Travis Mark Hunter, 29, of Vancouver is being charged with DUI and vehicular assault after a two-car crash that took place last night in the 4000 block of Dike Road near Woodland. Around 9:30 pm, Deputies, aid crews and Woodland Police responded to a pickup-versus passenger car collision near Austin Point. It was also reported that they had to break up a dispute between the two drivers. Deputies eventually determined that Hunter was under the influence; two female passengers in his pickup suffered wrist and thumb injuries. The women were treated for their injuries, while Hunter’s truck was impounded and he was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail.
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There was some additional traffic congestion near Lake Sacajawea yesterday afternoon, but that wasn’t caused by anything going on at the Go 4th Festival. Around 3:45 pm, it was reported that a large tree branch had come down onto the sidewalk in the 1100 block of 23rd Avenue. Longview Police responded and found that the branch was blocking the sidewalk and had actually landed on a house and a parked car. Longview Parks workers were called in, and they discovered that the tree was still splitting. 23rd Avenue was closed down while the damaged tree was stabilized and the debris was removed. No injuries were reported. The extent of the damage done hasn’t been disclosed.
A collision involving two of the top contenders in the first turn of the final heat of this year’s Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta opened the door for the crew of the S. S. Scottie V, and the crew from Waite Specialty Machine took advantage, paddling home for the top prize in the Class 1 competition at this year’s race. 35 boats made it to the start line at this year’s event, sponsored by Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging and KLOG/KUKN and The Wave radio stations. After dominating in the early heats, the “Graybeard to the Rescue” boat of the Longview Bridge Club and the Hawaiian catamaran “Queen Lillioukalani” ended up second and third in the final heat. The push-pull paddlewheeler built by the LCC Engineering Club, “Ol’ Sawtooth Brady,” won the Class 2 heat. The “Mortar and Pestle Vessel” won the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking, and the “Schwimmwagen” won the Vogue award as the most attractive boat. The Best Dressed Team was “Toto II”, a Wizard of Oz-themed boat and crew, and the “Super Dads” won the Acorn Award. Queen Lillioukalani got the Pride of the Regatta, the S. S. Scottie V won for best Team Spirit, and Ol’ Sawtooth Brady received the People’s Choice award. The wins were special for the crew from Waite, as the boat was dedicated to Scott Vandenberg, a co-worker who died early last month after a motorcycle crash.
Forecasters are now backing off on the extreme heat predictions that they had been talking about, so the weather should be pretty much perfect as the 2013 Go 4th Festival opens today and runs through Thursday. This year’s theme is “Red, White and Unite!” The vendors are set up at Lake Sacajawea, and there’s live music at Martin’s Dock from 2 pm to 10 pm tonight. The bands will be taking a break between 5:30 and 8:30 pm, as today’s headline event gets under way. At last count, 59 vessels were registered for this year’s Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta, sponsored by Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, KLOG, KUKN and The Wave. Admission is free, so bring the family, grab a spot on the lake bank and enjoy the competition.
Tomorrow, the Longview Firefighters Floating Hole-in-One opens, the Kids’ Festival runs from noon to 6 pm, there’s live entertainment from 5 to 10 pm at Martin’s Dock, and the Longview Pioneer Lions Spirits of Longview Beer Garden will run from 5:30 to 11 pm at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This is a 21-and-over event that will feature fine wines, craft brews, live music and good eats from around the area. Admission is free.
Thursday is the big day, with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the Lake, the Parade at 10 am, the Timber Carnival, Lions Kids Races at R. A. Long High School, live entertainment from noon until 10 pm, and the fireworks over the lake around 10 pm. The full list of events, performers and vendors is available on the Go 4th website, just log onto gofourthfestival.org.
