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Archive | January, 2016

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:28

The Trail Blazers host the Charlotte Hornets tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Huskies beat UCLA 86-84 last night. The Ducks snapped Arizona’s 49-game win streak with an 83-75 win. USC downed WSU 81-71 and Arizona State beat Oregon State 86-68…..The LCC hoop steams are at South Puget Sound tomorrow, women at 1 pm and the men at 3 pm…..The Kelso boys clinched a post season berth with a 73-67 win over Fort Vancouver. Tonight, R.A. Long hosts Hudson’s Bay and Mark Morris can clinch a league title with a win at Ridgefield, 6:45 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..In girls play tonight, Fort is at Kelso. Last night MM beat Ridgefield 55-34 and RAL blasted Bay 62-16…..Washougal captured the GSHL 2A wrestling title with a 48-29 win over R.A. Long.

Oil Terminal Closes

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:13

The crashing oil market has claimed some local victims, as the operator of the crude oil terminal near Clatskanie announces the closure of that facility. Global Partners announced yesterday that it was closing the crude oil terminal at Port Westward, laying off 28 of the 47 people who work there. Making yesterday’s announcement, Global Partners CEO Eric Slifka says that the workforce reduction is “difficult,” but he says that these changes are needed to help keep the facility running. Slifka says that plans are in the works to convert the facility to ethanol handling, with a goal of having that facility up and running by this summer. Slifka says that it’s possible that some of the laid-off workers could be recalled at that time. At its peak in 2013, the Global Partners facility had been one of the busiest in the region, unloading three unit trains per week. At the end of last year, activity at the facility was down nearly 90 percent from the year before.

Travel Updates

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:12

Cowlitz County is announcing that North Pacific Avenue could be closed through the weekend, as they deal with the landslide that closed the road Wednesday night. County officials report that Patriot Rail continues to remove rocks and debris from the tracks above the road, while geotechnical inspections of the slope that failed are being planned. They say that the road would not open before tomorrow at the earliest.

All three lanes of I-5 northbound are open again just north of Woodland. The Washington Department of Transportation made that announcement shortly before noon yesterday, also saying that the Dike Access Road on-ramp to the freeway is open, too. The right lane of the freeway had been closed for more than a month, after a landslide came down during the rainstorm of December 9th.

While work continues on a washed-away portion of Highway 12 near White Pass, WashDOT is also on a west-side landslide on the highway near Elma. The highway was closed at about 5 yesterday morning, when debris was found on the road near Porter, about seven miles east of Elma. The highway was completely closed until about 8:30 last night, when one lane opened for alternating traffic. If you’re heading to Aberdeen, Hoquiam or Ocean Shores, be ready for some delays in that area.

If you’re heading into the Portland-Vancouver area this weekend, be ready for possible backups on I-5, as electrical work is done on the bridge over the Columbia River. From 9 pm Saturday until 8 am on Sunday, the right and center lanes of the southbound freeway will be shut down. The ramp from SR 14 to the southbound freeway will also be closed at the same time. From 10 pm Sunday to 5 am on Monday, the left and center lanes of the southbound freeway will be closed. Be ready for possible delays, or use I-205 as an alternate route.

SCU Again

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:12

The Street Crimes Unit Detectives are at it again, announcing two more arrests yesterday afternoon. Detectives served a search warrant at 109 Cowan Court in Longview, where they reportedly seized heroin and drug paraphernalia. Chelsea Raven Reid, 35, is now being held without bail on a heroin possession charge, while Erik Burton Bussanich, 37, is being held on a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant. Police continue to investigate these incidents, and additional arrests are anticipated.

Church Incident

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:11

Jeffrey Nathen Nelson, 38, is in custody after an attempted burglary was reported last night at the Latter-Day Saints Church on North Pacific Avenue, next to Ostrander Road. A 911 call came in just before 9 last night, claiming that there was a man inside the building, smoking marijuana and attempting to take tools. It was also reported that the suspect was armed with a machete. The man ran as Deputies responded to the scene; a K-9 was also called in. Deputies eventually met up with Nelson at a nearby transient camp, where they supposedly found the machete. Nelson was arrested without further incident, and is now being held for attempted second-degree burglary, attempted third-degree theft and making false statements to police.

