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Outreach Center Closes

The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Center that’s been set up at the Kelso City Hall for the past week or so closes at the end of business today. The SBA says that low-interest, long-term loans are available to businesses and individuals who suffered damage in the storms, flooding, slides and winds that ripped through the area between December 1st and 14th of last years. Businesses and non-profits can borrow up to $2 million; disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners for the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real estate, while homeowners and renters can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open in the City Council Conference Room from 9 am to 5 pm today. Get more information on the SBA website, or call 1-800-659-2955 for more information. The deadline to file for property damage connected to this disaster is March 28th; you have until October 28 to file claims for “economic injury.”

Gun Waver

Salim Winter, 45, of Longview is being held on a disorderly conduct charge, after it was reported that he was displaying a handgun yesterday in Longview. There were actually several incidents reported yesterday in Longview, the last one coming shortly after 5 pm, in the vicinity of 9th and Hudson. It was reported that a man was behaving erratically, and was displaying the firearm. A witness saw the man run into a storage unit; officers reportedly found Winter hiding in a shed. He was arrested and booked into the County Jail on a new count of disorderly conduct, with bail set at $500. Dan Alton Barge was also arrested on a failure to appear warrant during this operation.

Task Force Arrest

Jeffrey Reinke, 58, of Woodland is under arrest after action by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force and Woodland Police. A search warrant was served yesterday, resulting in the arrest of Reinke on two counts of delivery of cocaine. Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet says that this is part of an ongoing investigation, and he says that they expect to make more arrests as a result of this joint investigation.

Passed-Out Driver

Brian John Myers, 32, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail after Longview Police reportedly found him asleep at the wheel of a running vehicle early yesterday morning. Around 3:45 yesterday, LPD was called to the area of 22nd and Louisiana, where it was reported that a running car was stopped in the middle of the street, with the driver slumped over the wheel. The 911 caller also reported seeing a gun in the vehicle. Police made contact with Myers, who was found to have warrants from the Department of Corrections and from Clark County. He was arrested without incident, and is now being held illegal possession of a gun, physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, and driving while suspended. Warrants for failure to comply and from the Department of Corrections are also pending.

PeaceHealth Hires

PeaceHealth is announcing the hiring of two new management team members. Cindy Davis has been named as the Chief Nursing Officer at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, while Marla Sanger is the new Director of Community Benefit and Advocacy for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network. Davis will lead the strategy, operational effectiveness and development of nursing practices at the PeaceHealth hospital in Vancouver, while Sanger will drive the system’s comprehensive community benefit approach, advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.

911 Meeting

The Cowlitz County E-Board invites you over to the Cowlitz County Expo Center today, for a couple of special meetings dealing with the Public Safety Radio and Paging Communications System. Presentations are planned at 9 and 11 am, which will include information on the deficiencies in the current system, along with details on how the system will be improved with upgrades. Both meetings are open to the public.

Community Conversations

Today’s Community Conversation lecture is titled “The Patriarchy of Punk and the Riot Grrl Revolution,” and will be presented by English instructor Nicole DiGerlando. Today’s lecture continues on with this term’s theme of “Music: The Rhythm of Societies,” and will start at noon at the Laufman Lecture Hall in the Health and Science Building at LCC. Admission is free, and anyone interested is invited to attend.

Welding Competition

Nearly three dozen students from eleven high schools all around the area are converging on Lower Columbia College today, taking part in the 2016 High School Welding Competition. Students are forming teams that will compete for the highest scores by demonstrating basic to advanced welding and torch skills. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places, in a variety of skill tests. The competing students will also get information on future career opportunities for welders. Local companies are also supporting the competition, donating more than $2,500 worth of prizes and welding-related materials. Today’s High School Welding Competition will be held in the LCC Welding Lab, where the college welding classes are presented. Kelso High School returns to defend its title from last year; Mark Morris was second last year, and Winlock finished third.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Damian Lillard scored 31 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 116-103 win over the Houston Rockets. The Blazers head into the All-Star break winners of eight of nine games…..Utah beat Washington 90-82 in Pac-12 action…..The LCC men’s basketball team had a 10 game win streak snapped with a 66-60 loss at Tacoma last night. The LCC women have won nine in a row after a 51-49 victory over Tacoma…..Kennedy Catholic downed Kelso 70-42 at the boys 3A Bi-District tournament last night. The Scots will take on Sumner in a 6 pm loser out game tomorrow night in Tacoma…..The Kelso Lassies open up the girls 3A Bi-District tonight at Hazen, KLOG 6:45 pm…..Also tonight, the 1A girls District begins with Kalama hosting Hoquiam at 7 pm.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Mark Morris went on a 10-0 run in overtime to defeat R.A. Long 74-64 in the boys Civil War last night. Will Burghardt of MM had 32 points to lead all scorers. MM will host a District game Saturday while the Jacks will travel in the first round…..The Kelso boys open 3A Bi-District action tonight at Kennedy Catholic, KLOG 6:55 pm…..Ridgefield beat the R.A. Long girls 42-37 in the 2A tie-breaker game. The Jills season comes to a close…..The Blazers host the Rockets tonight, KLOG after the Kelso playoff game….. The LCC basketball teams hope to stay perfect in league play when they travel to Tacoma tonight with the women at 6 pm and the men at 8 pm…..The UW men are at Utah tonight at 6 pm…..The Mariners sign veteran reliever Joel Peralta, 39, who played with the Dodgers last season.