There was a pretty common theme from the elected officials, agency directors and school district officials who met yesterday afternoon with Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, and that was to see if there’s any way that she can help cut the federal red tape. Herrera Beutler says that the federal rigmarole is stifling the area’s economic development…jhb…About 20 local community leaders were involved in yesterday’s roundtable discussion, and virtually all of the attendees had the same story. They say that excessive federal paperwork is using up staff resources and money that could be going back into local programs and projects, spent on busywork instead. Several also complained of specific agency personnel that seem to be sticking points in obtaining of permits or permission for certain projects to move ahead. Herrera Beutler is directing her staff to follow up on some of the concerns raised, and also plans to ask agency directors herself, as those people come to Congress for hearings on Capitol Hill.
Four workers at Anderson Environmental Contracting are being presented with citizen awards from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, honored for their efforts in helping to save the life of a co-worker who suffered a heart attack. On the morning of June 13th, the crew from AEC was working in the 2400 block of Rose Valley Road. A 63 year-old man on the crew suddenly complained of chest pain, went unconscious and had no pulse. Steven Klopp, Clark Kellogg, Isaac White and Curt Lichtenstein acted quickly, staring CPR and calling 911. Paramedics from Cowlitz 2 responded with AMR, taking over the life-saving efforts. The victim was taken by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center; he has since been released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery. Firefighter/EMT Joe Tone submitted a request on behalf of the construction crew, saying that their quick action and high-quality CPR helped contribute to this man’s survival. Five firefighters were also honored for their efforts. Cowlitz 2 also says that this incident shows the effectiveness of good CPR training.
Christina Reed, 19, is being cited for reckless driving, after a crash yesterday afternoon in the 3800 block of Allen Street, a collision that knocked power out for more than 200 Cowlitz PUD customers. Shortly after noon yesterday, a crash was reported near the DeRosier Rock Pit, with one witness claiming that the car involved had been doing as much as 100 miles an hour before crashing into a power pole. Reed and a 17 year-old male passenger both suffered injuries in the collision, which took 202 PUD customers off-line. Reed and the passenger were taken to St. John Medical Center, where both were treated and released. She was cited and released after being let go from the hospital. Most of those affected by the power outage were back within an hour, though it did take longer to restore electricity to those in the immediate vicinity of the crash.
Starting at noon today, sales of off-reservation fireworks opens up in Washington state, and with that comes the annual reminder of the need to be safe with these devices. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says that “personal fireworks require personal responsibility.” State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy says that you need to be aware of local regulations regarding fireworks, and you also need to be cognizant of the legal dates and times for shooting those fireworks off. Statewide, the legal hours for discharging fireworks is from noon to 11 pm today, and from 9 am to 11 pm tomorrow through July 3rd, also on July 5th. On the 4th, the legal times for shooting off fireworks is extended until midnight. Be sure to have adult supervision whenever fireworks are being lit, and take proper safety precautions. Also be considerate afterward, and clean up the debris and detritus from your celebration. Duffy says that you need to keep the “Three B’s” for fireworks at the front of your mind; “Be Prepared, Be Safe and Be Responsible.”
Along with the increased DUI patrols on area roadways, the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission is announcing that additional law enforcement officers will be out on the water this weekend, looking for impaired boaters during the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign. Today, tomorrow and Sunday, marine law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for BUI, or boating under the influence violations. Parks and Rec officials say that the goal is to reduce the numbers of injuries or deaths that result from people who are under the influence as they drive their boats. Between 2007 and the present day, at least 39 people have died in boating crashes where alcohol was a factor. This weekend’s emphasis patrols are aimed at raising awareness of this problem, and in getting impaired boaters off the water.
C. J. Nickerson plans to formally kick off his campaign for the Longview School Board at an event that’s planned for 1pm tomorrow afternoon in the Lions Shelter at Lake Sacajawea. Nickerson is running for Position 1 on the Longview School Board, a post currently held by Jerry Stinger. You’re invited to come by and meet with the retired educator and school administrator; root beer floats will also be served. You can also learn more about the candidate by going to www.nickersonforschoolboard.org.