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Street Work

Projects that could affect traffic in Kelso and Longview get under way today, starting with a project on South Pacific Avenue between Cherry Street and Vine Street. The City of Kelso is contracting with Northwest Construction General Contracting out of Battle Ground to reconstruct pavement, sewer and portions of the sidewalk and storm drain between Cherry and Vine. City official say that work is planned to be done in two-block sections, with South Pacific closed to all traffic. Detours around the construction zone will be set up; vehicles parked in closed areas will be towed at the owner’s expense. RiverCities Transit routes will also be adjusted. The project is expected to run through the end of August.

The City of Longview is starting work on improvements to the Hillcrest Reservoir and Pump Station, contracting with Tapani, Incorporated from Battle Ground to rehabilitate storm water lines by using the “cured-in-place-pipe method.” Work is set to begin this morning, and is expected to go through this Thursday. Flaggers will be used to control traffic, with impacts expected on Cedar Place, Cascade Way at West Hills Drive, and on West Hills Drive itself. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Sturgeon Season Opens

The boats will be out on the river today, as a White Sturgeon fishery opens on the main stem of the Columbia River. Starting today, anglers will be allowed to keep one White Sturgeon between 44 and 50 inches in length, with the river open from the mouth at Buoy 10 to the power lines at Wauna. Sturgeon fishing will also be allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through June 4th. Also be aware that angling closes at 2 pm on each of those days. There’s a daily limit of one fish per person, and an annual limit of two fish. Retention of Green Sturgeon is still prohibited. Check with Washington Fish and Wildlife for full details.

Treatment Tour

You’re invited to come and take a look at Kelso’s new drug treatment center, at an Open House that’s planned for this afternoon. Between 1 and 3 pm today, you can come over and check out Kelso Treatment Solutions, located in the WorkSource building on South Pacific Avenue. You’ll be able to tour the facility, meet Center staff, and you can learn more about the Center itself. Kelso Treatment Solutions is located at 305 Pacific Avenue, Suite C; call 360-425-5378 to find out more.

KLOG Friday Sports

Kyle Seager hit two homers including a grand slam as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 9-3. The M’s are in Detroit today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team hosts Centralia in a 5 pm DH today at Story Field. It’s LCC Alumni Night with Ashtown Brewing on the Party Deck…..The R.A. Long baseball team plays W.F. West for the 2A baseball District title tonight at 5 pm in Vancouver. The Kelso baseball team takes on Timberline in 3A Bi-District action tomorrow morning at Foss HS, 9:55 am on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The Kelso Lassies completed an unbeaten league title with a 3-2 win over Prairie yesterday…..Manny Cabrera had three goals to lead RAL to a 5-3 District soccer win over Ridgefield. The Jacks are at Black Hills tomorrow night at 6 pm, winner to State.

Washington Way Crash

A woman is being charged with DUI after a car crash that happened last night in the 800 block of Washington Way. Around 9:10 pm, it was reported that a car had hit a tree, and at least one person might be hurt. Witnesses say that the car was traveling backwards at a high rate of speed when it a rail next to a seating area at the Office 842 lounge, then hit the tree and a table. The female driver got out on her own, but a male passenger was seen holding his head. One person in the seating area was also hit, but was uninjured. Initial breath tests show that the drive had a blood alcohol level of .117, above the legal limit. Both occupants were taken to St. John Medical Center, where police got a search warrant to get a blood sample. The driver was cited for DUI, and then was released. Names have not yet been released.

Burlington Fatal

Oregon State Police report that an employee of the “Bottoms Up Tavern” on Highway 30 in Burlington was killed last night, as her car was hit while she was leaving the bar. OSP says that the crash happened around 7:40 pm, as Natasha Carrillo, 26, of Vancouver was pulling out of the bar parking lot. While making a left turn, Carrillo’s Toyota was hit in the driver’s door by a pickup driven by Kim Cox, 55, of Rainier. Carrillo died at the scene; it does not appear that Cox was injured. It’s noted that both drivers had their seat belts on at the time of the crash. The crash investigation is continuing.

