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Archive | April, 2010

Weekend Events–4/30-5/2/10

Posted on 30th April 2010 at 07:58

Kelso Girls Softball is hosting a fundraiser Friday night at the Kelso Theatre Pub, featuring the “funniest cop in America,” Michael Mancini. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm on Friday. All proceeds will help with field renovations and facility upgrades.
The Storefront Theatre company debuts this weekend at their new venue at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, presenting a dinner theatre production of the Off-Broadway musical “The Fantasticks.” Curtain is 6:30 pm Friday and Saturday evening, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Their ticket office at the Mall is open from 3 to 7 pm weekdays, and from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday.
The Rising Star Productions performance of “Seussical the Musical” continues this weekend at Kelso High School. Performances are planned for Friday and Saturday night, each weekend through the 30th. Curtain is 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, also with a 2 pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are available at the door.
The Loves Street Playhouse in Woodland presents a melodrama called “No Opera at the Opry House Tonight,” with performances starting at 7:30 Friday and Saturday night, also running each weekend through May 8th. The Loves Street Playhouse is located at 126 Loves Street in Woodland; tickets are available at the door.
The Longview School District is holding a surplus property sale on Saturday, running from 8 am until 4 pm on Saturday at 410 Industrial Way, located right behind McCormick Tire. This is a cash-only sale, with no deliveries, you must take your purchases home with you. Call 575-7177 for more information.
This Saturday is Pride Day in Castle Rock, with a cleanup of downtown planned from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Volunteers will need to register at the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Second Avenue SW in Castle Rock.
The WSU Master Gardeners will be holding a free tomato plant giveaway on Saturday at Kelso True Value Hareware and Marine, running from 10 am until noon. They’ll also have people on hand to offer help with other gardening questions.
Safe Kids Lower Columbia is presenting a Sports Safety Day, running from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday at the Longview Fire Department main station on Commerce Avenue. They’ll have all kinds of free stuff for the kids, and weather-permitting, the LifeFlight helicopter will be on display.
Historic Preservation Month kicks on Saturday in downtown Longview, starting at 10 am at The Merk, at Commerce and Broadway. The R. A. Long Jazz Band will perform, and this year’s Historic Preservation Awards will be presented. Activities are planned for each of the first four Saturdays in May.
The third annual Regional Senior Connections Fair is set for Saturday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, running from 10 am to 3 pm. They’ll have presentations on senior safety issues, live entertainments and other information. Admission is free.
The Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market continues this weekend, running into October. They’ll have fresh produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, live entertainment, and other fun. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday. They’ve got a new location this year, in the open area next to the horse barn on 7th Avenue, on the Expo Center grounds.
The Rainier Marina Market opens on Saturday in downtown Rainier, and will run through December 19th. They’ll have produce, herbs, plants, hand-crafted garden furniture, clothing, soaps, jewelry and other specialty items for sale. The Rainier Marina Market is located at 115 East A in Rainier, next to the Bank of America.
The Kelso Bridge Market opens on Sunday, running through October at a new venue in West Kelso. The Bridge Market will now be located on the lawn next to the Catlin Rotary Spray Park, at 10 Northwest 8th Avenue. Hours are 10 am until 3 pm each Sunday through October.
The Kaleidoscope Concert will be presented on Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview at 3 pm on Sunday. This year’s concert will feature selections of classical, opera, tango, and Broadway show tunes. Free-will donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:50

The Blazers must win tonight as they host Phoenix in game six of their first round NBA playoff series, KLOG 6:35 pm. The Suns lead 3-2 and Portland hopes to force a deciding game seven…..The Mariners beat Kansas City 6-5 yesterday. The M’s take today off before hosting Texas Friday night…..The Kelso baseball team is hoping for a break in the weather so they can try to clinch the league title alone. The Scots are at Skyview today. Also today, Washougal is at MM and Woodland is at RAL…..The Kelso softball team is slated to play at Evergreen and Mark Morris hosts Washougal…..It’s a soccer Civil War today as MM hosts RAL in a 5pm match at Northlake Field…..The RAL girls golf team beat Hockinson yesterday. The Jills host Ridgefield today. Also, Heritage visits Kelso at 3 Rivers.

May Passes–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:32

After dealing with cancer for the past two years, long-time Daily News crime and sportswriter Bud May has passed away at the age of 76. Today’s Daily News reports on May’s passing. May was a life-long Cowlitz County resident, born in Ryderwood in July of 1933. He attended Ryderwood High School, then went to Lower Columbia College in 1954, where he studied journalism. He got his first stories for the Longview Daily News and the Kelsonian while still in high school, reporting on sports for Ryderwood High. He spent two years in the Army, then returned to the area in 1956, landing “the job of his dreams” with the Daily News, covering sports, crime, the courts and other general assignments. May was a sports reporter until 1967, when he was shifted more to the crime beat. May was with the Daily News until 1993, when he retired. Those who worked with May at TDN and on his beat say that he was a man of integrity and compassion, known as a “straight-shooter.” He was also known for having a memory like an encyclopedia, able to recite dates, people and details of events years after they occurred, and also had an enormous sense of humor, ready with a quip or a joke at a moment’s notice. Memorial services are planned for 1:30 pm on Friday, May 7th, at Calvary Community Church in Longview.

