The Seahawks traded out of the first round of the NFL Draft to acquire three additional picks. Round two begins today and the Hawks will have two selections as well as four picks in the third round…..The Mariners beat the Tigers 2-1 yesterday to take the series 2-1. Seattle is in Cleveland to play the Indians today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team hosts Green River tomorrow in a 1 pm DH at Story Field…..In prep baseball, Kelso beat Fort 10-5 and R.A. Long pounded Washougal 19-0. Today, the Scots host Prairie, Mark Morris is at Woodland and Ridgefield is at RAL…..The LCC softball team plays SW Oregon in Coos Bay tomorrow afternoon…..The Kelso softball team beat Mt. View 5-3 and RAL blanked Woodland 4-0. Today, Hockinson is at MM and RAL at Washougal.
Archive | April, 2017
Weyerhaeuser is out with first-quarter financial results this morning, reporting net earnings of $157 million on net sales of $1.7 billion, a huge increase over the first quarter of 2016. This compares to earnings of $61 million on sales of $1.4 billion in the same period last year. Weyco President and CEO Doyle Simons says that he’s “very pleased” with the company’s performance in the first quarter of 2017, saying that “employees capitalized on operational excellence improvements, merger-related synergies, and strengthening market conditions to deliver outstanding results.” Simons also says that they were able to hit their increased “run-rate merger cost synergy target” of $125 million, following last year’s merger with Plum Creek Timber. Simons says that they “remain relentlessly focused” on continuing to leverage merger synergies and operational performance to continue as an industry leader, and to deliver superior value to Weyerhaeuser shareholders.
After workers reported additional land and water movement, the effort to remove the slide that’s blocking the Kalama River Road is being suspended. Mark Koelsch with Cowlitz County Public Works says that contractors reported that material was continuing to come off of the top of the slide that’s about ten miles east of the freeway, and they also reported seeing water seeping through layers in the middle of the slide. Koelsch says that they told the contract crew to stop work until an inspection can be done; a Monday morning meeting is being set up to review that inspection, and to determine a course of future action. The road was closed by the slide on April 9th, the second closure of the road within a month. County officials have no estimate as to when the road might re-open. Local residents are still using Weyerhaeuser’s 6000 Line as a detour.
Cowlitz County Public Works is also dealing with a bridge closure on the west end of the county, as erosion around a bridge on Mill Creek Road is discovered. At 3:20 yesterday afternoon, a call came into the Sheriff’s Office, reporting that the “structure under the bridge has been compromised.” County Roads went out and checked the situation, and determined that the bridge should be shut down, reporting that a “large sink hole” has formed. Detour signs have been posted in the area of Oak Point Road. It’s not known at this point how long this bridge might be shut down. Officials will be out there again today, to do some closer inspection.
Longview Police are following up on a fraud report from a local business, which is saying that someone tried to buy wheels and tires from Les Schwab, using the company’s name. The victim called Longview Police at about 3:50 yesterday afternoon, saying that the suspect had ordered tires and wheels with a value of $1,800, coming from the store on Ocean Beach highway. Investigators have some information on a possible suspect, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
LPD is checking into a dispute reported yesterday afternoon in the 1100 block of Washington Way, where a man reportedly used a sledge hammer to break a car window. The incident was reported at about 4:40 pm, in the vicinity of the now-closed Triangle Cinema. The witness says that guy with the hammer got out of his truck, walked over to the other rig, then he used the hammer to smash a driver’s-side window. The victim got out of his truck, and there was some verbal jousting. Both men then got into their respective rigs and took off. Police have descriptions of the men and their trucks, but neither man has been located.
