Bill Ammons, Chuck Wallace and Doug Irvine are on the hook for about $30,000 in legal fees that Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper has accrued while fighting the recall petition that was filed by the three men. At yesterday’s hearing in Cowlitz County Superior Court, Judge Stephen Warning ruled in favor of Piper on virtually every count; he even went so far to state in open court that the censure resolution that was used to formulate the recall petition was a sham. Warning rejected a motion from attorneys for the PUD, who asked that current PUD General Counsel Paul Brachvogel’s name be stricken from Piper’s complaint. They claim that there’s no proof of Brachvogel’s involvement. Warning rejected that motion. Later in the hearing, he didn’t name names, but he did say that it was quite clear that Ammons, Wallace and Irvine had assistance from someone inside the PUD in the creation and revision of the petition. Warning flatly stated that Ammons lied during his deposition; Wallace and Irvine both stated that Ammons bragged about having connections inside the PUD, something that Ammons denied in his deposition. Warning also said that Ammons either lied or withheld information from the other two petitioners about his “connections.” In the end, Warning ruled that the three men are responsible for Piper’s legal fees in the case, but the attorney for the three, Tim South, says that they will immediately appeal the ruling to the Washington Supreme Court. A hearing to finalize details of the judgment is planned for 2 pm on Wednesday, August 20th.
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A man who’s suspected of burglarizing several coffee stands and other businesses in Longview is now under arrest. Longview Police report taking Preston Michael Carlson, 21, of Longview into custody on Tuesday, connecting him to break-ins reported along 15th Avenue and Oregon Way, on the night of July 20th and the morning of July 21st. Police put out photos taken from security cameras at the coffee stands, and tips from the public helped to identify Carlson. He’s now being charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of malicious mischief, with his current bail set at $15,000.
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Bernard Horstman, 56, of Longview is being cited after a collision that took place yesterday morning on Highway 12 east of Morton. State Troopers say that the crash happened around 11:20 yesterday morning, as Horstman was driving a westbound semi. Freddie Rickets, 65, of Randle had stopped to make a left turn onto Savio Road when he was rear-ended by Horstman’s truck. Rickets was injured in the collision, and was transported to Morton General Hospital for treatment. Horstman was unhurt. He was cited on the scene for following too closely.
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Scientists from the U. S. Geological Survey and the University of Washington are going back over sediment samples that were taken decades ago. They’re looking to see if those core samples have information about ancient earthquakes, and if those samples can help fill in the blanks about when we can expect “the next big one” to hit the Cascadia Subduction Zone. A new report is out from the USGS and the universities working on this research, and they’re saying that finding the answer is more complicated than they first thought. They’re reappraising cores that were taken during the 60’s and 70’s, collected from an area near the foot off of the continental slope off of Washington and Oregon. A 2012 report that looked at just a few of those cores supports previous findings of Cascadia earthquake size and occurrence, but a wider review reveals what they call “confounding evidence.” The full report is now available on-line in “Geology” a leading earth science journal.
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As local anglers are preparing their boats for tomorrow’s opening of the annual Buoy 10 fishing season, the Coast Guard and other marine law enforcement agencies are also preparing, looking to make sure that the fishing boats don’t get tangled with the ocean-going vessels coming in an out of the Columbia River. “Operation Make Way” is intended to help make sure that those conflicts are avoided. The Coast Guard and other marine patrols will be making sure that fishing boats are not anchored in the shipping channel; boats found in those locations could get a citation of up to $5,000. Patrols will also be making sure that boaters have the proper safety equipment aboard, and that everyone aboard is complying with safety and fishing regulations. This effort will continue through the months of August and September.
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Today is the final day of the City of Longview “Curb Appeal Contest.” Over the past two months, the city has been promoting the slogan “Make Longview Beautiful,” soliciting nominations for a business to receive the Mayor’s Award for “Best Curb Appeal Improvement.” Before and after photos are being posted on the “Make Longview Beautiful” Facebook page. Visitors to that page can vote for the photo that they think shows the most improvement, and the one that gets the most “likes” will win, with the results confirmed by a “Civic Pride Committee,” comprised of various community stakeholders. Get more information on the “Make Longview Beautiful” Facebook page.
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Lower Columbia School Gardens Director Ian Thompson is out with a big ‘thank you” to the community, as people step up with donations that have landed a $20,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation. Thompson says that the Lower Columbia School Gardens needed to collect $10,000 in donations to be eligible for the challenge grant, and that money came in over the past two months. Thompson says that it’s extremely gratifying to see the support for this completely community-created and supported effort. He points out that five years ago, there was only one local school garden; now, there are 13. 2,900 local students were involved in the School Gardens this year. Thompson says that the effort is continuing, as additional resources are needed as the program expands. While this $30,000 is great, Thompson says that they still have a goal of raising an additional $41,000 in support. He’s projecting $21,000 in general fund needs, coupled with $20,000 in sales from the upcoming Fall Harvest Event. Get more information on the program and find out how you can help by going to the Lower Columbia School Gardens website.
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Be sure to bring your boogie shoes to tonight’s Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake, as “The Twangshifters” bring their version of rockabilly to Martin’s Dock. Based out of Portland, “The Twangshifters” say that they specialize in “stripped-down, no-nonsense rockabilly, blues and rock-n-roll.“ Band members say that they are the “love children of Carl Perkins and Patsy Cline.” The weather should be great for tonight’s free concert, which starts at 6 pm. You can bring the entire family and your own picnic dinner, or there will be also be food vendors set up on the Hemlock Plaza.
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Corey Kluber outdueled Felix Hernandez as the Cleveland Indians beat the Mariners 2-0 last night. The teams close out the series today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears got a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the 15th inning to beat the Klamath Falls Gems 5-4 last night. The Bears host the WCL Portland All-Stars tonight at 6:35 pm…..The Longview 13’s and the Kelso 9’s are in Helena, Montana for the start of the Regional tournaments tomorrow…..Former Mark Morris basketball star Eric Hutchison has been arrested in Missoula on charges that he allegedly sold drugs to an undercover police officer…..The Daily News reports that Toutle Lake football coach Scott Grabenhorst has retired from coaching after 35 seasons at the helm of the Fighting Ducks.
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First-degree assault charges are being filed against Cody Alan Tamayo, 21, of Longview, after he allegedly pistol-whipped another man yesterday afternoon. The victim called Longview Police shortly before 6 pm yesterday evening, claiming that Tamayo had used the pistol to hit him in the face and head several times. Officers met with the victim at a residence not far from where the alleged attack occurred, and found evidence of the assault. They say that the victim was bleeding, and clearly had been struck multiple times in the head and face. Officers located Tamayo a few blocks away, along with a woman who had supposedly driven away with the gun that Tamayo had been holding. Police say that they did recover a pistol from inside that car. Tamayo is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree car prowling. The investigation continues.
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