The Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a dirt bike and a rider that evaded Deputies late last night. At 11:10 am, a deputy reported seeing a motorcycle traveling up Glenwood Drive, going at least 50 miles an hour. The deputy pursued the bike up into the hills, going onto Columbia Heights Road and then onto Lone Oak. The chase went back down to Pacific Way, and then onto Coal Creek Road. Deputies describe the motorcycle as a dirt bike with no plate, and they say that the rider was wearing a long-sleeved shirt that said “Eat Crab.” The rider eventually turned onto Ragland Road, and then went around a gate onto Weyerhaeuser property, losing the deputy. They have a description of the bike and the rider, but they haven’t identified that person.
The charges being filed against Makenzie Tatum, 21, of Vancouver could be elevated, after a man who was involved in a car crash that was supposedly caused by Tatum has died. State Troopers say that Harold Burdsall, 74, of Battle Ground died yesterday morning at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, three days after being involved in a two-car crash on SR 503 north of Vancouver. Troopers say that Burdsall was stopped at a rail crossing, also waiting for a C-Tran bus to pass. They say that Tatum failed to see the stopped traffic, crashing into Burdsall’s car. Tatum was cited for driving too fast for the conditions, but he could now face additional charges.
Word is getting out that Holly Bishop passed away over the weekend. Bishop had been taken to the hospital early last Friday morning, and on Saturday, his passing was announced by the Longview Kiwanis. Along with his local business “Bishop’s Bail Bonds,” he was a long-time cog in the community, owning local radio stations in addition to his bail bond company. Bishop was deeply involved in the community, with his long involvement in the Kiwanis and other service groups. Bishop was also a strong advocate of acquisitions for K-9’s in local police departments, helping to spearhead fundraisers to help pay for new dogs when older dogs retired. Memorial services are pending.
The Columbia River PUD says that a lawsuit filed by the former General Manager of the utility has been settled, saying that the case has been resolved without going to court. Last year, Kevin Owens filed suit against the PUD, claiming that a PUD official made “disparaging comments” about the former GM, which he claimed was a violation of the separation agreement he signed in 2014. That agreement says that neither side would have negative or disparaging comments in the media. Further study showed some improprieties in the agreement, and that Owens had also made “disparaging comments.” The PUD filed a counter claim, citing at least one incident where Owens made such comments. Late last week, a settlement was reported, with Owens agreeing to pay the PUD $5,000. All parties also agree to release all claims against the other. Other details were not released.
As the rain continues to fall in the local area, the Department of Natural Resources is lifting the outdoor burn ban west of the Cascades, effective at 12:01 this morning. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark says that the fall weather pattern shows that it’s time to lift the ban; conditions are also improving east of the mountains, and they say that campfires will be allowed in established pits in designated campgrounds on the east side of the Cascades. There are some restrictions; there are some portions of Northeastern Washington that still have a ban. There are also local restrictions that could stifle your outdoor burning plans. Check with your local fire agency to get the most current regulations.
Work is now under way on a roadway improvement project on Yew Street in Kelso, working between South Pacific Way and South 7th Avenue. The City of Kelso is contracting with Nutter Corporation of Vancouver, for a project to improve the roadway on Yew, along with the installation of a stormwater utility system along South 7th and Walnut. Work will be done during daylight hours, and is expected to take between three and five months. Local access will be maintained for local residents and guests, but they also say that short delays are possible. Some of this work is weather-dependent, and could extend the project. The city says that every attempt will be made to reduce delays. Call 577-3322 if you have questions.
This is the last day to get your pressure canner lid tested this year. The WSU Extension will be doing that testing from 10 to 11:30 this morning, helping you to make sure that your canner is working properly, and insuring that your canned foods will be properly sealed. There’s a small cost for each lid that’s tested. Call 577-3014 for more information.
The Longview Public Library is offering another Basic Computer Class today, going from 1 to 3 pm today in the Library Auditorium. This is for people who have little to no computer experience, helping you to improve that literacy, and to help folks become more comfortable with these devices. There’s no need to bring a laptop or other device, as they’ll be using the library’s laptops for the class. There is a limit of ten students, so you should call 442-5300 to sign up.
This evening’s Business After Hours event will take place at SERVPRO of Longview, running from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. They’ll have great food and beverages, along with raffles and great information about this cleanup and restoration company. You do need to register before you attend; go to the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce web page, or call 423-8400 to sign up.
The King Brothers will play at The Sock Hop that’s being put on tonight by the Longview Pioneer Lions. Tonight’s event is a benefit for the Lions’ Scholarship Program, Camp Leo for diabetic kids, and other community project. Your ticket will also include a nacho/taco snack bar. The doors open at 6 at the Elks lodge on Ash Street in Kelso, and then the program will run from 7 to 10 pm. Contact the Elks for tickets.
Toronto got a great pitching performance from Marco Estrada in a 3-2 win over the Mariners last night. Robinson Cano broke up Estrada’s no-hit bid in the 7th inning. J.A Happ goes for his 20th win tonight against Hisashi Iwakuma, KLOG 6:00 pm. The Jays lead the M’s by three games in the Wildcard chase…..The NFL has fined Pete Carroll $200,000 and the team $400,000 for violating off-season workout rules. The Hawks also lose a 5th round draft pick…..In boys golf, Damon Temanson fired a 38 to lead Kelso over Ridgefield and Zach Kochis led R.A. Long to a win over Washougal. MM hosts Woodland today…..In volleyball tonight, RAL is at Woodland at 7 pm…..In girls soccer, Heritage is at Kelso (7 pm), RAL at Woodland (7 pm) and MM hosts Black Hills at Northlake (5 pm).
The Longview School Board meets in special workshop this afternoon, where they plan to discuss concepts for dealing with the master plan for dealing with district facilities. Recent reports shows that the district has upwards of $200 million in capital needs over the next 30 years, and needs to figure out a way to pay for this needed upkeep and repair. Right now, three main ideas are jelling; the “Conservative Plan” would cost a projected $81 million, would work over five years, and would delay a decision about Longview’s high schools until after that five years. The “Mid-Range” Plan would go five to 15 years, would cost between $160 million and $234 million; all elementary schools would get lunchrooms, Mint Valley would be replaced, and options for the high schools would be considered. The “Long-Range” plan covers 30 years at a cost of $194 million. This plan would close four or five buildings, and would also look at options for the high schools. This afternoon’s meeting starts at 5:30 pm in Longview School Board meeting room, and it open to the public. No action will be taken at this evening’s meeting.
The Fall Quarter opens today at Lower Columbia College, and the college is hoping to make things a bit easier and more welcoming for new students. From 7:30 to 11:30 am today, LCC staff will be set up in the Outdoor Pavilion next to the Student Center, serving coffee and hot apple cider, while also handing out campus maps and coupons for the LCC Bookstore. They will also be available to answer questions, and provide information to new students trying acclimate themselves to the college. LCC also has answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the start of classes posted on the college Facebook page.