The Mariners have three more games as they open a series at the L.A. Angels tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..WSU is in the college football spotlight tonight as the 16th ranked Cougars host the 6th ranked USC Trojans. UW is at Oregon State tomorrow, FM 101.5 The Wave at 4:00 pm…..Week five in prep football tonight includes Kelso at Fort Vancouver for a 5 pm kickoff, FM 101.5 The Wave 4:00 pm. R.A. Long hosts Woodland and Mark Morris is at Hockinson, FM 105.5 KUKN 6:45 pm…..The LCC volleyball team plays at Grays Harbor tonight at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball, Kelso beat Evergreen 3-0, MM defeated Washougal 3-2 and Columbia River swept RAL 3-0…..The Seahawks are hoping Doug Baldwin can play in Sunday’s home game against the Colts, 5:30 pm kickoff.
Archive | September, 2017
They’re been working at it for almost two years, including another four hours of review, citizen input and discussion last night, but the Longview City Council has finally acted on changes to the city’s zoning code in regard to the siting of emergency shelters. There was considerable discussion over the inclusion of the Office Commercial zone as a potential location, responding to concerns from business owners. Council member Steve Moon says that all of the work done on this ordinance shows that the OC zone is exactly where a shelter should be located. The amendment to exclude the OC zone as a site for shelters eventually failed, so that zone is an area where emergency shelters could be allowed, along with the General Commercial and R-4 zones in the city. Moon and other supporting the ordinance say that the “Good Neighbor Agreement” process will help to define the standards that any shelter would need to meet, also helping to protect nearby businesses and residences. Following the advice of city counsel about running afoul of the Americans With Disabilities Act, language about alcohol use was stricken from the ordinance. The ordinance eventually passed on a 6-1 vote, with Mike Wallin in opposition. Following that vote, the council directed staff to prepare the language needed to end the moratorium on shelters, with a goal of taking action in early November.
A wayward squirrel gets the blame for a large power outage that hit the industrial area of Longview yesterday morning. The Cowlitz PUD reports that 395 customers lost power at 11:12 yesterday morning, when a squirrel stepped in the wrong place at the Fibre Way Substation, causing a lightning arrestor to fail. The outage affected numerous customers along Industrial Way, including Pacific Fibre Products. The traffic light at Industrial Way and California Way was also affected. Repairs were complete by 12:25 pm.
Lloyd Stewart, 64, of Warrenton is back on dry land, rescued by a fellow boater after Stewart’s boat capsized on the Columbia River. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office reports that the mishap took place just after 9 yesterday morning, on the river just north of Fort Stevens. Stewart had been crabbing when his 18-foot aluminum boat took on water. Chris Kiepke, 43, of Astoria was fishing nearby, saw that Stewart was in distress, and then he moved over to help. Kiepke helped Stewart get out of the water; it’s noted that Stewart was wearing his life jacket. Stewart was taken to the Hammond Marina, where he was evaluated and released. The boat was recovered on the beach, not far from where the mishap occurred.
Jessica Nicole Brown, 28, of Longview is heading to prison for 3-and-one-half years, sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of controlled substance homicide. Brown admits that she gave her roommate, 26 year-old Sara Marie Kirchner, a dose of heroin on May 7th, and then she left her to die. The Daily News reports on yesterday’s proceedings in Cowlitz County Superior Court, where Brown entered her guilty plea. Brown told Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning that “Not only did I lose a person that was dear to me, I lost a piece of myself.” After her statement, Warning imposed a sentence under the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, a program that splits prison time and community custody, along with treatment. Warning says that this sentence will give Brown her best chance to get clean and to stay clean.
Evan Kranz, 31, of Winlock is in the Lewis County Jail on burglary charges, after he allegedly admitted that he’s been breaking into the home of a sick neighbor, stealing things while the man was away on medical appointments. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the arrest of Kranz, which came after he allegedly tried to cash a check that wasn’t his at a store in Vader. It’s reported that Kranz spent some 45 minutes in the store, trying to convince the clerk to cash the check. The store’s owner followed up, going to the victim’s home, and finding that the back door had been kicked in. When interviewed, Kranz reportedly admitted to breaking into the house at least 20 times since June, when the ill neighbor was admitted into a nursing home. Along with the checks, Kranz told investigators that he stole an air compressor, horseshoes, DVDs and other items. He reportedly returned a number of these stolen items. Kranz’ next court hearing is currently scheduled for Thursday, October 5th.
