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Bette Snyder Obit

Posted on 24th February 2017 at 08:41

Family members are now reporting that the widow of former State Senator Sid Snyder has passed away. The daughter of Bette Snyder reports that she died yesterday morning at her home on the Long Beach peninsula. Snyder had been married to Sid Snyder for 61 years when the long-time legislative fixture died in 2012. Memorial services are planned for Saturday, March 4th in Long Beach.

Ship Sanctions

Posted on 24th February 2017 at 08:40

The Coast Guard says that two ships that are currently in local waters are being detained for safety violations. The 590-foot bulk carrier “Atlantic Ruby” is being detained in Portland, after an inspection showed that the fixed fire system aboard the ship was improperly serviced, with time delays for the system left disconnected. Those delays allow crew members to escape a room before fire-suppressing chemicals are released. Coast Guard officials also say that the 609-foot bulk carrier “Amber L” is being detained at the Port of Kalama after several deficiencies were found. Inspectors say that cooling water was leaking from the main engine, and they say that there are multiple issues with the ship’s steering system. The Coast Guard says that neither ship will be allowed to leave until the problems are resolved and both ships pass inspection.

LPD Prioritizes

Posted on 24th February 2017 at 08:39

Saying that the department simply cannot respond to the work load, Longview Police are announcing a change in dealing with low-priority calls, saying that they will no longer respond to calls that can be handled through on-line reporting. In a workshop held last night with the Longview City Council, Police Chief Jim Duscha and Captain Robert Huhta reported on the huge increase in the number of calls for service following recent annexations of land on the west end of Longview. In a memo, Huhta says that there has been a huge spike in the number of calls, but no corresponding increase in the number of officers. Huhta says that they can no longer maintain the current level of service. Effective March 1st, Longview Police will no longer respond to calls that meet the online reporting requirements, things like non-injury hit-and-run, ID theft, lost property, car prowls, theft, and vandalism. Huhta notes that in most of these cases, the citizen is only reporting for insurance purposes. It’s also noted that each of these on-line reports will still be reviewed by a Community Service Officer, and they will still be processed for assignment by a supervisor. For citizens that don’t have internet access, a kiosk is set up in the lobby at LPD, and at the satellite office on 30th Avenue; computers at the Longview Library can also be used to make these reports.

WDFW News

Posted on 24th February 2017 at 08:39

The initial fishing seasons for Columbia River Spring Chinook are now set, jointly announced yesterday by Washington Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Fish and Wildlife. The initial catch guidelines set a quota of 6,905 upriver Spring Chinook below Bonneville Dam, available to catch before April 6th. The early season will then close until mid-May, while a run re-assessment is done. Currently, the Columbia is open for salmon fishing downstream from the I-5 Bridge, but that area will expand after March 1st. There’s a two-fish daily limit, one of which may be a marked hatchery-reared Chinook. There’s also a complete closure near the mouth of the Lewis River; all Chinook caught on the Lewis downstream of Merwin Dam must be released. There’s also a sport season set for the area from Bonneville to the Oregon-Washington border near Umatilla, running from March 16th to May 5th. Get full details from WDFW.

A five-hour window for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River opens at 8 am tomorrow, and will run until 1 pm. Also be aware that the river is only open for dipping between the Harry Morgan Bridge on Tennant Way and the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Launch in Castle Rock. Dipper are allowed ten pounds of smelt per person, which turns out to be about a quarter-full five-gallon bucket. No license is required, but game wardens will be out tomorrow, checking to make sure that people are observing those ten-pound limits.

Minus tides are predicted tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, as three beaches are open for razor clam digging. Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks are all open for digging on the evening tides this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Twin Harbors will also be open for digging next Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to have your current license, and take care to observe the 15-clam bag limit.

Weekend Events–2/24-26/17

Posted on 24th February 2017 at 08:37

Friday:
There’s a program on how to prune your fruit trees and rose bushes being offered on Friday at the Catlin Grange in Kelso, starting at 7:30 pm. Pete Harrington will be demonstrating the proper techniques, starting at 7:30 pm. This is free to attend, and door prizes will be given out. The Catlin Grange is located at 205 Shawnee Street, just off of North Pacific Avenue. Call 751-8031 for more information.

The re-scheduled concert by the South American folk ensemble “Grupo Condor” is set for Friday evening in Clatskanie. This concert will feature traditional musical styles from Spanish-speaking America, and will begin at 7:30 pm in the Birkenfled Theatre in Clastkanie, located on Nehalem Street. Tickets are available at Hump’s Restaurant, or at the door.

“Deathtrap” opens this weekend at the Longview Theatre in downtown Longview, the latest production from Stageworks Northwest. This is a Broadway classic, opening in 1978, and still holding the record for longest-running comedy play on Broadway. “Deathtrap” runs each weekend through March 12th; performances are set for 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, along with matinees at 2 pm on Sunday. Get tickets on stageworksnorthwest.org, or at the door.

A play called “The Mental State” is being presented on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School, presented this weekend and next weekend. This production about teen mental illness is being presented at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night at R. A. Long. The ticket booth opens one hour prior to the curtain.

“Southern Comforts” continues this weekend at the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland, running through March 5th. This romantic comedy will be featured at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a matinee at 2 pm on Sundays. Get information on the production and get ticket information on lovestreetplayhouse.com, or by calling 360-907-9996.

