Authorities in Clatsop County report recovering the bodies of a man and a dog, found floating in the water near the Hammond Marina, near Fort Stevens. It’s believed that the body is that of Michael “Sean” Ohrenich, 62, who has been missing since March 30th, along with his small Corgi dog. They say that the bodies were found close to where Ohrenich’s car was found, reported in the water at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon. The Clatsop County Marine Patrol helped to recover Ohrenich’s body, and also found the dog during that process. The body is now in the possession of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Employees of the Longview Post Office got hold of Longview Police early this morning, reporting that tires on several of their vehicles had been slashed. They didn’t say how many vehicles had been hit. At this time, no suspects have been identified. It’s not known at this time if they Postal Service has video security cameras pointed at the area where their vehicles are parked.
Just a few days after the statewide 911 outage in Washington state, Wahkiakum County reported another outage yesterday morning. The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office contacted Cowlitz County at about 8:45 yesterday morning, reporting that “all phones were down.” 911 dispatching was transferred to Cowlitz County, until Wahkiakum County called back an hour later to report that things were back to normal. The cause of this outage isn’t yet known. Over the weekend, CenturyLink disclosed that Thursday morning’s outage was caused by a “technical error by a third-party vendor.” They say that the vendor worked with CenturyLink to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. They’re still analyzing this situation, to see if steps can be taken to prevent a repeat.
The City of Longview says that it looks like Columbia Heights Road will remain closed for several more weeks. The road is currently closed between upper and lower Maplewood Drive, after the slope above Columbia Heights Road slid down on March 26th. Tarps currently cover the area that has failed, in an attempt to get that area to dry out. Public Works Director Jeff Cameron says that the geotechnical contractors hired by the city plan to bring a drill rig in on the 22nd, with the intent of drilling some holes to explore the depth and stability of the slope. After those drill samples are checked over, then the city will have an idea of the type and length of repairs that will need to be done. It’s currently speculated that the current closure and detour situation will remain in place until at least mid-June. People needing to get to the upper Columbia Heights area can still use Laurel Road, Glenwood Road and Virginia Way, and Nevada Drive.
“Area 3” will be flushed this week by City of Longview water department crews. This is the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going form Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Work is planned tonight through Thursday night, going from 7:30 to 11:30 pm each night. Advisory signs will be posted in the work areas; remember that flushing may stir up sediment in your residential pipes, so you’re advised to flush your own pipes prior to using the water for brushing teeth, cooking or washing closures.
A week-long razor clam dig opens this morning and runs through next Sunday. Twin Harbors is open for digging on this morning’s low tide; Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Add Mocrocks to the mix on Friday, and then on Saturday and Sunday, all four main clam beaches will be open, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks. Remember that you’re going to need a current shellfish license to be legal for digging. The 2013 licenses expired on March 31st. Next Saturday and Sunday is the second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, and Saturday also marks the annual Washington Coast Cleanup Day. Fishery managers say that they’re nearing the end of the 2014 spring season, but they’re still hopeful of offering a digging opportunity in May.
It’s kind of a short turnaround, but it’s a big accomplishment for the Bits and Bots Team 3812, as the local high school robotics team qualifies for the World Championships, coming up later this month in St. Louis. Bits and Bots advisor Bob Koenig says that the team was one of 64 from Washington and Oregon that competed in the Pacific Northwest District Championships at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland over this past weekend. In 12 “Aerial Assist” qualifying matches, Bits and Bots went 8-4, placing them 8th heading into the championship rounds. Working in a three-team alliance, they won their quarterfinal matches, but then lost their first semi-final match. In their second semi-final, Bits and Bots hit a ten-point shot at the buzzer, good for a 122-117 win. In their third semi-final, a teammate’s robot broke, so they did not advance to the finals. In the end, however, Bits and Bots Team 3812 finished ranked 14th out of 153 teams, which qualifies for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis. 400 teams from around the world are scheduled for that competition, which will be played from the 23rd to the 26th in the Edward Jones Dome.
The Blazers and Warriors traded punches last night before Portland came away with a 119-117 overtime win. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 to led the Blazers. Stephan Curry had 47 for Golden State…..Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer to lead the Oakland A’s to a 3-0 win over Seattle. The Mariners play at Texas tonight, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team swept a four game series over Green River this past weekend. Sunday the Devils beat the Gators 11-0 and 9-0. LCC is now 9-1 in league play…..The Kelso baseball team plays at Hudson’s Bay today at 4 pm…..The LCC softball team won three of four games at the Skagit Cross Over in Mt. Vernon over the weekend…..In prep softball today, R.A. Long hosts Washougal and Mark Morris is at Ridgefield.
Felix Hernandez gets the start tonight as the Mariners host the Oakland A’s, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team hosts Green River tomorrow for a 1 pm double header…..R.A. Long swept Washougal 10-5 and 7-1 in prep baseball. #2 Tumwater edged Mark Morris 5-4…..In prep softball, R.A. Long defeated Woodland 4-3 and MM downed Clatskanie 12-6…..The LCC softball team heads to Mt. Vernon for the Skagit Valley Cross Over Saturday and Sunday…..It’s a Civil War matchup in boys soccer today as Mark Morris hosts R.A. Long, 5 pm at Northlake Field…..Washougal and MM compete in girls golf at the Longview Country Club at 3:30 pm…..The Trail Blazers play the final road game of the regular season tonight against the Utah Jazz, 5:05 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave.
Now that Enhanced 911 services have been restored throughout the state, the investigation into the cause of the outage is under way. The outage first hit at about 1 am yesterday, traced to a computer glitch at a CenturyLink facility in Oregon. A portion of Oregon was also affected around that same time, but CenturyLink now says that outage was unrelated to the problems in Washington. Some sporadic service was restored by around 7 am, and then the system was fully functional again around 8 am. Washington Emergency Management says that the state E911 office is opening up an after-action review to try and determine the source, also working to find ways to mitigate future outages.