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KLOG Thursday Sports

The Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 123-117 behind the 44 of Damian Lillard. Kevin Durant had 50 for GS. The Blazers are off for eight days…..Kylee Gibbs scored 23 points to lead Kelso to a 60-42 win over Yelm in the 3A Bi-District last night. Kelso qualifies for the 3A Regionals and they will play Peninsula for seeding tomorrow night at 6 pm at Rogers HS in Puyallup. Washougal defeated Mark Morris 64-49 at the girls 2A District, eliminating the Monarchs…..The Kelso boys take on North Thurston tonight in the 3A Bi-District. The game is at 6 pm at Foss HS in Tacoma, KLOG 5:55 pm…..The LCC hoop teams swept Pierce, 82-45 in the women’s game and 86-73 in the men’s tilt…..New Mariners 1st baseman Ryon Healy had a bone spur removed from his hand and will miss 4 weeks.

Oregon Way Fire

An investigation is under way after a “Job Shack” trailer burned up yesterday afternoon at a lot on Oregon Way. Crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue were called to the intersection of Oregon Way and Alabama Street at 4 pm yesterday, after multiple calls came in about a “real estate office” being on fire. Firefighters could see a smoke column, but it took some time to figure out exactly what was burning. They found a double-wide “Job Shack” trailer on fire at Wheel Estate Mobile Home services, a company that provides mobile home moving services, with several portable buildings being stored on the lot. After a quick attack on the fire, a search of the unit was completed; it was reported that the unit was being used as temporary housing, as well as being office space. No one was found inside, and the fire was out in 20 minutes. The double-wide is now being declared as a total loss; investigators say that it looks like the fire started in a rear corner of the unit, in a space that’s used as sleeping quarters. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Meat Protest Arrest

One of the Portland-based animal rights activists who have been involved in the ongoing protest outside of Walt’s Meats is being charged with trespassing after an incident that was reported yesterday morning. Around 11:25 am, employees at the meat processing facility on Pekin Road called the Sheriff’s Office, claiming that about a dozen protestors were stopping trucks from entering the business. They claim that people were climbing on top of the trucks trying to go in, also harassing employees and cussing at them. Deputies responded, and as they checked the scene, no one was found near the processing plant. They did find about 15 people gathered about a mile from the facility, and those people were counseled about being safe around the trucks, and about the behavior that constituted a crime. They also advised the owner of Walt’s Meats to think about getting a court order. During yesterday’s conversation, Emily Rezentes was arrested for trespassing, accused of going onto the meat packer’s property. She’s free after posting bail. “Portland Animal Save” has been protesting outside of Walt’s Meats for several months, “bearing witness” to the animals that are taken to that facility for slaughter and processing.

Butts Competency Hearing

The testimony is complete, but the Columbia County District Attorney says that it will be several more weeks before Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove rules on the competency of Daniel Butts of Kalama. In a week-long hearing that was held earlier this month, Grove heard that Butts has been medicated at Oregon State Hospital, and that his behavior has improved following that medication. Mental health professionals called by the state testified that Butts suffers from schizophrenia, but he’s able to stand trial. A defense psychologist says that Butts is NOT competent; they say that he can be compliant, but he’s not cooperative, and cannot participate in his own defense. Butts is accused of shooting and killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in January of 2011; he could face the death penalty if he’s found competent to stand trial.

Missing Boy Found

A four year-old boy from Battle Ground is back with family members this morning, after a relative that was suffering some mental problems took off with the boy. Battle Ground Police put out an alert last night, looking for Aziel Belza, 4, of Battle Ground. They say that the little boy was inside a car that was taken by a 34 year-old female relative; family members say that the woman has been dealing with some mental health issues, and did not have permission to take the car or the boy. It was thought that the woman could be on her way to Eugene; at about 7:45 pm, Oregon State Police stopped the vehicle on I-5 near Albany. The woman was taken into custody, while family members came down to take care of the boy. The investigation is ongoing.

Astoria Cleanup Complete

The Coast Guard is reporting that the cleanup of an oil-filled tank that was found underneath a pier next to the Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa in Astoria is nearly complete. Late last month, an oil sheen was reported on the Columbia River near the pier, extending several miles down the river to Hammond. The sheen was traced to a large oil tank that was found underneath the pier. The 16-foot-by-6-foot tank was removed on January 30th, and additional cleanup has been done. Coast Guard officials report that more than 2,200 gallons of bunker oil was removed from the tank, along with more than 6,100 gallons of an “oily water mix” that was recovered with skimmers and a vacuum truck. Another 20 cubic yards of oiled debris and absorbent material was removed. 3,400 feet of containment boom was also used. The seawall near the tank has been decontaminated; containment booms are also being left in place, to catch oily material that washes off of piling and rocks in the area. The cleanup took more than 6,800 man-hours, and cost more than $900,000. Those costs were covered by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Daybreak Park Death Update

The man who was recovered from the East Fork of the Lewis River last Saturday morning has been identified as that of a Gresham man who had been missing since last December. The Clark County Medical Examiner now identifies the body as that of Vadim Mukhin, 27, of Gresham. Two fishermen reported finding his body in the river last Saturday morning, about a mile downstream from the Daybreak Park area. Mukhin has been missing since the last week of December, when he was camping with friends in the Larch Mountain area. Fellow campers say that Mukhin walked away from camp to try and get a better cell signal, and was never seen again. After days of searching, Mukhin’s jacket and jeans were found, but there was no other sign of him. The Clark County Medical Examiner is still working to determine the cause and manner of death.

Election Update

There are no changes to report after the second run of ballots from Tuesday night’s special election. Cowlitz County Elections reports that 18,539 ballots have been counted so far in this election, which puts overall turnout at 34.73 percent. Percentages from the Tuesday night run held pretty steady after the second run, with all of the measures on the Cowlitz County ballot now getting more than sixty percent approval. The next update from Cowlitz County Elections is expected next Tuesday evening.

Career Day

The Castle Rock and Toutle Lake Public Schools Career Day happens today, going from 12:30 until 2:30 pm at Toutle Lake High School. Employers from all over Cowlitz County will be on hand, talking with students about employment and career opportunities that are available. The event is geared toward students from Toutle and Castle Rock, but anyone can attend. Call 360-921-2966 if you have questions.

Drug Prevention Town Hall

The second in planned series of three Town Hall meetings is set for this evening in Castle Rock, continuing the discussion about drug abuse and prevention in the area. This evening’s “What If…” discussion will focus on the steps that can be taken to prevent abuse of prescription drugs and other drugs. Presentations are planned on Risk and Protective Factors, programs that are available in the North County, and then new Castle Rock Police Chief Scott Neves will take questions. There’s no cost and no registration for tonight’s Town Hall, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Castle Rock. They’re located at 312 1st Avenue Southwest.