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LPD Workshop

July 15th, 2014

The Longview Police Department will be front and center at a Longview City Council workshop that’s planned for this evening, where Department officials will discuss “the state of the police department,” crime problems in the city, and proposed solutions to those problems. LPD will be meshing the report with the Police Executive Research Forum report that was prepared in 2009, discussing which recommendations have been met, which have not, and which are in the process of being completed. Police Chief Jim Duscha is expected to present statistics that show that the Department is seriously understaffed, also connecting those numbers with the PERF recommendations to show that LPD should have more officers. There will also be a presentation on the Speed Limit Photo Enforcement program, stating the number of tickets written and the amount of money that has changed hands in the three years of the program. Tonight’s workshop starts at 6 pm in the Longview City Hall Training Room, and is open to the public.

Road Construction

July 15th, 2014

As you’re making your way around the county this week, you may run into some road construction. Work continues on the Headquarters Road Leachate Transmission System, with crews working this week at the intersection of headquarters Road and South Silver Lake Road. Workers from Lakeside Industries will also be paving in different spots around the county; today, work is planned on Coal Creek Road and Ragland Road, followed by Delameter Road tomorrow and Thursday. Striping is planned in the Castle Rock and Longview areas, and chip-sealing work will be concentrated around Castle Rock over the rest of this week. Call Cowlitz County Public Works at 577-3030 if you have questions or concerns, or get more information on the Cowlitz County website.

Commodities Signup

July 15th, 2014

Lower Columbia CAP is out with a reminder that USDA food commodity cards expire this month, so they’re helping users of those cards to get signed up for the next year. Today, local residents with last names starting from A through L can get signed up; those with letters M through Z can sign up tomorrow. CAP officials say that those who wish to get the cards MUST show up in person. You’ll need to fill out a short application form; if you meet the income and other eligibility requirements when that is completed, then you will be immediately eligible to receive commodities. Residents of Wahkiakum County will be able to sign up tomorrow from 9 am until noon at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Catherine’s Church in Cathlamet. Commodities are distributed on the third Tuesday of each month at the Help Warehouse building on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Call 425-3430, extension 252 for additional information.

Blood Drive

July 15th, 2014

When you go out to get lunch today, you can also take some time to give the gift of life, as a special blood drive is being held at the Pacific Surgical Institute on 9th Avenue in Longview. The blood drive is open from 10 am to 1:45 pm today, and while appointments are preferred, walk-ins will also be accepted. Would-be donors have to be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health. Call 501-3444 if you need more information, or go to www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code psilongview.

Business After Hours

July 15th, 2014

The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce plans to take advantage of the weather for this month’s Business After Hours event, holding a “Parking Lot Party” in between the Civic Center Professional Building and Key Bank. Tonight’s event is billed as a “barbecue and business celebration,” with fresh-grilled food, fun, music and cold summer beverages available. The Business After Hours runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm this evening. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for registration information.

Sr. Eleanor Passes

July 15th, 2014

The woman who ran St. John Medical Center in the 1960’s and 1970’s has passed away at the age of 82. Today’s Daily News reports that Sister Eleanor Gilmore died suddenly on Saturday, having suffered a massive stroke at her home in Bellevue. Sister Eleanor was the administrator at St. John two separate stages, from 1967 to 1970, and from 1976 to 1982. After her time in Longview, she worked as the West Coast administrator for the Sisters of St. Joseph, and was committed to relieving poverty and other suffering in the Central American country of El Salvador. During a trip to El Salvador in 1989, she was arrested twice, and despite serious threats, she continued to return to the country several times to continue her ministry. Gilmore retired in 2009; memorial services are planned.

Ship Death

July 14th, 2014

An autopsy is planned after a crew member of a ship at Berth 9 at the Port of Longview collapsed and died. Aid crews were called to the berth next to the EGT grain terminal shortly after 10 pm last night, where it was reported that a 40 year-old male crew member was down, with no pulse. CPR was started while paramedics from the Longview Fire Department responded and made their way into the ship. Those who were on the phone with dispatchers speculate that the man may have had a heart attack. The man was declared dead at the scene, so the County Coroner was called in to take possession of the body, and to conduct the post-mortem examination. The man’s name and nationality hasn’t been disclosed as of yet.

STP DUI

July 14th, 2014

David J. Easton, 53, of Lake Oswego is being charged with DUI after he nearly hit several riders in the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic, as they were riding along Highway 30 near Scappoose. The incident happened Saturday night, just before 8 pm near Watson Road. An Oregon State Patrol Trooper responded to a report of a disturbance, after several witnesses reported seeing a Ford Pickup nearly hit several cyclists before pulling over on the side of the road. The Trooper contacted Easton, booking him on charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangerment. Easton is free after posting bail.

Body ID’d

July 14th, 2014

The body found in the Columbia River next to the El Tapatio restaurant in Rainier is being identified as Duane Richards, 65. Rainier Police say that Richards was a transient, who had been staying in a camp that he had made not far from where his body was found. It’s reported that the death is being ruled as an accidental drowning, an event that took place not long before his body was found. Samples were taken to be sent for toxicology testing; it’s going to take several weeks before those test results are available. A man who was getting ready to have his dinner at the restaurant last Wednesday night spotted the body as he walked near the river bank.

Burn Ban Expanded

July 14th, 2014

As the woods continue to dry out, the Department of Natural Resources is moving ahead with its annual burn ban on state-owned lands in Western Washington. The burn ban went into effect last Friday, and will remain in place on DNR-protected lands through September 30th. The ban covers all lands in Washington state that are under DNR protection, and does NOT cover federal lands. All outdoor burning is now banned on DNR-protected lands, except for recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated campgrounds; DNR-approved prescribed fires for ecological purposes may be allowed, but permission is needed from the Commissioner of Public Lands. Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills are allowed, but charcoal briquettes are prohibited. Fireworks are also banned, as are exploding targets, sky lanterns and the use of tracer ammunition. Contact DNR or go to their website for more information.