The Astros scored six runs in the 7th inning and beat the Mariners 7-1 last night. It’s a day game today at Safeco Field, KLOG 11:30 am…..The Trail Blazers, down 0-2 to the Pelicans, will play at New Orleans tonight, 5:05 pm on The Wave…..Longview native Wes Armstrong is returning to coaching as he takes over as the head boys basketball coach at Kalama, replacing long time Chinook coach Jody Stemkoski…..In prep baseball, Kelso defeated Fort Vancouver 11-4, R.A. Long blanked Washougal 6-0 and Hockinson beat Mark Morris 12-4. Today, Kelso is at Evergreen, Ridgefield at RAL and Washougal at MM…..In softball, River beat MM 11-2. Today, MM is at RAL and Kelso at Fort…..Mt. View beat Kelso 3-0 in boys soccer. Mark Morris and R.A. Long play at 6 pm today at LMS.
Archive | April, 2018
The manslaughter trial of Dawson Dunn, 13, of Kelso is now under way, and is expected to run through Friday. The teen is on trial for shooting and killing his friend, Edgar Vasquez, 13, at Dunn’s home on Carroll Road in October of last year. Today’s Daily News reports on the first day of testimony in Cowlitz County Juvenile Court, where it appears that Dunn’s experience in handling guns will be a key component. In October of last year, best friends Dunn and Vasquez were at Dunn’s house, with Vasquez playfully chasing Dunn. It’s alleged that Dunn went into a bedroom and grabbed a Benelli shotgun. Dunn told a deputy that he racked the gun and ejected a shell, then he racked it again; thinking the gun was unloaded, he pointed it at Vasquez and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, hitting Vasquez in the chest. Prosecutors and defense attorneys both agree that the shooting was accidental; for a conviction, it has to be proven that Dunn also acted recklessly. Motions to bar testimony about Dunn shooting shotguns at a range earlier in 2017 and to exclude statements that Dunn made to deputies right after the shooting were denied. Testimony is expected to continue today, and into tomorrow.
Kevin Lea Hawkins, 51, of St. Helens is heading to prison for six years and three months, sentenced on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. The charge is connected to the November, 2014 death of his wife, which was originally thought to be from complications of a recent medical procedure. April Hawkins, 36, was found dead in her home on November 9th, 2014, and it was originally thought that the complications caused her death. Toxicology tests then indicated that the death was due to an “intentional overdose.” After an “extensive and complex” investigation, Kevin Hawkins was arrested in April of 2016, and was charged with murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to the criminally negligent homicide charge, and was sentenced earlier this week in Columbia County Circuit Court. Judge Ted Grove sentenced Hawkins to 75 months in prison, with three years of post-release supervision. Hawkins will get credit for time served, but there will be no opportunity for early release.
As the merger with WestRock continues to move ahead, KapStone Paper and Packaging is announcing a huge boost to profits in the first quarter of the year, mostly due to benefits from the recently-passed Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The company is reporting net sales of $799 million in the first quarter, which is $33 million higher than the first quarter of last year, an increase of four percent. Net income comes in at $33 million, $27 million higher than last year; that’s an increase of 446 percent. Diluted earnings per share of 33 cents is 27 cents above last year’s report, which is a 450-percent increase. KapStone President and CEO Matt Kaplan says that these results build on the positive momentum that was building at the end of last year, with increased demand for containerboard, corrugated boxes and kraft paper. A price increase for containerboard is paying dividends, while equipment upgrades in North Carolina is helping with reliability and efficiency. Kaplan says that Victory Packaging had a solid first quarter, and he says that work on the merger with WestRock is continuing.
Carnival rides in downtown Long Beach are looking for a new home, after the Long Beach City Council says that they can no longer be kept on city-owned property. The Chinook Observer reports on the dilemma of Russell Maize and Chris Summerer, who got a permit last June, allowing them to use about three dozen parking spaces for four carnival rides. The paper brought up questions about the gifting of public resources, so the council asked Maize and Summerer to pay $100 a month, an arrangement that was extended to March 31st of this year. Last month, Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips said that he was against extending the permit again, saying that he was getting a lot of heat from residents. After a lot of discussion and citizen input, Phillips eventually cast the deciding vote to deny the permit. The Sidewinder, the Paratrooper, the Spinning Apples and the 100-foot Super Slide must now be moved off of city-owned property, and Summerer says that he may have to sell them.