MIP Mishap

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:10

A 13 year-old Castle Rock-area girl got more than a MIP citation yesterday afternoon, when she apparently fell and impaled her hand in a shed on Green Acres Drive. Castle Rock Police and aid crews were called to a home in the 100 block of Green Acres at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon; those on the scene say that the girl was intoxicated when she fell inside the shed, landing on a nail that was sticking out of the wall. The girl reportedly admitted that she had been drinking vodka prior to the fall, and a breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .036. Paramedics got the girl out of the shed, who was then taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. Officers say that the girl is being referred to juvenile prosecutors on the MIP charge.

River Rescue Honor

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:07

Local longshoremen Kelly Palmer, Laik Kell and Mike Ford are being honored for their efforts in saving the life of a ship crew member who had fallen into the Columbia River. Late last year, the bulk carrier “Sadlers Wells” was moored at Berth 2, and the Chief Officer of the ship was checking its draft when he slipped and fell some 20 feet into the water. Palmer, Kell and Ford were working nearby, and witnessed the fall. They rushed down below the dock, and were able to reach the man, who had become pinned between the ship and the dock. They were able to safely free him; the Chief Officer was treated for hypothermia, but was unhurt otherwise. The three millwrights were presented with Lifesaving awards at this week’s meeting of the Port of Longview Commissioners.

Strange Lights

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:06

A Longview resident reports seeing some strange lights in the sky last night. This call came in around 8:35 pm; a person living in the 2000 block of Florida Street reported seeing “lighted orange-colored orbs,” that appeared to be coming up from the south and were moving left to right. The caller reported seeing about a dozen of these “orbs” over the space of a half-hour. No other sightings were reported, and Longview Police also did not report seeing any of these “orbs.”

Weekend Events–1/29-31/16

Posted on 29th January 2016 at 09:06

You can help make “stakes” of native trees and shrubs that will be planted at the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, at work party planned for Friday morning at the Refuge office, west of Cathlamet. Meet at the Refuge office at 8:30 Friday morning, and staff will get you going. All supplies will be provided, but you’re advised to dress for the weather and the conditions.

Find out about the locally-based Oregon Primate Rescue Coastal Primate Sanctuary at an event planned for Friday afternoon at the Kelso Senior Center. Sanctuary President Polly Schultz will be on hand to talk about the center, how it started and the purpose for its existence. She’ll also have a video and a book available. This event will run from 1 until 2:30 pm on Friday at the Senior Center; it’s free and open to all.

Friday is the deadline to get your suggestions in for the theme of this year’s Cowlitz County Fair. Fair officials say that the theme should include a slogan that will be used as the cornerstone for themed decorations, exhibits and attractions. Ideas can focus on any aspect of the fair; they need to be eight words or less, and they don’t need to rhyme. The winning submission will receive a grandstand event package for the whole fair, including tickets to this year’s country music show, and all three Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo sessions. The official form is available on the County Fair web page, and the deadline to get those entries in is 5 pm today. Call 577-3121 for more information.

Friday and Saturday night at Kelso High School, it’s “Play On!,” a “play-in-a-play” comedy by Rick Abbot. This show is about a theatre group that’s putting on a play, with additional comedy ensuing. “Play On!” will be presented in the KHS Auditorium at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday. This production also continues next weekend, as well.

Check out the special presentations of “The Dark Side of Oz” this Friday and Saturday night at the Kelso Theatre Pub. This is a special show, with the “The Wizard of Oz” synched to the classic Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Showings are planned for 9 pm this Friday and Saturday night, with a special admission price of $5 per person.

This Saturday, the annual Beacon Hill Extreme Team Garage Sale will be held at Beacon Hill Elementary School. Donations for the event will be accepted at the school from 4 to 7 pm, or they can also arrange pickups for larger donations. From 8 am until 2 pm on Saturday, the sale will be held in the Beacon Hill Elementary School gym. Proceeds help to support the performance team at the school.

Washington AAA is offering a Driver Improvement Program on Saturday, running from 9 am until 4 pm at the Kelso Senior Center. This is a day-long class that is intended to provide guidance for accident prevention, enhanced driver safety and confidence. Those 55 years and older may qualify for an auto insurance discount by taking a class like this. Pre-registration is required; call 1-800-462-3728 to get signed up.

If you’re up in the area of Toledo High School this Saturday morning, you might want to stop by and partake of the ASB Breakfast that’s being offered. This will run from 8 to 10 am in the High School Commons, serving omelets and all-you-can-eat pancakes. This event is being hosted by the sophomore class at Toledo High.

