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Port Westward Roadblocks

Plans for a similar ethanol production facility across the river near Clatskanie are running into some trouble, as a state panel rejects a proposal to convert a large parcel of land at Port Westward to industrial purposes, and an application for a dock development grant is also rejected. It’s being reported that the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals is rejecting a previous decision to re-zone 800 acres of land at Port Westward for industrial development. In making its ruling, LUBA stated that the Port of Saint Helens did not prove that there is a need for additional industrial lands. The issue is being sent back for additional review, and could be re-submitted. The Oregon Transportation Commission also rejected a “Connect Oregon” grant that would have paid for dock improvements at Port Westward that would have also helped the Northwest Innovation Works ethanol facility that’s being proposed there. Port officials call this decision a political move, and they say it’s not based on a fair review of the possible uses for the proposed dock improvements.

Suspect Pix

a14-2570_male[1]The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is releasing pictures of a man and a woman who are being listed as suspects in a credit card fraud investigation. Detective Rob Stumph says that the couple made purchases at Walmarts in Longview and Chehalis. In the security photos that are being released, the suspects are middle-aged Caucasians; the woman is seen wearing a black and green jacket, a white hat, and a black and white shirt. The man is heavy-set, and was wearing a white golf shirt and a black ball cap. It’s claimed that the male suspect is the one who actually had possession of the victim’s credit card. Stumph also says that the couple may be associated with an older-model white station wagon, but the make and model isn’t known. The photos are posted on www.flashnews.net. If you have information on these two people, call Sheriff’s Detective Rob Stumph at 577-3092.

Community House Plugged

After nearly two days of severe restrictions on water use, things are once again running normally at Community House on Broadway, after some plugged drains were eventually located and cleaned out. Today’s Daily News reports on the problems that started earlier this week. The drain problems started on Monday, and weren’t fixed until yesterday afternoon. Residents of the facility at 11th and Broadway say that there were some significant issues, as they were allowed only to urinate in bathrooms, and were not allowed to flush toilets. Porta-potties were set up outside, but there apparently was some confusion about the permissions to enter and exit the building to use those at night. There were also meal problems, since the kitchen was unable to wash dishes. Community House Director Frank Morrison says that they finally found the problem in a drain behind a wall in the women’s bathroom, which had to be removed to complete the repairs.

Longview Council Preview

Longview’s water quality will once again be a topic of discussion at tonight’s City Council meeting. City officials say that the situation with scale in the water pipes is continuing to improve, but complaints continue to roll in about spotting and mineral deposits, odor and taste. The Council plans to honor the Southwest Washington YMCA as the city’s first “Make Longview Beautiful” award-winner, along with a presentation of a Host City Award for the 2014 Babe Ruth World Series. They will hear a recommendation to change the name of R. A. Long Park to R. A. Long Memorial Park, and City Manager Bob Gregory will present the mid-year budget review. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 pm in the City Council chambers at the Longview City Hall, and is open to the public.

EPA Fines

Emerald Kalama Chemical and two fuel stations in Woodland are among the more than 50 companies fined by the Environmental Protection Agency in the second quarter of the year. The EPA fined Emerald Kalama $18,340 for violations of the EPA’s leak detection and repair regulations, an incident that happened on May 27th of this year. In addition, Wilson Oil was handed two separate fines of $420 apiece for Underground Storage Tank rule violations that were discovered at the Pacific Pride fuel station and at the Woodland CFN station, with both violations reported on June 27th.

KapStone Certifications

KapStone Paper and Packaging’s mill in Longview now has some of the highest certification standards in the paper-making industry, as the company announces that the Longview facility is now certified under the Sustainable Forest Industry and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Chain of Custody standards. The mill had previously been certified to the SFI fiber sourcing standards; KapStone President Randy Nebel says that these new certifications give the company one more way to demonstrate performance in the area of environmental protection. He says that it shows that the company is performing at the highest levels of protecting water quality, conservation of wildlife habitat, biodiversity and much more.

Kelso Chip Sealing

Work starts today on the chip sealing program in the City of Kelso. Starting today, the city plans to chip-seal North 1st Avenue from Pacific to Division, North 2nd and North 3rd from Donation to Barnes, North 4th from Division to Barnes, all of Croy Street, all of Division, all of Ineer Street and all of Maxwell. The work is scheduled to begin at 7:30 this morning, and should be completed by 4 pm. There will be some traffic disruptions connected to this work, and street will also need to be completely clear of vehicles. Those vehicles not cleared may be towed at the owner’s expense. Detours will also be posted around work areas; you should use alternate routes to avoid congestion and traffic delays.

Moss Promoted

The County Commissioners stay in-house for their new Public Works Director, promoting Mike Moss from his position as the Event Center Director, effective September 16th. Commission Chair Mike Karnofski says that Moss has the experience and background to oversee the county’s roads, bridges, water, sewer, stormwater and solid waste facilities. For the past nine years, Moss has been running multiple operations as the Cowlitz County Event Center Director, overseeing management of the fairgrounds and Expo Center, along with the Cowlitz County Regional Conference and Events Center. Prior to that, Moss worked in the private sector as a general manager, a plant supervisor and a production supervisor. He also has an educational background in business and human resource management. The Commissioners haven’t yet determined what they plan to do with Moss’ current position; they may provide some direction on that within the next week or so.

KLOG Thursday Sports

There will be free admission for the championship game of the Babe Ruth World Series tonight at Story Field, KLOG 7:00 pm. Lumber River NC beat Torrance CA 4-3 and Broomall-Newtown, PA defeated Tri-County, TX 7-3 in last night’s semi-finals. The Longview World Series Committee is offering the free admission as thanks to the community and to encourage a good crowd for the visiting kids…..The Rangers pummeled the Mariners 12-4 yesterday. The M’s have today off…..The WSU Cougars open the college football season by hosting Rutgers at Century Link in Seattle tonight…..The Seahawks close out the pre-season with a game at Oakland tonight…..The LCC women’s soccer team tied Grays Harbor 3-3 last night. The Devils host Whatcom at 12 pm Saturday.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Longview and Kelso’s run in the Babe Ruth World Series came to an end last night with quarterfinal losses. Broomall-Newtown, PA beat Longview 12-3 and Torrance, CA downed Kelso 13-3. The semi-final are tonight as Broomall-Newtown takes on Tri-County, TX at 5:05 pm followed by Torrance against Lumber River, NC at 7:35 pm. Both games live on KLOG…..The Mariners shutout Texas 5-0 last night as James Paxton got the win. The M’s are playing the Rangers in a day game today, KLOG 11:30 am…..The LCC women’s soccer team opened the season with a 5-0 win over Rogue at the NWAC Friendlies in Tukwila. Jade Reid had two goals and Sema Alvarado, Blair Bowman and Maddie White each had a goal. The Devils take on Grays Harbor at 6:30 pm at the Starfire complex.