A meeting on hoof rot in Southwest Washington elk is planned for this evening in Cathlamet. This evening’s meeting is being arranged by Wahkiakum County Commissioner Dan Cothren; the Wahkiakum County Eagle reports that Cothren is extremely active on this issue, and is also challenging some of the findings that are being distributed by Washington Fish and Wildlife. WDFW is stating that a bacteria is responsible, similar to one that causes hoof problems in sheep. Along with Doctor Boone Mora, Cothren says that his research points to a malady called “leptospirosis” Cothren and Mora say that this disease is causing the problem “beyond a shadow of a doubt.” Cothren says that he wants to meet with elk hunters prior to the season, to help them recognize and understand the disease. Tonight’s meeting is set for 6 pm in the River Street Meeting Room in downtown Cathlamet.
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Starting today, there are another series of “Culture Club” tickets available from the Longview Public Library. Holders of Longview Library Cards can “check out” tickets to a variety of local theatrical performances. The Library has tickets for the LCC Center Stage production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” which will open November 19th. You can also see “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” at the Columbia Theatre on November 8th, along with the “Golden Bough Christmas in Celtic Lands” on December 12th. Tickets are also available for December’s “Christmas Party Musical Review,” presented at the Longview Theatre by Stageworks Northwest. Two pairs of tickets are available each weekend, and you’re only able to “check out” the Culture Club tickets once in a year. Contact the Longview Library at 442-5300, or go to the Longview Library website for details on rules and restrictions.
Danielle Hilledahl, 25, of Longview is being cited for driving too fast for the conditions after she allegedly caused a two-car crash that took place yesterday evening on Ocean Beach Highway. State Troopers say that the collision happened a few minutes after 6 pm, when Lucinda Connery, 67, of Kelso slowed to make a left turn into a private driveway. Hilledahl apparently was unable to react in time, and rear-ended Connery’s car. Connery complained of pain after the crash, and was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Troopers blame the collision on driver inattention.
At this time, no citations have been reported in connection with a log truck-versus-pickup collision that closed the southbound lanes of 3rd Avenue for several hours yesterday morning. This incident took place at about 5:50 am, when a loaded log truck collided with a pickup. The pickup rolled onto its side after the crash, but no injuries were reported. Longview Police closed the southbound lanes of 3rd Avenue, as enough damage was done to the log truck to require that another rig be brought in to off load the logs. The road finally re-opened to traffic at about 9:20 am. Additional details could be released later today.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is handing down fines of $7,800 to ENB Logging and Trucking of Chehalis, for safety violations connected to the May 21st death of Cole Bostwick, 18, of Winlock. Bostwick was setting chokers at an ENB logging operation near Pe Ell on Wednesday, May 21st, when he was crushed and killed by a carriage that was lowered from above. The Centralia Chronicle announced that two violations came out of their investigation into Bostwick’s death, each carrying a fine of $3,900. The company has already announced their intention to appeal the rulings.
Woodland Police are looking into a wire theft reported yesterday morning at a business on Guild Road. Shortly before 8 yesterday morning, employees at Power Technology called WPD to report that someone had cut a hole in their perimeter fence, and then went in and stole two 300-foot rolls of number 10 copper wire. They say that the wire has a retail value of nearly $1,300. Officers took some pictures to document the scene, and examined the site for other evidence. So far, no suspects have been identified.
Longview City Council member Ken Botero is hosting a couple of public events today. At 10 am, Jeff Coleman with the City of Longview Water Department is scheduled to attend Botero’s monthly Community Forum at the Longview Women’s Club. This event starts at 10 am, and you’re invited to come by and ask questions about Longview’s water, or on other issues regarding the city. Coffee and donuts will be served.
At 7 pm, Botero is hosting a Candidate Forum, featuring the contenders for Cowlitz County Prosecutor. Incumbent Sue Baur and challenger Ryan Jurvakainen are scheduled to attend this event, which will be moderated by Mark Koelsch. Cards will be distributed to the crowd, which you will then be able to jot down your own questions for each candidate. Both events are open to anyone interested.
As the annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare gets ready to open, the Lower Columbia Community Action Program is offering several opportunities to get some help with reviewing your Medicare insurance options, and see where you might need to go with your Medicare Part D coverage. Sarah Clark manages the RSVP and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program for CAP, and she says that Medicare recipients need to review their coverage every year. Part D providers change their lists of covered drugs on a yearly basis, so Medicare recipients need to make sure that their current plan continues to cover all of their medications. The first in a series of Part D Clinics is planned for today, running from 1 to 4pm at the CAP building on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Additional clinics are planned on the 21st, the 28th, November 4th and December 2nd. In addition, SHIBA volunteers will be at the annual Veterans Stand Down, set for Monday, the 20th at the Longview Armory, and additional outreach is planned in Woodland and Wahkiakum County. Contact CAP at 425-3430 if you need more information.
Starting at 1 pm today, Lower Columbia CAP plans to distribute between 60 and 80 hatchery Coho salmon. The fish come from the Kalama Falls Hatchery, and are excess to their needs for that facility. To be eligible to receive a fish, you must being a USDA commodities card, or a current Washington state EBT card. You should also bring a cooler or other container of some sort for carrying the fish. These Coho salmon will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Help Warehouse side of the CAP building on Commerce Avenue, continuing until the last fish is given away. Call 425-3430, extension 252 if you have other questions.
Get a jump on the Halloween festivities by attending this evening’s Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event, which is being held at the Steele Chapel at the Longview Memorial Park. This will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and will have good food, “spirits,” and a “special guest.” Get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce at 423-8400 or go to their web page for registration information.