After months of study, input and review, the Cowlitz County Commissioners are moving forward on an ordinance that covers the allowed locations for recreational marijuana production, processing and sales. Commissioner Jim Misner says that it’s time to get this on the books. The new ordinance contains development standards and siting criteria for all tiers of marijuana production, processing and retail sales, and covers all of the unincorporated county. The measure passed on a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Dennis Weber voting in opposition. Weber says that there are still some holes and questions, possibly leaving county employees to be exposed to legal action. He asked to have language included that reflects the fact that a majority of Cowlitz County citizens voted against I-502, also acknowledging the discrepancy between state and federal laws at this time. That request was turned away, with Misner and Commission Chair Mike Karnofski voting to pass the ordinance as it was presented. Wahkiakum County also passed a similar measure.
Archive | July, 2014
A couple of weeks after it was announced that lease negotiations between the Port of Longview and Haven Energy were far apart, it now appears that progress is being made in the effort to locate a butane and propane export facility at the Port of Longview. At yesterday’s Port Commission hearing, Executive Director Geir Kalhagen says that talks continue, with the focus still on what’s going to be best for the Port of Longview. Kalhagen says that the port is now in the process of responding to Haven’s rebuttal of the initial lease offer presented by the port, and they hope to have some additional communications in hand by next week. It was pointed out that Haven has already exercised a second four-month option on the proposed site, so they remain interested. The Port of Longview is moving ahead with its portion of environmental review, approving a contract with Parsons Brinkerhoff to examine four phases connected to development of the export facility. That’s expected to cost as much as two million dollars, with the majority of that cost to be borne by Haven Energy.
You need to be aware of nighttime lane closures on Ocean Beach Highway between 9th Avenue and Washington Way, as a sewer main replacement project continues. Starting tonight at 8 pm, the westbound lanes of Ocean Beach Highway will be closed between Washington Way and 9th Avenue, a closure that will remain in place until 9 am tomorrow morning. Similar nighttime closures are planned tomorrow night, also continuing Monday through Friday night through August 15th. Detours will be posted, and access to businesses in that area will be maintained. To avoid possible congestion, you may want to find an alternate route around this work zone.
Work continues on the sewer lining project that’s tying up traffic on 15th Avenue between Hemlock and Florida Street, work that is expected to go through all of next week. Contractors have the left southbound lane of 15th Avenue shut down between Hudson Street to Florida Street as this work proceeds; both directions of Hemlock Street are restricted to right turns only at 15th Avenue. Business access is being maintained, but left turns out of businesses fronting the 15th Avenue work zone will be prohibited. Detours are posted, and you’ll want to use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The Vietnam Traveling Wall is scheduled to arrive today in Lewis County, with plans to have the 370-foot memorial open for visits tomorrow through Sunday. The wall is an 80-percent-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is located on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., containing the names of all of the American men and women who died while serving in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be on display at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, just off of I-5.
Sunday evening, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe invites you to come by Willow Grove Park as they hold a vigil to pray for the health of the Columbia River. The tribe’s spiritual leader, Roy Wilson, will lead the vigil, which will also include a canoe ceremony, a blessing of the river, drumming and dancing. You’re also invited to bring a dish for the potluck and salmon dinner that’s planned. Participants will also be allowed to offer their own prayers, poems or stories about the Columbia River, and they’ll also have fun stuff for the kids to do. This is one of several vigils that tribes are planning all along the length of the Columbia, which also mesh with the resumption of US-Canadian negotiations over the river’s flow. Sunday’s vigil is scheduled to start at 5:30 Sunday evening, and is open to all. Call St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 423-5600 if you have any questions.
The Mariners beat the Indians 5-2 in Cleveland last night. Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven solid innings, keeping his record perfect on the road. Felix Hernandez pitches today against the Tribe, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears had a good offensive night as they beat Klamath Falls 15-4. Caleb Hamilton had three hits including a two-run homer. The Bears and Gems play again tonight, 6:35 pm at Story Field…..Tri County, Texas qualified for the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series in Longview by taking the Southwest Regional title in Arkansas yesterday. Host families and tourney volunteers are needed with all the information at longviewworldseries.com…..Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy may have suffered another Achilles injury.
Tracy Mitchell, 40, of Clatskanie is under arrest on first-degree assault charges, after she allegedly stabbed her husband yesterday during a domestic dispute. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that Deputies were dispatched to a home on Co-op Road, after getting a report that there was a disturbance at that location. They learned that Tracy Mitchell had supposedly stabbed James Mitchell, 43, during a fight, and that she was now driving him to the hospital. Deputies found and stopped the Mitchell’s car, also calling paramedics to the scene. James Mitchell was taken to Saint John Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and then was released. Tracy Mitchell is now being held in the Columbia County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and menacing. Dickerson says that the investigation is continuing, as the stabbing apparently took place at the home of a “third party,” not where the Mitchell’s live.
The chase of a suspected shoplifter ended abruptly yesterday afternoon at the Kelso Safeway store, when the suspect was hit by a car in the parking lot of the store. Kelso Police say that this incident took place shortly before 1 pm, when Joshua Peter Brochu, 33, supposedly tried to make off with two pairs of socks. As Loss Prevention started to give chase, Brochu reportedly jumped on a bike and started to ride off. He was then hit by a car, suffering injuries to his left leg, a bloody nose, and chest pain. Brochu was treated at St. John Medical Center, and is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on a third-degree theft charge, along with two no-bail contempt of court warrant.
The Black Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Klamath Falls Gems. The two teams play again tonight at Story Field, 6:35 pm…..The Mariners open a six game road trip with a game at Cleveland today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Los Angeles Galaxy shutout the Sounders 3-0 in Seattle last night, one of the worst home losses for the Sounders…..The Seahawks put on the full pads for training camp practice today. The Hawks have signed veteran guard Eric Winston, who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season. The team also inked former Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas…..Blazers guard Damian Lillard is in a highly competitive point guard battle with Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and John Wall as Team USA practice is underway.
Authorities in Lewis County say that no charges will be filed against Jack Ritter, 56, of Salkum, after a fatal shooting that took place at his home back in May. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the resolution of this incident, which took place at Ritter’s home on May 10th. Travis Paul Shive, 28, had gone to the house to confront Ritter over the shooting of Shive’s dog. Deputies say that Ritter had nothing to do with the shooting of the dog, something that Ritter and others in the neighborhood had tried to tell Shive. Ritter had armed himself with a semi-automatic pistol, and when Shive saw the gun, he got into a physical struggle with Ritter. During that fight, Ritter was able to shoot Shive in the chest, causing a fatal wound. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says that the investigation shows that Shive was the aggressor, and that the shooting happened in self-defense.