There’s a special event planned for this evening at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge off of Grade Street in Kelso, with the first-ever “Dancing Under the Stars Senior Citizens Prom” going on from 6 to 8 pm. The Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities is teaming up with Lower Columbia CAP and others to put on this evening’s special event, with live dance music from the 40’s to the 70’s provided by the Providence Hospital Stage Band. They’ll have appetizers and desserts, along with raffles, door prizes and other fun things planned. There is a limit of 250 tickets for tonight’s event; contact Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430 for more information.
Archive | September, 2014
Both the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the Coast Guard say that they couldn’t find the people that were sending out a “mayday” yesterday afternoon. Coast Guard officials in Portland say that they got the first “mayday” call at about 5:25 yesterday afternoon, but they weren’t able to pinpoint the exact location of the call. The call gave them a “line of bearing” that put the caller somewhere near the mouth of the Cowlitz River, so they asked for assistance from the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies drove the river banks and talked to fishermen and other boaters, who didn’t see any problems. The Coast Guard also sent a small boat up the Cowlitz to Lexington, also using a helicopter to check the Columbia from Kalama to Longview. Nothing was found, so the search effort was suspended. There was an incident that may have been connected, reported in Kelso at about 5:10 pm; a woman who was under the Cowlitz Way Bridge called 911 to report seeing life jackets, coolers, gas cans and other items floating down the river. Again, no boats in distress were found, and there haven’t been any reports of overdue boaters.
Katherine Joan Sage, 38, of Longview is under arrest after an incident reported yesterday morning in the 2800 block of Field Street, where a resident reported that a nude woman was going into people’s yards. This was reported to Longview Police just before 5 yesterday morning; Officers responded and made contact with Sage, and found that she had several outstanding warrants. A portable breath test also showed a blood alcohol level of .187. Sage was arrested on warrants from District Court and from Longview Police for driving while suspended, DUI, and ignition interlock violation. Bail on those warrants total 15-hundred-50 dollars; so far, no charges for public indecency have been filed.
County Coroner Tim Davidson says that they have been able to confirm the identities of the man and woman that were killed in last Tuesday’s head-on crash west of Longview, also saying that both were killed instantly in the collision. The investigation shows that Nanette Lamie-Bupp, 63, of Cathlamet was at the wheel, and tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone when she collided with Russell Gilchrist, 68, of Longview. Davidson says Lamie-Bupp and her passenger, Michael Lee Howell, 51, of Cathlamet died from “traumatic blunt force injuries,” and also suffered “full-body deep tissue thermal defects” after their car burst into flames. Dental records, skeletal and bone comparisons were used to confirm the identities. Samples were taken for routine toxicology testing, and should be back in six to eight weeks. Gilchrist continues to recover from chest and leg injuries he received in the collision.
A former employee of the Flying K gas station and convenience store in Toledo is going to prison for four years, and is also being ordered to pay $137,000 in restitution, after admitting that she had stolen thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets from the store. The Centralia Chronicle reports on last week’s restitution hearing involving Katrina M. Bowen, 37, of Winlock. Back in January, she was arrested after it was discovered that she had been scratching as many as 500 tickets per shift, going back to October of last year. Bowen also admitted that she had been pocketing cash from beer sales, and entered a guilty plea in April. Supposedly, Bowen said that she was doing this in retaliation for not getting any raises over the nine years that she had worked at the store. It’s speculated that Bowen will actually pay back very little of what she admitted to stealing from the store.
A 16 year-old from St. Helens is in the Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Center, arrested Friday after the teen allegedly brought a home-made explosive device to school. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss says that district staff contacted them around 8:30 Friday morning, after getting solid evidence about the student and the device. When confronted, the male student admitted he brought the device to school, and put it in his locker. The building was evacuated, with all students taken to Columbia City Elementary School. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called in, removed the device from the locker, and “rendered it safe.” The teen reportedly said that he and some friends had been involved in making their own fireworks, and he brought one of those items with him to school. Students returned to class at about 10:45 am. Moss says that the investigation is continuing, and it’s possible that other arrests could be made.
Another sign of the changing seasons sweeps into the area this week, as a cold front moves in today and tonight, dropping the freezing level and setting up the possibility of the season’s first snow at the ski resorts. The Weather Service says that a “narrow, but potent” cold front moves in today and tonight, with a brief period of rain today, followed by showers tomorrow. Snow levels will drop down as low as 5,500 feet tonight and tomorrow, and there could be a dusting at the higher elevations. After the precipitation, Wednesday night could be the coldest of the season so far, with lows in the upper 30’s in the outlying valleys, and low 40’s in the urban areas. There could be frost on some of the higher valleys, and people heading out on hiking and camping trips should prepare for this colder weather.
With the cooler and wetter weather over the past week or so, the Department of Natural Resources says that conditions have improved enough to lift the statewide ban on outdoor burning on lands managed by DNR. It’s emphasized that local restrictions are NOT affected by this action, and they also note that some areas of the state remain extremely dry. You’re advised to check with local authorities before starting any outdoor fires. Industrial forest operators also need to check on the Industrial Fire Precaution Level, and will need to comply with those guidelines in specific areas where they plan to work. More information is available on the DNR website.
Programs to help your small child to become a “Very Ready Reader” start today at the Longview Public Library, and run through the end of the year. “Fun Hours” is being held from 10 am until noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, intended for kids aged 5 and under. This is an unstructured free play time in a learning-rich pre-literacy environment. “Pajama Time” is held at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays, with volunteers telling bedtime stories for kids age 4 to 6. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, it’s “Mother Goose Time” for babies from newborn to 24 months. Kids age 4 and up can take part in “Very Ready Readers” from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, while Thursdays will have “Preschool Storytime” at 10:30 to 11 am. “Toddler Time” runs from 10:30 to 11 am on Fridays, with nursery rhymes and interactive stories for 2 to 4 year-olds. All of these programs are free, but you will need to pre-register; do that by calling the Longview Library at 442-5301, or click on the “Kids” link on the Longview Library web page.
Lower Columbia College is once again bringing in national recognition, honored last week as one of only 16 colleges across the country as a Leader College by the Achieving the Dream organization. This is a national designation presented to certain community colleges that are showing improved student success, also presenting clear evidence that their efforts are resulting in improved student performance. Specifically, Achieving the Dream is recognizing LCC’s efforts to help students in completing college math requirements. LCC President Chris Bailey says that the Leader College designation recognizes the innovative work and dedication to helping students succeed that’s shown by LCC’s faculty and staff. “Achieving the Dream, Inc.” is a national non-profit founded by the Gates and Lumina Foundations.