The Mariners have fired General Manager Jack Zduriencik, who was in his 7th season. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle the duties for the rest of the season. The M’s lost to the White Sox 4-2 yesterday. The teams play again today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The high school football season is a week away. Tonight R.A. Long, Toutle Lake and Kalama will meet in a Jamboree with the JV’s at 6 pm and the varsity after. The Kelso Blue-Gold Scrimmage is at 10 am tomorrow morning at Laulainen Stadium at Schroeder Field and the Mark Morris Blue-White Scrimmage is tomorrow at 9:30 am behind MMHS……The LCC volleyball team hosts Multnomah University of Portland today at 5 pm…..The LCC women’s soccer team will play four matches in Eugene this weekend at the NWAC Friendlies.
The strike by Local 153 of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers enters its second day this morning, with around 800 members of that union out on strike against KapStone Paper and Packaging. Yesterday morning at 3 am, the union membership walked off the job, calling this an “Unfair Labor Practice Strike,” rather than it being an “economic” strike. The distinction is important, as the definition determines the course of action that the company is allowed to take in replacing the striking workers. Union officials claim that KapStone has been acting in an illegal manner, and they have filed several allegations of labor law violations with the National Labor Relations Board. The company has had little to say about the strike, other than a previous press release that contingency plans are in place to keep the mill operational. They say that the mill is currently in a “cold outage,” so that machinery can be maintained. The strike comes after 15 months of fruitless contract negotiations; the last previous development was the declaration of an impasse by KapStone, which was then followed by imposition of the last contract offer from the company. This is the first strike at this mill since 1978, a walkout that lasted five months.
The Forest Service was up near Mt. St. Helens yesterday afternoon, working to locate and notify hikers and boaters on Coldwater Lake about a wildfire that was reported. A call came into the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon, reporting that a wildfire had been burning for about two hours in the vicinity of Coldwater Lake. Forest Service officials at Johnston Ridge reported that the fire covered about an acre at 4 yesterday afternoon, and they were in the process of contacting people that were in the area. They also wanted the lake clear, as a helicopter was being brought in to do water drops. The cause of the fire isn’t known at this time, nor has there been an update on the status of this fire.
There’s a lot of consternation over the possible impact to future water rates, but the Longview City Council is voting to move ahead on a feasibility study to see if and where a new Ranney Well water collection system might be installed to provide Longview’s water. Mayor Don Jensen says this is simply one step in a lengthy process. The Council voted unanimously to extend the contract with the consulting firm of CH2MHill to research five possible locations as sites for a Ranney well, while also approving several interim measures that are intended to help sustain or improve the current water supply while this testing and possible construction is done. The cost of the feasibility study is put at about $300,000. City officials say that money is available to pay for that study, with no impact to rates. A contract extension with Confluence Engineering for the interim measures was also approved. There seemed to be agreement by the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District Board of Directors, but they declined to take official action without all three members of the board in attendance. This study is expected to take about a year to complete.
A 45 year-old Castle Rock woman is undergoing mental evaluation and treatment at St. John Medical Center, after a short standoff that took place yesterday afternoon at an apartment on Dougherty Street. Sheriff’s Deputies and Castle Rock Police were asked to go to the apartment shortly after 10 yesterday morning, when it was reported that the woman may be considering suicide. Family members say that she was despondent over several issues, including suicides by her daughter and son-in-law, the pending deployment of another child, and bi-polar issues. A negotiator was called in, and a call also went out to Lower Columbia SWAT, as the woman had access to at least seven firearms. She eventually surrendered peacefully just before noon.
A pork processor in Graham is recalling more than 116,000 pounds of whole hogs prepared for barbecuing, after that product was connected to an ongoing salmonella outbreak, which includes victims here in Cowlitz County. The Washington Department of Health has confirmed 134 cases of salmonella linked to the pork form Kapowsin Meats, including at least one case in Cowlitz County. Kapowsin is recalling whole hogs that were produced between April 18th and July 27th; they say that evidence found at the processing plant indicates that this is the source of the contamination. Contact the Washington Department of Health or the Cowlitz County Health Department if you need more information.
A Safety Improvement Project will have South Silver Lake Road closed tomorrow. Cowlitz County plans to install cross culverts in the 2900 block of South Silver Lake Road, as part of a curve-widening project that’s under way between Blue Mountain Road and the Headquarters Landfill. Access for local traffic and for emergency vehicles will be maintained. Get more information from Cowlitz County by calling 577-3030.
Angling opportunities are shrinking in one location, but they’re expanding in another this weekend. Retention of Chinook salmon in the Buoy 10 area at the mouth of the Columbia River closes at midnight tonight, several days earlier than had been anticipated. Still, they say that more than 35 thousand Chinook will have been caught over the four weeks of the fishery. Anglers will still be allowed to keep Coho and Steelhead that are caught out at Buoy 10 until further notice.
Meanwhile, anglers going into the ocean off of Ilwaco will be allowed to keep two Chinook salmon, starting tomorrow. The Chinook retention change also applies to Area 2, off of Westport; anglers working in Areas 3 and 4 off of La Push and Neah Bay will still be allowed only one Chinook, along with two additional Pink Salmon. Full details on all of the fishing rule changes are available from Washington Fish and Wildife, or from your local outdoor outfitter.
The first-ever Community Home Health and Hospice Charity Care Challenge Golf Tournament is being held on Friday, the 28th at Three Rivers Golf Course in Kelso. The shotgun start for the four-person scramble is at 1 pm. Proceeds from the tourney will help support Community’s Charity Care program, which helps to provide services to patients and families who are in financial straits. Contact the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce for more information.
