It looks like the issue of management and operations at the Headquarters Landfill is heading for the back burner for a while, as the Cowlitz County Commission announces that the public meeting that had been planned for the 21st of this month has been cancelled. In a brief announcement issued yesterday, they say only that “The County wants spend more time studying the issue.” They also say that no future date has been scheduled for this meeting. The County Commissioners are in the process of reviewing the operations at the landfill near Silver Lake, looking at proposals being offered by private solid waste management companies, while also reviewing continued management by Cowlitz County itself. No other information is being released at this time.
Archive | August, 2018
A Woodland-area woman is now in protective custody, after she allegedly tried to set a house on fire on York Street in Woodland. This got started at about 8:45 yesterday morning, when an alarm was reported at the home. When Deputies arrived at the home, they found the front door wide open; when they went in, it was discovered that gasoline had been dumped through three rooms. They say that gas cans were lying about the house, along with a “torch lighter” that was on the floor. Fire crews were called in, along with Cascade Natural Gas, to shut the gas off to the house. Later in the morning, the woman called her mother, reporting that this was a suicide attempt. It’s reported that the woman was upset over a pending divorce, along with financial issues. They eventually learned that the woman had driven to Morton, where she was eventually taken to Morton General Hospital. Woodland Police say that they do have probable cause to charge the woman with second-degree arson, but the mental health evaluations and treatment will take priority.
The Miriam Fire continues to burn in the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area, having grown to more than 1,900 acres in size. Forest Service officials report that the fire is now 9 percent contained, but they’re bracing for a weather change that will bring high winds to the area. The fire is burning about three miles southeast of the White Pass Ski Area; “back burns” were conducted earlier this week, to try and keep the fire south of Clear Lake. At this time, Highway 12 remains open, but restrictions are being announced for parts of Rimrock Lake. The shoreline on the west, south and peninsula areas of the lake are now closed, but access is still available on the north shore. The South Bay Campground and Group Camp are still open, but the area is under a Level 2 evacuation notice, meaning that people need to be ready to leave. 344 people are currently battling this fire; officials say that they’re hoping for some help from the weather by early next week.
A request is going out to users of the Ryderwood Water System, asking those people to curtail their water use. Cowlitz County Public Works says that the restrictions go into effect immediately, as the continuing dry conditions are putting a strain on Ryderwood’s water supply. Campbell Creek helps to supply Ryderwood’s water, and county officials say that the flow on that creek is “extremely limited” at this time. The Ryderwood reservoir is currently full, but to preserve supplies, the county is asking for several conservation measures. They say that all outdoor water use should end, including the washing of cars, along with watering of ornamental plants and lawns. They recommend a maximum of five minutes in the shower, limiting cycles for washers and dishwashers, and conservation of water while doing personal hygiene. County officials say that they hope that this is a temporary condition. County officials plan to explain the situation at next week’s monthly Ryderwood Town Meeting, coming up at 10 am on Tuesday, the 14th.
If you’re planning some deep-sea salmon fishing, this is the weekend to get out there. Washington Fish and Wildlife says that Marine Area 1 off of Ilwaco and Marine Area 4 off of Neah Bay will close to salmon fishing on Monday, the 13th. Fishery managers say that quotas are being reached in both of those areas, so they will have to close. Marine Area 2 out of Westport and Area 3 out of La Push will remain open for the time being. Washington Fish and Wildlife has more information.
Additional security video is being turned over to local law enforcement, as the effort continues to try and identify the person who has been placing “skimmers” on ATM’s at Fibre Federal Credit Union branches in Longview, Kalama and Woodland. Managers at the Kalama Fibre Federal branch report that they may have pictures of the suspect’s vehicle, along with photos of the man himself. It’s now being confirmed that the same suspect is involved in placing the skimmer at the ATM in Woodland. They say that the man may be driving a newer white SUV, possibly a RAV 4 or something similar. Investigators say that they now have video of the suspect placing and then retrieving the skimmer in Kalama. Photos of the suspect are now being circulated, to see if the public can help to identify and locate this suspect. Fibre Federal is also continuing outreach to its customers, providing advice on how to prevent being victimized, along with the steps to take if you are a victim.
Longview Police continue to investigate a car-versus-motorcycle crash that happened yesterday afternoon on Washington Way. Just after 3 pm, officers and aid crews were called to 33rd and Washington Way, where a car and a motorcycle had collided. They say that the bike rider was injured in the collision; those on the scene say that an arm was broken, with a bone sticking out. The rider may also have suffered a leg injury. That person went to St. John Medical Center as a “modified trauma” case. Other details have not been released.
The Longview City Council made one allocation for the 2018 Neighborhood Park Grant program, but they’re holding off on a request from “Harlie’s Angels,” and their project to build a covered basketball court next to Lake Sacajawea. Several council members say that they have deep concerns, wondering if the lake is the right location, also wondering if the project will be fully funded. Mayor Don Jensen says that additional dialogue is needed. Jensen and several other council members say that they have had contact from people who say that they “don’t want another building at the lake.” Jensen says one person even commented that they thought that the facility would be taken over as a homeless shelter. Harlie’s Angels had requested $25,000 to go to the $132,000 project; the Council held off on a possible allocation of $18,000 until additional discussions can be had with the project backers. The Council did make an allocation of $7,000 to Longview Babe Ruth, money that will go to irrigation and other infrastructure at Babe Ruth facilities.
