The Cowlitz PUD is firing up a pilot program that’s intended to help the utility’s customers understand how they use electricity, and can help to improve their energy efficiency. Starting tomorrow, about half of the PUD customers will be receiving Home Energy Reports, which the PUD says are designed to help cut energy waste, lower bills and increase comfort. Brent Arnold with the PUD says that these Home Energy Reports will be mailed out six times a year to the customers being asked to participate in this program. Arnold says that the basic idea is to help customers track usage, showing comparisons to similar customers, and by providing energy-saving tips. The graphically-driven program makes the program easy to understand and use. Arnold says that the HER program has been growing in popularity around the Northwest and across the country, due to the success that customers are having in reducing their energy consumption. HER participants will be receiving mailings and web-based materials, and he says that by the end of June, all PUD customers will have on-line access to the comprehensive resources available through the HER program.
Archive | May, 2013
The City of Longview will be doing some water service work today on East Lynnwood Drive, off of Columbia Heights Road. Starting at 8 this morning, East Lynnwood will be closed to through traffic, going from the intersection of Lynnwood and East Lynnwood to the intersection of East Lynnwood and Park Hill Drive. Work is scheduled to be complete by 5 pm today.
Here’s a warning; if you’re going to this evening’s event at LCC, your legs might be longer when you head home, as the best yarn-spinners, joshers and BS’ers in the area will be competing for cash prizes. The LCC Fighting Smelt Forensics Team is teaming up with the Early Words Toastmaster Club to host “You Must Be Kidding: Tall Tales are a Tall Order,” a Tall Tales Demonstration speech contest. Three to five-minute presentations will be judged by the “highly exaggerated and improbable nature” that’s woven into their theme or plot; humor, costumes and props may also be used to support the tale being told. There are two divisions, for youth age 14 to 7, and adults age 18 and older. Speeches must be PG-13 in tone and use family-friendly language. The top prize in each division is $200, and the top-placing adults will also win a year’s membership in the Early Words Toastmasters. Signups start at 5:15 pm in room 136 at the Rose Center, and then the preliminary competition starts at 6:00 pm. The finals are set for 7:30 pm in the Heritage Room. There’s no charge to participate or to watch.
The San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 last night at Safeco Field. Michael Morse had to leave the game in the 5th inning with a quad injury. The teams will play each other again tonight, but at Petco Park in San Diego, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Linfield won the NCAA Division III baseball title with a 4-1 victory over Southern Maine. It’s Linfield’s third national title, but the first as an NCAA school. The teams AD and assistant coach is former LCC coach Scott Carnahan. Former Yankees World Series hero Scott Brosius is the head coach…..The Rainier Columbians will play for the Oregon 3A softball title Friday. Rainier beat Blanchet Catholic 6-3 yesterday as Jessica Gibson had two homers and four RBI. Rainier takes on Dayton at 4 pm Friday at OSU in Corvallis.
It doesn’t appear that any serious damage was done to the KFC-A&W restaurant on Washington Way, after a pickup slammed into the building at about 9:30 last night. Longview Police do report that the driver of the vehicle suffered some serious injuries in the collision. Witnesses say that the small pickup had come through the parking lot, and had crashed into the side of the building. Longview Fire also responded with aid personnel, and they report that the single adult male occupant suffered significant injuries. He was transported to St. John Medical Center, and then was transferred to a hospital in Portland. The man’s name hasn’t been released as of yet, and his condition hasn’t been updated. No other injuries were reported, though there were people inside the building at the time of the crash. Battalion Chief Eric Koreis says that a preliminary assessment showed only cosmetic damage to the exterior and interior of the restaurant, and he says that the building remains safe to occupy. Additional information should be released later today.
Longview Police say that they have probable cause to charge a man with assault after an incident reported last night at the Safeway store at 30th and Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. This incident was reported at about 12:45 this morning; employees say that a man assaulted one of the store employees, then jumped into an SUV and took off at a high rate of speed. Employees were able to get a description of the SUV, along with a license number. Officers met with the female owner of the SUV, but haven’t yet contacted the male suspect. It’s not yet known what led to the alleged assault; police say that they have ruled out theft as an instigator in the confrontation.
State Troopers continue to investigate Friday’s rollover crash on I-5 in Castle Rock, a collision that left an Aberdeen man in critical condition. The crash happened at about 6:45 last Friday morning, on I-5 southbound at milepost 49. Alfredo Hernandez-Bernal, 31, of Aberdeen had been driving in the right lane, when a small SUV driven by Nicolae Sochirca, 21, of Vancouver drifted from the left lane and hit Hernandez-Bernal’s pickup. He lost control, shooting across all three lanes of the southbound freeway. The pickup went into the median and rolled twice, coming to rest in the middle lane of the northbound freeway. Hernandez-Bernal was taken by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, and has upgraded to satisfactory condition. Two other people in the pickup suffered lesser injuries. They were taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the investigation continues.
WSP reports that they have identified the driver in what they say was a hit-and-run crash that took place last Thursday on I-5 near La Center. At about 7:30 on that morning, a black Ford F-150 pickup clipped a BMW driven by Sherry Sparacino, 38, of Longview; she spun out, while the pickup bounced into a pickup and trailer driven by Frank Rodenburg, 72, of Ripon, California. Rodenburg’s wife was injured as the pickup and trailer jackknifed and skidded into the median. Witnesses reported that the pickup that caused the crash took off from the scene, but they were able to get a license number. That information led Troopers to Borin So, 38, of Lynnwood. Charges of making an unsafe lane change and felony hit-and-run are now pending against So.
Oregon State Police say that a motorcycle rider from Scappoose was critically injured in a crash that took place Friday morning in the southeastern part of the state. Lucinda Gardner, 49, and Derry York, 58, had been riding on Oregon Highway 205, about 21 miles south of Burns, when they came upon a van stopped in the middle of the road. Both bikers braked suddenly, with York rear-ending Gardner’s machine. York suffered major injuries in the crash, and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Bend. Gardner was taken to Burns to get treatment for minor injuries. The driver of the van, Joseph Randall, 55, of Corvallis, was cited for impeding traffic.
Even after a special three-day filing period, Cowlitz County Elections reports that there were no candidates for five elected positions around the county. Elections Supervisor Carolyn Myers says that no one filed for Director District 3 on the Toutle Lake School Board. In addition, there were no takers for Commissioner positions in Cemetery Districts 3, 4 and 6. Two positions in Cemetery District 4 are open. Myers says that, by law, these positions are now deemed as “lapsed,” and will not appear on the upcoming General Election ballot. The offices will be open for election at the next General Election that will be held for each jurisdiction.