At yesterday’s “State of the County” report from the Cowlitz County Commissioners, we’re learning that the county’s financial outlook is improving, but Commissioner Dennis Weber is making a call that he says would be “transformative.” Weber says that the state needs to locate a four-year college or university in Cowlitz County, something that he says would bring people, jobs and development…stateofthecounty…Weber says that Cowlitz County needs about 2,000 more family-wage jobs to adequately serve the local population and job force. He notes that local schools do a great job of getting kids ready for college and for the workforce, but he notes that there is little opportunity for those kids to try and return home. He says that a four-year school could be an anchor and a catalyst for business development. Commission Chair Mike Karnofski says that the overall economic picture is better, but challenges remain. Commissioner Joe Gardner lined out how the county’s infrastructure is aging and needs attention. Gardner also had high praise for the county’s response to last winter’s flooding, on the response side with the rescue up on Kalama River Road, and on the information side, with Emergency Management providing consistent and timely information to Cowlitz County citizens.
Archive | June, 2016
Scientists studying Mount St. Helens are reporting a possible breakthrough that could help them to predict when the volcano is getting ready to erupt. OregonLive.com is reporting on an event going on in Japan called the Goldschmidt conference, where more than 3,500 of the top geochemists in the world are meeting and discussing the latest research. Jon Blundy is a professor of life sciences at the University of Bristol, and he’s presenting a paper regarding the movement of feldspar crystals in the magma chamber below the mountain, saying that they can be read kind of like tree rings, and the reading of those “rings” can tell you when magma has been moving underneath the mountain. Blundy notes that this isn’t “real-time measurement,” but by reading these crystals, they may have developed a key regarding magma movement underneath Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes around the world.
Justin Arthur McCauley, 34, of Longview is under arrest after he allegedly threw chunks of wood at a roommate during a dispute at a residence in the 200 block of 23rd Avenue. Longview Police were called to the home at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon, when a fight was reported. Officers talked with several people, learning that McCauley and his wife had moved into the house within the past two weeks. Another roommate claims that there had been a lot of meth use in the house, also claiming that McCauley had been up for several days. One of the roommates says that he picked up his camp hatchet after McCauley started throwing pieces of wood at him. After conducting several interviews, McCauley was arrested on a fourth-degree domestic violence assault charge; when officers searched McCauley at the time of arrest, they claim to have found 1-point-7 grams of meth on his person. A felony drug possession charge is also being filed.
Columbia County reports filing dozens of charges in connection with a series of mail theft incidents that have been taking place near Rainier. The St. Helens Chronicle reports that 26 year-old Andrew Lee Jones and 37 year-old Linda Marie Strawn of St. Helens are both facing more than 40 separate counts, charged with identity theft, mail theft and burglary, along with multiple counts of meth possession and delivery. It’s reported that the pair was actually arrested back on May 23, after search warrants were served at two locations in Saint Helens, where stolen property, mail, drugs and other items were seized. The multi-count indictment was handed down last week. It’s noted that others are involved in this ring, and other arrests are expected. Bail for each currently exceeds $600,000.
Kodiack Glenn Stone, 26, of Vernonia is in the Columbia County Jail, charged with attempted murder and several other counts after he allegedly shot at another car. Columbia County Sheriff Deputies say that this incident happened late last week on Highway 47 near Vernonia; it’s claimed that Stone fired a single round at another car as it was passing on the highway near Lone Pine Road. The bullet shattered the windshield of the car, then lodged in the headrest. It’s noted that Stone and the victim know each other, but the motive isn’t yet known. Stone was arrested this last Saturday on charges of attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, attempted use or carry of a dangerous weapon and DUI; he’s now being held on bail of $75,000, while the investigation continues.
The Pirates beat the Mariners 8-1 last night. Seattle begins a four game home series with the red hot Baltimore Orioles tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm. The O’s have won seven in-a-row…..Morgan McCullough’s RBI single in the bottom of the 9th gave the Cowlitz Black Bears a 5-4 win over the Portland Stars. The Bears host the Wenatchee AppleSox tonight at 6:35 pm…..Treasure Valley beat Hilander Dental 9-2 in Senior Legion action in Ontario, Oregon last night. Hilander plays two games today at the Cowboy Classic in Twin Falls, Idaho…..Nipp’s Burgers swept two games from Tenino, 5-1 and 13-3, in Junior Legion action yesterday…..The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 in US Open Cup play last night. The Galaxy take on the Sounders in the next round.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is putting out a photo of Myrna R. LeBeau, 56, of Mossyrock, reporting that she has been missing since Sunday. They say that LeBeau was last seen leaving her home near Mossyrock, walking on the Green Mountain Road that runs through that area. LeBeau is described as a white female, 5’6” and 130 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green windbreaker, sweatpants, white tennis shoes and a blue purse. It’s also noted that she may be suffering from some mental health issues. Call Detective Jeff Humphrey at 360-748-9286 if you have information on the whereabouts of Myrna R. LeBeau of Mossyrock.
The Longview City Council is meeting in a special session tonight, starting with a 6 pm executive session to discuss potential litigation. At 6:30 pm, the council plans to take action on an ordinance that would create a new zoning code chapter, one that would allow for small farmer’s markets on the grounds of religious establishments or schools. The Council also has a workshop planned for 6:45 pm, where they will discuss the Historic Preservation Commission recommendations regarding the condition of the Plaza at R. A. Long Park. The City Council plans to provide direction to staff on how to proceed that project. Tonight’s meetings are being held in the second floor training room at the Longview City Hall. The executive session is closed, but the special meeting and workshop will be open to the public.
The Journey tribute band “Stone in Love” performs this evening at 13 Nights on the River on the waterfront in Saint Helens. Showtime at Columbia Park in St. Helens is at 6 pm, following the open-air market that gets under way at 3 pm. Admission is free.
Word is getting around that former Longview Community Church Pastor Harlan Gilliland has passed away at the age of 79. It’s being reported that Gilliland died Monday at St. John Medical Center; he arrived in Longview back in 1987, coming to this area from a Presbyterian church in Spokane. Gilliland served as the Senior Pastor at the church for 16 years, retiring on 2003. Along with his work at the church itself, Gilliland was deeply involved in the community, taking part in groups like the Longview Noon Rotary and serving on the board for Pathways 2020. The Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park is handling the funeral arrangements; a date for a memorial has not yet been announced.