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Archive | November, 2017

Election Day

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:52

Ballots for the 2017 General Election are due in today, needing to be postmarked or dropped off by 8 pm today to be valid for counting. Along with contested city council, port commission, school board and fire commission races, there are several local ballot measures that will be decided tonight. The biggest is the $121 million bond measure that the Longview School District is running. The City of Kalama is asking voters to approve a measure that would pay for a new police station, and Castle Rock is running another Library operations levy. It’s a pretty crowded ballot in Woodland, as voters in that area are being asked to approve funding for a community center and pool, there’s an EMS levy for Fire District 1, a levy for law enforcement, and they’re being asked to form and fund a Transportation Benefit District. The County Mosquito Control District also has a measure on the ballot.

Ballots must be postmarked by 8 pm to be valid for counting, or you can drop off your ballot, postage-free at one of the ballot drop box locations that are set up around the county. Longview has two spots, one on the Civic Circle, and one on Broadway Street, in front of the Longview City Hall. Kelso’s drop box is on Bridge Market Lane, between Furness Drug and the Allen Street Bridge. Kalama’s box is on North 1st Street, near the Kalama Post Office boxes; in Castle Rock, the drop site is at 137 Cowlitz Street, in front of the Castle Rock Library. The Woodland ballot box is in the city parking lot at Davidson and 2nd. The boxes will be locked promptly at 8 pm. Get more information on the County Elections web page, or call 360-577-3005.

Bridger Steel Moves In

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:51

The Port of Kalama is announcing that another new business is moving in, reporting that Bridger Steel plans to lease space at the new Kalama River Industrial Park. Port officials say that Bridger Steel will be the first tenant in the park off of exit 32, leasing 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse space, along with 10,000 square feet of space for loading trucks. They say that Bridger Steel will actually be providing much of the manufactured metal that will be going into the new 110,000 square-foot building, with plans to break ground next month. Officials with Bridger Steel say that this is an ideal location for expanding their operations, to better serve customers in the Pacific Northwest. They hope to have the facility in operation by summer of next year. Bridger Steel is a manufacturer of panel systems for roofing, siding, and interior applications, based out of Bozeman, Montana.

Port of Longview Budget

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:50

The Port of Longview Commission has a special meeting set for 10 am today, where the public hearing on the 2018 budget will be held. The meeting is being held in the port offices, located underneath the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The meeting will open with a review of the 2018 Preliminary Budget, which will show some changes from the documents that were presented at workshops that were held in October. The Port is projecting a bit of a decrease in revenues in the coming year; 2017 revenues are currently projected at just less than $39 million, while income for 2018 is projected at $35.7 million. The Port is still predicting that they will operate in the black, projecting a profit of more than $3.8 million, less than the $5.4 million that they are projecting for 2017. The Port is planning to budget $400,000 for Willow Grove Park, up from the $384,000 that was spent this year. Adoption of the budget is planned for next week, on November 14th. Budget documents are available for review on the Port of Longview web page.

Kelso Council Preview

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:43

The Kelso City Council meets tonight at 6 pm, where they plan to discuss the 2018 State Legislative Agenda, and they will also hold the first reading of the ordinance that will set the 2018 property tax rate. They also plan to take final action on the ordinance that would adjust compensation for City Council members. The meeting is being held in the Kelso City Council chambers, and is open to the public.

Ecology Fine

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:42

Castle Rock-based Erosion Control Specialists is now paying off a fine that was imposed by the Department of Ecology, after the agency found that the company illegally pumped water out of a creek for a hydro-seeding project. Yesterday, Ecology reported on third-quarter environmental violations and fines, saying that Erosion Control Specialists is being fined $2,000, for failing to comply with an order to stop illegally pumping water out of Leckler Creek, and then for continuing to use that public water for a hydro-seeding operation, without having a legal water right. The violation was reported on August 31st, and the fine is reportedly being paid off in installments.

Sentence-Skippers Caught

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:41

A couple from Centralia that skipped town before being sentenced on child abuse charges is now in custody, arrested over the weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the arrests of Mary Foxworth, 43, and Anthony Foxworth, 45, who both pleaded guilty to single counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment. The couple was arrested early last year, after their 16 year-old son went to the hospital, where he showed signs of severe mistreatment. The boy weighed only 54 pounds when he went in; they also say that he was missing hair, had severe dental problems, was unable to stand, and was not toilet-trained. Officials say that the boy hadn’t been to a doctor since 2007, he wasn’t enrolled in school, and was unable to read or write. The Foxworths were scheduled for sentencing on November 1st, but neither one showed up in Lewis County Superior Court. Following a trail of bank transactions and cell phone calls, authorities found and arrested the Foxworths at the Vancouver Motel in Myrtle Beach. They now await extradition back to Washington, where they will also face a new charge of bail jumping.

Luyster Trial

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:40

Testimony in the triple-murder trial of Brent Ward Luyster, 37, of Longview continued yesterday in Clark County Superior Court. The Columbian reports on yesterday’s events, including the introduction of a bloody note that Breanne Leigh, 32, scribbled after the shooting. About a dozen people were on the stand yesterday, including Clark County Deputy Bryce Smith, who met with Leigh as she was being brought into the trauma unit. Bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to the face, Leigh was unable to speak, but she was able to communicate with nods and gestures. They say that she eventually started writing notes, naming Luyster as the shooter. Luyster is accused of shooting Leigh and three other people at a home in Woodland in July of last year. Leigh was the only survivor. The trial is expected to run through the 27th of this month.

Woodland Game Prowls

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:39

Woodland Police are looking into a series of car prowls that was reported after last Friday’s playoff game involving La Center High School. It’s reported that multiple cars were prowled during the game, with a number of items taken. A security video shows that the suspects were driving an Astro-style minivan, with running boards on the sides. So far, no suspects have been identified.

Mill Street Paving

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 08:39

Be aware that the City of Kelso is having some paving done on Mill Street today, working between South 11th and South 12th Avenues. The work by Northfork Asphalt Paving of Chehalis will require the closure of Mill Street in that area, going from 9 am until 2 pm today. Detours will be posted, and temporary traffic measures will help guide traffic around the work site. Use alternate routes to avoid delays and congestion.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 7th November 2017 at 07:13

The R.A. Long Lumberjills open the State 2A soccer playoffs tonight with a game at Cedarcrest in Duvall, east of Bellevue. It’s the Jills first State appearance since 2006. The game begins at 6 pm…..The Trail Blazers take a two game win streak into tonight’s home game with the Memphis Grizzlies, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Seahawks had a light practice yesterday and 13 players who are sore and banged up didn’t participate. The Hawks have a quick turnaround as they get ready to play at Arizona Thursday night…..Former Monarch and Red Devil Bud Black has been named a finalist for National League Manager of the Year. Black led the Colorado Rockies to a playoff berth in his first year as manager. The other finalist are Dave Roberts of the Dodgers and Torey Luvullo of Arizona.