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Archive | April, 2018

Kalama Fire

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:53

The Red Cross is providing assistance to 15 people that were displaced by an apartment fire that happened last night in Kalama. Captain Terry Sinkler with Cowlitz Fire District 5 in Kalama says that the fire call came in at 8:12 last night, with a fire reported in one of the units at 245 North 2nd in Kalama. Sinkler says that fire crews found one apartment on fire, and heavy smoke coming from the building as they rolled up. With help from Cowlitz Fire District 1 in Woodland and Cowlitz 2 from Kelso, the fire was quickly knocked down. Sinkler says that 17 residents were displaced by the fire, along with a number of pets. The Red Cross reports that 15 of those residents are getting assistance with temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits and other support. Sinkler says that no injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. There’s also no dollar estimate on damage as of yet.

Dunn Guilty

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:50

Dawson Dunn, 13 of Kelso is now in custody on bail of $30,000, after Judge Marilyn Haan found the teen guilty of second-degree manslaughter in last October’s shooting death of his friend, Edgar Vasquez, 13. Today’s Daily News reports on the verdict, which was handed down yesterday in Cowlitz County Juvenile Court. Dunn had been charged with first-degree manslaughter, accused of acting recklessly when he picked up his grandfather’s Benelli shotgun, pointed it in the direction of Vasquez, and then pulled the trigger. Dunn thought he had cleared the shotgun of ammunition before he pulled the trigger, but that was not the case. Prosecutors tried to claim that Dunn made a “very exact shot,” while defense attorneys claimed that there were “no facts or evidence” that shows that Dunn actually aimed the gun. Haan says that there’s not enough evidence to prove that Dunn acted recklessly, but she did find that he “acted with criminal negligence.” Sentencing is currently scheduled for Friday, May 11th. Under Washington state law, a second-degree manslaughter conviction carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

West Side Highway Crash

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:49

John Trujillo, 39, of Longview is being cited for driving too fast for the conditions and driving while suspended after he allegedly caused a three-car crash yesterday afternoon in Lexington. State Troopers report that the collision happened at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of West Side Highway and Sparks Drive. Daria Johnson, 57, of Kelso and Joshua Ipock, 27, of Kelso were stopped at the light, as Trujillo approached. Troopers say that Trujillo rear-ended Johnson, which then pushed her car into Ipock’s vehicle. Johnson and Ipock were not injured, but Trujillo did get hurt. He was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment.

Weyco Results

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:46

First-quarter results from Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser came extremely well, with per-share earnings beating the analysts’ estimates by three cents per share. Weyerhaeuser announced first-quarter net earnings of $269 million, compared to profits of $157 million in the first quarter of 2017. Net sales came in at nearly $1.9 billion, nearly $200 million more than the first quarter of last year. Per-share earnings of 35 cents are above the analyst’s pick of 33 cents per share. Weyerhaeuser President and CEO Doyle Simmons says that he’s “extremely pleased” with the company’s performance in the first quarter; the adjusted earnings number of $544 million is a record for the first quarter of the year for Weyco, $90 million above the total from last year. Simmons says that the outlook is good, as well, with housing starts improving, and “favorable market dynamics” to drive value for shareholders.

Alcohol Ban

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:44

A ban on alcohol is being announced for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, including two popular beaches on the Columbia River. Oregon State Police say that this comes after a large number of DUI incidents, fights, car crashes, MIP incidents, drownings and other incidents that threaten officer safety. Most recently, a man was beaten by one of the nude users of Collins Beach, in a dispute over a dog. The alcohol ban will be in effect from May 1st to September 30th, including Collins Beach and Walton Beach. Violations could get you up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $6,250. Oregon State Police have more information.

Candidate Workshop

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:43

If you have it in your mind to run for elected office in 2018, the Cowlitz County Auditor is hosting a workshop that can help you with the process of becoming a candidate. Cowlitz County Elections is offering a Candidate Workshop at 3 pm this afternoon, where you can learn about online filing, online payment of filing fees, electronic submission of statements and photos for the local Voter’s Pamphlet, automatic email updates and other topics connected to the process of running for office. The free workshop starts at 3 pm this afternoon, being held in Conference Room B, on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Kelso. Call 360-577-3005 for more information, or go to the Cowlitz County Elections web page.

