Family members are looking for your help in finding Richard “Dick” Sturm, 67, of Longview. They say that he was last seen yesterday in the Beebe Road are near Castle Rock. It’s also reported that he has been getting more and more forgetful and disoriented in the past couple of weeks. Sturm was driving a white 2003 Chevy Silverado, with a tire and a stainless steel work box in the bed. Family members also say that he was wearing a Carhartt T-shirt and Levis, along with a green and black coat. They say that Sturm has no cell phone. It’s thought that he could be somewhere off the 2000 Line, in between Delameter, Stella, Germany Creek and Ryderwood. If you see this truck, you’re asked to approach and check on him, again, as he has been having some issues with focus and orientation. You can also call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office for additional assistance at 577-3092.
The bitter cold that we’ve been dealing with should ease up some over the next few days, but it’s not leaving without a fight. The Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory up for the local area, starting at 1 pm and going until 1 pm tomorrow. They’re predicting mostly cloudy skies and a high of 30 degrees today, with an increasing chance of snow as we move along. We start with a slight chance of snow early on, increasing to a 50 percent chance of snow by this afternoon. The snow is expected to continue into the night, switching to a slight chance of some slight freezing drizzle after midnight. An accumulation of one to two inches of snow is predicted, with a light accumulation of ice on top of that tomorrow morning. Driving conditions later this evening and into tomorrow morning could be extremely treacherous. This morning, roads are bare and dry in the Kelso-Longview area, but other areas are still dealing with the snow that fell late last week, with some schools delaying their starts or going on snow routes this morning.
The San Francisco 49’ers beat the Seahawks 19-17 yesterday, delaying the Hawks clinching of the NFC West title. Seattle travels to the Giants next Sunday…..The college bowls were announced yesterday. UW plays BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl in SF December 27. WSU plays Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 21. Oregon gets Texas in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl. Oregon State takes on Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl Christmas Eve…..The Blazers take on Utah tonight in Salt Lake City, KLOG 5:05 pm…..San Diego State rallied to beat the Huskies 70-63 in men’s college hoops. Oregon beat Mississippi 115-105 in OT…..The LCC men’s team beat Portland 78-74 last night. The LCC women beat the Alumni team 88-73……In hoops, Kelso plays Heritage with boys at home and girls away.
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate a shooting incident reported this morning up in the Ryderwood area. Early this morning, John Stiller, 69, and Linda Cochran, 43, both called 911, reporting that Cochran had shot Stiller in the abdomen. Stiller was able to drive himself to Vader, where he was eventually transported to the north by LifeFlight. Cochran barricaded herself inside the house that she shared with Stiller, maintaining contact with 911 while she did some things inside the home. Sheriff Mark Nelson also says that Cochran fired several more “random” rounds while in the house. They were eventually able to get Cochran to give herself up shortly after 5 am; she was taken to a local facility for examination and possible treatment. Nelson says that the motive for the shooting is unclear, other than that she may be dealing with some mental health issues. So far, no charges are being filed.
Friday’s fatal crash on Highway 30 near Clatskanie is being blamed on excessive speed on an icy road. Glafelter, 39, of Portland died after his pickup flipped into an ice-covered pond, as he was apparently trying to pass another vehicle on Highway 30 near Westport. The crash happened shortly after noon on Friday; Glafelter was eastbound, and apparently tried to pass a commercial rig that was in front of him. Glafelter lost control, crossed the highway, and then the pickup rolled into the water-filled ditch. Several other drivers stopped and tried to assist, and were able to get Glafelter out of the submerged pickup. After he was out of the pickup, he collapsed on the highway shoulder. The Good Samaritans and First Responders attempted CPR, but Glafelter died at the scene. The highway was closed for about an hour after the crash.
