Felix Hernandez had his worst outing of the season yesterday as the Mariners lost to Texas 12-4. Seattle went 0-6 on the home stand and now goes to Houston to play the Astros tonight, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Seahawks close out the NFL Pre-Season schedule with a home game against the Oakland Raiders tonight…..17 college football games are on the slate tonight as the season gets underway. There is also a game at Jeld Wen Field tonight as Portland State takes on Eastern Oregon at 7 pm…..The LPGA Safeway Classic is underway at Columbia Edgewater and runs through Sunday…..Skagit Valley defeated Lower Columbia 3-1 in NWAACC women’s soccer yesterday…..The LCC volleyball team opens the season at the Highline Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Archive for August, 2013
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The Department of Ecology says that the work to contain and clean up oil leaking from a fishing vessel that sunk at its moorings on Willow Grove Road is continuing. As of yesterday afternoon, an estimated 250 gallons of oil had been pumped from the 75-foot “Granby,” and it’s still estimated that between 50 and 100 gallons escaped after the sinking. DOE officials say that safety issues prevented divers from a hydraulic tank on the sunken boat; oil-containment booms and oil-absorbing pads remain deployed around the vessel. An advisory from the Cowlitz County Health Department remains in place, saying that people should not fish or swim in the Columbia River near the Willow Grove Park area until this cleanup is complete. They also advise you to keep pets out of the water in that area. At this time, there’s still no timeframe for completion of the cleanup, nor is there a schedule for raising and removing the vessel. Responders are continuing to assess possible impacts on wetlands, fish and wildlife downstream from the “Granby;” the cause of the sinking is also being investigated. The owner of the “Granby,” built in 1929, is continuing to cooperate with authorities, paying for much of the response.
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Derek Wayne Williams, 39, of Ridgefield is being charged with felony eluding and obstructing an officer after he allegedly took Longview Police, Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers on a chase that went from Longview to the Woodland Airport. Just after 8 pm, LPD reported that they were trying to stop a motorcycle near 3rd and Tennant Way; they say that the rider was refusing to yield, and that there was no license plate on the bike. The rider continued out to the Longview Wye, then headed south on the freeway. Near milepost 21, next to the Woodland Airport, the rider ditched the bike and ran into the bushes. Containment was set up and additional law enforcement resources were brought in. A K-9 from Clark County was also brought in. Around 8:30, Deputies reported finding cash, headphones and a cell phone near the Airport fence; about 15 minutes later, Williams was found nearby and was arrested. He’s now being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.
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Jacob Baker, 21, of Toledo is being charged with second-degree negligent driving after a crash that took place Tuesday afternoon on SR 505, just outside of town. State Troopers say that Craig McCown, 51, of Kelso was southbound on the highway at about 5 pm on Tuesday, as Baker was driving behind him. McCown slowed to make a left turn, and was rear-ended by the pickup Baker was driving. McCown was unhurt, but Baker and his passenger, Joshua Morrison, 17, of Castle Rock, were hurt; both were taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment. Troopers blame the collision on “distracted driving,” but they didn’t specify what it was that distracted Baker.
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The Environmental Health Unit of the Cowlitz County Health Department is holding a public hearing this evening, where they plan to take comment on the permit for the Headquarters Landfill. Environmental Health Manager Chris Bischoff says that the meeting is intended as an opportunity for you to comment on the permitting process, as the county continues its efforts to try and purchase the facility near Silver Lake from Weyerhaeuser. Bischoff says that comments will be accepted at tonight’s meeting, which will run from 6 to 8 pm in the County Commissioners Hearing Room, located on the third floor of the County Administration Building in Kelso. He also says that comments will be accepted in writing or on-line through September 10th. The most current copy of the landfill permit application is available at Cowlitz County Building and Planning, or by going onto the Cowlitz County website. The permit application is also listed as an agenda item at the next County Commission meeting, which is set for next Tuesday morning at 9 am.
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Work is continuing on the new 139th Street interchange, just south of the I-5/I-205 split at the north end of Vancouver, and starting tonight, you’ll need to be ready for a traffic shift that’s going into effect. Starting at 10 pm tonight, work crews will be shifting northbound I-205 to the left lane and shoulder near the new interchange bridge. Travel lanes will also be narrowed in that area over the next two months, as work to lower the freeway by some eight feet moving it 40 feet to the east is completed. Once this realignment is complete, traffic will be getting an additional 16 feet of clearance underneath the new interchange bridge. Several months of work on the interchange is still needed, and additional lane shifts and overnight closures are still coming in the future. The Washington Department of Transportation will send out alerts as those events are scheduled.
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St. Helens is joining Scappoose and Rainier in officially expressing concerns about the impacts that increased train traffic will have on the town and its citizens. The St. Helens Chronicle reports that the St. Helens City Council approved a resolution at their last meeting, urging federal agencies to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts that additional train traffic will have on their town. Among the things they’d like to have explored are things like public safety response delays, impacts from hauling hazardous materials, impacts to property values and commerce, along with public health, safety and general community welfare. Language in the resolution was changed, removing the reference to “unit trains,” and broadening the scope by talking about all train traffic. It’s currently planned that the Council will sign the resolution at its meeting on the 4th.
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Castle Rock water customers in the area of Cowlitz Street West and A Street Southwest will be seeing disruptions in their service today, as those customers are transferred to the new water main that’s been installed. In addition, construction of sidewalks is continuing on Front Street between Shintaffer and A Street. If you have questions about the project, or your water service, get in touch with Castle Rock Public Works at 274-7478.
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While most everyone else starts the new school year after Labor Day, the kids of the Toutle Lake School District are into their second day of classes. The 2013-2014 school year started yesterday for the Fighting Ducks; Clatskanie, Castle Rock, Kalama, Wahkiakum and Winlock will be opening classes next Tuesday, Longview, Woodland and Rainier are all starting next Wednesday. It’s kind of a “phased” opening for Kelso, with K-through-5 students starting on the 4th, along with the “transition day” for 6th and 9th graders. All other secondary students will start on Thursday, the 5th.
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While cleanup efforts continue upstream from the park, an advisory remains in place at Willow Grove County Park, warning people to stay out of the water as authorities deal with a sunken fishing boat near the Willow Grove Yacht Club. The Washington Department of Ecology sent out its first alert about the sinking of the 75-foot fishing trawler “Granby” at about 8:15 yesterday morning. Built in 1929, the “Granby” hadn’t been used as a fishing boat for a number of years, and was moored in the 6200 block of Willow Grove Road. Some time Monday night or Tuesday morning, the boat sunk where it was tied up. DOE officials say that the “Granby” could have had as much as 600 gallons of oil and diesel fuel aboard, and was already starting to leak. As of last night, it was estimated that between 50 and 100 gallons of fuel had escaped the vessel. A Coast Guard overflight showed a light sheen on the water six miles downstream from the boat. Cowlitz Clean Sweep is responding to help with containment and cleanup, along with Ballard Diving and Salvage. Pumping is under way to try and remove the remaining fuel, then a plan for raising and removing the boat will be developed. Work is also beginning to assess possible impacts on wetlands, fish and wildlife. It’s noted that the boat’s owner is cooperating fully. People are being advised to avoid boating, fishing or other water recreation in the Willow Grove area until the cleanup effort is completed.
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