Longview Police are looking into a report of an attempted robbery that took place early this morning near the 15th Avenue Safeway store. Around 1:10 am, a crying woman flagged down an officer, claiming that a man had pulled a gun on her and demanded money. She didn’t say if the suspect actually got anything. She describes the man as a white male between the ages of 30 and 40, with a “poor complexion,” a skinny build, a purple hoody and shorts. Officers checked the area, but they didn’t find the suspect.
Saying that he’s “lost the passion for the job,” Skip Urling is resigning his post on the Longview School Board. Urling sent an e-mail to School Board President Jennifer Leach and to Interim Superintendent Greg Kirsch on the 6th of this month, announcing his intention to quit. In the e-mail, Urling says that the School Board deserves someone who is more dedicated than he is at this point, after 12 years on the panel. Formal action on Urling’s resignation is planned for next Monday’s regular meeting of the Longview School Board. The remaining School Board members now have 90 days to find a replacement, but Leach says that they hope to have a successor named by the end of this month.
Local librarians are out with a big “thank you” as this year’s Summer Reading Program wraps up. Longview Library officials report that nearly 4,800 youth and more than 700 adults attended 160 library-sponsored events during this year’s program. More than 1,000 children and more than 250 teens signed up to read for fun and prizes, and nearly 600 new library cards were issued. A record-breaking 977 people were able to qualify for free Cowlitz Black Bears tickets, attending on “Summer Reading Night, which took place on July 30th. The librarians in Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock and Kalama also have high praise and kudos going out to the sponsors and volunteers who helped to support the program.
The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce hits the links for today’s Business After Hours event, which is being held at the Mint Valley Golf Course. Between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, you’ll have a chance to meet new pro Nick Van. While you’re also enjoying tasty food and cold beverages, you can also take part in some “Big Break-style” golf games, putting contests, chipping contests, and the Par 3 course will be open for play. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 423-8400, or go to their website for more information.
Felix Hernandez extended his MLB record streak of at least seven innings with two runs or less, now at 16 straight outings. The Marines beat the Blue Jays 11-1 in front of a big crowd at Safeco Field. The teams will play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm. Seattle is one game behind in the race for the second wild card spot…..Fargo, North Dakota is the final regional champ to qualify for next week’s Babe Ruth World Series in Longview-Kelso. Fargo won the Midwest Plains title with a 7-3 win over St. Paul, Minnesota. There is still an urgent need for host families and game day volunteers. Please inquire by going to the website longviewworldseries.com…..Police in Bellevue are investigating whether Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of property.
The Mariners defeated the White Sox 4-2 yesterday as Austin Jackson drove in all four runs. The M’s host the Blue Jays tonight with Felix Hernandez pitching, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The 2014 Cowlitz Black Bears season came to a close yesterday with a 5-1 loss to Bellingham. The Bears ended up with a 24-30 record…..The final region champ will be decided for the Babe Ruth World Series August 20-28 at Story Field. Champs decided over the weekend include Woodinville, WA, Torrance, CA and Newtown, PA. The World Series organizing committee has a meeting set for 5:30 pm today upstairs at the LCC Student Center. Volunteers are asked to get more info at longviewworldseries.com…..The Seattle Sounders beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 last night.
It’s a bit below the initial goal that they had set, but this weekend’s Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Relay for Life still hit six figures in the amount of money raised in support of the American Cancer Society. Saturday and Sunday’s 24-hour event reportedly brought in $125,000, a little over half-way to the goal of $210,000, and less than last year’s total of $192,000. About 500 people took part in this year’s Relay for Life, including Darin Lee, who walked 52 miles as he stayed up for the entire 24 hours. You still have until the 31st of this month to make a donation, which will help boost the bottom line of this year’s event. You can get more information on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Relay for Life Facebook page.
The commercial huckleberry harvest season opens today in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Forest Service officials say that lower-elevation berries are ripe, and the higher-elevation berries are now starting to come on. If you would like some huckleberries for personal use, you can pick up to three gallons, free of charge, with no permit required. If larger quantities are wanted, or if you would like to process the berries into a product for sale, then a commercial permit is needed. There are some specific regulations that go along with the permits, which are available at the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument headquarters, or at any Ranger District office. Additional information is also available by going to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website.
A delay in a delivery of road oil may affect Cowlitz County road repairs early this week, but projects will still move ahead. Cowlitz County Public Works says that the delay in the road oil will not allow chip sealing operations that had been planned for today and tomorrow to move ahead. Head Secretary Amy Fillipello says that it’s possible that chip-sealing operations could resume later in the week. Other work will also continue, including the Headquarters Landfill Leachate Transmission Project, working this week in the area of North Pacific and Holcomb Road. The West Side Highway repaving project continues near Beebe Road, and there will also be paving on Old Highway 99 near the Owl Creek Bridge and on the lower end of Rose Valley Road. Striping operations will also proceed on Pinkerton Drive and South Pekin Road near Woodland.
Robert Edward Rasnake, 28, of Hayward, California is under arrest after he was reportedly caught inside a Longview woman’s apartment yesterday morning. The woman called 911 at about 6 am, claiming that she had woke up and found a man standing over her. The woman says that her boyfriend was able to respond to her, and pinned the suspect in the hallway of the apartment until police arrived. Officers then took Rasnake into custody on a charge of first-degree trespassing. He’s now being held on bail of $1,000.