The investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a garage at a home on Nevada Drive is getting under way. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue was called out at about 10:30 last night, when the fire was reported in the 400 block of Nevada Drive. The 911 caller said that the homeowner was out with a garden hose, trying to get the fire knocked down. It was reported that flames were “shooting out” of the building, threatening to spread to nearby brush and trees. Firefighters say that the garage was engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene, and Nevada Drive was shut down while they dealt with this incident. No injuries were reported, and there’s no word yet on cause. There also no dollar estimate on damage at this time.
Archive | July, 2016
The 600-foot freighter that ran aground in the Columbia River near Cottonwood Island is afloat again, pulled out of the sand yesterday morning around 9:30 am. The Coast Guard reports that the “Ancash Queen” ran aground at about 2:30 yesterday morning; there’s some speculation that a dragging anchor may have been a factor. They say that the ship’s master may have let out some chain to prevent the dragging, and that’s when the grounding took place. Coast Guard officials report that there were 20 people on board, and none were hurt. There didn’t appear to be any hull damage, and there was no leakage of any sort. The ship will be inspected before being allowed to continue on its journey.
It’s now being reported that Brent Ward Luyster, 35, of Longview could face the death penalty when he’s arraigned next Monday in Clark County Superior Court. Prosecutors in Clark County are now charging Luyster with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder, a move that could make Luyster eligible for the death penalty. Luyster is accused of shooting four people at a home on Northwest 417th in Woodland o0n the 15th of this month, killing three of them. The shooting survivor identifies Luyster as the suspect, claiming that he was at the house with his girlfriend, Andrea Sibley, 27, of Woodland, along with Luyster’s 12 year-old son and the toddler that the couple had together. It’s reported that prosecutors haven’t yet determined if they will ask for the death penalty, but they did add the aggravating enhancement, due to the severity of the crime. Luyster will be arraigned Monday on the aggravated murder charges, along with attempted murder and weapons possession counts; Sibley will also be arraigned on a charge of rendering criminal assistance.
It’s now official; Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue is going out to voters inside the district boundary, asking them to approve an $11 million, 20-year bond for the reconstruction of two fire stations and other capital needs. Cowlitz 2 started the educational process on the need for the bond with an open house at the Baker’s Corner fire station, which is now 51 years old. Deputy Chief Becky Ribelin says that the building needs replacement…C2Bond…If approved by voters in November, Cowlitz 2 would replace the stations at Bakers Corner and in Lexington. Station 25 in Lexington was built in 1978, on fill that was put in next to Riverside Park. That building is settling and cracking, and needs to be replaced. The goal is to replace both buildings with new stations that are sized appropriately for today’s fire apparatus, that have quarters for housing fire crews, and have spaces for meeting and training facilities. The bond would have a tax rate of 34 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, adding another $57.80 to the tax bill on a $170,000 home. A second open house is planned at the station in Lexington on August 24th, and additional educational outreach is planned. Get full information on the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue web page.
The Longview City Council has a busy night planned, starting at 6 pm with a workshop where the Mid-Year Economic Development Update will be presented. The regular City Council meeting is scheduled to start at 7, where City Manager Dave Campbell will present a proposed zoning code amendment that deals with the siting of emergency shelters inside the city limits. It’s being recommended that the current moratorium on the siting of shelters be extended for another six months, to run through October 14th, following another workshop on the issue that’s being planned for August 25th. There’s also a joint meeting planned at 8 pm, where the City Council will join with the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer Commission to receive the report on the Longview Drinking Water Improvement Study; it’s possible that the city and Beacon Hill could reverse a decision to pursue relocation of the water supply to the Cowlitz River, after tests showed that silica levels at possible well sites was higher than what’s coming out of the Mint Farm right now. All three meetings are open to the public.
KapStone Paper and Packaging is out with its second quarter report today, announcing net income of $21 million, down $13 million from the same period last year. Net sales came in at $785 million, an increase of $114 million, or 17 percent. Net income was down 40 percent from the second quarter of 2015, and earnings per share of 21 cents were down by 14 cents from last year, a reduction of 40 percent. KapStone Chairman and CEO Roger W. Stone says that the company “performed well” in the second quarter, producing more than 668,000 tons of paper. He says that the benefits from acquiring Victory Paper and Packaging were offset by lower product prices and a less favorable product mix. He says that they have achieved the goal of incorporating Victory’s run of 115,000 tons into the mill and plant mix, and additional mill integration will take place over the next 12 months. Stone says that he expect to see the company’s operations “continue to perform better.”
The Pirates throttled the Mariners 10-1 last night as Gerrit Cole pitched a complete game three-hitter. The M’s have the day off today before beginning a series at the Cubs tomorrow…..Bellingham snapped the Black Bears six game win streak with a 3-1 victory last night. The teams close out the three game set with a 6:35 pm game at Story Field tonight…..The Kelso Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars pounded Latah County Idaho 17-7 at the Regional tournament in Camas. Kelso is off today. The Longview 13’s resume action at the Regional in Medical Lake with a game today at 11:30 am…..Speed Week begins tonight at the Castle Rock Race Park with three nights of motorcycle racing…..The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo begins a three night run tonight on day two of the Cowlitz County Fair.
Get your Foreigner fix tonight at Lake Sacajawea, as “Jukebox Heroes” performs at tonight’s Summer Concert at the Lake. Presented by Kirkpatrick Family Care for the past 19 years, the Summer Concert at the Lake starts at 6 pm; bring your low-back chairs, and enjoy the fresh Garden Pizza prepared by Lower Columbia School Gardens, or get some great burgers from the Longview Lions.
You’ll hear today’s country hits at tonight’s 13 Nights on the River show in St. Helens. “Ruby Falls” will perform in this evening’s show on the river bank in Olde Towne St. Helens. Remember that the open-air market will be available, starting at 3 pm.
The concert stage is pulled out as they get ready for tonight’s opening of the 2016 Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo at the Cowlitz County Fair. The gates for the fair are open from 11 am to 11 pm today, and the first go-round at the Rodeo will get under way at 7 pm. It’s free to get into the fair, but you will need a ticket to get into the rodeo.
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension that keeps the head coach in Seattle through 2019…..The Mariners beat the Pirates 7-4 as Felix Hernandez got his first win since May 21st. Kyle Seager had three hits including his 20th homer. The M’s play the Pirates again today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears have won six straight after a 5-0 shutout of Bellingham last night. Jordan Jones got the win as the Bears have shutout the opponents in three of the last five games. The teams play again tonight at Story Field, 6:35 pm start…..Kelso beat Riverton, Wyoming 13-8 in the opening game of the Babe Ruth 15 Regional in Camas. Kelso plays Latah County Idaho at 1 pm today. The Longview 13’s opened Regionals with a 14-4 win over Meridian, Idaho.
Two tugs are with a 600-foot bulk carrier that ran aground early this morning in the Columbia River near Longview. The Coast Guard reports that the ship went aground near Cottonwood Island at about 2:30 this morning, but there didn’t appear to be any serious damage or fuel spillage. The tugs are now with the ship, helping to provide stability and assistance in refloating the vessel. They haven’t said yet what caused the grounding.