Lowland Lakes Opener

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:42

It isn’t the huge event that it used to be, but you can still expect thousands to be out on the water tomorrow, as Washington Fish and Wildlife announces the opening of lowland lakes for trout fishing. WDFW says that more than 12 million trout and kokanee have been stocked in lakes all across the state, including recent stockings of Lake Sacajawea, Kress Lake, Horseshoe Lake and others. WDFW is also anxious for the rollout of the new Fish Washington mobile app, which anglers can use to find fishing spots, check stocking schedules, along with the latest fishing regulations for each body of water. The app is available by going to the WDFW web page, or you can just do a search through the Google Play store, or Apple’s App Store. Be sure to have a current fishing license before you head out.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife is kicking off the opening day of fishing by hosting a Family Fishing Event tomorrow at Trojan Pond. This will run from 9:30 am until 2 pm tomorrow; ODFW plans to stock the pond just prior to the event. They will also have free loaner gear and bait, and angling instructors will also be around, to help make sure you’re doing things right. The event is free to kids age 11 and under; those age 12 and above can also fish, but they will need a valid license to do so. Get more information on the ODFW web page.

Weekend Events–4/27-29/18

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 08:41

The Friends of the Kelso Library are putting on a Book Sale this weekend, running from 10 am to 5 pm this Friday and Saturday, along with next Monday at the facility in the Three Rivers Mall. Monday will be a “clearance bag” sale.

The town-wide Ryderwood Garage Sale happens this Friday and Saturday up at the end of SR 506. Maps can be picked up at the Ryderwood Café, but you’ll find even more sales by “cruising the alleys” in town. The Women’s Club Super Sale will also be taking place in Pioneer Hall, located at 201 Morse St. in Ryderwood. Get details by going to

Imagine, if you will, a trip back to the B movies of the 1950’s, as Stageworks Northwest opens a production of “Shakespeare’s forgotten musical,” a comedy romp titled “Return to the Forbidden Plant.” The play is a collision of “The Tempest,” the classic 1956 sic-fi movie and rock-n-roll hits like “Great Balls of Fire,” (sung during an asteroid storm). All of this happens in front of a live band. Showtimes at the Longview Theatre at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. “Return to the Forbidden Planet” runs each weekend through May 6th. Go to for ticket information.

The Love Street Playhouse in Woodland continues a production of the hilarious musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” running each weekend through May 5th. Curtain is 7:30 Friday and Saturday, along with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday. It’s noted that the show is not appropriate for children under high school age, and kids age 5 and under will not be admitted. Get tickets by going to

“Hops for Hope” happens this Friday evening at Ashtown Brewing in Longview, with $1 from each beer sold going to the Hope Project, providing free and confidential support for survivors of sexual assault. This will run from 5 to 9 pm this Friday night at the brewery located next to Bob’s on Hudson St.

Saturday is the final day to get your donations in for the 2nd annual Diaper Drive, being put on by the members of Local 536 Woodworkers-IAM. Call 360-431-6984 to arrange for your donation of diapers or cash.

The annual Longview Early Edition Rotary Kids’ Fish-In happens this Saturday at Lake Sacajawea, for kids age 5 to 14. This will run from 8 am until 2 pm, at a special netted area off of Martin’s Dock. Pre-registration is required; kids will get a rod and reel to take home, lunch, and a goodie bag with their admission fee. Call 360-442-5400 or go to to get registered.

The “Mary Martha Circle” at Faith Family Christian Center is sponsoring a Garage Sale on Saturday, supporting the outreach programs offered by the group. The sale runs from 8 am until 3 pm this Saturday at the church, located at the corner of 38th and Ocean Beach Highway.

“Clean Up this Town” happens this Saturday in downtown Cathlamet, a community event being sponsored by the Pioneer Community Association. Volunteers are needed to clean up and spruce up downtown, Erickson Park and the waterfront trails, working from 9 am until noon.

The 23rd annual Spring Garden Fair happens this Saturday at the St. Helens High School Commons, going from 9 am until 3 pm. Dozens of vendors will be on hand, offering a wide variety of trees, shrubs, annuals, herbs, garden art and much, much more. More than 5,000 tomato plants will be for sale at $1.50 each; they’ll also have raffles, and hourly prize giveaways.

Also in St. Helens, the annual Columbia County Home and Garden Show happens at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 10 am on Saturday, and at 11 am on Sunday. Free tickets are available at several locations in St. Helens.

Team Titus is putting on a Bake Sale and a Garage Sale this Saturday in Napavine, raising money for Titus Sickles of Toledo and his family; the four month-old boy recently received a heart transplant, and money is needed to help pay the huge costs connected to recovery and survival. This will happen from 9 am until 3 pm this Saturday at the Rebekah Hall in Napavine.