The son of Cowlitz 2 Fire Chief Dave LaFave is being honored for helping to rescue four developmentally disabled children from a kitchen fire in July. The incident happened at a home in the 100 block of Derek Drive in Kelso on the morning of Tuesday, July 18th. The children, ages 13, 10, 9 and 6, were at home alone when the fire started in the kitchen. The kids ran next door to the LaFave’s house, where Ryan helped them call 911. He also made sure that everyone was out of the house, and he made sure that no one tried to go back in before fire crews arrived. The 21 year-old is also developmentally disabled, but he’s following in his dad’s footsteps, serving as a volunteer firefighter. At the most recent meeting of the Cowlitz 2 Fire Commission, Ryan LaFave was presented with a letter of commendation, and he got a Silver Coin from the Chief. The Silver Coin is awarded to fire department members as recognition for exemplary service to the department and to the public.
The volunteers of RiverJunky are taking on one of their biggest projects to date on Saturday, planning to head to the Coal Creek Slough area to clean up homeless camps and other junk that’s been left behind. Aaron Ridling with RiverJunky says that this is probably the biggest “litter camp” that they’ve seen, and he projects that they’ll pull 20,000 pounds of trash out of the area. More than 100 volunteers are expected for the cleanup event, which will start at 9 am at the Coal Creek Boat Launch. If you plan to help, be sure to wear boots and rain gear, and bring your gloves. After the work is done, they’ll have a lunch, with raffle prizes also being awarded. Find out more about RiverJunky and its riverside cleanup efforts by going to the RiverJunky Facebook page
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that they need one more clean test before they can light the green light for next weekend’s pending razor clam dig. WDFW Shellfish Manager Dan Ayres says that they had hoped they could announce the dig earlier this week, but they’ve started to see rising levels of the algae that leads to domoic acid contamination. Ayres says that they hope to be able to make an announcement by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Right now, they’re projecting that digs will take place next Friday and Saturday, with digging to be allowed on the evening tides.
On the north Oregon Coast, they plan to re-open the beaches for razor clam digging on Sunday, but you’ll have to get up early. The low tide Sunday morning is at 5 am; Oregon Fish and Wildlife also says that projected clam populations are down substantially. Get more information from the agency in your state.
Friday, the 29th is the final day or operation for the Rescued Paws Thrift Store on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. Except for the pets, everything in the store is 75% off, and the hours are noon until 4 pm. Pets not adopted out will be offered at other sites and through the rescued paws web page.
Comedian Robert G. Lee is billed as “Good clean fun!,” as he comes to Longview to perform in the “Laugh for Life” fundraiser. This show is being sponsored by the Caring Pregnancy Center of Cowlitz County, being held this Friday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The doors will open at 7 pm, and then the show is set to run from 7:30 to 9:30. Love offerings in support of the CPC will also be accepted.
You can get your flu shot at a special clinic, being held at the Castle Rock Senior Center between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday. Shots will be free for veterans and for those on Medicare; insurance should cover the fee for most people. They’ll also have a free expired and outdated medication drop-off, while the Castle Rock Police Department will have free gun locks. Call 360-274-7502 to find out more.
There’s a free Clothing Swap happing on Saturday at the Longview Public Library, going from 11 am until noon. Women’s and teen sizes will be featured; clothes should be clean, free of stains and not in need of repair. You can bring as many clothes as you want, and take home as many things as you like. It’s free and open to all; call 360-953-4388 or go the Cowlitz County Free Clothing Swap Facebook page.
The 15th annual North County Recreation Association fundraising dinner and auction is set for this Saturday at the NCRA Complex, right next to Castle Rock High School, off of West Side Highway. A “”heated tent” will be provided, with the no-host cocktail hour and auction viewing opening up at 4 pm. Dinner and the auction is set to begin at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Flower Pot and at 4 Corners Farm and Garden.
The Crusaders Relay for Life team is hosting a “Dinner of Hope” this Saturday evening at the Longview Eagles. Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs will be preparing the three-course dinner that will be served, offering either pork tenderloin or a ribeye steak. The dinner starts at 6 pm; call 360-425-7583 to find out more.
R. A. Long’s class of 1975 celebrates hitting the big 6-0 on Saturday at the Longview Moose. The Class of 1975 60th Birthday Party will run from 6 pm until midnight on Saturday; organizers are trying to track down members of the class. Call 360-261-0623 to get more information.
You have only a few more weeks to get down to the Cowlitz Community Farmers Market for the freshest locally-grown produce, berries, baked goods and other items. This happens in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm.
The Kelso Bridge Market continues on Sunday, starting at 10 am at the Three Rivers Mall. Local farmers and crafters will be set up with fresh items, artworks and specially-made crafts. Admission is free.