The Lower Columbia College basketball teams came up with a sweep at Centralia last night. The LCC women beat the Blazers 53-49 as Madison Crews hit four three-pointers in the 4th quarter to lead the way in her hometown. LCC is now 11-1 in league. The LCC men beat the Blazers 77-69 as Devin Johnson scored 32. The final LCC home games of the season are Saturday…..Dillon Brooks hit a three just before the buzzer as the Ducks beat Cal 68-65 last night. Also, Stanford downed OSU 79-66. #1 Gonzaga is at San Diego tonight…..Back to work for the Trail Blazers tonight as they take on the Magic in Orlando, KLOG 3:05 pm….UW football coach Chris Petersen has hired former Ducks assistant Mark Lubick to join the staff as QB coach and co-offensive coordinator.
Frew crews responded to the Weyerhaeuser mill site this morning, after a fire was reported in the compressor room at NORPAC. This incident was reported at about 7:40 am; we don’t have any word yet on the cause or size of the fire, or the extent of damage, but the fire was knocked down in just a couple of minutes. An investigation is now getting under way.
Kelso Police say that an assault that was reported last night in the 1400 block of 7th Avenue may be gang-related. Officers responded to a report that a man had been assaulted at about 8:50 last night; the reporting party says that two men attacked the victim, leaving him lying in the street. When police talked with the victim, he said that the suspects were gang members, who attacked him as he walked down the street. Officers say that the victim did not appear to be badly injured, and was able to walk away under his own power. Police have not identified any suspects at this time.
Vladislav Leo Shcheglyuk, 36, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail, picked up last night on I-5 in Kelso, after he was allegedly involved in a high-speed chase on the freeway. A few minutes after 8 last night, State Troopers reported that they were in pursuit of a speeder on the southbound freeway. The trooper reported that they were doing 90 miles an hour as the chase went south on the freeway at milepost 49. Other Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and Police in other agencies prepared to meet the speeder as he approached, getting ready to deploy spike strips; they say that the suspect was passing on the shoulder, and was weaving across the freeway as he headed south. One Deputy says that Shcheglyuk honked and waved as he drove by near the Mount Brynion overpass. They got the suspect stopped and arrested near the Allen Street exit at milepost 39; he’s now being held on a single charge of felony eluding.
The Sheriff’s Office is following up on the discovery of a note in a bottle, supposedly coming from a person looking for some help. Just before 9 yesterday morning, a person walked into the Woodland Police Department, turning over a note that they found in a bottle on the river bank. The note says “I’m stuck out here-stranded. This is my second time out….I’m going Castaway-style in a fort made of sticks that I have found. I have enough food to last for one more day. It gets lonely, needless to say, but I am used to it. Please send help.” The note had a name and a cell phone number on it. Woodland Police turned the note over to the Sheriff’s Office, who attempted to call the phone number. They say that the calls went to voice mail, and they were unable to leave a message. Efforts to contact this person are continuing.
Cowlitz County is announcing the receipt of two Community Development Block Grant awards, the only county in Washington state to get two such awards this year. County officials reported on the awards from the Washington Department of Commerce, part of $10 million that was split into 22 grants. The first grant of $217,590 is going to the Lower Columbia Community Program, which will use the money to rehabilitate 12 housing units in areas of the county that are not part of communities eligible for entitlement grant funds. Ilona Kerby with Lower Columbia CAP says that this is a win-win for the county and the community, helping to rehabilitate housing in parts of the county that doesn’t usually see impacts from CDBG dollars. The second grant of $79,584 goes to Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, which will pass through the dollars to help rehabilitate the Beechwood Duplexes in Woodland. Both grants are tied to the Cowlitz County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
For the first time this year, Twin Harbors is open for razor clam digging, but Long Beach remains closed. Washington Fish and Wildlife says that a six-day dig opens today and goes through next Tuesday. Digging will be allowed on this evening’s tide ONLY at Twin Harbors. Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, Copalis, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will all be open for digging. Monday and Tuesday of next week, only Twin Harbors will be open again. Long Beach remains off-limits, due to continuing issues with high levels of Domoic Acid. Digging is allowed on the evening tides only; be sure to have your current shellfish harvest license, and be sure to observe the harvest and bag limit rules.
Smiles Dental in Longview is prepping for the annual “Gift of Smiles” Free Dental Day, signing people up today, to provide free dental services tomorrow. Local residents will be able to call in today, starting at 8 am, and make an appointment for cleanings or restorative dental work. The restorative work includes things like filling, extractions or other treatments that can be done in an hour, and that do not require extra labs. Smiles Dental will be doing this work tomorrow, but you must get an appointment beforehand. The phone lines at Smiles Dental will open at 8 am today; you can call 200-6995 after that time to make an appointment. Smiles Dental in Longview is located at 820 Ocean Beach Highway, suite 110. Get more information by going to welovesmiles.com. Smiles Dental started the Gift of Smiles in 2009, and has provided more than $710,000 in free dental services since that time.
They’re starting the process of looking for a new director for SAFE of Columbia County, after the current director announced that he’s heading back to Los Angeles. SAFE of Columbia County provides support for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and has been run for the past four years by Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg. Last week, Cordova-Muenzberg informed the SAFE board of directors that he and his partner plan to return to LA in May, where he can be closer to family and friends. Cordova-Muenzberg is a Southern California native. The SAFE board is developing a succession plan, with a goal of releasing a job announcement within the next week.
Today’s Community Conversation lecture is titled “Brain vs. Brawn: Two for the Price of One?” It’s being presented by Lower Columbia College nursing instructor Annette Ward, continuing on with this term’s theme of “Sports and Society.” The free lecture begins at noon in the Laufman Lecture Hall in the Health and Science Building at LCC, and is open to anyone interested.
There’s a “Paint and Sip” event planned for this afternoon at the Monticello Park Senior Living Center, located at 7th and Hudson in Longview. This is a benefit for the Monticello Lions, and will start at 5 pm. Glazy Days will be supplying the paints and supplies; they’ll be pouring Roland Wines, and they will also be serving chef-prepared appetizers and you’ll be able to take home your specially-created wine glass. Paint-n-Sip at Monticello Park runs from 5 to 7 pm this evening; call 575-1778 to reserve your seat.