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Axe Attack

July 30th, 2015

Longview Police continue to look into a domestic violence incident reported yesterday evening at an apartment on Dorothy Street, where a woman claims that her boyfriend was hit in the head with an axe. Officers and aid personnel were called to the apartment shortly before 6 pm, when it was reported that a man and a woman were having a loud argument. A few minutes later, a woman called again from the same apartment, saying that another man had used an axe to hit her boyfriend in the head. Officers found the man in a bedroom, bleeding from a wound to the back of his head. The victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while Terry Lynn Jones, 54, was arrested on a second-degree domestic violence charge. He’s currently being held without bail, awaiting his first court appearance.

Ramp Closure

July 30th, 2015

If you’re a user of the Kelso Drive off-ramp at the Longview Wye, construction that’s scheduled to start on August 7th will alter your travel route. The Washington Department of Transportation plans to start construction of a “compact roundabout” and will also pave the intersection. The off-ramp to Kelso Drive, Tennant Way and Old Pacific Highway will close at 7 pm on Friday, August 7th, and will remain closed until the next Wednesday, the 12th. Access to the intersection from eastbound Tennant Way, Kelso Driver and Old Highway 99 will also be affected, so drivers who regularly use that intersection will need to find alternate routes for several days. WashDOT says that this roundabout will make it easier for traffic to merge, which should improve safety and will reduce the risk of serious collisions. Additional information is available on the WashDOT web page.

Fibre Federal Honored

July 30th, 2015

Fibre Federal Credit Union is once again being honored, ranked by an industry trade journal as one of the “Top 200” healthiest credit unions in the United States. An outfit called DepositAccounts puts out the annual rankings, comparing and rating more than 66 hundred credit unions across the country. Fibre Federal came in at #152, one of only 66 credit unions who have made the list two years in a row. DepositAccounts gives Fibre Federal an overall rating of “A+.” It’s also noted that Fibre Federal is continuing to grow, following their purchase of TLC Federal Credit Union in Oregon. The transition of those branches to Fibre Federal is now under way, expanding their branches into Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook, Lincoln City and Newport.

Salmon Meeting

July 30th, 2015

The future of salmon management on the Kalama and Washougal rivers will be a topic of discussion tonight at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife offices in Vancouver. State officials say that they would like to hear from anglers, while also discussing methods for reforming hatchery operations to better support wild salmon and steelhead recovery on both streams. Fishery managers will talk about how a refurbished fish-handling facility that was recently installed near the Modrow Bridge will give them much more control about which fish are moving upstream; they also plan to discuss several management options for fall chinook, coho and steelhead in the Kalama. This evening’s meeting starts at 6 pm in the WDFW offices on Grand Boulevard in Vancouver. Additional information is available on the WDFW web page.

Fibre Federal Honored

July 30th, 2015

Fibre Federal Credit Union is once again being honored, ranked by an industry trade journal as one of the “Top 200” healthiest credit unions in the United States. An outfit called DepositAccounts puts out the annual rankings, comparing and rating more than 66 hundred credit unions across the country. Fibre Federal came in at #152, one of only 66 credit unions who have made the list two years in a row. DepositAccounts gives Fibre Federal an overall rating of “A+.” It’s also noted that Fibre Federal is continuing to grow, following their purchase of TLC Federal Credit Union in Oregon. The transition of those branches to Fibre Federal is now under way, expanding their branches into Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook, Lincoln City and Newport.

Thursday Night Concerts

July 30th, 2015

They’re heading back to the Bobby Sox days at tonight’s Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake, as “Wally and the Beaves” comes in for a free show. Not only will the band be playing your favorite tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, the band also features several members who impersonate famous singers from that era. Elvis impersonator Danny Vernon brought the house down when he performed the Lake a couple of years ago, and he’s now with this band, just as an example. Bring the family, your picnic dinner and your low-back chairs, and then step back in the time machine at tonight’s show.

At “13 Nights on the River” in St. Helens, the Portland-based Shanghai Woolies are scheduled to perform, starting at 6 pm. The 8-member group plays big band and swing music, featuring four vocalists and a songbook of more than 150 songs. The free show starts at 6 pm on the waterfront on historic Olde Towne St. Helens.

Fires Set

July 29th, 2015

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue now reports that as much as $80,000 damage was done at this morning’s arson fire at the Journey Kelso Seventh-Day Adventist Church, as the structures used in the “Journey to Bethlehem,” “Journey to the Cross” and other events were destroyed. Just before 1 am, firefighters and Deputies responded to 77 Solomon Road, when a large fire was reported behind the church just off of West Side Highway. Within 15 minutes, two other fires were reported near a home on Lydia Lane, along with two fires near the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District office. No serious property damage was done, but evidence at the scene indicates that these fires were intentionally set. In fact, they say that there were four “set points” along Lydia Lane, along with other arson fire incidents near the church in recent weeks. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue is working with the Sheriff’s Office on the case, and they say that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms may also be called in.

Fishery Impacts

July 29th, 2015

The continuing drought is also putting serious pressure on the state’s fish hatchery system, as the Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that thousands of fish are dying. WDFW is sending Coho salmon from the North Toutle River Hatchery to the Tacoma Power Cowlitz Hatchery near Salkum, after about 102,000 fish died from disease that was caused by the elevated water temperature. Fish managers say that about a dozen of the state’s 83 hatcheries are having problems, with about 1.5 million fish lost at this point. They’re using recirculation pumps and aerators to help reduce the warm-water effects, along with medicated feed to battle fungal and bacterial infections. When all other options are exhausted, fish are being released into streams and rivers ahead of schedule.

River Flows Cut

July 29th, 2015

It’s also being announced that flows on the Lewis River will be reduced again this weekend, dropping by about one-third. The Lewis River Flow Coordination Committee made that announcement yesterday, reporting that flows below Merwin Dam will be reduced from 1,200 cubic feet per second to 800 feet per second. The reduction will be done in two stages, over this Friday and Saturday. River levels downstream of the dam are expected to drop by about four inches. Flows coming into Swift, Yale and Merwin reservoirs are currently at about 35 percent of normal, and are at the lowest levels noted in 85 years of record keeping. The low waters have closed boat ramps on Swift and Yale reservoirs; it’s noted that ramps at Yale Park, Beaver Bay, Saddle Dam Park, Cresap Bay and Speelyai Bay remain open, and should remain operable through Labor Day, even with this extremely low water levels.

Heat Advisory

July 29th, 2015

Weather forecasters say that the heat wave is expected to crank up today, and should persist through the weekend at a minimum. The Weather Service has a Heat Advisory that goes in to effect at 11 this morning, and will run until 9 pm tomorrow night. Today’s high is expected to exceed 90 degrees; 90-plus high temperatures are expected through this Sunday, possibly even going into Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you have to be outside, try to minimize your exposure to the direct sunlight, and try to avoid strenuous work during the heat of the afternoon. Be sure to stay hydrated, and keep a close eye on those who might be most affected by the extreme heat.