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Archive | April, 2017

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:58

James Paxton pitched seven innings of shutout ball leading the Mariners to an 8-0 victory at Detroit. The finale of the three-game set is today, KLOG 9:00 am…..In prep baseball yesterday, Columbia River defeated Mark Morris 7-1. Today, Kelso is at Fort Vancouver and R.A. Long visits Washougal…..Washougal downed Mark Morris 14-5 in girls softball yesterday. Today’s slate includes Mt. View at Kelso and RAL at Woodland…..In boys soccer today, Mark Morris is at Northlake Field playing Woodland at 5 pm. R.A. Long takes on Ridgefield in a 6 pm match at Longview Memorial Stadium…..The Seattle Seahawks have the 26th pick in the first round of tonight NFL Draft. The Hawks have just seven selections in the Draft and no picks in Saturday’s 4th and 5th rounds.

Crash Charges

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:11

David Lawrence Huisenga, 44, of Castle Rock is now in the Lewis County Jail, charged in connection with Tuesday morning’s fatal collision on I-5 in Chehalis. Michael Fields, 57, of Chehalis died shortly after 5 am on Tuesday, when his motorcycle went down on the freeway, and then he was hit and killed by a semi. Witnesses reported that a red pickup was involved in the crash in some way, but that rig didn’t stay on the scene. Troopers did find a license plate from that truck on the crash scene; at about 9:15 am on Tuesday, a call came in about a vehicle fire just off of exit 63, south of Chehalis. They learned that this was the “red pickup,” and it was determined that the fire had been intentionally set. At 2:40 pm on Tuesday, Huisenga reportedly walked into the Castle Rock Police Department and reported that his truck had been stolen. During his interview with CRPD, Huisenga reportedly changed his story, and admitted being involved in the collision. In documents filed in Lewis County Superior Court, Huisenga says that he had seen the motorcycle coming up behind him, and then he hit the bike as he tried to move into the other lane. Huisenga went north and turned around, driving past the crash scene before getting off and setting the truck on fire. Huisenga then walked 15 miles to the Castle Rock Police Department. Huisenga is now being charged with hit-and-run, resulting in death, and with second-degree arson. Bail is currently set at $100,000. It’s noted that Huisenga has previous convictions for hit-and-run and for reckless driving.

Clatskanie Crash

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:10

Lenora Consuela Ribera, 23, of Warren, Oregon is dead after a one-car crash that closed Highway 30 near Clatskanie yesterday morning. Oregon State Police say that the crash near milepost 59 on Highway 30 happened shortly after 7 yesterday morning, about a mile east of Clatskanie. A small sedan driven by Ribera went off of the road “for an unknown reason,” and hit several trees. The car suffered severe damage in the crash, and Ribera was dead when aid crews arrived. Extrication equipment was needed to cut the car and remove the body, with response from Clatskanie Fire, Rainier Police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Log Truck Rollover

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:09

A log truck rollover snarled traffic at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge for several hours yesterday afternoon. Longview Police say that the crash happened around noon yesterday, after the loaded log truck was coming off of the bridge, turning eastbound onto Industrial Way. Witnesses report that the truck attempted to make the turn off of the bridge at 10 to 15 miles an hour; they say that the load shifted, and then the truck rolled, despite efforts by the driver to prevent the crash. Traffic was re-routed as the cleanup was conducted, and the driver was taken to St. John Medical Center, where he was treated and released. It took about two hours to get the logs cleaned up and to get the truck removed. No citations are being reported at this time.

More Slide Issues

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:05

Cowlitz County Public Works continues to grapple with slides on the Kalama River Road, announcing that a slide ten miles east of I-5 will not be cleared away this week; they also are dealing with additional land movement in the spot that closed the highway during the second half of March. On April 9th, the road was closed by a slide, east of the Italian Creek area that was closed in March. Public Works reports that rock scaling work above the road is complete. Trucks are removing that debris and other material, but the process is moving much more slowly than first projected. An updated schedule should be available later this week.

While this work is going on, Public Works officials are also back in the 3500 block of Kalama River Road, after a call came in at 8:20 yesterday morning, reporting that one lane of the road was covered by slide material. It’s unclear at this point how this slide might affect traffic on the Kalama River Road.

KapStone Results

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:04

KapStone Paper and Packaging is out with first-quarter results, announcing net sales of $766 million in the first three months of the year, up 4 percent from 2016. Net income is reported at $6 million, which is down $10 million from the same quarter last year. That’s a drop of 63 percent. Dilutes earnings per share are down 65 percent, coming in at 6 cents per share. That’s down 11 cents from the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted pre-tax earnings of $81 million is $7 million less than 2016. KapStone President and CEO Matt Kaplan says that first-quarter results are “disappointing,” but he also says that the company is “experiencing exceptional positive momentum.” He says that demand for containerboard, corrugated boxes and kraft paper is strong, while pricing of important product lines is increasing. Kaplan says that the product mix is improving, along with domestic demand for containerboard and box sales. Kaplan claims that the company is looking at an “improved second quarter,” and a strong second half of 2017.

Diaper Drive

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:02

The push is on during the last days of the annual Diaper Drive that’s conducted by workers on the Weyerhaeuser millsite. Local 536 of the Woodworkers and International Association of Machinists Union helps to coordinate this annual effort, collecting donations of diapers that go to local charities and social service organizations. Last year, more than 20,000 diapers were collected for local mothers and babies, and there’s a goal of exceeding that number this year. Donations can be dropped off at the union hall at 536 Oregon Way, or you can call 431-6984 to make arrangements. Tomorrow is the deadline for donations.

Community Conversations

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 08:00

The Spring Term Community Conversation lectures continue today at Lower Columbia College, continuing on with the theme of “What Culture Means to Me.” LCC Business Instructor Dana Cummings will present “Thriving Across Cultures” at noon today in the Laufman Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of the Health and Science Building at LCC. The lectures are free and open to anyone interested. Get more information on the LCC website.

Community Conversations

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 07:59

The Spring Term Community Conversation lectures continue today at Lower Columbia College, continuing on with the theme of “What Culture Means to Me.” LCC Business Instructor Dana Cummings will present “Thriving Across Cultures” at noon today in the Laufman Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of the Health and Science Building at LCC. The lectures are free and open to anyone interested. Get more information on the LCC website.

McMenamins Groundbreaking

Posted on 27th April 2017 at 07:57

It wasn’t a hugely-publicized event, but a couple of hundred people did gather in the rain yesterday afternoon at the Port of Kalama, celebrating the groundbreaking for the new McMenamins that’s going in on the banks of the Columbia. Along with the groundbreaking and project kickoff, they also put a time capsule into place during the event. McMenamins is now in the process of building a brewery, hotel and restaurant next to the totem poles in Kalama, just a few feet from where the original Pyramid Brewery was located. They’re planning to open this facility in the winter of next year.