After more than two years of work and five months of public review, the Cowlitz County Commissioners are ready to roll out the revised Cowlitz County Comprehensive Plan, with a final review planned for this evening. The county’s Comprehensive Plan hasn’t been updated since it was first adopted in 1976, and it’s noted that much has changed in Cowlitz County’s land use since that time. Over the past five months, each section of the revised plan has been presented and reviewed in public meetings, with comments from those meetings used to make edits for the final draft plan that will be presented this evening. After this final review, it’s expected that the County Commissioners will send the Comp Plan back to the Planning Commission for final recommendations prior to formal adoption. A joint meeting with the Planning Commission is being set for July 19th. Tonight’s meeting in the County Commissioner Hearing Room starts at 7 pm, and is open to all.
There’s still work to do before the Longview School Board settles on the final language that will be put into the $121.6 million bond that will go in front of voters in November. Board President C. J. Nickerson says that they want to have clear and accurate information in front of voters, so that they can make an educated and informed decision. There had been a goal of finalizing items for the bond proposal at last night’s meeting, but Nickerson raised some concerns. There was consensus on measures to define the $12.5 million allocation for renovation of the Broadway Learning Center for the district’s pre-school facilities, continuing the partnership with Head Start. The board also affirmed language that continues the partnership with Lower Columbia School Gardens on the Northlake Elementary School campus. There was a divergence on the safety and security scope of work, with Nickerson saying that he would like to see a “task and timeline” estimate before he will sign off. State law requires that the bond resolution be prepared by August 1st, to appear on the November ballot.
Kevin Durant was named MVP as he led Golden State to the NBA Title with a 129-120 victory over Cleveland…..The Mariners pounded out 19 hits in a 14-3 victory at Minnesota yesterday. Mitch Haniger had four hits and Nelson Cruz drove in four runs. The M’s and Twins play again today, KLOG 4:00 pm. The M’s selected Kentucky first baseman Evan White with the 17th selection in the MLB Draft yesterday…..Oregon State will play Cal State Fullerton in the opening round of the College World Series in Omaha on Saturday…..The Cowlitz Black Bears return to action tonight as they host the Kelowna Falcons at 6:35 pm…..In Junior Legion baseball, Nipps Burgers and More defeated RBI 15-5 in six innings. Jadon Williamson had four RBI’s to lead Nipps.
A woman from the Toutle area is being directed to the FBI, after the woman reported that she had been scammed by a man who apparently worked her for several years before springing his scheme. The woman contacted the Sheriff’s office yesterday morning, saying that she met a man on-line; over the course of several years, the man told her that he had been in a plane crash, and that he couldn’t leave Germany unless all of his medical bills were paid. The woman says that the man asked if he could use her bank account to cash a $20,000 check, supposedly using the cash to pay his bills. She agreed, and several thousand dollars had been withdrawn before they learned that the check was bogus. The plan now is for the FBI to follow up on the incident. No suspects have been identified at this time.
A Longview resident reports being approached for money through an updated phone scam, where the scammers are using familiar phone numbers to get people to pick up. This was reported to the Sheriff’s Office at 5:20 yesterday afternoon; the caller says that they have received several scam calls in recent weeks, coming in from “spoofed” numbers. Last week, a call came in, showing that it was from his favorite relative. The scam caller claimed to be the local person’s son, and also said that he had been doing some “under the table work” for cash, but he owed $1,300 in taxes. That person also said that they could “take care of it” for just $300. Deputies advised the local resident to ignore these calls for money, and to hang up if they get any more.
One day after a break-in was reported at the Kelso Boxing Club facility at Tam O’Shanter Park, there was a burglary discovered at the shed for Kelso Girls Softball. This was reported yesterday morning, at about 7:45 am. Kelso Police checked the scene, but no suspects have been identified.
The man who is accused of killing three people and seriously wounding a fourth person at a home in Woodland is asking for additional legal counsel. The Vancouver Columbian reports that Brent Ward Luyster, 36, of Longview was in Clark County Superior Court yesterday morning, and that his attorney asked for assistance. Chuck Buckley told the judge that he thought that he could handle the case alone, but now he says that there are “issues” that make the case more complex. It’s reported that Judge Robert Lewis was surprised by the request, coming after he had already ruled that only one defense attorney could be on the case. Lewis didn’t rule on the request yesterday, saying that he would “take it under advisement.” Luyster is accused of shooting and killing three people at a home near Woodland last July, along with the wounding of the fourth victim. The state is not seeking the death penalty in the case, but Luyster still faces multiple counts of aggravated murder and attempted murder.
The Hearth Coffee Company recently opened in the old Orient Theatre in downtown Longview, and that will also be the location of this month’s Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. Hearth Coffee is located at 1101 Commerce Avenue, at the intersection with Florida Street. Along with the tours of the remodeled space, they’ll have prizes, appetizers and beverages for purchase. Get a break on your admission by registering in advance through kelsolongviewchamber.org, or call 423-8400 for more information.
The hatch-watch is now on at the Cowlitz PUD, as the “Osprey Cam” shows that this year’s clutch of eggs shows that they are getting close to hatching. Yesterday, the PUD announced the “Egg Hatching” on the Osprey Cam, projecting that the two eggs will hatch sometime between today and next Monday. The mother is named “Electra,” and she had returned to the PUD’s next with a new beau. A game to name the new male is now under way. You can watch the Cowlitz PUD Osprey via their own Facebook page, or there’s a link to the 24-7 webcam on the PUD website, which is cowlitzpud.org.
Autopsy results are still pending on a man who was found dead inside of a trailer at Walt’s Wholesale Meats on South Pekin Road near Woodland. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports that the man had been working at Walt’s, and was found inside the refrigerated trailer Friday evening. The man was found by another employee, and it’s estimated that the man had been inside the trailer for about three hours. Deputies were able to review a security video that shows the man doing his work, and then entering the trailer. It’s noted that the trailer wasn’t locked, and there didn’t seem to be any other signs of criminal activity. An autopsy was planned last night with the Clark County Medical Examiner; additional information should be available when those results are released.