James Paxton pitched eight innings of two-hit ball with 11 strikeouts as the Mariners edged the Royals 1-0 on Sunday. Seattle has won seven straight as they take today off before hosting the Angels Tuesday night…..The Port Angeles Lefties scored 16 straight runs to beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 16-3 on Sunday. The Bears are off tonight before going to Portland Tuesday night…..Hilander Dental went 5-0 to win the Cowboy Classic Senior Legion tournament in Idaho. Hilander Dental beat Pocatello 13-6 in the championship game…..Port Angeles defeated Cowlitz 16-3 in West Coast League action on Sunday. The struggling Bears take tonight off before beginning a series at Portland tomorrow night.
Archive | July, 2018
With the theme of “Longview’s 95th American Tradition,” the annual Go 4th Festival opens today, and runs through Wednesday. The food vendors at Lake Sacajawea open at 9 am, the Longview Firefighter Floating Hole-in-One opens at 10, and the carnival rides in front of R. A. Long High School start at noon. Mark Dykstra performs on the stage at Martin’s Dock at 3 pm, followed by the headline event of the day. The annual Cardboard Boat Regatta starts at 5:30 pm, and then Gary Bennett and the Coattail Riders will wrap up the day with a show at 8 pm.
The schedule for Tuesday starts the same as Monday, though the Kid’s Fest will open at 11 am, Raeann Phillips will perform at 1:30, Ted Boursaw will perform at 5:30 pm, and Gold Dust will have a show at 8 pm. The Longview Pioneer Lions will host the annual “Spirits of Longview” Beer Garden, starting at 5 pm at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center. This year’s Beer Garden will also feature a Doubles Cornhole Tournament, starting at 6 pm. There is a limit of 32 teams. The Spirits of Longview Beer Garden is a 21-and-over event. At 6 pm, the gun will go off for the first-ever
Firecracker 5K Fun Run, starting and finishing at the Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea. Get registration information from Longview Parks and Recreation.
Wednesday is the big day, starting with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at 8 am. The parade lineup also starts at 8 am, followed by the regular opening times for the lake vendors, the Floating Hole-in-One, the Kid’s Fest and the carnival. The Timber Carnival prelims start at 9 am, followed by the finals at 1 pm. The July 4th Road Mile Run begins at 9:45, followed by the parade through downtown at noon. The Lions Kids Races happen at noon at R. A. Long High School, there’s live entertainment through the day at Martin’s Dock, and everything is capped off by the fireworks at the Lake at dusk on Wednesday.
As usual, there are traffic and parking restrictions around the lake, including one-way traffic on Kessler Boulevard. You’re also asked to observe the rules regarding fireworks and their use. No fireworks are allowed at Lake Sacajawea, or in any other park in the city. Also be observant of the legal hours for shooting off fireworks, and be respectful by cleaning up your debris afterward.
You need to be aware that the annual ban on outdoor burning is now in effect in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark and Skamania counties. The ban went up yesterday, and will be in effect until the soaking rains return in the fall. The Department of Natural Resources says that the overall fire danger level has now been elevated to “moderate.” All previously-issued burn permits are now rescinded, until the fire danger subsides in the fall. All outdoor burning is now prohibited, though recreational campfires will still be allowed in parks or on private property that have designated or improved fire pits. Call 1-800-323-BURN to get the latest on the fire danger status, and on current fire restrictions.
Traffic on the northbound freeway was snarled for a time yesterday afternoon near Kalama, following a fatal motorcycle crash. State Troopers say that the collision happened at about 2:30 pm, at milepost 30, just north of Kalama. Robert Horton, 48, of Portland was northbound, and then his 2017 Harley Davidson went off of the freeway to the right. The bike hit the guard rail, and Horton was ejected. The motorcycle then continued on, crossing the freeway before coming to rest on the left shoulder. Horton died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The Chief Mate who was critically injured last Thursday at the Port of Longview has died from those injuries. Port officials announced Friday morning that Pingshan Li, 41, died from injuries he received after being hit by a mooring line that snapped as the ANSAC Splendor was being moved from one loading hatch to another. Longshoreman Byron Jacobs was killed by the flying rope, while another Longshoreman and a security guard were also injured. The Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries continue to investigate the incident. You can help the family of Byron Jacobs with expenses connected to his death and his funeral by donating to the Byron Jacobs Family Fund, which is set up at the Lower Columbia Longshoreman Credit Union, located at 629 14th Avenue in Longview. Memorial services are planned for next Friday, the 6th, starting at 1 pm at the Cowlitz County Conference and Events Center.
Two brothers from the Randle area are now in the Lewis County Jail, held on murder charges connected to the discovery of a body late last week. The body was found on some remote property off of Cispus Road, as Deputies and Detectives were looking for 16 year-old Ben Eastman the third of Randle. The teen was reported as missing on the 27th, but he hadn’t been seen since the 23rd, when he went to visit the 16 year-old suspect. After the discovery of Eastman’s body, a “be on the lookout” alert went out for Benito Marquez, 16, and his brother, Jonathan R. Adamson, 21. State Troopers found and arrested the pair late on Friday in Ellensberg, and both suspects are expected to be in Lewis County Superior Court this morning. Marquez is in juvenile detention, while Adamson is currently being held on bail of a $1 million, charged with second-degree murder. No other details are being released at this time.
An overwhelming majority of Woodworkers Union members at the Weyerhaeuser mill in Longview have given their authorization to strike. Officials with Local 536 report that more than 90 percent of the union members that cast ballots last Thursday voted to authorize the strike. They also rejected the “best and final offer” that had been presented to union members earlier in June. The current contract between Weyco and the Woodworkers Union expired on May 31st, so contract negotiations have been under way. It’s being reported that another negotiation session is planned for July 10th and 11th. Health care contributions, mandatory overtime, a loss of pension and seniority benefits and wages are some of the main sticking points.
The City of Longview is starting work on Memorial Park Drive, so that street is going to be closed during the day today and tomorrow. A contractor will be making improvements to the street, which will be closed all traffic between 6 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow. Detours will be posted.
Cowlitz County’s chip-sealing and road-striping program continues; county officials say that they hope to get close to finishing the chip-seal on roads in the Lexington area today. Training is scheduled tomorrow, and everyone will be off on Wednesday, for the Independence Day holiday. Work will resume on Thursday, with crews moving to the Castle Rock area after finishing up in Lexington. Road striping won’t start until Thursday of this week, with work planned near Longview, Amboy, Ariel, Woodland, Kalama and Kelso. Call Cowlitz County Public Works at 360-577-3030 if you have questions.
The Cowlitz County Superior Court is looking for your input on some of the customer services aspects of the court. Court Administrator Chad Connors says that a person’s perception of the justice system can be shaped by the quality of the experience when they visit the courtroom and engage in court services. Connors says that they want to know where improvements are needed, and the only way to gather that information is be asking people. Connors says that they’ve set up the survey on surveymonkey.com; the survey will be available on that website through July 28th.