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Fibre Federal Robbery

14-78_Credit_Union_Robbery_picturesThe FBI is now going over information that was collected from yesterday’s robbery that was reported at the Triangle Shopping Center branch of Fibre Federal Credit Union. This incident happened around 2:40 pm, when a man put a newspaper down in front of a teller, and then told that person to “put the money on the paper.” No weapon was displayed, as the suspect left on foot, last seen heading south down the alley. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 30’s or early 40’s, about six feet tall, with a heavier build. The suspect was “slightly balding,” with dark hair and a full beard. He was seen to be wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans. There was a massive response to the incident, with multiple units from Longview Police and the Sheriff’s Office setting up containment to try and corral the suspect. At least one person was stopped and questioned, and a search was conducted on the upper floor of a building at 12th and Vandercook Way. Despite those efforts, the suspect was not located, and the investigation is continuing.

Drowning Victim ID’d

The man who drowned in Mayfield Lake back on the second of this month is now being identified as 51 year-old Terence E. Murphy of Winlock. He had been missing and was presumed to be drowned after he jumped off of a 30-foot cliff near Ike Kinswa State Park, and then failed to resurface. Using a remote-controlled and camera-equipped submersible, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team located and recovered Murphy’s body on Monday, lodged between the cliff wall and a log, in about 65 feet of water. Authorities say that foul play is not suspected, but they do believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the death. An autopsy is reportedly planned for today.

State of the Cities

The Mayors and City Managers of Kelso and Longview will be featured at today’s Quarterly Meeting of the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, where those men will deliver the annual “State of the Cities” report. David Futcher and Steve Taylor from Kelso will join Don Jensen and Bob Gregory from Longview in discussing the current projects and challenges that each city is dealing with. Another highlight from today’s event is that this will be the final “State of the Cities” event where Bob Gregory will speak as Longview’s City Manager. This is scheduled to go from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm today at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce at 423-8400 for registration information.

KLOG Thursday Sports

The Los Angeles Angels exploded for five runs in the 7th inning to beat the Mariners 5-0 last night. The Halos clinch the AL West crown with the win, while the M’s fall two back of the Wild Card. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Green River scored a goal in the 83rd minute to down the LCC soccer team 1-0 yesterday…..In prep soccer today, Hockinson is at Kelso and Ridgefield plays R.A. Long at Monticello MS…..The Kelso boys golf team beat Washougal 172-202 yesterday. The Scots are back at it today against Bay at Heron Lakes…..Tonight’s volleyball schedule includes Ridgefield at R.A. Long and Mark Morris at Hudson’s Bay…..RAL runs against Ridgefield and Washougal in a 4 pm cross country meet at Lake Sacajawea.

Reynolds Cleanup

The Department of Ecology is out with an updated on the cleanup of the old Reynolds Metals-Millennium Bulk Terminals facility in west Longview. Ecology reports that the comments received on the “Agreed Order Amendment” regarding Columbia River sediments have been reviewed, and they now say that the contaminated sediments should be removed. The Cleanup Action Plan will be amended to reflect this decision, and should be available for public comment early next year. The comments on the draft Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study have also been reviewed, and Ecology is now working on a “Responsiveness Summary,” dealing with the large number of comments that came in. They anticipate finalizing the RI/FS and the Responsiveness Summary in the next few weeks, and will be sending that out after its completion. Separate from the cleanup, Ecology is also engaged in the environmental review of the permit applications submitted by Millennium in regard to its coal terminal proposal. It’s emphasized that, regardless of the ultimate disposition of those permits, the cleanup of the property will still continue. Get full details on the Department of Ecology web page.

Martin’s Bluff Meeting

Work is progressing on the Martin’s Bluff Rail Improvement Project, with the Washington Department of Transportation announcing that the Environmental Assessment for “Tasks 5 and 6” is complete and ready for public comment. The Martin’s Bluff project is part of an effort all along the Amtrak Cascades corridor between Portland and Vancouver, B. C., looking at ways to better separate and improve passenger and freight traffic through that corridor. They’re looking at a bypass that would upgrade the track in the local area, along with a third “main track” between Kelso and the Longview Junction. You can review the latest on this project by going to an open house that’s planned for today from 4 to 6 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD building in Longview. Comments are being accepted until September 27th; get more details on these projects by going to the WashDOT website

LCP Bingo Party

You can become a member of the “Legion of Bingo” at tonight’s party that’s being put on by the Lower Columbia Professionals, hosted by the Longview American Legion Post 155. Things get started at 5:30 pm; your entry fee will get you ten Bingo cards, and food will also be provided. You’re asked to fly your team colors, and bring some extra cash for extra chances to win that will come up through the evening. This is a 21-and-over event; Contact the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Merit Scholar Semis

Two students from southwest Washington are among the 16 thousand that have been selected as semi-finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They’re now competing for one of the 76 hundred National Merit Scholarships that will be presented next spring, worth a total of about 33 million dollars. Luke Staley is a home-schooler from Cathlamet, and has been able to make the cut as a semi-finalist, as is Chloe Zimmerman of Naselle High School. About 1.4 million juniors from 22,000 high schools across the country applied for this years Merit Scholar program. About 15,000 of the 16,000semi-finalists are expected to advance to “finalist” status, with that announcement made in February. The scholarship awards will be presented in April.

Fair Attendance

Attendance numbers from this year’s Cowlitz County Fair are now being disclosed, and fair officials say that they are “happy” with the final results. It’s reported that 60,815 people attended this year’s Cowlitz County Fair, up more than 2013’s total of 57,100. More importantly, fair officials also report that revenues at this year’s fair is up 9 percent over last year. Kathi Mattenen, the Cowlitz County Event and Fair Coordinator, thanks everyone who helped to make this year’s fair a success, and they’re already working to build on this year’s success as they start to prepare for next July’s Cowlitz County Fair.

Give More 24!

The first-ever “Give More 24!” online giving event starts at 7 this morning, and will continue until 7 tomorrow morning. This event is being arranged by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, intended as a way to empower people to give what they can, wherever they are, anywhere in the world. More than 80 local non-profits have registered to be a part of this event, listed in an easy-to-use directory, with secure donation forms for charitable giving. In addition, the “Give More 24!” web page allows users to encourage friends and family to join them in giving to these local groups, via sharing on social media. The Community Foundation is also raising money from individuals and businesses, to fund prizes connected to giving, along with a “stretch pool” that will multiply each donation. This model of fundraising is called peer-to-peer fundraising, crowdfunding or crowdraising, and uses the leverage of individual social networks and incentives to boost the fundraising atmosphere. Find out more about how you can participate by going to www.give-more-24.org.