Yonder Alonzo hit his first homer as a Mariner as he lead the team to a 7-6 win over Baltimore yesterday. Edwin Diaz walked three batters and hit two in the 9th inning and was lifted for Mark Rzepczynski, who struck out Chris Davis with the bases load to preserve the victory. The M’s have a travel day today and begin a 12 game road trip tomorrow at Tampa Bay…..The Seahawks made some roster moves yesterday as they signed former 49’ers cornerback Tramaine Brock to a one-year contract. Brock was recently cleared in a domestic violence case but still could face discipline from the NFL. He will compete for one of the cornerback positions. The Hawks also signed linebacker Rodney Butler. The Hawks host the Minnesota Vikings in a pre-season game tomorrow night.
Archive | August, 2017
The final Kirkpatrick Family Care Summer Concert at the Lake happens tonight, celebrating the decade of the “zeroes” with high energy pop tunes from The June Bugs. The free concert will start at 6 pm at Martin’s Dock, and this will also be the Sponsor Appreciation Night, which was moved from two weeks ago.
Millennium Bulk Terminals is putting on its “Summer Shindig” today, an event that they say is “our way of saying thanks” to the community. This will run from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on the ground of the Millennium Bulk Terminals facility at 4029 Industrial Way. They’ll have a new Burlington Northern-Santa Fe locomotive on display, you can enjoy Mr. Bill’s Barbecue, they’ll have games for the kids, live music and door prizes. Call 360-425-2800 to RSVP.
The City of Kelso plans to do some chip-sealing today, working in several locations around South Kelso. Work is planned on South 13th from Grade Street to Colorado Street, Hawthorne Street and Milwaukie Place, hazel Street from the City Limits to South 13th, and a portion of Douglas Street. Work is planned between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, and if you park in any of these areas, you’re asked to have your car off of the street while this work is done. Cars left in the work areas may be towed at the owner’s expense. Call Kelso Public Works at 360-423-5730 if you have questions.
Thursday, August 31st is being set as the date for a public hearing on proposed Zoning Code amendments regarding Emergency Shelters. For several months, an ad hoc City Council committee has been working on this topic; in July, the proposed changes were released to the public, suggesting that Emergency Shelters could be allowed in the General Commercial and Office/Commercial zones in the city. Small shelters might also be allowed in the R-4 zones in the city, as long as the operator completed a “Good Neighbor Agreement,” and complied with other rules. The public hearing with the Longview City Council is planned for 6 pm on Thursday, August 31st, in the City Council chambers at the Longview City Hall. You can also review the proposals on the City of Longview web page.
Looking to “level the playing field,” North Pacific Paper Corporation, or NORPAC, is announcing that a paper machine at the Longview mill will be shut down. The company announced yesterday that one of three machines will go down, beginning this October. In the announcement, NORPAC says that they will expand capacity on the other two machines to serve its customer base. NORPAC has been in the midst of significant changes following its sale to One Rock Capital in October of last year; in May, worker wages were cut by 10 percent, and retirement benefits were also cut. NORPAC has been struggling to find its footing in the face of light demand in its core markets, and due to competition from low-priced paper coming from Canada. American paper makers are asking the Federal government to act against “dumping” of subsidized paper in US markets.
The Cowlitz County Commissioners are pulling the plug on the Needle Exchange Program that has been run by the County Health Department for the past 17 years, ending county support for the program that has been severely criticized in recent weeks. The 2-1 vote was led by County Commissioner Arne Mortensen, who suggests that supporters of the program start their own “Adopt an Addict” effort. After more than four hours of highly-charged public testimony, Mortensen and Commission chair Joe Gardner voted to end the program, while Commissioner Dennis Weber voted to continue to accept the changes that had been proposed from Cowlitz County Health and Human Services. Cowlitz County’s participation in the program will end on September 21st. While Cowlitz County is terminating the Syringe Exchange Program, the Cowlitz Family Health Center is planning to continue the program, even if there’s no public funding. Family Health Center Director Dian Cooper says that they’re working on a “transition plan” right now.
Cowlitz County is also moving ahead with issuing “Requests for Qualifications” regarding operation of the Headquarters Landfill, rejecting a request from the Cowlitz County Solid Waste Advisory Committee to have input in the process. Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor is the current chair of the SWAC (swak); he says that the committee took a stand against a sale of the landfill, as they’re concerned for the impact on Cowlitz County citizens. Taylor asked that the RFQ process be set aside for 30 days, so that the SWAC could have some input, and could help to frame the RFQ. In a terse response, Commissioner Arne Mortensen says that the Committee has had plenty of time to review and have input on what the county has prepared; he and Commission Chair Joe Gardner say that they’re “simply gathering information,” and that no commitments are being made one way or the other. Gardner and Mortensen voted to move ahead with issuing the RFQ, and they plan to contact the SWAC for input after responses are received. The county says that they’re trying to “determine the optimal solution to long-term management and operational control of the Headquarters Landfill,” while the county realizes “significant financial and non-financial returns on county achievements and investments,” along with environmental safeguards. The RFQ’s are due back to the county by mid-September.
The Longview City Council is approving changes to the Master Plan for R. A. Long Park in the Civic Circle, changing from a water feature in the plaza across from the Monticello Hotel to a grass plaza. At last night’s City Council workshop, three options were presented, a concrete plaza with a water feature, a concrete plaza and a gazebo or a grass plaza and a gazebo. The water feature was included in the original plans for renovating the park, and even got a $75,000 donation from a private donor. After the costs for the water feature came in well over the projected budget, other options were explored. In the end, the Council voted unanimously to go with the grass plaza and gazebo, which is also the least expensive option. The Kuntz Family Trust has pledged $300,000 for the project, along with the private donation for $75,000. The city is requesting another $296,000 for the project, but that’s held up with the lack of a capital budget from Olympia. The city still has a goal of getting going on this project by next year.
The Mariners snapped a five game losing streak with 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night. Andrew Albers pitched five solid innings and the M’s bullpen provided four scoreless frames. Seattle ends a home stand with a day game today against Baltimore, KLOG 11:30 am…..The Corvallis Knights won the West Coast League title for the fifth time. The Knights beat Victoria 4-2 last night in Corvallis…..Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson was back at practice yesterday. He was injured against the Chargers on Sunday. Also, Hawks coach Pete Carroll says linebacker K.J. Wright was absent from practice due to a “process” on his knee…..Washington high school football teams hit the practice field for the first time today. The season begins Friday September 1st.