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Chinese Visitors

Posted on 13th January 2017 at 08:49

A group of special visitors is scheduled to arrive today in Rainier, coming for a week-long experience with local schools, students and teachers. The group of about 15 teenage students from China are scheduled to arrive in Rainier today, along with four teachers. Organizers say that the City of Rainier and its students will serve as “cultural ambassadors,” with the students rooming with local families. The group is scheduled to be here through next Saturday, the 21st.

Weekend Information

Posted on 13th January 2017 at 08:48

If you’re planning to fish on the Cowlitz River tomorrow, be aware that the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Launch will be closed for much of the day, as a damaged piling is replaced.

Grammy-award-winner Juice Newton is coming to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, performing her hits, along with a diverse show and performance. Promoters say that this show has a lot of energy, while still keeping the intimacy of an acoustic set. Juice Newton performs Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Columbia Theatre; call 575-8499 for ticket information, or go to the Columbia Theatre web page.

The Sons of Norway had to call off the annual Lutefisk Dinner last weekend, because of the inclement weather. That dinner has been rescheduled for this Sunday. The Sons of Norway say that all dinner tickets and seating times that were previously set will be honored this Sunday.

Two razor clam beaches are open for digging this weekend, but you’re going to have to travel again. Washington Fish and Wildlife says that Copalis and Mocrocks will be open for digging on the evening tides, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain closed, due to high levels of Domoic Acid. Be sure to have your current license, and observe the harvest and bag limit rules.

Closure and Delays–1/13/17-4:00 am

Posted on 13th January 2017 at 03:54

Lower Columbia College – Campus will open at 10 am
Longview – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Kelso – 2 hours late. Buses on snow routes.
Castle Rock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Toutle Lake – Closed.
Kalama –
Woodland – Closed.
Toledo (WA) – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Winlock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Rainier – Closed.
Clatskanie – Closed.
Vernonia – Closed. No Teacher Professional Development
St. Helens – Closed.
Scappoose – Closed.
Jewell – 2 Hours Late, No preschool, Buses on snow routes. No after school or evening activities
Three Rivers Christian – 2 Hours Late. Early Learning Center will open at 8 a.m.

Closures and Delays-1/12/17

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:51

Lower Columbia College – Closed. All events & activities canceled (exception: info re: rescheduled basketball games TBA by 11 am Thursday). No staff report.
Longview – Closed
Kelso – Closed
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – Closed.
Kalama – Closed.
Woodland – Closed.
Toledo (WA) – Closed.
Winlock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Wahkiakum – 2 Hours Late
Rainier – Closed.
Clatskanie – Closed.
Vernonia – Closed.
St. Helens – Closed.
Scappoose – Closed.
Jewell – 2 Hours Late, No preschool, Buses on snow routes
Three Rivers Christian – Closed, No preschool. Early Learning Center closed.
LCC Head Start/Early Head Start & E-CAP – Closed
EOCF Head Start/ECEAP – All classes in Clark and Cowlitz Counties canceled. Admin and HB staff report as safely able.
Columbia County – Offices and courts closed.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest – All hospital and ambulatory surgery centers – OPEN. The following medical offices are open for primary, urgent (starting at 1 p.m.),and specialty care: Cascade Park, Interstate, Interstate Radiation Oncology, Longview-Kelso, and Mt. Scott. Dental clinics (emergency): Beaverton, Cascade Park, Clackamas, and Longview-Kelso – OPEN. Call (800) 813-2000 to schedule a telephone, video or in-person visit.
PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center (Longview) – Nuclear Medicine services are canceled.

Now, It’s Ice

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:48

Yesterday’s snow is this morning’s ice on area roadways. The snow has stopped falling in the local area, but almost none of that snow has melted, as overnight lows once again dip below 20 degrees. Main roadways in the Kelso-Longview area have some packed snow on them, or traffic has worn that snow down to the pavement. Side streets are still snow-covered, and there’s now an ice glaze on top of that snow. Driving around the area is pretty challenging this morning, especially if you live on a hill, or on a lesser-traveled road. Parking lots and sidewalks could be extremely hazardous this morning, as packed snow become glaze ice. Schools made the call yesterday afternoon and evening, announcing that classes would be canceled today, including Lower Columbia College. Public Transit and other concerns may also be affected by the icy roads. It’s another good day to stay off the roads if you can; if you do need to go out, it’s probably a good idea to call ahead to make sure that the particular business or office is open today.

