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Archive | September, 2010

Art Exhibit

Posted on 30th September 2010 at 08:44

There’s also a reception planned for 5 pm today in the Art Gallery at the Rose Center, marking the exhibit that’s now on display from Michael Paul Miller of Port Angeles. The exhibit is titled “The Salvaged,” and features a series of paintings that are classed as “postmodern new symbolic realism, exploring the depths of the human condition in the setting of a post-apocalyptic environment.” Originally from Wisconsin, Miller had his first solo show in 2003, and has been exhibited from New York to Coos Bay. Last year, he was presented with the “Best Artwork” award by the Washington Community Colleges Humanities Association. Today’s reception runs from 5 to 7 pm; “The Salvaged” will be on display through October 22nd.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 30th September 2010 at 08:37

The Mariners closed out their road schedule with a 6-5 loss at Texas yesterday. The M’s play four games at home against Oakland starting tonight to close out the season, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Mark Morris beat R.A. Long 4-2 in Civil War boys tennis action yesterday…..Green River defeated Lower Columbia 3-2 in college volleyball last night. The Devils drop to 0-2 in the West as they go to Pierce tomorrow night…..Tonight in prep volleyball, Kelso is at Bay and R.A. Long visits Washougal…..Civil War cross country action is today at Lake Sacajawea as MM and RAL tangle…..In girls soccer, Camas visits Kelso in a 4 pm match at the Dike Field and RAL travels to Washougal for a 7 pm contest…..Kelso football fans are asked to wear pink tomorrow night to support cancer survivors and research.

Kloke Recovery

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:16

Authorities in Whatcom County say that they believe that the body of Dallas Kloke, 71, of Anacortes has been found, but they are still working on the plan for recovery of the renowned mountain climber. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says that a helicopter crew took some photos on Monday, and a review of those photos shows what appears to be Kloke’s body about 6,400 feet in elevation. He had been part of a five-member team that had been climbing the Pleiades Peaks on Saturday. At the top of the 7,300-foot mountain, Kloke grabbed a rock that then sheared off, and both he and the rock went down a sheer face of at least 300 feet in height. It took several hours for team members to climb down to the bottom of the face, where they found some of Kloke’s gear, but didn’t find him. As of yet, ground teams have been unable to get into the site spotted on the photo, and they’re still working to formulate a plan to retrieve the body. Kloke is the father of Mark Morris High School teacher and assistant basketball coach Steve Kloke.

Robbery Arrest

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:16

One of the three suspects reported to have been involved in a Monday assault and robbery in Longview is now in custody, arrested yesterday morning as he reported to the Department of Corrections for a daily check-in. At about 10:15 yesterday morning, DOC officials called Longview Police, reporting that Keola Raymond Barney, 27, of Longview was in their lobby, waiting for his regular appointment. Just before noon on Monday, a man found bleeding at Gerhart Gardens Park identified Barney as one of the three men who’d beaten and robbed him. Officers responded to the office and took Barney into custody on a second-degree robbery charge, with bail set at $100,000. Barney is also being detained on a no-bail DOC hold. Longview Police continue the effort to find the other two suspects; one of those men has been identified, and they’re working to identify the third man. If you have information on this case, call Longview Police at 442-5800, or leave a tip on the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 577-1206.

Drug Arrest

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:15

Longview Police arrested a man wanted by the Sheriff’s Office, after an incident reported early this morning at an apartment complex on Dover Street. At about 2:30 am, a complaint came in that a man was staggering around on the upper level of the building, banging on doors and windows. Officers say that Jozef Wilson, 20, was extremely intoxicated when they met with him; during the ID check, they learned that he had a felony warrant from the Sheriff’s Office, charging him with delivery of illegal drugs. Due to his level of intoxication, Wilson was taken to St. John Medical Center for observation, and then he’ll be booked into the jail after he detoxs.

Brush Pleads

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:14

Brian Brush, 48, of Roseburg, Oregon is pleading not guilty to charges of first-degree premeditated murder with a gun, entering the plea in Pacific County Superior Court in connection with last September’s shooting death of Lisa Bonney, 45, of Long Beach. The Daily News reports on the court hearing involving Brush; he accused of shooting Bonney on September 11th of last year, using a shotgun just off of the boardwalk in Long Beach, during the End of the World Rod Run event. Dozens of people were in the area at the time of the shooting, which took place in the middle of the day. A number of competency evaluations had delayed the processing of the case. Brush had been found incompetent to stand trial in March; after additional treatment at Western State Hospital, he was finally found to be mentally competent. Brush is currently in custody at the Shelton Corrections Center; his trial is currently set for November 9th.

Hjaltalin Sentenced

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:14

The man who’s making accusations of abuse against the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office is out of their custody, sentenced to prison time for several criminal charges. The Daily News has the latest on Sigrin Hjaltalin, 24, who had pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree domestic violence assault, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and witness tampering. Prosecutor Dan Bigelow says that Hjaltalin’s criminal history put him at the “top of the charts” for sentencing, and he did receive 51 months at the prison in Shelton. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating claims by Hjaltalin that he was abused by Wahkiakum County Jail staff, claiming that they pepper sprayed him more than 30 times and hit him with a baton. Jail officials say they did use some force on Hjaltalin, but they also say that it was justified in dealing with an unruly inmate. That investigation continues.

Horse Hit

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:13

Highway 30 near Rainier was completely closed for about 45 minutes last night, as Oregon State Police dealt with a car-versus-horse collision that took place just west of town. OSP says that the collision took place at about 9 pm, in the area of Lost Creek Road. They say one person was transported to the hospital after the crash, and they also say that the horse did not survive. The highway re-opened at about 9:45 pm. Other details haven’t been released as of yet.

Chinook Sale?

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:12

There could be a new owner and a new activity at the old Reynolds Metals plant, as a coal-exporting company based in Utah looks to buy out Chinook Ventures. Today’s Daily News reported that Millenium Bulk Logistics of Salt Lake City is in negotiations to buy out Chinook Ventures’ interest in the old aluminum plant, with a goal of having the facility converted for use for coal exports and other imports within a year. Officials with Cowlitz County say that Millenium has applied for permits to replace dock pilings, and to upgrade the conveyor belt system. Chinook has been operating the conveyor without a permit. Chinook has also been hit with huge state and federal fines for illegal operation of the facility without proper air and water quality permits. Along with the piling work, Alcoa has also applied for a permit to dredge the shipping berth area. It’s reported that Millenium would use the facility to export coal, and to import cement and alumina. They say that the facility would employ about 60 people, the same number now working for Chinook Ventures. County officials say that Millenium is involved in a “full-court press” on the project, and apparently are hoping to be operating by next year.

Banned Books Reading

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:11

As part of the annual Banned Books Week observance, there’s a “Celebrity Readout” planned for this afternoon at the Longview Public Library. Representative Dean Takko, Judge Robert Altenhof, Longview City Manager Bob Gregory, Museum Director David Freece, and others will read from books that have been banned over the years, including selections from “Babar,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Carrot Seed” and others. The Banned Book reading will run from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room at the Longview Public Library.