Just another reminder, local law enforcement agencies are joining with the State Patrol in conducting additional patrols through tomorrow night, on the lookout for impaired and aggressive drivers. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort is connected with the “Target Zero” program, which has a goal of reducing the number of traffic fatalities or serious injuries to zero by the year 2030. One particular point of emphasis this year is on identifying and removing drivers who are high on marijuana from local roadways. Get more information from your local law enforcement agency, or by going to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission web page.
Archive | December, 2014
There are a couple of big New Year’s Eve events going on around the area. “Oscar Attire” is required to attend the “New Year’s Eve at the Oscars,” which will go from 9 am until 2 am at the Tapas Martini and Wine Bar, located at the Cadillac Island Casino on Commerce Avenue in Longview. This is a21-and-over event, and tickets are available on-line only through the Stageworks Northwest web page.
New Year’s Eve Festivities are also planned for this evening at the Kelso Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Kelso, with a dinner buffet that will start at 5 pm, followed by a “Party in the Lounge.” Packages that include a room for the night are also available, which include buffet and party tickets, along with a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day. Contact the Red Lion for more information.
The victim in Monday afternoon’s fatal motorcycle crash near Amboy is being identified as Cameron Kewitz, an 18 year-old from Woodland who had been attending La Center High School, and was a member of the Clark County Fire and Rescue Cadet program. Kewitz died around 3:30 Monday afternoon, as he was riding by himself in the area of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says that it looks like he may have been riding too fast for the conditions, and then was killed when his bike went off of the road. They say that there were NO signs of impairment. It’s reported that the other members of the Fire Cadet program plan to support the Kewitz family in any way that they can; officials with the La Center School District also say that they plan to have counselors available for students and staff when classes resume on Monday.
Cowlitz County Deputies report that a 13 year-old boy was taken to St. John Medical Center yesterday afternoon, after a bicycle crash that took place yesterday afternoon in the 1500 block of Kool Road. The injured teen was found at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon, and it’s noted that he was NOT wearing a helmet. First responders noted that the boy was not completely alert after the crash, unable to tell people where he lived or who his parents were. They were eventually able to identify the boy and contact relatives. The boy was eventually transported to St. John, where he was treated and released.
A day of target-shooting and snow play turned into a cold night in the cab of a pickup for a Battle Ground man and his nine year-old son from Montana. Michael Rudolph, 44, and Aaron Rudolph, 9, had gone out at about 11 am Monday morning, but eventually got stuck in the snow up on Lookout Mountain in Skamania County. However, Michael Rudolph knew exactly what to do next; the last nine years of his service in the Coast Guard dealt with teaching safety and survival to commercial fishermen. He and his son went through the “seven steps of survival” that he’s been teaching, turning the truck on and off periodically, to run the heater and stay warm. Tuesday morning, they eventually freed the truck and slowly made their way down the mountain. They met with a Sheriff’s Deputy near Yacolt, and eventually made it back to civilization. Father and son were cold and tired, but were unhurt otherwise.
Government Finance Officers Association with a Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting. Officials say that this is an “impressive achievement,” and represents the highest form of recognition that’s available in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Kelso’s Finance Director, Brian Butterfield, is also being honored with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement, recognized for his role in preparing this year’s financial report. This is the tenth consecutive year that Kelso has been presented with this award, which will be recognized at the City Council at its meeting on January 6th.
You can also start off the New Year with a fresh harvest of razor clams, with an eight-day dig that starts this evening and runs through January 7th. All four main razor clam beaches are open for digging on the evening tides, tonight, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be open. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, only Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open. Digging is allowed on the evening tides only; be sure to dress for the weather, have your current shellfish license, and observe the harvest rules and regulations.
You may want to kick off the New Year on a more expansive note, heading out to drink in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. New Year’s Day is a “free day” at state parks in Washington, meaning that no Discover Pass is needed to visit. In addition, there are free “First Day Hikes” taking place all around Washington and Oregon on New Year’s Day. Free guided hikes are being offered at 25 locations in Washington and at 31 state parks in Oregon, all intended as a way to get you and your family outside and enjoying our local natural beauty. Some of the closer hikes are at Cape Disappointment State Park near Long Beach, at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia, L. L. Stub Stewart State Park near Vernonia, and Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria. Full details are available on the Washington and Oregon state parks web pages.
Damian Lillard scored 26 to led the Trail Blazers to a 102-97 OT win over the Toronto Raptors. Portland hosts Atlanta Saturday night…..Blue Mountain held off LCC 83-78 in the final day of the Lower Columbia Holiday Classic women’s basketball tourney. Kaylea Knox was named All-Tourney…..Mark Morris defeated West Albany 55-42 at the Nike Interstate Shootout. Ashley Coons had 23 for MM. R.A. Long beat Astoria 36-32 at the Astoria tournament yesterday. The Jills play River for the title tonight at 6:15 pm…..Grant Gibb scored 29 points to lead the MM boys over Fort 70-55. Hockinson edged RAL 46-44 in boys play…..The Ducks have one more day to prepare for tomorrow’s Rose Bowl semi-final against Florida State…..The Mariners trade Brandon Maurer to SD for Seth Smith.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal motorcycle collision that took place yesterday afternoon near the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, where an 18 year-old Cowlitz County resident died after crashing his motorcycle. It’s reported that the young man was riding on Northeast Cedar Creek Road when he went off of the road and crashed, shortly after 3 pm. The victim was declared dead at the scene. There were no witnesses to the collision, so there are few details as to why the crash took place. The victim’s name is not being released at this time, until next of kin are located and notified.