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Archive | March, 2018

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:51

The Mariners opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland. Felix Hernandez got the win and Nelson Cruz hit a two run homer. The teams are off today before resuming the series tomorrow afternoon…..The LCC baseball team opens league play tonight with a 6 pm single game against Tacoma at Story Field…..The LCC softball team hosts Mt. Hood for a 2 pm DH at Tam O’Shanter Park today…..R.A. Long plays Kelso in girls softball tonight at 6:30 pm at Tam O. Skyview beat the Lassies 6-4 yesterday…..Kelso beat Hudson’s Bay 6-4 in baseball yesterday. R.A. Long blanked Washougal 18-0. The Jacks host Mark Morris in a Civil War game at the Lumberyard today at 4 pm. Kelso is at Prairie at 4 pm…..The Trail Blazers host the Clippers tonight, KLOG 6:35 pm.

Westom Arrested

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:24

The driver of a car that was involved in a fatal car crash on Highway 30 last year in Columbia County is in jail, being held on charges that are now being filed in connection with that event. In November of last year, Kassandra Westom, 19, of Longview was trying to make a turn from Highway 30 to Laurelwood Road, and she turned into the path of a loaded log truck. The car was hit in the passenger side, where Tatum Tootoosis-Didier, 19, of Longview was sitting. Tootoosis-Didier died in the crash, while Westom was injured. Last night, Cowlitz County Deputies served an arrest warrant on Westom from Columbia County, where she’s now being charged with criminally negligent homicide and negligent manslaughter. Bail on the warrant is set at $46,250.

Meth Bust

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:22

Kelso Police report seizing more than three-and-a-half pounds of meth and six grams of heroin in a bust that was made last Saturday. The arrest was reported yesterday by Kelso Police, saying that the seizure came during a domestic violence investigation. Last Saturday, officers went to the Econo Lodge motel on North Pacific Avenue, where a woman said that Jimmy L. Penix, 58, had assaulted her. Penix was arrested on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge; as his belongings were being checked, police say that they found 3.59 pounds of meth, six grams of heroin, meth pipes, a digital scale and a small amount of Suboxone. Because of the large amount of drugs that were involved, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force was called in to assist, and they are continuing the investigation. They say that more arrests are expected, as the investigation is continuing. Penix was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail, and he is currently free after posting bail of $5,000.

Road Rage

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:20

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports making an arrest in connection with a shot being fired during a road rage incident that was reported yesterday afternoon. A call came into CCSO at 5 pm yesterday, reporting that a “man in a black car” had fired a round in the direction of another car on I-5, between mileposts 58 and 59 in Lewis County. The suspect vehicle was located by a Cowlitz County Deputy, and a felony stop was performed on Old Pacific Highway in the area of Burma Road. The State Patrol assisted with the stop and the arrest. Deputies report that a gun was seized, and the victim did positively identify the driver as the shooter. A bullet was also recovered from the victim’s car. One person was arrested and is now being held in the Lewis County Jail, because that’s where the incident occurred. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

Disability Fraud

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:20

A popular local fishing guide who was convicted last year of illegally harvesting wild Coho salmon is in even deeper water now, after having been convicted of disability fraud in federal court. The U. S. Attorney’s Office is reporting on the conviction of Billy Jim Swann, 53, as he was accused of illegally receiving disability benefits for eight years. U. S. Attorney Annette Hayes says that Swann first applied for disability benefits in 2006, claiming that he had been injured and was unable to work since 2003. That claim was denied, but Swann appealed, claiming that he had only been able to volunteer at an Alaska fishing camp for a few weeks. He claimed that an injury in 2003 left him with limited ability to climb stairs or use his hands, and he had to walk with a cane. He also claimed to have cognitive problems, limiting his ability to continue a conversation. Between 2006 and 2014, Swann had a highly-successful fish guiding business, taking clients on trips all across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. In 2012, a year that Swann claimed that he had not worked at all, he took in more than $92,000 from his guide business. Earlier this week, Swann was found guilty of perjury, wire fraud and Social Security fraud, and his sentencing is set for June 22nd of this year. Last March, Swann was fined $7,500 for illegally catching and keeping two native Coho salmon on the Cowlitz River, an episode that was taped and then was streamed over the internet.

