Edwin Diaz gave up two runs in the ninth inning allowing the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 win over Seattle. The M’s have lost four straight heading into an off-day today. Seattle begins a road series at the L.A. Angels tomorrow night…..Kelowna scored in the bottom of the 14th inning to beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 6-5 last night. The games lasted 4:26, the longest Black Bear game timewise. Cowlitz begins a three-game set at Victoria tonight…..The Hilander Dental Senior Legion team plays two games today at the Cowboy Classic in Twin Falls Idaho beginning at 10 am…..R.A. Long has elevated assistant Rob James as the head coach of the Lumberjack football team this fall. James takes over for Dick Abrams, who left after one season at the helm.
Archive | June, 2017
Longview Police responded to a pair of gun incidents that were reported yesterday afternoon. Around 3:20 pm, a woman called 911 from the area of 7th and Tennant Way, claiming that another female driver had flashed a handgun during a road rage incident. The woman says that the gun came from under the seat as they were driving in the vicinity of 7th and Delaware; the suspect was driving a black 90’s-era Honda Civic, and she reportedly held the gun up, apparently so the other driver “could see what it was.” The suspect turned onto Tennant Way, and then was lost. The reporting party says that she didn’t know the other driver, nor does she know what caused the road rage incident.
A few minutes after 5 pm, Longview Police were called to a marijuana store on California Way, where it was reported that there was a man with a handgun in the parking lot, yelling and pointing the weapon at people before going into the building. The 911 caller says that the man was “very irate,” and was cussing at people before he went inside. Officers responded to the scene and entered the store; they met with employees who said that everything was in order. Officers checked the place over, and then left without taking any action.
Additional details about a pickup being driven into the Lewis River on Tuesday are now coming out, as divers were brought in to help with recovery of the rig. This got started at about 2 pm on Tuesday, when a 59 year-old Woodland man approached a fisherman in the 4400 block of the Lewis River Road, said that he was upset with his girlfriend, and asked if he could use the man’s phone. When the fisherman said that he didn’t have coverage, the Woodland man said to relay a message, to tell Deputies that they could “find him in the river.” At that point, the man drove his pickup into the river, where it sank in a deep hole. As 911 was called, witnesses reported seeing the driver get out of the water and run away. They said that he did not appear to be injured. PacifiCorp cooperated with the recovery by dropping the water flow while divers were in the water, hooking up to the submerged truck. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work on this event; at this time, no charges have been filed.
Portland General Electric is finally getting permission to sell nine large storage tanks that are currently sitting idle at the Port Westward facility near Clatskanie. PGE has been trying to unload the tank farm for some time; the tanks were first built back in 1974, to hold fuel oil for nearby power generation facilities. The decision by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission to allow the sale was delayed for some time, after a large amount of public testimony in opposition. Environmental groups had raised concerns about the buyers, Global Partners, turning the facility into a massive crude oil transfer facility. After analyzing the comments and the proposed sale, PUC officials say that their legal counsel told them that the concerns being raised were outside the scope of their authority, and that there was no real basis to deny the deal. They also said that it was likely that Global Partners would be able to move ahead with the plans, anyway. Columbia Riverkeeper and other groups are dead-set against the sale, claiming that it will increase the risk of oil spills and train derailments. Riverkeeper and the other groups are now awaiting action on a bill in the Oregon Legislature, one that would require increased financial commitment by those transporting crude oil, but that bill is also on some shaky ground.
Long-awaited repairs on Minor Road in Kelso begin next month, a project that could disrupt traffic in that area for a couple of months. City of Kelso officials say that preparatory work is already under way, along with inspections and marking; the project itself will begin on Monday, July 10th, making improvements to the road between Allen Street and Mount Brynion Road. Work will be done during daylight hours, and should continue through the end of September. This work will have a number of traffic disruptions, including a two-week full closure that will be done prior to the start of school in September. The exact timing of that closure hasn’t yet been set, but it will be announced once the dates are figured out. Other detours will also move traffic around the work area. Regular updates on the project will be posted on the City of Kelso website and its Facebook page. You’re advised to start working on your alternate routes.
