Dylan Bundy allowed just a Kyle Seager infield single as he and the Orioles shut out Seattle 4-0 last night. Bundy’s one-hitter was backed by four solo homers, two by Manny Machado. The M’s have lost four straight as they play the O’s in a day game today, KLOG 11:00 am…..Linn Benton defeated Lower Columbia 3-1 in college volleyball last night. Earlier, LCC swept Edmonds 3-0. The Devils host another three-way affair today. LCC plays Olympic at 2 pm and Clark at 7 pm…..The LCC women’s soccer team is at home this afternoon against Chemeketa. The action begins at 2 pm at Northlake Field…..R.A. Long is at home tomorrow night against Centralia in the prep football season opener. Kelso visits Mark Morris Friday night. Pre-sale tickets at MMHS and Furness Drug in Kelso.
Archive | August, 2017
The arrests in Las Vegas took only two of the phone scammers out of circulation, as a Longview resident reports being bilked out of several thousand dollars in a computer repair scam. A woman called Longview Police yesterday morning, reporting that a man calling himself “Martin” had called in late June, claiming that he was getting “signals” from Microsoft, saying that her computer was infected with viruses and needed repair. Over the next few weeks, “Martin” called numerous times, demanding cash for his services, along with other personal information. The woman says that she doesn’t actually know how much money she lost, but she says that the bank was able to recover about $4,000. Longview Police are following up on the case, while also providing the victim information on how she can avoid being scammed in the future. So far, no suspects have been identified.
School doors swing open today in Longview and Kalama, starting the 2017-2018 school year in both cities. Longview Police are out with a reminder that the 20 mile-an-hour school zones are now in effect, and they say that tickets written in those zones can be painful. If you’re caught going one to five miles an hour over the school zone speed limit, the ticket will be $214. The fine goes up incrementally with the amount of speed over the limit; it your more than 35 miles an hour over the speed limit, the fine goes up to a whopping $808. Also remember that it’s illegal to pass a school bus that’s stopped, with red lights flashing and the stop bar out; the ticket for that infraction comes in at $419. These numbers show that it clearly pays to be observant of the school zone speed limits.
If you’re a user of Columbia Heights Road, you’ll need to plot another route up and down the hill, as the City of Longview plans to close the lower portion of the road for slide repairs. A two-week closure of Columbia Heights Road between Lynnwood Drive and Lower Maplewood Drive is scheduled to start next Monday, and will run through September 19th. A contractor is being brought in to repair the slope in the spot that slid down in December of 2015; the contractor will clear vegetation and will grade the slope. More work is planned between September 20th and 25th; one lane will be closed as erosion control work is completed. You’re advised to use alternate routes while this work is going on.
The Washington Department of Transportation says that a 15-mile stretch of State Route 410 east of Chinook Pass remains closed by wildfire danger. They’re not sure right now if SR 410 will open for the Labor Day weekend. If it does open, it will only be as a pass-through; campgrounds and trailheads will remain closed.
The U. S. Department of Commerce is reportedly delaying a decision on duties being charged on Canadian softwood, with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross saying that he’s hopeful of a negotiated solution. The Commerce Department announced yesterday that a decision on Weyerhaeuser’s request for increased duties on Canadian softwood will be delayed until November 14th at the latest. In yesterday’s e-mailed statement, Ross says that he remains hopeful that a settlement that satisfies all parties can be reached. He says that this extension give the additional time needed to reach that settlement. Duties on Canadian softwood have been a bone of contention for several years; things got ratcheted up in April, when the Trump administration increased preliminary countervailing duties to 24 percent, followed by additional duties of 7.7 percent in June. Canada’s Ambassador to the U. S. has indicated that his country could sue if the trade negotiations fail; it’s also noted that this softwood discussion is being pushed to the back burner as the President pushes his goal of re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA.
A special event is planned for noon today in Longview’s Civic Circle, as three local non-profits announce the launch of a new collaboration, a program that’s intended to help children and their families get connected immediately to health services. The Health Care Foundation, Youth and Family Link and PeaceHealth are joining forces to create the “Child Community Health Worker Program,” creating a hotline that would immediately connect pediatric patients and their families to needed services. They say that four Child Community Health Workers will staff the hotline and will field those calls, working to connect families to services that will help to keep their children safe, healthy and ready to learn. The goal is to increase community health, focused on the youngest and most vulnerable citizens that we have. Today’s event happens in front of the Monticello Hotel at noon, and is open to the public.
More than 50 men and women are expected to be at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet this morning, getting ready to get out on the Columbia River in the third annual Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby. Bob Roche with the VFW says that it’s believed that this is the only salmon derby of its type in the US, specifically for men and women who have been injured while serving the country. 29 boats and skippers are donating time, equipment and guiding expertise for the derby, which is also being expanded to two days this year. This could be the first time to go salmon fishing for some participants, and will definitely be an experience for many who have never seen a large Chinook. A salmon dinner and an awards ceremony is planned after today’s trip; tomorrow, it’s more fishing and a pizza party. Roche says that this salmon derby is how Cathlamet says “thank you” to the men and women who have made these sacrifices on behalf of their country. Organizers are hopeful that these type of events will start happening around the country.
There’s a special Bloodworks Northwest Blood Drive happening today at the Longview Public Library, running from noon until 5 pm. Blood supplies dwindle during the summer months, but the demand for blood and blood products never takes a vacation. Call 1-800-398-7888 to set up an appointment; walk-ins are also welcome.
Shane Steven Goldsby, 22, is now in custody, picked up yesterday afternoon, about 16 hours after he had allegedly stolen a Kelso Police car. KPD and other local police agencies had been on the lookout for Goldsby since about 12:15 yesterday morning, when an officer was trying to arrest Goldsby in connection with a stabbing incident that had taken place earlier in the evening. Goldsby went into the brush, then worked his way around the officer, jumped into his running car and then drove off. Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit of Goldsby, who allegedly rammed a Washington State Patrol car during the chase. That trooper was injured in the collision, but the injuries were not serious. Around 3:30 am, the patrol car was found abandoned in the 1900 block of Teresa Way; they noted that he had not been able to get any firearms out of the car. Alerts were issued over a wide variety of media; Goldsby was arrested around 4 pm, when a citizen reported seeing him in the 400 block of Elm Street. Goldsby is now being held without bail on five felony counts and one misdemeanor. Additional charges could be filed, as the stabbing investigation also continues.