Billy Sahlinger lost a no-hitter with two outs in the 8th, but he was dominant in the Cowlitz Black Bears 4-0 win over the Kitsap Blue Jackets last night. Sahlinger lowered his ERA to 2.06, third in the WCL. The Bears are home for a three game set with Bend. First pitch tonight at Story Field is 6:35 pm….The Longview Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars opened State tournament play with an 11-1 victory over the host Camas/Washougal team yesterday. Joey Tripp tossed a complete game two-hitter. Longview plays Kennewick at 10 am then turns around for a 7 pm game against Richland…..At the ESPY’s last night, the Seattle Seahawks were named the team of the year and Richard Sherman was honored as the breakout performer of the year.
The trailer began to get away. Instinct took over, but it didn’t go well for a Rose Valley man. Richard Ryan, 60, was injured when he was ran over by his flat bed pick-up truck yesterday afternoon. According to the Cowlitz County Sherriffs office, Ryan was sitting in his truck just before 2:30 pm when he looked back and saw the trailer begin to roll away. Ryan quickly got out of the pickup without taking it our of gear and the pickup rolled over him. According to the incident report, the truck rolled over Ryan “head to toe”. The accident happened outside Ryan’s home in the 2200 block of Rose Valley Road. The truck ended up hitting a house, but there was minimal damage. Ryan received internal injuries and lacerations to his head. He was taken by ambulance to St. John Medical Center and then later transferred to OHSU where he is listed in fair condition this morning.
The American League beat the National League 5-3 in last night’s MLB All-Star Game. Mike Trout was named MVP and Derek Jeter had two hits in his last All-Star Game. The Mariners Felix Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning while Fernando Rodney had a walk and a strikeout. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager both went 0-2…..The Cowlitz Black Bears edged the Kitsap Blue Jackets 3-2 last night in Bremerton. The teams play again tonight at 6:35 pm. Black Bears named to the WCL All-Star roster include Billy Sahlinger, Joe Reta, Corey VanDomelen and Shane Bieber…..Pacific Tech swept Mason County 3-2 and 12-2 last night. Pac Tech opens playoff action Saturday in Spokane…..The Longview Babe Ruth 13’s open State play in Camas at 10 am today.
A young male motorcycle rider is in intensive care after suffering severe leg injuries yesterday afternoon in a collision that took place at the intersection of Columbia Heights Road and Olson Road. Deputies say that the crash took place just before 3 pm, when the motorcycle collided with a car. Witnesses report that the rider had significant lower leg injuries, stating that he had toes amputated in the incident. LifeFlight was put on standby, but wasn’t employed, as the man was taken to St. John Medical Center under a “modified trauma” alert. The victim’s name hasn’t been released, nor has his condition been updated this morning. The Sheriff’s Office also hasn’t released any details regarding the crash itself. The investigation is continuing.
The Department of Ecology is taking up the investigation into a toxic material dumping incident that was reported yesterday morning in the area of Memorial Park Drive. Deputies and EOE representatives were called to the 4000 block of Memorial Park Drive a few minutes after 11 am, where it was determined that someone had dumped three to four 55-gallon drums of toxic material, possible identified as mineral spirits. The initial investigation shows that the material did NOT come from any local industrial producers; further checking turned up some other trash that had been dumped, along with an address that was found in one of the trash bags. Deputies did go to that location, and reportedly found other bags that are similar to the ones found at the dump site. This investigation is continuing, and sanctions could be filed in the future.
An increase in state funding is helping the Kelso School District to be able to try and add 14 teachers in the coming school year, as the Kelso School Board gets its first run-through on the 2014-2015 operating budget. Board president Bob Lucas says that they’re optimistic about the coming year…ksdbudget…At this time, the district is looking at a General Fund budget of just less than $51 million, compared to $49.9 million last year. Finance Director Scott Westlund says that almost all of the increase is due to proposed staffing increases, which includes 14 certificated staff and two classified staff members. Enrollment is currently projected to decline slightly from last year, with a total of 74 fewer students in the district. However, Westlund says when you look at the ten-year trend line, the numbers are essentially flat. This budget also proposed spending about $330,000 in reserves, but Westlund says that’s actually more of a contingency plan, and if spending is kept in check, then they shouldn’t have to dip into those reserves. Final action on the budget is planned at the School Board meeting in August. These initial budget numbers will soon be available on the Kelso School District website.
The Longview Police Department will be front and center at a Longview City Council workshop that’s planned for this evening, where Department officials will discuss “the state of the police department,” crime problems in the city, and proposed solutions to those problems. LPD will be meshing the report with the Police Executive Research Forum report that was prepared in 2009, discussing which recommendations have been met, which have not, and which are in the process of being completed. Police Chief Jim Duscha is expected to present statistics that show that the Department is seriously understaffed, also connecting those numbers with the PERF recommendations to show that LPD should have more officers. There will also be a presentation on the Speed Limit Photo Enforcement program, stating the number of tickets written and the amount of money that has changed hands in the three years of the program. Tonight’s workshop starts at 6 pm in the Longview City Hall Training Room, and is open to the public.
As you’re making your way around the county this week, you may run into some road construction. Work continues on the Headquarters Road Leachate Transmission System, with crews working this week at the intersection of headquarters Road and South Silver Lake Road. Workers from Lakeside Industries will also be paving in different spots around the county; today, work is planned on Coal Creek Road and Ragland Road, followed by Delameter Road tomorrow and Thursday. Striping is planned in the Castle Rock and Longview areas, and chip-sealing work will be concentrated around Castle Rock over the rest of this week. Call Cowlitz County Public Works at 577-3030 if you have questions or concerns, or get more information on the Cowlitz County website.
Lower Columbia CAP is out with a reminder that USDA food commodity cards expire this month, so they’re helping users of those cards to get signed up for the next year. Today, local residents with last names starting from A through L can get signed up; those with letters M through Z can sign up tomorrow. CAP officials say that those who wish to get the cards MUST show up in person. You’ll need to fill out a short application form; if you meet the income and other eligibility requirements when that is completed, then you will be immediately eligible to receive commodities. Residents of Wahkiakum County will be able to sign up tomorrow from 9 am until noon at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Catherine’s Church in Cathlamet. Commodities are distributed on the third Tuesday of each month at the Help Warehouse building on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Call 425-3430, extension 252 for additional information.
When you go out to get lunch today, you can also take some time to give the gift of life, as a special blood drive is being held at the Pacific Surgical Institute on 9th Avenue in Longview. The blood drive is open from 10 am to 1:45 pm today, and while appointments are preferred, walk-ins will also be accepted. Would-be donors have to be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health. Call 501-3444 if you need more information, or go to www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code psilongview.