Abduction Investigation–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:30

The investigation into the story from Heather Prouty, 19, of Woodland continues, but Skamania County Sheriff’s Office officials say that the story seems to be unraveling. Early Monday morning, Prouty showed up at the Skamania County Sheriff Satellite Office in Cougar; she says that she’d pulled over on the Forest Service 90 Road near the Ape Caves, and had gone to sleep. When she woke up, she claims that her wrists and ankles had been bound with duct tape, and her car was gone. Prouty also thought she might have been raped. She was taken to a hospital in Vancouver, where no evidence of a sexual assault was found. Undersheriff Dave Cox also says that Prouty’s Jeep Cherokee was found right where she had parked it, with all of her belongings inside. He also says that the claim that someone was able to get Prouty out of the car and wrap her up with duct tape without waking her “lacks credibility.” Cox says that they still have an obligation to investigate the report, and they’re asking anyone with information to give them a call at 509-427-9490.

Weyco Results–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:29

Weyerhaeuser is out with first-quarter financial results this morning, and while they’re still reporting a net loss in the first three months of the year, they say that there’s been a double-digit increase in sales, and that’s helped to reduce the flow of red ink. The company is reporting a net loss of $20 million for the first quarter; that compares to a loss of $264 million in the same period last year. President and CEO Dan Fulton says that they’re encouraged by the improved performance after “many difficult quarters.” He says that financial results have increased significantly over the past quarter, and on a year-to-year basis, due to better market conditions and efforts to improve long-term competitiveness. He says that the pace of the housing recovery remains uncertain, but he also says that the company is moving in the right direction. He says that the conversion of the Real Estate Investment Trust will also help improve future reports.

BPA Rally–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:28

Public groups who are raising concerns about a proposed 500-kilovolt BPA transmission line between Castle Rock and Troutdale are planning a protest rally today in Vancouver. At least three separate groups are involved in today’s event, which is planned for 11 am at the BPA’s offices next to the Vancouver Mall. Organizers say that they have several purposes for today’s rally, working to educate the community, and to present concerns from property owners in the potential path of the power line. Organizers say that they have legitimate concerns over health-related issues and property values. They say that a protest song has been specifically written for this event, and a “sing-along” is planned. This morning’s rally is set to begin at 11 am at 7600 Northeast 41st in Vancouver.

Log Case–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:28

A man who’s accused of of illegally removing submerged logs from a site near Willow Grove is asking to have his case dismissed, claiming that the state doesn’t have jurisdiction over the material involved. The Daily News reports on the latest filing from Ross Ronald Bennett, 59, of Deer Island, who was involved in the salvage of submerged logs in the Columbia near Willow Grove between December of 2006 and April of 2007. That spring, the Department of Natural Resources filed a report charging Bennett with first-degree theft, claiming that he’d stolen more than $51,000 in timber. Bennett was working for a company owned by the Siletz Indian Tribe, and is also accused of falsely telling the tribe that he’d received the proper permits for removing those logs. In the latest court filings, Bennett’s attorney contends that the state can’t prove that Bennett actually removed any logs, nor can they prove that he was paid for them. The attorney also says that he wasn’t actually required to obtain permits, claiming that the law covers submerged trees, not previously harvested logs, which is what was involved here. Bennett’s case is currently scheduled to go to trial on Thursday, May 13th.

Green Mountain Super–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:27

The finalists for the Superintendent-Principal’s post in the Green Mountain school district near Woodland have been announced; Andie Webb currently serves as a principal in the Knappa School District, Rick Larson is a teacher and was the former Director of Curriculum in the Evergreen School District, and Joseph Jones currently works as the principal of Selah High School. ESD 112 in Vancouver is conducting the search to fill the post for Green Mountain, reporting that more than 20 applications were reviewed. It’s planned that with candidates will meet with district staff tomorrow, will attend a dinner with the School Board, then will be available for a Community Meet and Greet at 6:30 pm tomorrow in the Green Mountain School gym. Formal interviews will be conducted on Saturday. It’s hoped that a selection will be made by the middle of next month.

Kalama Award–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:26

Kalama Public Works Director Carl McCrary is being honored by the Washington Department of Health as the “Operator of the Year,” marked as the top operator of drinking water systems around the state. McCrary says that he’s been working to improve Kalama’s water system since he first arrived on the job nearly a quarter-century ago. He’ll be presented with his award prior to the next Kalama City Council meeting, at 6 pm next Wednesday, May 5th at the Kalama City Hall.

Community Conversation–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:26

This week’s installment of the Community Conversation lectures focuses on dance. Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg as a doctorate, and is a professional dancer and teacher; her lecture is titled “Music and Dance in the Balkans,” and will be presented at noon today in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Admission is free.