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Downtown Improvement Kickoff

August 14th, 2014

The City of Longview is kicking off the Downtown Corridor Improvements Project today, with a special ceremony planned for 10 am at the Columbia Theatre Plaza. Senator Patty Murray is a guest of honor, and will be joined by other state, county and local officials for today’s official ground-breaking. The project is intended to improve three blocks of Commerce Avenue, replacing crosswalks, improving ADA ramps, sidewalks and street lights. The project will be sequenced, so as to reduce negative impacts. The project is beginning on the east side of Commerce, starting at Broadway and going north to Washington Way. During construction, Commerce will also be converted to a single lane of one-way northbound traffic between Broadway and Vandercook, with access maintained to local businesses and offices. Shoppers and other downtown visitors are encouraged to use 12th and 14th as access points, and to find parking places. The project is expected to run through the end of the year. Project updates will be posted on the City of Longview website.

Millennium Open House

August 14th, 2014

You’re invited to see the latest developments at the old Reynolds Metals property, as Millennium Bulk Terminals today from noon to 4 pm. The open house will show off a number of the changes that have been made on the property; they’re going to be serving burgers, hot dogs and other lunch-type goodies. They will have face painting and other games for the kids, and they’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets for the Seahawks-Broncos football game on September 21st. It’s free and open to anyone interested.

Last Summer Concert

August 14th, 2014

This year’s final Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake is planned for this evening, with a performance from “Ants in the Kitchen,” an Oregon-based seven-piece band includes a horn section, and plays a wide mix of 70’s-era blues, soul and rock-and-roll. The free concert starts at 6 pm on the stage at Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea Park. Bring your picnic dinner and low-back chairs, settle in and enjoy. Admission is free.

Niemi Road Shooting

August 13th, 2014

Details are still being gathered, but it appears that a woman has been wounded and a man is dead after a shooting incident that took place early this morning at a home on Niemi Road, west of Longview. The Sheriff’s Office says that the first call in this case came in around 12:25 this morning, from a home in the 200 block of Niemi Road. A 10 year-old child told 911 dispatchers that his mother had been shot, and that her father was continuing to fire a gun inside the house. Deputies responded to the house, while Lower Columbia SWAT was also activated. Within about 20 minutes, they were able to safely evacuate the wounded woman and two children from the home. They say that Chante Marie Milian, 27, of Longview had been shot in the abdomen; she was taken to St. John Medical Center, and then was transferred to a Portland hospital for treatment. The house was surrounded, and a public address system was used to try and contact the suspect. Attempts were also made to try and contact the man’s cell phone. After a few hours, a SWAT robot was sent into the home, reportedly finding the body of the male suspect, Miguel Angel Milian, 30. The Sheriff’s Office is now in the process of obtaining a search warrant to fully examine the scene.

Endangered Teen Found

August 13th, 2014

A 16 year-old girl from Bremerton who had been listed as “missing and endangered” was apparently located last night in Kelso, and is now being reunited with her parents. Alerts about Ariel Luddington, 16, went out late last week, after it was reported that she was missing from her home. Authorities in Bremerton also said that Luddington has a condition that requires daily medication, and she had left that medication back at her home. Authorities also speculated that she was probably in the company of her boyfriend, Alex Pequignot, 17. Reports had come in that the teens had been seen in places like SeaTac, Olympia and Kelso; a little after 8 last night, a man called Kelso Police, saying that he had talked with a teen couple in the area of Olive Street and River Road. The boy and girl were camping, and had a small fire going. Officers met with the teens and confirmed their identities. Both have been returned to their parents. At this time, no charges have been reported.

Child Hidden

August 13th, 2014

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is looking for your help in finding a one year-old child that apparently is being hidden by its mother. Christina Char Moore, 30, of Longview was in court on Monday, where she was served with an order to turn her child, Diamond Lily Moore, over to Child Protective Services. Court documents show that authorities are concerned about ongoing drug use by Christina Moore. She failed to arrive and turn the baby over the CPS, and they say that her whereabouts are unknown at this time. Christina Char Moore is a white female, 5’5”, 145 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes. If you have information on the location of Christina Moore or her baby, Diamond Moore, you’re asked to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 577-1206.

Second Yale Lake Update

August 13th, 2014

Clark County officials now confirm that a two year-old boy who went under the water at Yale Reservoir on Sunday has died, a death that is ultimately being ruled as a drowning. Initial reports from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office stated that the boy had drowned on Sunday, after getting separated from his family during an outing up on Siouxon Creek. Yesterday afternoon, updated reports were sent out, saying that the boy had not died, and was in the Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children’s Hospital. Later in the day, updated reports were issued, saying that the boy had passed away. The name of the family has not been released, but it’s reported that they are from Amboy. The incident is currently being classed as an accidental drowning.

Base Charge Increased

August 13th, 2014

The Cowlitz PUD Commission is following through on a recommendation from the Electric Rate Advisory Committee, voting to increase the base rate for monthly electricity bills from $12 to $17. PUD Board President Buz Ketcham says that they’re taking another stop toward rate equality by increasing the base rate. The Commission is also going to use $2.24 million dollars in Rate Stabilization funds to reduce the rates for commercial and business customers. Recent reviews of the rates being paid by all classes of PUD customers showed that the commercial and business customers were paying higher rates than residential customers, which is also a violation of state law. The ERAC recommended increases over three years to equalize the rate structure. This increase affects only the monthly base rate, and the charge per kilowatt hour will remain unchanged. The increase was approved on a 2-1 vote, and will go into effect on September 1st.

Port Report

August 13th, 2014

In the first six months of 2014, import tonnage coming through the Port of Longview is considerably below initial projections, however, export tonnage is also way up, as is net income for the year. The second quarter tonnage and financial report was presented to the Port of Longview Commissioners yesterday. Actual import tonnage is only about one-third of initial projections, with 59,514 metric tons coming in across the docks. However, export tonnage is nearly double the initial projection, with nearly 7.9 million metric tons going out of the Port of Longview. That compares to an initial projection of 3.8 million tons. Net income for the year-to-date is at nearly $4.3 million, compared to $27 million in the same period last year. Grain exports are leading the increase in cargo handling, a number that could drop as the Port of Vancouver grain terminal comes back on-line.

In other news from the Port of Longview, it’s being announced that Governor Jay Inslee is naming Port of Longview CEO Geir Kalhagen to the Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board. He will serve as the Port Districts representative on that panel until June 30th, 2018. The role of the 12-member board is to promote freight movement among local, national, and international markets. Kalhagen says that it’s an honor to be chosen, and he looks forward to be creatively contributing to the success of the Board’s mission.

Veterans Roundtable

August 13th, 2014

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler plans to be in Kelso this morning, holding a Roundtable Discussion with local veterans. After hearing the recent stories about problems with wait times for treatment at VA facilities, Congress has been taking action to reform and strengthen accountability inside the agency. Beutler says that she wants to hear from local veterans about their experiences with the VA, and will ask for feedback on possible improvements. The Roundtable is scheduled to run from 9:30 to 10:30 this morning at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso; due to time and space limitations, this is an “invitation-only” event.