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Archive | March, 2010

Explosives Case–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:07

Four teens from Kelso are being referred to Juvenile Prosecutors after the group was reportedly involved in making an explosive device. At about 7:15 last night, a woman living in the 400 block of Vine Street called Kelso Police, saying that several teenage boys had apparently made some sort of explosive device from a pop bottle, and they’d left the device on the back porch of a church. The woman says that she could see the device smoking. It’s unclear if the device actually exploded. Officers were directed to another nearby home, where they met with four teens. Based on that interview, they decided to refer the teens to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Rail Rumble–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:06

Lloyd Clayton Hill, 46, of Kelso is under arrest after domestic violence incident reported early yesterday morning at a home on Pleasant Hill Road, followed by a car crash at Holcomb Road and North Pacific Avenue. Shortly before 4 pm, a man directed Deputies to a home in the four thousand block of Pleasant Hill Road, reporting that his mother-in-law was involved in a fight with her boyfriend, identified as Hill. Deputies say that Hill wasn’t there when they arrived. About 20 minutes after the initial call, a report of a car crashed on the railroad tracks came in. There was no one in the car when Deputies responded to the scene, but Hill was found walking along the road, several blocks away. He was booked for third-degree assault, felony harrassment, DUI and driving while suspended, with initial bail set at $60,000.

I-5 Alert–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:05

If you’re heading into the Portland-Vancouver area this weekend, be aware of some issues on I-5 that might affect your commute. Starting at 10 pm tomorrow night, two lanes of I-5 northbound on the Interstate Bridge will be closed, so that work to straighten some beams can be done. The right and center lanes of the bridge will close at 10 pm Saturday night, and are expected to be closed until 6 am Sunday morning. A detour will be posted. You may also want to shift over to I-205 to avoid delays.

Semi Pileup–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:04

A semi driver from Winston, Oregon, is getting the blame for a four-truck pileup that closed I-5 southbound near Winlock early yesterday morning. State Troopers say that this got started at about 3;45 yesterday morning, at milepost 62 southbound on the freeway. Aleksandr Chebukin, 33,of Salem slowed for heavy rain, and was then rear-ended by a truck driven by Ronald Panse, 62, of Winston. Panse’s truck ended up blocking both lanes of the freeway. Daljit Uppal, 32, of Calgary, Alberta then tried to avoid the wrecked truck, going off the freeway and ending up in the tree line. Harbans Gill, 52, of Abbotsford, British Columbia also tried to avoid the wrecked trucks, and ended up clipping Panse’s trailer. The freeway was completely blocked until 7 am, while the damaged trucks and trailers were removed. Panse was the only one injured in the collision, taken to Centralia Providence Hospital to get treatment for a bruised sternum. Troopers say he’ll also be cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Clam Dig–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:03

The first razor clam dig of the spring is set for this weekend, with two beaches actually open for digging for a full week. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that there are adequate clams to allow digging today through Thursday of next week at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. In addition, digging is allowed today and tomorrow at Kalaloch, and on Saturday and Sunday only at Copalis and Mocrocks. If that wasn’t complicated enough, digging is allowed only on the evening tides today, tomorrow and Sunday, and only on the morning tides Monday through Thursday of next week. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has full details, or you can get more information where you get your shellfish license.

Tourism Deadline–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:03

The City of Longview is extending the deadline on applications for projects that promote and support tourism in Longview in 2010. Some of the examples include, but are not limited to, things like community festivals and events, advertising brochures, and similar activities. The deadline to get applications for this year’s funding cycle is now 5 pm on Thursday, April first. Contact the City of Longview Executive Offices at 442-5004 for more details, or you can download an application from the city’s website.

Columbian Artists–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:02

Works from 50 artists from all around the area are featured as the 34th annual Columbian Artists Association Judged/Juried Spring Show opens this weekend at LCC. 130 works of art in various media are on display in the Art Gallery at the Rose Center for the Arts. There’s an opening reception today from noon to 5 pm, and the works will then be on display through next Friday during regular gallery hours. Admission is free.

Knowledge Bowl–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 08:01

They had to scramble to raise funds to get their teams there, but the Knowledge Bowl teams from Mark Morris and R. A. Long High Schools are heading to the Tri Cities for this weekend’s state Knowledge Bowl tournament. Today’s Daily News reports on the efforts put forward by the six-member teams from each school; not only did they qualify at the regional competition, but the team members also had to raise about $3,000 apiece to support themselves, helping to pay for each team’s advisor. Support for the Knowledge Bowl teams was lost in the $5 million in budget cuts that were imposed last year. Mark Morris qualified by winning the regional competition, while R. A. Long came in second.

Essay Award–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 07:58

An essay by Kelso High School Senior Garrett Colkitt has come out ahead of more than 50 thousand other students from across the country, as he’s recognized as one of the main winners in this year’s “Being an American Essay Contest.” The contest is sponsored by the Virginia-based Bill of Rights Institute, and is billed as the largest high school essay contest in the nation. This is the fourth annual Being an American Essay Contest, and this year, students were directed to answer the question “What civic value do you believe is most important in being an American?” In his winning essay, Colkitt selected “perseverance” as his civic value topic, and he thought Henry David Thoreau was the embodiment of that character. Colkitt wins a cash prize of $250 and an Honorable Mention prize; his sponsoring teacher, Lisa Streissguth, also wins a matching cash prize.

Weekend Events 3/36-28/10–

Posted on 26th March 2010 at 07:58


The 34th annual Columbian Artists Association Juried-Judged Spring Art Show opens on Friday in the Art Gallery at the Rose Center for the Arts at LCC.  A reception honoring the 50 artists involved in this year’s show will run from noon to 5 pm on Friday.  The 130 pieces in this year’s show are on display through April 2nd.

The 6th annual Long Beach Bluegrass Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Chatauqua Lodge in Long Beach.  Seven regional bands are scheduled to play; check for a full schedule of events.


There’s a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the Castle Rock Masonic Lodge, running from 7:30 am until noon.  The Castle Rock Job’s Daughters chapter is putting this on, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Castle Rock Public Library.

The 2010 LCCA Home and Garden Show is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center.  Hours are 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 10 to 5 pm on Sunday.

The 3rd annual Bluegrass/Gospel Benefit Concert is set for Saturday at Toledo High School, running from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday night.  More than a dozen Bluegrass artists from across the region will play; admission is free, but donations to help send a medical mission team to the Dominican Republic will be collected.

Longview Parks and Rec holds their annual Moonlight Golf Tournament Saturday night on the back nine at the Mint Valley Golf Course.  The tee-off is at 7 pm Saturday night; registration is limited, so check ahead to be sure you can get in.