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Archive | July, 2017

New Roles At Longview School District

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:27

As the 2017-2018 school year starts to show up on the horizon, there will be some new faces in leadership positions in the Longview Public Schools.

Tony VanderMaas is the new Director of Leadership and Learning, taking over for Ken Hermanson, who is now an elementary school principal in Spokane. VanderMaas comes to Longview from Ridgefield, where he was principal at the high school. Prior to going into education, VanderMaas was a nuclear engineer.

Jill Diehl is being moved into a new position in the Longview School District, becoming the first-ever Director of Career and College Relations. She will oversee the District’s vocational programs; Diehl served previously as the Discovery High School Principal, and as the Director of Career and Technical Education.

Ron Kramer became the Director of Human Resources at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, and will now assume more of the duties that had been performed by Chris Fritsch, who is now the Superintendent of the Pendleton School District.

Elizabeth West succeeds Rod McHattie as the Director of Special Education, while Pattie Bowen will be the new Business Manager for the district. Mike Kleiner is the new Principal and Drop-Out Prevention Coordinator at Discovery High.

Lori Larson is the new Principal at Robert Gray Elementary and Megan Shea is the new Principal at Saint Helens Elementary. Trevor Person replaces Ty Morris at Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at R. A. Long High School, while Steven Shepherd will be the new Assistant Principal at Mount Solo Middle School.

Public Safety Testing at MM

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:27

Have you ever wanted to be a police officer, a firefighter or a 911 dispatcher? A first step in that process happens tomorrow morning at Mark Morris High School, as Public Safety Testing administers exams for 180 agencies across Washington, Alaska and Oregon. You can register on-line at; agency recruiters will arrive at Mark Morris at 9:30 tomorrow morning, and then the test will begin at 10:30 am. If you’re interested in becoming a Longview Police Officer or Firefighter, physical tests will be conducted after the written test at 10:30. You’re advised to wear or bring clothes for running and other physical tests. Go to to get information on the local recruitment for police officers and firefighters.

Oxygen Release

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:25

An alert is going out from a business operator in the 500 block of Hendrickson Drive in Kalama, as the company reports that they will be venting some oxygen into the air on Saturday. They say that this will be visible from the freeway, and they wanted to notify authorities in advance, so people aren’t completely surprised when this takes place. The venting is scheduled to start around 8 am tomorrow, and will go until about noon.

10 Digit Dialing

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:24

This is the weekend that you’ll have to start dialing all ten numbers when you go to make calls, even local calls. They say that Western Washington is once again running out of phone numbers, so another area code is needed to be able to fill the demand. The “564” area code goes into effect on August 28th. With that change, all of Western Washington will be required to go to ten-digit dialing. A “grace period” on the ten digits started in January, and will end on Saturday. Starting tomorrow, seven-digit calls will not go through. You’re reminded to re-program all of your automatic dialers, including fax machines, internet dialers, call forwarding and more. It’s especially important that medical alert devices, alarms and security systems be reset, so that calls from those devices will go through.

Man Killed By Own Truck

Posted on 28th July 2017 at 09:22

A Longview man was killed when his runaway truck ran over him yesterday. The accident happened early yesterday morning just after midnight at Signature Transport/Interstate Wood Products. According to the Kelso Police department 19-year-old Anthony Deverse died at the scene. Captain Darr Kirk says Deverse was working on the vehicle when it began to roll and he tried to get back into the vehicle. The pickup ran over him. Deverse was an employee at Signature and was apparently working on his personal vehicle during a break when the mishap occurred. He had recently been hired as a mechanic at the company. Police say there were no witnesses to the tragic accident.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 27th July 2017 at 07:29

Chris Sale won his AL leading 13th game as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Seattle Mariners 4-0 yesterday. The M’s have today off before hosting the New York Mets for three starting tomorrow night…..Bellingham defeated Cowlitz 5-1 in West Coast League action last night. The Black Bears will try and avoid the sweep tonight at 6:35 pm…..Kelso defeated Columbia Basin 12-2 last night to go 2-0 at the Babe Ruth 15 Regional at Rister Stadium. Tanner Davis had four RBI to lead the way. Kelso plays East Portland tonight at 7 pm. Also, KWRL blanked Riverton Wyoming 5-0. KWRL plays Glacier Montana at 1 pm this afternoon…..The Pac-12 media picked Washington and USC to win their respective divisions this football season. USC was the selection to win the overall Pac-12 title.

Fritz Procession

Posted on 27th July 2017 at 06:23

The recently-departed Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fritz will be honored today, with a memorial procession planned for this afternoon. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that Deputy Brent Harris, Fritz’ handler, will carry the urn with the dog’s ashes to a brief law enforcement memorial. The procession will begin in the Vancouver area, and will travel up I-5 to Kelso, planning to arrive at the river side of the Hall of Justice at about 3:30 pm. Nelson says that the public is invited to come to the Hall to observe the procession and pay respects to Fritz. You’re asked to stand on the sidewalk next to the Hall of Justice, and then the procession will pass by. You can also stand along 3rd Avenue to observe the procession. Public parking is available south, north and east of the building. Later in the day, a short ceremony with law enforcement officers will be held, where Fritz’ service to the Sheriff’s Office will be recognized. The German Shepherd came to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 2009, and was involved in hundreds of operations before becoming severely ill earlier this month. Due to the severity of the illness, the decision was made to put him down.

Water Main Break

Posted on 27th July 2017 at 06:22

It was a pretty spectacular show yesterday afternoon in the area of South 12th Avenue and Coweeman Lane, as a water main break sent water shooting into the air. The break was first reported at about 12:30 pm, and then photos of the geyser started going up on social media at about 1 pm yesterday. Water was shooting at least 30 feet into the air. There are reports that someone was doing some drilling, and hit the main by mistake. The intersection at South 12th and Coweeman Lane was shut down for several hours as repairs were made. Water service in the 900 block of South 12th was also disrupted. It’s not yet known who will be paying the cost of repairs.

Suspect Pursuit

Posted on 27th July 2017 at 06:21

Local law enforcement is working to find a man who evaded law enforcement yesterday afternoon. It’s reported that the man failed a Department of Corrections urine test, and took off from the Hall of Justice a few minutes before 4 pm. The chase went across the Allen Street Bridge, and police lost the suspect in the area of 4th and Cowlitz Way. While the suspect was able to elude police at this time, his identity is known, along with the car that he was driving. Warrants are being issued by the Department of Corrections.

Serial Shoplifter

Posted on 27th July 2017 at 06:21

A woman who is suspected of traveling I-5 and shoplifting at Walmart stores along the freeway is now in custody, picked up last night at the Woodland Walmart store. Shortly after 9 pm, security at the store in Woodland got in touch with Woodland Police, saying that the suspect was now in the store. They say that the woman was a suspect in theft incidents at stores in Lacey, Yelm, Puyallup and possibly in Longview. When officers approached the car that the woman was driving, it’s claimed that she crouched down on the floor of the car, and refused to cooperate. Police eventually broke a back window, and then took the woman into custody. Ariana LaSalle Beck was turned over to Lacey Police, and is now being held in the Thurston County Jail on charges of Organized Retail Theft. Beck’s car has also been seized; police plan to get a search warrant, and they plan to go over the car for evidence connected to this theft ring.