Felix Hernandez had a strong game, but Luis Severino was stronger, throwing 100+ mph fastballs into the 7th inning as the NY Yankees got by the Mariners 4-1. Severino struck out six, and got out of jams in the three separate innings. The second game of the four-game series is tonight at Safeco, KLOG coverage starts at 6 pm…..Ryan Kim led the way for the Cowlitz Black Bears last night, picking up three RBI in last night’s 5-2 win over the Port Angeles Lefties. Kim had a 2-run HR in the 9th to seal the deal…..The Hilander Dental Sr. Legion baseball team opens competition at the state tournament on Saturday, taking on Lakeside Recovery in Spokane tomorrow evening. Nipps’s Burgers and More opens the Jr. Legion State Tourney tomorrow in Lynden.
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Brenda Wing is going to get another chance to plead her case in connection with the death of a three year-old boy, after the Washington Court of Appeals rules that she will be allowed to withdraw her previous guilty plea. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the ruling from Division II of the Court of Appeals, which says that Brenda Wing’s offender score had the same computing errors as her husband. In 2015, Danny and Brenda Wing both pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault, charges connected to the November 2014 death of Jasper Henderling-Warner, 3; the little boy had been left in the couple’s care, and they say that he died as result of severe abuse and neglect. Both were eventually sentenced to 34 years apiece, and both appealed those sentences. Danny Wing’s appeal was granted several weeks ago; at this time, neither has withdrawn their previous pleas. The Lewis County Prosecutor tells the paper that he’s ready to go to trial on each person, if they decide to withdraw the pleas.
A man who suffered a severe heart attack while riding in last weekend’s Seattle-to-Portland bike tour is now looking for the nurse who saved his life. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Will Treinen, 50, had just gone past the STP rest stop in Vader last Sunday, when he was hit by a serious heart attack. Treinen went to the ground, which was seen by an STP volunteer. Seconds later, another female rider stopped and jumped off of her bike, then she started CPR on Treinen. It’s reported that she continued with CPR for five minutes, while paramedics were responded. Treinen was eventually taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, then was transferred to Tacoma General, where he’s expected to make a full recovery. In the mayhem of the moment, no one got the name of the nurse who did the CPR; they say that she had dark hair, and may have been in her 20’s or 30’s. They say that she was riding with her father. The family is making appeals on Facebook and Twitter, saying that they want to know that this woman saved a man’s life, and they want to thank her for that.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is out with a sternly-worded letter, saying that she’s vowing to protect citizens of Southwest Washington from a proposed tolling scheme that’s being floated in Oregon. The State of Oregon is mulling over a proposal to charge tolls on freeways in Portland, a measure that Beutler says would unfairly target commuters from Washington. In the letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett, stating her concerns about the plan. Beutler says that she doesn’t oppose the concept of a fee that’s paid by users of a resource, allocating funds to maintenance and upkeep of that resource, but she claims that any toll imposed in I-5 and I-205 would unfairly target commuters from Washington. She says that money would pay for improvements south of Portland, which would rarely be used by the people footing the bill. Beutler says that “Oregon has no right to make Southwest Washington an unwilling piggy bank for Oregon’s infrastructure projects.” Beutler pledges to defend Southwest Washington residents from any unfair tolling plan, using every appropriate means available.
If you’re heading into the Olympia area this weekend, be aware that I-5 could be severely congested. A bridge repair project on the northbound freeway is expected to cause backups that could be miles long, starting tonight and going through Monday morning. The Washington Department of Transportation says that you should avoid using I-5 northbound during Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey over this weekend; if you do have to use the freeway, go early in the morning or late at night, when traffic flows are reduced. You can check on flows in real time by checking the WashDOT traffic cameras, or by going to the WashDOT phone app. These lane closures are part of a larger freeway paving project that is projected to go into the fall.
Starting on Sunday, Cowlitz County document recording fees will be going up, after action in this year’s legislative session. County officials say that more document recording fees will rise by a dollar, a surcharge for records management grants to local governments, along with training on public records and consultations to local governments. The full list of documents recorded by Cowlitz County and the fees connected to those documents is available on the county web page, or in the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office.