Remains Found

While Woodland Police are posting flyers about the two remaining Hart Family children that are missing, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is reporting on the recovery of human remains, not far from where the family SUV went off of a 100-foot cliff, landing in the Pacific Ocean. It’s now being reported that a shoe containing skeletal remains was found on Wednesday, about a mile north of the crash scene, near Westport, California. Around 7:15 on Wednesday, a local resident reported finding a pair of jeans on the beach, with the shoe tangled up in the jeans. The jeans are a girl’s size 10, and the shoe appears to be for a “big kid” or a small woman. Those remains are now being processed for DNA testing, while the Sheriff’s Office sets up to do some additional searching. On March 26th, a GMC Yukon driven by Jennifer Hart was found at the base of a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway; five bodies were recovered at that time, and three children were missing. The body of Ciera Hart was recovered on April 7th, but 15 year-old Devonte Hart and 15 year-old Hannah Hart are still missing. Mendocino County authorities say that it appears that Jennifer Hart intentionally drove off of the cliff, just days after Cowlitz County officials were starting to investigate possible charges of child abuse.

Meanwhile, Woodland Police say that they’re being asked to post flyers from the FBI, listing Devonte Hart and Hannah Hart as missing persons. The flyers have pictures of each child, along with family photos and a picture of the SUV that went over the cliff. The FBI, the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help from anyone who might have information to call the FBI Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI, that’s 1-800-225-5324.

Lindsey Baum Recovered

A long-running missing child case in Grays Harbor County took a major turn this week, as it’s reported that hunters have located the remains of Lindsey Baum. Baum, a ten year-old living in McCleary, disappeared on June 26th, 2009, after she had gone to visit a friend. Massive search efforts were conducted, with no success. Searches were also conducted from time to time over the past few years. The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office now reports that hunters discovered Baum’s remains in Eastern Washington, in fall of last year. The FBI has conducted tests on those remains, and confirmed that they are those of Lindsey Baum. They say that the remains were found in a very remote area, inaccessible during the winter and early spring. Investigators say that they now plan to go back to square one in the investigation, and they will be scouring the area where the remains were found, to see if any evidence can be found. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office at 1-360-964-1700.

Centralia Collision

Jason Stoker, 37, of Longview is recovering from injuries that he received yesterday afternoon in a car crash in Centralia. The State Patrol reports that the crash happened around 2:30 pm, on the Centralia city limits at the intersection of South Scheuber Road and Graf Road. Troopers say that Michael Page, 41, of Chehalis failed to stop at the sign, going airborne as he went into the intersection. They say that Page lost control as he landed, skidding off of the road. Page’s car came back onto the road, where he then hit an SUV driven by Carin Landrum, 26, of Chehalis. Page was seriously injured in the collision, and he was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment. Stoker was a passenger in Page’s car, along with Jennifer German,35, of Stanwood; they were both taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, as was Landrum. A one-year-old child in Landrum’s car was unhurt. Speed is listed as a factor in the crash; vehicular assault charges are pending.

Landfill Change Challenge

Two major industrial customers at the Headquarters Landfill are announcing their opposition to the process of developing a public-private partnership for management and operations of the Headquarters Landfill. Today’s Daily News reports on a letter that’s been sent by management at NORPAC and Nippon Dynawave, calling the plan to privatize the landfill as “short-sighted,” and as something that will have a negative impact to Cowlitz County and local job providers. NORPAC Craig Anneberg and Brian Wood, the Director of Support Services for Nippon Dynawave, wrote the letter, calling the landfill proposal a “risky transaction.” They say that turning the landfill over to a private enterprise puts local industries at risk, and they say it could also discourage other companies from coming. The Longview City Council is also asking the county to “slow down the process,” and to delay a decision until a full study is done. A meeting of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee is being set up for late this month to discuss the proposal, along with a management package from Cowlitz County Public Works. County officials also say that at least two public hearings will be held before a decision is made.