The Port of Kalama is in the final stages of preparation for the removal of the historic Chief Lelooska-carved totem pole that has stood on the banks of the Columbia River since the mid-1970’s. JH Kelly employees have been building a “strong back” for the pole, a steel brace that’s about 100 feet long and 12 inches wide, a structure that will be used to support the pole as it’s lowered from its mount. A gravel pad has been built next to McMenamin’s Kalama Harbor, where the pole can rest as it’s examined for possible restoration. The port is asking the public to stay away during this process, to reduce the hazard as the 140-foot one-piece cedar log is removed from its mount and is lowered to the ground. The original plan will have the pole removed and lowered in once piece, hoping to get that done today. If the winds are too high, they’ll try again tomorrow. The pole will rest on its back, while the other three poles at Marine Park will remain in place. The Port of Kalama is posting updates on its Facebook page.
Kelso Police are looking into a burglary that was reported last night at Butler Acres Elementary School, located in the 1600 block of Burcham Street. At about 10:10 pm, an alarm was activated inside one of the portable units outside of the main school building. It’s reported that the suspect ran off when they were confronted, heading off down the nature path that’s next to the school. A K-9 was called in to try and track the suspect, while a woman called in to say that two suspicious subjects had just walked down the side of her house on North 16th Avenue. Officers responded, and they held two people at gunpoint. KPD reports that two people were eventually taken into custody, but they haven’t released any details on those suspects.
Longview Police report taking a juvenile into custody in connection with a car-prowling incident near the Kelso-Longview border. At 4 pm yesterday, a person called 911, saying that they were following a suspect that had been prowling cars in the one thousand block of South Clark Street. The caller reported seeing the suspect take things from two pickups, while also attempting to get into a minivan. After being spotted, the suspect ran down the train tracks, jumping over fences and going into a swampy area near Phoenix House. Longview Police responded to the area, and reportedly caught the juvenile suspect as he ran from a home on Northwest 7th Avenue. LPD reports that charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, second-degree car prowling and minor in possession. The juvenile was turned over to his parents, while the case information is being forwarded to prosecutors for a charging decision.
Water restrictions in the Ryderwood area are being lifted, as Cowlitz County Public Works reports that adequate flow had returned to Cameron Creek, which supplies water to Ryderwood. County officials say that the water flow has come back to the creek, and they also say that the weather forecasts are “promising.” Residents of Ryderwood can now return to normal usage patterns, while the county thanks those people for their diligence. They say that Ryderwood residents were able to reduce their water usage by some 20 percent on a daily basis; Cowlitz County says that those conservation efforts allowed them to keep operating the water system, without having to bring additional water in from outside sources. County officials say it was a “team effort,” with several state, county and local agencies helping in the management of this reduction.
Cowlitz County is setting up a public “North County Meeting” on the 25th of this month, with plans to discuss development of an ordinance that deals with the permitting of new or expanding race track facilities through the “special use” process. County officials say that this will actually be the first in a series of meetings that will be held all around the county, soliciting public input on what should be included in this revised ordinance. Each meeting will include a brief presentation on race facilities, the special use process, and existing ordinances. The first of these public meetings is now planned for next Tuesday, the 25th, in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Toutle Lake schools, located at 5050 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway in Toutle. Call Cowlitz County Planner Greta Holmstrom at 360-577-3052 if you have questions.
Saying that returns are “far below” original projections, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is announcing that the Lower Cowlitz River will close to Chinook Salmon fishing this Saturday. WDFW officials say that the fall Chinook run is tracking far below expectations, and they don’t expect enough fish to return to meet their broodstock goal. They say that closing the river to Chinook fishing right now will help to preserve those goals, while also helping to preserve fishing opportunities in future years. The river will remain open for hatchery Coho and hatchery Steelhead retention until further notice, but the closure on Chinook fishing starts Saturday on the Cowlitz and its tributaries from the river mouth to the Barrier Dam. The Toutle will also remain open for hatchery Chinook retention. Get full details by going to the WDFW web page.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee is announcing that an agreement has been reached on the Pacific Salmon Treaty, reporting that the U. S. and Canadian governments have come to an agreement on coast-wide fishing rules under the revised treaty. The agreement lines out the fishery management plans for Chinook, Coho and Chum Salmon stocks, going from 2019 to 2028. If this is approved, Inslee says that this will result in more salmon returning to local waters. As part of the agreement, US officials will seek additional federal funding for salmon restoration projects, including salmon habitat improvement and protection. Both governments must approve the recommendations of the Pacific Salmon Commission before these measures can move ahead.
The Port of Longview Commission has a Commissioner Budget Workshop planned for today, starting at 10 am today at the Port offices underneath the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The workshop will commence after a public comment period, and they also say that the budget workshop will include an examination of the “White House” and its possible fate. This meeting is open to the public.
After the withdrawal of Karen Walker from the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s race, this evening’s planned forum has been cancelled. Debra Gardner met last night with local voters, following the Candidate Forum between Sheriff Mark Nelson and Sheriff’s Sergeant Brad Thurman, so this evening’s event has been scratched.
Gathering under “revamped rules,” the Lower Columbia chapter of 100 Men Who Care have their quarterly meeting this evening at the Mill City Grill. Organizers are asking participants to “leave your politics at the door” as this evening’s meeting gets under way. They’re asking participants to be prepared with their donation of 100 dollars or more, and to relax and enjoy themselves before the charity presentations begin at 6:30 pm. They also plan to give away a number of door prizes, including several with a “100 Men Who Care” theme. The doors for tonight’s event open at 6 pm at the Mill City Grill. Learn more on the group’s Facebook page.
There’s a “School Daze” end-of-summer dance planned for this evening at the Longview Moose. This is a fundraiser for the Longview Senior Center, and will feature dance tunes from “Renee and Nighttime Friends.” The doors open at 6 pm, and the dance is scheduled to go until 10 pm. Get a break on ticket prices by getting them in advance; they’re available at the Senior Center on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. All proceeds will help to support the Longview Senior Center. Call 360-636-0210 to learn more.
The Mariners were officially eliminated from contention for the AL West title with a 7-0 loss to the Houston Astros. The teams close out the three game set later today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..North Carolina beat Chicago 2-0 in the NWSL semi-final that was moved to Portland because of hurricane Florence. That means Portland will host North Carolina for the title Saturday…..The LCC women’s soccer team takes on Centralia tonight at 7 pm at Centralia HS…..Kelso and R.A. Long battled to a 1-1 tie in girls prep soccer last night. Mark Morris beat Washougal 2-1…..In volleyball, Union swept Kelso 3-0 and Washougal downed MM 3-0…..The Kelso cross country teams swept to wins over Bay and Battle Ground yesterday. R.A. Long hosts MM and Ridgefield in a 4 pm meet at Lake Sacajawea today.
Russell Wilson was sacked six times and he threw a pick-six in the Chicago Bears 24-17 win over the Seahawks last night. Seattle starts the season 0-2 as they host the Cowboys in the home opener on Sunday…..Daniel Vogelbach hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the 8th inning giving the Mariners a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros last night. The teams play again tonight in Houston, KLOG 4:00 pm…..In girls soccer tonight at 7 pm, Kelso hosts R.A. Long and Mark Morris is at Washougal…..The Kelso volleyball team is also at home taking on Union at 7 pm. MM volleyball is also at Washougal at 7 pm…..In boys tennis yesterday, RAL beat Battle Ground 5-1 and MM defeated Fort Vancouver 5-1…..In boys golf today, Prairie at Kelso, MM at Woodland and Washougal at RAL.