created at Kelso High has been selected as a finalist in the regional competition, and is now on display at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. The finalists are being judged by a jury of OPA members and educators, and the winner will be announced in a special ceremony that’s being held tomorrow evening. The Oregon Potters Association show is going on today through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center; the High School Gallery is located in Hall A at the Center.
The Friends of the Longview Public Library are holding their Spring Book Sale this weekend, running on Friday and Saturday. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Friday, noon to 4 on Saturday.
Stageworks Northwest continues a production of “The Secret Garden” at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue, running each weekend through May 12th. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.
There’s dinner theatre available at the Rutherglen Mansion, featuring the latest work by local author Caroline Wood. Performances of “Is It Destiny or Is It Just Me?” are planned for Friday and Saturday night; call 425-5816 to make your required reservations.
Rising Star Productions has a production of the Broadway musical “Camelot” this weekend in their space at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Northwest Blacksmith Association is holding its spring conference this weekend at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. This will be going on in the FFA Building at the County Fairgrounds, featuring Rainier-based blacksmith Berkley Tack. He’ll be putting on demonstrations both Friday and Saturday. Other demonstrations are also planned. Admission is free.
Hundreds are expected Saturday morning at the PeaceHealth Women’s Pavilion, next to St. John Medical Center, continuing the annual tradition of raising money for the March of Dimes in the annual March for Babies event, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. Registration begins at 8 am, then the March for Babies starts at 9.
In connection with National Drug Takeback Day, there’s a Prescription Drug Collection event planned for Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building, located on Douglas Street in Longview. Unused or expired prescriptions will be accepted and disposed of properly, going from 10 am until 2 pm.
There’s a bilingual family program planned for Saturday at the Longview Public Library, calld “Dia Fiesta.” The event celebrates Mexican Children’s Day, and will feature author Pat Mora, crafts, snacks and other fun. This starts at 2 pm on Saturday.
Olympic Elementary School on 30th Avenue in Longview is holding its Spring Bazaar, going from 9 am to 4 pm with vendor booths, baked goods and a raffle.
The Beaver Homes Grange holds its annual Building Fund Dinner on Saturday, running from 4 to 7 pm. Along with the dinner of chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes, they’ll have a silent auction and other fun events. They’re located on Beaver Homes Road, off of Highway 30 in Goble.
The Collision softball team from Castle Rock is holding a fundraising event on Saturday, looking to get some money to pay for new jerseys, gear and registration fees. They’re having a spaghetti feed, Bunco party and silent auction, starting at 4 pm at the Castle Rock Eagles hall.
You’re invited to come by and celebrate the 90th birthday of the Monticello Hotel, in a party that’s planned for tomorrow night at the historic building on Longview’s Civic Circle. You’ll be able to check out the “1923 Dinner” at Ginger’s Restaurant, a four-course meal for $19.23. Saturday night, there’s a “Night of Jazz” in the hotel ballroom, a benefit dance party that will include Raeann Phillips singing for a band that includes Ron Steen on drums, Ramsay Embeck on piano and the Michael Paul Sextet. Tickets are available at the hotel, and proceeds will benefit the Mark Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Out in St. Helens, it’s the 14th annual Lite Up the Night Auction and Dance, a fundraiser for the St. Helens Sports Boosters. This runs from 5 to 11 pm on Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Tickets will be available at the door.
The historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens are now open for their annual show, running each day through May 12th. The gardens on South Pekin Road near Woodland open each day at 10 am.
For the 36th year in a row, you’ll be able to get your fresh veggies, plant starts, honey, handcrafted items and other great stuff at the Cowlitz Community Farmers Market. The market will be open from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fridays, starting this weekend and running through October.
The Kelso Kiwanis Club is putting on their 3rd annual “Got Talent” show contest, starting at 3 pm on Sunday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Local talent will be competing for cash prizes, with a top prize of $500.
The 45th annual Cowlitz Coin Club Coin Show is set for Sunday at the AWPPW Hall in Longview, running from 10 am to 4 pm. They’ll be raffling off a rare ½-ounce American Gold Eagle coin, along with the other coins, currency and tokens that will be available to buy, sell or trade. Admission is free.
Stageworks Northwest is holding auditions for an upcoming production of “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” This is being set up as a summer melodrama; would-be actors should have a short monologue, and should also be prepared to sing. The auditions start at 6:30 pm at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue.
The Mariners shutout the Angels 6-0 last night. Brandon Maurer got the win and Carlos Peguero and Kyle Seager hit homers. The M’s host the Halos again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team hosts Green River Saturday at 1 pm…..The LCC softball teams hosts Clark Saturday at 12 pm…..Mark Morris blasted Washougal 23-0 and 14-0 in baseball yesterday. Today, Kelso hosts Prairie and Ridgefield is at R.A. Long…..The Kelso softball team destroyed Hudson’s Bay 21-2. The teams play again today in Vancouver. Also, MM is at Washougal…..The MM girls tennis team defeated RAL 4-2 and Kelso beat Hudson’s Bay 6-0…..Hockinson edged the MM boys soccer team 1-0. Kelso is at River today at 5 pm…..The Seahawks will finally get to pick in the NFL Draft today and Saturday.
An alert is going out to all families in the Kelso School District, warning that a possible sex predator may be contact local kids through an on-line ruse. Kelso Superintendent Rob MacGregor sent a letter home with all students, outlining details about what’s going on. MacGregor says that the district was contacted by Kelso Police, after they had received reports about someone who’s posing as famous teen celebrities on Facebook. That person attempts to contact young students, and then requests that those kids message the person privately. MacGregor says that there’s no evidence to indicate that any local students have been in contact with this individual on school grounds, or is connected to the schools in any way. Still, district officials feel that this is a serious threat, and that it was important to assist Kelso Police in getting the word out. MacGregor says that if you or your children have any information on this situation, you should contact Kelso Police at 423-1270 as soon at possible. MacGregor also says that this is a good reminder about the internet; while it’s a great resource, there’s also a potential for those with bad intentions to get access to your children. He says that you need to remind your kids about internet safety, monitor their use, and assure your children that they can talk to you if someone tries to make personal contact, or becomes threatening.
Charges of first-degree assault and meth possession are being filed against Bobbi Jo Ann Workman, 46, of Silver Lake, after she allegedly stabbed another woman in a dispute reported yesterday afternoon. A woman called 911 from the 5300 block of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, saying that she’d found another woman with blood on her head. Deputies contacted Linda Marie Waddington, 48, who said that she’d been stabbed by Workman during a fight. They say that Waddington had cuts to her arm and a puncture wound in her neck. Waddington was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Workman also had some injuries, so she was also taken to the hospital for treatment. It was there that authorities reportedly found that she was in possession of meth. Workman was arrested at the hospital and is now being held without bail. The investigation into the fight that led to the stabbing is still under investigation.