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Archive | April, 2010

DECA Awards–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:25

Kelso High also brought home some award hardware from this week’s national DECA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Kelso placed in the top 10 in the nation for its Chapter Awards presentation. Kelso also received a Gold Award for their Student Store presentation. There was also a national contest for raising money for the Ronald McDonald House; Washington was the number one state in that effort, and Kelso High School was number one in the state in that effort. More than 15,000 students from across the country and several foreign countries took part in this week’s national DECA conference.

Nashville Unplugged–

Posted on 29th April 2010 at 07:24

You’ll want to act soon if you want to get tickets for the next in the series of Nashville Unplugged concerts, coming up on Saturday, May 8th at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Singer and songwriter Billy Dean is coming in for the next Nashville Unplugged concert, joined by Brian McComas and Aaron Benward for an intimate acoustic show. Dean had a number of country music hits in the 80’s and 90’s and in talking with the Daily News, he says that these kind of shows are “what he does best these days.” If you’re thinking about going, don’t sit and wait; the previous Nashville Unplugged concerts sold out well in advance of the show. If you’d like tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office, or you can check the website for more details.

Former Pastor Arrested–

Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:40

A man who’d previously worked as a youth pastor in the local area is now under arrest on charges of having a long-term sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Today’s Daily News reports on the arrest of Michael Louis Anthony, 43, who turned himself in to Kelso Police on the 13th of this month. He was booked into the County Jail last Friday, and is now being held on suspicion of third-degree child molestation, third-degree rape of a child and second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. Anthony reportedly admits to the relationship with the girl, who was 15 when the sexual relationship started back in 2008. The girl told investigators that Anthony was her youth pastor when the consensual relationship started back in October of 2008. In speaking to investigators, Anthony says that the couple has had sex “too many times to count.” Anthony was fired from his position as youth pastor with the Calvary Chapel Church in Longview in September of last year, reportedly at the request of Anthony’s wife, so he could “work on his marriage.” Anthony is currently being held on bail of $150,000.

Ape Caves Update–

Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:39

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is out with some additional information on that incident reported over the weekend up by the Ape Caves. At about 4:30 am on Monday morning, Heather Prouty, 19, of Woodland contacted Deputies at the Sheriff’s Substation in Cougar. Prouty says that she was driving eastbound Sunday night on the Forest Service 90 Road, when she got tired and pulled over to get some sleep. When she woke up, she says that her ankles and wrists were tied up, and her Jeep Cherokee was gone. Prouty says that she freed herself and flagged down a passing motorist, who took her to the Substation. She was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center as a precaution and a rape exam; that exam showed that no sexual assault took place. Deputies also say that Prouty’s Jeep was found near where she had left it, with all of her belongings inside. Skamania County Deputies are asking anyone with information this case to call their office at 509-427-9490.

Warrant Arrest–

Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:38

It took a few minutes, but Deputies were finally able to arrest a 15 year-old Kelso boy who was wanted on a felony warrant. At about 5:45 pm yesterday, a tip came in that the teen was at a home in the 100 block of Cowlitz Drive in Lexington. When Deputies arrived, the teen bailed out the back door, and jumped the fence. A few minutes later, the teen was seen running on the dike. Additional Deputies and Kelso Police responded to the area, and at about 6 pm, the teen was caught and arrested in the north end of a trailer park. Along with the previous warrant, the teen will face new charges of obstructing an officer.

Water Line Work–

Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:38

Starting today, work begins on a water line replacement project on Redpath Road in Kelso. Redpath will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to take about a week. The City of Kelso says that work will be done during daylight hours, with detours posted to redirect traffic around or through the work area. It’s noted that the street must be completely clear of vehicles to effectively complete these street repairs, and cars that aren’t moved may be subject to towing and impound at the owner’s expense. Call the City of Kelso at 425-6590 for more information.

I-5 Inspections–

Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:37

If you’re heading into Portland in the evening over the next ten days, be aware of some inspection work that may affect traffic. Inspections of the Marquam and Ross Island Bridges begin tonight, and will run through Friday, May 7th. The inspection of the Marquam Bridge will run through this Sunday night, with alternating southbound lane closures between 10 pm and 6 am each night. The Ross Island Bridge inspection will start next Monday, and will run through the 7th. Budget some extra time, or use alternate routes to avoid delays.


Posted on 28th April 2010 at 08:25

After trailing 2-0, the Mariners batted around in the eighth inning and came from behind to beat Kansas City 3-2, snapping a four-game losing streak. Ryan Rowland-Smith faces former Mariner Gil Meche as Seattle and KC play a day game today, KLOG 10 am…..Longview’s Ryan Gorton got the start as Oregon State and Oregon played a non-leaguer, with Oregon winning 9-4. Gorton went 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, three earned runs and three strikeouts. He’s now 3-2 on the year…..In a surprise move, the NCAA tapped UW President Mark Emmert to succeed Myles Brand as their new President…..The Kelso Lassies clinched the GHSL 4A track crown with a 119-31 win over Evergreen. Kiana Davis led the way with wins in the 200 meters, the long jump and the high jump.

Longview School Cuts–

Posted on 27th April 2010 at 07:32

The Longview School Board finalized its slate of cuts for the 2010-2011 school year, factoring in the input from staff and citizens after a series of forums held in the past couple of weeks. School Board President Jennifer Leach says that these were difficult decisions, but the cuts weren’t as deep as first projected. Longview School District budget managers were projecting a shortfall of about $1.7 million for the coming school year, looking at significant shortfalls with the loss of I-728 funds and a drop in enrollment. The district is making up the bulk of the projected shortfall through personnel cuts, though they did reduce the number of certificated staff being cut in the middle school from six to three. A suggestion to eliminate stipends for Music Advisors was also reduced. A total of 14.75 full-time-equivalent teaching positions will be cut, and it’s projected that all of those cuts can be covered through retirement and resignations. The district also plans to save $447,000 by reducing paraeducator services by nearly 123 hours per day, but final action on that plan will be taken on May 10th. The School Board also approved an “pay-to-play” increase of $5 per student per sport, a move that’s projected to raise another $7,500 for the district.

Ape Caves Attack–

Posted on 27th April 2010 at 07:31

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office a report of an abduction and a sexual assault from over the weekend, an incident that reportedly happened up near the Ape Caves. Yesterday morning, a detectives with Skamania County contacted Woodland Police in regards to the case; few details have been released as of yet, other than to say that a 19 year-old woman is the victim, and was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center for examination and treatment. The detective also reports that a car was stolen. Additional details should be released later today.