A specialty metal-making company is coming to the Port of Kalama. Today’s Daily News reports that the Kalama Port Commission signed a three-year lease with Aero-Vac Alloys, a company that produces parts for the aerospace and defense industries. It’s reported that the company plans to relocate from Orange County, California, for better access to the Seattle airplane and aerospace markets. The company plans to get up and running by next month, with a goal of being fully relocated and operational within three months.
Archive | April, 2016
The Sheriff’s Office says that they have probable cause to file second-degree robbery charges against a woman who took a phone from another woman yesterday afternoon. Deputies were called to the 2100 block of 46th Avenue at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that two women were in a physical fight. They met with one woman when they arrived, who claims that the other woman had attacked her and grabbed her purse. The victim says that they fought over the purse, which she was finally able to wrestle away. She found out that a phone had been stolen out of the purse. Deputies have identified the other woman that was involved, and they say that they do have reason to arrest her.
It’s a full night for the Longview City Council, starting with a 6 pm executive session, the regular meeting at 7 pm, and a workshop session to follow. The executive session deals with a property acquisition matter, but details haven’t been disclosed. At the regular meeting, the council is scheduled to act on a proposal zoning text amendment to ban marijuana collective gardens and cooperatives throughout the city. This would bring Longivew’s ordinance in line with recently-changed state laws. The council will discuss a proposal to incresase income limits for the city’s Utility Rate Reduction Program, and Police Chief Jim Duscha will deliver the annual Police Department report. The workshop session is scheduled to start at 8 pm, with the Council’s Street and Roads Initiative Committee delivering its report. That committee has been reviewing information on the current condition of Longview’s streets, along with repair costs and potential methods to pay for those repairs. The workshop will be held in the second floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall, and is open to the public.
There’s a special “Last Thursday” version of the First Thursday programs at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso, where C. Louise Thomas will present “Kalama,” the latest edition in the “Images of America” series of historical photo books. Thomas will be sharing pictures from the book, and she will also share stories about development of the book. The free program starts at 7 pm this evening at the Museum, located at 405 Allen Street in Kelso; the program is open to all.
There’s a special comedy program being offered tonight at Lower Columbia College, an event that’s also intended to help improve the way you handle your money. The “Family Financial Comedy Night” is being offered in connection with National Money Smart Week,” and will feature a night of standup comedy by Colin Ryan. He tours the country with a “unique and comedic approach to financial education,” billed as a “fun night that will take the mystery and stress out of money,” while “sharing the secrets of the universe.” The Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition and Lower Columbia CAP are sponsoring tonight’s Family Financial Comedy Night, offering the free show at 7 pm tonight in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Space could be limited, so you’re advised to go to Eventbrite.com to reserve tickets, or call 425-3430, extension 248 for more information.
The Trail Blazers beat the Clippers 108-98 last night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA first round playoff series. Portland can wrap it up at home tomorrow night…..Houston avoided a sweep by downing the Mariners 7-4 last night. Seattle has a day off today before hosting the Royals tomorrow night…..In prep baseball, Kelso defeated Prairie 9-3 and Mark Morris downed Hudson’s Bay 3-1…..R.A. Long defeated Mark Morris 10-5 in Civil War softball action yesterday. Hileigh Todd had three hits including a homer. Skyview defeated Kelso 11-2. Today, Kelso is at River, Woodland at RAL and Ridgefield at MM…..Kelso blanked RAL 6-0 in tennis. Today, RAL at Washougal and MM at Ridgefield…..In boys soccer today, Kelso at Fort (7pm), Ridgefield at MM (5pm) and Bay at RAL (6pm).
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a weapon-brandishing incident that took place yesterday morning on I-5 near Kalama. The incident was reported on the southbound freeway just after 8 am, involving a black Mercedes that was reportedly doing 90 to 100 miles an hour. This is described as a “road rage-type incident,” with the driver of the Mercedes reportedly displaying and pointing a pistol at other cars. A Cowlitz County Deputy spotted the vehicle and was able to get it pulled over near milepost 16 southbound, near La Center. It was noted that the car also had “smoked out taillights” and a “foggy license plate.” The State Patrol also assisted with the stop; the Deputy involved reports the recovery of a .40 Glock pistol from the car, while the driver was taken into custody. Joel Gregory Reed, 28, of Rainier is now being charged with displaying a weapon and with unlawful possession of a loaded weapon without a permit.
Longview Police are looking into a truck fire that was reported yesterday morning as a possible arson incident. A few minutes after 4 am yesterday, Longview Firefighters were called to the 900 block of 7th Avenue, where it was reported that the entire cab of a pickup was ablaze. They got the fire put out, and as they checked the pickup, it was learned that the vehicle had been stolen from a residence in the 2700 block of Maple Street. The vehicle is a total loss after the fire. No suspects have been identified.
Woodland Police worked to help a woman who was left stranded last night at the Walmart store. The woman called for assistance at about 11:20 last night, saying that she and her child had been riding with a friend on a trip from Seattle to Portland. The woman says that they had pulled off to make a bathroom stop for the woman’s three year-old child, but when she came back out to the parking lot, the “friend” was nowhere to be found. The woman sent a text to the driver, who initially said that he was in another part of the store. Minutes later, the woman had been blocked by the man, and his Facebook account was deleted. Woodland Police checked all around the store, but didn’t find the man. The woman also said that the man had a bunch of weed and cocaine that he was planning to sell in Portland. Authorities have details on the car and the man’s name; it’s hoped that they can make contact and recover the woman’s property.
The man who was caught in a “video sex sting” at Tam O’Shanter Park is being sent to jail for 30 days. Today’s Daily News reports on the sentencing of Adam Olson, 36, the man who created an internet buzz when Curtis Hart of Kelso and several friends taped him arriving at the park, supposedly to meet up with a 14 year-old girl. Hart and the others forced Olson to call Kelso Police and turn himself in. Last month, Olson pleaded guilty to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes through electronic means. At yesterday’s sentencing, the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office said that 30 days in jail and a year of community custody would send a “sufficient message.” OIson will also be required to register as a sex offender. While the Prosecutor’s Office expressed some support for getting Olson arrested, they also sent a clear message that “vigilante justice” is not the right way to go, saying that “law enforcement is better equipped to handle this.”
As part of the comprehensive environmental review of the Federal Coal Program, the Bureau of Land Management is announcing that they will hold a series of public hearings across the country, where they will take input and suggestions on possible reforms for the Federal Coal Program. Specifically, BLM officials are looking for input on the issues and policies that should be covered in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that’s being developed in connection with the Federal Coal Program, things like the economic return on coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how factors affect coal-dependent communities. Scoping meetings are planned between May 17th and June 23rd, being held in Casper, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Grand Junction, Colorado. The exact date, time and location for the meeting in Seattle hasn’t yet been set.