The City of Longview is soliciting input on possible development plans for the Barlow Point area and the West Longview sewage lagoons, holding an Open House this evening at Mount Solo Middle School. The city is updating its Comprehensive Plan, looking at how land will be used in the future. Barlow Point and the West Longview Lagoons are two areas of emphasis as that update moves forward. For Barlow Point, the city is looking at a mix of residential and commercial uses, while Cowlitz County is looking at zoning the area as industrial. The West Longview sewage lagoons were decommissioned in 2012, and cleanup was completed in 2014. City officials are still trying to figure out what to do with that land. This evening’s Open House runs from 6 to 7:30 pm this evening in the Mount Solo Middle School cafeteria, and is open to anyone interested.
As the Longview School District puts forward the proposition that a new Longview Memorial Stadium will have to be built through private donations, the district is taking steps to smooth the process for making those donations. At last night’s Longview School Board meeting, they voted on changes to policies and procedures, removing restrictions on corporate donations with advertisements, a move that could pave the way for donations that could help to pay for a new Longview Memorial or other facilities in the district. The School Board also changed the policies and procedures for naming facilities, opening that door for private advertising, tied to the changes on corporate donations. Under the changes being made, the School Board will still need to approve the acceptance of a gift of ten thousand dollars or more; revenue from the donation must also meet at least one of four criteria; it must help support and improve student achievement, it has to help with maintenance of existing district programs and facilities, aid in the development of new facilities, or provide athletic, academic or activity scholarships for Longview students.
JH Kelly of Longview is being named as the “Benefactor of the Year” by the Lower Columbia College Foundation. Foundation officials say that previous selectees have a history of providing charitable support to the foundation, along with significant volunteer service. The LCC Foundation recognizes JH Kelly’s long and deep connection to the college and the community; it’s noted that JH Kelly has provided more than $100,000 in financial and in-kind gifts to LCC, supporting the Student Success Fund, Head Start, student scholarships and other programs. LCC President Chris Bailey points to the new Head Start Memorial Park building; JH Kelly donated more than $75,000 in labor and materials to help complete that project. They also note JH Kelly’s involvement in other community-based groups, organizations like the Columbia Theatre, United Way, and others. JH Kelly Chairman Dan Evans currently serves on the LCC Foundation Board of Directors, advocating for industrial and vocational training at the college.
Adelina Delao is being honored as the 2017 “Transforming Lives” award winner at Lower Columbia College. They say that Delao faced tremendous odds, starting with her birth to a drug-addicted mother. She and her brother lived a childhood of poverty and depredation, begging for food and abandoned at a drug house. Delao struggled with her academics, and was thrown out of the house by her stepfather, just days before she was supposed to start high school. After being suspended for four months, Delao made a vow that she would not end up like her mother. She eventually entered the Career Education Options program at LCC, where she began to excel almost immediately. Delao was named as Art Student of the Year for 2016, and received her Associate’s Degree in June of this year. Delao is now attending The Evergreen State College in Olympia, where she plans to pursue a Master’s program. The Transforming Lives Award is presented by the Washington State Association of College Trustees, recognizing students whose lives have been transformed after attending a community or technical college in Washington state.
High school basketball is underway this week with jamborees and stand alone games. Last night R.A. Long hosted a boys and girls jamboree and Mark Morris will host one tonight at 6:30 featuring five teams including the Monarchs and Kelso…..In college hoops last night, Oregon rallied to beat Boise State 68-63 and Oregon State blew out Southern Oregon 84-59…..The Mariners are looking for starting pitching after trading Taijuan Walker last week. The M’s acquired pitchers Rob Whalen and Max Povse from Atlanta for former first round pick Alex Jackson…..The Huskies will find out where they land in the second to last College Football Playoff rankings released this evening. UW is hoping for #4 which could mean a spot in the final four with a win over Colorado Friday night.
Tampa Bay held the Seahawks offense in check as the Buccaneers beat the Hawks 14-5 yesterday. Seattle’s three game win streak is snapped as they come home to host Carolina on Sunday…..The Huskies are ranked #4 in the AP college football poll after a big Apple Cup win last Friday. The Dawgs will play Colorado this Friday in the Pac-12 championship game…..James Harden scored 38 points to lead Houston to a 130-114 win over Portland last night…..Mt. Hood defeated Lower Columbia 85-67 yesterday in the final day of the Red Devil Classic. LCC drops to 2-2 on the season…..Gonzaga held on to beat Iowa State 73-71 at Advocare tournament in Florida…..Seattle beat Colorado 1-0 to advance to the MLS Cup soccer championship December 10th.
Jonathon Orland Smith, 37, of Longview is under arrest, after a homeowner reportedly caught Smith prowling cars up on Lynnwood Drive. At about 6:30 yesterday morning, a resident of the 2300 block of Lynnwood Drive called 911, saying that her husband had confronted and assaulted a man who supposedly had been prowling their car. Longview Police say that Smith was bleeding from the head, and they say that he gave a false name when he was first contacted; Smith was taken to St. John Medical Center, and then he was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery, second- and third-degree car prowling, second- and third-degree possession of stolen property, theft, and criminal impersonation. Smith is also being served with a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant.
The effort to identify a body found in the Columbia River last Friday morning is continuing. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area near KapStone Paper and Packaging at about 10:45 am on Friday, when tugboat crew members spotted the body floating near the mouth of the Cowlitz River. The Sheriff’s Office worked with the tug crew to recover the body, which was then turned over to the County Coroner’s office. No official identification has been made, but there’s some speculation that the body might be that of a 43 year-old man whose boat capsized near Portland back on October 30th. The investigation is continuing.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson is posting a video on Facebook, putting out a public appeal for information connected to the killing of Donald “Donny” Howard, 62, of Woodland. Last Tuesday morning, Howard’s body was found at his home on Dahlia Street in Woodland; the discovery was made after firefighters had extinguished a fire that had been set inside the house. An autopsy confirms that Howard died from homicidal violence, the result of blunt force trauma to the head. Sheriff Nelson says that Howard was known to frequent the banks of the Lewis River, fishing and selling his home-made fishing weights. Nelson says that he would also pick up trash and cans along the river and the road. Nelson says that they’re looking for anyone that had contact with Howard between Saturday, the 19th, and early on Tuesday, the 22nd. Call 577-3092 if you have information on this case; you can also text your tip by using the “TIP411” app on your cell phone.
Longview Police say that a 14 year-old boy is being trespassed from stores at the Triangle Center, after store security allegedly spotted the teen improperly touching other customers. Loss prevention specialists called LPD at about 2:20 Friday afternoon, saying that the teen was attempting to touch other customers on the rear ends; at least six separate incidents were documented, with the teen “moving quickly from customer to customer.” No charges are being reported at this time.