The Longview City Council meets tonight in a workshop session, starting at 6 pm. They will hear about a request to apply for a SAFER grant, with the money from that grant directed to the hire of additional firefighter-paramedics, who could then staff an ambulance for the Longview Fire Department. Longview Fire officials say that this move would help to reduce the number of “Level Zero” incidents in the city, where no ambulances are available.
The second subject at this evening’s workshop will look at establishing monthly billing cycles for city utilities. City staff is recommending the move away from “larger, less-predictable bi-monthly billings,” going to regular, recurring monthly bills. They say that this move will help bills be more predictable, and should be easier to budget for. The workshop starts at 6 pm in the second floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall, and the workshop is open to the public.
The final razor clam dig of the spring season opens today and runs through Sunday. Mocrocks will be open all four days, with digging allowed on the morning low tides. Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open Saturday and Sunday, and Copalis will be open Saturday only. The dig also coincides with this weekend’s Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, coming up on Saturday. Diggers will need to make sure that they have current shellfish licenses, and they’ll need to observe harvest rules and bag limits.
Longview Police are coming back with “Coffee with a Cop,” planning to meet with citizens this morning at two locations in Longview. Officers will be available to listen to citizens and to ask questions at this morning’s “agenda-free, informal meeting.” Coffee with a Cop will run from 9 until 10 this morning at the Ocean Beach Highway Starbucks, and at Zojo’s on 14th Avenue. All are invited to attend.
There’s a Networking and Career Fair happening today at Lower Columbia College, where jobseekers will be able to meet with employers and community organizations. You’ll be able to explore current job openings, develop professional networks, and you’ll be able to practice interviewing skills. More than 25 employer representatives are expected; you’re advised to “dress for success,” bring your resumes, and learn about additional skills in your field, which will increase your competitive edge. The Networking and Career Fair runs from 10 am until 2 pm in the LCC Student Center.
Social Science Instructor Courtney Shah will present “The Extraordinary Life of Soujourner Truth” at today’s installment of the Community Conversation lectures. The theme for this term’s lectures is “Heroism”; the free lectures start at noon in the Laufman Lecture Hall, located on the first floor of LCC’s Health and Science building. Anyone interested can attend.
The Riverview Community Bank’s Classic Film Series continues today at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, with two screenings of the 1952 Gary Cooper-Grace Kelly classic “High Noon.” Showings on the big screen at the Columbia Theatre are set for 2 and 7 pm, and tickets are just five dollars apiece. Get ticket information at columbiatheatre.com, or call 360-577-8499.
There’s a Family Fitness Night happening this evening at CVG Elementary School in Longview. This will run from 5:30 to 7 pm, with parents being invited to come and participate with their kids in nine fitness activities that have been set up all around the school. School officials say that around 150 students and parents participated in last year’s event.
Learn about the return of mountain goats to Mount St. Helens at tonight’s Longview Views and Brews event from the Mount St. Helens Institute, happening this evening at Ashtown Brewing on Hudson Street. Nathan Reynolds is an ecologist for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and he says that mountain goats are now naturally re-populating the area around the volcano. He’ll also talk about the importance of mountain goats to the Cowlitz Indians, who hunted the goats and also used their wool for capes and blankets. The doors open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation starts at 6:30 pm. This is a 21 and over event.
They’re still tallying up the donations, but it’s being announced that Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of this quarter’s donation from the Lower Columbia chapter of 100 Women Who Care. Stacy Delgarno says that about $7,300 has been collected so far, but she also says that some members were unable to attend Tuesday night’s gathering. She says donations continue to come in, and they have a plan to present the check to Habitat for Humanity on May 5th. Get more details and learn how you can donate by going to the 100 Women Who Care Facebook page.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is now confirming that the body recovered from the Pacific Ocean is that of Ciera Hart, 12, of Woodland. She’s one of six confirmed deaths after 38 year-old Jennifer Hart of Woodland drove off of a 100-foot cliff on the California coast back on March 26th. Two of the Hart family children remain missing after the crash, Devonte Hart, 15, and Hannah Hart, 15. Mendocino County authorities say that Jennifer Hart intentionally drove off of the cliff on March 26th, just a few days after child welfare authorities in Cowlitz County were trying to make contact in regard to claims of possible child abuse and neglect. Toxicology tests are now showing that Jennifer Hart was intoxicated when she drove off of the cliff, while 38 year-old Sarah Hart and at least two of the children had high levels of Benadryl in their systems. Benadryl can make some people sleepy. Toxicology test results are still pending on Ciera Hart and on one other child that was recovered right after the crash.