Kirstin Mury of Kelso won the State 3A Javelin championship yesterday. Teammate Mariah Horton was second. The action continues today…..The Kelso Lassies open up play at the 3A State softball tournament in Lacey today against Ballard at 12 pm. R.A. Long opens 2A play with a 10 am game against Ellensburg in Selah. Rainier hosts Harrisburg in an Oregon 3A quarterfinal today at 4:30 pm…..In baseball, Rainier is at Clatskanie in an Oregon 3A quarterfinal today at 4:30 pm…..The Cleveland Indians beat the Mariners 5-3 last night. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Senior Legion baseball season gets underway tonight with Pacific Tech hosting Sandberg of Olympia in a 6 pm game at Story Field.
Archive | May, 2015
The tarnished reputation of the low-barrier Love Overwhelming shelter at 304 Cowlitz Way in Kelso is taking another hit, as two people are arrested for alleged drug sales out of the facility. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force reports that a one-month investigation into sales of heroin and meth got wrapped up yesterday, as Crystal Deanna Vernon, 30, and Randi Dawn Beck, 31, were booked for delivery of meth. Vernon is also being served with a Department of Corrections warrant, along with a count of criminal impersonation. Longview Police Captain Deborah Johnson is the Task Force Commander, and she says that “several” drug dealers were identified during this investigation, operating out of the shelter. Between April 1st and May 21st of this year, Kelso Police have been called to the shelter 70 times; Johnson says that 22 of those reports were for incidents related to drugs, weapons, assaults or thefts. Authorities say that they continue to investigate crimes happening at or near the shelter, and they urge people who witness illegal activity to contact Kelso Police.
Mitchell Kyle Davis, 27, of Toledo is in the Lewis County Jail, picked up on charges of robbery, burglary and assault at three locations in Centralia. The Centralia Chronicle says that the incidents took place on Tuesday, starting at the Peppermill Empress Inn. A staff members says that Davis was “acting strangely,” and eventually stole a cell phone from a staff person, pushing her to the floor. When Centralia Police arrived at the motel, a report came in that the neighboring Shell gas station had just been robbed. When they went to the gas station, employees directed officers to a nearby Subway restaurant, where Davis was found hiding in a bathroom. They got the door unlocked, and Davis allegedly bolted through the door and out an employee entrance, knocking a woman to the ground. Officers deployed a Taser and got Davis into custody. He’s now being held in the Lewis County Jail on bail of $150,000. It’s noted that Davis is a veteran of the Iraq War, and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Cowlitz PUD says that a “very large bird” was responsible for a power outage that affected a large portion of Longview yesterday afternoon. The outage hit shortly after noon, affecting 53 hundred PUD customers when the Washington Way Substation went down. The area covered went from 15th Avenue to the Olympic Addition neighborhood at the west end of town. Traffic lights all across the area went down, and power to Robert Gray Elementary School was also lost. Power was restored by 1 pm.
Kelso Police are still working to find the suspect in a car theft and high-speed chase that took place yesterday afternoon. Around 1:20 pm, it was reported that a running car had been stolen; the Honda Civic was seen heading east across the Cowlitz Way Bridge, then going north on Pacific Avenue. Witnesses report that the driver was speeding through the area, eventually ditching the car near the train tracks at the end of Donation Street. Train traffic was shut down for about an hour as officers searched the area, without success. Police have a description of the suspect, but he has not been identified.
After years of belt-tightening and personnel cuts, City of Longview officials say that the city has adequate reserves to be able to fully cover its obligations and full provide services through 2018. Finance Director and Assistant City Manager Curt Sacha provided the first-quarter Financial Review, and he says things are leveling off after strong revenue years in 2013 and 2014. Sacha says that 2015 revenues are right on budget, while expenditures are almost $1 million under budget. This puts the city in “Stage 2,” where expenditures still exceed revenues, but ending fund balances exceed 12 percent. Looking ahead, Sacha says that the city will be able to be “status quo” through 2018, where all core services and programs are maintained through existing revenues and the use of reserves.
There was a lot of recognition on last night’s Longview City Council agenda, starting with the declaration of “Cody Wells Day.” This young man has shown his dedication to the City of Longview for almost his entire life, and is now preparing to move to Lewis County. Last night, the City Council declared May 28th as “Cody Wells Day,” noting his service to the city, particularly in his advocacy for the disabled. Wells says that it’s a tremendous honor. Along with the “Cody Wells Day” proclamation, official action was taken to name the Tom Hutchinson Soccer Complex at 7th Avenue Park, and the Council also accepted the donation of five Automated External Defibrillators from the Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation. Those devices will be placed in patrol cars and at the police stations; Police Chief Jim Duscha says that it’s an “amazing donation,” and will give Longview Police Officers the ability to help save lives in critical situations.
