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Archive | June, 2013

Allen Street Outage

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:54

Christina Reed, 19, is being cited for reckless driving, after a crash yesterday afternoon in the 3800 block of Allen Street, a collision that knocked power out for more than 200 Cowlitz PUD customers. Shortly after noon yesterday, a crash was reported near the DeRosier Rock Pit, with one witness claiming that the car involved had been doing as much as 100 miles an hour before crashing into a power pole. Reed and a 17 year-old male passenger both suffered injuries in the collision, which took 202 PUD customers off-line. Reed and the passenger were taken to St. John Medical Center, where both were treated and released. She was cited and released after being let go from the hospital. Most of those affected by the power outage were back within an hour, though it did take longer to restore electricity to those in the immediate vicinity of the crash.

Fireworks on Sale

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:53

Starting at noon today, sales of off-reservation fireworks opens up in Washington state, and with that comes the annual reminder of the need to be safe with these devices. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says that “personal fireworks require personal responsibility.” State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy says that you need to be aware of local regulations regarding fireworks, and you also need to be cognizant of the legal dates and times for shooting those fireworks off. Statewide, the legal hours for discharging fireworks is from noon to 11 pm today, and from 9 am to 11 pm tomorrow through July 3rd, also on July 5th. On the 4th, the legal times for shooting off fireworks is extended until midnight. Be sure to have adult supervision whenever fireworks are being lit, and take proper safety precautions. Also be considerate afterward, and clean up the debris and detritus from your celebration. Duffy says that you need to keep the “Three B’s” for fireworks at the front of your mind; “Be Prepared, Be Safe and Be Responsible.”

Operation Dry Water

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:53

Along with the increased DUI patrols on area roadways, the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission is announcing that additional law enforcement officers will be out on the water this weekend, looking for impaired boaters during the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign. Today, tomorrow and Sunday, marine law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for BUI, or boating under the influence violations. Parks and Rec officials say that the goal is to reduce the numbers of injuries or deaths that result from people who are under the influence as they drive their boats. Between 2007 and the present day, at least 39 people have died in boating crashes where alcohol was a factor. This weekend’s emphasis patrols are aimed at raising awareness of this problem, and in getting impaired boaters off the water.

Campaign Kickoff

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:52

C. J. Nickerson plans to formally kick off his campaign for the Longview School Board at an event that’s planned for 1pm tomorrow afternoon in the Lions Shelter at Lake Sacajawea. Nickerson is running for Position 1 on the Longview School Board, a post currently held by Jerry Stinger. You’re invited to come by and meet with the retired educator and school administrator; root beer floats will also be served. You can also learn more about the candidate by going to

Arts and Vines

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:50

The second annual “Arts and Vines” event is planned for this weekend, starting today in Castle Rock, and continuing along the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway both Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature fine art and wines from the local area, offered at seven different venues from Castle Rock, all the way up to the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory. The opening reception is set for 5 to 8 pm tonight at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall, then all of the venues will be open form 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Exhibit Hall, you can check out wine and art at the Mount St. Helens Cellars Tasting Room, Harmony Wines, A Spirit Within studio, the Twosome Art Studio, the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitors Center and the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Tomorrow night, the first “Music on the Mountain” concert at Johnston Ridge will cap things off, with Portland-based “Sassparilla” putting on a free concert of “roots-pop” music, starting at 6:30 pm. The Lions Club will also be staffing a beer and wine tent at that event. Call 274-6603 for more details, or check things out on

Weed Rodeo

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:48

They’re going to be looking to “round up” the noxious plants in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument at tomorrow’s 7th annual Weed Rodeo, and you can help out. The Forest Service says that the goal is to help remove scotch broom and other noxious plants near Coldwater Lake. Registration starts at 10 am at the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch, and the effort will continue until 4 pm. Make sure to bring gloves, boots, long pants, lunch and water. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided. Those who pre-register will be allowed to camp overnight at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, and on Sunday morning, volunteers will be treated to a hike guided by Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen. Find out more by calling 360-891-5199.

