An investigation is getting under way after a fall was reported last night at the Weyerhaeuser Log Dock. Along with Longview Fire crews, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office was called down to the dock at about 6:50 pm, when it was reported that a man had fallen off of the log carrier “Westwood Columbia.” The captain of the ship said that the man was in the river, between the ship and the dock; it was also learned that the man had fallen off of a crane, dropping some 40 feet. It took only a few minutes to get the man out of the water, and he was transported to St. John Medical Center under a full trauma alert. Longview Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor says that they learned that the victim is the ship’s electrician, who had been working on the crane when it moved suddenly, slamming into the side of the ship and knocking him off. The crew went into its “man overboard” drill, and was able to make the rescue within a few minutes. Due to confidentiality laws, the extent of the man’s injuries, nor has his name has not been disclosed. His condition hasn’t been updated this morning.
Archive | January, 2014
Castle Rock School District officials plan to meet with an “unruly parent” that caused a full lockdown of the Elementary School yesterday morning. Castle Rock Police went to the school around 8:10 yesterday morning, as the lockdown was put in place. Officers met with the Principal, who says that a mother with “anxiety issues” refused to leave the building, and was roaming the halls of the school. Officers found the woman in a couple of minutes; they talked with her and asked her to leave the building, which she did peacefully. The lockdown was lifted a few minutes later. District officials say that they plan to meet with the mother, to help address the issues that might be causing her anxiety.
The trial of a man accused of shooting and killing his uncle back in 2012 is scheduled to get under way today. The Daily News says that Scott Wesley Humphreys, 49, of Longview is charged with second-degree murder in the death of David “Lonny” Peterson, 62, on December 21st of 2012. The shooting took place at an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Ocean Beach Highway, where both men had separate units. The incident took place in the doorway of Peterson’s apartment, and there are some conflicting accounts about why the shooting took place. A police report says that a neighbor heard the men arguing, followed by a shot. The neighbor ran in and found Peterson on the floor, and then Humphreys asked for a light. Authorities say that Humphreys was sitting in a chair, smoking when they arrived. Peterson was able to communicate, reportedly telling officers that Humphreys had asked hold his gun, and then he put in the magazine and shot him in the abdomen. It’s also reported that Humphreys was acting erratically in the days leading up to the shooting. It’s also possible that Humphreys could raise a case a self-defense, claiming that Peterson was coming at him. Then there’s the twist of the “Mayan Apocalypse,” with Humphreys growing more concerned that the world was going to end on the day of the shooting. Prosecutors also say he had threatened others in the apartment complex. Testimony is expected to being today.
As soon as the Columbia County Commissioners announced their vote to rezone 837 acres of farmland at Port Westward near Clatskanie, a local farmer and an environmental group announced their plans to challenge that action. Last night, the Commissioners voted unanimously to change the zoning on 837 acres of land adjacent to the current industrial park at Port Westward, looking to make that land available for development. Local mint farmer Mike Seely, who has just signed a $10 million contract with the Whole Foods Market chain, says that he plans to challenge the decision with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. Columbia Riverkeeper also announced plans to contest the decision; both Seely and Columbia Riverkeeper say that this move will bring more coal and oil trains to the area, increasing the danger to people and the environment. Pat Trapp with the Port of St. Helens says that this is just a first step, looking to make more land available for industry. The 837 acres is currently used as a tree farm. Trapp says that no projects are planned at this time, and any proposals would require permits that include multiple opportunities for public input.
Woodland-area residents can meet the finalists for the Woodland Police Chief position at an open house that’s planned for this evening, including one man who is apparently looking for a return to Cowlitz County. Vern Thompson was with the Kelso Police Department, rising to the rank of Captain before taking a job as the Chief of Police for Eagle Point, Oregon in 2010. Other finalists include Steven Annets, who most recently served as the Douglas, Wyoming, Police Chief, Alan May of Florida, who works for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant and watch commander, and Thomas Navin, who was Chief of the Nevada Capitol Police until March of last year. This evening’s “meet and greet” is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Woodland City Council chambers. Mayor Grover Laseke says that he hopes to hire an new Chief by the middle of next month; the appointee will succeed Rob Stephenson, who is retiring from the position.
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman stood by earlier comments that Peyton Manning is one of the best ever QB’s, but he throws “ducks”. Today, Manning agreed, stating he throws “touchdown ducks”. The interplay was playful as we get closer to Sunday’s Super Bowl…..The LCC basketball teams swept South Puget Sound last night, the Devil women winning 55-48 and the LCC men winning 60-49…..Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 54-52 last night…..The Mark Morris girls defeated a good Union team 50-41 last night. The Monarchs return to league action tonight at home against Ridgefield. The R.A. Long Lumberjills host Hockinson tonight…..The Kelso boys hoop team plays at Columbia River tonight, KLOG 6:55 pm…..The Kelso wrestling team defeated Fort Vancouver 78-6 last night.