The Weather Service reports that the Kelso-Longview area got between five and eight inches of snow; Castle Rock got eight inches, five inches was registered in the Lexington area, and even more in the hills around the area. Weather Service officials say that this is the heaviest snowstorm to hit the area since December of 2008; some spots in the West Hills of Portland got as much as 15 inches; they say that this event is probably comparable to storms that were recorded in February of 1995, or in January of 1980. They say that the snow is done for a while, but we’ll see this deep cold through the weekend, when things will start to warm up again.

While linemen continue to work on power outages in the Portland metro area, Cowlitz PUD officials report that all circuits are up and running this morning, after responding to a number of outages reported all across the county. A total of about 1,800 Cowlitz PUD customers lost power at some point yesterday morning, with almost all of those outage caused by snow-laden limbs falling onto overhead lines. All repairs were complete by yesterday afternoon, and no problems are reported this morning.


Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:47

First responders were scrambling all morning long yesterday, with numerous car and truck crashes reported all around the region, including a collision involving a truck and a train off of Industrial Way in Longview. This collision was reported at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the rail crossing on International Way. Longview Police say that the train was going through the crossing on International Way when it was hit by a truck that was coming to the crossing. The driver was not hurt in that collision, and the train also suffered only minor damage.

Gibson Death

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:36

The City of Kalama is now formally announcing the passing of Police Chief Randy Gibson. City Administrator Adam Smee says that Gibson died Tuesday night, quote-“as a result of complications brought on by a high-stress incident and arrest from earlier in the day.” Smee says that Gibson went into respiratory distress during the event, but he drove himself to the hospital. After evaluation at St. John Medical Center, it was determined that there was no affirmative course of treatment. They say that Gibson was released to his family, at his request, to be able to be at home with loved ones at the time of his passing. In making the initial announcement, Kalama Police noted that Gibson had been battling cancer for some time. City officials are calling this a “line of duty death.” Smee says that Gibson faithfully served the citizens of Kalama for more than five years, working daily to improve the city and to protect its citizens. He says that Gibson’s professionalism and integrity serve as an example to us all. The City of Kalama is thanking Gibson for his service, as they send condolences and best wishes to his family and loved ones.

Fedoruk Ruling

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:35

A Kelso man who is accused of killing his brother-in-law on some property off of Ostrander Road back in 2011 has been ruled competent to stand trial. TDN reports on the recent hearing involving Sergey Fedoruk, 43, who beat his brother-in-law to death; the sentence for the 2012 conviction in the death was thrown out, after an appeals court found misconduct by prosecutors, along with inadequate defense counsel. Fedoruk has a history of mental illness, and had been undergoing treatment at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom. A Cowlitz County Superior Court judge ruled that Fedoruk is now competent, and set a hearing for January 19th.

Sex Charges

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:34

Joseph Mace, 55, of St. Helens is under arrest, accused of sexually abusing an underage girl for more than a decade. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of Mace yesterday, saying that this was the result of an investigation that lasted several months. They say that the victim, who is now 17 years old, claims that the abuse started when she was five. She claims that the abuse lasted for about ten years, before she came forward several months ago. Mace is now being held in the Columbia County Jail on seven counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sodomy, one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual abuse. Bail totals $1,485,000.

Sewage Violations

Posted on 12th January 2017 at 08:33

The business license for a Scappoose-based sewage disposal company is being revoked, as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality alleges that the company has been illegally dumping sewage. Oregon DEQ claims that A&S Septic of Scappoose broke several laws, illegally dumping sewage in unauthorized locations, installing or altering on-site systems without proper permits, and performing sewage disposal services without a permit. Owner Pedro Alex Lopez was served with a revocation decision back in May of last year, but he appealed that decision. Hearings were held in October, and the revocation was finalized last month.