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No Censure

March 2nd, 2015

The Clark County Republican Party is backing off plans to censure current 3rd District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, but they still plan to keep an eye on our local Representative. This past weekend, the Vancouver Columbian reported that the censure measure that had been pushed by Precinct Committee Officer Joseph Wagner was taken off the table, replaced by a substitute resolution that supports the monitoring of all votes by all elected officials. Wagner originally had wanted to chastise Beutler for votes that he claims were in support of Democrats, helping to increase spending, increase the federal debt, and increase regulations. GOP officials say that this new resolution will help them judge how all of the area’s legislators are performing.

Adjusted Office Hours

March 2nd, 2015

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is expanding her Mobile Office Hours in Kelso, adding regular time on Monday to the house already set up. Starting this morning, staff members from Beutler’s office will be available on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, going from 11 am to 1 pm at the Kelso City Hall. This is a shift from the Thursday Mobile Office Hours that had previously been offered. You’re invited to come by and ask your questions about Social Security, the IRS, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. Get full details on Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Congressional web page.

Sauvie Island Plan

March 2nd, 2015

A series of Multnomah Planning Commission meetings on the possible future plan for land use management on Sauvie Island continues this evening. This evening’s meeting will be focused on the topic of floating homes and marinas, and will be held from 6 to 9 pm in the Sauvie Island Academy, which is located on Northwest Charlton Road. Get more details on the Multnomah County Planning Commission website.

WDFW News

March 2nd, 2015

As the main stem of the Columbia River opens for spring Chinook fishing, other changes are also going into effect on local tributaries. Starting yesterday, the Lewis River is closed to Chinook Salmon fishing, as the estimated return to the river is put at about 1,100 fish. That’s below the 1,350 fish needed to reach the hatchery escapement goal. Hatchery returns on the Lewis are being closely watched.

Meanwhile on the Kalama, the daily bag limit for Steelhead is being increased to three adult fish, open until further notice. Fish and Wildlife managers say that the hatchery escapement for Steelhead has been met, and surplus fish are now available for harvest. Spring Chinook fisheries on the Kalama remain as they were previously stated in the 2014-2015 Fishing Rules.

Saying that there’s a continuing abundance of razor clams, another season opens today and goes through Thursday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. Digging will be allowed on the evening tides tonight through Thursday; tonight’s tide is set for about 4:50 pm, while Thursday’s low tide is at 6:30 pm. There’s also another big dig coming up between the 16th and the 24th. That will also include the switch to digging on the morning tides, starting on Saturday, the 21st. Get full details on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web page.

Blood Drive

March 2nd, 2015

As “Red Cross Month” gets under way, there’s a special blood drive coming up today at the Pacific Surgical Center on 9th Avenue in Longview. The American Red Cross helps to supply blood and blood products to hospitals and other facilities throughout the country, so your donations are extremely important. Today’s American Red Cross blood drive at the Pacific Surgical Center will run from 9 am until 1:45 pm, located at the clinic on 9th Avenue off of Tennant Way, across from the new Napa Auto Parts store. Call Nancy Stone at 501-3444 to set up an appointment, or to get more information.

Fatal Fire Investigation

February 27th, 2015

Officials in Lewis County confirm that three people are dead after a house fire early yesterday morning in Winlock, thought to be a woman and two girls. The fire at the home in the 800 block of Northeast 1st Street was reported shortly after midnight last night; a man and two boys were able to escape the flames, but a woman and two small girls were not able to get out. Winlock Police say that “unidentifiable remains” were removed yesterday, and additional forensic work will need to be done to confirm their identities. It’s reported that a family had been renting the house for about a year, a mother, father and children ranging in age from 3 to 9. Names are not being released until next of kin are fully notified, and the forensic identification work is completed. Grief counselors were brought into Winlock Elementary School, and will also be on hand today. A candlelight vigil was held last night at the Winlock Egg, and donations are now being collected to support the survivors. Donations are being accepted at the Aaron’s store from 1 to 7 pm today, located at the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis; Umpqua Bank branches are also accepting cash donations on behalf of the family.

Shooter Surrenders

February 27th, 2015

Christopher Lee Yourkwitz, 41, of Kelso is now in custody; Deputies say that the man who’s accused of shooting his roommate Wednesday night turned himself in at the Hall of Justice. After friends and family of the victim in the shooting sent out an appeal to have Yourkwitz surrender, the suspect contacted the Sheriff’s office at about 7:40 pm, saying that he was coming in, because he “didn’t want a big deal.” They say Yourkwitz showed up at the Hall of Justice a few minutes later, and was arrested without further incident. They also say that he was unarmed, so they’re still working to find the .45 pistol that was involved in Wednesday night’s incident. Investigators now say that that the shooting may have been accidental. Those on the scene say that an argument got started after the victim, Christopher “Wyatt” Potter, 35, made some disparaging remarks about Yourkwitz’ ex-wife, and Potter was shot during that argument. Yourkwitz is now being held without bail on charges of 3rd-degree domestic violence assault and felon in possession of a gun, as the investigation continues.

West Kelso Robbery

February 27th, 2015

Kelso Police are working to identify two suspects in connection with an armed robbery reported last night in West Kelso. A 22 year-old woman called 911 at about 9:15 pm, claiming that she had been pushed to the ground and robbed at knifepoint, as she was returning to her home after a trip to the store. The woman says that the robbery took place near Clark Street and Northwest 5th. The two suspects pushed her down, produced a knife and demanded cash, also threatening to hurt her if she yelled. The suspects ran off after getting an undisclosed amount of money from the woman. She was taken to St. John Medical Center to get treatment for some superficial wounds. Officers say that the woman was unable to provide much information on the suspects, other than to say one was tall and one was “medium,” and that they may have been juveniles. The investigation is continuing.

Bennu Sold

February 27th, 2015

Bennu Glass in Kalama is going big-time, as one of the country’s largest producers of glass and glass products purchases the company. Today’s Daily News reports that Owens-Illinois is buying the wine and beer bottle producer, saying that the acquisition “enhances O-I’s capabilities in the growing wine market on the west coast and the important craft beer market. No details on the finances connected to the purchase are being disclosed. Officials with Owens-Illinois tell the paper that the transition will be “seamless,” but they’re declining to say if any staffing changes will be made, or if any additional capital investments will be made. The plant will be re-named O-I Kalama. Owens-Illinois is one of the largest producers of glass in the world, with 75 facilities in 21 countries.

Campbell Contract

February 27th, 2015

After action by the Longview City Council, the deal is done and Dave Campbell is now officially Longview’s newest City Manager. He officially takes the position on Sunday, and will make about $133,000 per year, moving up from his previous job as the Assistant City Manager. Campbell succeeds Bob Gregory, who retired from the position at the end of last year, after ten years as Longview’s City Manager.