Today’s the day that we say goodbye to summer, with today being forecast as the last 80-degree day of the year. The Weather Service says that “near-record warmth” is expected in the interior of Washington, with highs in the 80’s all along the western part of the state, reaching up through Seattle and Bellevue. Things change dramatically tomorrow, as a cold front rolls through. Daytime highs are expected to be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than today, along with gusty winds and light rain. Snow levels drop from 12,000 feet today to about 7,000 feet tomorrow. Saturday will be even cooler, with an “upper level trough” moving through. Saturday’s high could struggle to get above 60, while snow levels drop to 5,000 feet. Those who are heading into the higher mountains this weekend need to be ready for wet and much colder conditions.
Archive | September, 2017
Taxpayers in the Kelso and Longview School Districts are getting some relief, as both district refinance current bonds. The Kelso School District is announcing a savings of $436,000 over the next four years, as the School Board authorizes the refunding of these bonds. The District cut the interest rate being paid on these bonds by a substantial amount, going from 4 percent on the previous bonds to 1.31 percent. Kelso’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Scott Westlund, says that bond rates are near historic lows, so they took the first opportunity available to lock those low rates in. The district also had their bond status reaffirmed by Moody’s during this process, with the investment company saying that the district has “sound financial management.”
The Longview School District is also saving about $430,000 in bond interest payments through refinancing that was done this week. When that package is combined with a re-fi from last summer, the Longview School District has cut its bond interest obligation by more than $1.7 million. Superintendent Dan Zorn says that this is a tremendous deal for taxpayers, with the savings flowing directly to taxpayers in the form of reduced tax levies. Longview got a deal similar to Kelso, cutting the interest rate on this bond package from 4 percent to 1.49 percent.
A discarded fuel pump caused some trouble yesterday afternoon in Longview, after it was reported to a “suspicious device” that had been left outside of a downtown law office. The object was discovered and reported shortly before 5 pm yesterday, near the porch of the law office in the 11 hundred block of 14th Avenue. The “device” was described as being a plastic tube about 18 inches long, with wires coming out of one end. The Portland Bomb Squad was notified, but then one of the Longview Officers identified the item as a fuel pump. Technicians at the nearby Bud Clary auto dealership confirmed that the “device” was a used fuel pump. The scene was cleared with no other action.
No injuries were reported when a boat went down near Willow Grove Park yesterday afternoon. Around 12:45 yesterday afternoon, calls came into the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office about a boat that had sunk. It was reported that both people that were on the boat were able to escape safely, and they got to shore. Deputies did respond, checking the situation. Arrangements are being made to recover the boat.
The Longview City Council has a long evening planned, starting with a workshop on the proposed zoning code amendments regarding emergency shelters. The Council has two hours set aside for this workshop, starting at 5 pm in the second floor training room at the City Hall. The regular meeting starts at 7, with action on the proposed ordinance on zoning code amendments coming after a public hearing on the Transit Center remodel, and reallocation of Park Grant funds. Action is also planned on spending the city’s “Big Idea” money on wayfinding signs, and a presentation on the proposed governance changes for the 911 Communications Center. Both meetings are open to the public.
The Department of Ecology is in Longview today, holding a public hearing on proposed measures for cleaning up the old International Paper property at the Port of Longview. The hearing deals with contaminated land that was left behind after IP ceased its operations. Wastewater from the wood-treating process was directed into a ditch in the Maintenance Facility Area on the property, leaving behind about 65 hundred cubic yards of contaminated soil. Ecology says that a draft report called a “remedial investigation and feasibility study” is now available for review and comment; you’re invited to come by and examine the options at an Open House that will start at 5 pm at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center. The public hearing will start at 6. If you can’t go to the hearing, comments are being accepted on the Ecology web page through October 2nd.
The first meeting of the recently-appointed Homeless Housing Task Force is set for today, starting at 2 pm in the Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Building. Following some changes in state law, the Cowlitz County Commissioners created the Homeless Housing Task Force, which will provide input on the ongoing development of a ten-year homeless housing plan, with the goal of reducing homelessness in Cowlitz County. The Task Force will meet at 2 pm today, in Conference Room A at the Health and Human Services Building, located at 1952 9th Avenue in Longview. Call 360-414-5599 to find out more.
The fall quarter is under way at Lower Columbia College, and that also marks the return of the Community Conversation lecture series. The 2017 fall quarter will deal with the topic of “Movies and Meaning,” starting with LCC Language and Literature instructor Klint Hull presenting “Movies: See More.” The free lecture starts at noon in the Laufman Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of the LCC Health and Science Building. Anyone interested can come by.
The League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County hosts a Candidate Forum this evening, an event that will feature all three Kelso City Council races. The forum is scheduled to start at 7 pm in the Cowlitz County Commissioners Hearing Room, located on the third floor of the County Administration Building in Kelso.
A number of people have already been on the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, sharing their thoughts and feelings about their favorite teachers as we observe “Legendary Teachers Day.” The Kelso and Longview School Districts are joining with the cities of Kelso and Longview and the Chamber in observing this day, honoring teachers who have made an impact on individuals all across the region. Click the “Legendary Teacher Day” link, where you’ll be able to leave your comments, while also checking other stories about teachers that have made big impacts on local residents.
Mark Canha hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Oakland A’s a 6-5 win over the Mariners. Seattle has today off before finishing the season with three games at Anaheim this weekend…..The Lower Columbia College volleyball team goes to 3-0 in league play after a 3-0 sweep over South Puget Sound last night…..In prep volleyball tonight, Evergreen is at Kelso, Columbia River at R.A. Long and Mark Morris at Washougal, all at 7 pm…..Pierce edged LCC 1-0 in women’s college soccer yesterday…..Tonight in girls soccer, Mt. View is at Kelso (7 pm), Columbia River at RAL (6 pm) and MM is at Washougal (7 pm)…..Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin pull) is still listed as questionable for Sunday’s night game against the Colts, but Pete Carroll is hopeful he can play.
The Mariners beat the A’s for an eighth straight time last night. Former Oakland players Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonzo hit homers to fuel the 6-3 Seattle win. The teams play a day game today, KLOG 11:30 am…..Troy Parrish shot a 38 to lead R.A. Long to a 174-186 Civil War golf victory over Mark Morris. The Kelso boys golf team plays in the Prairie Invite at the Cedars today…..The LCC volleyball team hosts South Puget Sound tonight at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball last night, Kelso beat Hudson’s Bay 3-0, Ridgefield over MM 3-0 and Hockinson outlasted R.A. Long 3-2…..The LCC women’s soccer team has a 2 pm road match at Pierce today…..In girls soccer, Kelso blasted Fort 9-0, MM with a 1-0 shutout over Ridgefield and Hockinson defeated R.A. Long 5-1.