Two Northwest teams in tomorrow’s Final Four! First up, Gonzaga against South Carolina at 3 pm followed by Oregon against North Carolina. The winners will meet Monday for the title…..The Blazers have won five straight after last night’s 117-107 victory over Houston. Portland hosts Phoenix tomorrow night…..The M’s play the Rockies tonight, KLOG 6:30 pm. The teams close out the spring tomorrow, KLOG 12:00 pm. The regular season opens Monday at Houston…..The LCC baseball team opens league play with a 12 pm game today against Grays Harbor at the RAC in Lacey. LCC hosts Pierce Sunday at 1 pm…..Mark Morris and R.A. Long meet in baseball today at 4 pm at Story Field…..The LCC softball team hosts SWOC today at 4 pm…..RAL and Kelso clash at 6:30 pm at Tam O.
Archive | March, 2017
Counselors are being brought to Northlake Elementary School in Longview, available to help students and staff as they deal with the loss of a seven year-old classmate. Longview Police report that Michael Landon Pittore-Montiel was shot and killed yesterday morning, moments before his father, David Michael Pittore-Montiel, 34, took his own life. Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha says that the shootings happened yesterday morning at an apartment in the 900 block of 8th Avenue in Longview. A third party has asked for Longview Police to check on Pittore-Montiel, saying that he had been talking about harming himself. After hearing the gunshots, the officers backed off, and Lower Columbia SWAT was called in. They went into the apartment and found the bodies. The deaths are hitting the local social service community hard, as Pittore-Montiel had accessed programs from Lower Columbia CAP is help find housing and other support services for himself and his son. Pittore-Montiel had been featured in a CAP promotional video, talking about how they had helped him and his son after he had become homeless following his discharge from the military. Longview School Superintendent Dan Zorn says that the death is devastating, saying that they are “incredibly saddened” by the loss of this young boy. Zorn says that counselors from all over the district will be at Northlake today, available to help students and staff cope with this loss. Autopsies are planned for today; memorial services are also being arranged.
The State Patrol reports that a 53 year-old man died last night after a rollover crash on State Route 508 near Onalaska. Troopers say that the crash happened at about 9:10 pm, on SR 508 about five miles west of Onalaska. The pickup was eastbound when the driver lost control; the truck went off of the road, and then rolled several times before coming to rest in a pasture. The 53 year-old male driver died at the scene, while 45 year-old Stephanie Richards of Onalaska was injured; she was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment. Her condition hasn’t been updated this morning. Troopers blame the crash on “driving with the wheels off of the roadway.” No charges are anticipated.
The Flood Warning on the Columbia River at Longview continues, with the river still rising above the Minor Flood stage of 13.5 feet on the high tides through the weekend. The Weather Service says that the river is expected to go its highest point in this event on this morning’s high tides, cresting at just over 14 feet. At this level, minor flooding of undiked farmlands and other property not protected by dikes should be expected. After this morning’s high tide, the river is expected to start slowly receding through the rest of the weekend. The river is expected to start dropping below the Action Stage of 12 feet on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
They closed the doors at Love Overhwhelming yesterday morning, handing out tents, food and other supplies to clients as they were discharged from the facility. The building at 304 Cowlitz Way in Kelso was cleared out as Cowlitz County takes over ownership. While the shelter may have been closed, it’s reported that several of the former clients were back in the parking lot of the facility later in the day, pitching tents and camping in the parking lot under provisions of a recently-adjusted city ordinance. They say that about 45 people were displaced as the shelter closed yesterday, and many of those people say that they’re not sure what the future will hold. The operators of Love Overwhelming are also unsure about the future, as they await rulings from the City of Longview on a 14th Avenue property that the organization is now renting. At this time, the zoning of that area prevents its use as a shelter, or even as offices for the organization. Chuck Hendrickson tells the Daily News that they will try to keep former residents connected to counseling and other social services.
If you’re heading to or from the coast for Spring Break, be aware of some possible delays on Highway 30 in Clatskanie. This past Monday, work started on bridge improvements on Highway 30 in Clatskanie, and that work is expected to run through the end of May. The Oregon Department of Transportation says that work is being done to make the bridge more pedestrian-friendly, and to better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Work is being done from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9 am until 3 pm on Friday. Delays of up to 20 minutes at a time are possible, something you’ll need to factor into your travel plans.
