Local News in Cowlitz County, Washington

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Pair of bills seeking to transform state's oil transport policies
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:20:58 -0800

There’s been a dramatic increase in railroad crude oil shipments through Cowlitz County and Washington, but the public now has no knowledge of who owns the oil.

Capitol Dispatch: Move to thoroughly map potential disasters
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:20:44 -0800

In the wake of last year’s fatal landslide in Oso in Northwest Washington, lawmakers want the state Department of Natural Resources to expand its mapping of geologic hazards.

Cowlitz River opens for ‘smelt’ on Saturday
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:05:12 -0800

They’re not smelt at all. They’re eulachon, and in the vernacular of way back when, they were “hooligans.” Most folks say their table quality is several steps down the ladder from the surf smelt jigged and raked in a number of locations in Puget Sound, and I have to agree with that assessment.

Sheriff: Dad says he shot daughter's boyfriend in leg
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:11:13 -0800

The Cowlitz County sheriff's office says a man called 911 to say he had just shot his daughter's boyfriend in the leg because the boyfriend refused to leave the family's home in the southwest Washington city of Kelso.

Coroner completes autopsy on woman found dead along Lewis River
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:30:00 -0800

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office on Friday completed its autopsy of Lisa McNair, the 56-year-old Amboy, Wash., woman found dead along the Lewis River in Woodland on Thursday, but it is not releasing results pending further testing.

Statewide home prices leveling off, but affordability woes linger
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:47:10 -0800

Home sale prices statewide were down in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the third quarter, but up compared with the previous year, and the rate of home sales also dropped, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington.

Appeals Filed In Cowlitz Casino Quest
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:33:36 -0800

The city of Vancouver, Clark County and several card rooms in southwest Washington have filed an appeal to a December ruling that would pave the way for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to get land.

Majority of Cowlitz County students vaccinated
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 19:17:29 -0800

The majority of Cowlitz County students are vaccinated, with only one school in the county reporting higher than a 10 percent exemption rate.

Police body-camera bill spurs debate in state legislature
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:55:50 -0800

Public outrage over police shootings in cities from Pasco to Ferguson, Missouri, inspired Rep. Drew Hansen to propose rules for how police departments in Washington state can outfit officers with cameras.

Morning Press: Pike & Inslee, Cowlitz casino, jail review
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:04:26 -0800

“I’m just furious. … He’s identified polluters, and I call them enterprising job creators for Washington’s working families,” said Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, about Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal. Also in the news this week: Cowlitz casino decision appealed, woman hit with stray bullet, henna helps patients feel whole. A former 'guest' of the Clark County Jail gives visit a 5-star review.