A candidate forum that had been set for this evening has been changed to October 13th. The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce and KLTV had been planning to have Third District Congressional candidates Denny Heck and Jaime Herrera in for a forum this evening at the Rose Center for the Arts. That forum will now be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 13th.
Archive | September, 2010
A ribbon-cutting is planned for 6 pm today, officially opening the renovated playground equipment at the Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea. City of Longview officials say that the new equipment is an upgrade, replacing some items that were aging, and also making the equipment more accessible to the disabled. The renovation project was a cooperative effort between Longview Parks and Recreation and the Longview Noon Rotary. The project also got a $1,200 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement. Today’s festivities are set to begin at 6 pm, and are open to all.
Lower Columbia College has its first Leader of Promise Scholar in some five years, chosen out of several hundred students who’d applied for the honor. The Daily News reports that 22 year-old Samantha Rintoul was one of 30 students honored as a Leader of Promise Scholar, out of 383 applicants; it’s also noted that she was one of only two students from the Northwest to be honor. Rintoul was recognized for her outstanding academic work, along with her involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. She’ll receive a $1,000 scholarship. LCC’s last Leader of Promise Scholar was John Lynch, back in 2005.
Felix Hernandez had another sparkling outing as the Mariners beat the Rangers 3-1 last night. Felix lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.27. The Rangers are hosting the M’s in a day game today, KLOG 10 am…..Woodland upended Mark Morris 3-1 in prep volleyball last night. Also, R.A. Long defeated Hockinson 3-2. In college volleyball tonight, LCC hosts Green River at 7 pm…..MM shutout Woodland 5-0 in girls soccer yesterday. Hockinson beat RAL 1-0 after two OT’s and penalty kicks…..Yesterday’s Civil War boys tennis match was postponed until today. MM hosts RAL at 3:30 pm this afternoon…..The Seahawks have signed former Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley. Also, Leon Washington has been named the NFC special teams player of the week.
Longview Police are working to find three suspects in an assault and robbery reported yesterday morning. Just before noon yesterday, a badly beaten man was found at Gerhart Gardens Park. The 911 caller reported that the victim was bleeding, and Officers say that the 22 year-old man had a serious gash in the back of his head. When questioned, the victim said that he’d been beaten and robbed by his roommate and two other men. He was able to provide names on two of the suspects, but only had the first name of the third suspect. Longview Police worked with Kelso Police to check several addresses around town, but they haven’t located the suspects as of yet. A summons for first-degree robbery has been issued, with bail set at $100,000. Authorities are still working to find the three suspects.
Kelso defeated Columbia River 3-2 in prep volleyball last night. Tonight’s matches include Woodland at Mark Morris and Hockinson at R.A. Long…..River and Kelso battled to a 1-1 tie in girls soccer yesterday. Today’s schedule includes Woodland at MM (5 pm) and Hockinson at RAL (7 pm)…..Mark Morris hosts R.A. Long in Civil War boys tennis this afternoon. Yesterday Washougal beat MM 4-2…..Kelso, MM and RAL take part in the Prairie Invite boys golf tourney today. Yesterday, Hockinson beat the Monarchs 150-181 and Washougal downed the Jacks 151-178…..The Kelso cross country teams run at Prairie this afternoon…..Justin Smoak had a homer and three hits leading the Mariners over the Rangers 7-5. Texas hosts Seattle again today, KLOG 4:00 pm.
Work continues to try and find a mountain climber who’s missing on Mount Larabee in Whatcom County, a man with ties to the Longview area. Authorities in Whatcom County say that Dallas Kloke, 71, has been missing since Saturday, when he fell while traversing the Pleiades Peaks, as a member of a five-person team. Kloke is a well-known mountain climber, who has been climbing in the North Cascades for 50 years. He’s also the father of Mark Morris High School social studies teacher and assistant basketball coach Steve Kloke. They say that Kloke fell at about 1:30 pm Saturday; at the top of one peak, a rock sheared off as he grabbed it, then he fell at least 300 feet down a vertical face. The other members of the climbing team lost sight of Kloke; they were able to climb down and found some of his gear, but didn’t find him on Saturday. A search continued through the weekend and yesterday, and it’s now being reported that a helicopter crew may have photographed an area where it’s speculated that Kloke may have fallen. They say that it looks like he did not survive the fall. Ground crews are attempting to get into that area this morning.
Cowlitz County Search and Rescue located two Vancouver-area men who got lost while mountain-biking near Mt. St. Helens. The wife of one of the men called Cowlitz County just after 7 pm, saying that she’d just gotten a cell phone call, with her husband and brother-in-law saying that they were lost in the woods near Blue Lake, off the 8100 road. Deputies found the pair’s car at about 8:20 pm, along with tracks heading up a trail. Search and Rescue was activated, along with several Reserve Deputies. They checked roads and trails around the area, and at about 2:40 this morning, the two men were found on the Loowit Trail, safe and sound. The pair was tired and hungry, but otherwise were unhurt.
A home on Studebaker Road near Castle Rock was evacuated for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon, after the resident reported finding what he thought was a pipe bomb. The resident called 911 shortly before 2 pm, saying that he’d found the item nearby in the woods; he described the device as about six inches in length, one inch in diameter, and possibly having a fuse. The man had moved the device into his garage. The man was advised to evacuate the house, along with a 100-foot area around the garage, while the Portland Police Bomb Squad was called in. They arrived shortly after 4 pm, and removed the item, which they say did not appear to be explosive. Authorities didn’t say what the item actually might be.
Authorities in Lewis County say that two teens died in separate car crashes over the past 48 hours. Devin Faulconer, 17, of Rochester died around 2:30 Sunday morning, when his Ford Bronco went off a road in the Capitol State Forest, hitting several trees. State Troopers say that it looks like alcohol may have been a factor in that crash. Yesterday morning, Spencer Ford, 17, of Tenino was killed when he pulled out in front of a box van that was driving on Old Highway 99. Ford’s 13 year-old sister also received a broken leg in the crash. Grief counselors were brought into Tenino High School after the collision. The State Patrol continues to investigate both crashes.