Archive for February, 2014

Marijuana Redux

February 27th, 2014

The Longview City Council meets tonight, and on the agenda is a “reconsideration” of their rejection of the ordinance in regard to the zoning for marijuana-related businesses inside the city limits. Two weeks ago, the Council rejected that ordinance on a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Don Jensen declining to cast a vote. Council members Mary Jane Melink and Mike Wallin are requesting the reconsideration, with Wallin also offering a slate of proposed amendments to the ordinance. The full text of those proposed amendments is available on the City of Longview website. Also on this evening’s agenda will be a request for increases to the greens fees at the city-owned Mint Valley Golf Course, and a resolution that authorizes the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement for participation in a Cowlitz County Mental Health Court. The Council is also expected to take action on water rates for 2014. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 pm in the City Council chambers on the second floor of the Longview City Hall, and is open to the public.

Pallets Stolen

February 27th, 2014

Employees at Grocery Outlet on Ocean Beach Highway report that someone got into a locked storage area, and then they stole a large number of wooden pallets that had been stacked behind the store. The theft was reported yesterday morning, at about 8:20 am. They tell Longview Police that a chain had been cut, and then the thieves must have brought in a truck or some other sort of vehicle to haul away about 100 wooden pallets. The loss is valued at about $1,000. That area of the store has no security cameras, so there’s no video to examine to see if any suspects can be identified. Longview Police continue to investigate.

CEDC Meeting

February 27th, 2014

Vee Godley with Northwest Innovation Works is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at today’s annual meeting of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council. Godley is the President of Northwest Innovation Works, and is scheduled to talk about his company’s exploration of two sites in the local area for development of $1 billion methanol production and export facilities. One is being proposed for the Port of Kalama, while the second is proposed for development at the Port Westward industrial park near Clatskanie. Today’s CEDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon is being held at the Cowlitz Regional Conference and Events Center, with registration starting at 11:30 this morning. Lunch and the speakers program should start shortly after noon. Go to the CEDC website or call 423-9921 for registration information.

Ridgefield Finalists

February 27th, 2014

The current Executive Director for the Port of Woodland could be getting a new job, as he’s listed as one of the finalists for the Ridgefield City Manager position. Nelson Holmberg is one of three finalists for the post, along with Vancouver Assistant Police Chief Chris Sutter, and current Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. These three men are vying for the position vacated by Phil Messina, who resigned in November of last year. These three finalists were selected through a process conducted by the Olympia-based Prothman Company, and by interim City Manager Paul Lewis. Mayor Ron Onslow tells the Vancouver Columbian that this has been an excellent process, with three high-quality candidates coming through. Tomorrow, the Ridgefield City Council plans to conduct day-long interviews of all three finalists, and could make a decision on a new City Manager at the conclusion of those interviews.

PUD E-Bills

February 27th, 2014

The Cowlitz PUD is announcing a new way for its customers to pay their bills, rolling out a new “paperless” e-billing option. PUD Customer Service Director Dave Andrew says that “e-Bill” will allow customers quicker access to their bills, along with having the ability to check through their billing history and make payments on-line. Andrew says that this is a completely voluntary program, and the utility expects it to be extremely popular. Andrew also says that this should be a money-saver for both the PUD and for the consumer. The utility will save money by not having to print and mail paper bills, while customers will also save money and time on postage and handling. PUD officials also say that the e-Bill program will reduce the chance of identity theft, helping to eliminate the opportunity for thieves to steal sensitive personal information. Signing up is as easy as going to the Cowlitz PUD website, and then click “Paperless Billing” on the Customer Services drop-down menu. Video tutorials will walk you through the process. Get more information on the Cowlitz PUD website, or by calling 423-2210.

Inequality for All

February 27th, 2014

A special screening of a film called “Inequality for All” is planned for this evening at the Longview Presbyterian Church. The movie examines the widening gap between rich and poor in the United States, along with the continuing erosion of the American middle class. Former Secretary of Labor and current University of California professor Robert Reich is the featured speaker in the film, and he’ll discuss how this extreme inequality got started by economic and policy changes that were made some 30 years ago. Co-sponsored by Lower Columbia CAP, this is one of 600 “watch parties” being planned across the country. Things will get started at 6 pm with a nationwide conference call on this topic, and then the show will start at 6:30 pm. The Longview Presbyterian Church is located at 3808 Pennsylvania Street in Longview; doors will open at 5:45 pm, and admission is free. Additional information is available on the church’s website, or by calling 577-8951.

Community Conversation

February 27th, 2014

LCC Physical Education Instructor Elena Ross is the featured speaker at today’s Community Conversation lecture. The topic of her talk is “Food, Weight and Exercise,” continuing on with this term’s theme of Community Health. The free lecture in the Wollenberg Auditorium starts at noon today, and is open to anyone interested.

The Tempest

February 27th, 2014

Shakespeare comes to Lower Columbia College, with the opening of the Center Stage production of “The Tempest.” This is a tale of magic and revenge, set on an isolated island in the midst of a storm-tossed sea. This is being presented in the Center Stage Theatre at the Rose Center for the Arts, with curtain set for 7:30 pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Admission is free for LCC students, faculty and staff; tickets for the general public are $8 apiece, $7 for those 55 and older. Tickets are available at the LCC Bookstore and at Encore Concessions in the Rose Center from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursdays, or at the Rose Center Box Office one hour prior to curtain.

KLOG Thursday Sports

February 27th, 2014

The Trail Blazers had seven players in double figures and 68 points from the bench in a 124-80 blowout over the Brooklyn Nets. Will Barton had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Portland hosts Denver Saturday night…..Spring Training begins for the Mariners today. The M’s are taking on the San Diego Padres in the annual Peoria Charity Game, KLOG 12:05 pm…..The LCC baseball team is getting ready for the season opener at home Saturday when they play Clark in a 12 pm double header. Tonight the Devils will meet with the public and have some fun in a viesports.com bowling event at the Triangle Bowl at 7:30 pm…..The LCC softball team opens the season Saturday in Richland. The Devils play two games Saturday at 1 pm and 3 pm then play Sunday at the same times.

15th Avenue Stabbing

February 26th, 2014

Longview Police continue to investigate a stabbing reported yesterday morning in the 1200 block of 15th Avenue. Shortly before 6 yesterday morning, a woman called 911, reporting that two men were pounding on her car, doing some damage. This same woman also claims that these two men had slashed two of her tires on Monday. Officers responded to the scene, eventually catching up with the two men identified by the woman as suspects. That’s when one of the “suspects” claimed that he had been stabbed in the back. At first it was reported that the woman had stabbed the man, but they eventually determined that a man was the suspect, and he was last seen heading in the direction of the Civic Circle. The stabbing victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while police checked the area, looking for the suspect. That person has been identified, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.