The third of the outdoor movies being shown by Longview Parks and Recreation moves to a different venue this Friday evening, with a screening of “Up” scheduled at the Mint Valley Golf Course. Weather permitting, the show starts at 6 pm, but you’ll probably want to check with Parks and Rec about contingency plans. Admission is free.
The gun goes off early Friday morning at Timberline Lodge, as the 34th annual Providence Hood-to-Coast Relay gets under way. More than 1,000 teams with more than 12,000 runners and walkers will be taking part in this year’s event, which will be using Highway 30 and other roads in Columbia County. The first waves start at 5 am on Friday, and will continue through the afternoon. You’ll want to exercise some additional caution if you’re driving in Columbia County this weekend.
Up in Ryderwood, the annual Community Town-Wide Garage Sales are taking place this Friday and Saturday. Along with the sales that will be going on at multiple homes in the area, there will also be a general sale at the Pioneer Hall, sponsored by the Ryderwood Women’s Club. Maps for all of the sales will be available at the Ryderwood Community Hall.
The Superhero Kids 1K and 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea, a fundraiser for the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center. Registration includes race swag, a barbecue lunch and a root beer float. They’re also having a “Be a Hero” Costume Contest. The 1K starts at 9:30 am, followed by the 5K at 9:45 on Saturday. Go to the CJAC web page for more details.
The Kelso Kiwanis are holding a “Big Sale” on Saturday, looking to raise money to support the kids’ programs that they have in the community. This will run from 8 am until 4 pm on Saturday in the Kelso Senior Center, set up in the old Catlin Hall in West Kelso. They’ll have a wide variety of items to choose from.
The annual Iron Horse Rally in downtown Kelso is planned for Saturday, a show and shine for local bikers, which will be followed on Sunday by the big Iron Horse Ride on Sunday. Along with the motorcycles that will be on display, they’ll have vendor booths, live music, raffles and prizes for the bikes on display. This will be happening in the 200 block of S. Pacific Avenue in Kelso; admission is free.
At 6 pm Saturday evening at the Longview Eagles, the annual Hawaiian Luau is planned, with dinner, Hawaiian dancers and live music. Proceeds will help to support the lodge’s cancer fund. Contact the Longview Eagles on 12th Avenue for ticket information.
If you’ve been Jonesing for “more rodeo” in the local area, the Cowlitz County Expo Center Rodeo Grounds is where you’ll want to be Saturday night, when the Coastal Challenge of Champions Tour comes to town. You can also “meet” one of the bulls from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday at Bud Clary Chevrolet on Commerce Avenue. The bulls start bucking at 7 pm Saturday night; tickets are available at Bob’s Sporting Goods, at Bud Clary Chevrolet and at the Cowlitz County Fair office. Call 577-3121 for more information.
At the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday night, The Commanders Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert. The ensemble is made up of members of the Air Force Band of the Golden West, and will perform a variety of big band tunes, show numbers and other popular pieces. Admission is free, but you will need to have a ticket to get in. Check with the CTPA box office for availability.
Weather could also be a factor in Saturday night’s final “Music on the Mountain” concert up on Mt. St. Helens. “The Resoelectrics” will be bringing their brand of “bluesy riffs and swampy grooves” to Saturday evening’s show, which is scheduled to start at 6 pm in the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory Amphitheatre. A decision will be made Saturday morning if the weather is bad, moving to the Coldwater Science and Learning Center. Admission is still free, in either event. Check with the Cowlitz Economic Development Council for more information.
Sunday morning, “The Arena Family” will present a special concert of inspirational music, starting at 10:30 am at the Assembly of God Church on S. Sixth Street in Vader. This groups has been traveling and singing Gospel music for the past 25 years, with the current show titled “God’s Not Through With You.” Call the church at 360-295-3756 if you need to know more.
This Sunday afternoon, you’ll be able to tour the newly-renovated Clatskanie Cultural Center, a 175-seat venue that’s been built in the IOOF Hall on S. Nehalem Street. A public Open House is scheduled from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday, where you’ll be able to see the results of the $3.1 million renovation. All are invited to come by.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, set up in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants and plant starts for sale, along with fresh produce, hand-crafted gifts and garden items, honey, baked goods and more. Admission is free.
The Clatskanie Farmer’s Market is open from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays on the lawn at Cope’s Park. Vendors of fresh fruits and veggies, plant starts, hand-crafted gifts and other merchandise will be joined by special events, cooking and tasting demonstrations, carnival games and chances to win prizes. Find out more on their web page, or on their Facebook page.
The Puget Island Farmer’s Market is open each weekend through October 16th at Stockhouse’s Farm on Birnie Slough Road near Cathlamet. Along with the fresh produce, local beef, fruits, baked goods and other items. Hours are 3 to 6 pm on Saturday.
The Kelso Bridge Market is open on Sunday in its new venue at the Three Rivers Mall. This year, the Bridge Market is operating in the space across from the new Three Rivers Cinema, open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday near the Southwest door of the mall. They’ll have fresh Rainier Cherries, blueberries and Marionberries for sale this weekend, along with fresh produce and plant starts, hand-made craft items and other special trinkets.
Nelson Cruz hit his 39th homer and Felix Hernandez provided eight solid innings as the Mariners beat the Oakland A’s 8-2 yesterday. Seattle visits the White Sox in South Chicago today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Olimpia defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in a CONCACAF Champions League match in Honduras…..The Seattle Reign beat the Boston Breakers 3-1 in NWSL play. That’s the sixth straight win for Seattle…..The NFL Network reports that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has settled with the NFL regarding fines from last season’s NFC title game. No details, but a hearing was cancelled…..Former Kelso football star Cedrique Chaney has been named to D2 Football.com’s Pre-Season All America team. Chaney begins his senior season as CB for the Central Wildcats.