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Archive | May, 2017

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:43

The Lower Columbia College Red Devils won the NWAC Baseball championship yesterday with a 5-1 victory over Everett. Ricky Muzzy had two hits in the final game and was named the tourney MVP. It’s the 12th NWAC title for the Red Devils and the second in three seasons…..The Mariners held off the Colorado Rockies 6-5 yesterday as Sam Gaviglio got his first MLB victory. The M’s and Rockies square off again in Denver today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Columbia River HS football star Hunter Pearson, 18, drowned in Lacamas Lake over the weekend. The All-League RB was slated to play at Utah State in the fall…..The Cowlitz County Hoops Spectacular is this afternoon at the MM Gym. The fundraiser for CASA starts at 5 pm and features contests between Kelso, MM and RAL.

House Shooter

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:13

Dellie Wentz, 53, of Kelso is under arrest after an alleged illegal gunfire incident that took place early yesterday morning. Kelso Police were call to 1107 South 7th Avenue at 4 yesterday morning, when it was reported that someone was shooting a gun inside the house. Some of the rounds reportedly hit a neighbor’s house. Kelso Officers responded, along with Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies and Longview Police. They say that they could hear the gun being fired, and could also hear the bullets leaving the house. Lower Columbia SWAT was activated, and they monitored the house as rounds continued to be discharged. After two hours, Wentz came out of the house and surrendered peacefully. Wentz is currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of reckless endangerment, second-degree malicious mischief and illegal aiming and discharging of a firearm. Her first court appearance will take place this morning.

Poaching Update

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:12

It’s now being reported that the investigation into the massive poaching case involving as many as ten Cowlitz County residents has been hampered by “lingering winter conditions” in the woods, and charges may not be filed until we’re into summer. The Centralia Chronicle has an investigation update, citing a Washington Fish and Wildlife enforcement chief, who now says that they won’t be ready to move on the case until August. The group of at least ten individuals is under investigation for the illegal killing of hundreds of elk, deer, cougar, bear and other animals, with their activities first discovered about two years ago. Investigators say that this is the “most horrendous” poaching case that they’ve ever seen, and they’re preparing to hand the case over to prosecutors within a few weeks.

School Survey

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:11

You have just one more week to share your opinions on the Longview School District’s Facilities Plan, in particular, comments are sought on the plan to replace three elementary schools, provide district-wide safety and security improvements, and to ensure that the Special Education preschool is properly housed. Comments are being taken through “Thoughtexchange.” You can sign up on their web page, where you’ll get a personal invitation to share thoughts on the facilities plan, and you can also ask questions. The comment period is open through Sunday, June 4th; following that, all of the shared comments will be available for review, and then the Thoughtexchange participants will be able to prioritize those comments. At the end of next month, the prioritized list will be published, showing which ideas are preferred by those who take part. Find out more on the Longview School District web page.

Community Champions

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:11

The list of 2017 Community Champions is out, honoring people and organizations that are working to improve the community’s health and well-being. The awards were handed out during last week’s Community Report Card Presentation. The Port of Kalama is this year’s Economic Vitality Champion, and Wallace Elementary School Principal Ray Cattin is the Education Champion. Amie Jo Perry with the “Belly Brigade” is the Access to Healthy Foods Champion, the Cowlitz County Prevention Squad is the Health Champion, Nancy Chennault is this year’s Social Cohesion Champion, and Caleb Luther is the Housing Champion for 2017.

Library Land

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:10

The list of 2017 Community Champions is out, honoring people and organizations that are working to improve the community’s health and well-being. The awards were handed out during last week’s Community Report Card Presentation. The Port of Kalama is this year’s Economic Vitality Champion, and Wallace Elementary School Principal Ray Cattin is the Education Champion. Amie Jo Perry with the “Belly Brigade” is the Access to Healthy Foods Champion, the Cowlitz County Prevention Squad is the Health Champion, Nancy Chennault is this year’s Social Cohesion Champion, and Caleb Luther is the Housing Champion for 2017.

Lilac Workshop

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:08

You can get some tips on growing lilacs from the experts at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland at a workshop that’s being put on this evening by the WSU Master Gardeners. Ruth Wendt is associated with the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, and will be presenting this evening’s seminar. She’ll be covering everything that there is to know about growing lilacs, including tips on proper planting, care and which fertilizers to use. This evening’s workshop on Growing Lilacs will start at 6 pm in the Fair Exposition building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds; it’s free and is open to anyone interested. Call 577-3014 if you need more information.

Memorial Dedication

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 08:08

Dozens gathered on the sun-dappled grass at R. A. Long Park yesterday afternoon, as the city’s new Veteran’s Memorial was dedicated. The granite monuments are the brainchild of local historian Bill Kasch, who pushed for the funding and installation of the markers. Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson sang at the event, while Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler spoke, along with representative from Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In her remarks, Beutler says “it’s a privilege to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” and she says that this memorial is a lasting monument to the sacrifice of those men and women.

MP 43 Head-On

Posted on 26th May 2017 at 09:28

Jozelle Fernandez, 25, of Seattle is in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center after being injured in a two-car crash that closed I-5 southbound north of Kelso for several hours. The State Patrol says that the crash happened at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon, when a car driven by Daniel Elmer, 60, of Battle Ground left the northbound freeway at milepost 43, crossed the median, and then crashed head-on into a car driven by David Nguyen, 26, of Kent. All three lanes of the southbound freeway were closed as LifeFlight was brought in to transport Fernandez to Vancouver. Nguyen was taken to Saint John Medical Center with lesser injuries, while Elmer was unhurt. Traffic backed up for miles as the injured were handled, and a landing zone was set up for LifeFlight. The freeway re-opened to traffic at about 4:30 pm. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but WSP also reports that vehicular assault charges are being filed against Elmer.

SR 504 Crash

Posted on 26th May 2017 at 09:27

State Troopers continue to investigate a one-car crash that happened yesterday morning on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway near Toutle. The collision was reported at about 1:20 yesterday morning, just west of milepost 29 on State Route 504. A car was found in the ditch, and a man was inside, bleeding profusely from an injury to the back of his head. It was also reported that the man was bleeding from the ear. A landing zone was set up at Toutle Lake High School, as LifeFlight was activated and the man was airlifted from the scene. Other details on the collision are still under investigation; the man’s name has not yet been released.