The Blazers face elimination at tonight’s home game with Dallas, KLOG 6:35 pm. The Mav’s lead the series 3-2 and a Blazer win will force a final game seven Saturday…..Erik Bedard went seven solid innings and Justin Smoak had a homer and five RBI as the Mariners beat Detroit 10-1. The teams are playing a day game today…..Pierce was leading LCC 3-0 after three innings when the rains hit last night. The DH will resume Friday at 4 pm at Story Field…..In prep baseball today, weather permitting, Kelso is at Fort Vancouver…..The Kelso softball team beat Mt. View 7-4 yesterday. Today, R.A. Long is at Washougal…..In boys soccer, Hudson’s Bay downed Kelso 5-1. Today, MM hosts RAL in a 5 pm Civil War matchup at Northlake Field.
Archive | April, 2011
After reviewing 19 applications that had been submitted, the Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees has identified four candidates that will be brought in to be interviewed for the position as President of the college. Three are from what could be considered as the local area; Christopher Bailey is currently the Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Centralia College, Christine Chairsell is the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs in the Portland Community College system, and Stephen Schoonmaker is Vice President for Instruction at Clatsop Community College. The fourth finalist, Carmen Simone, is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. It’s planned that the finalists will be brought in for interviews and open forums in May, with dates and times to be settled as travel arrangements and schedules are confirmed. College officials previously said that they’re shooting for the week of May 16th for these interviews and forums. The college is looking for a successor to Dr. Jim McLaughlin, who’s retiring in September, after 14 years at LCC.
The Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office is out with its report on the fatal shooting of William Wayne Rowton at his South Kelso home early on the morning of March 8th, saying that Longview Police Officer Jeremy Johnson was justified in that shooting. The Daily News has the story on the report; Johnson was acting as a member of Lower Columbia SWAT at the time of the shooting, responding to Rowton’s home on South Third Avenue in the course of an armed standoff. Rowton had been having personal issues related to his marital relationship, and barricaded himself in his home after allowing several family members to leave. Law enforcement was able to make contact with Rowton, and tried to talk him out. just before 3 am, Rowton reportedly said he was coming out, but “not in a good way.” A few minutes later, police say Rowton stuck a .44 magnum pistol out of the doorway, in the direction of Johnson’s position. Johnson fired a single rifle round, hitting Rowton in the head. Other SWAT members then rushed the scene, where they found Rowton with the pistol, a cell phone, and a rifle slung around his shoulder. In its report, the Prosecutor’s office says that the threat posed by Rowton justified Officer Johnson’s use of force, and they say he has no criminal liability in the case.
A memorial is planned today at St. John Medical Center, honoring Dana Enyeart, the hospital nurse who was shot and killed earlier this month at a home on Ammons Drive. Enyeart was killed along with Bruce Kamp, allegedly shot by Enyeart’s ex-husband, Michael Feeney. The St. John Spiritual Care Department is conducting today’s service, which will start at 4:30 pm in the hospital’s main lobby, with friends and colleagues sharing special memories. The service will also include prayer and song, along with information on the prevalence of domestic violence in our society. The service will then move from the main lobby to the area outside the Emergency Department entrance, where pinwheels will be set up to remember victims of domestic violence. The procession will conclude near the hospital’s main entrance. Feeney is scheduled to be in court this morning in the case, scheduled to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.
Rainier Police are investigating a theft reported Saturday night at the El Tapatio restaurant, where several men who’d reportedly lost money playing video poker decided to make some back by stealing a gumball machine. The theft was reported Saturday night, and was apparently captured on a security video. Police are now reviewing that video to see if the suspects can be identified.
More than 100 people showed up for last night’s Longview downtown “Community Vision Session,” offering a plethora of ideas about what can be done to improve the downtown core. The Vision Session is part of the work being done as the city takes part in the America Downtown program being offered by the National League of Cities. Delores Palma is one of the consultants working on this, and she says that the goal is to develop an appealing city core, based on what local citizens want to see. Palma moderated a freewheeling 90-minute session, asking for input on what would be the best mix of uses in downtown, what kind of customers and users are wanted, the types of goods and services that should be offered, and what the downtown image should be. The Vision Session is just one of many meetings and conversations that Palma and her colleague, Doyle Hyett, are conducting, gathering input for the five-year “action plan” that’s under development. Hyett and Palma will gather up this information and develop the plan, with a goal of being back in Longview for a report on June 16th.
Cowlitz County Tourism Director Mark Plotkin made the agency’s annual report to the Cowlitz County Commissioners, reporting that tourism is a significant component of the local economy. While there was a slight dip in the number of visitors to the area last year, he says that since the state started keeping records, we’ve had an annual increase of nearly three percent. Plotkin says that tourism accounted for $130 million in Cowlitz County’s income last year, with 1,700 jobs. Tourism also generated $1.7 million in tax receipts for local governments. He says that promotional efforts are continuing, including distribution of promotional videos, appearances at trade shows, and bringing tour operators to the area. He says that they’re building on the “two-mountain vacation” promotion that started last year, and he also says that they’re encouraged by Commissioner Jim Misner’s “Big Idea” effort.
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments holds its 50th Anniversary Celebration this evening, marking 50 years of service and support to local governments. The Celebration Dinner will be held at the Monticello Hotel; along with remembrances by old staff and COG members, there will be a recognition of the contributions that COG has made to the local area over the past 50 years. The no-host social hour starts at 6 pm, then the dinner and program is set to begin at 6:45. Contact the Council of Governments at 577-3041 for additional information.
Felix Hernandez didn’t have his best stuff, but it was still good enough, scattering four hits in six innings and giving up only two earned runs in a 7-3 win over Detroit. Miguel Olivo got a strange HR, when a Detroit player had the ball bounce off his glove and into the stands. Erik Bedard goes to the hill for Seattle today, KLOG 3 pm…..Kelso got by Hudson’s Bay in baseball, 6-1. Cobi Johnson spun a four-hitter, while Riley Miller had two hits and two runs…..The Lassies put up ten in the first inning on Ft. Vancouver, cruising to a 14-0, 5-inning win…..The Hilanders also dominated Ft. Vancouver in track, with the boys winning 104-41, and the girls cruising 133-16…..Washougal nipped R. A. Long in boys soccer 1-0, Hockinson defeated Woodland 4-0, and Ridgefield got by Castle Rock 9-0.
The normally sedate Castle Rock City Council meeting had a different tone last night, as more than 70 people crammed into the Senior Center to hear about the possibility of a medical marijuana clinic opening in downtown. About a dozen people spoke at last night’s meeting, half in support of medical marijuana and half against; Julian Robinson is the man who’s trying to develop the “Helping Hand of God” clinic, and he says that he takes the concerns that were raised quite seriously. Prior to the meeting, City Attorney Frank Randolph reminded the crowd that it’s currently illegal to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington state, and that it’s even illegal to plan to operate such a facility. He said anyone who talked about such a facility might be subject to arrest. Robinson says he has no plans to operate a dispensary in Castle Rock, but he does want to operate a clinic, with a doctor on staff to evaluate and provide “recommendations” for patients. Robinson says that he wants to develop a new business model, setting up a network where medical marijuana patients who have extra are able to communicate and provide materials to patients in need. The City Council was cautioned not to ask questions or make any statements in regard to the issue. A bill that would allow dispensaries in Washington is through the Legislature, but still hasn’t been signed by Governor Chris Gregoire. Even if the entire bill was signed, it wouldn’t take effect until January of 2013.