Pacific County authorities say that the woman’s body found on the rocks near Chinook has been identified a Portland resident who was last seen in May of last year. Ha Khuong Vo Dang, 28, of Portland was last seen on May 1st of last year; she disappeared in the Columbia River while paddleboarding at Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. Vo Dang had gone out to the beach with a man from Portland, with both of them renting paddleboarding equipment. After some sunbathing, Vo Dang went out on her paddleboard; a short time later, others on the beach noticed that she had fallen off, and was struggling in the water. She never did come out, and her body was never found. It’s noted that Vo Dang was NOT wearing a life jacket. A resident of the Chinook area reported finding her body in early March of this year. The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office says that they confirmed the identity, and informed the family earlier this month.
Marches are planned tomorrow in Kalama and Cathlamet, events that are connected to the nationwide People’s Climate March. These events are connected to a larger march that’s planned in the nation’s capitol, intended to protest the agenda that the president being put forward by the president. Organizers say that they’re “pushing back against the Trump agenda,” while also promoting a vision of a clean and safe world, where personal rights are also preserved. In Kalama, things get started at 10:30 am, with a parade of fishing boats on the Columbia River. At 1 pm, workshops are planned in the Kalama Community Building, focusing on the construction of effective community-based campaigns. Events in Cathlamet start at 11 am, with a march that will begin in Strong Park. Get more information on these marches and other events by going to peoplesclimate.org.
Local law enforcement agencies are planning events connected to the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, taking place tomorrow in Longview, Castle Rock and Cathlamet. This is being coordinated with the Drug Enforcement Agency; Longview Police Community Service Officer Cindy Lopez Werth says that this is the 13th time in seven years that they worked with the DEA on helping to get expired, unwanted and unused drugs out of local homes. Nationwide, more than 35 hundred tons of drugs have been collected in the 12 previous Take-Back Days.
Between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow, Longview Police will accept expired and unwanted prescription meds at the main station on Hudson Street. This disposal is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. LPD will supply ziplock bags that you’ll be able to pour your drugs into, and then you’ll keep your pills bottles. There’s also a permanent drug drop-off location in the lobby of LPD, along with drop-off stations at the Hall of Justice and at the Kelso Police Department.
In Castle Rock, your old, expired and unwanted medications can be dropped off at the Castle Rock Senior Center between 9 am and noon tomorrow; they will also have a limited supply of Home Medicine Lock Boxes, devices that can help to increase your drug security at home. Coffee and cake will also be served. The Castle Rock Senior Center is located at 222 Second Avenue; call 274-4711 for more information.
Wahkiakum County staff will be collecting old and unwanted prescription drugs between 10 am and 2 pm in the lobby of the courthouse in Cathlamet. They’ll also be celebrating the installation of the permanent drug drop-off in Cathlamet, which will allow local residents to dispose of those meds without having to wait for this annual event.
Start your weekend off with some tasty Krispy Kreme doughnuts, while also helping kids from Three Rivers Christian go to Outdoor School. Starting at 7:30 Friday morning, they’ll be selling Krispy Kremes in the parking lot on Pacific Way. The cost is $12 per dozen, or $3 for ten doughnut holes.
Angel Closet holds another Dress Giveaway on Friday and Saturday, helping to provide local young women with dresses and accessories for prom or other formal events coming up this spring. Located at 1811 Washington Way in Longview, Angel Closet will be open from 3 to 6 pm on Friday and from 10 am until 1 pm on Saturday. Call 747-7178 or go to the Angel Closet Facebook page for more information.
Directed by Leslie Slape, the Stageworks Northwest production of the classic screwball comedy “The Philadelphia Story” continues each weekend through May 7th. Curtain times are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm matinee on Sundays. Call 636-4488 for ticket information, or go to stageworksnorthwest.org to find out more.
Make sure to pre-register your kids for Saturday’s annual Kid’s Fish-In at Lake Sacajawea. An area off of Martin’s Dock is being netted and stocked with 2,500 trout, and kids between the ages of 5 and 14 will be able to catch them. Longview Parks and Rec is teaming up with Washington Fish and Wildlife and local fishing groups, who will also provide some training for the young anglers. All kids that get signed up will get a rod and reel of their own, along with a hot dog and a goodie bag. Sessions are 45 minutes in length, starting at 8 am; the last session starts at 2 pm. Call 442-5400 to get more information, or to register by phone.