Recall Certified

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:18

The way is clear for recall elections to proceed against two members of the Clatskanie School Board, part of the public uproar after a popular school principal was terminated. Columbia County Elections announced yesterday that recall petitions against Monty Akin and Judy Skirvin have received the required number of signatures, and can proceed to the ballot. Citizens are upset with Akin and Skirvin after they voted to NOT renew the contract of Principal Brad Thorud; Walt Lovgren also voted with Akin and Skirvin, but he resigned from the School Board on the 19th of this month, and he has been removed from the recall effort. The recall petitions say that all three board members are “unable or unwilling to represent the voice of their constituents.” Petitioners contend that Akin and Skirvin also ignored the strong community support for Thorud, and they say that the community no longer has faith in their ability or desire to work on behalf of local students. The recalls against Akin and Skirvin will move ahead, if they don’t resign their seats by next Monday. Columbia County Elections reports that the recall election would be held at the beginning of May.

Stand for the 2nd

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:17

Following last week’s March For Our Lives rally in downtown Longview, a “Stand for the 2nd” rally is being planned for tomorrow. This is planned to go form 11 am until 1 pm tomorrow at the Civic Circle in Longview; organizers say that they intend this as an event to show support and belief in the United States as a Constitutional Republic. They’re inviting people to show support for the community, and to open a dialogue on the Second Amendment. A limited number of pocket copies of the Constitution will be handed out, and there will also be a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Fund Drive Deadline

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:17

The push is on today and tomorrow for the United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties, as the 2018 fundraising campaign comes to a close. The local United Way has a goal of raising 575 thousand dollars during this year’s campaign, and they still were about 20 percent short at the beginning of this month. The United Way distributes money collected through the annual Fund Drive to the nearly two dozen member agencies, helping those groups to provide services across the community. The fundraising campaign continues through tomorrow; you can go to to make a donation, you can call 360-423-5320, or drop your donation off at the offices at 1338 Commerce Avenue, suite 206 in downtown Longview.

Chamber Scholly Deadline

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:16

Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for scholarships that are being offered by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Columbia Professionals. Students that are seeking any type of post-secondary education are eligible to apply for the Maria Harris Scholarship or the Lower Columbia Professionals Scholarship. Applicants need to be a resident of Cowlitz County; they need to submit three letters of reference, describe their future educational goals, along with plans for future financing and community involvement. The funds must also be used within one year of the award. Students must also show financial need, to be eligible for the Maria Harris Scholarship. Get more information by going to

Weekend Events–3/30-4/1/18

Posted on 30th March 2018 at 08:15

The Spring Chinook are in, and the Wahkiakum County Chamber of Commerce is putting on its annual “Hook the Hawg” Spring Salmon Derby on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at several locations in Cathlamet, and the check-in will be at the Elochoman Marina. “Biggest fish” prizes will be awarded for men, women, youth and kid categories. Proceeds from the derby will help support scholarships for kids at Wahkiakum High School.Get more information on the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

“CAP After Dark” happens this Friday evening at the Grounds for Opportunity Café in Kelso, “a FUN-draising evening of games, prizes, food and drinks” that will help to support CAP’s Meals on Wheels program. This will run from 5 to 9 pm; you can play all kinds of board games, and they will have food and drink specials. Your entry ticket will also enter you in a drawing for a week-long stay at a Tahiti Village Resort condo in Las Vegas. Tickets are available at Lower Columbia CAP and at Grounds for Opportunity, located at 413 S. Pacific Ave. in Kelso.

The annual “Running of the Fools” 10K run happens this Saturday out at Willow Grove Park, sponsored by Longview Parks and Recreation. This events is scheduled to go from 9 am until noon on Saturday. Go to for more information.

The 9th annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Expo happens this Saturday at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center, going from 10 am until 5 pm. Along with all manner and genre of games, they’ll have prize drawings, a silent auction, raffles, vendor booths and tournaments. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arc of Cowlitz County.

The first-ever Cowlitz Foot Patrol Potluck Thaw-Out happens this Saturday in South Kelso. Organizers say that you can shake off the cabin fever by fixing a dish to share and then come on down to 300 S. 9th Ave. at noon on Saturday. The Easter Bunny will be there, they’ll have face painting, a barbecue, an Easter Egg Coloring Contest and an Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone s invited to come by and take part.

There’s a benefit concert planned for this Saturday at Cowboy Church in Castle Rock, looking to raise money to help Pastor Joel Royce, who is currently battling brain cancer. The concert will run from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday at the church, which is located at 211 Front Ave. in Castle Rock. Call 360-274-7705 to learn more.