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Archive | February, 2018

School Closures and Delays–2/21/18

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:25

Lower Columbia College – Campus is closed. Athletic events postponed.
Castle Rock Sch. Dist. – Closed
Kalama Sch. Dist. – Closed
Kelso Sch. Dist. – Closed
Longview Sch. Dist. – Closed
St. Rose – Closed
Toutle Lake SD – Closed
Wahkiakum Sch. Dist. – Closed
Woodland Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late
Clatskanie Sch. Dist. – Closed
Rainier (OR) Sch. Dist. – Closed
Scappoose Sch. Dist. – Closed. No after school/evening activities
St. Helens Sch. Dist. – Closed. All after school and evening activities canceled.
Vernonia Sch. Dist. – Closed
Winlock SD – Closed
Toledo SD – Closed
Three Rivers Christian – Closed

The King Brothers dance for the Longview Senior Center at the Longview Moose has been cancelled.

Icy Roads

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:20

It’s one of those mornings where you should stay off of the roads if it’s at all possible, as last night’s snow has been compacted onto local streets, making for icy driving conditions. We’re already dealing with some traffic issues; the State Patrol responded to a car off of the freeway at milepost 30 southbound right around 6 am, followed by a report of a tanker in the ditch at milepost 27 northbound. Almost all of the schools in the area have already made the decision on operations for today; some are closed and some are starting late.Today’s weather forecast doesn’t indicate that there’s going to be much improvement, with cloudy skies and a high of only 39 degrees; tonight will drop into the 20’s, and there could be another snow shower or two. Streets in downtown Kelso and Longview are coated with compacted snow and ice, so driving could be tricky this morning. Sidewalks and parking lots could be even more treacherous, as the snow that fell last night now has an icy crust. We’re also getting word that the drive on I-5 between Kelso and Vancouver is very icy, so if you do have to drive, budget some extra time, use care when braking or accelerating, and increase following distances.

I-5 Crash

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:19

Law enforcement responded to numerous car crashes yesterday and overnight, many of them weather-related. Harpreet Singh, 39, of Kent was cited for driving too fast for the conditions after a truck crash that took place last night on I-5 near Winlock. State Troopers say that Singh was driving northbound at about 8:35 pm, when he lost control while driving in the northbound center lane at milepost 63. The truck slid into the median barrier, and then caught fire. Singh was unhurt in the crash, but he was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Kalama Break-In

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:18

The Sheriff’s Office reports arresting a suspect at gunpoint yesterday morning, after a woman living near Kalama reported a burglary. The woman called 911 from a home on Daves View Drive at about 6:15 yesterday morning, saying that someone was trying to get into her house. She could see the man on her security camera, walking around the house and trying to open doors. The woman was hiding inside the house, along with her two dogs. Deputies arrived and found the suspect, arresting him with weapons drawn. The suspect was arrested without further incident; names have not yet been released.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:18

Tonight’s South Puget Sound at Lower Columbia College basketball games have been postponed due to the LCC campus closed today. The games have been rescheduled for tomorrow night (Thursday). The women’s game will begin at 6 pm and the men’s game at 8 pm. The men’s game Thursday will feature SPSCC at 11-0 in the West against the 10-1 Red Devils…..The Mariners will have a second full squad workout today as they get ready for the first spring training game Friday afternoon against the Padres, KLOG 12 pm…..The 2018 Babe Ruth World Series returns to Longview-Kelso this August 9-16 at LCC’s Story Field. Both Longview and Kelso Babe Ruth will have teams entered against the eight regional winners from across the country.

KPD Report

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:17

Kelso Police Chief Andy Hamilton reports that Type 1 crimes dropped in 2017, but the agency is still looking for ways to improve staffing and coverage of the city. Hamilton presented the annual Police Department Report at last night’s Kelso City Council meeting, reporting that his office responded to 17,950 calls in 2017. Domestic violence arrests were up last year, going from 84 in 2016 to 93 in 2017. DUI’s were also up, with 47 arrests reported last year. That’s up from 35 in the year before. Overall Type 1 crimes like homicide, aggravated assault and others dropped significantly in the past 12 months; there were 1,534 Type 1 crimes in 2016; that number came in at 1,238 last year. Hamilton also says that the calls for service at the Three Rivers Mall jumped substantially, going from 396 in 2016 to 903 in 2017.

Herrera Beutler Visits

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:16

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was in the area yesterday, checking out local businesses that are thriving after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Beutler toured Northwest Motor Services in Longview yesterday, checking out their new facility on Baltimore Street, while also hearing about the company’s recent successes. Beutler says that the story from NMS is encouraging. You have a chance to talk directly with Beutler this evening, as she hosts a Telephone Town Hall meeting, starting at 5:30 this afternoon. Beutler plans to give an update on recent work in Congress, and then she will respond to constituent questions. You can call Beutler’s Vancouver office at 360-695-6292 to sign up, or call 1-877-229-8493 after 5:30 pm, and then use the passcode 116365 to join in.

Cantwell/CEDC

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:15

U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell was also in Longview yesterday, touting the importance of Cowlitz County as a key cog in the nation’s import and export activity, while also promoting this area for future development and economic activity. Speaking at yesterday’s annual meeting of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Cantwell emphasizes the importance of keeping the Longview-Kelso area open for freight movement.
Using the catch phrase “freight can’t wait,” Cantwell stresses the importance of continuing work and support of projects along the SR 432 corridor, as projections show that the amount of material moving through this area could double by the year 2040. Cantwell says that she will continue to support grants and other federal programs that will help to pay for freight mobility improvement in the local area. CEDC Executive Director Ted Sprague says that 2017 was a great year for the organization, and he says that they are poised to continue that success in the coming year.

Manslaughter Trial

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:14

Wednesday, April 18th is reported to be the trial date for Dawson Dunn, 13, of Kelso, after the incident in October of last year, where the teen allegedly shot and killed Edgar Vasquez, 13, of Kelso. Today’s Daily News reports on the trial date in Cowlitz County Juvenile Court, reporting that the trial is currently scheduled to last two days, which is reported to be long for a juvenile case. They say that’s due to the large amount of evidence that will be presented. On October 14th of last year, Dunn allegedly shot Vasquez with a shotgun that he got from his parents’ bedroom; he reportedly pointed it at Vasquez and pulled the trigger during some horseplay, thinking that the gun was unloaded.

Salmon Seasons

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 09:13

A meeting is planned today in Portland, where fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will meet to set spring salmon seasons. The meeting starts at 10 am in the Shilo Inn on Airport Way in Portland, considering several options that will be presented by staff. It’s anticipated that there could be some restrictions on the Cowlitz and on the river downstream from Longview, as the forecast for Spring Chinook in the Cowlitz River is pretty dismal. Sturgeon retention seasons could also be discussed, but decisions on sturgeon won’t be made at this meeting, which is open to the public. Time will also be set aside for public input.