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Archive | October, 2010

MDA Fundraiser

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:56

More than 100 local business people will be spending time “behind bars” today, as the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Lock Up” event will be held. The event will run from 10 am until 4 pm; firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue will be volunteering during off-duty time, using cars donated by USA Auto Sales to pick up the “prisoners,” then taking them to “jail” at the Kelso Red Lobster. The “prisoners” will then spend the next few hours trying to “raise bail.” Proceeds from today’s event will help send kids afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp next July.

Habitat Meeting

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:55

There’s a Volunteer Orientation Meeting for Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity, starting at 6 pm today at the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium. If you’d like to help out on a local Habitat construction project, or would like to help in some other way, then you should attend this evening’s meeting. Currently, Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity is working on its 14th house in Kelso, and plans to soon start work on its 15th house in Longview. Call 425-6177 for additional information.

Vision Statement

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:46

The 15-member citizens committee that’s been working on developing a Cowlitz County Vision Statement held its final public workshop last night, taking input on the draft statement. Former County Commissioner Joel Rupley is chairing the committee, and he says that they’re trying to get a “sense of the community,” building a foundation for the revision of the Cowlitz County Comprehensive Plan. Rupley says that the committee has met with and interviewed more than 2,000 Cowlitz County residents in developing the Vision Statement, and he says that people actually had a lot of good things to say about Cowlitz County. He says people like the “proximity” in Cowlitz County, close to both outdoor and urban activities. Cowlitz County residents like the “quality of people” in the area, and also like the affordability of this area. Concerns include the community’s health, educational opportunities, “mill-town attitudes” and over-regulation. Rupley says that they hope to have a final version of the Vision Statement finished in about a month, then the main work will begin on the revision of the Comp Plan. That process is expected to take as long at two years. Full details on the Vision Statement and the Comp Plan revision are available at

Community Conversation

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:45

Today’s Community Conversation lecture will be looking at how insects affect our food supply, in both positive and negative ways. Scott Hoffman Black of the Portland-based Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will present a talk on “Insects and Human Food Security,” set to start at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

Halloweeny Stuff

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:44

There’s a Preschool Halloween Party planned for 7 pm this evening at the Kelso Public Library, with games, food, crafts and fun for the kids, held in the downstairs portion of the Library. Longview Stageworks is extending its “Murder at the Mansion” interactive dinner theatre show through this weekend, with shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at the Rutherglen Mansion. Call 425-5816 for reservation information. The “Nyghtmare Manor” opens tonight out in Silver Lake. Located at 142 Wilford Road, the Nyghtmare Manor will be open from dark until 10 pm, tonight through Halloween. Admission is a can of food and a suggested donation of $1.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Posted on 27th October 2010 at 07:53

The Trail Blazers opened the NBA season with a 106-92 win over the Phoenix Suns. Portland closed the game on an 18-1 run. Brandon Roy had 24 points and Nicolas Batum added 19 points and 11 boards. The Blazers play at the Clippers tonight…..The World Series begins today as UW alum Tim Lincecum of the Giants goes against former Mariner Cliff Lee of the Rangers, KLOG 4 pm…..In prep volleyball, Woodland Upended R.A. Long 3-1, Mark Morris beat Washougal 3-0 and Kelso edged Bay 3-2. The LCC volleyball teams hosts Pierce tonight at 7 pm…..In girls soccer, RAL came up with its first win, a 2-1 victory over Woodland. Also, Washougal beat MM 3-2 in OT and Camas blanked Kelso 5-0…..Boise State won its 21st straight football game with a 49-20 win over Louisiana Tech.

Suspect Shot

Posted on 27th October 2010 at 07:45

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an officer-involved shooting that took place last night near Coal Creek Road and Ocean Beach Highway. Cowlitz County Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that this all got started after an armed robbery at Yoon’s Market on Pacific Way, at about 8:40 pm. Rosenzweig says that the suspect took off in a black pickup, and was spotted a short time later on Pacific Way. After a short car chase, the suspect blew out a tire, then Rosenzweig says that the suspect got out, firing at his pursuer. At least 15 rounds were fired in the exchange, with several cars parked in the area possibly hit. The suspect did run off on foot, heading west. A K-9 and Lower Columbia SWAT was called in, then at about 11 pm, the suspect was found about 100 yards from his vehicle, deceased. It’s also noted that the Longview Officer that fired at the suspect was injured, but his wounds are not serious. The suspect has not been identified, and has been turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner for an autopsy. The suspect’s name has not been released.

7th Avenue Robbery

Posted on 27th October 2010 at 07:44

Longview Police are looking into a report of a robbery that came in yesterday afternoon in the 800 block of 7th Avenue. Around 4:35 pm, Mark Anthony Cochran, 19, called 911, claiming that he’d been walking in an alley, heading toward 9th Avenue, when a man came up from behind, stuck something in his back, then said that he’d kill Cochran if he moved. Cochran says that the suspect got away with his wallet, ID and cash, running a ways down 7th Avenue before turning west. The suspect was reported to be wearing a black hoody and black pants. Longview Police checked the area, but didn’t find anyone matching that description. During this incident, Officers also turned up an outstanding warrant on Cochran, so he was arrested later in the afternoon on a no-bail Department of Corrections hold. The robbery investigation continues.

Crash Found

Posted on 27th October 2010 at 07:44

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports that searchers have reached the site near Morton where a small plane crashed on Monday, and they’ve confirmed that there were no survivors in the crash. The victims are identified as eye surgeon Dr. Paul Shenk of Woodland, laser technician Rod Rinta of
Chehalis and contract pilot Ken Sabin of Chehalis. The three had taken off Monday morning in a plane owned by Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute, heading for Lewiston, Idaho. About ten minutes after takeoff, Sabin reported engine trouble, and attempted to turn back to Chehalis. Around 7:45 am, some loggers working in the area reported hearing a crash, and the crash site was discovered late yesterday morning. Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that it looks like the plane disintegrated on impact. Mansfield hasn’t said yet if the victims have been recovered from the wreckage. The FAA is now joining the investigation into the crash, as the Lewis County Coroner’s Office takes charge of the bodies.

Murray Visits

Posted on 27th October 2010 at 07:43

Heading into the last week before Election Day, U. S. Senator Patty Murray was in Longview, rallying the Democrat Party faithful and meeting with local veterans. More than 100 people came to a rally at the Cowlitz County Democrat headquarters on Oregon Way, where Murray talked about her passion in serving. Murray touts her record in working for this area, pointing to her efforts in helping to preserve funding for the Columbia River Channel Deepening, along with other local projects. Murray also talked up her support for local veterans, discussing the bill she authored and got passed, helping to provide VA medical facilities for female veterans. Murray is highly critical of Dino Rossi’s stand on Wall Street reform, warning that that’s the first bill that he would work to repeal; Murray says that would remove the first real consumer protections that have been put in place in more than a generation. Murray exhorted the group to continue the “get-out-the-vote” efforts, saying that it’s more important than ever that every voter exercises their franchise.