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Archive | September, 2016

Millennium Hearings

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 09:09

Hearings are planned for Monday, October 24th in Longview and in Ridgefield on the 25th, taking public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing that the Draft EIS is available for review and public comment, with the comment period opening today and running through Tuesday, November 29th. The Corps is now setting up two public hearings on the document; both hearings will have the same format, running from 1 to 9 pm. Things will start with an Open House, with brief presentations on the project scheduled for 1 and 5 pm. Oral public comments will then be taken from 1 to 4 pm, and from 5 to 9 pm. The Longview hearing will take place at the Cowlitz Regional Conference and Events Center. Comments can also be made via snail-mail or on-line through the project web page.

Port of Kalama Expands

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 09:09

Responding to what they say is an increasing demand for light industrial applications, the Port of Kalama is announcing an expansion of the Kalama River Industrial Park, saying that they plan to build a new 120 thousand square-foot building to meet that demand. The Collins Architectural Group of Longview is being selected to do the design work; that company also did the design for the Port’s new administration building and interpretive center. It’s expected to take about six months to get the building designed and permitted; they say that several companies are already interested in the building, which can be subdivided into spaces as small as ten thousand square feet. They have a goal of being open by October of next year.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 09:03

The Mariners beat the A’s 3-2 on a Mike Zunino homer. The M’s are still two games back of Baltimore with three games to play. Oakland plays Seattle again tonight…..The Huskies host Stanford in a huge college football showdown tonight, KLOG 5:00 pm…..Week five of prep football includes Fort at Kelso (FM 101.5 The Wave), Hockinson at Mark Morris (FM 105.5 KUKN) and R.A. Long at Woodland…..The LCC volleyball team hosts Tacoma tonight at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball, Kelso swept Evergreen 3-0, Washougal blanked MM 3-0 and Columbia River beat RAL 3-0…..In girls soccer, Mt. View got by Kelso 1-0, Washougal used a PK shootout to beat MM 1-0 and River downed RAL 4-1…..Russell Wilson says he’s good to go for the Seahawks Sunday at the Jets.

Fire Death Investigation

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:58

The September 16th fire that resulted in the death of Robert Earl Sieglitz, 45, of Kelso is now being ruled as “accidental.” Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue announced the results of its investigation into the fire at 2410 Burcham Street, saying that the fire was started by “poorly discarded smoking materials.” They say that the fire started in some bedding materials in a downstairs bedroom, causing the smoky fire that led to the death of Sieglitz, while also destroying the home. Fire officials say that this is a prime example of the need to be careful when smoking, and to properly dispose of cigarette butts and other smoking materials.

Hand Cannon

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:57

The Portland Police Bomb Squad confirms that a device found yesterday at Willow Grove Park was a relatively harmless “hand cannon,” not a pipe bomb, as was first thought. Maintenance workers were out at the park yesterday morning, and one of the workers reported finding a small pipe in a trash can, with a burnt fuse coming out of one end. The Bomb Squad came up and disposed of the device, which was determined to be a very short piece of 2-inch pipe, which was uncapped on one end. They say that devices like this are not dangerous on their own, and are more like “noisemakers.” The Sheriff’s Office says that there did not appear to be any ill intent connected to this device, which someone simply threw in the trash can.

Court News

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:56

Another hearing is planned for next Tuesday, where a judge will decide if David Altman will be forcibly medicated, to see if he can be brought to a state of mental competence to stand trial for his father’s murder. The Daily News reports that a state psychologist has determined that Altman is currently unable to take part in the court proceedings; he faces charges of murder and assault after he allegedly attacked his 92 year-old father, Bernie Altman, back on August 25th. Bernie Altman died from those injuries on September 8th. David Altman has a history of mental illness, and has been treated for that illness for a number of years.

TDN also reports that the case involving Sergey Fedoruk is now in the hands of the jury. Fedoruk is going through his second trial in the August, 2011 beating death of his brother-in-law at a home near Kelso. Fedoruk’s 2012 conviction was thrown out, after the Appeals Court ruled that prosecutors acted improperly in the first trial, and that he didn’t get an adequate defense. Fedoruk’s mental state is a key component of this trial, and it’s reported that the defendant had to be removed from court, after several outbursts in the courtroom. The case went to the jury yesterday afternoon, and deliberations will resume this morning.

Hightower Arrest

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:56

Authorities in Columbia County now report that the “person of interest” in the Amanda Hightower homicide case is in custody, arrested yesterday in California. Jesse Allen Lane is now being held in the Santa Barbara Jail, after being contacted in that city by law enforcement officers. The 28 year-old is now being held on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant, and awaits an extradition hearing that will be held today. Hightower’s body was found off of Pittsburg Road near Saint Helens on the 20th of this month, a victim of “homicidal violence.” At this time, Lane is wanted for questioning, and is not yet listed as a suspect in the murder.

School Honors

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:55

Castle Rock Elementary School, Rose Valley Elementary School and R. A. Long High School are being honored by the State of Washington, selected to make this year’s list as “Schools of Distinction.” 94 schools across the state are getting the award this year, recognizing sustained improvement in reading and math scores over the past five years. These schools are among the top five percent in improvement gains. This is the second year in a row for Castle Rock and R. A. Long to receive this award.

Eleven schools in Longview are receiving “Let’s Move” Active School National Awards, connected to First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to battle childhood obesity. All eight elementary schools and all three middle schools are receiving the award; R. A. Long received the award last year, and can reapply next year. Mark Morris High School also received a “Let’s Move” Bronze Award, recognizing efforts to improve nutrition and water quality at the high school.

Business News

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:54

After several months of ownership limbo, it’s now being announced that the Rutherglen Mansion is being purchased by a couple living in Bothell, who reportedly plan to turn the historic building into a small bed and breakfast. Today’s Daily News reports on the sale, saying that Eric W. Thompson and his wife purchased the building for a half-million dollars. Thompson is a Rainier native, and still holds family property in that area. Thompson tells the paper that they don’t have plans to re-open as a restaurant or large event space, as that would require some very expensive renovations, in order to meet code. The Rutherglen Mansion was built in the 20’s by J. D. Tennant, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, the building has served as a home for girls, a bed-and-breakfast, and as a destination restaurant. Thompson says that work will begin soon, painting and restoring the grounds at the facility. There’s a goal of being open as a B-and-B by next summer.

It’s not Olive Garden, but it looks like the speculation over what might go in next to Target and the Red Lobster is over, as it’s announced that Panera Bread plans to build on that space. The announcement came at Wednesday’s “State of the Cities” address to the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, saying that the site plan has already been approved by the City of Kelso; city officials say that the purchase of the lot should be done by the end of this year, and building permits will come early next year. There’s no timeline on construction, nor do we have a projected opening date.

Rutherglen Mansion Bought

Posted on 30th September 2016 at 08:53

After several months of ownership limbo, it’s now being announced that the Rutherglen Mansion is being purchased by a couple living in Bothell, who reportedly plan to turn the historic building into a small bed and breakfast. Today’s Daily News reports on the sale, saying that Eric W. Thompson and his wife purchased the building for a half-million dollars. Thompson is a Rainier native, and still holds family property in that area. Thompson tells the paper that they don’t have plans to re-open as a restaurant or large event space, as that would require some very expensive renovations, in order to meet code. The Rutherglen Mansion was built in the 20’s by J. D. Tennant, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, the building has served as a home for girls, a bed-and-breakfast, and as a destination restaurant. Thompson says that work will begin soon, painting and restoring the grounds at the facility. There’s a goal of being open as a B-and-B by next summer.