Saturday:
There’s still time to get your kid signed up for Saturday’s 5th annual Teen Heart Screen event on Saturday, running from 9 am to 4 pm at the PeaceHealth Lakefront Clinic in Longview. Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation is teaming up with PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center for this annual event, providing cardiac screens for local youth. Get more information and get your child registered by going to StopYouthSCA.org.

Bethany Lutheran Church in Longview invites you to “Souper Game Day” on Saturday, starting at 1 pm. Several local Lutheran churches are teaming up for this event, offering a soup potluck, along with an afternoon of board games. Bring your board game and your pot of soup, and join in the fun. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 2900 Parkview Drive in Longview.

The second annual LongCon Convention happens this Saturday at the Longview Public Library. This is an all-age mini-fan convention, welcoming devotees of comics, anime, gaming, fantasy and sci-fi pop culture. This will run from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday; there’s a panel discussion at 11:30 am, and then the LongCon Costume Contest will happen at 1 pm. It’s free and open to all.

The Columbia County chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association holds its annual Banquet and Auction on Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens. The doors open at 5 pm; along with your dinner ticket, they will have a number of raffles, including at drawing for a CZ P-07 pistol. They will also be raffling firearms off through the “Wall of Guns.” Call 503-201-7495 for ticket information.

They’re also putting on the annual Columbia County Bridal Show on Saturday, running from 11 am until 4 pm at the Meriwether Center in St. Helens. They will have all kinds of vendors on hand, all with a goal of making your special day spectacular. They’ll also have a Bridal Fashion Show at 2 pm, emceed by Cookin’ Country’s Ray Bartley. Admission is free.

Sunday:
There’s a six-ring Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show planned for Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This is being put on by the Fort Vancouver Cat Fanciers and the North American Blues Cat Club, and will open at 9 am Sunday morning. More than 100 cats from 25 different breeds will be on display and will be judged. They also plan to have an agility ring, and vendors for pets and humans will also be set up. Donations will be accepted at the door.

NORPAC Fire

Posted on 23rd February 2017 at 08:33

Frew crews responded to the Weyerhaeuser mill site this morning, after a fire was reported in the compressor room at NORPAC. This incident was reported at about 7:40 am; we don’t have any word yet on the cause or size of the fire, or the extent of damage, but the fire was knocked down in just a couple of minutes. An investigation is now getting under way.

Kelso Assault

Posted on 23rd February 2017 at 08:33

Kelso Police say that an assault that was reported last night in the 1400 block of 7th Avenue may be gang-related. Officers responded to a report that a man had been assaulted at about 8:50 last night; the reporting party says that two men attacked the victim, leaving him lying in the street. When police talked with the victim, he said that the suspects were gang members, who attacked him as he walked down the street. Officers say that the victim did not appear to be badly injured, and was able to walk away under his own power. Police have not identified any suspects at this time.

Friendly Speeder

Posted on 23rd February 2017 at 08:32

Vladislav Leo Shcheglyuk, 36, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail, picked up last night on I-5 in Kelso, after he was allegedly involved in a high-speed chase on the freeway. A few minutes after 8 last night, State Troopers reported that they were in pursuit of a speeder on the southbound freeway. The trooper reported that they were doing 90 miles an hour as the chase went south on the freeway at milepost 49. Other Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and Police in other agencies prepared to meet the speeder as he approached, getting ready to deploy spike strips; they say that the suspect was passing on the shoulder, and was weaving across the freeway as he headed south. One Deputy says that Shcheglyuk honked and waved as he drove by near the Mount Brynion overpass. They got the suspect stopped and arrested near the Allen Street exit at milepost 39; he’s now being held on a single charge of felony eluding.

Message in a Bottle

Posted on 23rd February 2017 at 08:31

The Sheriff’s Office is following up on the discovery of a note in a bottle, supposedly coming from a person looking for some help. Just before 9 yesterday morning, a person walked into the Woodland Police Department, turning over a note that they found in a bottle on the river bank. The note says “I’m stuck out here-stranded. This is my second time out….I’m going Castaway-style in a fort made of sticks that I have found. I have enough food to last for one more day. It gets lonely, needless to say, but I am used to it. Please send help.” The note had a name and a cell phone number on it. Woodland Police turned the note over to the Sheriff’s Office, who attempted to call the phone number. They say that the calls went to voice mail, and they were unable to leave a message. Efforts to contact this person are continuing.

CDBG Grants

Posted on 23rd February 2017 at 08:31

Cowlitz County is announcing the receipt of two Community Development Block Grant awards, the only county in Washington state to get two such awards this year. County officials reported on the awards from the Washington Department of Commerce, part of $10 million that was split into 22 grants. The first grant of $217,590 is going to the Lower Columbia Community Program, which will use the money to rehabilitate 12 housing units in areas of the county that are not part of communities eligible for entitlement grant funds. Ilona Kerby with Lower Columbia CAP says that this is a win-win for the county and the community, helping to rehabilitate housing in parts of the county that doesn’t usually see impacts from CDBG dollars. The second grant of $79,584 goes to Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, which will pass through the dollars to help rehabilitate the Beechwood Duplexes in Woodland. Both grants are tied to the Cowlitz County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.