In other action, the Council approved an alley vacation on 8th Avenue, a move that could open that block up for re-development as apartments. The Council approved zoning code changes that will change the setbacks for buildings in residential areas of town, another move that’s intended to help spur development of multi-family housing in the city. They also approved changes to the rules regarding animals at Lake Sacajawea during the Go 4th Festival.
Give the gift of life at a blood drive, being held from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday at Community Home Health and Hospice on 11th Avenue in Longview. Bloodworks Northwest will be collecting donations of whole blood and platelets, with a break from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. You can call 1-800-398-7888 to set up an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome.
Come and help pay for a new roof on the historic House of Prayer for All Nations by going to the “Razin’ the Roof Rummage Sale,” happening this Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm each day. One of the oldest church buildings in the City of Longview is in dire need of a new roof, including the trusses. The building walls also need to be straightened. “Operation Restore” has taken on the task of restoring the church, located across the street from Victoria Freeman Park. Get more information by going to cwcf.org/houseofprayer.
Head over to 1612 Burcham in Kelso on Friday between noon and 2 pm for “Lunch and Learn,” an opportunity to tour the REACH Children’s Respite Home. This residential facility is being operated by Life Works, helping to provide support to families with disabled children. Get more information by calling 360-577-9093, or go to lifeworkswa.org.
The Columbia River Chamber Music Festival concludes this weekend, with performances at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 3 pm performance on Sunday. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
It’s a whole weekend of “pickin’ and grinnin’” this weekend up in Toledo, as the 34th annual Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival takes over Toledo High School. A record seven bands will perform at this year’s event, along with all of the jam sessions, workshops, swap meets and other fun. Ticket information is available by going to WashingtonBluegrassAssociation.org. Weekend camping is also available.
Head on up Highway 12 to catch the 76th rendition of the “Granddaddy of All Logging Shows,” as the venerable Morton Logging Jubilee runs through Sunday. Along with competition in ax throwing, speed climbing and log rolling, there will be lawnmower races on Friday, a parade on Saturday, along with the Logging Shows on Saturday and Sunday. Dry camping is available at Jubilee Park in Morton.
For those of you that need to get a Washington State Boater’s Education Card, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an “Adventures in Boating” Boater’s Education Class on Saturday, going from 8 am to 3 pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building. That’s located at 1800 Western Lane, off of Grade Street in Kelso. The class is free, and you can get information on the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s web page.
If you missed out on the Terry-Taylor Garage Sale, have no fear, as the Lexington Annual Community Sale happens on Saturday. Organizers say that more than 70 homes have signed up to participate, and even more could be mapped by Saturday. Follow the signs on West Side Highway north of Kelso to pick up a map.
Relay for Life of Cowlitz County celebrates its 30th anniversary of raising money to battle cancer, happening this Saturday and Sunday at Kelso High School. This year’s Relay will start at 10 am on Joe Stewart Track at Schroeder Field, beginning with the Survivor Lap. Lunch for survivors and their caregivers will be served at 11 am, and the 4th annual Hall of Fame class of Sally E. Huttel, Laurel Austin and Tom Gunn will be inducted at 3. The Lip Sync Battle featuring all of those great local law enforcement officers and first responders will happen at 7 pm on Saturday, and then the Luminaria Lap will take place at 10 pm, honoring those lost to cancer. At 11:30 pm, the first-ever “Campout for a Cure” will get under way, with camping activities and games going on until dawn. Bring your camp chairs, pitch your tent, set out your sleeping bag and watch the meteor shower. The final lap will happen at 10 am on Sunday. There’s a goal of raising $100,000 to support the American Cancer Society.
There’s a Rummage Sale to benefit the SW Washington Alzheimer’s Association happening on Saturday at the Monticello Park Senior Living facility, located at 605 Broadway in Longview. They’re ramping up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, coming up on September 22nd at Lake Sacajawea. Residents of the facility will have all kinds of treasures up for sale; hours are 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday.
Get the kids out to the Puget Sound Energy Family Outdoor Adventure, hosted by Longview Parks and Recreation at Lake Sacajawea. This will go from 11 am until 2:30 pm on Saturday at Martin’s Dock. They will have all manner of outdoor activity available, including a rock wall, archery, fishing, canoeing, an obstacle course, even a catapult! Contact Longview Parks and Recreation to pre-register.
The Columbia County 4-H Horse Leaders are hosting the annual Bunker Hill Trail Ride on Saturday, heading out from Olsen Quarter Horses, located on Dowd Road outside of St. Helens. This is a fundraiser for 4-H, featuring a 7-mile ride, along with a number of “shortcuts.” The first rider will head out at 9 am, followed by raffles and other activities at 1 pm. Learn more by going to the Bunker Hill Trail Ride Facebook page.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market continues its run in the 7th Avenue parking lot, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants to get your garden started, fresh honey, baked goods and other crafts for sale. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October.
The Mariners jumped on Houston’s Justin Verlander and went on to beat the Astros 8-6 yesterday. The teams play again today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Babe Ruth World Series is underway at Story Field. Yesterday Tallahassee, Florida scored seven runs in the first inning and went on to beat Kelso 12-2. Albany, Minnesota edged Longview 3-2. Four more games on Friday beginning at 11 am. Longview plays Denver City, Texas at 4 pm and Kelso takes on Torrance, CA at 7 pm tonight…..The Indianapolis Colts beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 in NFL Pre-Season action last night. Andrew Luck made his return for Indy after a long stint on the injured list. Russell Wilson played one series for the Hawks going 4 for 5 for 43 yards.