Longview Police continue an investigation, after a woman’s body was discovered Sunday morning on the banks of the Cowlitz River. LPD Detective Sergeant Chris Blanchard announced this morning that the body is that of Shannon E. Fuchs, 52, of Longview. It’s reported that a person walking along the dike discovered the body late Sunday morning, on the river bank in the 1500 block of Third Avenue in Longview. Blanchard says that the body was found just downstream from where several transient camps have been located, and they don’t think that the woman down there for more than just a couple of days. There was a delay in announcing the woman’s name until after next of kin were contacted. Blanchard says that the initial autopsy was inconclusive, so they will have to wait several weeks for toxicology tests to return. Other details on the case are not being released at this time.
Archive | February, 2017
They’re collecting and reviewing security videos from businesses that neighbor Manchester Brothers on Vandercook Way in Longview, after someone broke in and stole several guns. The break-in was reported at about 8:40 yesterday morning, when a driver for a nearby business noticed that the back door of Manchester’s had been kicked in. Longview Police responded and found that the building had been burglarized, and that a number of firearms had been taken. At this time, no suspects have been identified, but they are still going over videos collected from at least one nearby business.
The Sheriff’s Office is opening an investigation after a pickup truck fire that was reported last night near Kalama. Firefighters were called out from Cowlitz Fire District 5 in Kalama at 10:50 last night, when it was reported that the truck was engulfed in flames, parked in the area of Greenwood Road and Kalama River Road. They say that the truck was just sitting on the side of the road, and did not appear to have been in a crash. It took several minutes to get the fire put out, and to get the truck cooled off enough to get identifying information. The truck is registered to a Castle Rock-area resident, but the driver hasn’t been seen for several days. Deputies are still working to find and talk with the registered owner of the pickup
Looking at a potential shortfall of $600,000 in the next school year, the Rainier School Board is already taking steps to deal with the deficit. The Clatskanie Chief reports that the Rainier School Board has placed a freeze on the budget, while also preparing for substantial reductions in services and personnel. Superintendent Michael Carter says that the shortfall is due primarily to increases to the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System and other business costs. Carter says that the PERS costs for the district will rise by 27 percent next year, and as those costs rise, they will need to cut personnel and programs. There’s still a chance that the Oregon Legislature could come through with full funding of $8.4 billion for Oregon schools, but the districts are planning for the shortfall. The budget freeze takes effect March 15th, and a series of public budget hearings will be held in the spring, asking the public where the cuts should be made. Carter also says that a planned 15 million-dollar renovation and expansion of Rainier High School athletic facilities is going on hold until private backers step up to support that project.
The Kelso City Council meets at 6 pm tonight, with items connected to the revised Comprehensive Plan on the agenda. The Council is scheduled to take action on a Planning Commission recommendation to add the West Kelso Subarea Plan to the Comp Plan. The Council is also being asked to expand the Adult-Oriented Business Overlay, acting on a request from a person who purchased property for a marijuana retail shop, finding out after the purchase that the building is two lots outside of the zone where those shops are allowed. The Planning Commission did vote in favor of the re-zone request. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public.
The Port of Kalama reports that Phase 2 of the Spencer Creek Business Park development project is under way, as a $1.2 million contract for site pre-loading and ground improvements is awarded to Tapani Underground of Battle Ground. The contract calls for removal of sand that’s been used as pre-load in Areas 1 and 2 at the business park, moving that material into Areas 3 through 6. Some trees and vegetation will be removed, along with fences and other structures. That pre-load sand will also be compacted, and then it’s expected that the entire 70-acre footprint will be ready for development at the end of this second phase. This part of the project is set to begin late this spring.
The Washington Department of Transportation reports that all three lanes of I-5 northbound are now open, after last week’s slide of mud and trees was cleared. The northbound freeway was closed for about five hours last Friday, after the slide came down across all three lanes of the northbound freeway at milepost 22-point-6. Two lanes of the freeway re-opened around 9 pm on Friday, and the third lane was finally cleared at about 3 pm on Sunday. Concrete barriers are now set up on the right shoulder of the freeway, to try and prevent future slides from getting onto the pavement.
You also need to be ready for nighttime detours I-5 southbound near Napavine, as work is done on the Kootz Road overpass. Late last year, the bridge was damaged by an overheight load; two girders and a portion of the bridge deck are being replaced, with work planned tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. The southbound freeway will be closed from 8 pm to 8 am each night; southbound traffic will be detoured off of the freeway at SR 508, going over to the Jackson Highway, then heading south to Highway 12, where you’ll re-join the freeway at exit 68. Heavy traffic and long delays are possible; budget extra time if you need to travel in this area over the next few days.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are once again #1 in the latest AP college basketball poll. The undefeated Bulldogs are followed by #4 Arizona, #5 UCLA and #6 Oregon…..The LCC basketball teams have big games at Centralia tomorrow night. Both games can be heard on KLOG beginning at 5:55 pm…..Yesterday was Photo Day at Mariners Spring Training. The team will begin full scale workouts today as they get ready for the first game Saturday against the Padres…..In college baseball yesterday, Oregon State beat Indiana 4-1 in Arizona. The Beavers are 4-0 on the young season…..Youth baseball sign-ups are underway, most leagues doing so on the internet. Longview Babe Ruth: longviewbaberuth.com. Kelso Babe Ruth: kelsobaberuth.siplay.com. Longview Youth Baseball on Facebook.
If you head offshore to fish for things like Ling Cod and Rockfish, you need to be aware of some changes that Washington Fish and Wildlife is making to that fishery. Effective immediately, the recreational daily limit for rockfish is reduced from 10 to 7 in Marine Areas 1 through 4; there’s also a sublimit of one Canary Rockfish in Areas 1 and 2, off of Ilwaco and Westport. The overall bottomfish limit is also changed from 12 to 9; the 22-inch size limit for Ling Cod is removed, and the deepwater Ling Cod closure in Marine Areas 1 is adjusted, moving the southern boundary by five miles to the north. Additional adjustments go into effect on March 11th. Get full details by going onto the Washington Fish and Wildlife web page.
Christian Fruend of Kelso won the 3A 138 pound state championship at the Mat Classic in Tacoma Saturday. Kelso ended up second as a team…..The matchups have been set after the high school District tournaments this past weekend. The 2A boys bracket features #5 Mark Morris against #4 Selah Saturday at 4 pm at CWU in Ellensburg. In the boys 2A, #14 Kalama plays #11 St. Georges Saturday at 6 pm at University HS. Kalama beat Wahkiakum in the girls 2B District final. The Mules are seeded #2 and will play #7 Davenport Saturday at 4 pm at Mark Morris. Kalama is #3 and will play #6 St. Georges Friday at 6 pm at MM……Today was picture day at Mariners Spring Training. The first full-squad workout was hampered by rain yesterday.