As the ten-day strike notice from Local 153 of the Association of Western Pulp and Paperworkers passes, no settlement has been reached, but there has also been no strike call. Negotiators for the company and the union met yesterday for the first time since the notice was delivered. Union officials say that they are continuing to talk with KapStone, but they also say that strike preparations are also being made. It has also been confirmed that both sides have contacted federal mediators, but those people have not yet been called in. The union also sent a letter to its membership, saying that another negotiation session is planned for next Monday. Contract talks between KapStone and the AWPPW have been going on for more than a year, with health care benefits, seniority rules, disability and job transfers as the main points of contention.
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It’s time for you to come in and learn what the Longview Drinking Water Customer Advisory Committee has accomplished, as the CAC holds an Open House to present its current recommendations. The City of Longview and the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District are jointly hosting today’s event, which will run from 4 to 7 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD building. You can come by at any time during the Open House, where you can learn about the work of the CAC, share opinions about water supply options, and get your questions answered about possible financial impacts, health and safety, next steps and other concerns. You’ll also be able to access the city’s online poll over the CAC’s recommendations. That poll will be available through next Monday, July 6th, and can also be accessed by going to longviewwater.org.
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Tara Mae Jones, 29, of Longview is in jail after a one-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at Delaware Street and 20th Avenue. Longview Police and aid crews were called to that intersection at about 3:20 yesterday afternoon, where it was reported that a car had hit a tree. One person reported chest pain after the crash. After Officers checked everything over, Jones was arrested for DUI on drugs, possession of drugs with intent to deliver and felon in possession of a gun. She’s currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.
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Specialized cleanup crews were called to the area of West Kalama River Road and Fisherman’s Loop Road, after a semi rolled over and leaked diesel fuel. The crash was reported shortly before 5 pm, as the truck hauling steel coils rolled onto its side. It was also reported that the truck had a full load of fuel, with at least 100 gallons on board at the time of the crash. Those on the scene report that an unknown amount of fuel leaked, but it did not reach any nearby water sources, particularly the Kalama River. They were able to get the leak stopped and contained before any fuel reached the water. The truck driver also asked to be taken to St. John Medical Center for a checkup. The Washington State Patrol is following up.
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Woodland Police now report that the suspect in a Saturday shooting incident at a home on Old Pacific Highway is in custody. Around 3:15 Saturday afternoon, a man called WPD, claiming that a masked man had come into his shop, shot his black lab to death, and then tried to shoot him. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol Major Crimes Unit assisted with the investigation, eventually helping to identify the suspect as Thomas Richard Nash, 63, a transient who has been living in the Woodland area, and apparently had some sort of dispute with the victim. They now say that Nash was located and arrested at about 11 am on Sunday. He’s now being charged with first-degree assault, first-degree animal cruelty, first-degree burglary, driving while suspended and a failure-to-appear warrant. His total bail currently comes in at $202,000.
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The Grocery Outlet store in Scappoose is in a bit of hot water, fined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for failing to verify the ID of a minor before selling alcohol to them. The OLCC is imposing a fine of $3,795, or the business has the option of serving a 23-day liquor license suspension.
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Work starts next Monday on a culvert replacement project near Cathlamet, a project that could delay traffic along Ocean Beach Highway. Starting on Monday, contract crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation will get going on the replacement of two aging culverts that link the Elochoman River Slough to the Columbia River. The work will not have an immediate impact on traffic, but we should expect some slowdowns as daytime, single-lane closures get started on Thursday, July 16th. Early in August, temporary traffic lights will be installed to alternate traffic along a one-lane stretch of highway. It’s expected that these traffic restrictions will be in place into the fall. Replacement of these culverts is expected to improve passage for juvenile salmon and steelhead moving from the Elochoman to the Columbia.
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Kids in the Clatskanie area have another activity option, as the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge charters a new Boy Scout Troops. Mike Gwinner is the Scoutmaster for Troop 15, which meets each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Masonic Hall on Southeast 2nd Avenue in Clatskanie. If you’d like more information, call 503-728-2798.
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The folks at the Mint Valley Federal Credit Union are starting a drive that’s intended to help keep kids safe, collecting donations of life jackets that will be presented to local public safety agencies for distribution. Donations are being taken through the month of July, kicked off by a donation of four jackets from one of the credit union members. The Mint Valley Federal Credit Union is located at 3325 Washington Way in Longview. You can also call 425-5444 for more information.
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Tickets for this year’s Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo are now available on-line, either through thundermountainprorodeo.com, or at cowlitzcountyfair.com. The 2015 Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo runs July 23rd, 24th and 25th, with performances at 7 pm each night. If you don’t have internet access or would like to get your tickets in person, you can go to the Fair Office at 1900 7th Avenue, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Get additional information on the Cowlitz County Fair web page, or by calling 577-3121.
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