Fire investigators are checking over a house fire that was reported at a home in the 100 block of Yelton Drive. The woman living in the home called 911 at about 4:10 this morning, saying that her house was on fire. A neighbor also called, saying that they had heard an explosion. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue responded to the house, along with a unit from Longview Fire. Fire officials say that the house was about 75 percent involved in the fire when they rolled up. At this time, it’s being reported that the occupants of the house were able to safely escape the fire, though an ambulance was called to the home to help one of those people. The fire was declared out shortly after 5 am. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, nor is there a damage estimate. The Red Cross is being called in to assist three adults that were displaced.
Archive | May, 2017
Cowlitz County is taking a look at selling the Headquarters Landfill, saying that they have received an “unsolicited serious inquiry from a large company,” offering to buy the facility near Silver Lake. In a statement issued yesterday, Cowlitz County says that it “takes its municipal waste management obligations seriously,” and with the receipt of this offer, they’re evaluating whether a change in operation of ownership would be to the benefit of Cowlitz County, local communities and local residents over the long term. They say that this unsolicited offer shows that there may be “untapped value” in the landfill that could benefit Cowlitz County and its citizens, while maintaining local pricing and service to Cowlitz County citizens. They say that the offer is big enough that they need to take a close look, as well as other offers that might come in. An “initial public discussion” is being set up for Tuesday, June 6th, with sessions at 9 am and 7 pm. The name of the company is not being disclosed at this time.
An investigation is under way after the body of Randy Dean Hamlin, 61, of Rainier was found on the beach near Manzanita, Oregon. Authorities say that Hamlin’s body was actually found last Thursday, by a person from out-of-state that was visiting. They also say that Hamlin’s car was found several miles away from where the body was located, in a trailhead parking lot on Neahkahnie Mountain. There’s no word yet on the cause of death, as Oregon State Police continue the investigation.
As the effort to find River Casino Elder, 13, of St. Helens continues, the boy’s father and girlfriend are in custody, charged with “interfering with a police officer.” Elder’s grandmother reported him as missing one week ago, saying that she thought that the boy had run away. The grandmother had recently been awarded custody of Elder, taking him from the father. Last Saturday, St. Helens Police arrested Marvin Elder, 45, along with his girlfriend, Tiffany Kelly, 34. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss says that they think that Marvin Elder is deliberately withholding information on his boy’s whereabouts, but is refusing to disclose that information. Moss says that they think that the boy may be in the north part of Columbia County, or possibly is in Longview. If you have information on this case, call St. Helens Police at 503-397-1521.
Weyerhaeuser is announcing a merger of internal assets, saying that Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands LLC will merge “into and with” its parent company, starting tomorrow. Letters were sent to vendors and other companies that do business with Weyco, announcing that all contracts, permits, easements, leases, licenses and other agreements will transfer to the main company, with no changes in terms or conditions. They’re also asking that “Weyerhaeuser Company” be used on all correspondence and payments to the company. Additional information is available from Weyerhaeuser.
The business continues to crank at a high level at the Port of Longview, with the port reporting a strong first quarter, following a record-setting year in 2016. Actual tonnage through the Port of Longview in the first three months of the year come in at 2.4 million metric tons, a number that represents 31% of the total tonnage projected for the year. That’s 46% above the tonnage handled in the first quarter of 2016. Export bulk cargoes are dominating this first portion of the year, going out of Berth 2 and Berth 9 at EGT. They have been moving pot ash through Berth 2, with an increase of 100,000 metric tons between last year and this year. That’s due mostly to the closure of the pot ash handling facility at the Port of Portland. The amount of corn handled by EGT increased by 387,000 metric tons in the first quarter, while soybeans increased by 220,000 metric tons. Port officials say that the increase in tonnage is a testament to the “strong cargo-handling capabilities” at the Port of Longview. They expect the cargoes to diversify as the year moves along, with things like wind turbines and electrical transformers coming through. Port officials say that they expect another strong year at “Washington’s Working Port.”
Be aware that a sanitary sewer maintenance project is under way in downtown Longview, working in the alley between 12th and Commerce, right off of Florida Street. Work started yesterday afternoon, and will be completed by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 13th. The alley approach between 12th and Commerce at Florida will be closed while this work is going on, and the alley will be closed to through traffic. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
You’re invited to a special meeting that’s being held tonight at the Longview Library, where they will be soliciting input on possible modernization measures that could be implemented. Library Director Chris Skaugset says that the planning is now under way for a modernization project, and he says that they need public input on the current Longview Library, asking what’s working, what’s not and what improvements you might like to see. This evening’s meeting will run from 6 to 8 pm in the Reading Room at the Library, and is open to anyone interested.
The first-ever “Seniors vs. Seniors Bean Bag Baseball Tournament” happens today at the Monticello Park senior living facility at 7th and Hudson. Local high school seniors will be “competing” against Monticello Park and other area senior teams in this competition in bean bag baseball. Opening ceremonies are set for 10 am, and the tournament will go until 4 pm. Lunch and other refreshments will be available for purchase; proceeds from the event will support local Safe and Sober Graduation Nights.
The Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning happens today down in Cathlamet. Business and community leaders are meeting to learn about career-connected learning successes, identify new skills, find additional resources and develop capacity to solve workforce problems. This will go from 10 am to 4 pm at the River Street Meeting Room in Cathlamet. Get more information on washingtonstem.org.
Youth and Family Link invites you and your family down to the Summer Resource Carnival, which will take place this evening at their facility on Douglas Street in Longview. The Summer Resource Carnival will go from 6:30 to 8 pm, with all kinds of games, a rock wall and Mike the Magician. They’ll have information on summer programs throughout Cowlitz County; it’s free and open to all area families, but they would like to have you RSVP through the Youth and Family Link Facebook page.
Rainier defeated Yale 10-0 in five innings to advance to the Oregon 3A softball championship game for the 5th straight year. Haley Schimmel pitched a one-hitter and Kami Gray slugged a grand slam. Rainier will meet old nemesis Dayton for the State title Friday in Corvallis…..The Mariners beat the Rockies 10-4 yesterday in Denver. Kyle Seager had a homer and four RBI’s to lead the way. The teams meet in Seattle tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears begin the season tomorrow night as they host Thurston County at 6:30 pm at Story Field…..The 40th SW Senior Baseball Feeder game is tomorrow at 4 pm at Centralia’s Wheeler Field…..Just under $1,000 was raised for CASA during yesterday’s Cowlitz County Hoops Spectacular at Mark Morris.