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KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:07

The Mariners are back home after an 8-7 loss at Baltimore yesterday. The M’s have lost five straight as they take today off before hosting the Oakland A’s tomorrow…..The Seahawks finish up the NFL Pre-Season tonight with a 7 pm game at Oakland. The Hawks have to cut the roster from 90 to 53 on Saturday…..The high school football season begins tonight with the R.A. Long Lumberjacks hosting the Centralia Tigers at 7 pm. The rest of the action is tomorrow night including Kelso at Mark Morris…..The LCC soccer team scored in the first two minutes and made it hold up in a 1-0 victory over Clackamas yesterday…..The Red Devil volleyball team earned two wins yesterday, 3-1 over Olympic and an epic 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Clark. The Devils are at Chemeketa tonight at 6 pm.

Another Heat Wave

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:05

With high temperatures predicted to be near 100 degrees over the Labor Day weekend, the Weather Service is putting up another Excessive Heat Watch, starting tomorrow afternoon and running through Monday evening. Forecasters say that the heat should start picking up tomorrow, with a high of 89; Saturday’s high is expected to be near 100 Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They also say that this heat could persist into the middle of next week. They say that this high heat will pose a serious health risk to people who don’t have access to air conditioning; you should start making plans now to keep an eye on the most vulnerable. Local power demand is also expected to be at very high levels.

The City of Longview is making a “Determination of a Severe Weather Event,” setting up the plan for severe weather shelters to open. Permits for these shelters are available from Longview’s Community Development Department, following an inspection by Community Development and the Longview Fire Marshal. There are no fees for obtaining such a permit. Call Community Development at 360-442-5087 for more information.

Lewis and Clark Bridge Snafu

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:05

Yesterday’s standstill traffic on the Lewis and Clark Bridge was caused by a couple of things; a broken log truck and then a fender-bender on the crowded bridge. The Washington State Patrol says that the snafu start a few minutes after 3 pm, when a log truck broke down in the northbound lane of the bridge. Around 3:45 pm, a collision was reported in the southbound lane, also blocking traffic. Traffic backed up on both sides of the river while tow trucks were brought in, and it took some time for the traffic to clear. No injuries were reported.

Columbia Crossing Hearing

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:04

Concerns about traffic are raising serious issues about the viability of the proposed Columbia Crossing shopping development at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The Clatskanie Chief reports on a Rainier Planning Commission public hearing that was held last week. At that meeting, Planning Commission members raised their concerns about traffic in that area, eventually coming to a consensus that the developers need to write letters to the Oregon Department of Transportation and Columbia County, to get direct input on continuing traffic problems on the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Developers tell the Chief that they are already scaling the project back, to help deal with wetland issues being raised by the Corps of Engineers. Lockhart Realty and Columbia Crossing LLC are proposing to build on approximately 120 thousand square feet of property, with retail and other commercial customers located in multiple buildings. The developers are hoping to break ground in the near future, after a letter is sent to the Rainier City Council and to Columbia County, reaching out to ODOT for additional traffic studies.

Shelter Workshop

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:03

The Longview City Council holds a special meeting this evening, where they plan to hold a public hearing on proposed Zoning Code amendments regarding the siting of Emergency Shelters. This comes after months of work by a City Council committee, a public hearing held the Planning Commission on August second, and then a City Council workshop that was held last week. The committee proposals have been available for several weeks, recommending that Emergency Shelters be allowed in the General Commercial and Office Commercial zones. They also recommend allowing smaller shelters in the city’s R-4 zones, as long as a Special Use permit is obtained, and a binding “Good Neighbor Agreement” is completed. The Council is hoping to take action after this evening’s hearing, but they have also prepared an ordinance to extend the current moratorium on shelters, in case a decision can’t be reached.

The Council also plans to discuss the recently-issued RFQ’s on ownership and operation of the Headquarters Landfill. City staff and representatives of Waste Control will be on hand, providing information on the Request for Qualifications and the possible implications of turning the landfill over to a private company. The council plans to discuss the issue, and will consider making a recommendation to the County Commissioners on the RFQ process. This evening’s special meeting starts at 6 pm in the Longview City Council chambers.

15th Avenue Work

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:03

Work on a long-awaited repaving of 15th Avenue in downtown Longview gets under way next week, starting with utilities maintenance in the 1200 block. Work will start next Tuesday morning at 8 am and will continue until 5 pm on Wednesday of next week, with the outside southbound lane of 15th Avenue closed between Hudson and Hemlock Streets. There will be some temporary lane adjustments on 15th Avenue, but the access to the Safeway store will be maintained. The River Cities Transit stop on 15th at the corner on Hemlock will NOT be available while this project is going on.

