Archive for the ‘Local News’ Category

Cathlamet Burglaries

March 30th, 2015

Authorities in Wahkiakum County are looking into the activities of a couple of local teens who were recently arrested in connection with a series of burglaries on Puget Island and near the Elochoman Marina. Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie says that a 16 year-old who had been living on a boat with his father is under arrest in connection with the marina burglaries, while a 17 year-old is being charged with the Puget Island break-ins. The 17 year-old was caught as he allegedly tried to sell some stolen exotic chickens at a livestock auction. A second suspect is being questioned in connection with that burglary

Sears Hometown Opens

March 30th, 2015

Sears once again has a presence in the local area, as the company announces the official opening of a Sears Hometown and Outlet Store, going into the old Napa Auto Parts facility on 15th Avenue in downtown Longview. This is the 11th Hometown store opening this year, and the 13th such store in this format. These Hometown stores have the value, selection and services of a full-sized Sears store, but are locally owned. The Hometown store won’t have the full catalog of Sears merchandise on display, but you can order any item and have it shipped to this store for pickup. Shoppers will have access to the full line of Sears brands, along with other major manufacturers. The Sears Hometown store in Longview will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Flushing Sked

March 30th, 2015

The regular rounds of water main flushing in the City of Longview continue, with crews working this week in “Area #3,” which is the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way and Baltimore Street. Work is planned tonight through Thursday, going from 7:30 to 11:30 pm each night. Advisory signs will be posted; be sure to flush your own pipes after this work is done in your vicinity.

Forest Road Delays

March 30th, 2015

The Forest Service is now backtracking on its announcement of early openings on Forest Roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, saying that additional repair and maintenance will now push those openings back into mid-May. Road crews are reporting a number of rock slides and other maintenance is needed before these roads can re-open. The full list of road conditions in the Gifford Pinchot is available on the forest web page; the new Motor Vehicle Use Map is also posted on the Gifford Pinchot website, and has the most current conditions. Forest Service officials say that they expect many developed recreational areas to open in late April or early May.

Cat Rescuer Rescued

March 30th, 2015

A five year-old Kelso boy who intended to “rescue” his cat ended up needing rescue himself, after he got stuck on top of a steep roof late last week. Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 and Kelso Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Cherry Street last Thursday afternoon, when it was reported that the boy was stuck. He apparently had crawled out of an upstairs window to go and get his cat, got scared, and then crawled to the ridgetop of the steeply-pitched roof of the two-story home. Firefighters used ladders to get up to the boy and then brought him down to his mother. The boy was unhurt.

Vernonia Shooting

March 27th, 2015

Authorities in Columbia County report that a suspect is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting that took place last night in Vernonia. It’s reported that the shooting took place around 9:30 pm, at a home on Riverside Drive, just off of Highway 47. The victim was alive when police first arrived, but he died later at the hospital. It’s also reported that the shooter and the victim were acquainted, but the motive behind the shooting hasn’t been disclosed.

Grounded Ship

March 27th, 2015

The U. S. Coast Guard is putting out a “notice to mariners” this morning, reporting that a 600-foot cargo ship has run aground in the Columbia River near Longview. Coast Guard Operations in Astoria says that the ship was coming downriver early this morning when it lost power for s short time near Crim’s Island. The crew was trying to anchor the ship when the stern apparently touched the bottom of the river. They were able to safely complete the anchoring process, while the Coast Guard was notified. A tug is now with the ship, and a second one is on the way. Coast Guard officials say that the vessel will then be taken to safe anchorage for inspection. No damage or leakage has been reported.

KapStone Vote

March 27th, 2015

Months of tense and sometimes heated labor negotiations could be coming to an end, as KapStone Paper and Packaging and the Association of Pulp and Paper Workers jointly announce that a tentative contract agreement has been reached. The announcement came out of yesterday’s negotiation session, saying that issues regarding health insurance may have been resolved. This latest contract offer includes a Kaiser Permanente package, along with a company-provided option. Full details are not being disclosed until the union leadership meets with the rank-and-file to provide details. Informational meetings are being set up for next week, which will then be followed by a ratification vote.

Solvay Expansion

March 27th, 2015

Brussels-based Solvay SA is announcing a multi-million-dollar expansion of its hydrogen peroxide production facilities on Industrial Way in Longview. In a press release issued yesterday, Solvay says that they plan to increase North American production by about 20 percent, with the bulk of the work occurring at the Longview production facility. Solvay says that this expansion is needed to meet growing demand from pulp and paper producers around the Northwest and in other markets throughout the U. S. The expansion is planned in two phases, with phase one starting later this year; the work should be finished late next year. Stage two is dependent on market conditions. Company officials say that the impact on employment isn’t quite clear at this time. The Solvay plant on Industrial Way opened in 1989, providing hydrogen peroxide that’s used to bleach paper, and in other industrial processes.

Brenda Wing Trial

March 27th, 2015

It’s now being announced that the homicide by abuse trial of Brenda Wing is now scheduled to start May 18th in Lewis County Superior Court, and her defense attorney is telling the media that she does plan to testify. Wing is accused of being involved in last fall’s death of three year-old Jasper Henderling Warner, who had been left in the care of her and her husband, Danny Wing. Last week, Danny Wing accepted a plea agreement, entering guilty pleas to charges of first-degree manslaughter and third-degree domestic violence abuse. Brenda Wing’s attorney, John Crowley, tells the Centralia Chronicle that her story will be quite different than the one that Danny Wing is telling, and that she was “scared to death” of her husband. The trial is expected to take between two and three weeks.