About five minutes after the dog attack at St. John Medical Center, Longview Police were called to the Social Security Administration offices on Ocean Beach Highway, where it was reported that a man was attacking a security guard. Those on the scene also reported that the attacker had been pepper-sprayed, and that a citizen had moved in to try and provide assistance. It was reported that the attacker had been subdued and handcuffed within just a couple of minutes; Longview Police arrested the 54 year-old Kelso man on misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment. That person is currently free after posting bail of $2,000.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers lined out its preferred alternative of management of sediment from Mount St. Helens at a lightly-attended public meeting held last night in Longview. Despite the apparent lack of local interest, Project Manager Tim Kuhn says that they’re excited about getting to this point. The preferred alternative that the Corps is looking at is a “phased construction” plan that would extend out to 2035, using a combination of raising the spillway of the existing Sediment Retention Structure, construction of “grade-building structures” on the sediment plain above the SRS, and as-needed dredging in the lower 20 miles of the Cowlitz River. The total cost of these measures is currently put at about $280 million, with the bulk of that targeted at the Cowlitz River dredging. Since that would only be “as-needed,” there’s a chance that the overall cost could be lower. Under the current timeline, the revised Environmental Impact Statement would be approved in spring of next year, which would then be followed by the funding request and continued monitoring of the river. If dollars are appropriated, then design would be done in 2017, and the first phase of construction would begin in 2018. A second public information meeting on this Draft EIS will be held next Wednesday, starting at 5 pm in the Toutle Lake Schools multi-purpose room.
After getting only one application for an open seat on the Kelso School Board, the remaining members of that panel will hold a special meeting at 4:30 pm on the 17th, where they will interview that person, and then will discuss next steps. Board President Bob Lucas says that they’re not releasing the candidate’s name at this time, but the interview will be held in open session. The site of the meeting hasn’t yet been set.
The Astros beat the Mariners 5-2 last night. Seattle fails to gain any ground in the Wild Card race, now a half game behind Detroit. The M’s have a day off before hosting Oakland in a key series this weekend…..The Mark Morris football team plays its home opener tonight as they take on Columbia River in a 7 pm start at Longview Memorial, FM 105.5 Cookin Country…..Mt. Hood defeated Lower Columbia 3-0 in college volleyball last night…..In prep volleyball, Kalama swept past Toutle Lake 3-0. Tonight, Kelso is at Mt. View, Woodland at Kalama and Rainier at Clatskanie…..The GSHL girls swimming relays are today at Gaither Pool in Kelso, 4 pm…..In boys golf today, Mt. View takes on Kelso at Three Rivers and Centralia plays R.A. Long at Mint Valley.
The Longview City Council meets tonight at 7 pm, with plans to take action on several utility rate schedules for the coming year. This comes after last week’s workshop, where staff presented its recommendations for the 2015 rate schedule. Resolutions covering water, sewer and stormwater rates are on tonight’s agenda, looking at a 6.5 percent raise in water rates, a 5 percent hike in sewer rates, and a 12 percent rise in stormwater rates. Solid waste rates will be handled in a future meeting. Also on tonight’s agenda will be a recommendation on the selection of an executive search firm to conduct the search for a new City Manager. Current City Manager Bob Gregory announced his retirement in late July, to be effective by the end of the year. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public, and the Council will take public input prior to taking a vote on action items.
Starting on Wednesday, October 1st, you’ll have an opportunity to upgrade and add to your personal book collection on a regular basis, as the Friends of the Library open up their monthly book sales. The Friends are announcing that they plan to hold book sales on the first Wednesday of each month, with thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and other items for sale at “unbelievably low prices.” The sale will run from 10 am to 7 pm in the Library Auditorium, with books and items that will appeal to all walks of life and every level of reader. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Friends of the Longview Library, and their ongoing efforts to support services and programs at the Library. Call Elizabeth Partridge at 442-5321 if you need more information.
The Astros scored a run in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Mariners 2-1 last night. The Tigers and A’s also won so Seattle is now a half-game out of the final AL Wild Card spot. Hishashi Iwakuma pitches for the M’s tonight against Houston, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Kelso’s Trevor May held Cleveland to two runs on five hits over five innings as his Twins won 4-3. It was May’s second MLB victory…..Clackamas beat LCC in volleyball last night. The Devils host Mt. Hood tonight at 6 pm at MM…..In prep volleyball, RAL swept past Evergreen 3-0, MM outlasted Mt. View 3-2 and Ridgefield beat Kelso 3-0…..Olympic roughed up LCC 8-0 in soccer…..In prep soccer, RAL shutout Castle Rock 2-0, Kelso beat Battle Ground 3-1 and Maddie Early had three goals in MM’s 6-0 win over Centralia.
A detail from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office made a quick trip to and from San Francisco yesterday, picking up a man wanted in the local area on homicide charges. James Antonio Benson-Piscopo, 27, of Omak is now being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail on a charge of homicide by controlled substance. Details on the case haven’t yet been released, nor have authorities discussed how Benson-Piscopo was taken into custody. Additional information should be coming out after his first appearance in Cowlitz County Superior Court.
If you’re heading through West Kelso this morning, you may see some congestion in the area of 5th Avenue, as repairs are made to a fiber optic cable that came down overnight. This was reported to Cowlitz County 911 at about 3:30 this morning, when the cable was seen lying across Catlin Street, and was also found to be hanging across the westbound travel lanes of West Main. Kelso Police report that the cable is about a half-inch in diameter, and is marked “fiber-optic.” As a result, there may also be some issues with phone, cable or internet service in West Kelso this morning. CenturyLink reportedly has repair crews en route, and the equipment needed to complete those repairs could block traffic for a while.
You’re going to have to wait until this evening to soothe that craving for a slice of pie from Shari’s, as the restaurant on Kelso Drive is currently closed for repairs. Signs are posted outside of the restaurant just off of the Allen Street exit on I-5, saying that the building will be closed until this evening. The nature of the needed repairs has not been disclosed.