The 14th annual Castle Rock Cleanup Day happens this Saturday, going from 8 am 1 pm. The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is helping to coordinate this event, with a variety of projects for all age groups, families and businesses. The Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network will also be lending a hand this year, supplying volunteers to help out. Registration starts at 8 am Saturday morning at the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Second Avenue SW. Donations in support of the Lions Club Food Bank will also be accepted. Dress for the weather, and bring your own tools and gloves; lunch will be served to all of the volunteers that take part.
The Columbia County Master Gardeners are holding their Spring Fair and Tomato Plant Sale on Saturday, starting at 9 am in the commons at St. Helens High School. They’ll have more than 30 varieties of tomatoes for sale, along with other plants and items for your gardening needs.
Healthy Kids Day happens this Saturday at Youth and Family Link in Longview, a day of fun and safety information as we head toward summer. This will run from 10 am until 2 pm at the YFL Building on Douglas Street in Longview. There will be all kinds of fun and educational activities for the kids, and the YMCA will also have information on water safety and swimming lessons. Admission is free.
There’s a Shred Day planned for this Saturday in St. Helens, going from 10 am until 2 pm. The Kiwanis Daybreakers Club is sponsoring the event, where you’ll be able to safely dispose of old filed, personal information and other documents. The Shred Day will happen in the parking lot behind Empire Realty, located just off of Highway 30 at Sykes Road in St. Helens. There is a nominal fee for disposal.
The Arrr Pirates will be swashbuckling this Saturday at the Skipper’s on 7th Avenue in Longview, conducting a Food Drive on behalf of the local VFW chapter. This will run from 11 am until 6pm in the Skipper’s parking lot, with more than a dozen vendors scheduled, raffles and live cannon demonstrations. Live bands are also scheduled at 2, 3 and 4 pm. It’s free and open to all.
The Cowlitz County Republicans hold their annual Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday, featuring State Senator Doug Ericksen from Whatcome County as the keynote speaker; he was recently selected by the President to help “re-shape” the RPA. New 19th District Representative James Walsh is also scheduled to speak. Along with the dinner and speeches, there will be live and silent auctions, raffles and a Dessert Dash. The Lincoln Day Dinner is being held at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center; the social hour starts at 5 pm on Saturday, followed by the dinner and program at 6. Call 636-7347 for more information.
Volunteers for the Kaiser-based Community Health Partners will be recognized and honored this Saturday night, at an Open House that will run from 7 to 9 pm. The Open House will be held in the Main Lobby of the Kaiser Permanente clinic, located at the corner of 7th and Hudson in Longview. A program is also planned at 8 pm. All CHP volunteers and families are invited to come by; donations to the program will also be accepted.
There’s a free Christian music concert planned for this Saturday at the Shekinah Christian Center, located at 1015 3rd Avenue in Longview. The “Flood the Stone” concert will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, featuring a band called “Humans Under God.” The show is being presented by the Masters School of Art in Longview and the Christian Center for the Arts. Call 747-1108 for more information.
“Remember When Rock Was Young” this Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as Craig A. Meyer presents “Almost Elton John” at 7:30 pm. Backed by The Rocket Band, Meyer recreates the decades-long career of Elton John, also showing off his “uncanny” resemblance and singing style. Get your tickets by going to columbiathatre.com, or call 577-8499.
Bring the kids to the Columbia Theatre on Sunday for the third performance in the Fibre Federal Credit Unon Rainy Months Series, bringing in the Super Scientific Circus in for a special show. “Mr. Fish” and “Trent the Mime” will show that science can be fun and funny. The show starts at 2 pm on Sunday; call 575-TIXX for tickets, or go to columbiatheatre.com.
An evening of jazz music and inspirational stories is planned for Sunday evening at the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church, located at 206 Cowlitz Way. The KUMPC Jazz Band will perform, along with Trey Davis as a special guest. The show starts at 6 pm on Sunday.