You’re invited to come and hear from candidates for the Longview City Council and the Longview School Board at a forum that’s planned for this Sunday. The League of Women Voters of Cowlitz County continues with the tradition of hosting these informational forums, with this event being held at 2 pm on Sunday in the Longview City Council chambers. This forum will feature the primary election contenders for Longview City Council Position 5, and Longview School Board Director Position 2. A forum for the Kelso City Council position that’s on the primary ballot will be held next Tuesday. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
A ceremony is planned for this evening at the south entry to Castle Rock, where the ribbon will be cut on the new fountain and welcome sign that has recently been completed. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 5:30 this afternoon, in the 1400 block of Huntington Avenue South, right across from Lions Pride Park. The new sign and water feature cost upwards of $125,000, but donations and volunteer labor covered almost all of the costs connected to the project. This evening’s ribbon-cutting also meshes with the annual visit from the America in Bloom judges, who are in town to check over Castle Rock’s 2017 entry into the annual competition. A potluck is planned in Lions Park after the ribbon-cutting; you’re also invited to bring a dish and take part in the picnic, as well.
The Columbia County Fair continues Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds just outside of St. Helens. Along with the exhibits of animals, pies and live entertainment, there are magic shows, Cook’s Racing Pigs, the Pirate’s Parrot Show, even a hypnotist. The Columbia County Fairgrounds are located just west of town, right off of Bachelor Flat Road.
More than 100 vendors are expected this Friday night near Woodland, along with 30 vintage travel trailers, live entertainment and a lot more at the “Ragtag Revival.” This is the third year for this event, taking place on the Wickering Heights farm. Vintage vendors will be open from 4 to 7 pm on Friday; this is also a 21-and-over event. The whole family is invited to come on Saturday, with the vendors open from 10 am to 5 pm, and from 10 to 3 on Sunday. Wickering Heights Farm is located on 389th Street, a few miles south and east of Woodland.
The Cowlitz County Cornhole Summer Campout happens Friday and Saturday at the Toutle River RV Resort, north of Castle Rock at exit 52. A Singles tournament is scheduled for Friday evening at 6 pm, then there will be a Doubles event starting at 10 am Saturday morning. Blind Draw and Co-Ed events are also being planned. Get more information by calling 560-6023.
The 5th annual Ronan Thompson Foundation 5K Fun Run and Walk happens this Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea, continuing to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. This event starts at 10 am on Saturday, with the run/walk course going around the lake. Get more information at www.RonanFoundation.org.
After you finish the 5K, get cleaned up and head over to the Monticello Hotel for the Heart of Gold Gala and Auction, which will happen on Saturday. The doors will open at 5:30 pm in the newly restored hotel, with fine dining, silent and live auctions, live entertainment and more; again, get more information at www.RonanFoundation.org.
Saturday evening at the Longview Eagles, a special dinner is being put on to benefit 8 year-old Khia Romo, who is dealing with serious heart issues, as she was born with a rare and very serious cardiac condition. Early next month, Khia will be going in for her fourth open heart surgery, and her family needs financial help in paying for these procedures. They’ll be serving a prime rib dinner at 5 pm, along with an auction, a 50-50 raffle, and other drawings through the evening. Contact the Longview Eagles at 1526 12th Avenue for more information.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is now open for its annual run, set up on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, right across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Along with plant starts to get your garden off and running, they will have fresh baked goods, honey and hand-crafted items for sale. Hours are 9 am until 2 pm.
The Kelso Bridge Market continues this Sunday, starting at 10 am at the Three Rivers Mall. Local farmers and crafters will be set up with fresh items, artworks and specially-made crafts. Admission is free.
Local law enforcement officers will be wearing black stripes across their badges for the next few days, as they mark the passing of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office K-9. Yesterday morning, the Sheriff’s Office announced that “Fritz” had to be put down after a “short, intense illness.” They say that the decision was made Tuesday night to put the dog down, and they say that Fritz is now “playing in heavenly pastures with Nitro, Xaran, Trux, Raccer, Brix, and Toby.” The German Shepherd joined the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 2009, and was reported to be between ten and eleven years old. Fritz had been involved in hundreds of operations over the years, and was said to be just a few months short of retirement. Sheriff Mark Nelson says Fritz and his handler, Deputy Brent Harris, served the citizens of Cowlitz County “with great courage and honor,” and that he will be sorely missed. Nelson that employees in his office will be wearing the black memorial bands through 6 am on Monday at a minimum. Information on a memorial or an escort will be forthcoming.