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Cardboard Boat Regatta

It’s time to get the glue, clamps and paints ready to go, as the theme for the 8th annual Longview Cardboard Regatta is announced. This year’s theme is “The Great Northwest,” allowing this year’s Regatta teams to use this area and its surroundings as the inspiration for their craft. Cardboard will be distributed for free two different weeks, on Saturday, May 14th and on Saturday, June 4th, starting at 9 am at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hometeam 1490 KLOG, Cookin’ Country 105.5 and 101-5 The Wave are coordinating this years Regatta, while KapStone Paper and Packaging is once again providing the raw cardboard stock. Boat builders can call Joel Hanson at 636-0110 to register for this year’s race, and to get more information. The Longview Cardboard Regatta has teams design and build boats from corrugated cardboard, looking to build a craft that can make at least three heats around a 200-yard course on Lake Sacajawea. The kickoff event for this year’s Go 4th Festival is set for Saturday, July 2nd at 11 am.

KLOG Monday Sports

Golden State beat Portland 118-106 in game one of a second round NBA Playoff series. The Blazers ousted the Clippers on Friday and had to turnaround quickly yesterday. Game two is tomorrow night in Oakland…..Kansas City avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Mariners yesterday. The M’s play at Oakland tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team completed a weekend sweep over Centralia with two wins Sunday, 12-5 and 4-2. The first place Devils host second place Tacoma Friday at 2 pm…..In prep baseball today, Kelso is at home against Columbia River, Woodland at Mark Morris and R.A. Long at Hockinson…..In softball today, Kelso at Black Hills, RAL at Ridgefield and Hockinson at MM…..The Timbers beat Toronto FC 2-1 yesterday.

Weyco Pulp Sale

Weyerhaeuser is selling off its pulp business, sending that part of the company to International Paper for a price of about two billion dollars. IP is buying five pulp mills in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and up in Alberta. The deal also includes converting facilities in Mississippi and Poland. This sale is part of a strategic review of Weyerhaeuser that was announced last November, when the timber giant announced that it was buying Plum Creek Timber. The deal also includes a $300 million tax benefit, coming from the purchase of assets.

Sauvie Island Drowning

Authorities are still working to recover a woman who is missing and presumed as drowned after she fell off of her paddleboard near Sauvie Island. Authorities in Multnomah County say that the woman had been on the board at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon, when she went into the water near Collins Beach. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says that they have spotted the body, and they were bringing additional resources to complete the recovery. The woman’s name hasn’t yet been released.

MBT EIS

Those for and against the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility on the old Reynolds Metals plant in West Longview are now poring over the three thousand pages of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project. The long-awaited document was released on Friday, opening up a 45-day public comment period. In making the joint announcement with the Department of Ecology, Cowlitz County Building and Planning reports that this draft study covers 23 environmental resources areas; they also say that this project would impact 21 of those areas, some of those impacts are called “significant.” They say that most, if not all, of these impacts can be mitigated. Three public hearings on the DEIS are being set up, with the first one on May 24th here in Longview. The other hearings are May 26th in Spokane and on June 2nd in Pasco. The DEIS can be viewed on-line, and they also have a hard copy at the Longview Library.

Chinook Rentals Theft

Thieves continue to target businesses on Industrial Way, as Chinook Sales and Rentals reports the loss of nearly $14,000 in tools and equipment over the weekend. The burglary was reported just before 8 am Saturday, saying that someone had cut the fence next to the railroad track, then they got into the yard and cut a hole in the side of the building itself. Nine red suitcase-style Honda generators valued at more than $1,100 apiece were taken, along with a Stihl professional-grade chain saw and two more “quick-cut saws.” Police say that the burglars were careful to not trip the store’s security sensors. No suspects have been identified.

Marijuana Meeting

The Castle Rock City Council has a special meeting planned for this evening, where they’re scheduled to take action on the first reading of an ordinance to adopt a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses. If it’s adopted as presented, then all for-profit sales, growing, producing or processing of marijuana would be banned inside the Castle Rock city limits, going for at least full year. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Second Avenue SW.

Prayer Banned

The Vader City Council is doing away with the saying of a Christian prayer at the beginning of their meetings. In the Centralia Chronicle, Council member Judi Costello says that it’s her belief that the prayer violates the separation of church and state. Three other members of the Council sided with Costello, while Mayor Ken Smith voted to keep the prayer. There were no comments from the crowd during this discussion and vote.

Karnofski Files

Current Cowlitz County Commissioner Mike Karnofski is announcing his plans to run for another term. In making his announcement last night, Karnofski says that he’s been encourages by many people to run again, so he can continue to improve the state of Cowlitz County’s economy. Karnofski says that Cowlitz County “must continue to become a place where people want to live, work and play.” Karnofski points to his achievements in improving the financial and health picture in the County; Karnofski says that he’s looking forward to the chance to serve the people of Cowlitz County.

Hill Declares

Jim Hill hasn’t even finished his first term on the Kelso City Council, but he’s now gearing up for a bigger challenge, announcing that he plans to run for the County Commission seat now held by Mike Karnofski. Hill has been extremely critical of Cowlitz County and its support of the Love Overwhelming homeless shelter. Hill says that the money given to Love Overwhelming has been wasted and that it needs to stop. Hill says that he doesn’t belong to a political party, so he’s running as an independent. It’s also reported that Curtis Hart of Kelso also plans to run for the seat that Karnofski has, also motivated by the low regard he has for Love Overwhelming. Karnofski represents Commissioner District 1, which covers Kelso east of the Cowlitz River, along with the southern portion of the County. Current Community House on Broadway Executive Director Frank Morrison is running against Dennis Weber, also based in part on the county support of Love Overwhelming.