Longview Police invite you to safely and securely get rid of old and unwanted prescription drugs at the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, happening this Saturday from 10 am until 2pm at the station on Hudson St. in downtown Longview.

The ARR Pirates Food Drive for the VFW happens this Saturday in the parking lot of Skipper’s, located next to Walmart at 537 7th Avenue in Longview. Donations will be accepted between 10 am and 5 pm this Saturday, with live cannon demonstrations and a raffle for a $100 gift card.

The Cowlitz Coin Club invites you to celebrate the club’s 50th annual Coin Show, happening at the AWPPW Hall on 15th Avenue in Longview. Hours are 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday; you’ll be able to view, buy and sell coins, currency, tokens, medals and the like. There will be hourly prize drawings, with gold and silver American Eagle coins being given away. Admission and dealer appraisals are free.

The annual Longview Parks and Recreation Earth Day event happens this Saturday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This runs from 10 am until 3:30 pm, and admission is free. There will be live entertainment, hands-on activities, vendors, food for sale and all kinds of fun. Everyone is welcome.

Safe Kids Day happens this Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building, going from 10 am until 2 pm. They’ll have health and safety tips, vendor and information booths, activities, safety information, a bicycle giveaway, prizes and games. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas St.

The Mom’s Day Out Bazaar takes place this Saturday in the gym at Northlake Church, located on the corner of Ocean Beach Highway and Pacific Way. They’ll have lots of fun new products from local artists and entrepreneurs, and they’ll also have raffles for items donated by each vendor. This is a fundraising benefit for the Caring Pregnancy Center.

The ASLCC Baseball Spirit Event is scheduled to happen this Saturday from 1 to 4 pm at LCC’s Story Field, as the Red Devils take on Pierce in a doubleheader. Along with the great baseball, they’ll have free food and red Devil swag to give away.

Students of local music teachers will perform at 3 pm this Saturday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, presented by the Cowlitz Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association. Admission is free.

The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market continues its run in the 7th Avenue parking lot, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants to get your garden started, fresh honey, baked goods and other crafts for sale. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October.

Sloth Center Issues

Posted on 26th April 2018 at 09:20

The Rainier-based Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and Sloth Center is in some hot water with authorities in Thurston County, as a number of exotic animals are seized from a storefront in Olympia, a site that the Sloth Center was calling a “nursery.” On March 31st and April 4th, Animal Control officers raided the storefront in Olympia, seizing six sloths, two tortoises, an African anteater, three armadillos, an Asian water monitor, a number of other lizards, and other “critters.” In Thurston County District Court, county officials say that they have “serious concerns” about the health of these animals, saying that they need specialized feeding and care to survive. They also note that the Sloth Center failed to get any permits or licenses before opening their “nursery.” On the Center’s Facebook page, operators of the facility complain about the “quagmire” of state and federal rules in dealing with exotic animals. The seized animals have been moved to an undisclosed location. The ZWCC and Sloth Center is also being targeted on-line by animal rights activists; a group called the Northwest Animal Rights Network is mounting a campaign against the Sloth Center, saying that there’s no reason for such a facility to exist in Oregon. They say that these type of facilities wouldn’t even be legal in Costa Rica, where the sloths naturally live. The NARN is asking for additional investigation of the Center.

MiningSky COO Sentence

Posted on 26th April 2018 at 09:19

The Chief Operating Officer of the company that is working to build a data mining center in the old Longview Water Treatment Plant on Fishers Lane is heading to federal prison, after an appeals court denied his case, letting a copyright infringement conviction stand. Today’s Daily News reports on the case involving MiningSky COO Eric Lundgren, who was previously pleaded guilty last May, after being charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, and criminal copyright infringement. Lundgren was involved in a scheme back in 2012, where he was trying to sell copies of “restore discs” from Microsoft, to be used by people to reboot computers that had crashed or had a virus, instead of having to buy new computers. The discs were seized by Customs before they could enter the country, and Lundgren was charged. Lundgren appealed his sentence, which was upheld on the 11th of this month by the 11th U. S. Court of Appeals. Lundgren now faces 15 months in federal prison, along with a $50,000 fine. Company officials say that the project in Longview can still proceed while Lundgren serves his time; city officials agree that others are capable of moving the project forward. It’s reported that the main issue right now is negotiation with the Cowlitz PUD on electricity supplies.