Longview Police are preparing to post a number of photos on the department’s Facebook page, in an effort to see if the owners of some photo albums can be found. Around 12:40 yesterday afternoon, a man who had bene walking in the 200 block of 20th reported that he had come upon a grocery shopping cart that was filled with photo albums, and those albums were filled with photos. A Community Service Officer examined the albums, and wasn’t able to find any names, addresses or other identifying information. They’re now getting ready to try and post some of these photos on Facebook, to see if any of the subjects in the photos can be named. Those photos could be up later today.
A chicken salad recall is going out from Costco, as the Washington-based retailer reports that the salad could be contaminated with E. coli, and that at least one person in the state has been hospitalized. The Washington Department of Health identifies the tainted material as “Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken”; the salad has an item number of 37719, and was sold in various Costco locations in late October. If you have this in your fridge at home, you should throw it away. In addition to the Washington case, at least four people in Colorado have been sickened by this salad, along with other cases in Montana and Utah. Work is continuing to try and identify the exact source of the contamination. Costco had a similar recall in October of 2013, which was eventually traced to chickens supplied by Foster Farms. Get more information on the Washington Department of Health web page.
Elevated levels of Domoic Acid in Dungeness Crabs along the Washington Coast is delaying the opening of the commercial crab season. Washington Fish and Wildlife says that the season was scheduled to open December 1st, one week from today, but that is going to be delayed. WDFW shellfish managers say that recent tests show that the crabs are actually safe to eat, but they’re exercising some extra caution before opening the commercial season. Recreational crabbing remains open in all Washington coastal waters, except for Willapa Bay; Puget Sound is also open for recreational crabbing. Additional test results will be checked before the commercial season is open, shooting for the middle of next month.
The Port of Longview is out with some significant news today. It was announced yesterday that a “Determination of No Significant Impact” has been found for the construction of a “conveyance system” that will expand wastewater treatment at the Port, directing that material away from the Columbia River. The Port plans to expand its wastewater treatment pond behind Berth 7, along with a pipeline that would convey the stormwater to the treatment Area. Approximately 1,700 cubic yards of material would be excavated for the installation of the system, which will help to deal with wastewater generated during ship operations at Berths 6 and 7. Construction is expected to take about three months, but it could be done in phases.
It’s also being reported that someone may be sniffing around the Port’s Barlow Point property. Today’s Daily News reports that some initial discussions are under way between the Port of Longview and a “major household name” that is looking for a manufacturing site. At this early stage, the name of the Japan-based company is not being released, and it’s emphasized that this is still the extremely early phase of the discussion. It’s reported that port officials have met with the company twice so far; they also say that the facility could have up to 200 jobs when it’s completed. They say that the project would require water and rail access, but it wouldn’t be using the large “unit trains” that are used for commodities like grain, oil or coal. It’s possible that more information regarding the property and its possible suitors could be discussed early next month.
The Washington Public Port Association is honoring the Port of Kalama with its annual “Port of the Year” award. Presented at last weekend’s meeting of the WPPA, the Port of Kalama is being singled out for its combination of long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life.” The Port of Kalama has a number of accomplishments in the past year, including the completion of the new Haydu Park, and development of the building code for the new 70-acre Spencer Creek Business Park. Other honors in the past year also include the team award with the City of Kalama, honored by Governor Jay Inslee as a “Smart Community.” The Port of Kalama was also presented with an Economic Vitality award by Pathways 2020. Port officials say that 2015 was a great year, and they’re looking forward to the future.
The low water levels at the reservoirs on the Lewis River made for some difficult recreational access during the summer and fall, but it also eliminated almost all fishing pressure on those lakes. Washington Fish and Wildlife also says that almost 52,000 catchable rainbow trout were planted in Swift Reservoir in late May, but anglers weren‘t able to get in there and fish for them. Swift is now just ten feet below full pool, and the boat launch just recently because usable again. Swift had been scheduled to close at the end of this month, but WDFW is now extending the season for that lake through the end of the year. There’s a daily limit of ten trout, but only trout with a clipped adipose fin can be kept. All Bull Trout and Steelhead must also be released. “Landlocked rules” will also be in effect, and ALL salmon larger than 15 inches must be released. PacifiCorp will keep the boat ramp gates open through the end of the year, along with bank access that’s available at Swift Dam. Fishing will be allowed from sunrise to sunset through the end of the year.
This evening’s performance of the Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band will have a unique sound, as a special guest musician from the African country of Gambia will be featured. Foday Muso Suso is also an oral historian, a man that actually serves as a “living library” for his community, preserving and relaying their history through story and song. Suso plays an African instrument called a “kora,” along with other West African drums. Suso moved to the United States in 1977, and has also worked with a number of noteworthy musicians, including people like Herbie Hancock. This evening’s performance by Foday Musa Suso and the LCC Symphonic Band is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at the Rose Center Box Office, one hour prior to the performance. Admission is free for LCC students, faculty and staff.
The Blazers are at home tonight against the Chicago Bulls, KLOG 6:05 pm. The Warriors shoot for an NBA record 16th straight win to start the season when they play the Lakers tonight…..The Mariners have signed free agent catcher Chris Ianetta to a one-year contract. New G.M. Jerry Dipoto says Ianetta will be the primary starter and Mike Zunino will be the backup. Ianetta is coming off a tough season where he hit .188 with 10 homers for the Angels…..Former M’s manager Lloyd McClendon has been named the Tigers AAA manager in Toledo…..Longview Babe Ruth will have a board meeting tonight at 6 pm in the batting cages at Roy Morse Park…..In girls bowling today, Mark Morris takes on Evergreen at Big Al’s in Vancouver.
The Weather Service says that things are going to get chilly as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday. Forecasters say that a “sharp cold front” is expected to move ashore tonight, dropping the freezing level and the snow level to their lowest levels of the season. Snow levels are predicted to drop as low as 15 hundred feet overnight, well below the pass levels. Rain and snow showers are expected overnight, tapering off tomorrow. “Cold and blustery” weather is expected to come in behind this front, keeping daytime highs in the 40’s, and wind chills in the 20’s. They say that icy roads are possible after tonight, and there’s a possibility of some snow accumulation in the southern Willamette Valley, and in some spots around the Puget Sound. If you and the family are planning to be on the road this week, you’ll need to take these factors into account.
After a lot of cleanup and technical inspections, the Washington Department of Transportation re-opened West Side Highway on Saturday. The road had been completely closed near Hazel Dell Road since Wednesday, the 18th, when a large amount of mud, trees and other debris slid down onto the highway. WashDOT officials says that more than 30 truckloads of mud, rocks and trees were removed from the road. Engineers have also checked the stability of the hillside above the highway, and have determined it’s safe for travel.