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Rayonier Hunting Charges

Another private timberland owner is expanding charges for hunting access on their lands. Rayonier is now planning to charge $65 for a permit to hunt on land in Western Washington, covering property in Wahkiakum, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Clallam and Jefferson counties. Company officials say that a variety of permit levels are available, including low-cost general access hunting permits on 175,000 acres of land. The General Access permits cover that 175,000 acres, and are available form August 1 to December 31. They cover one adult and one person age 18 or younger, and cost $65 apiece. “Premium Seasonal” permits cost $150 or $200, and will allow two adults and their children under the age of 18 into specific parcels in Grays Harbor, Clallam and Jefferson Counties, also including camping. “Exclusive Seasonal” permits will allow access to gated areas in Pacific County; 175 permits costing $385 each will allow access to 31,000 acres on Fossil Creek, and there are also permits that are being auctioned off that will let hunters into 15,000 acres of gated land on Salmon Creek. “Recreational License Units” can also be purchased, granting exclusive use to those areas year-round. Get more information on the Rayonier web page.

New Elk Rules

After hearing a report from a special scientific panel, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is moving ahead with new rules that require elk hunters in Southwest Washington to remove the hooves from any elk that they harvest, and to leave those in the field. It’s hoped that this move will help to stop the spread of hoof rot in Southwest Washington elk, which is now thought to be caused by a bacteria that causes similar problems in domestic sheep. Also at the meeting in Olympia, the Commission approved this year’s waterfowl seasons, which are being set at 107 days in length. That comes after reports of record numbers of ducks on the northern breeding grounds. Full details on the new elk hunting rules, along with the waterfowl seasons and bag limits are available on the Fish and Wildlife website.

SWWDC Adds

In an effort to improve its collaboration with local industries and that training of the workforce for those industries, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council is adding 12 new members, including several Cowlitz County business owners and representatives. Council Chair John Vanderkin says that having representatives from these different companies will help to give greater insight into the training and hiring needs for the entire spectrum of business around the region. A few of the new members include Keath Huff, who is a systems engineer and account manager for Utilize I. T. of Longview, Mike Lemmons, a mortgage loan officer with Republic Mortgage Home Loans, and Bruce Warrick, the Continuous Improvement Manager at Kapstone Paper in Longview. The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council is a nonprofit organization that works to bring together funding, service providers, economic development and community groups to provide free training and employment services to local businesses, job seekers and youth. Get more information at www.swwdc.org.

KLOG Monday Sports

The Mariners are back in front in the race for the second AL Wild Card spot after they beat the Tigers 8-1 in Detroit yesterday. Chris Young pitched six shutout innings. The M’s are in Philadelphia to play the Phillies today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The eight regional champion teams arrive in Kelso tomorrow as the Babe Ruth World Series begins this week. The opening ceremonies, home run derby and Pioneer Lion BBQ is Wednesday at Story Field. The games begin at 12:05 pm Thursday. All the info you need is at longviewworldseries.com…..The Washington Huskies are ranked #25 in the AP College Football Poll for the first time in 11 years. The Ducks are at #3. Florida State is #1. The Dawgs open the season August 30th at Hawaii.

Council Votes to Study a Possible Reverse Flow

It’s going to cost about $217,000 to hire a consultant company to conduct a feasibility and cost study to find out what would be involved with going back to the Cowlitz River for Longview’s water supply. On June 26th, the City Council directed staff to develop a scope of work and cost estimate for the study, action that comes after continuing citizen complaints about water quality in the city. Last night, Mayor Don Jensen broke a 3-3 tie and voted to move ahead with the study. Following state law, staff is recommending that the company of CH2MHill be hired to conduct the study, which would involve a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a study website, a statistically valid customer survey, open houses, public service announcements and other methods to inform the citizens. The cost of the study will be paid with dollars that remain in the Regional Water Supply Project budget.

Senator Murray in Longview

Saying that this is another step in the revitalization of downtown Longview, Senator Patty Murray joined with county and city officials in helping to officially break ground on the Downtown Corridor Improvements Project on Commerce Avenue. Murray says that this project could really serve as a catalyst.

Work on the three blocks of Commerce going from Broadway to Washington Way has already commenced, and will go until the end of the year. The $2 million project will replace the sidewalks, improved ADA accessibility, and will also replace all of the street trees to improve sight lines. New historic-looking “acorn” street lights will be installed, along with rain gardens and other measures to help with stormwater management. To improve business access during construction, Commerce will be converted to one northbound lane between Broadway and Vandercook, with access maintained through the construction area, along with on-street diagonal parking. Get more details and updates on the project by going to the City of Longview website.

Accidental Shooting

Longview Police Thursday afternoon were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of 26th Avenue for a report of a juvenile shot in the face. Officers arrived on scene and found a 14 year old boy inside the residence and bleeding from the head. The boy was transported by ambulance to St. John Hospital and then taken to OHSU Hospital by Life Flight.

A 15 year old resident of the house advised he had found the hidden key to the gun safe and accessed a handgun inside the safe. The 15 year old advised he and the victim had been handling the gun, and that it fired as the 15 year old was putting it back in the gun safe.

Both parents were at work when the incident occurred and the 15 year old boy had been told not to have friends over when the parents were away. The parents advised the key to the safe was hidden, and they did not think their children knew where the key was located.

The names of the involved parties are not being released since they are juveniles.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Mariners open a road trip today with three big games at Detroit. James Paxton will start for Seattle against Rick Porcello today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Babe Ruth World Series store is open Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm. It’s located two doors down from Jimmy John’s on Washington Way. There is still a urgent need for five host families to step up prior to Sunday’s meeting. Also, the World Series committee will be at Squirrel Fest Saturday at the Civic Center…..The Seahawks host the San Diego Chargers in NFL Pre-season action tonight at Century Link Field in Seattle. The kickoff is at 7 pm. It’s the second of four pre-season games and the first game in front of the 12th man since the Super Bowl title.

KLOG Thursday Sports

The Mariners completed a three game sweep of Toronto with a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. Kendrys Morales hit a two run homer in the first inning and Hishashi Iwakuma and the bullpen made it hold up. The M’s take today off before playing three games at Detroit starting Friday…..The Babe Ruth World Series store is open at the Triangle Landing near Jimmy John’s. You can get your tickets, souvenirs and information there from 10 am to 6 pm. The World Series committee needs just five more host families. Inquire at longviewworldseries.com…..Bellevue Police have cleared Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch in an assault and property damage case. BPD says Lynch was not involved…..The Sounders blasted the Chicago Fire 6-0 to advance to the US Open Cup championship.

Stella Road Fire

Fire crews are back on their way to a home on Stella Road that was seriously damaged by fire yesterday afternoon. A rekindle was reported at 518 Stella Road at about 5:20 this morning, with a neighbor of the house reporting flames on the second floor of the home. The initial fire call came in around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, when Zachary Garoutte, 12, heard smoke alarms. He went outside and saw flames on the northwest side of the home. After calling his mother and 911, the boy got out of the house. The fire spread quickly through the home, which was built in 1940. Despite the best efforts of the fire crews, the home is considered to be an total loss. Several pets were rescued, but it’s suspected that a bird may have died in the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the Garoutte family; it’s reported that the family does have insurance. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.