A big exercise is planned for tomorrow near Castle Rock, where Cowlitz County Search and Rescue will be joining with several other local agencies for a training event. Cowlitz County Emergency Management says that more than 60 people will be involved in tomorrow’s exercise, involving at least six local agencies. The scenario will be that individuals are missing in a heavily-wooded area, and those people must be found, assessed, treated, rescued and transported. Ground resources will deploy at 7 tomorrow morning out of the SAR Compound in Kelso, along with search aircraft launching from the Airport in Kelso. The exercise itself is scheduled to run from 8 am until 6 pm, working in an area north of Silver Lake, off of George Taylor Road.
The Sheriff’s Office also plans to offer Courtesy Boat Inspections on Sunday, working at the Willow Grove Boat Launch and the Kalama Marina. Free safety inspections will be offered between 11 am and 3 pm at both locations; those inspections can be done on the water or on trailered boats. Each vessel passing inspection will receive a 2015 Marine Safety Decal. Other safe boating information will also be available. Call Deputy Jordan Spencer at 577-3092 if you have other questions.
Offshore salmon seasons open tomorrow, and the outlook is pretty good. Marine Area 1 off of Ilwaco opens tomorrow and will be open seven days a week through June 12th. Anglers can catch two salmon per day, with a minimum size of 24 inches for Chinook. Wild fish and all Coho must be released. Washington Fish and Wildlife has full details.
The annual Salal Spring Arts Festival takes place on Friday at Lower Columbia College, running from noon until 6 pm. Poet Joseph Green is the featured artist, holding a writing workshop and reading. There will be demonstrations by participating artists, live entertainment and the rollout of the 2015 “Salal Review” arts magazine at 4:30 pm. Admission is free.
The Kelso High School Theater Department presents the Steven Sondheim-James LaPine musical “Into the Woods” at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday night, along with a 2 pm Saturday matinee. “VIP seating” will also be available for the shows in the Kelso High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.
Don Correll’s final production at Lower Columbia College opens this weekend, presenting a melodrama titled “Egad, the Woman in White.” The curtain rises on the Center Stage Theatre at the Rose Center at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights. The production continues for the next two weekends, as well. Admission is free for LCC students and staff.
The Stageworks Northwest musical adaptation of “Little Women,” concludes this weekend. Showtimes at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue are set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, and at 2 pm on Sunday. Go to the Stageworks Northwest web page for more details.
Friday evening at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the dancers from the Evergreen Dance Studio in Longview will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” a ballet production that will involve around 100 local dance students. Showtime is at 6:30 pm on Friday. Contact Evergreen Dance Studio or the Columbia Theatre for ticket information.
The Mt. Solo Middle School PTSO and Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation are putting on a fun and “colorful” run on Saturday, presenting the “2015 Color Course.” Runners are advised to “wear white,” as they will be showered with colored neon powder at different locations around the course. Participants can start showing up at Mt. Solo Middle School at 8 Saturday morning, and the event will start at 9. Contact Mt. Solo Middle School if you need more information.
The 8th annual “Run the Path” Mental Health Awareness Walk is planned for Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea. There’s a 3.6-mile fun run, or you can just walk a section of the path around the lake. They’ll also have informational booths, prize giveaways, and the first 150 participants will get a T-shirt. It’s free to take part.
The second Distribution Event for this year’s Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta is planned for this Saturday, starting at 10 am at the National Guard Armory on Vandercook Way. You’ll also have a chance to get signed up for this year’s Regatta at the event. Be sure to bring gloves, wear long-sleeve shirts to reduce the paper cuts, and have something for securing your load. Call 636-0110 for more details.
Get some help with getting the garden finished off, as the WSU Master Gardeners hold a Plant Sale on Saturday, running from 9 am until 3 pm in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Prices start at $1 per plant.
At the historic Pearson Airpark down in Vancouver, the Fort Vancouver National Trust is holding its annual “Open Cockpit Day,” showing off historic aircraft, and giving you a chance to experience these planes from the pilot’s perspective. They’ll also be offering free airplane rides for kids between the ages of 8 and 17. This runs from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday, and admission is free.
Saturday night at Poker Pete’s in Kalama, a Texas Hold ‘Em event will help to raise money for the Kelso High School class of 2015 Drug and Alcohol-Free Graduation Party. Your buy-in will also get you pizza and a beverage, and they’ll have alive auction for some great gift baskets. Call 431-0166 or 430-4893 for ticket information.
The students of the High Step Dance Academy will present Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in a ballet recital that’s planned for Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The recital is scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Saturday at the CTPA. Contact the theatre box office for tickets, or call High Step Dance Academy for more information.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, set up in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants and plant starts for sale, along with fresh produce, hand-crafted gifts and garden items, honey, baked goods and more. Admission is free.
The Kelso Bridge Market is open on Sunday in its new venue at the Three Rivers Mall. This year, the Bridge Market is operating in the space across from the new Three Rivers Cinema, open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday near the Southwest door of the mall. They’ll have special bouquets for sale this weekend, along with local strawberries, fresh produce, plant starts, hand-made craft items and other specialty items.