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KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:52

The Blazers beat the Spurs 100-92 last night. San Antonio was playing without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Portland plays at New Orleans tomorrow night…..Stanford moves on to the NCAA Women’s Final Four after an 83-60 win over Gonzaga last night…..Creighton beat Oregon 84-76 in game one of the CBI men’s best of three final…..Washington State takes on Wichita State in the semi-final of the men’s NIT tonight in New York City…..The LCC baseball team swept the Concordia JV’s 8-0 and 9-2 last night. LCC hopes to host the Linfield JV’s for two games today at 4 pm…..The Mariners rallied to beat the Rockies 7-6 yesterday. Those teams will play again today, KLOG 1:00 pm…..Husky spring football practice begins this afternoon at Husky Stadium.

Thomas Resigns

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:48

Ted Thomas is announcing his resignation from the Longview School Board, after serving nearly 14 years on that panel. Thomas announced his resignation at the end of last night’s meeting; he says that “shifting professional responsibilities” and additional time pressures from work led to this decision. Thomas was first elected to the Longview School in 1997, and has served three terms as the Board’s President. He also put in eight years as the legislative representative for the Board. Thomas says that it was a passion for community and public education that drove him to go after the election, and while on the panel, he served as a citizen advocate. He says that the constant focus on student learning is what he appreciates most from the Longview School Board, and points to a number of accomplishments performed by the Board during his tenure. Under the School Board’s policy, they’ll have to formally accept the written resignation at their next regular meeting, set for April 11th. The Board can then declare the position vacant, and open up the application process. The applications will be posted on the School District website, and they hope to fill the position in May. The appointee will then have to run for election in November, if they want to serve out the remaining two years of Thomas’ current term.

Finalists ID'd

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:47

Interview dates are now set for the three finalists for the top slot in the Kelso School District. The names of the finalists for the job that Glenys Hill is vacating in July were announced yesterday. Gustavo Balderas of Hillsboro is set to come in on Tuesday, April 12th, Ann Varkados of Bethel will arrive on Wednesday, April 13th, and Mike Parker of Hoquiam will be interviewed on Thursday, April 14th. Balderas currently works as an assistant superintendent for the Hillsboro School District, overseeing technology services, Hispanic outreach, safety, construction management, facilities, athletics and activities, nutrition services and transportation. Varkados is the assistant superintendent for instruction in the Bethel School District near Tacoma, serving in that position since 2004. She also served as an elementary school principal in Kalama between 1996 and ’98. Parker has been the Hoquiam Superintendent since 2006, serving as the Superintendent in Concrete before that. The district plans site visits prior to the interviews. During the visits to Kelso, there will be interview sessions with district employees and the School Board, along with community forums. Following those interviews, the Board plans to meet on April 15th to discuss qualifications, assess compatibility with Kelso Schools, then will go into open session to consider possible action to offer the position.

Poor Audit

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:47

The Washington State Auditor’s Office says that the last audit of the Kalama Housing Authority says that the agency has been dangerously close to closing its doors. In the audit covering the time between July 1st, 2008 and June 30, 2010, state auditors say that the Kalama Housing Authority’s lack of unrestricted funds and non-compliance with federal regulations put the agency at risk of closing. Records show that Kalama Housing Authority’s unrestricted cash and equivalents went down from nearly $68,000 in 2006 to less than $10,000 in 2009. As of last year, they had only about $18,000 in unrestricted funds. After a site visit in April of last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development found seven violations, including non-compliance with HUD policies, inaccurate records and procurement violations. It’s also been found that the Housing Authority has two significant cash liabilities, totaling nearly $50,000, with no way to pay for them. The Auditor’s Office blames the problem on frequent turnover, and a lack of training in HUD requirements. In its response, the Housing Authority says that they’re making policy changes, are implementing internal controls, and will revamp office protocol. The Kalama City Council has approved a $20,000 grant to the Housing Authority, and they also note the unique challenges that they face, as one of the smallest agencies of their type in the entire country. They reiterate their dedication to helping the low-income residents of Kalama, and pledge to resolve their financial issues.

Garage Sale Crackdown

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:46

The City of Kelso is implementing new rules regarding garage sales inside the city limits, looking to set standards for the events. Community Development Director Mike Kerins tells the Daily News that one of the goals is to shut down the “perpetual” garage sales that are going on in some places in town. The city is now setting standards, allowing a single event to three consecutive days, with no more than four sales allowed on a particular property in one year. Kerins says that they have been some isolated incidents of people having “garage sales” in vacant storefronts, or on residential property for a week or even longer. The City Council adopted the new standards earlier this month, as part of a zoning code update. The new standards also prohibit garage sale signs on public rights-of way, and posting sings on private property can’t be posted without permission of the property owner. Full details are available from the Community Development Department.

CR Annexation

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:45

The Castle Rock City Council is moving ahead on a substantial annexation to the city, a move that would increase the size of “The Rock” by nearly 25 percent. Today’s Daily News reports on the vote at last night’s City Council meeting, where they approved adding 275 acres near Four Corners and the High School to the city limits. The area being annexed includes the Castle Rock Fairgrounds, the race park, and several businesses in the Four Corners area. The annexation was started after Castle Rock took over providing water and sewer services to that area, assuming that responsibility from the county. Another Council vote is required in two weeks, then paperwork will need to be filed with the county and the state. Mayor Paul Helenberg says that they hope to have the process complete by the end of next month.

N. Kelso Break-in

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:44

The Sheriff’s Office is working to find the man who apparently tried to break into the Rocky Point Market last last night. Around 11:30 pm, an alarm company reported a glass break detection at the store. A passerby also reported seeing a broken window. Deputies arrived and checked the store, not finding anyone in or near the building. Longview’s K-9 was brought in, and spent about an hour trying to track the suspect, without success. They were able to review a security video, and got a description of a possible suspect. No arrests have been reported as of yet.

Emerald Kalama Comments

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:43

Today is the deadline to make public comments on the re-issuance of the 10-year Hazardous Waste Management Permit for Emerald Kalama Chemical LLC. The EPA and the Washington Department of Ecology are in charge of issuing the permit, and will accept written comments through the close of business today. You can view a draft of the permit at the Kalama Public Library, at Ecology’s records center in Olympia, or at the EPA Region 10 Library in Seattle. The draft permit is also available on-line at

Salmon Season

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:42

Commercial salmon fishermen will be allowed a short season on the Columbia River, running for four hours this evening. The Columbia River Compact announced that the main stem of the river will be open to commercial gill nets between 7:30 and 11:30 tonight, in zones 1 to 4, upstream to Kelley Point in Portland. Anglers will be allowed to keep fin-clipped Chinook salmon, shad and white sturgeon. Full details, including information on sanctuary areas, are available from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Help Food Distribution

Posted on 29th March 2011 at 07:37

Due to an excess of inventory during this month, the Help Food Warehouse is planning to hold a second distribution of commodity foods today. Everyone in Cowlitz County who is signed up to receive these commodities can come in today between 10 am and 4 pm. That also includes residents of Castle Rock, Kalama, Woodland and Ryderwood who are eligible to receive commodities. The Help Food Warehouse is located at 1526 Commerce Avenue in Longview. Call them at 425-3430, extension 283 for additional information.