The Saints beat the Seahawks 25-20 yesterday. The Hawks were flagged 11 times and the Saints had just two penalties. Seattle will try and bounce back a week from tonight when they host the Buffalo Bills in Monday Night Football…..The Huskies are ranked #4 again in both major college football polls after Saturday’s win at Utah. The Cougs win at Oregon State has WSU ranked #25 in both polls…..The day and time for Kelso’s football playoff at Seattle Prep will be set today, either Friday or Saturday in Seattle…..The Seattle Sounders rolled FC Dallas 3-0 last night in the first of the two aggregate playoff series…..The Kelso HS volleyball and girls cross country teams won WIAA Academic State titles. Wahkiakum volleyball and 3 Rivers boys cross country also took academic state titles.
Archive | October, 2016
They’re still working to figure out what caused a fire that destroyed a shop and its contents early yesterday morning out on Germany Creek Road. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue reports being called out at 3:35 yesterday morning, when a blaze was reported in the 2300 block of Germany Creek. Initial 911 calls reported that a large propane tank had vented; they also say that a nearby metal shop was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the building engulfed in flames. No one was inside at the time of the fire, and the 20-foot-by-20-foot building and its contents were a total loss; there’s no dollar estimate on the loss. The Sheriff’s Office and the Cowlitz PUD also responded to this incident.
The Red Cross is assisting a family that was displaced by a fire that took place Saturday evening in the 200 block of 25th Avenue in Longview. Details regarding this fire have not yet been disclosed by Longview Fire; the Red Cross was called to the scene at about 7:40 pm. Two adults and four children are getting assistance with temporary housing, food and other necessities. Additional information on the fire will be forthcoming.
Rebuilding plans are already being made for the Valley View Health Center in Winlock, after that building was destroyed by fire this past Saturday night. A passerby reported seeing the fire in the 600 block of Cemetery Road in Winlock at about 2 am on Saturday. The fire was reported to be moving rapidly, as fire crews from Winlock, Toledo, Napavine and Vader responded to the scene. Witnesses say that the roof was collapsing as the fire crews were arriving, and then it took about 40 minutes to get the fire knocked down. Mop-up took several more hours. While the reception and waiting room areas were saved, the building itself is considered to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and the Toledo Police Department is assisting in the investigation. Patients of the clinic are also being directed to the Valley View Health Center location in Toledo. Valley View also has clinics in Onalaska, Raymond, Chehalis and Centralia.
The Sheriff’s Office is looking into a report from a home near Ariel, where a man claims that a heavily-armed group stole a rifle from him. The strong-arm robbery was reported at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon; a man called 911, claiming that four men in a red Jeep Cherokee had taken a Russian assault rifle. The victim says that he had been in business with one of the suspects, and a deal apparently went bad. He claims that the suspect came over and took the gun; the victim reportedly said that “it was like something out of Gang Land, and he wasn’t going to fight back against that kind of fire power.” Several interviews have been conducted, but no arrests have been reported.
Juelene Perez Owens, 37, of Mossyrock is being charged with first-degree theft, accused of stealing more than $350,000 in insurance and prescription claims. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced the charges against Owens, saying that she illegally obtained benefits for her boyfriend through her employer, the U. S. Postal Service. They say that the thefts date back to 2004, when Owens was first hired by the Postal Service. On her enrollment forms, Owens stated that she was married, when she was not. They say that Owens also indicated that she was married on an updated form in 2011. When asked to produce a marriage certificate in 2014, Owens reportedly said that she thought that she didn’t need one, claiming to be married under common law. Owens is being charged in Lewis County Superior Court.
Phase two of “Thoughtexchange” is under way in the Longview School District, with the district now encouraging you to share. Through November 6th, you’ll now be able to go onto the Longview School District web page and review comments that were made in the first phase of Thoughtexchange; after that review, you’ll then be able to “star” the comments that are most meaningful to you. Sandy Catt with the Longview School District says that they got 1,936 comments in the first phase of Thoughtexchange, people sharing what they see as the positive and negative attributes of the school district. In this second phase, you’ll be able to “star” the comments that you find most important. The third phase of the process will be to see how the input and comments connect to community values. Get more information and get involved in the Thoughtexchange process by going to longviewschools.com, and click on the “Join the Conversation” button.
The final public meeting of a ten-person committee that’s working on a long-term management scheme for Spirit Lake is being held today in Kelso. This committee has been assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, with the goal of developing a “decision-making framework” for long-term management of Spirit Lake, the outlet tunnel from the lake, and the Toutle River drainage north of the volcano. Today’s meeting will reportedly be focused on outflow options, along with hydrologic, seismic and volcanic information that go along with each method. The committee will not actually be making any specific recommendations to the Forest Service, but they will be developing a “framework” for decision-making. Today’s meeting at the Cowlitz County Event Center runs from 10:15 am to 2:45 pm; a public comment period is set to begin at 2:15 pm. Get more information on the project web page.
Today is the deadline for second-half property tax payments. The Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office is open today, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm at the County Administration Building in Kelso. Payments can be made in cash, check, debit card or credit card. Payments can be mailed, but they MUST be postmarked today. You can also make your payment on-line through the County Treasurer’s web page; you can also pay over the phone by calling 1-855-857-3624. Get more information on by calling 577-3060.
The annual Street of Screams is open for kids from ages 3 to 13, going from 3:30 to 7:30 pm this evening at the Cowlitz County Event Center, sponsored by J. H. Kelly and the Lions Club International. Admission is $1 per adult, or a can of food for local food banks.
Witches Hollow opens at 5 pm this evening in the park right across the street from the Kelso City Hall, open for area kids of all ages.
There’s indoor trick-or-treating at the Three Rivers Mall, starting at 4 pm this afternoon.
The Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church is putting on a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5 to 7 pm in the parking lot of the church, located at 206 Cowlitz Way. You can also win a gift card if you can guess the weight of the giant pumpkin in the parking lot.
The First Baptist Church in Longview is also hosting a Harvest Fest, starting at 5 pm at the church next to Home Depot in Longview.
There’s a Trick-or-Treatfest going from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Valley Christian Fellowship, located at 2911 Pacific Way in Longview.
It’s Halloween Trunk-or-Treat from 6 to 8 pm at the Kelso First Baptist Church, located at 214 South 4th in Kelso.
At the NewLife Church on 42nd Avenue in Longview, there’s a Harvest Party for kids age 12 and under, going from 6 to 8:30 pm.
The Cinema of Horrors Haunted House wraps up tonight at the Three Rivers Mall, going from 7 to 9:30 pm in the old Three Rivers Cinema building.
The Beaver Homes Grange Haunted House also continues tonight, follow the signs off of Highway 30 in Goble.