Michigan State beat Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl last night. The Huskies take on Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl tomorrow, 12:00 pm on KLOG…..The Blazers beat Philadelphia 114-110 last night. Portland is at Atlanta tomorrow…..The Delena Dragons beat the LCC women 64-55 at the LCC Holiday Classic. The Devils take on North Idaho at 6 pm tonight…..The Kelso boys beat Viewmont, Utah at the San Diego Surf N Slam. Also, Lynden over Mark Morris 60-56 in Yakima and R.A. Long beat Aberdeen 59-50 at home. MM takes on Zillah today in Yakima, 5:45 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The Kelso girls beat Siena, CA 57-51(OT) in San Diego. Kelso plays today at 10:30 am. Also, Pt. Angeles beat MM 51-48 and Hood River beat RAL 52-44.
Archive | December, 2017
Be aware that the traffic signal at Industrial Way and Memorial Park Drive was knocked off-line after a landslide that happened this morning. Around 4:45 this morning, a large slide was reported, with rocks and debris blocking both lanes of Memorial Park Drive, also spilling onto 38th Avenue. Those on the scene also say that the slide damaged a transformer, knocking power out to 70 customers in that area, along with the traffic light. Deputies performed traffic control while a road crew was called in. Avoid that area if you can.
Heavy rains and gusty winds are in the forecast today, along with avalanche warnings in the mountains. The Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for much of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, saying that between three and eight inches of rain could fall along the coast, the Coast Range, the Cascade foothills and the Cascades themselves. Inland valleys could get between one and three inches of rain out of this system. A Flood Watch is up until 10 pm tonight, as local rivers and streams begin to rise. The Grays River in Wahkiakum County is expected to approach flood stage later today or tonight; the Cowlitz River in Kelso is also rising, and is expected to top out at 20.3 feet early tomorrow morning. The “Action Stage” in Kelso is 19.5 feet, but the river is expected to crest below the Minor Flood Stage of 21.5 feet. Only minor flooding is expected out of this event.
Gusty winds are also expected out of this system, as this deep low pressure system moves by. Strong winds are expected later today, with sustained winds of 30 to 35 miles an hour and gusts of up to 50 miles an hour possible on the coast. In this area, southeasterly winds of 15 to 20 miles an hour are expected, with gusts of up to 35 miles an hour. Anything over 30 miles an hour reportedly has the power to topple trees and can cause power outages. High-profile rigs like RVs and semis may have some difficulty traveling in these winds.
The National Avalanche Center in Seattle is also out with an Avalanche Warning, covering much of the west slopes of the Cascades, all along the state. They expect this storm system to dump a lot of snow on the Cascades, raising the avalanche danger. The NAC “widespread avalanches” are expected, with the danger rated as “high” at all elevations. They say that backcountry travel is not recommended, due to the high danger level. The warning does not apply to ski resorts where avalanche mitigation measures are in place.
Starting tomorrow night, overnight lows are expected to dip below freezing, so the City of Longview is once again making a “determination of a severe weather event.” This declaration allows for permitted emergency shelters to open their doors overnight. At this time, the only permitted shelter is the one operated by Love Overwhelming, located at 618 14th Avenue. Other details about the opening of the shelter should be released later today.
Jodi Lee Uravish, 53, of Kelso is under arrest after the Sheriff’s Office busted what they say was an “illegal marijuana dispensary,” apparently being run out of her home on South 7th Avenue. Acting on a citizen’s tip, Deputies obtained a search warrant, and reportedly found more than two pounds of processed marijuana inside the house. Deputies also say that they seized marijuana “dabs” and a large amount of paraphernalia. Deputies claim to have received information from at least three juveniles that they bought weed from Uravish, and that she commonly sold to minors. Ledgers were also seized, indicating that Uravish has been operating from this location for several years. They say that she even had a “rewards program,” where frequent customers would be eligible for a free gram. Uravish is now in the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of illegal possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver. Her first court appearance is pending.
Three people are facing charges after a bust by the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team, which claims to have seized more than 3-1/2 pounds of meth, more than $17,000 in cash, guns and more in a multi-month investigation. Detectives say that this got started in October, when a search warrant was served at a home in the 73000 block of Lindberg Road, just east of Rainier. Two ounces of heroin and more than 500 grams of meth were seized, along with $1,300 cash and seven firearms. In early November, Rodolpho Santiago-Ferrier, 30, of Longview was arrested after a traffic stop at one of the Rainier viewpoints on Highway 30. They claim to have found another 500 grams of meth during that bust. Columbia County Detectives connected with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, arranging for a search warrant to be served at a home in Longview. Police claim to have seized another 500 grams of meth, along with eight ounces of heroin, $16,000 in cash, scales, drug records and packaging materials. Rebecca Wynn, 30, and Bruce Arquette, 22, of Rainier are also being identified as suspects in this case; all three are now being charged with possession and delivery of a controlled substance.
A woman is undergoing mental health evaluations and treatment, after she allegedly threw a bowl of hot soup into the face of a clerk at a store on 15th Avenue. This incident was reported at about 3:20 yesterday morning, at a store in the 700 block of 15th. The 911 caller says that they had just walked in, as the clerk was telling the woman to leave. At that point, the suspect threw the soup into the face of the clear; the woman was held while Longview Police were called. The woman was arrested and booked on an assault charge, then was released to St. John Medical Center for evaluation in the secure unit at the hospital. The victim’s condition hasn’t been updated.
Fireworks are legal in the local area on New Year’s Eve only, and the City of Longview now has two stands that are open. One stand is located in the parking lot of the 7th Avenue Walmart store, and in the parking lot of the Safeway store on Ocean Beach Highway. The approved stands will be allowed to sell fireworks until 11 pm on December 31st, and the city is also reminding us all that the legal period for shooting off fireworks is from 6 pm on December 31st to 1 am on New Year’s Day.
Tickets may still available for the third annual New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance, which will be happening in the ballroom at the Clatskanie Cultural Center. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with a buffet dinner of prime rib or blackened salmon being served at 6 pm. The Bob Nelson Band (with Joel Hanson on drums) will perform from 7 to 10 pm, and the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square will be live-streamed at 9 pm. There will also be a complimentary toast of champagne or sparkling cider at that time. This is a fundraiser for the operational fund at the Clatskanie Cultural Center.
Kids can go to the YMCA of Southwest Washington for their New Year’s Overnighter. Kids can be dropped off at 7 pm on New Year’s Eve, and there will be all kinds of fun. Kids can swim, play games, watch movies and have some of the snacks that will be provided. There is a limit of 50 kids; call the YMCA at 360-423-4770 for registration information.
The WSU Cougars take on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl tonight at 6 pm…..The Blazers host the 76’ers tonight at Moda Center, KLOG 6:35 pm…..The LCC Holiday Classic women’s tournament begins today at 1 pm. LCC takes on Delena at 7 pm tonight…..The Kelso boys defeated Metarie, Louisiana 71-66 in OT at the San Diego Surf N Slam tournament. The Scots play Viewmont, Utah at 3:45 pm today. The Mark Morris boys take on Lynden tonight at 9 pm at the Yakima SunDome, 8:45 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave. The R.A. Long boys host Aberdeen tonight at 7 pm…..The Kelso girls lost to Granite Bay, CA 50-39 in San Diego. Kelso plays Siena, CA today at 10:30 am. RAL lost to Banks 75-41 in Astoria. The Jills play Hood River at 2 pm. MM hosts Pt. Angeles tonight at 7:30 pm.