The lodge at Oregon’s number one tourist attraction will re-open sometime this week, as work to deal with the damage done by the Eagle Creek Fire continues. The U. S. Forest Service says that the area around the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge is now safe enough to allow people back in, but other areas around the falls will remain closed. A lower viewing area remains fenced off, as is the trail to the famed Benson Bridge. You will also have to park in the lot in the middle of I-84, then you will have to walk under the freeway to get to the lodge. Access from the Historic Columbia River Highway won’t be allowed, as that road remains closed from Bridal Veil to Ainsworth State Park. Six miles of that highway will re-open today, between Larch Mountain Road and Bridal Veil. There’s been no damage to the lodge itself, which will be open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner won’t be available during the winter. The gift shop will also be open. The parking lot for Multnomah Falls will be open 24 hours a day, while hours for the lodge will be 9 am to 5 pm each day.
Archive | November, 2017
The Sheriff’s Office is looking into an apparent arson situation that was reported yesterday at the Gardner’s Corner Substation near Castle Rock. This was reported shortly before 11 am yesterday, at the PUD facility in the 100 block of Rink Road. Deputies say that they found around ten of the plastic privacy slats in the cyclone fencing surrounding the substation were completely melted. Damage to the facility is minimal, but it does appear that this was a deliberate and intentional act. Deputies checked the area for evidence, and they nothing was found that could have been used to melt the fencing material. No suspect information has been developed as of yet.
A child was temporarily put into protective custody yesterday evening, picked up after two people were arrested in a shoplifting incident at the Woodland Walmart store. Woodland Police report arresting Megan Renee Cramer, 32, of Rainier, Oregon and Brian Elias Olson, 35, of Longview at about 5:45 yesterday evening, after Cramer allegedly tried to leave the store with a cart full of items. Store security says that they spotted Olson at first, saying that they knew he had shoplifted before. The couple was arrested as they tried to leave the store. Each is now being held without bail on three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of organized retail theft, and three counts of theft with intent to resell. It’s also noted that Olson was driving while suspended. The child was eventually turned over to another responsible party.
Work to recover some damaged equipment will stall traffic on Ocean Beach Highway on the west end of Wahkiakum County today. The Washington Department of Transportation plans to close the highway east of Grays River between 8 am and 2 pm today, so that they can recover some equipment that went down an embankment after a crash that happened earlier this month. If you’re heading to the coast today, Oregon’s Highway 30 will be the better option.
The Coast Guard and other state agencies are monitoring a tuna boat that sank at its moorings at the Ilwaco Boat Basin earlier this month. Officials say that the 61-foot “Lihue II” went down on the 17th of this month. The 77 year-old tuna trawler was found to be underwater on the morning of the 18th, after having been just fine the night before. Booms have been placed around the boat to keep any oil or other fluids contained, while efforts to find the owner of the 55-ton vessel are under way. It’s reported that the Lihue Two is a “transient boat,” one that was traveling from one spot to another, stopping in Ilwaco for a temporary stop. Authorities are trying to track down the owner of the boat, to try and help figure out who will pay for cleanup and removal. This process could take several weeks, or even months. In the meantime, efforts to minimize environmental damage is continuing.
Pick up some killer Christmas gifts at todays “Flash Sale” at the Longview Public Library. The Friends of the Longview Library are putting on the one-day sale between 10 am and 7:30 pm today, with thousands of titles in a wide variety of genre. They will also have other items for sale, including electronic media, cups, book bags and a lot more. The Friends say that they’re looking to “clear their inventory,” while also making some great gifts available. The sale will run from 10 am until 7:30 pm in the Library Auditorium, in the lower level of the Longview Library. Proceeds will help support programs and activities not covered by the Library budget.