Weekend Events–6/28-30/13

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:44

The 2nd annual “Arts and Vines” show and sale is planned for this weekend, featuring fine wines and art from all around the local area at sites from Castle Rock to the end of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. The opening reception runs from 5 to 8 pm at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall. The other venues will be open from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. The full list of venues and offerings at each stop will be available at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall, or by going to

Kicking off the Heritage Days Celebration in Clatskanie, they’re holding “Flowers ‘n’ Fluff,” going from 5 to 8:30 pm Friday night in downtown. They’ll have wine tastings, free live music and a dinner of steak kabobs, roasted red potatoes, salad and dessert for sale.

There’s a “Minute to Win It” event planned for Friday night at the Kelso Christian Assembly church, located at 403 Academy. They’ll have a number of challenging tasks for you to perform, with hundreds of dollars in prizes up for grabs. Things get starts at 7 pm Friday night.

Also in connection with Heritage Days, the 23rd annual Clatskanie Cruiser Car Show runs from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday at the Clatskanie City Park.. Along with all of the classic and custom automobiles, they’re going to have live music from the King Brothers, old-fashioned burgers for sale, and you can also buy old-time soda fountain fare. Admission is free.

There’s a rummage sale planned for 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday at the Kelso First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 215 Academy, with the sale being held on the third level. You can enter the sale from the Church Street entry. Proceeds will help fund Christian education programs through the church.

Also connected to the “Arts and Vines” show and sale, the first “Music on the Mountain” concert is planned for Saturday evening in the amphitheater at Johnston Ridge. Portland-based “Sassparilla” will present their unique form of “roots-pop” music, running from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The Lions Club will also be manning a beer and wine tent at this year’s concert series. Admission is free.

The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market continues on Saturday, open from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. Along with the local strawberries, look for fresh raspberries and other produce that’s now coming in from Yakima and other northwest locations.

Catch the Downtown Farmers Market at its new location on Sunday, heading to the parking lot at 15th and Broadway, across from the Longview City Hall. Along with the fresh flowers, hanging baskets, plant starts and handmade crafts, strawberries, raspberries and other fresh produce is expected to be in this weekend. Hours are 10 am to 4pm on Sunday.

Friday KLOG Sports

Posted on 28th June 2013 at 16:34

The Blazers move to find a complement for G Damian Lillard as they draft C. J. McCollum of Lehigh with the #10 pick in yesterday’s NBA draft. McCollum is the all-time scoring leader for the Patriot League, and is expected to provide some long-range shooting skill for Portland. The Blazers also took C Jeff Withey at #39, F Grant Jerrett at #40, and C Marko Todorovic at #45. C Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga was picked at #13 by Boston after Dallas swung a deal with the Celtics…..Seattle opens a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs, starting tonight and running through Sunday. Iwakuma goes to the hill for the M’s, KLOG coverage at 6 pm…..PacTech Construction wins 8-0 over Regina in its opening game at the Boys of Summer Invitational Legion Tournament in Belgrade MT.

Birkenfeld Tornado

Posted on 27th June 2013 at 16:58

The National Weather Service is now confirming that a small tornado touched down in the Birkenfeld area on Tuesday afternoon. This announcement comes after a resident of the area near the Oregon Coast Range between Columbia and Clatsop Counties sent in pictures of damage that was done; they also say that Doppler radar showed a weak rotational system at the time that the tornado was reported. The tornado was listed as an EF-0, the weakest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds of 65 to 85 miles an hour. The small twister took some flashing off of a house, and also snapped a tree with a trunk diameter of eight to 12 inches. This is Oregon’s second confirmed tornado of the year; on June 13th, an EF-1 tornado damaged several buildings in the McMinnville area. With the warmup that’s expected to start today, the conditions for additional tornado formation are expected to dwindle.

Semi Stuck

Posted on 27th June 2013 at 16:58

Authorities are still checking to see if any structural damage was done when a semi got stuck underneath the overpass on Manasco Drive near the Three Rivers Mall. Kelso Police say that this incident took place at about 3:20 yesterday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and traffic was shut down while heavy equipment was brought in to help remove the truck. So far, no significant damage has been reported; no citations have been issued as of yet, but the investigation is continuing.