Longview Police are now calling this morning’s “shots fired” incident at an apartment near 8th and Delaware a murder-suicide. Around 5:30 this morning, police were called about a suicidal individual; as they approached the apartment at 5:38 am, officers that were outside reported hearing gunshots. Medical units were called for and were staged nearby, while law enforcement worked on making entry into the unit. Lower Columbia SWAT was called in, and when they entered the apartments, two bodies were found. At this time, authorities are trying to contact family members, but they haven’t yet reported the names of those involved. They do say that “the scene is contained and the public is not at risk,” but they are still asking for people to avoid this area, as the investigation is wrapped up.
Archive | March, 2017
It’s going to be several more weeks before the landslide that’s blocking State Route 503 near Ariel will be cleared away. The Washington Department of Transportation is out with an update on the slide that has the highway closed near Speelyai Bay Road, saying that the huge rock slabs skill hanging above the road pose a serious hazard. They say that recent assessments of the slope above the highway is showing additional movement; to this point, WashDOT has been limited to the use of a drone to examine the slide area, as it’s still too dangerous to get in with people to do a physical inspection. WashDOT officials say that they will continue to monitor the hillside, and will incorporate the data that they are collecting into the contract for removal of the unstable rock and debris, while also doing additional stabilization work. If you have a trip planned to Yale Lake, Lake Merwin or Swift Reservoir, you’ll need to factor in some extra travel time, as detours into those areas remain in place.
A Flood Warning is still up on the Columbia River in Longview, as the river continues to blip up above the Minor Flood stage of 13.-5 feet on the high tides in the local area. This morning, the river is running right in between the Action Stage of 12 feet on the low tide and 13.5 feet on the high tide, fluctuations that are expected to run through the weekend. Forecasters say that they expect a high tide of just over 14 feet early tomorrow morning, then the river should start receding below flood stage over the weekend. Once the river gets over 14 feet, we could see some flooding of farmlands and other properties not protected by dikes and levees in the areas around Longview, Kalama and Woodland. No major flooding is expected at this time.
An investigation is under way after a woman was hit by a train and was seriously injured in Scappoose yesterday morning. Scappoose Police say that the incident took place at about 11:20 yesterday morning, in the area of Southeast High School Way. Few details are being made available at this time; there are reports that the 61 year-old woman was out on a run when she was hit; witnesses say that the train was moving at its regular speed, and blew its horn before it hit the woman. It’s reported that the woman was conscious when emergency crews arrived, but they also say that the woman was taken to a hospital in Portland with “life-threatening injuries.” No names have been released, and the woman’s condition has not been updated.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning is clearing the way for three environmental groups to participate in the lawsuit that Millennium Bulk Terminals is filing against the Washington Department of Natural Resources, allowing them to participate as “intervenors” in the proceeding. Today’s Daily News reports on yesterday’s court hearing, where Warning granted “intervenor” status to Columbia Riverkeeper, the Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club. MBT filed suit against the state after former State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark denied a request to sublease state aquatic lands. Goldmark says that Millennium failed to respond to multiple requests for financial information, and he questions the continuing financial viability of the project. Officials with Millennium contend that they have complied with all requests, and they challenge the ruling from back in November. Under yesterday’s ruling, Warning says that the three environmental groups can file briefs, motions and other legal requests, but he also limited the input to the material contained in Goldmark’s letter. Millennium has now been working for five years to obtain permits for construction of a coal export facility on the old Reynolds Metals docks in Longview; final environmental studies on the project should be out at the end of April.
There’s more controversy being reported in Columbia County government, with the undersheriff being demoted, and the 911 Director resigning in separate incidents. The South County Spotlight reports that Undersheriff Andy Moyer has been demoted and has been given a different title, the results of an independent investigation into alleged misconduct. Sheriff Jeff Dickerson tells the paper that “it’s complicated,” and personnel confidentiality rules prevent him from disclosing many details. He does say that this was not a criminal investigation, and dealt with violations of department policies and standards. Moyer remains as an employee of the Sheriff’s Office, reportedly listed now as a “Jail Supervisor.”