As local rivers continue to run high and muddy, Washington Fish and Wildlife is extending the initial season for Spring Chinook on the main stem of the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam. The season had been scheduled to close on April 6th, but that season will now end on April 10th. As of the 26th, creel checks by WDFW show that only 24 upriver Spring Chinook had been caught, after a quota of just over 69 hundred fish.
Fishery managers say that the Chinook are moving up, but the high and muddy water is making it difficult for the fish to see the anglers’ lures. They suggest checking streamflow and fish passage reports to look for signs of improving conditions for fishing. Get full details from Washington Fish and Wildlife, or from your local outdoor outfitter.
If you do plan to go salmon fishing or razor clam digging this weekend, be sure to renew your licenses. Current fishing licenses, salmon tags and hunting licenses expire today, and will need to be renewed before you can legally hunt or fish. Outlets all over the state will renew your licenses and endorsements; you’re also reminded that you should fill out and returns salmon, steelhead and Puget Sound crab catch record cards when you renew your licenses, even if you didn’t catch any of those animals. You can also renew on-line, or over the phone. Prices for 2017-2018 licenses are currently the same as they were last year. Get full information by going to the WDFW web page.
The Spring Salmon Derby at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet happens this Friday and Saturday, starting at 4:30 am on Friday, and wrapping up at 5 pm on Saturday. Cash prizes are available for men, women and youth; derby tickets are available at the Skamakowa Resort, Moore Auto, the Cathlamet branch of the Bank of the Pacific and at the Elochoman Marina. After the derby, the River Mile 38 Brewery in Cathlamet will be celebrating its 3rd birthday, with special beers on tap and live music.
See if you can “Beat the Joker” at Saturday morning’s “Running of the Fools,” a 10K run and walk at Willow Grove Park. This is being organized by Longview Parks and Recreation and the Cowlitz Valley Runners; you can also win a prize by guessing your run time, without the use of stopwatches or cell phones. You can register online, or register at the event, starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. Walkers will leave at 9 am on Saturday, and then the runners will go at 9:30 am. Get more information on mylongview.com.
Get rid of your old pesticides, paints, solvents or other hazardous household chemicals at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event that Cowlitz County is putting on this Saturday in Castle Rock. From 9 am until 1 pm, they’ll be set up in the parking lot of the Cascade Select grocery store, safely collecting and disposing of those materials. Call Waste Control at 425-4302 for more information.
The National Fishing Lure Collector Club will be in Kelso on Saturday, holding a show and sale at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center on Kelso Driver. This will happen between 9 am and noon on Saturday, with vintage fishing tackle on display and for sale. They will also be offering free appraisals and auctions on collectible items. Call 274-8045 if you have other questions.
The 2017 “Cowlitz Gamers for Kids” event happens this Saturday at the Cowlitz County Conference and Event Center, going from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday. They will have game vendors, tournaments, auctions, a free play area, prizes and a lot more. Kids age 10 and under are free; proceeds from the event will benefit local kids with autism and the ARC of Cowlitz County.
The WSU Master Gardeners are putting on “Wings, Webs and Wildflowers” on this Saturday afternoon in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, running from 2 until 4 pm. This program is intended for kids from kindergarten through grade 5, with hands-on activities on finding out about honey bees, while also learning to attract birds to your yard. There is a limit of 30 kids; call 577-3014 to register.
It will be a “groovy” time at the Longview American Legion Post 155 on Saturday, as they host a “Sixties Party” from 4 to 7 pm. A DJ will spin tunes form the 60’s, they’ll be serving sloppy joes, raffles, door prizes, grab bags and more. The Longview American Legion Post 155 is located on 12th Avenue, just south of Hudson Street.
The Longview Police Department is confirming that a boy who attended first grade at Northlake Elementary School is one of the victims in an apparent murder-suicide that took place this morning at an apartment on 8th Avenue. Police Chief Jim Duscha says that officers were called about a welfare check at the upper-level apartment in the 900 block of 8th Avenue at 5:24 am, and they arrived a couple of minutes later. As officers were knocking and announcing their presence, they heard gunshots. The officers backed off and called for assistance, including Lower Columbia SWAT. When officers entered, they found two bodies, that of the boy and another adult. Duscha says that names are not being released at this time, as they attempt to contact family members. The bodies are now in the custody of the County Coroner for autopsies, while the investigation is continuing. Superintendent Dan Zorn says that counselors are being made available for students and staff at Northlake.