Longview Police have a theft suspect in custody, after a local woman relayed a tip that she got from one of the local Facebook sites. Late yesterday morning, there was a posting about a bicycle that was stolen from a location out on 46th Avenue. Around 11:20 yesterday morning, a woman living on Blue Heron Drive called LPD, saying that she thought that the bicycle was tucked into her carport, and that the suspect was sleeping in her car. The suspect reportedly rode off on the bike before officers arrived, but the man was stopped nearby. A check of the bicycle serial number showed that it was stolen; officers also recovered a number of other items, including electronics and video game systems. Joseph Beaudoin was arrested and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail, but has since been released on bail. Detectives continue to investigate.
Archive | November, 2017
Train traffic through Kelso was slowed for about 20 minutes last night, as Kelso Police and the Humane Society worked to corral a horse that got loose, and was wandering near the tracks. A few minutes before 11 last night, calls about a “loose horse” were reported in the area of Walnut and South 7th Avenue. Kelso Police say that the horse meandered through the neighborhood, making its way through a field, eventually making its way to South Pacific Avenue. The animal continued in a southerly direction near the tracks, ending up near a home in the 200 block of Milwaukee Place. They were able to catch the horse in that location; they were also able to identify the owner and return the horse to that location. KPD reports that the Humane Society will continue to follow up on the incident.
The Weather Service says that you’ll be seeing winter-time driving conditions in the Cascades over the next few days, as snow levels drop below the passes. They say that light snow is expected Friday evening, followed by moderate snow all day on Saturday, extending into the evening. If you’re planning a trip into the mountains or across a mountain pass, you should be ready for winter driving conditions. Have your chains or traction devices ready, pack blankets and extra food, and budget some extra time for the slower speeds.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is adding her name to a letter with 11 other federal legislators, asking for “robust funding” of mental health and substance abuse programs in the 2019 budget. Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is among the Representatives that signed the letter, which was sent to the Office of Management and Budget. In the letter, the signees say that they are “committed to building better futures for individuals and families that are affected by mental illness.” They also mention that the opioid crisis has made matters worse, exhausting the attempts to find solutions on mental health and substance abuse disorders. The group says that they strongly support investments into research, prevention and treatment programs, reaching out to citizens in need, while also increasing coordination between agencies. The 12 members of Congress urge the OMB to prioritize funding for programs that focus on mental illness, substance abuse disorders and suicide prevention.
The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Washington State Legislative Forum today, inviting the 19th and 20th District Senators and Representatives in for lunch and a discussion. In their solicitation, Chamber officials say that it was a “crazy election;” they also mark the lack of a state capital budget, and the “Hirst decision,” claiming that it “hangs over every residential building permit in the state of Washington that has a well on the property.” The Chamber says that this will be an opportunity to speak with local legislators on a number of topics, including the new paid family leave law, B&O tax rates, and the “power of the Department of Ecology.” This will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or go to their web page to get ticket information.
The final Community Conversation lecture of the fall term is being presented today at Lower Columbia College. The theme for this term has been “Movies and Meaning;” LCC Social Services instructor Courtney Shah will wrap up the term with a talk entitled “Silent but Sexy: How Early Movies Became Sex Education.” The free lecture starts at noon in the Laufman Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of LCC’s Health and Science building. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
This is the final day of the See’s Christmas Candy Sale, being conducted by the Friends of Saint John Medical Center. Get yourself some tasty holiday treats or sweet holiday gifts at the sale, which will run from 9 am until 5 pm in the 1615 Bistro, the first-floor cafeteria at the hospital on Delaware Street. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the scholarship program that the Friends of Saint John maintain. Be aware that this will be a “cash-only” event.
Her record may have been broken, but Charity Rusch Marshall of Castle Rock now has official proof that she set a Guinness World Record when she paddled a giant pumpkin down the Cowlitz River between Castle Rock and Longview. On October 9th of last year, Marshall got into a 919-pound pumpkin that had been hollowed out, then paddled the giant gourd from the Al Helenberg Boat Launch in Castle Rock to Gerhart Gardens in Longview. Guinness people confirmed the record attempt at that time, but official recognition arrived earlier this month. Marshall says that she received an e-mail on the 9th, confirming that she was recognized as the world record holder for the longest distance paddled in a giant pumpkin. A man from Minnesota reportedly took the title from Marshall just one week later, but Marshall says that his 26-mile paddle hasn’t yet been officially recognized.
The Trail Blazers host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm. Portland has won three straight…..Gonzaga blasted Incarnate Word 103-68 last night in Spokane…..The LCC women’s basketball team takes on the Clark Penguins in Vancouver tonight (6 pm)…..The Mark Morris Monarchs begin the boys hoop season tonight when they travel to Fort Vancouver, 6:45 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..In girls hoops tonight, Kelso is at R.A. Long (7 pm)…..Kalama head coach Sean McDonald says his football team is healthy and ready for Liberty. The teams play for the WIAA State 2B championship Saturday at 4 pm in the Tacoma Dome…..In prep wrestling last night, Castle Rock came to Longview and defeated R.A. Long 65-12.
Canada is going to the next step in fighting duties on softwood lumber, formally opening a case with the World Trade Organization. This comes after the U. S. Commerce Department imposed increased duties on softwood lumber produced in Canada. Weyerhaeuser and other American softwood lumber producers contend that Canadian lumber producers are getting unfair subsidies from the government, and that this subsidized lumber is being “dumped” into the American market. In yesterday’s filing, the Canadian government says that is plans to “forcefully defend the lumber industry against this unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling decision.” This comes after the Canadian government filed a NAFTA trade challenge against duties that were imposed on about $5.66 billion in U. S. lumber imports; the Office of the U. S. Trade Representative is expressing confidence that the decision by the Commerce Department will hold up to WRO scrutiny. It’s reported that a decision should be out next month.