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Archive | June, 2018

Port Fatality

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:25

The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate yesterday morning’s fatal incident at the Port of Longview, where Longshoreman Byron Jacobs of Longview was killed after being hit by a mooring line that snapped. The incident happened at about 1:45 yesterday morning, as the ANSAC Splendor was being moved. The ship was being loaded at the Port’s Berth 5, and it was being moved from one loading hatch to another. During that move, a mooring line parted, and then recoiled toward the dock and the ship. Jacobs and three other men were hit by the flying line; Jacobs was killed, while the ship’s chief mate was critically injured. Another Longshoreman and a security guard were also hit, but their injuries are said to be “non-life-threatening.” All operations at the Port were shut down as a “safety stand-down,” while the Coast Guard conducts its investigation.

The incident hit the local area hard, as Jacobs was well-known in the local area, and was the father of three. He worked as a Longshoreman for 16 years, and also served as the Secretary-Treasurer for ILWU Local 21. Local 21 President Jake Ford says that this is a “tragic day” for this area, while Port of Longview Executive Director Norm Krehbiel says this is “an unimaginable loss” for the maritime community, and for the community at large. Jacobs’ family says that a memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, July 6th at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center.

Randle Body

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:25

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a body on some property near Randle, as they also investigate the disappearance of a 16 year-old boy. On the 27th of this month, a report came in that a 16 year-old boy was missing. The teen had been living with his father in Randle, and was last seen on the 23rd of this month. The father and other family members did their own searching before they called the Sheriff’s Office. It’s reported that the teen was planning to meet with a friend, but the friend says that the teen never showed up. On the afternoon of the 28th, deputies and detectives were canvassing the Randle area; acting on a tip, they went to some remote property off of Cispus Road. It was reported that there was a shallow grave on the property. Deputies found a fresh gravesite, which was originally described as being for a dog. When the grave was opened, they found the body of an unidentified person. They’re now working to identify this person and notify next of kin. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is also trying to find the missing teen’s friend, identified as “Benny” Marquez, 16, along with the friend’s brother, Jonathan Adamson, 21. Call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 360-748-9286 if you have information.

Truck Crash

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:24

A crash involving a semi on Kelso Drive caused a fire and a power outage yesterday evening. At 6:12 pm, it was reported that a semi had collided with a utility pole in the 500 block of Kelso Drive, right in front of the Red Lion. The collision knocked down power lines, which then caused two cars in the parking lot to catch fire. Employees and hotel guests were advised to shelter in place as the PUD came in to shut the power off, and while Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue got the car fires put out. About 600 customers were affected by the outage, as the line was de-energized between McDonald’s and Tam O’Shanter Way. Kelso Drive was also shut down for a time. No injuries were reported, while Kelso Police continue to investigate the collision.

Strike Vote

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:23

There’s a potential for a strike against Weyerhaeuser, as members of Woodworkers Local 536 take a strike vote while contract negotiations are stalled. The 1,200 members of the union voted yesterday, with that voting and tabulation going well into the night. The current contract with the union expired on May 31st, and there have been at least two negotiation sessions. A “best and final offer” was presented to the union about a week ago, and there are several topics that are causing problems for the union. Health care contributions, changes to pension plans, wages, vacation, and mandatory overtime are among the main sticking points. There are also concerns that the company is asking the union to make concessions, while the company is showing positive financial performance. If the union does vote to strike, no action could be taken before the end of next week at the earliest.

Hart Family Service

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:22

A Celebration of Life for the Hart family of Woodland is planned for tomorrow in South Dakota. On March 26th, Jennifer and Sarah Hart of Woodland and their six adopted children were killed when the family SUV plunged off of a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway. The bodies of Devonte Hart, 15, and Hannah Hart, 16, have still not been recovered. It’s presumed that the crash was a murder-suicide, taking place just days after Cowlitz County authorities were opening up an investigation into possible child abuse and neglect charges. Both Jennifer and Sarah Hart were originally from South Dakota; tomorrow’s event will take place in Huron, South Dakota, where Jennifer Hart grew up. It’s reported that the event is open to the public.

State of the County

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:21

While there were some fiery moments, the mood at yesterday’s “State of the County” report from the County Commissioners was upbeat. Commission President Joe Gardner says that things are on the right trajectory. Gardner says that the county is “busy making positive changes,” pointing to improvements that have been made in the Building and Planning department, completion of the Comprehensive Plan, reduction of permit fees, resolution of issues with Cowlitz County 911, and plans for a new County Morgue. Commissioner Arne Mortensen spent the bulk of his time defending the negotiations with Republic Services for management and operation of the Headquarters Road Landfill, while Commissioner Dennis Weber fired back at those who have been criticizing his lobbying efforts regarding the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal facility. Weber is also pushing for “completion of the missing link,” urging state and federal officials to finally complete the link between the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway and roads connecting to Randle.

