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Archive | July, 2017

Heat Wave Approaching

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:18

Weather forecasters say that a heat wave is approaching, with triple-digit highs expected later in the week. The National Weather Service has an Excess Heat Warning going up at noon tomorrow, continuing until 11 pm on Friday. They say that we could see records fall during this heat; they’re even saying that Portland could see its hottest day ever on Wednesday or Thursday. Today’s high is expected to be in the mid-80’s, then we start heading toward the hundred-degree mark on Tuesday. 100-degree highs are predicted for Wednesday and possibly on Thursday; Wednesday’s high in Portland could approach 109 degrees, which is over the all-time record of 107. They also say that this heat wave could extend into Friday and Saturday.

You’re advised to prepare for this excessive heat; the elderly, those without access to air conditioning, or anyone engaged in extended outdoor activity will be especially at risk during this heat wave. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and act immediately if someone is suffering from these conditions. Try to minimize your outdoor exposure, especially during the hottest part of the day. This is a time when you want to be sure that you’re not leaving small children or pets in cars, as temperatures in cars can rise to lethal levels in just a manner of minutes. Be sure to have plenty of water available, wear loose clothing, and try to avoid direct sun exposure.

Castle Rock Pedestrian Death

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:17

Rachel Marin, 35, is dead after being hit while lying in the road north of Castle Rock. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Marin died early last Friday morning, as she apparently was lying on the pavement in the 7300 block of West Side Highway, near the Cowlitz-Lewis County line. A 19 year-old Castle Rock man was northbound on West Side Highway when he saw what he thought was a large black plastic bag in the middle of the road. The man was driving a truck with high ground clearance, and he tried to straddle the “bag,” but then he felt the undercarriage of the truck hit something. The man stopped and went back to the spot, where he found Marin. CPR and other lifesaving efforts were attempted, but Marin was declared dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate, but they say that the truck driver has been completely cooperative, and they say no charges are pending. They are still trying to figure out why Marin was in the road; toxicology test results should be back in six to eight weeks.

Election Reminder

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:15

It’s time to get those Primary Election ballots in. Voters in Kelso, Longview, Woodland and Castle Rock have until 8 pm tomorrow night to get those ballots in to Cowlitz County Elections. City Council races are on the ballot in Kelso, Longview and Woodland; there’s also a contested Longview School Board position on this ballot. There’s also a primary race for a seat on the Commission for Cowlitz County Fire Protection District #1. Voters in Castle Rock are also deciding on an operating levy for the Castle Rock Library, and there’s an EMS levy for Fire District #1. Ballots can still be mailed, but they need to be postmarked by 8 pm tomorrow night to be valid for county. Ballots can also be dropped off at boxes that are set up in each city inside Cowlitz County. Go to the Cowlitz County Elections web page, or call 577-3005 for more information.

SR 508 Collision

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:13

Gerald King, 54, of Onalaska is being charged with DUI, driving while suspended, failure to yield, no insurance and reckless endangerment after a crash that happened a few minutes before 8 last night on State Route 508, seven miles east of Onalaska. State Troopers say that King was westbound on the highway when he turned in front of a dump truck driven by David Auman, 46, of Morton. Despite having his car totaled by the truck, King wasn’t injured in the collision; Auman was injured, and was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment. King’s car was impounded and he was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Car Crash Death

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:13

An 82 year-old man from Curtis has died from injuries that he received in a pickup-versus-train collision that happened near Adna. The crash happened on the evening of the 15th, at a rail crossing on State Route 6. State Troopers say that Jerry Mullins apparently didn’t see the steam engine of the Centralia tourist train, and his pickup was hit while crossing the tracks at the same time as the train. Mullins was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died this past Friday. Next of kin have been notified.

Columbia Crossing Permit

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:11

After years of planning, it looks like the proposed Columbia Crossing retail complex project at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge is moving forward. Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers reported receiving an application for disturbing wetlands connected to the project. Corps officials say that Columbia Crossing LLC plans to develop 12 acres of land; the applicants say that potential tenants could include a 40,000 square-foot home improvement store, a carpeting company, a restaurant, a furniture store, and an appliance store. The construction would disturb about three acres of land, which the project backers will have to mitigate. Corps officials say that the applicant plans to avoid and minimize impacts by using an erosion and sediment control plan. They also plan to enhance about six acres of wetland to mitigate for the wetlands that will be lost, along with the creation of another three acres of “scrub shrub emergent wetland” on the southern portion of the property. Comments on the proposed plans are now being taken at the Corps office in Portland. Full details on the application and the proposed mitigation plans are available from the Corps.

Steelhead Restricted

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:10

Starting today, the daily bag limit for steelhead on the Cowlitz River is being reduced from three to two. In addition, anglers will no longer be required to keep hatchery steelhead. This latest announcement covers the Cowlitz and its tributaries, going from the Lexington/Sparks Drive Bridge to the Barrier Dam near Mossyrock. Fish and Wildlife officials say that this year’s steelhead returns to the Columbia have been far below projections; they say that the daily bag limit needs to be reduced, to try and get more fish back to the hatcheries to be used as broodstock. They say that the requirement to keep hatchery fish is being dropped, as those fish are also needed for breeding. Daily limits could get additional adjustments, as hatchery returns are monitored.

Road Work

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 09:09

Chip-sealing and road striping continues around the county, with chip-sealing planned this week along Woodside Drive, Coal Creek Road, Stella Road, Pioneer Mount Solo Cemetery Road, and West Port Way. Striping is planned this week on county roads around Kelso, Castle Rock, Silver Lake and Toutle. Be sure to slow down for the traffic work zones.

KLOG Monday Sports

Posted on 31st July 2017 at 08:33

James Paxton completed a 6-0 month of July with a victory in the M’s 9-1 win over the Mets yesterday. Nelson Cruz hit a three run homer to provide all the support the red hot Paxton would need. The Mariners play at Texas today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Cowlitz snapped a 12 game losing streak to Victoria with an 11-6 win over the Harbourcats last night. Preston Jones had four RBI’s to lead the Black Bears, who have a day off today. Cowlitz hosts Yakima Valley tomorrow night…..Kelso gave it a good run, but fell short at the Babe Ruth 15 Regional on Saturday. Camas/Washougal beat Kelso 6-1 in the semi-final, then went on to defeat Calgary 12-2 in the championship…..Hockinson beat Mark Morris 2-1 in PK’s to capture the LCC HS girls soccer tournament in Kalama.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:28

The Mariners host the New York Mets in the first of three games tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Bellingham completed a three game sweep with a 7-5 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears last night. The Bears are home tonight as they take on the Victoria HarbourCats in a 6:35 pm start time at Story Field…..Kelso rallied from two deficits to defeat East Portland 4-2 to stay unbeaten at the Babe Ruth 15 Regional tournament at Rister Stadium. Kelso plays South Coast Oregon in the final pool play game tonight at 7 pm. Kelso has already clinched a berth in the playoff round tomorrow. The championship game is 5 pm Saturday. The winner goes to the Babe Ruth World Series in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee…..Seahawks training camp gets underway on Sunday.