You can learn about Congestive Heart Failure and its possible impacts on your life at a free workshop that’s planned for this afternoon at the Longview Senior Center. The presenters plan to help separate fact from fiction regarding CHF, along with information on how you can live with Congestive Heart Failure. The free workshop starts at 3 pm today in the Senior Center at 1111 Commerce Avenue; admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
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Hundreds of volunteers from local businesses are gathering this morning in the grandstands the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, taking part in a Pre-Project Rally before heading out to complete projects in this year’s United Way Day of Caring. More than 500 people are expected to take part in this year’s Day of Caring, fanning out across the area to perform cleanup, repair or improvement projects at non-profits all across the region. At the Pre-Project Rally, the volunteers will get their Day of Caring T-Shirts, the Mark Morris Cheer Squad, Band and Choir will get the crowd pumped up, and there will be some inspirational words from community leaders and United Way officials. Work on the projects will go from 9 am until 3 pm, and then there will be a Post-Project Celebration and Barbecue back at the grandstands, starting at 3:30. Volunteers will receive tickets for raffles that will be held at the Post-Party, but volunteers who bring additional toiletry items for donation will get an extra raffle ticket. Prizes include a full-sized tool chest, Husky football tickets and a lot more. Get more information on the web site for the United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
While the investigation into the death is continuing, the Cowlitz County Coroner is releasing the name of the man that was killed Monday morning, after being hit by a train just north of the Peter Crawford Bridge. The victim is now being identified at Kevlar Smith Wesson, 47, of Everett. Coroner Tim Davidson says that Wesson the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, with multiple blunt force bodily injuries. The manner of death is “undetermined,” but it’s noted that the train video shows Wesson standing in the middle of the tracks just prior to the collision. It’s not known at this time if this was a suicide or an accident. It’s noted that Wesson had recent contact with law enforcement, arrested late last month in Woodland on a trespassing charges; he was released from the jail several days later. Toxicology samples have been submitted for testing, and should be back in six to eight weeks.
With cooler weather and more favorable winds, progress continues to be made against the wildfires that are burning in the region. The Eagle Creek Fire actually continues to grow, going from 33,000 to more than 35,000 acres in size; fire officials now say that this fire is 11 percent contained, with more than 900 firefighters on the line. They’re continuing to extend fire containment lines along the eastern edge of the fire, along with lines along I-84. Officials expect I-84 to remain closed between Troutdale and Hood River for at least another week, due to rocks, snags and other debris that’s on the highway. ODOT is working with fire managers to see when the westbound lanes might re-open.
The Bear Creek Fire near Carson is now completely contained, and they say that the East Crater Fire near Mount Adams remains at 467 acres in size. They say that fire growth is “minimal,” as fire crews set lines on the east edge of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The wilderness and a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail remain closed by this fire.
A summons is being issued to a woman after she allegedly hit a couple of parked cars yesterday afternoon in Longview. Police and aid crews were called to the 600 block of 22nd Avenue just after 3 pm yesterday, when it was reported that a car had hit several parked vehicles before slamming into a tree. It was first reported that the female driver was unconscious after the crash, and that she was also wearing an ID band from the hospital. Those on the scene say that the two parked cars were heavily damaged, as was the car that the woman was driving. The woman was taken to Saint John Medical Center for additional examination and possible treatment, while the damaged cars were towed away. No other injuries were reported.
Desiree Barnard, 21, of Longview is being sentenced to 366 days of treatment in a prison-based drug program, after she pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home, stealing a car, and then being involved in a hit-and-run crash in early May. The Centralia Chronicle reports on Barnard’s sentencing in Lewis County Superior Court, after her guilty plea on the 9th of August. Barnard pleaded guilty to residential burglary, car theft, second-degree theft and hit-and-run; she’s being sentenced to 12 months and one day of a prison-based Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. Back on May 4th, Barnard was arrested after breaking into a home on Lacey Lane in Toledo; she stole a car during that burglary, and nearly ran over a witness to that crime.
It took several hours to deal with a truck rollover that happened yesterday at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Early yesterday afternoon, a truck that was heading into Oregon drifted off of the ramp from the bridge to Highway 30 westbound rolling onto its side. The tractor and the trailer rolled onto their side, landing on the slope between the ramp and the road. The driver was taken to St. John Medical Center, but information on the condition of that driver has not been released.
The Washington State Patrol is requesting citations for the driver of a truck that crashed on Ocean Beach Highway near Cathlamet on Monday, blocking the highway for more than five hours. Troopers say that 69 year-old Charles R. Williams of Terrebonne, Oregon was hauling a load of logs, heading eastbound when he lost control in a curve. Williams’ truck rolled, losing its load of logs. The logs hit a utility pole, knocking power lines down into the roadway. Williams was injured in the collision, and was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. Cleanup and repairs took more than eight hours. Charges of driving too fast for the conditions and driving while suspended are pending.
Cowlitz County Corrections is announcing an upgrade to their booking system, reporting that this jail will be the first in Washington state that will have a full body scanner. Corrections Captain Chris Moses says that they expect to have the Conpass Dual-View full-body scanner up and running in one week; he says that this device will be able to detect items that are concealed outside or inside of a person’s body, safely completing that scan in just 7 seconds. Moses says that the main objective is to prevent contraband from coming into the jail, spotting drugs, weapons, cell phones and smoking devices that inmates might try to get into the facility. Moses says that all new arrestees (with a few exceptions) will be scanned prior to going into the general population to the jail. He says that this scanner will help to identify contraband that’s hidden inside body cavities, items that can’t be seen otherwise. Moses says that they should be using the new scanner by next Wednesday.
Local state legislators are joining with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler in opposing a proposal to put tolls on freeways in Portland, as a way to raise money for transportation projects. Legislators from the 17th, 18th and 20th Districts joined with Beutler in sending a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, urging him to “take state-level action” to oppose the tolls that are being explored in Oregon. Last week, Beutler was successful in passing an amendment to the House transportation funding bill, language that would block Oregon’s proposal at the federal level. Beutler says that Oregon is looking at commuters from Washington as a “piggy bank,” looking to take money from those people to pay for projects well outside of the Portland area.
The Port of Longview Commission holds its regular meeting this morning at 10 am, with a presentation from CEDC Director Ted Sprague, and a presentation on the Industrial Water System Plan by Anchor QEA. The Commission is also being asked to pass the 2018 budget for the Southwest Washington Regional Airport. The Port’s Park Advisory Committee also meets at 5:30, also in the Port offices under the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
The Cowlitz County Public Facilities Advisory Committee meets today at 3 pm at the Cowlitz County Events Center, also planning a 4 pm workshop to discuss possible bond refinancing.
At 7 pm, the League of Women Voters hold a Candidate Forum, inviting the contenders for Kelso School Board Position 3 in for a discussion. Howard Sharples was appointed to that position earlier this year, and he’s being challenged by Allen Warner. The forum is being held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room, on the third floor of the County Administration Building. All of these meeting are open to the public.