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Archive | May, 2013

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 28th May 2013 at 14:53

Aaron Harang tossed four hit shutout as the Mariners beat the padres 9-0. Jason Bay and Kelly Shoppach had solo homers and Michael Morse blasted a three run shot. The M’s host the Padres again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The NWAACC baseball championship game has been delayed to Friday evening as Everett takes on Pierce. First pitch is set for 5:05 pm Friday at LCC’s Story Field…..Both Oregon State and Oregon will host NCAA Regional baseball tourneys this weekend…..Rainier takes on defending champ Blanchet Catholic in the OSAA 3A softball semi-finals today. The game is set to begin at 3 pm at Hillsboro Stadium…..The R.A Long Lumberjills are back at school today after a great run in the WIAA 2A tourney. The Jills lost the championship to Selah 9-7.

Friday KLOG Sports

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:52

Kiana Davis of Kelso won the State 3A high jump at the meet in Tacoma. The action continues today…..The State softball tourneys get underway today. Kelso takes on Kamiakin at 12 pm in Lacey. R.A. Long opens with Colville in the 2A in Selah. Woodland goes up against Mt. Baker at 12 pm in Richland. Toutle Lake plays Adna at 11 am in Yakima.…..The State tennis tourney’s get underway today. Lisa Karnofski of Kelso and RAL duo Mathias Burlingame and Doug Donegas are in action…..The Mariners are back at home as they host Texas tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The NWAACC Baseball Championships open today at LCC after Thursday’s action was rained out. The action runs through the weekend…..Bandon edged Clatskanie 2-1 in the Oregon 3A State baseball tournament.

I-5 Bridge Collapse

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:44

If you’re planning to head north of Seattle over the holiday weekend, you’ll need to budget some extra time to deal with the traffic issues caused by last night’s collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon. The Washington Department of Transportation says that the investigation into the collapse is continuing, but it appears that all four lanes of the freeway dropped into the water after a commercial truck with an oversized load hit a portion of the bridge superstructure. A number of cars went into the river, but it appears that all of the occupants were rescued, with only three people needing hospitalization for hypothermia. WashDOT says that they expect to have a signed detour in place by early this morning, but with more than 67,000 vehicles using that bridge each day, the backups are expected to be extensive. To avoid a lengthy delay, you’re advised to use some other alternate route. Inspectors from the National Traffic Safety Board are expected to be on the scene before noon today; removal of debris and repair of the bridge will begin after the NTSB completes its investigation.

La Center Hit-and-Run

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:43

The Washington State Patrol is working to find a black Ford F-150 pickup as the suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash reported yesterday morning on I-5 near La Center. The three-car crash was reported at milepost 17 southbound at about 7:30 yesterday morning; the suspect was driving in the middle lane, and then made a sudden lane change, hitting 38 year-old Sherry Sparacino of Longview. Her BMW spun across the middle and left lanes of the freeway, while the pickup then hit Frank Rodenburg, 72, of Ripon, California. Rodenburg’s pickup and travel trailer jackknifed, with the trailer rolling up onto the bed of the pickup. The pickup and trailer eventually came to rest in the median. Rodenburg’s wife, Wanda, 72, was injured in the crash; she was treated and released from Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver. The driver of the black Ford pickup failed to remain at the scene, and is now wanted for making an unsafe lane change. Troopers do have some information on the pickup, but they haven’t reported any arrests.

Brown Autopsy

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:42

It’s now being reported that Lucas William Brown, 36, of Longview had meth and other drugs in his system at the time of a crash that led to the deaths of him and his son, eight year-old Noah Waite Brown. Today’s Daily News reports on the toxicology test results that were obtained from Oregon State Police. They say that Brown had meth, marijuana and lorazapam in his system when he caused a two-car crash on Highway 30 west of Clatskanie, an incident that took place on April 14th. Troopers also say that witness accounts of Brown’s driving “are consistent” with him being impaired at the time of the collision. Lucas Brown died in the crash, while Noah Waite Brown died a week later.

Car Prowler

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:41

James Wesley McCullough, 35, of Longview is under arrest, after he was identified as the man who broke out a car window, then stole a bag from inside that vehicle. The incident was reported at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon, next to an insurance company in the 800 block of 11th Avenue. An employee called 911, while the business owner followed the suspect, who took off on a bike. Longview Police spotted the suspect near the lake, and then were involved in an intense foot chase and ground search around the area of 15th and Oregon Way. McCullough was stopped and arrested in the 600 block of Oregon Way, a few minutes before 1 pm. He’s now charged with second-degree car prowling and third-degree malicious mischief, with bail that totals $2,000. He was also served with a no-bail driving while suspended warrant.

New School

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:41

Following last night’s Longview City Council approval of a special use permit, Abby Hyde now has the green light to build a new vocational school in some empty store space in the 1200 block of Commerce Avenue. Longview Community Development Director John Brickey says that the Franklin Education Center will offer several certification courses…voccenter…Along with the training for certified nursing assistants, construction contractors and day care providers. Brickey says that three other businesses will also share space in the building at 1209 Commerce Avenue. Credit Medic will offer credit counseling services, Awards Galore and More will sell trophies and awards, and Action Call Center will provide an answering service and call center. Brickey says that the vocational school requires a special use permit under the most recently adopted Downtown Commerce Plan, while the other three businesses are permitted uses. He also says that they expect class sizes to be small, so there’s plenty of parking available, and the facility will not be a detriment to other businesses in the area. There’s no word yet on when the Franklin Education Center would be planning to open its doors.


Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:39

The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce is putting on a special event this evening, something that they say will help boost productivity in your workplace. “SynergyLIVE” is touted by organizers as a program that identifies workplace problems, and presents solutions in a format that’s never been used before. The 90-minute performance will feature a group of high-energy singer-dancer-actors, and will be led by former Seattle news and sportscaster Tony Ventrella. He’s now putting his energy into motivational speaking. “SynergyLIVE” will be presented at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, and it’s free to attend. The doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show will start promptly at 7. Call 560-2412 if you have other questions.

Fishing News

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:38

Hatchery steelhead fishing on two popular streams in the area is opening a week early. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that the Green River and the South Fork of the Toutle will open to hatchery steelhead, starting tomorrow. Through May 31st, there will be a daily limit of two hatchery steelhead; wild steelhead and ALL other game fish, including trout, must be released. The regular season opening had been planned to start on June 1st. Get full details on the WDFW website, or by contacting your local outdoor outfitter.

Memorial Day Ceremonies

Posted on 24th May 2013 at 16:37

Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned around the area on Monday, but due to the federal sequester budget cuts, there will be no fly-over of Oregon Air National Guard F-15’s this year. The American Legion is helping to conduct Monday’s ceremonies; the Glen Hoyer Post 175 is conducting a ceremony at 8 am on Monday at the Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, on Mt. Brynion Road in Kelso. The Glen Hoyer Post 175 is also hosting a ceremony being held at 10 am at the Silver Lake Cemetery. At 11 am on Monday, three separate ceremonies are planned. The Longview American Legion Post will hold its annual event at the Longview Memorial Park, featuring songs by Raeann Phillips. The Glen Hoyer Post 175 will have its annual event at the Whittle-Hubbard Cemetery outside of Castle Rock, with singing from choir members of the Castle Rock Lutheran Church. There’s also a hamburger feed at the Castle Rock American Legion Hall following that event. Also at 11 am on Monday, there’s a ceremony at the Kalama IOOF Cemetery, hosted by the Kalama American Legion and VFW. You’re invited to take part in all of these events.