The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce holds its Quarterly Luncheon meeting today, and the presentation at this event will be focused on boosting your productivity and efficiency. Bethanne Kronick will be coming in to present “Take Control of Your Time and Get the Right Things Done” at today’s lunch meeting, billed as a “lively, interactive presentation providing strategies and solutions to boost productivity and efficiency.” The Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon will run from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Get a break on your ticket by registering in advance; you can do that at kelsolongviewchamber.org, or call 423-8400.
A presentation is planned for this morning at the Emergency Support Shelter in Longview, where the local chapter of “100 Men Who Care” will present their latest check. This is the second fundraising check presented by the men’s charity support group, raising more than $8,500 for the ESS. Jeff Wilson with the Men Who Care says that the Emergency Support Shelter serves an extremely valuable role in the community, and they’re proud to support their work. Mike Wallin says that they’re “extremely thankful for the outpouring of support.” 100 Men Who Care is an offshoot of the “100 Women Who Care” group, gathering each quarter to donate 100 dollars apiece to local charities. Today’s presentation happens at 9:30 this morning at the shelter on 11th Avenue, and that event is open to the public.
The clock is now ticking for the Cowlitz County Department of Health and Human Services, as the County Commissioners set a 90-day deadline to set up improvements and to better manage the county’s Syringe Exchange program. Commissioner Dennis Weber wonders why the numbers of needles being traded increased by nearly double in the last two years, while the number of clients stayed pretty close to the same; Weber says that the inability to accurately track the numbers is concerning. About 80 people attended last night’s meeting of the County Commissioners, who also act as the Cowlitz County Board of Health. All three Commissioners had strong concerns a perceived lack of accountability, particularly in regard to the numbers of needles being exchanged. County Health Officer Jennifer Vines says that the Syringe Exchange Program is crucial in helping to keep the number of HIV and Hepatitis cases under control, and she says that the program is also a gateway for drug users to access treatment options. Public comments ran about 50-50 in support and against the program, though there did seem to be a consensus that improvements could be made. On a unanimous vote, the Commissioners voted to suspend the program in 90 days, unless five conditions are met. The Health Department will be required to confirm that the syringes are being exchanged on a one-to-one basis. They will be required to give a report on the program every 90 days, along with quarterly reports on blood-borne disease rates in the county. Exchanges will be limited to 80 needles at a time per client, and so-called “starter kits” will no longer be made available. There’s also a 30-day deadline to make a progress report back to the Commissioners.
Millennium Bulk Terminals is re-applying for the Water Quality Permit that was denied by the Department of Ecology, looking for a second chance to obtain that permit, which is one of the big keys for their coal export terminal project. The Department of Ecology announced yesterday that Millennium Bulk Terminals is re-applying for “401 Water Quality Certification” on the project in the four thousand block of Industrial Way. Ecology says that MBT is withdrawing its previous request, and is re-applying, with no changes reported in the project proposal that was rejected earlier. A 30-day public comment period is now open; it’s noted that if you provided public comments under the previous application, you do not need to re-submit them. New comments are also welcome. Get more information on the Department of Ecology federal permit web page.
The local fireworks stands open at noon today, and will be allowed to sell fireworks through July 5th. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports that 857 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued across the state this year. The legal hours for sales of fireworks is from noon until 11 pm today, and from 9 am to 11 pm tomorrow through July 4th. The stands can also be open for sales on Wednesday, the 5th from 9 am until 9 pm. The legal hours for discharging fireworks is close to that for sales, with a few extra hours built in. Legal discharge hours are noon to 11 pm today, and from 9 am to 11 pm from the 29th to July 3rd; on the 4th, the hours are 9 am until midnight, and on the 5th, you can legally shoot fireworks from 9 am to 11 pm. Be sure to exercise extreme caution when setting off fireworks; be considerate by observing the legal hours, and clean up your debris afterward. Contact your local fire agency for more information on fireworks safety.