It’s also being reported that Columbia County 911 Communications Director Steve Watson has submitted his resignation. The Spotlight also reports on Watson’s resignation, with Watson confirming to the paper that he had submitted a letter to the County’s Personnel Committee on March 1st. Watson says that his reasons for leaving are “personal,” and are not related to job performance or job satisfaction. They report that there has been some friction between Watson and a consultant that was brought in to work on radio upgrades in the county. Watson has been with Columbia County 911 for 25 years, and was promoted to be the 911 Director on January 1st of last year.
A four-day razor clam dig opens today and runs through Sunday, switching back and forth between Mocrocks and Copalis beaches. The digging also switches to the morning tides on this dig, with Mocrocks open for digging on this morning’s tide, which is scheduled just before 9 am. Copalis will be open tomorrow morning, Mocrocks will be open Saturday morning, and then Copalis will open again Sunday morning. Washington Fish and Wildlife also reminds us all that this is the weekend that you will need to renew your fishing licenses; the current licenses expire tomorrow, and you will need your new license before heading out to dig on Saturday and Sunday. Get more information from WDFW, or your local outfitter.
The Blazers and Rockets meet at Moda Center tonight, KLOG 6:35 pm…..Georgia Tech beat the WSU women 69-61 in the WNIT semi-finals last night…..Jim Hayford is leaving EWU to become the new head coach at Seattle U…..The Mariners and Dodgers ended in a 3-3 tie yesterday. The M’s have today off at spring training…..The Kelso baseball team defeated Mt. View 6-4 yesterday as River Liepa got the win by striking out 11 in six innings. Kelso is slated to be at Evergreen today at 4 pm…..The Kelso Lassies host Hudson’s Bay in a 4 pm game at Tam O’Shanter Park, weather permitting…..In boys soccer last night, Columbia River edged Mark Morris 1-0. Tonight, Kelso is at home against Prairie at 7 pm…..Kelso hosts Bay in a 3 pm girls golf match at Three Rivers.
The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce holds its Quarterly Membership Luncheon today, bringing in Brad Worthley to talk about “Exceeding Customer Expectations.” Worthley works as a business consultant, with more than 42 years of management experience. They say that he has trained thousands of people all over the world, and has worked with experts like Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn and Brian Tracy. The luncheon starts at 11:45 am, at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center. Get a break on your tickets by buying in advance; call the Chamber at 423-8400, or go to kelsolongviewchamber.org for more details.
You’re invited to bring your “trinkets, treasures, baubles or family heirlooms” to Canterbury Park this afternoon, as they host “Down From the Attic.” This “afternoon of mystery-solving fun” will run from noon until 4 pm today. You’re asked to RSVP at 501-5100, or get more information on canterburyparkwashington.com. Canterbury Park is located on 3rd Avenue in Longview, just north of Hudson Avenue.
Jusuf Nurkic scored 33 points with 16 rebounds against his former team as the Blazers beat the Nuggets 122-113 last night. CJ McCollum had 39. The Blazers take over the 8th spot in the West and capture the tie-breaker with Denver…..The WSU women’s basketball team plays at Georgia Tech today at 4 pm in the Women’s NIT semi-finals…..The Diamondbacks beat the Mariners 15-6 yesterday. Seattle plays the Dodgers today, KLOG 1:00 pm…..Linn Benton beat LCC 8-3 in college baseball yesterday…..Mark Morris shutout Hockinson 5-0 in prep baseball yesterday…..The LCC softball DH at SW Oregon today was rained out and rescheduled for Friday at 5 pm at Tam O’Shanter…..The Kelso track teams both defeated Fort yesterday…..Heritage shutout Kelso 3-0 in boys soccer.