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The Columbia County Board of Commissioners gave tentative approval July 14 to the Port of Columbia County's request to rezone 837 acres from agricultural to industrial land.  Northwest Innovation Works, which recently cancelled its plans to build a methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama, signed an option to lease agreement with the port for the rezoned area in 2019.

Despite Montana and Wyoming's arguments that the case would examine "Washington’s longstanding discrimination against two landlocked states’ sovereign interests in getting one of their most important commodities to market," seven judges moved to deny the case on Monday, with Justice Thomas and Justice Alito preferring to see the case move forward.

It was the Columbia River that made Mary Lyons fall in love with Longview. Never had the former Seattle-area resident lived so close to an exp…

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