One of the first big permits for the proposed Northwest Innovation Works methanol production and export facility came through last week, as the Southwest Clean Air Agency issues a preliminary air quality permit. In the draft permit, the agency determines that the plant would NOT be a major polluter, and would be categorized as a “small emitter” of airborne material. The public comment period on this draft permit is now open, and reportedly has been extended to January 5th. The Clean Air Agency plans to hold a public hearing on the permit on January 4th at the Cowlitz PUD building in Longview; there’s an Open House at 4 pm, followed by the hearing at 6 pm. View the permit and associated documents on swcleanair.org.
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Cathlamet is on the list of sites for public hearings connected to the draft Environmental Impact Statements regarding the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy, and the Sustainable Harvest Calculation from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. These draft documents were released on Friday and are now available for public comment. The comment period on these documents is open through March 9th of next year; they’re available for review on the DNR web page. A series of public hearings is planned, starting on January 10th, and going through January 19th. The last of the four hearings will be held on Thursday, January 19th at Julius A. Wendt Elementary School in Cathlamet. Webinars are also being set up; the Marbled Murrelet plan will be discussed on-line on January 24th, while the Sustainable Harvest Calculation will be discussed on January 26th. Get full details on the DNR web page.
The City of Longview continues its water-flushing schedule this week, with work planned all across the city. Tonight, they plan to work in Area #1 and Area #2, going from 7 to 11 pm. Area #1 goes between Industrial Way and Nichols Boulevard, between Oregon Way and Washington Way; Area #2 is between 33rd Avenue and Nichols, going from Ocean Beach Highway to Washington Way. Tomorrow night, they’ll be working in Area #4, the area between 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach and Lake Sacajawea, and then on Wednesday, they’ll work in Area #3, the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Work is planned from 7 to 11 pm each night; advisory signs will be posted in work area. You’re advised to avoid using water while this work is going on, and to flush your own plumbing after the work is done.
The Northwest Voices Literary Series continues today in Longview, with Lilly Robbins Brock coming in for a reading tonight at the Longview Public Library. After her recent retirement, Brock has written across a wide variety of subject matter, including “Food Gift Recipes from Nature’s Bounty,” an organic gardening book, “Intrepid Journey,” a historical novel about coming to the Northwest via steamship in the 1850’s, and “Wooden Boats and Iron Men,” a life account about a local World War II veteran and PT Boat sailor. Brock will be reading from her works this evening at 7 pm, in the Magazine Room on the upper level of the library. This event is free and is open to anyone interested.
They’re still accepting donations and collecting the totals, but those involved with last Saturday’s Walk & Knock Food Drive say that the initial numbers show that they collected more this year than they did last year. Preliminary totals announced on Sunday came in at 37,651 pounds of food, and just over $14,000 in cash donations. That compares to 34,000 pounds of food and about $12,000 in cash. The donations will go to support the Help Food Warehouse and the local food banks that they supply; donations that will count under the Walk & Knock are still be accepted through this week; it you would still like to help out, call Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430, and press zero to get help.
The annual Walk & Knock Food Drive happens on Saturday, with volunteers fanning out all across the county to collect donations for the Help Food Warehouse. You’re asked to put donations of non-perishable food, diapers, toiletries and other personal care items out on your doorstep tomorrow morning; at ten am, volunteers from the Lions, the Kiwanis, Altrusa, the Boy and Girl Scouts, Lower Columbia Ham Radio and other local groups will head out and collect those donations, which will then go to the Help Food Warehouse and the food banks that they serve. Most urgently-needed items includes canned meats and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, peanut butter, baby food, applesauce, pasta and tomato sauce, oatmeal and other staples.
Up in the Toutle and Silver Lake areas, they’ll be heading out from the Toutle Lake Fire Station at 8:30 am to collect donations. Drivers are needed, along with people to pick up donations. The area covered will include the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, going from the west end of Tower Road, up Kid Valley, Toutle, Streeter’s and South Silver Lake Roads. Students who participate will receive six hours of community service credit. Call 749-7282 for Castle Rock routes and times.
State Troopers say that a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel yesterday morning, causing a crash that closued the southbound freeway in Chehalis for several hours. At 6:36 yesterday morning, Tanu Teloma, 44, of Lakewood was northbound on the freeway at milepost 79, when his brand-new semi drifted off the freeway and hit the guard rail. Teloma corrected to the left, and then went across both northbound lanes. The truck went into the median and through the concrete barriers, then rolled onto its side, blocking both southbound lanes. James Whitford, 51, of Tacoma was southbound, and crashed into debris that was displaced by Teloma’s truck. Teloma was eventually taken by LifeFlight to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, while the cleanup continued. The southbound freeway finally re-opened to traffic around 1:30 pm.
Local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for tonight’s “Night of 1000 Stars” DUI emphasis patrols. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the message that the Washington State Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies are trying to send during tonight’s emphasis effort. The “Night of 1000 Stars” represents the concept of 1,000 police badges “shining through the night and casting light on the problem of impaired driving.” WSP plans to deploy its Mobile Impaired Driving Unit in the Vancouver area during tonight’s emphasis patrol; the MIDU is a converted 36-foot motorhome, retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command unit. This is also part of the “Target Zero” effort, a program to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030.
The man who is accused of causing the death of his father, Bernie Altman, is finally at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, receiving treatment that’s intended to help get him ready to stand trial. The Daily News reports that David Altman, 52, was taken to Western on Wednesday, about three weeks after Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning imposed a fine of $2,000 per day on the Department of Social and Health Services. He imposed that fine early last month, after DSHS had failed to comply with an October court order, where Altman was supposed to be forcibly medicated. Altman is facing a first-degree murder charge, accused of binding, beating and stabbing his 92 year-old father at the older man’s home in Kelso back on September 8th. Family members say that they have been trying to get David Altman into mental health treatment for years; they tell TDN that they wish that this had happened years ago.
A Longview woman reports a twist in the phone scam calls that local residents get all the time, saying that the scammer tried to put a move on her during yesterday morning’s call. The woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office at about 11:40 yesterday morning, saying that a man had called and told her that she had been awarded a “grant.” The woman told the caller that she had not applied for any grants, and she wasn’t going to give him any information for “processing” her grant. After hearing this, the caller reportedly asked the woman to marry him. The woman declined, and she reported the exchange to the Sheriff’s Office for information.