The first big rainstorm of the season also brings us the first flood watch of the season. The Weather Service says that we could see nearly three inches of rain in the local area today and tomorrow. The rain is expected to increase through the day, and should continue through tomorrow night. Local rivers are fairly low, so no widespread flooding is expected. There is a Flood Watch up for Lewis and Grays Harbor Counties, with four to eight inches of rain possible in the area that feeds the Chehalis and other rivers in that area. Forecasters say that flooded storm drains could be more of a problem than rivers and streams, as downed leaves and debris plug drains and cause localized flooding. Strong winds are also expected, starting later this morning. Gusts of 25 to 35 miles an hour are possible, starting later this morning. Snow levels are also expected to drop below pass levels late on Sunday, but no significant accumulations are expected.
Archive | October, 2015
Weyerhaeuser is out with third-quarter results this morning, reporting net earnings of $180 million, compared to earnings of $133 million in the second quarter, and $178 million in the same period last year. Company officials say that this report also contains after-tax gains of $975 million, income related to the sale of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. Net sales for the quarter came in at $1.8 billion, the same as in the second quarter and just less than the $1.9 billion dollars in sales in the third quarter of last year. President and CEO Doyle Simmons says that they’re “pleased” with the third-quarter performance, showing strong results, with “strong headwinds” in the industry. Simmons says that they remain focused on driving value for shareholders, and they plan to “fully capitalize” on an improving housing market.
There are no reports of damage or injury from a magnitude 3.2 earthquake that took place Wednesday evening up by Morton. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports that the quake happened at 9:35 pm on Wednesday, five miles south-southwest of Morton. The quake was about ten miles deep, and while there were no reports of damage or injury, there were several dozen reports of the quake being felt. Scientists are continuing to monitor the area.
Local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for a man who got away from pursuing officers last night. Around 7:20 pm, there was a domestic violence incident reported at a residence in the 100 block of Little Kalama River Road. The suspect took off before authorities arrived, but the suspect was spotted driving through Woodland. Speeds hit 80 miles an hour as the suspect made his way through Woodland and then onto I-5 northbound. The suspect then crashed near milepost 22, colliding with a guard rail. One person was detained, but a second person took off on foot. A K-9 was brought in, but was unsuccessful in finding the man. The suspect has been identified, but remains at large this morning.
Working with the Woodland Police, the Street Crimes Unit, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Battle Ground Police, the Narcotics Task Force reports arresting three men. Task Force leaders report that Jorge Cruz Pegueros, 43, Gustavo Allen, 20, and 51 Porfirio Sanchez Reyes, 51. Two search warrants were served, resulting in the seizure of 1.3 pounds of meth, two rifles and a stolen jet ski. Pegueros is now being charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of heroin and two counts of illegal possession of a gun. Allen and Sanchez are both charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of heroin. Additional charges are pending.
John Phi Truong, 23, and Nathan Eric Dahl, 27, are under arrest after action yesterday by the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit. Detectives say that they were conducting some surveillance in the three thousand block of Ocean Beach Highway, when they observed a suspected drug deal go down in a parking lot. Dahl reportedly tried to run, and was caught after a short foot chase. Truong is now being held for possession of meth and delivery of “Molly,” a street name for ecstasy. Dahl is being held for possession of “Molly,” along with resisting arrests and an out-of-state felony warrant.
Coho salmon catch rules are changing, starting on Sunday. November first, anglers will be allowed to keep only one hatchery-reared Coho, going down from the six-fish limit currently in place. This rule changes affects the Cowlitz, the Kalama and Lewis Rivers, along with the Deep, Grays, Elochoman, Green, Tilton, Cispus and Washougal rivers, along with Mayfield Lake and Lake Scanewa. Fishery managers say that only about a third of the Coho that had been expected have returned, so some moves are needed to protect hatchery returns. Anglers will still be allowed to keep two adult salmon per day, including up to one Coho and one Chinook.
In addition, closures are going up on a number of rivers and streams in Grays Harbor County, including the Chehalis, Skookumchuck, and Newaukum rivers. Grays Harbor Catch Area 2-2 is also closing to ALL fishing, due to the slow return of the Coho. Get full details on the latest fishing rules by going to the Washington Fish and Wildlife web page.
Cowlitz County Elections is reporting a small issue with ballots that were sent out to one precinct in the Longview area. Elections Manager Carolyn Fundingsland says that ballots mailed to Pacific precinct, number 48, erroneously included the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer Commission race between Dean Takko and Keath Huff. Last year, Beacon Hill annexed property that caused precinct lines to be re-drawn. That process created the Pacific precinct, which should not have been included in the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District. Fundingsland says that residents of that precinct can go ahead and vote their entire ballot, but those votes cast for the Beacon Hill race will not be tallied. It’s possible that this special handling could delay reporting of ballot tallies on the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd. Contact Cowlitz County Elections at 577-3005, or go to the agency’s web page if you have other questions.
There’s a special Halloween Blood Drive planned for Friday afternoon and evening in Kelso, and making a donation could help you with your Halloween fun. The American Red Cross Blood Drive will run from 2 to 7 pm today at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, located at 402 Crawford Street in Kelso. All “presenting donors” will receive a free ticket to the Clark County “Scare Grounds” Haunted Houses. Call 360-759-1729 to set up an appointment, or go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “Gloriadei.”
Down in Woodland, the Love Street Playhouse wraps up a production of the classic “Dial M for Murder,” running through Saturday. Curtain each night at the Love Street Playhouse is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Love Street Playhouse website.
Local writers and artists have just through Saturday to get the final touches on their entries for the 2016 Salal Review, the award-winning arts magazine published each spring by Lower Columbia College. Original short stories, essays and poems MUST be submitted by 10/31 to be considered for the 2016 edition, which will be published in May. Get full details on the entry process by going to the LCC web page, or you can call 442-2630.
This Saturday in St. Helens, they’re holding the 24th annual Children’s Fair, running from 10 am to 4 pm at St. Helens High School. Organized by the Kiwanis Day Breakers, the Children’s Fair is intended as an interactive event for kids of all ages, offering free activities while parents gather information on services available in town. Entertainment is scheduled through the day, along with puzzles from OMSI, puppet shows, clowns, reptile displays and a lot more. It’s free, and you can bring the whole family.
The 10th annual Service of Remembrance and Healing is set for this Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview, celebrated by Mother Kathleen Patton and the congregation. The Columbian Choral Ensemble and the Lower Columbia Threshold Choir will perform, there will be a short message from the pastor, and then candles will be lit in memory of those who have been lost. Offerings will be collected, with all of those proceeds going to Community Home Health and Hospice.
The Portland Timbers advanced in the MLS playoffs with a win over Sporting KC that was decided in a 7-6 shootout…..The R.A. Long girls soccer team won a shootout 5-4 to beat Aberdeen 2-1 last night. The Jills advance to District and play at Ridgefield Saturday night. Also, Columbia River defeated Kelso 4-2…..Kelso is at Columbia River tonight for the GSHL 3A football title, heard on FM 101.5 The Wave. Also, R.A. Long is at Hockinson, Mark Morris hosting Washougal, Castle Rock at Kalama and Clatskanie at Rainier…..LCC hosts Tacoma in a big college volleyball showdown tonight at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball, River beat Kelso 3-0 and MM over Washougal 3-0…..The Trail Blazers are in Phoenix to take on the Suns tonight.