Rose Valley Elementary School was locked down for more than an hour this afternoon, as Cowlitz County Deputies looked for a man who may have been making threats against family members of a student at the school. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that they got a report that a man was making physical threats against others, and may have been on his way to the school to try and get the student. Deputies were sent to the school, which was locked down at about 1:30 pm, as a safety precaution. That lockdown was kept in place until about 2:45 pm, when students were sent home via normal channels. Rosenzweig says that they didn’t really have any indication that the man was actually headed to the school, but they took this step, just to be on the safe side. Students are on their way home, while the effort to locate the person making the threats is continuing.
Gonzaga blew out St. Joseph’s 94-42 in NIT Season Tip Off action last night. The Zags are 3-0 and have yet to give up more than 58 points in a game this season…..The Trail Blazers have another night off tonight before they host the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night. The Bulls play at Sacramento tonight…..Duke plays North Carolina in college football tonight, KLOG 3:30 pm…..Jamilee Iddings of Kelso celebrated her signing with NAIA Masters College of California earlier this morning at Kelso HS. Iddings will play basketball for Masters…..The NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violating the leagues media policy. Lynch failed to be available for interviews following the Hawks game at KC…..In prep bowling, Kelso beat Heritage, Union over RAL and Skyview defeated MM.
At the same time that a new controlling interest in Ambre Energy North America is being announced, a new report is out, saying that the United States has too much coal export capacity, and that no new export terminals are needed. It was announced yesterday that a Denver-based hedge fund named Resource Capital Funds now has a 55-percent stake in Ambre Energy North America, taking over a controlling interest in the company that’s planning to build a coal export facility at the Millennium Bulk Terminals property in Longview. Also published yesterday was a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, saying that the U. S. is using only 34 percent of its current coal export capacity, and that NO new terminals are needed. In today’s Daily News, officials with Ambre Energy North America say that the sale is “good news,” but this new report wasn’t discussed.
It’s full speed ahead at Cowlitz County’s three ports, as the Executive Directors for the Ports of Longview, Woodland and Kalama speak at the quarterly meeting of the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council. Ted Sprague with the CEDC says that we need to understand how important the ports are to the local economy. Jennifer Keene with the Port of Woodland, Mark Wilson with the Port of Kalama and Geir Kalhagen with the Port of Longview all say that significant developments are on the horizon, though there are still several hoops to go through before these projects will become reality. Along with the economic drivers, all three port directors say that they are dedicated to improving “quality of place,” with their organizations also committed to development of parks and other recreational facilities.
A tip from a neighbor helped to put Jeremy James Dixon, 27, of Kelso behind bars, arrested in connection with a burglary reported yesterday morning at a home on Raven Ridge Road. At about 6 yesterday morning, Matt Franzen called 911, saying that he saw a suspicious car in his neighbor’s driveway. Deputies responded and caught Dixon after a short chase, reportedly finding him to be in possession of several items that had been stolen from the neighbor’s home. Dixon is now being held without bail on charges of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, drug possession and felony theft. The Sheriff’s Office also says that it seized Dixon’s car, and plans to seek forfeiture of that vehicle.
Oregon State Police now report that Edward Vaughn, 59, of Portland was killed Tuesday morning in a rollover crash on Oregon Highway 103 near Jewell. The crash happened around 6:10 am Tuesday morning, a few miles outside of Jewell. Evidence at the scene indicates that David Weiss, 68, of Forest Grove lost control of his pickup on an icy road, rolled over and then hit a tree. Vaughn died at the scene, and it’s noted that he was NOT wearing his seat belt. Weiss was not injured. At this point, no citations have been issued.
Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke says that a decision on a new Chief of Police will be delayed for a couple more weeks. In this morning’s Vancouver Columbian, Laseke is quoted as saying that the vetting process is taking longer than had first been projected, so he won’t be able to announce a new Chief until December 1st at the earliest. This has been a long and protracted process, extending out for more than a year. This is the third go-round in the selection process, with the City Council rejecting two previous selections. Four finalists have been interviewed this time around, none from the local area. The City Council interviewed those four finalists in late September.
At 8 pm tonight, there’s a Candlelight Vigil for Suicide Prevention, being held at Lake Sacajawea. Organizers say that the event is in loving memory of Jordan D. Griffith, who took his own life in September of this year. They say that tonight’s vigil is intended to bring awareness of suicide to the community, and to remember all who have been lost already. The vigil will be held at Kessler Boulevard and Ocean Beach Highway, and is open to all who are interested.
People living in the Lewis River area and other portions of Woodland will be getting a phone call today from the Clark Regional Emergency Services Area, or CRESA, as part of a test of the Region Four Emergency Notification System. In partnership with Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania counties, CRESA Emergency Management is working with Hyper-Reach, an emergency notification system provider, to help make sure that residents are informed in the event of an emergency. Test calls will be going out to all land lines, registered cell number and Voice over Internet Phones between Merwin Dam and Woodland, starting at 10 am and going until 2 pm. This is only a test; go to the CRESA web page for more information.
There’s a public meeting planned for this evening down in Cathlamet, where the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will talk about the process for development of steelhead management plans for several rivers and streams in Wahkiakum County. This plan would cover the Grays, Elochoman and Chinook Rivers, along with Skamakowa, Mill, Abernathy and Germany Creeks, an area that’s being called “the Coast Stratum.” WDFW is also looking for 10 to 15 people that will serve on a citizens work group that will be involved in the development of this plan. Additional details are available on the WDFW web page. Today’s meeting runs from 6 to 8 pm in the River Street Room in Cathlamet.
A seven-night razor clam dig opens tonight and runs through next Wednesday evening. Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging on the evening tides all seven nights. Mocrocks will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while Copalis will be open only on the Saturday night tide. Current shellfish licenses are needed, and be sure to dress for the weather.