Japanese-born author Michael Schmeltzer is in town today for the latest in the Northwest Voices Literary Series, offering a writing workshop and a reading today. The award-winning author now lives in Seattle; his current work can be found in journals like the “Black Warrior Review,” the “Mid-American Review” and others. Schmeltzer will be involved in a writing workshop that will run from 3:30 to 5 pm in Main 145 on the Lower Columbia College campus, which will then be followed by a reading that will start at 7 pm at the Longview Library. Both events are free and open to anyone interested.
The Friends of St. John are continuing their See’s Candy Sale, going on today and tomorrow in the 1615 Bistro at St. John Medical Center. Hours for the sale are from 9 am until 5 pm today and tomorrow in the café on the first floor of the hospital, located at 1615 Delaware Street. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the Friends of St. John Medical Scholarship program. Heads-up, you will need to bring cash.
Jayanne Wakefield of Longview and her family are being announced as the winner of the Longview Parks and Recreation “Flip the Switch” contest. Wakefield was the first to find and post a picture of the giant red Christmas light bulb that had been hidden in one of Longview’s 18 parks. Her kids are seen holding the bulb in the posting on Facebook, winning the privilege of hitting the switch that will light up Longview’s Civic Circle for the Christmas season. Parks officials say that it was a “really close contest;” the Wakefield’s found the bulb out in Altrusa Park, one of the city’s newer parks, located off of Mount Solo Road in the west end of town. The 36th annual Downtown Christmas Parade and Civic Center lighting takes place this Saturday evening, starting at 5 pm. The Wakefields will get the Flip the Switch after the conclusion of the parade. Call the Cowlitz PUD at 503-501-9146 for more information on the parade.
The Lower Columbia College women’s basketball team won its home opener last night defeated Linn Benton 70-54. Tywanna Abbott had 20 points and Shanay Dotson added 16. The Devils are at Clark tomorrow at 6 pm…..Washington defeated Kennesaw State 85-71 in NCAA men’s hoops. Tonight, Gonzaga hosts Incarnate Word at 6 pm…..The R.A. Long boys basketball team dropped its season opener last night. Hudson’s Bay beat the Jacks 70-39. The Toledo boys beat Chief Leschi 65-48…..In girls hoops, Woodland downed Hudson’s Bay 78-36 and Ilwaco beat Wahkiakum 58-46. Tonight, Castle Rock is at Toledo (7 pm) and Rainier is at Toutle Lake (5:45 pm)…..The wrestling season begins tonight with R.A. Long hosting Castle Rock at 7 pm.
The Washington State Patrol is looking for your help in an injury hit-and-run that took place last week. Last Wednesday afternoon, November 22nd, they say that a 14 year-old boy was hit by a pickup, as the teen was walking along West Side Highway. Troopers say that the incident happened at about 5:30 pm last Wednesday, as the boy was walking southbound on the highway near the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District offices. They say that a white Ford F250 or F350 crew cab pickup drove onto the shoulder, hitting the boy and then leaving the scene. The pickup is reported to have a rack in the rear, possibly what’s called an aluminum “headache rack.” It’s believed that the truck is a 1999 model or newer; the driver is said to be a white male in his late 30’s to early 40’s, with dark red hair and a short beard, with a bit of a heavy build. If you have any information on this incident, you’re asked to email tips to Trooper Neil Deffenbaugh; his email address is email@example.com.
Sheriff’s Deputies report that a juvenile is in custody after a traffic pursuit, a foot chase and a K-9 track east of Woodland. At 11:50 am, a Deputy reported that he was in pursuit of a young man who had been riding an ATV of some sort, a motorized unit with Off-Road Vehicle plates out of Oregon. Deputies say that the suspect ditched the ATV in the 300 block of Butte Hill Road, running into the woods. It was also noted that the suspect had a holster on his hip. As a foot search got under way, Deputies reported finding a red jacket and a sweatshirt that had been discarded; a perimeter was set up and the county’s new K-9 “Icarus” was called in. The dog tracked around the area of Hurn Road, eventually finding the juvenile near a home in the 100 block. The teen was arrested and booked into Juvenile Detention on a felony eluding charge, while the ATV was impounded.