There’s a special viewing event planned for this evening at the Herold Observatory in Onalaska, which will be open to the public tonight from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Johnny Garcia teaches science at Onalaska High School, and he’ll have the Observatory’s 24-inch telescope open to the public for viewing of Jupiter and other celestial bodies, like Orion’s Nebula and other Deep Sky Objects. The Herold Observatory is located on the campus of the Onalaska Elementary-Middle School Complex; signs will be posted on Carlisle Avenue, directing you to the observatory. This is free and is open to the entire family.
Archive | March, 2016
KLOG News has learned that Jonnie Slater has passed away after suffering a heart attack on Monday. She was the long time business manager at the Longview Country Club before retiring last year. She is survived by her husband John Slater and her children as well as many other local family and friends. Memorial services are pending.
People have been going to Dibblee Point near Rainier for years, using that area for fishing and other activities; now, that area is officially a Columbia County Park. It’s being reported that Columbia County and the Oregon Department of State Lands have entered into a long-term lease that will cover development and management of that property. The South County Spotlight reports that Columbia County has plans to “progressively develop” the property, providing better access and amenities. Some of those improvements include road upgrades, restrooms, access gates and a park host. Grant awards are expected to cover much of the development costs, though it’s also expected that user fees would be charged in the future.
The County Commissioners approved an allocation of 228 thousand dollars, which will be used to hire additional mental health care staff at the Cowlitz County Jail. It’s reported that this move will insure that this type of staff will be at the jail 24 hours a day. This increase will be covered by money from the county’s one-tenth of one percent mental health care sales tax. The Commissioners also approved an agreement with the Seattle-based Wrenn Group attorney firm, to provide representation in connection with the lawsuit regarding the Mount Solo Landfill.
Cowlitz County is moving ahead with the Longview Public Development Authority and the Cowlitz County Public Facilities District, with all three entities kicking money in for a feasibility study regarding the possible construction of an equestrian center on the Cowlitz County Events Center property. In the interlocal agreement that was passed yesterday, it’s noted that this is part of the “three-prong approach” that the PDA is taking, looking into revitalization of the 48-acre property. They’re looking into the construction of a hotel, a sports complex and this equestrian center as the bedrock for that revitalization. The feasibility study would include a market analysis element, along with a financial and economic study. It’s estimated that the study will cost about 20 thousand dollars, with the County, the PDA and the PFD splitting their half of the cost. The PDA pay five thousand dollars, while Cowlitz County and the PFD would each pay 25 hundred dollars. A timeline for the study was not announced.
The man who’s accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash that took place on the 13th of this month is pleading “not guilty” to charges of vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run. The Daily News reports on yesterday’s arraignment of 42 year-old Daryl Thomas Long of Kelso, in connection with the collision that resulted in the death of 55 year-old Michael Cameron of Longview. Documents filed in Cowlitz County Superior Court show that Long had consumed two cans of “Four Loko” at about 7 pm on the 13th, and then got into an argument with his wife. Long reportedly told police that he “blacks out” when he gets angry, a condition that gets worse when he drinks. Longview Police claim that Long was northbound, traveling between 30 and 35 miles an hour when he hit Cameron; video that LPD submitted to the court shows that Long had green light on 15th, and Cameron was in the crosswalk when he was hit. Long reportedly first told officers that he thought he had hit a deer, but he later changed that story, saying that he was panicked when he left the scene. Long will be defended by a public defender, and continues to be held on 75 thousand dollars bail. His trial is currently scheduled to start on May 23rd.
The City of Winlock may be filing theft charges against a local building cleaning service, claiming that the company has been stealing water. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Winlock Mayor Lonnie Dowell contacted law enforcement over the weekend, after he saw a Facebook posting of a photo showing one of the company’s trucks using a Winlock fire hydrant to fill their truck. Winlock now contract with the Toledo Police Department for coverage; a department spokesperson says that an investigation is now under way, to try and determine exactly how much water may have been taken. No charges are being filed at this time, but the investigation is proceeding.
It looks like a Finnish tourist got mixed up on restroom symbols while visiting Mount Saint Helens yesterday afternoon, as the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a naked man inside the women’s restroom at one of the visitor centers. Around 3:20 pm, it was reported that the man had exposed himself to a young girl, at the restroom at the Silver Lake Visitors Center. The 911 caller also reported that the man stayed at the Center, watching the movie and browsing the displays as part of a group. Deputies arrived on the scene as the group was getting ready to leave, and interviewed all of the people involved. They determined that the older man “got confused,” and went into the wrong restroom. It was determined that no crime had been committed.
The Sheriff’s Office is looking into a fraud incident involving a Kelso man, who apparently was victimized through the “grandkid in trouble” scam. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon, saying that he had received a call from a person who was in Salem, claiming that the grandson was in custody after a DUI crash, and was in need of money. The caller said that two thousand dollars was needed for the grandson’s release, along with another 19 hundred dollars for vehicle damage and AA visits; the caller instructed the victim to send a pre-paid money card to “Attorney Steve Harper” in Salem, along with a money order to a “Mike Marcov” in Wisconsin. The victim says he contacted the grandson later, and found that this was all a scam. Arrangements are being made to recover the lost money, while the criminal investigation continues.
The Mariners send Felix Hernandez to the mound today in a spring training game against the Padres, KLOG 12:00 pm. Last night Cleveland beat Seattle 4-1…..The Mt. Hood Saints swept the LCC baseball team 8-2 and 7-6 last night. The Devils now prepare for the West Region opener Saturday at Pierce…..Kelso pounded Fort Vancouver 23-1 in perp baseball yesterday. The teams play again this afternoon at Fort. Also today, R.A. Long is at Hudson’s Bay…..Evergreen outlasted Mark Morris 10-9 in girls softball yesterday…..The Kelso boys beat Prairie in track action yesterday. Prairie defeated the Lassies…..In girls tennis, W.F. West defeated R.A. Long 5-1. Today, River is at Kelso…..The MM boys soccer team hosts Woodland in a 5 pm match today at Northlake Field.