The current Executive Director for the Port of Woodland could be getting a new job, as he’s listed as one of the finalists for the Ridgefield City Manager position. Nelson Holmberg is one of three finalists for the post, along with Vancouver Assistant Police Chief Chris Sutter, and current Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. These three men are vying for the position vacated by Phil Messina, who resigned in November of last year. These three finalists were selected through a process conducted by the Olympia-based Prothman Company, and by interim City Manager Paul Lewis. Mayor Ron Onslow tells the Vancouver Columbian that this has been an excellent process, with three high-quality candidates coming through. Tomorrow, the Ridgefield City Council plans to conduct day-long interviews of all three finalists, and could make a decision on a new City Manager at the conclusion of those interviews.
The Cowlitz PUD is announcing a new way for its customers to pay their bills, rolling out a new “paperless” e-billing option. PUD Customer Service Director Dave Andrew says that “e-Bill” will allow customers quicker access to their bills, along with having the ability to check through their billing history and make payments on-line. Andrew says that this is a completely voluntary program, and the utility expects it to be extremely popular. Andrew also says that this should be a money-saver for both the PUD and for the consumer. The utility will save money by not having to print and mail paper bills, while customers will also save money and time on postage and handling. PUD officials also say that the e-Bill program will reduce the chance of identity theft, helping to eliminate the opportunity for thieves to steal sensitive personal information. Signing up is as easy as going to the Cowlitz PUD website, and then click “Paperless Billing” on the Customer Services drop-down menu. Video tutorials will walk you through the process. Get more information on the Cowlitz PUD website, or by calling 423-2210.
A special screening of a film called “Inequality for All” is planned for this evening at the Longview Presbyterian Church. The movie examines the widening gap between rich and poor in the United States, along with the continuing erosion of the American middle class. Former Secretary of Labor and current University of California professor Robert Reich is the featured speaker in the film, and he’ll discuss how this extreme inequality got started by economic and policy changes that were made some 30 years ago. Co-sponsored by Lower Columbia CAP, this is one of 600 “watch parties” being planned across the country. Things will get started at 6 pm with a nationwide conference call on this topic, and then the show will start at 6:30 pm. The Longview Presbyterian Church is located at 3808 Pennsylvania Street in Longview; doors will open at 5:45 pm, and admission is free. Additional information is available on the church’s website, or by calling 577-8951.
LCC Physical Education Instructor Elena Ross is the featured speaker at today’s Community Conversation lecture. The topic of her talk is “Food, Weight and Exercise,” continuing on with this term’s theme of Community Health. The free lecture in the Wollenberg Auditorium starts at noon today, and is open to anyone interested.
Shakespeare comes to Lower Columbia College, with the opening of the Center Stage production of “The Tempest.” This is a tale of magic and revenge, set on an isolated island in the midst of a storm-tossed sea. This is being presented in the Center Stage Theatre at the Rose Center for the Arts, with curtain set for 7:30 pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Admission is free for LCC students, faculty and staff; tickets for the general public are $8 apiece, $7 for those 55 and older. Tickets are available at the LCC Bookstore and at Encore Concessions in the Rose Center from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursdays, or at the Rose Center Box Office one hour prior to curtain.
The Trail Blazers had seven players in double figures and 68 points from the bench in a 124-80 blowout over the Brooklyn Nets. Will Barton had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Portland hosts Denver Saturday night…..Spring Training begins for the Mariners today. The M’s are taking on the San Diego Padres in the annual Peoria Charity Game, KLOG 12:05 pm…..The LCC baseball team is getting ready for the season opener at home Saturday when they play Clark in a 12 pm double header. Tonight the Devils will meet with the public and have some fun in a viesports.com bowling event at the Triangle Bowl at 7:30 pm…..The LCC softball team opens the season Saturday in Richland. The Devils play two games Saturday at 1 pm and 3 pm then play Sunday at the same times.
Longview Police continue to investigate a stabbing reported yesterday morning in the 1200 block of 15th Avenue. Shortly before 6 yesterday morning, a woman called 911, reporting that two men were pounding on her car, doing some damage. This same woman also claims that these two men had slashed two of her tires on Monday. Officers responded to the scene, eventually catching up with the two men identified by the woman as suspects. That’s when one of the “suspects” claimed that he had been stabbed in the back. At first it was reported that the woman had stabbed the man, but they eventually determined that a man was the suspect, and he was last seen heading in the direction of the Civic Circle. The stabbing victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while police checked the area, looking for the suspect. That person has been identified, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
The Humane Society of Cowlitz County reports that they have identified and questioned a 17 year-old Longview boy in connection with the killing and skinning of a pet goat, an incident that took place last summer on some property on Beacon Hill. Humane Society animal control officers say that a citizen tip led them to the 17 year-old, who apparently lives near the family where the killing took place. Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies also assisted in the investigation and questioning. It’s reported that the teen “wants to be a hunter.” During the questioning, the teen admitted that he had snuck out of his own house in June of last year, went to the nearby home on Niblett Way, and then used zip ties, duct tape and a knife to catch, subdue and kill the family pet. At this time, charges have not been filed, but the case is being referred to the prosecutor’s office for a charging decision.
Multiple Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies were called in to help subdue a combative patient reported yesterday morning at an apartment on Yelton Drive in Longview, after the man apparently had a bad reaction to the synthetic marijuana called “Spice.” Other people in the apartment called 911 at about 7:30 yesterday morning, reporting that the man was unconscious, and had been suffering multiple large seizures. Those on the scene reported that the 29 year-old man was breathing, but was unresponsive. Aid personnel responded, but they asked for assistance, reporting that the patient was extremely combative. It eventually took five people to restrain the man. He was eventually taken to St. John Medical Center for examination and treatment. At this point, no charges have been filed.
Jonathan K. Reno, 42, of Vancouver is heading to prison for 20 years, after he pleaded guilty to a single count of vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal car crash near Toledo in November of last year. Reno was at the wheel of a car that crashed on the Jackson Highway near Toledo on November 10th, resulting in the death of a passenger, Adam Newstrom, 28, of Vancouver. Reno admits that he was drunk at the time of the crash, and entered a guilty plea last month in Lewis County Superior Court. Reno was sentenced Monday afternoon.