An Astoria man is under arrest after a Friday afternoon rollover crash near Woodland, with a pickup landing in a slough. Shortly after noon on Friday, it was reported that a pickup had gone into the water near the intersection of Dike Road and Dike Access Road near Woodland. No one was around the pickup when Deputies and aid personnel arrived. The Dive Team was activated, but a two-hour search turned up no sign of the driver or any other occupants. The search resumed Saturday morning. As that search was going on, the brother of the pickup’s driver arrived and said that German Sabian-Pacheco, 26, of Astoria had made it to shore. He says that Sabian-Pacheco walked to their sister’s house, which was two to three miles away. Sabian-Pacheco was found and arrested at that house, booked on warrants for DUI and driving while suspended. In addition, he faces new charges of driving without an interlock, driving while suspended and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
Work continues on the West Main Street Realignment Project, with traffic still restricted to one lane in each direction on 1st Avenue between West Main and Washington Street. They say that traffic delays and localized road closures are in place along the entire length of Catlin, with local access only allowed. 2nd Avenue is also closed at West Main, with local access only from the Catlin Street side. The right northbound lane on Washington way/Cowlitz Way will be closed between Vandercook Way and 7th Avenue Southwest. Installation of storm manholes and pipe along Catlin between Washington Way and 1st Avenue continues, with work on a retaining wall also continuing at 4th and Catlin. Water main and sewer line installation continues between West Main and Washington Street. Building demolition also continues, but that work should not affect traffic. Some work on the west end of the project is being delayed as contractors deal with some previously unknown underground storage tanks, but those tanks shouldn’t pose a major problem. If you have any questions, call the City of Kelso at 425-6590.
It took a bit of time to get the finish work completed, but the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce says that the new Kelso Visitors Center opens today. This past Friday, the City of Kelso issued the occupancy permit for the new modular building at 105 Minor Road, on the same site that the previous Visitors Center was located. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Marcum tells the Daily News that this is going to be a more regionally-oriented facility, not as “volcano-centric” as the old Visitors Center was. Kelso, Longview, Cowlitz County and the Cowlitz Indians are all preparing interpretive displays for the facility, which houses the Chamber of Commerce itself. They’ve been working out of the building since October, under a temporary occupancy permit. New signage will be going up early next year. Marcum says that they expect to have between 20,000 and 25,000 people visit the building in the next 12 months. Winter hours for the facility are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Chamber’s phone number remains the same, at 423-8400.
Saturday’s bitter cold didn’t keep the Walk-and-Knock volunteers from making their rounds, and also didn’t prevent people from making substantial donations to the local food banks. Organizers report collecting 56,000 pounds of food this year, along with more than $2,700 in cash donations. The totals are below records that were set several years ago, but they’re substantially more than last year or the year before. All of the donations are going to the Help Food Warehouse, based at Lower Columbia CAP on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Donations are also still being accepted. If you would still like to help out, you can drop donations off at the Help Food Warehouse at 1526 Commerce Avenue in Longview, or call 425-3430, extension 283 to arrange a pickup.
Light snow started falling this morning in the Kelso-Longview area, and with local temperatures well below freezing, that snow is sticking to the ground and is coating local roadways. As that snow continues to fall and is packed down onto pavement, those roads could become extremely slick. There have already been a number of traffic incidents reported this morning, all related to the icy roads. Forecasters say that there’s a 20 to 30 percent chance that the snow will continue through the day, with total accumulations on the valley floors of one to two inches possible. Today’s high is expected to be only 34 degrees, so the icy conditions will persist through the day and into tomorrow. You’re advised to slow down, increase following distances and be careful during braking or acceleration. The chance of snow drops by tonight, but extremely cold temperatures are expected tonight and tomorrow, dipping down into the teens. The slick conditions have some of the local schools adjusting their schedules.
Kelso – Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 15A, 16, 20, 29, 31B on morning snow routes.
Castle Rock – Closed
Toutle Lake – Closed
Wahkiakum – Closed
Rainier – Closed
Clatskanie – Closed
St. Helens – Closed
Scappoose – Closed
Knappa – Closed
Jewell – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – 2 Hours Late