42nd Avenue Crash

Two women are recovering from minor injuries received in a one-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on 42nd Avenue near Ocean Beach Highway. Longview Police say that Linda Sims, 68, of Longview lost control of her SUV, rolling the rig and sliding into a tree. It took about 20 minutes to extricate Sims and […]

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Meth Trucker

A female truck driver hauling frozen chickens from Yuba City, California to Longview apparently had some extra cargo, as the State Patrol arrests her for possession of methamphetamine. Around 4:15 yesterday morning, Katharine Simms, 50, was stopped at the Ridgefield Port of Entry, after it was determined that her truck was 1,100 pounds over weight. […]

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Cold Case Review

Cold case investigators are checking into three Lewis County homicides from the 80’s and 90’s, checking to see if those cases may be connected to the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway. The bodies were found near I-5 in August of 1984, May of 1985 and August of 1991. All three women were from the Pierce-King […]

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Witt Announces

Brad Witt of Clatskanie, a representative for the 31st Legislative District, is announcing his plans to run for another term at that position. Witt made his announcement in Vernonia, a place that he helped secure funds for rebuilding after devastating floods. Witt says that he worked with Senator Betsy Johnson to help secure the final […]

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Chinook Rules Eased

As the record fall salmon run continues on the Columbia River, more of the angling restrictions are being lifted. Starting today, anglers will be allowed to keep ALL Chinook salmon, fin-clipped or not. This rule applies from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the river, up to the Warrior Rock line near Scappoose. Anglers can […]

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Censure Delayed

The possible censure of Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper is being delayed for two weeks, after Piper threatened legal action if the other two Commissioners acted on a resolution presented at yesterday’s meeting. PUD Commission President Buz Ketcham says that the resolution came out of a number of complaints…ketcham…Ketcham says that there’s been a problem […]

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Garbage Rates

Looking to help pay for the acquisition of the Headquarters Landfill, the Cowlitz County Commissioners are approving a hike in the solid waste disposal fees, boosting those fees from $37.70 per ton to $49 per ton, starting on December 1st. County Solid Waste Manager Don Olson says that it’s a difficult, but necessary move…landfillrates…Even with […]

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Coal Roadshow

The coal export roadshow lands in Spokane today, as the public hearings continue on the scoping process for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals facility in Longview. Cowlitz County Building and Planning, the Department of Ecology and the Corps of Engineers will be at the Spokane Convention Center from 4 to 8 pm today, taking public […]

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August Unemployment

Cowlitz County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly a full percentage point in August, but state officials say that doesn’t mean that the labor picture is brightening in any way. Regional Economist Scott Bailey reports that the August jobless rate in Cowlitz County came in at 9.5 percent, down from the July rate of 10.4 percent. However, […]

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Workforce Dollars

The Employment Security Department is announcing this year’s distribution of Workforce Development Funds, with $4.1 million coming to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. That total is about $231,000 less than last year. The funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act. The Southwest Washington […]

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