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Millennium Permit

Posted on 20th July 2017 at 09:32

The first major permit connected to the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal terminal was issued yesterday, as Cowlitz County announces that the Critical Areas Permit for the facility has been approved. The Critical Areas Permit is one of eight permits that are needed from Cowlitz County; in all, 23 permits will need to be in hand before construction of the export facility can begin. In the “Notice of Action” from Cowlitz County, it’s noted that the county has “accepted the adequacy of the SEPA Final Environmental Impact Statement” on the project, which will involve 190 acres at the old Reynolds Metals plant in West Longview. County officials are giving general approval to the mitigation plans that have been presented, saying that they should be adequate to mitigate for negative environmental impacts. Yesterday’s announcement opens a 21-day review and comment period, with any actions to “set aside, enjoin, review or otherwise challenge” this decision needing to be in by August 16th. Documents related to this decision can be reviewed and comments can be submitted at Cowlitz County Building and Planning, located on the second floor of the County Administration Building in Kelso.

Runaway Search

Posted on 20th July 2017 at 09:26

Kelso Police are publishing photos of Aryanna Rix-Smiley, 14, of Kelso, who apparently has run away from home. KPD reports that Rix-Smiley ran away around 11 pm on the night of Monday, the 10th, and hasn’t had contact with family since that time. It’s speculated that the teen is likely to be hanging out with other local teens; a reported sighting last night in South Kelso turned out to be a false alarm. Aryanna Rix-Smiley is a white female, 5’2″ and 110 pounds, with dyed blue hair. She was last seen wearing a black button-up shirt, with small designs on it. Call Kelso Police at 423-1270 if you have information, or send them a private message on the KPD Facebook page.

100 Women Who Care

Posted on 20th July 2017 at 09:19

The Dino Doozer Foundation is getting a big infusion of cash, after the local childhood cancer support group is chosen to be the beneficiary of the latest meeting of 100 Women Who Care. Earlier this week, the Lower Columbia chapter of 100 Women Who Care met at the Longview Country Club, where $9,600 was collected on the spot. Those connected to 100 Women Who Care say that donations are still coming in, and they expect the final total to be in the area of $11,000. Special credit also went out to Kristen Cheatley, as she made an additional donation to the last beneficiary, “Harlie’s Angels,” She also helped to start the “Harlie’s Hoops” program. 100 Women Who Care Lower Columbia is a local group of women who meet quarterly, each donating $100 apiece that is then donated to a local non-profit or social service group. The corollary group for men is called 100 Men Who Care. Go to their Facebook page to get more information.

Laundry Love

Posted on 20th July 2017 at 09:17

The 20th Avenue Laundry will be open for free this evening, as a local group opens up the facility for those in need. “Laundry Love” will run from 6 to 8 pm this evening at 417 20th Avenue, providing assistance to those with an economic need. Each guest will be able to wash and dry up to three single loads or one large load for free. Volunteers and community donors are supplying quarters, detergent and dryer sheets. It’s free to take part, but they have some guidelines, to try and help serve as many people as possible.

Thursday Events

Posted on 20th July 2017 at 09:16

They continue to “Celebrate the Decades” at this evening’s Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake. The Beatles tribute band “Crème Tangerine” will be playing at tonight’s show, which will start at 6 pm on the bandstand at Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea. Bring your low-back chairs and your picnic dinner to enjoy the show; concession booths will also be set up.

The Columbia County Fair opens today and runs through Sunday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, located just west of St. Helens on Bachelor Flats Road.

Rainier Outages

Posted on 19th July 2017 at 09:38

While crews from the Clatskanie People’s Utility District work to restore power along C Street and Fern Hill Road in Rainier, authorities are working to find the semi that supposedly caused the outages. It’s reported that the big rig hit a power pole at about 10 last night, causing outages that went along C Street, and up Fern Hill Road. Utility crews worked through the night to restore power, while Rainier Police worked to find the truck that’s responsible for causing the outages.

Fire Responses

Posted on 19th July 2017 at 09:36

The Red Cross is providing assistance to a family that was displaced by a fire at their home on Derek Drive in Kelso. Few details are available at this point, but they do say that assistance is being provided to two adults, nine children and 15 pets. The fire was first reported at about 11:30, at a home in the 100 block of Derek Road, up in the Rose Valley area. The cause still hasn’t been pinpointed, but they do say that it looks like the fire started in a kitchen garbage can, after something hot had been placed inside of it. The Red Cross is providing assistance with housing, food and other needs, while the animals have been taken to a shelter.

Cowlitz Fire District 1 in Woodland is helping out with a two-alarm fire that was reported this morning in Ridgefield. Around 3 this morning, Clark County 911 put out a call for assistance with the fire on Northwest Hillhurst Road; District 1 was able to sender a tender down to provide additional help with the fire attack. Other information about the fire hasn’t yet been released.

Teen Arrested

Posted on 19th July 2017 at 09:34

A juvenile male is in custody, after being found inside of a home in Kelso that wasn’t his. Around a quarter after 5 yesterday, a call came into 911 from a house on 4th Avenue in Kelso, with the caller reporting that there was a strange man inside the house, lying on the couch. The caller says that they didn’t know who the person was, though they did say that it looked like the man was intoxicated. When the man was questioned about being in the house, he reportedly said that he thought it was “just a place to stay.” When officers ran the ID check, they found that the juvenile had an outstanding felony warrant. The 17 year-old is now being held on that felony warrant.

Church Break-In

Posted on 19th July 2017 at 09:34

Kelso Police are investigating a burglary that was reported yesterday morning at the Church of the Nazarene on South 4th Avenue. Officials with the church called KPD shortly after 8 am yesterday, saying that they found damage inside the building. A quick inspection showed that material inside the building had been damaged, but they couldn’t see if anything had been stolen. No suspects have been identified.

Annexation Adjustment

Posted on 19th July 2017 at 09:32

After getting an earful from citizens who say that they have no desire whatsoever to be inside the city limits, the Kelso City Council is trimming the size of the possible annexation of the “county islands” in South Kelso. Mayor David Futcher says that it makes no sense to try and force these people to be in the city. The original proposal from city staff was to annex four “areas” of unincorporated county land that lie inside the Kelso city limits, mostly in or near the South Kelso industrial area. Several citizens spoke at last night’s meeting, all firmly against being annexed into the city. A majority of the council agrees that it makes no sense to force people to be inside the city if that’s their choice; they did direct staff to prepare a resolution that shrinks the proposed annexation locations to those properties that face on Hazel Street, along with the properties south of there; they also are still including “Area 1,” which is south and west of Hazel Street. A draft of the annexation resolution will be presented at the meeting on August 1st, which will then be followed by a public hearing on August 15th.