Pekin Road Closure

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:20

If you’re heading down to the Woodland Bottoms tomorrow evening, be aware that South Pekin Road will be closed form 6 pm to midnight. The Cowlitz County Department of Public Works is permitting the road closure for a fireworks display that’s planned. The closure will take place along the Lewis River, in the area of Catherine Drive. One lane will remain open for emergency vehicles. Call Public Works at 360-577-3030 if you have any other questions.

Sockeye Season Opens

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:20

Columbia River anglers have just two more days to fish for Chinook salmon, but the river will open for Sockeye salmon fishing on Sunday. It was originally planned to forgo a Sockeye season this year, due to low projected returns. Fishery managers say that they got some updated numbers, and they now project that 209 thousand Sockeye will return to the river this year. That’s up from an original projection of 99 thousand fish. The Chinook season is closing four days early, as the latest projections on that run are trending downward. Starting on Sunday, anglers that are fishing between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and Bonneville Dam will be allowed to catch up to six salmon and steelhead in a day, with a limit of two adult fish. The remaining fish can be hatchery jack Chinook salmon. Get full details by going to the WDFW web page, or contact your local outfitter.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:19

After a muffed foul pop-up kept the Beavers alive on Wednesday, OSU left no doubt last night, shutting out Arkansas 5-0 to win the College World Series. Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel was masterful, while catcher Adley Rutschman was named Tourney MVP, with a record 17 hits…..Seattle got a jack from Nelson Cruz, but it took two Oriole errors in the 10th inning to get the 4-2 win. It’s the first-ever four-game sweep of Baltimore by the M’s. They now come home to host KC, KLOG coverage at 6 pm…..The Hilander Dental Senior Legion team is on its annual trip to Twin Falls ID for the Cowboy Classic tournament, and they kicked things of with a 3-2 win over Taylorsville UT. They continue play today against North Cache UT, starting at 4 pm Pacific time.

Weekend Events-6/29-7/1/18

Posted on 29th June 2018 at 09:18

Friday:
The Kalama Heritage Festival returns this year, presented at Kalama Marine Park by the Pacific Ohana Foundation. The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will feature a full weekend mixed with Hawaiian and Native American music, dance and food. Saturday will have canoe events, “Colors of Hawaii” processions, and members of the family of John Kalama will be honored. Festivities start at noon on Friday, 9 am on Saturday, and at 11 am on Sunday.

Get ready to boo the villain and cheer the hero at “Little Nell, the Orephan Girl,” Stageworks Northwest’s annual summer melodrama. Curtain times at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue will be at 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. “Little Nell, the Orphan Girl” will run each weekend through July 15th. Go to stageworksnorthwest.org to learn more.

The Farmers Market at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet is now open for the season, operating from 3 to 6 pm each Friday through August 1st.

Saturday:
Auditions for an upcoming Stageworks Northwest production of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be held on Saturday, with roles available for 15 men and 4 women. You should bring a theatrical resume and a photo; auditions will include script readings and interactive activities. Auditions start at 10 am on Saturday at the Longview Theatre in downtown Longview.

You can help raise money for the Kari Jo Pearson cancer fund at a Garden Party and Dessert Extravaganza that’s happening on Saturday. This will run from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday at 145 Apache Place in Kelso (Head up Mt. Pleasant Rd., and then follow the signs). It’s free to come by and take part, but donations will be accepted; they will also be holding several raffles. Call 360-423-9636 for more information.

Help raise money for the local Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund this Saturday at Antidote Tap House at the Triangle Shopping Center. IAFF Locals 828 and 3828 are joining with Top Rung Brewing to take over the taps, there will be a Mariner Dog dinner special, hand rolled cigars, and you can even get your picture taken with a sexy Fire Fighter. Things get started at 3 pm on Saturday; your admission will include a keepsake mug and two brew tickets.

“Operation: Freedom Week” happens this weekend at the Kelso Senior Center, with events planned for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Kelso Senior Center Association is joining with the Cowlitz Valley VFW Post #1045 to host the event, with a USO Dance, a “drive-in movie” and “Patriotic Bingo.” Things are planned from 6 to 10 pm each night. You’re asked to RSVP by calling 503-395-5247.

Music on the Mountain happens this weekend at the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory, featuring the R&B and smooth soul sounds of “Northwest Groove,” a seven-member band out of Kelso. This will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Johnston Ridge; admission to the concert is free. If the weather turns, then they will move the show inside the Observatory building.

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.

Sunday:
An official Installation Service will happen on Sunday at the Lexington Bible Fellowship, as new Pastor Jeremiah Peck is welcomed to the area. The service will take place at 11 am on Sunday, with a reception for Peck and his family to follow. The church is located at 99 Garden St., near the end of John St. in Lexington.