The 2016 Oregon History Bee and Bowl is set for Saturday up at Rainier Junior-Senior High School, a day-long competition that will involve teams from all over the state. Three teams from Rainier will compete, along with teams from Medford, Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro. The doors open at 8:45, the Opening Meeting is set for 9:20, and the History Bowl competitions are scheduled to begin at 9:50 am. The History Bee competitions are set to start just before noon. During the lunch break, students will also have the chance to taken the National Qualifying Exams for the U. S. Geography Olympiad and the U. S. History Bee. Winners at this weekend’s competition will also qualify for the National History Bowl and History Bee. This event is open to everyone; in fact, there’s still a need for adult volunteers to act as readers and scorekeepers. Call Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 if you would like to help out.

From noon until 2 pm on Saturday, there’s a Plant-based Cooking Class being offered at the Country Village Nutrition Shoppe, located at 711 Vandercook Way in Longview. Seating begins at 11:45 am, as you come in and learn how you can add more plant-based options to your diet. Call Deb Kay at 431-4182 for information on the class; there is a fee to attend.

Folks with handicaps and their loved ones are invited to Lynn’s Ice Cream, Yogurt and More on Commerce Avenue on Saturday, as the Handicap Hangout will be held from 3 to 5 pm. This group was formed in the fall of last year, as a support group for handicapped people in the local area. Lynn’s Ice Cream, Yogurt and More is located at 1232 Commerce in downtown Longview.

It’s time to start thinking about tax preparation, and the first in a series of free tax preparation sessions are set for this weekend at the Longview Public Library. Trained volunteers will be set up at the Library from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturday. Other sessions are being set up at Lower Columbia CAP and the Castle Rock Senior Center. Call Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430 if you need more help

Ten local restaurants will be vying to see who makes the best soup at Saturday night’s “Soup-Off” at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge. This is a friendly competition that’s also intended to help raise money to support youth programs at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Soup-Off will run from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday at Elks Lodge in Kelso, just off of Grade Street. Call 575-8499 or go to the CTPA web page for ticket information.

Join in the celebration as the 2016 Lower Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted this Saturday night. Six former athletes, coaches and boosters are being inducted, honoring their excellence in competition and their dedication to the college. The 2016 LCC Athletics Hall of Fame Awards Banquet is being held at Myklebust Gym; the social hour and silent auction begins at 6 Saturday evening, followed by the banquet and awards ceremony at 7. Tickets are available in the LCC Bookstore, or by caling 442-2112. Proceeds from the event will support the LCC Foundation Athletic Excellence Fund.

The daughter of legendary puppeteer Shari Lewis will be in Longview on Sunday, reprising the childhood of many local adults when Mallory Lewis presents “A Lamb Chop Celebration” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. This show is part of the Rainy Months Series at the CTPA, and will be presented at 2 pm on Sunday, at a cost of just $5 per person. Get tickets through, or call 575-TIXX

They’re celebrating Kalama’s perseverance, strength and community spirit at Sunday’s “Come Rain and Kalama Will Shine” Community Dinner this Sunday afternoon. This is being co-sponsored by AMALAK, the Kalama Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kalama, celebrating the local response after last month’s storms and flooding. This is free and open to all; there will also be a silent auction, raffles and live entertainment. Donations to support the event are also being accepted. Call 673-4071 for more information.

There’s still another week to go in the HOPE “Souper Bowl” food drive in Columbia County. Through Sunday, February 7th, businesses around Columbia County are collecting food donations that will go to the HOPE Food Bank. The business that collects the most food will receive a special gift basket from the HOPE Board of Directors. Donations can be dropped off at the Clatskanie People’s Utility District, at the Rainier branch of the St. Helens Credit Union, and at the United Way of Columbia County. Call 503-728-4228 for more information.

SCU Bust

Posted on 28th January 2016 at 09:20

The crackdown on local drug sales is continuing, as the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit serves another search warrant. Around 2:45 yesterday afternoon, Detectives served a search warrant at an apartment in the 800 block of Hudson Street, where they claim to have found meth, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Levi James Baese, 60, is now being held for allegedly possession of meth, possession of heroin with intent to deliver; he was also served with a failure to appear warrant. Mark Earl Williams, 42, was also arrested in this operation, booked for possession of meth. Williams is also being served with several outstanding warrants. Baese also face a school zone enhancement on the new drug charges.