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From Ice to Floods

It’s cold and icy again today, but the Weather Service says that more gnarly weather is on the way. After first warning of the possibility of flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasters are now warning of an extreme “icing” event that could take place from late tonight through tomorrow morning. They say that rain is expected to develop late tonight, and with sub-freezing air trapped at the surface in the inland valleys, “significant ice accumulation” is expected tomorrow morning. Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing around mid-day tomorrow, reducing the threat from the ice. You should be ready for the possibility of extremely icy roadways morning, particularly in areas that haven’t already thawed. We could also wake up to power outages, due to ice-covered limbs coming down onto overhead lines.

Snow Days

The Kelso School District is out with the list of makeup days, after last week’s snow and ice. January 23rd will be used to make up December 9th, while February 17th will cover December 8th. December 15th and 19th will be made up on March 9th and 10th, and then January 11th through the 13th will be made up on June 14th to the 16th. Wallace makeup days will run as follows: February 17th and March 10th are now make-up days for Wallace, along with June 5th, 12th, 19th, 23rd, and 26th. The adjustments are posted on the Kelso School District web page; call the Superintendent’s office at 501-1927 for more information.

Salmon Policies

Recreational salmon anglers should be seeing more opportunities to catch fall and spring Chinook on the lower Columbia River, as the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission moves to implement the next phase of the reform policy on Columbia River salmon management. At last week’s meeting in Olympia, the Commission voted to continue with the plan that increases the recreational share of the fall Chinook fishery to 75 percent, while the spring and summer Chinook allocations are being increased to 80 percent. Steps to expand commercial fishing opportunities are also being put in place. Full details on last week’s meeting are available through the WDFW web page.

Warrant Arrests

Longview Police picked up two people on fugitive warrants on Friday, as detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of 7th Avenue in Longview. During this event, officers contacted Ana Marissa Oliver, 30, and David Allen Lambert, 52, both of Kelso. Officers say that it took some time to confirm Oliver’s identity, and when they did, they found a fugitive warrant, with $15,000 bail. They also say that Lambert had two outstanding no-bail Contempt of Court warrants. Both are now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail, as the investigation continues.

MCT Auditions

The Missoula Children’s Theater is in Clatskanie this week, getting ready for a performance of “Aladdin” at the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center. Auditions are being held for local kids to be in the cast, starting at 3:30 this afternoon at Clatskanie Middle-High School. Any local kids in kindergarten through 12th grade can take part, with more than 50 local kids involved in the production. Performances are planned for Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 3 pm.

DB Cooper Updates

D. B. Cooper is back in the news, with one group of amateur scientists claiming to have some new evidence in the case, while a new play poses a possible new “theory” about the skyjacker’s ultimate demise. After being allowed to analyze the clip-on tie that Cooper left behind, the scientific team claims to have found more than 100 thousand particles on the tie, comprised of “rare-earth elements” like pure titanium, strontium sulfide and cerium. They say that these are materials that are used in “very narrow fields, for very specific things.” There’s speculation that whoever wore the tie worked in the aerospace or aircraft development field, and they say that this specific combination of materials points to a specific project. It’s hoped that someone might recognize these materials, and could spark a memory.

A stage adaptation of “Bigfoot vs. D. B. Cooper” is now playing in Portland, a revamp of the 2014 straight-to-video movie that starts off with the plan that Cooper survived his jump into the woods near Mount Saint Helens, only to run right into a fight with Bigfoot. Cooper is bitten during that encounter, and turns into a Sasquatch himself, werewolf-style. “Bigfoot vs. D. B. Cooper” plays Thursday through Saturday nights through February 4th at the CoHo Theater on Northwest Raleigh Street in Portland.

KLOG Monday Sports

The MLK Tribute holiday basketball event is going on all day at LCC’s Myklebust Gymnasium. The action begins with the Ridgefield boys against W.F. West at 12:30 followed by the Kelso boys versus Mountlake Terrace at 2 pm (KLOG). The Kelso girls take on Adna at 3:30 pm (KLOG) and then the Mark Morris girls play Kalama at 5:30 pm (The Wave). The final game features the Mark Morris boys against Clover Park at 7 pm (The Wave). It’s a fund raiser for the LCC women’s basketball program…..The Blazers are playing at the Washington Wizards in a day game today, KLOG 10:05 am…..The Kelso wrestling team won seven weight classes in taking the Dave Holter Kelso Invite Saturday…..Brett Hallet of Kelso won four events at the Kelso Invitational swim meet on Saturday.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Seahawks will have DT Tony McDaniel and FB Marcel Reese available for tomorrow’s NFL Playoff game at Atlanta. The kickoff is set for 1:35 pm…..The Blazers host the Orlando Magic tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..Gonzaga is the lone unbeaten in NCAA D1 after a 93-55 win over Loyola. Cal beat the UW 69-59 and Stanford blasted WSU 85-54…..The LCC men’s basketball team defeated Pierce 89-80 in the NWAC West opener. The Devils were led by the 18 points of Keun Palu-Thompson. The top-ranked LCC women romped over Pierce 92-42 to open league play. Both LCC teams are at Tacoma tomorrow, women at 2 pm and men at 4 pm, both on KLOG…..It’s Civil War bowling today as Mark Morris and R.A. Long get together at the Triangle Bowl, first roll 3:15 pm.

Closures and Delays–1/13/17

Lower Columbia College – Campus will open at 10 am
Longview – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Kelso – Schools are closed today.
Castle Rock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Toutle Lake – Closed.
Kalama – 2 hours late and all buses on snow routes.
Woodland – Closed.
Toledo (WA) – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Winlock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Rainier – Closed.
Clatskanie – Closed.
Vernonia – Closed. No Teacher Professional Development
St. Helens – Closed.
Scappoose – Closed.
Jewell – 2 Hours Late, No preschool, Buses on snow routes. No after school or evening activities
Three Rivers Christian – 2 Hours Late. Early Learning Center will open at 8 a.m.

Still Icy

Ice and snow continues to cover much of the ground around the area, but local roadways are improving. Main roads around the area are mostly bare and dry, with some patches of ice or packed snow. Side streets may still be challenging, as the traffic may not have broken up the snow and ice, and they may not have been hit with sand or de-icers. Most schools made the call yesterday about today’s operations. Most of the school districts in Columbia County are closed again today, along with Toutle Lake and Woodland. Other schools in Cowlitz County are going with a two-hour late start, while Lower Columbia College is opening at 10 am today.