The Kelso Hilanders have two days to prepare for the WIAA 3A State Elite Eight knowing they will play without Riley Noah. The Scotty star had an emergency appendectomy on Sunday. It’s a big blow to a Kelso team that has been on a roll in the post season. Kelso will play at 9 am on Thursday morning at the TacomaDome, KLOG 8:45 am…..The Blazers host the Sacramento Kings tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm……Felix Hernandez was struck in the right forearm yesterday during his outing against the Chicago Cubs. X-Rays were negative. He’ll be reevaluated today. The M’s and Cubs tied 9-9 yesterday. Seattle split the squad today with games against the Padres in Peoria and the Royals in Surprise…..Roots will be having AAU tryouts March 10 & 11 in Kelso. Go to lvrootsacademy.org for info.
Archive | February, 2018
Timothy Sack, 35, of Longview is reportedly admitting that he stole guns in the Portland metro area, and then tried to sell those weapons in Cowlitz County. Today’s Daily News reports on the case involving Sack, which dates back to October of last year. He supposedly admitted to detectives in Washington County that he had stolen guns, optics, flashlights and other equipment when he burglarized a home; the value of the guns and equipment is in excess of $13,000. It’s alleged that Sack brought those guns to Cowlitz County to sell, and that’s why he’s now going to court. It’s claimed that Sack sold two pistols, a shotgun and two rifles to one man in Kelso, while another man bought a third rifle. Sack is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on seven counts of possessing a stolen gun, and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. Arraignment is currently scheduled for March 14th.
The Kalama City Council meeting on the siting of a new Kalama Police Station that had been postponed by weather is now planned for this evening. The Kalama City Council and city staff plan to meet at 6 pm, to discuss and to take input on how a new police station could be funded, and where it might be located. This evening’s meeting will begin with a presentation from City Clerk-Treasurer Coni McMaster, who will go over possible options for funding the new station; those include a one-tenth of one-percent sales tax that was approved in 2016, implementation of a city B&O tax or a utility tax increase, formation of a public facilities district, or moving General Fund money to the project. Following the workshop, the Kalama City Council will meet in open session to review and select possible funding options, and they will also schedule a public hearing on the topic. A number of Kalama citizens are upset that Maruhn Park has been identified as the potential location for the police station, and there could also be issues with the funding mechanism. In November, a $2.2 million bond for a new police station was soundly defeated. It’s emphasized that no decisions will be made tonight; it’s planned that the Kalama City Council will vote after the public hearing.
Word is getting out about a possible new tenant at the Port of Longview, as it’s reported that a company based in Turkey would like to lease the idle Berth 4 as the site for a natural soda ash export terminal. The Daily news reports on this story, saying that the negotiations between the Port and Ciner Enterprises is in the early stages. It’s reported that the company plans to make a large investment in the berth, removing the long-idle grain silos, replacing those with ship loaders, new rail service tracks, warehouses and conveyors for moving material. It’s claimed that the renovated berth could handle up to eight million tons of soda ash each year, mined in Wyoming and brought by rail to the Port. Soda ash is a key component in the production of glass, detergents, chemicals and other products. American exports of soda ash have grown substantially in the past ten years, and global demand is expected to continue growing by about a million tons per year. Additional information on this potential deal will be discuss at tomorrow’s regular meeting of the Port of Longview Commission.
Two companies in Columbia County are being hit with fines from regulators. Over the weekend, Dyno Nobel in Deer Island announced that the company is pleading guilty and will pay a quarter-million-dollar to improperly releasing anhydrous ammonia into the air in 2015, and then they failed to report those releases in a timely manner. In a statement issued over the weekend, Dyno Nobel reports that they have been working with the EPA on this release from 2015, also noting that the company has been working to upgrade their equipment since that time. Since the installation of the new equipment, there have been no ammonia releases from the facility. Dyno Nobel is agreeing to pay a fine of $250,000, and will also be on probation with the EPA for two years.
A timber company based in Warren is also being fined by Oregon’s DEQ, for allowing storm water contaminated with heavy metals and oil to go into a ditch that feeds into Scappoose Bay. The log yard owned by McFarlane Cascade Holdings is being penalized more than $9,000 for the spill, and they are also being cited for failing to evaluate spill potentials. These events happened back in 2016.