Full closures of 15th Avenue are planned for later in the week, as new pavement is laid down between Washington Way and Olympia Way. This project will happen at the same time as the utility work, starting next Tuesday morning. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, as sidewalk and storm drain demolition begins. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured around the work zone. A full closure of 15th Avenue is planned to start around 6 pm on Friday, September 8th, and will go until 9 am on Saturday, the 9th, while pavement grinding is done. They say that motorcycle and bicycle riders should be cautious after that pavement is ground down. Spot repairs will be made between the 11th and the 29th, with single-lane closures in each direction. Paving will be done at night, currently planned during the week of October 3rd. Pavement striping is scheduled for early November. City officials say that normal traffic signal operations will be disrupted for much of the month of September. You’re advised to find alternate routes while this work is going on.

Lewis and Clark Bridge Snafu

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:02

Yesterday’s standstill traffic on the Lewis and Clark Bridge was caused by a couple of things; a broken log truck and then a fender-bender on the crowded bridge. The Washington State Patrol says that the snafu start a few minutes after 3 pm, when a log truck broke down in the northbound lane of the bridge. Around 3:45 pm, a collision was reported in the southbound lane, also blocking traffic. Traffic backed up on both sides of the river while tow trucks were brought in, and it took some time for the traffic to clear. No injuries were reported.

Rails to Trails Delay

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:01

Weyerhaeuser may be putting the brakes on a push to convert the old Columbia and Cowlitz Railway into a bike and hiking trail that would go from Longview to Toutle. Today’s Daily News reports on discussions that have been under way since Patriot Rail sent an “abandonment filing” to the Surface Transportation Board on August 11th, formally announcing their plans to abandon the rail bed. Cowlitz County Building and Planning followed that with the filing of a “notice of interim trail use,” stating that the county is ready to assume financial responsibility in construction of the trail. Weyerhaeuser is reported to be opposed to the “Rails to Trails” plan; the company has sold the rail line, but they still own much of the timberland on both sides of the 22-mile line. Anthony Chavez with Weyerhaeuser says that there’s still too much logging activity next to the rail line, which would make it unsafe to be used as a trail. Elaine Placido with Cowlitz County Building and Planning says that this process is in its infancy, and could take years to put together.

Homeless Student Grant

Posted on 31st August 2017 at 09:00

A consortium involving the Kelso and Longview School Districts is getting more than $111,000 from the State of Washington, a grant that will help support and provide services to homeless students in both districts. This comes after a report that came out last year, saying that the number of homeless youth in Cowlitz County has doubled in the past five years. The Office of Public Instruction says that the “Kelso Consortia” was one of 12 programs that received funding, out of 49 applications that were received. District officials say that this money will help to hire a “graduation coach” at the three high schools in Kelso and Longview, which will work with the homeless youth to get them to their diplomas, and then beyond. A full-time “homeless liaison” will be hired in each district, and staff will be getting additional coaching and training for dealing with the trauma of being homeless. The hiring process for these people starts immediately. It’s noted that one in 20 students in Cowlitz County does not have a fixed, adequate or regular home to go to.

Phone Scammers Caught

Posted on 30th August 2017 at 09:07

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of a couple from India, a man and a woman who are suspected of bilking at least $400,000 through phone scams, with at least one victim in Cowlitz County. Sheriff Detective Lorenzo Gladson started working this case more than a year ago, after a Cowlitz County resident reported losing more than 35 thousand dollars to the suspects. Gladson eventually traced Neeraj Kohli, 39, and Shweta Kohli, 36, to Las Vegas, where the victims had been instructed to send their cash via Western Union MoneyGrams. Gladson says that the Kohli’s used a variety of methods to swindle people, including computer repair scams and arrest threats for “unpaid IRS bills.” The Kohlis were arrested at the home they had in Las Vegas; both suspects are being held without bail. Three other cases from Washington state are also being prosecuted in Cowlitz County, involving victims from Everett, Port Angeles and Port Townsend. It’s also reported that the couple could face federal prosecution; Immigration officials are also getting involved, as it appears that the Kohlis are not in this country legally. Extradition procedures are now getting started, and it could take several weeks for the couple to be sent to this area. The investigation continues, and authorities say that they fully expect to identify additional victims.