The Department of Fish and Wildlife is reaching out to local elk hunters, anglers, campers and others who might be out in the woods to report on sightings of elk that might be walking with a limp. WDFW is trying to track the spread of hoof rot disease in local elk. They say that the disease is caused by a bacteria, and has infected large numbers of elk in this area over the past few years. Fish and Wildlife officials say that this new reporting system is designed to build on current information, and to closely track the disease if it’s found in new areas. Reporting centers are being set up at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters in Amboy, at the State Parks Visitors Center just east of Castle Rock, and at Forest Service sites in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Reports can also be made on the WDFW web page.
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Kelso barber Bill Ammons is out with a correction on a note that was published over the weekend in the Daily News, reporting on an upcoming visit by Governor Jay Inslee. TDN reported that Inslee would be here this Friday, while Ammons says that Inslee will be here in a couple of weeks, on Friday, November 4th. Additional details on the time of the event will be coming out later on.
If you use Columbia Heights Road, be aware that there will be a lane closure in place today, as work continues on the Retaining Wall project between Fishers Lane and Maplewood Drive. The lane closure will go up at 8:30 this morning, and will continue until 5:30 pm, giving engineers space and time to complete the geotechnical investigation for that retaining wall. You’re advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The Cowlitz County Veterans Stand Down event takes place today, running from 10 am until 3 pm at the Calvary Chapel in Kelso. All local service members, veterans and family members are invited to attend, with more than 35 organizations and agencies that provide services to veterans on hand. Meals will be served, there will be free haircuts, free coats and outerwear, and the opportunity to connect with agencies that support veterans. River Cities Transit will be providing free transportation to and from the Stand Down; you can call 423-2434 for more information, or go to the Cowlitz County Veterans Facebook page. Calvary Chapel is located at 902 Ash Street in Kelso.
The Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association presents a special show this evening at Lower Columbia College, as “Derik Nelson and Family” comes in for a show. Derik, Riana and Delten Nelson are siblings, and have been performing together since they were kids. They have more than three million views on YouTube, and they’ve been touring the West Coast to raise money for music education. Along with their “velvety three-part harmonies,” the trio also uses the latest in audio and video technology to enhance the show. Derik Nelson and Family perform at 7:30 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Get ticket information by going to lkcca.org, or call 636-2211.
The “historic” storm that the Weather Service was predicting over the weekend turned out to be not quite as bad as predicted, but the weather that did come through still had utility and road crews working hard on Saturday. Wind gusts that were predicted to be in the 50’s and 60’s turned out to be in the 30’s, and rainfall totals were also not as high as forecast. The remnants of Typhoon Songda stayed far enough off-shore that the strongest elements didn’t hit land; the tornadoes that hit the Oregon Coast on Friday were actually prior to the main storm that came through on Saturday. Those gusts did knock down trees and limbs all over the county. The Cowlitz PUD responded to numerous outages on Saturday, affecting about three thousand customers in total. Repairs are complete this morning.
Kelso had a peak gust of 31 miles an hour, going back to Saturday, with a 48-hour rain total of 1-point-18 inches. Castle Rock had a peak gust of 29 miles an hour, with 1.44 inches of rain since Saturday. On Abernathy Mountain, a peak gust of 63 miles an hour was recorded, along with more than three inches of rain over the weekend.
A 13 year-old boy is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Vancouver, after he was shot yesterday afternoon at a home near Yacolt. Officials in Clark County say that this took place around 1:40 pm yesterday, at a home on Northeast Thompson Road. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, reporting that the boy was apparently shot by his cousin, an incident that’s being described as an “accident” at this time. It’s reported that the two boys were playing downstairs in the home, while the parents were upstairs. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team is investigating.
Saturday’s weather led to a car crash that left a man in critical condition. A few minutes before 6 pm on Saturday, the State Patrol and aid personnel responded to a one-car crash on the northbound freeway at milepost 44. The initial report to WSP Dispatch says that the car hydroplaned on the rain-soaked freeway, spinning off of the freeway shoulder and crashing into a tree. The small car received heavy damage, and the 40 year-old male driver suffered closed head injuries. The man was eventually taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. His name has not been released, and his condition hasn’t been updated this morning. The crash investigation is continuing.
Clark County Deputies report that a Woodland man had his shotgun taken by the prowler that he was trying to confront early yesterday morning. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says that this incident took place shortly before 3 yesterday morning, at a home in the 4400 block of Northwest Hayes Road, just outside of town. They say that the man who lives at the house heard something that he thought could be a burglar, so he armed himself with a shotgun, and went out to investigate. When he confronted the prowler, that man wrestled the gun away from the homeowner, and then used it to hit the owner in the head and face. The prowler took off, firing several rounds into the air. Clark County Deputies responded, and found the suspect at a neighboring home. With help from La Center Police, Battle Ground Police and Southwest Regional SWAT, Timothy R. Surrena, 39, was eventually arrested. He’s now being held in the Clark County Jail on charges of suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and theft of a gun.
Lane closures on 30th Avenue between Ocean Beach Highway and Maryland Street starts today. Cascade Natural Gas is having a new gas main installed, and that contractor will be closing the northbound lane of 30th from 8 am to 6 pm, today through Thursday. That lane will also be completely closed to traffic from Friday at 8 am until 8 am on next Monday, the 24th. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Maryland and 32nd Avenues.
The City of Kelso is starting a pavement and sidewalk repair project on South 8th, working between Vine and Allen Street. A contractor will be removing and repairs a number of damaged pavement and sidewalk sections; the work will be done during daylight hours, and is expected to run through the end of this month. Traffic disruptions are anticipated, with detours set up to move traffic around the work area. Local access will be maintained. Call the City of Kelso at 425-6590 for more information.
After a week’s delay, the Longview School Board now has its Thoughtexchange public input system up and running. Superintendent Dan Zorn says that this is the “first step in an exciting process,” starting first with asking participants to answer three open-ended questions. They’re asking people to get this input process completed by 11 pm next Sunday, the 23rd. You can learn more and provide your input by going to the Longview Public Schools web page, and then click on the “Join the Conversation” button on the district’s front page.