Washington Fish and Wildlife is out with news on fishing in the local area, starting with the seasons for Spring Chinook and White Sturgeon seasons on the Lower Columbia River. The Spring Chinook season starts on March 1st, and is scheduled to run through April 7th. Below Bonneville Dam, anglers will be allowed to keep one adult hatchery-reared salmon per day. Barbless hooks will be required, and all fish with an “unclipped” adipose fin will need to be released. Fishery managers are predicting a “great” season this year, with projections of 308,000 returning Spring Chinook this year. That compares to just 123,000 salmon last year. This year’s quota is put at 12,400 fish. The fishery will be reassessed in April, to see if fishing will be allowed into May.
The Kalama and Lewis Rivers will close to Spring Chinook retention on February 17th. Washington Fish and Wildlife says that this year’s projected return on each river is just slightly over the number needed to meet hatchery escapement goals, so both rivers will be closed to keeping Spring Chinook. Steelhead fishing opportunities will continue on both rivers. The main-stem Lewis and the North Fork Lewis to Johnson Creek will remain open to hatchery steelhead fishing; the lower Kalama River will also be open for hatchery steelhead fishing.
A White Sturgeon fishery opens this Saturday in the Bonneville Pool, and will run until February 17th, or until 300 to 350 legal sturgeon are caught. Only fish between 38 and 54 inches are legal for retention; fishery managers say that this is an opportunity for anglers to catch fish left over from the winter season. Waters below Bonneville Dam remain closed to sturgeon retention until further notice. Go to the Fish and Wildlife website or contact your local outfitter for full details on these updated regulations.
The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Forensics Team continues to collect accolades, finishing second in the community college division at last weekend’s Pacific University Scheller Invitational speech competition. 28 colleges and universities were involved, coming from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Holly Lemmons, Marty Kay, Ben Soliem, Ben Vasion, Sarah Paschen and Erin Mastoras all scored team points for the Fighting Smelt, who finished seventh overall in the competition.
Ian Thompson with the Lower Columbia School Gardens program is featured speaker at today’s Community Conversation lecture, talking about “School Gardens: Real Food, Real Life, Real Lessons.” Thompson will talk about the impacts of the gardens that have been developed at local schools, and how they’re getting kids connected with the food that they’re eating. Because of the popularity of this term’s lectures, they’re being moved back into the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. The free lecture starts at noon and is open to anyone interested.
A bequest to Community Home Health and Hospice has finally come to pass, as the E. Kenneth Henderson Memorial Garden opens to the public. Officials with Community say that Henderson left the bequest as a gift to benefit other families, so they have created a place for families to visit, enjoy nature and to reminisce about treasured memories. Along with the bequest from Henderson, others have stepped up to contribute; Jim Clary with Bud Clary Chevrolet donated land that borders the car lot, Eric Pucci of Newrock Homes helped contribute materials used in the entrance, bridges and fencing, Lowe’s donated material and labor, Nancy Chennault helped save existing trees that were on the site, and HD Fowler Company donated two water features. U. S. Bank employees also stepped up with a $1,500 grant from bank employees. Community CEO Greg Pang says that this has become a “beloved project” for all involved, and he says that they honored by the outpouring of support. The E. Kenneth Henderson Memorial Garden was also honored by the Lower Columbia Contractors Association, receiving the Community Project Construction Excellence Award and the People’s Choice Award at the LCCA’s recent annual banquet. The Ken Henderson Memorial Garden is open to the public, from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is taking a bit softer tone than some of her Republican colleagues in responding to the President’s State of the Union address. In a brief statement issued following the address, Beutler says that she and the President share in the goal of creating better opportunities for Americans that are out of work or are in low-income jobs, and she hopes that the President will join with them in finding solutions that both sides can support to help the private sector get hiring again. Beutler says that the recently-passed spending bill and the new Farm Bill are good places to start, and she wants to keep going. She says that we all agree that the immigration and tax systems are broken, and that if the President is willing to find common ground, she will work with him on solutions that will benefit the residents of Southwest Washington.
Beutler also says that she has been able to include provisions that will preserve “sensible, science-based management of forest roads” in the compromise Farm Bill that could soon be on its way to the President. Those provisions had been included in the original House-passed version of the bill, but were not included in the Senate’s version. Beutler introduced the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act after a federal court had ruled that forest roads needed to go through the same kind of permitting process as parking lots. Working with Democrat Kurt Schrader of Oregon on the SRCA, Beutler says that the bill works to protect tens of thousands of forest jobs in the Northwest. The compromise Farm Bill passed through the House on a vote of 251-166; the Senate could take the vote up on Friday.