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Snow Alert

They have the “S” word in the forecast for the next couple of days, saying that there’s a good chance of low-level snow in the local area today and tomorrow. The Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory covering much of the region, going until noon today for Cowlitz County. Snow showers are predicted for the local area, with the heaviest showers expected between 5 and 7 am today. They say that the best chance of accumulating snow is above 700 feet, with one to three inches expected. Above 1,000 feet, two to four inches is expected in the Coast Range, and up to six inches in the Cascade Foothills. The Winter Weather Advisory is up until 2 pm in the Foothills, with three to six inches expected at those elevations.

Monday Morning School Information

Longview – Morning snow routes for routes #5, and route #13
Kelso – Morning snow routes for routes #1, 4, 15, 20, 29, 31
Woodland – Little Kalama River Road and Shirley Gordon Road on Snow Route
Toledo (WA) – Closed
Winlock – Closed
Jewell – Closed
EOCF Head Start/E-CAP (Woodland) – No morning Head Start in Yacolt

Kalama Robbery

Robert Craig Rowland, 20, is under arrest on five felony and three misdemeanor counts, accused of stealing cigarettes and coffee before taking law enforcement officers on a car chase this past Saturday afternoon. The theft was reported at about 1:40 pm on Saturday, at the Rebel Truck Stop, just south of Kalama. The clerk claims that the suspect pointed some sort of weapon at her, possibly a can of pepper spray. The clerk was able to get a license number, and it turns out that the suspect was driving a car reported as stolen out of Marysville. Kalama Police, Woodland Police and the State Patrol converged on the area, eventually spotting the suspect in the area of Finn Hall Road and Hawks View Road. A Kalama Officer spotted and stopped the car that Rowland was driving on Hawks View. Rowland is now being charged with second-degree robbery, felony eluding, possession of illegal drugs, possession of a stolen car, attempted car theft and three misdemeanor charges, held without bail at this time.

Reckless Shooter Snagged

Thomas Max Mann, 46, of Castle Rock is being charged with reckless endangerment, after he allegedly fired “numerous” rounds at his home on Studebaker Road early last Saturday morning. Deputies called Lower Columbia SWAT to the home, after they responded to the home after getting a report that there was gunfire coming from the house. Responding to the home in the 400 block of Studebaker Road shortly after midnight, the first deputy on the scene reported hearing gunfire; the deputy announced his presence, ordering the person inside to disarm himself and come out. Those demands were met with a refusal and more gunfire. Additional Deputies arrived, along with SWAT; neighboring houses were evacuated, while additional attempts were made to get Mann to surrender. After about two hours, Mann did give himself up; they say that he had no explanation for his behavior, and he did not appear to be impaired. Mann is currently being held on the single count, with bail set at $10,000.

Stolen Car Torched

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the burning of a stolen car, an incident reported early yesterday morning in the 100 block of Pineview Lane in Longview. A resident of the area called 911 at about 1:30 yesterday morning, saying that there was a car on fire in front of their house. Firefighters responded and got the fire put out, and that’s when it was discovered that this car had been stolen from a location in Battle Ground. Information on the recovery of the stolen car was relayed to the owner, while the theft investigation continues.

Methanol Permit

One of the first big permits for the proposed Northwest Innovation Works methanol production and export facility came through last week, as the Southwest Clean Air Agency issues a preliminary air quality permit. In the draft permit, the agency determines that the plant would NOT be a major polluter, and would be categorized as a “small emitter” of airborne material. The public comment period on this draft permit is now open, and reportedly has been extended to January 5th. The Clean Air Agency plans to hold a public hearing on the permit on January 4th at the Cowlitz PUD building in Longview; there’s an Open House at 4 pm, followed by the hearing at 6 pm. View the permit and associated documents on

Marbled Murrelet Hearings

Cathlamet is on the list of sites for public hearings connected to the draft Environmental Impact Statements regarding the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy, and the Sustainable Harvest Calculation from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. These draft documents were released on Friday and are now available for public comment. The comment period on these documents is open through March 9th of next year; they’re available for review on the DNR web page. A series of public hearings is planned, starting on January 10th, and going through January 19th. The last of the four hearings will be held on Thursday, January 19th at Julius A. Wendt Elementary School in Cathlamet. Webinars are also being set up; the Marbled Murrelet plan will be discussed on-line on January 24th, while the Sustainable Harvest Calculation will be discussed on January 26th. Get full details on the DNR web page.

Water Flushing

The City of Longview continues its water-flushing schedule this week, with work planned all across the city. Tonight, they plan to work in Area #1 and Area #2, going from 7 to 11 pm. Area #1 goes between Industrial Way and Nichols Boulevard, between Oregon Way and Washington Way; Area #2 is between 33rd Avenue and Nichols, going from Ocean Beach Highway to Washington Way. Tomorrow night, they’ll be working in Area #4, the area between 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach and Lake Sacajawea, and then on Wednesday, they’ll work in Area #3, the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Work is planned from 7 to 11 pm each night; advisory signs will be posted in work area. You’re advised to avoid using water while this work is going on, and to flush your own plumbing after the work is done.

NW Voices

The Northwest Voices Literary Series continues today in Longview, with Lilly Robbins Brock coming in for a reading tonight at the Longview Public Library. After her recent retirement, Brock has written across a wide variety of subject matter, including “Food Gift Recipes from Nature’s Bounty,” an organic gardening book, “Intrepid Journey,” a historical novel about coming to the Northwest via steamship in the 1850’s, and “Wooden Boats and Iron Men,” a life account about a local World War II veteran and PT Boat sailor. Brock will be reading from her works this evening at 7 pm, in the Magazine Room on the upper level of the library. This event is free and is open to anyone interested.

Walk & Knock Totals

They’re still accepting donations and collecting the totals, but those involved with last Saturday’s Walk & Knock Food Drive say that the initial numbers show that they collected more this year than they did last year. Preliminary totals announced on Sunday came in at 37,651 pounds of food, and just over $14,000 in cash donations. That compares to 34,000 pounds of food and about $12,000 in cash. The donations will go to support the Help Food Warehouse and the local food banks that they supply; donations that will count under the Walk & Knock are still be accepted through this week; it you would still like to help out, call Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430, and press zero to get help.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Pac-12 football championship game is tonight at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, KLOG 5:00 pm. The Huskies can possibly get a College Football Playoff berth, while Colorado can clinch a Rose Bowl berth…..The Kelso Lassies defeated the R.A. Long Lumberjills 58-42 last night. Kylee Gibbs had 16 points and 18 rebounds…..Tonight, it’s the Kelso boys at R.A. Long and Mark Morris hosts Hudson’s Bay (FM 101.5 The Wave at 6:45 pm)…..The LCC basketball team hosts four college game this weekend including LCC versus Umpqua at 8 pm Saturday night and LCC against Chemeketa at 4 pm Sunday…..The Three Rivers Wrestling Classic is at Mark Morris beginning tomorrow morning at 9 am. MM, RAL, Kelso and other local teams will be on hand.