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Archive | September, 2014

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:57

The MLB Postseason gets underway today as the Oakland A’s take on the Royals in Kansas City, KLOG 4:30 pm. The Giants are at the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game tomorrow…..The volleyball Civil War is tonight as R.A. Long hosts Mark Morris at 7 pm. Kelso is also at Tumwater tonight…..In girls soccer Civil War action, RAL hosts MM in a 6 pm matchup at Longview Memorial Stadium. Also in soccer, Kelso hosts Tumwater at 4 pm…..Prairie beat RAL 160-167 in boys golf at Mint Valley. Tyler Messinger was the medalist with a 35. Today the Jacks take on Woodland at Lewis River, MM is at Bay and Kelso visits Hockinson…..The Kelso cross country teams run against Fort Vancouver at David Douglas Park this afternoon at 4 pm..

Butts Hearing

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:54

Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove is reversing one of his previous rulings, now ordering that the man accused of shooting and killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter be returned to the Oregon State Hospital to receive anti-psychosis medications, against his will, if necessary. Painter’s family members say that they hope that this may finally signal the beginning of the end for their ongoing ordeal; Alan Painter, Chief Painter’s brother, says that this has been a terrible grind. Nearly four years have passed since Painter was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Rainier car audio shop. On January 5th, 2011, Painter responded to a theft report at the store, where he confronted Daniel Butts of Kalama. It’s alleged that the two men struggled; they say that Butts was able to get possession of Painter’s handgun, and then used it to shoot him. Butts was then wounded in a gun battle with other law enforcement officers, and was eventually arrested. Since that time, there have been a series of hearings on the mental competency of Butts. In a previous ruling, Grove determined that Butts was not incompetent, and was “gaming the system.” He ordered that Butts be held and treated without medication; that ruling was reversed in yesterday’s hearing. Butts is being returned to Salem, where he will be forcibly medicated. The next hearing in the case is currently scheduled for January 16th of next year.

Scappoose Fire

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:52

Details on the incident are still coming in, but there are reports coming out of Scappoose this morning, saying that a man set his mobile home on fire, and then took his own life. Fire officials called law enforcement after it was discovered that the man had committed suicide after he had set the fire. We don’t yet have details on the circumstances that led to this result, nor do we have the victim’s name. Additional information should be out later this morning.

Suspect Search

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:49

Cowlitz County Deputies and a K-9 were involved in helping out Lewis County Deputies in the search for a suspect that was trying to elude them yesterday evening near the county line. Just after 6 pm yesterday, Cowlitz County Deputies were called up to the area off of Barnes Drive and Imboden Road, asked to help try and track down a 30 year-old man that Lewis County Deputies were pursuing. The suspect is wanted on a warrant, and apparently went into the Cowlitz River in the effort to elude capture. A K-9 unit was also brought in to try and help locate the suspect, also without success. There’s some speculation that the man may have had help in leaving the area. The suspect has been identified, but at this time, it does not appear that an arrest has been made.

Registration Drive

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:48

Several candidates on the upcoming General Election ballot plan to be at Lower Columbia College today, working to meet with students and to try and make sure that they’re registered to vote in the upcoming election. Bill Ammons with the Pacific Barber Shop in Kelso will also be helping to coordinate today’s event; he says that it’s intended to try and raise awareness with students at LCC, and to make sure that they’re involved in the electoral process. The deadline to register for the General Election on Tuesday, November 4th is Monday, October 6th. Ballots for the General Election will be mailed out on Friday, October 17th. Contact the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office if you have any questions about registration, ballots or voting.

Mobile VA Services

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:47

Long-awaited services for veterans in southwest Washington are finally rolling in, starting next month, as the Veterans Administration announces that its Puget Sound mobile medical unit will be making a trip to Raymond from October 14th to the 17th. Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler says that she has been working for more than two years to bring this resource to veterans in this area, bringing primary health care services to veterans in rural areas. The VA will now being the mobile medical unit to Raymond once every quarter, starting with next month’s visit. Walk-up appointments will be available, and if there isn’t space available at that time, veterans will have the option to be scheduled for a later time or day. Services available will include primary care appointments, physical exams, flu shots and other immunizations, prescriptions, lab tests, and assistance in signing up for other VA benefits. The unit will be set up at the American Legion hall on Duryea Street in Raymond. Beutler says that she’s pleased by this first step, helping to get needed services to veterans in this area.

Registration Drive

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:47

Several candidates on the upcoming General Election ballot plan to be at Lower Columbia College today, working to meet with students and to try and make sure that they’re registered to vote in the upcoming election. Bill Ammons with the Pacific Barber Shop in Kelso will also be helping to coordinate today’s event; he says that it’s intended to try and raise awareness with students at LCC, and to make sure that they’re involved in the electoral process. The deadline to register for the General Election on Tuesday, November 4th is Monday, October 6th. Ballots for the General Election will be mailed out on Friday, October 17th. Contact the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office if you have any questions about registration, ballots or voting.

Bike and Pedestrian Count

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:46

Today through Thursday, you may see people out with clipboards and clickers on corners in Longview and Kelso, as the Washington Department of Transportation conducts the seventh annual count of cyclists and walkers in the state. Over the past few months, WashDOT has been recruiting volunteers to help with the effort, counting people seen walking and cycling on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other routes, setting up at assigned locations around the state. Last year, nearly 66,000 riders and walkers were counted during the three-day event. Information from the survey will help WashDOT measure results of bike and sidewalk investments, helping to lay the groundwork for support of future projects.

Sewing Class Deadline

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:44

Today is the deadline to get signed up for an Adult Sewing Class that the Washington State University Extension plans to hold. The class will be held Tuesday afternoons, starting on October 7th and going through November 18th. Students will be involved in several projects, and will also get training in basic sewing tools, equipment and garment construction techniques. Participants will also need to supply their own sewing machine, in good condition. There is a fee to take part, which will include some materials, a pattern and some supplies. Proceeds from the class will support 4-H youth sewing programs. Call 636-0338 for more information.

Teen Tuesdays

Posted on 30th September 2014 at 08:43

The fall “Teen Tuesdays” start tonight at the Longview Public Library. From 6:30 to 7:30 this evening, local teens can take part in “Welcome to Night Vale,” a free podcast that’s described as “NPR meets the Twilight Zone.” Youth Librarian Jan Hanson says that it’s “Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Night Vale Public Library,” kids can play Night Vale Monopoly, and they’ll also have food. “Cosplay” is also encouraged, with prizes awarded to the teens showing up in the best costumes. Other upcoming events include a celebration of Teen Read Week, an anti-bullying program, “The Giver” Color Party, a life size “Ticket to Ride” game, and a Mockingjay Scavenger Hunt. It’s free for kids to take part, with no library card needed. Get more information by calling the Longview Library at 442-5301, or go to the Longview Library website.