Really high-speed internet is coming to Rainier, as Comcast announces that Rainier-area customers will soon be able to get internet speeds of up to one gigabyte per second. 10-gigabyte speeds will also be available businesses in the Rainier area. The 1-gig internet went live inside the Rainier city limits late last week; phase two of the installation, covering the outskirts of Rainier, will be available in about a month. Comcast is in the midst of making its first real improvements in the Rainier area in nearly 30 years, putting in more than 22 miles of hybrid fiber and coaxial cable into the county. City officials say that they’re excited about the upgrades, for both residential and business customer. While the 1-gig internet is extremely fast, it’s also not cheap. On the Xfinity web page, 1-gig internet will cost you at least $109 per month. Installation of 1-gig internet in the Kelso-Longview area is still some distance in the future. Get more information on the Xfinity web page, or call 1-800-Xfinity.
Learn about apprenticeships and possible careers in the trades at the Apprenticeship Family Info Night, coming up this evening at Kelso High School. Students in grades 9 through 12 and their families are invited to this evening’s event, where you’ll be able to meet with union representatives, and will be able to find out more about the “earn while you learn” opportunities that are available under the apprenticeship program. Students, parents and guardians are invited to tonight’s Family Info Night, which will also include pizza for all participants. It’s free to go, but you are asked to pre-register; contact the Kelso High School Career Center to learn more.
Donate blood as Bloodworks Northwest brings their Bloodmobile to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. This special blood drive will go from noon until 6 pm at the church on 22nd Avenue, with a break between 2 and 3 pm. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ups will be accepted. Call 1-800-398-7888 to sign up, or register on the Bloodworks Northwest web page.
Help support the Castle Rock Equestrian Team by picking up a Lexi’s Pizza today, as the eatery donates 15 percent of today’s proceeds to the horse-riding team at the high school. The deal covers both eat-in or take-out orders. Lexi’s Pizza is located on West Side Highway in Lexington.
Victims of abuse, male or female, are invited to a session that’s being held this evening at the Evangel Christian Fellowship, an event called “Seven Keys to a Joy-Filled Life,” going from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This opens a four-week series, and is geared to victims of abuse, female or male. Evangel is located at 1335 11th Avenue in Longview, right across from Community House.
Learn how to maximize your financial returns prior to retirement at a workshop being hosted this evening by Country Financial Services. The seminar is called “Making the Most of Social Security,” and will cover several topics. The presenters plan to discuss how to maximize your Social Security benefits, making income distribution decisions, and creating income streams. The seminar will run from 6 to 8 pm at Roland Wines, located at 1106 Florida Street in Longview. Call 360-414-3101 to RSVP.
The Kelso and Mark Morris boys basketball teams came up with impressive wins on Saturday to advance to the WIAA State Elite Eight. The Hilanders will play Thursday at 9:00 am at the Tacoma Dome while the Monarchs play Thursday at 3:45 pm at the Yakima SunDome…..The LCC women romped over Highline on Saturday, but the LCC men lost a tough double overtime game to HCC. Both LCC teams close out the regular season at home on Wednesday…..The LCC softball team opened up the season winning three of four games over the weekend against Everett and Bellevue at Bellevue College. The Devils scored 33 runs in the four games…..The Mariners shutout the Dodgers 2-0 on Sunday. The M’s play the Cubs today. The Mariner Radio network will delay until 7 pm on KLOG.
The Longview Fire Department continues to check into three fires that happened in the space of six hours Friday night, one of which is still considered to be “suspicious.” The first fire call came in at 9:30 pm on Friday, after a furnace malfunctioned at a home in the 800 block of 33rd Avenue. This fire was pretty minor, with little damage done. Fire crews were able to wrap this scene up within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.
At 10 pm on Friday, Longview Firefighters were called out again, when a chimney fire was reported at a home on Pacific Place. They say that they fire got started in the basement of the house, then went up the chimney and through several levels of the house. Firefighters were required to tear out portions of walls and ceilings throughout the home to trace the fire and find hotspots. It took about 45 minutes to get this fire under control, with significant damage done to the house. There’s no dollar estimate on damage.
The third fire was reported at about 2 am on Saturday, when a camper van caught fire at a home in the 300 block of 21st Avenue. The Class B recreational vehicle was completely on fire when fire crews arrived, and the fire was spreading to the house right next to the vehicle. It took about 40 minutes to get the fire completely put out, including the house. The house suffered serious damage, estimated to be in the neighborhood of 30 percent destruction. The Cowlitz PUD was also called in to deal with the electricity supply, as a handful of nearby homes lost power during this incident. It took about two hours to restore the power. It’s noted that there’s a lot of criminal activity in the vicinity of this home, and the cause of the fire is not readily apparent. Police and fire officials are continuing to investigate this fire.