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Main Flushing

April 14th, 2014

“Area 3” will be flushed this week by City of Longview water department crews. This is the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going form Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Work is planned tonight through Thursday night, going from 7:30 to 11:30 pm each night. Advisory signs will be posted in the work areas; remember that flushing may stir up sediment in your residential pipes, so you’re advised to flush your own pipes prior to using the water for brushing teeth, cooking or washing closures.

Clam Dig

April 14th, 2014

A week-long razor clam dig opens this morning and runs through next Sunday. Twin Harbors is open for digging on this morning’s low tide; Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Add Mocrocks to the mix on Friday, and then on Saturday and Sunday, all four main clam beaches will be open, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks. Remember that you’re going to need a current shellfish license to be legal for digging. The 2013 licenses expired on March 31st. Next Saturday and Sunday is the second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, and Saturday also marks the annual Washington Coast Cleanup Day. Fishery managers say that they’re nearing the end of the 2014 spring season, but they’re still hopeful of offering a digging opportunity in May.

Bits and Bots Qualifies

April 14th, 2014

It’s kind of a short turnaround, but it’s a big accomplishment for the Bits and Bots Team 3812, as the local high school robotics team qualifies for the World Championships, coming up later this month in St. Louis. Bits and Bots advisor Bob Koenig says that the team was one of 64 from Washington and Oregon that competed in the Pacific Northwest District Championships at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland over this past weekend. In 12 “Aerial Assist” qualifying matches, Bits and Bots went 8-4, placing them 8th heading into the championship rounds. Working in a three-team alliance, they won their quarterfinal matches, but then lost their first semi-final match. In their second semi-final, Bits and Bots hit a ten-point shot at the buzzer, good for a 122-117 win. In their third semi-final, a teammate’s robot broke, so they did not advance to the finals. In the end, however, Bits and Bots Team 3812 finished ranked 14th out of 153 teams, which qualifies for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis. 400 teams from around the world are scheduled for that competition, which will be played from the 23rd to the 26th in the Edward Jones Dome.

Outage Investigation

April 11th, 2014

Now that Enhanced 911 services have been restored throughout the state, the investigation into the cause of the outage is under way. The outage first hit at about 1 am yesterday, traced to a computer glitch at a CenturyLink facility in Oregon. A portion of Oregon was also affected around that same time, but CenturyLink now says that outage was unrelated to the problems in Washington. Some sporadic service was restored by around 7 am, and then the system was fully functional again around 8 am. Washington Emergency Management says that the state E911 office is opening up an after-action review to try and determine the source, also working to find ways to mitigate future outages.

Delayed Response

April 11th, 2014

Officials with Cowlitz County 911 say that they’re not aware of any major incidents that took place during yesterday morning’s outage. However, there is a woman in Kelso who says that the outage did delay a police response to her home for about an hour, after someone allegedly threw a gas-filled bottle at the house. The woman was finally able to contact Kelso Police at about 4:20 am; she says that there was a small fire, but no significant damage was done. The woman also reports that the suspect smashed the windshield of a vehicle parked outside of the home. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been reported at this time.

Reschke Passes

April 11th, 2014

A former Principal at Kelso High School is dead at the age of 92. Family members report that Bud Reschke died earlier this week, found in his car in the parking lot of the Wilco store. County Coroner Tim Davidson says that the death was due to natural causes. Reschke was first hired by the Kelso School District back in 1951, working as a social studies teacher and as a Vice-Principal at Kelso High until 1956. That was the year he was promoted to be the Kelso High School Principal, a position he held until 1972. In ’72, he was named as the district’s Director of Special Services and Vocational Education, which was then split to just Special Services in 1973. He continued in that position until his resignation in June of 1981. There’s no word out yet on when memorial services might be held.

Beached Whale

April 11th, 2014

Marine biologists are out on the beach near Ocean Park, working to identify a beached whale that turned up yesterday. The whale is about 25 feet long, which suggests that it may be a young whale. Pacific County officials also say that this is a “baleen whale,” which has a filter-feeding system in its mouth, as opposed to the large teeth that an Orca or a Sperm Whale have. The current speculation is that this may be a Gray Whale, but the advanced state of decomposition is delaying that identification at this time. The decomposition also shows that the whale died some time ago, and has been floating in the ocean for quite a while. The whale is lying on the beach about nine miles north of Ilwaco.

Shay Donation

April 11th, 2014

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is stepping up with a significant donation for the Long-Bell Shay Locomotive Pavilion, announcing a gift of $5,000. Barry J. Dahl, the chair of the Friends of Longview, says that this donation will be directed toward the purchase of eight pressure-treated log columns, which will be used to support the roof of the pavilion. Brian Magnuson is volunteering his time to serve as the general contractor for the project, also helping to secure donations of labor and building materials. After more than a decade of restoration work by John Chilson, Jeff Wilson and others in the community, the Long-Bell Shay #5 is now back on the Longview Library grounds, covered with tarps until the Pavilion can be completed. So far, $25,000 has been collected from the community for the Pavilion, while the City of Longview has also provided $37,500. The full cost of the project is now put at $200,000, so additional donations are needed. If you would like to help out, you can drop money off at the Longview Community Development Department, or call 636-1129 for more information.

Dump Day

April 11th, 2014

Residents of the Clatskanie area once again have the opportunity to get the old homestead cleaned up, as the 12th annual Clatskanie Bulky Waste Cleanup Day is held tomorrow. From 8 am until noon, residents from around Clatskanie can drop off up to two car, pickup or small trailer loads of bulky waste at the Clatskanie City Park at a cost of $10 per load. That includes TV’s, dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, washers and dryers, microwaves, furniture, car batteries, scrap metal, computers, printers and monitors and similar items. There’s a $15 charge for Freon-containing items like refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, and tires are $1 apiece. No commercial loads are allowed, and you must have proof of residence in the 97016 area code.

Rainier Revisited

April 11th, 2014

You can once again step back to the original days of the town of Rainier at tomorrow’s “Rainier Revisited” living history event. This the fifth annual “Rainier Revisited,” arranged by award-winning Rainier High School history teacher Andrew Demko, also featuring students from his history classes at the school. There will be various military camp presentations, period arts and crafts, and Living History performer Karen Haas will also be on hand, telling stories and doing other hands-on experiences from the woman’s perspective during the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company. “Rainier Revisited” runs from 10 am to 4 pm tomorrow at the Beaver Homes Grange, located off of Highway 30 and Nicolai Road in Goble. Turn off the main highway onto Nicolai Road, and then follow the signs.