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Kelso School Board Preview

The Kelso School District is announcing that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Kelso Education Association is now available on the district web page, which gives you the opportunity to examine that documents and its terms on your own. The Kelso School Board is scheduled to take action on ratification of that new two-year agreement at the meeting that’s scheduled for 7 pm tonight at the Ruth Clark Educational Services Center. The School Board is also scheduled to take action on the revised school calendar, making up the eight days that were lost in the teacher’s strike. The first of those makeup days is this coming Friday, the 9th; that originally had been scheduled as a “non-attendance day.” The rest of the schedule will be finalized at tonight’s meeting.

Sentence Overturned

A State Appeals court is tossing out the sentence of a Toledo woman who admitted that she stole thousands of dollars of lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked, saying that the original sentence was “unreasonable.” Judge Thomas Bjorgen with Division II with the Court of Appeals says that the four years that was given to Katrina Bowen, 37, was too long. The Centralia Chronicle says that the Appeals Court decided that the “sentencing court abused its discretion,” and ordered that Bowen’s original sentence be vacated. In March of last year, Bowen pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree theft, admitting that she had stolen around 500 lottery tickets during each shift that she worked at the Flying K in Toledo. Based on Bowen’s previous history, the standard sentence for first-degree theft would have been three months; prosecutors asked for 24 months, and the judge went to four years. Bjorgen says that sentence is “manifestly unreasonable.” A new sentencing hearing hasn’t yet been scheduled.

Bold Elk

Authorities in Clatsop County are out with an alert, saying that they have been receiving an increasing number of reports of aggressive elk in that area. There was a report last month from the Hammond area, where a man and a teenage girl say that they were chased by a bull elk. The man says that the elk knocked him to the ground, and then chased him into the house. Several other incidents of aggressive animals have been reported, including an incident near Warrenton, where an elk charged and damaged a pickup truck. It’s thought that feeding of elk in that area may have reduced fear of people. Local residents are being urged NOT to feed the elk, and to make sure and give these wild animals the distance that they deserve.

Water Flushing

Water main flushing continues in Longview, with city crews working this week in Area 3. That’s encompasses the area between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way and Baltimore Street. Work is planned from 7:30 to 11:30 pm tonight through Thursday night. Advisory signs will be posted; refrain from using water while the work is going on, and be sure to flush the pipes in your own home before you use it for cooking or washing.

DV Vigil

You’re invited to the Cowlitz PUD building on 12th Avenue in Longview this evening, as the Emergency Support Shelter holds a Candlelight Ceremony in connection with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The ESS puts this event on each hear to recognize and honor the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This event is open to all; there will be a short presentation, and light refreshments will be served. Things will get started at 6 pm. Call 353-5777, extension 21 for more information.

’23 Club Dinner

Longview’s ’23 Club holds its Annual Dinner this evening, and will look back at the history of Longview Schools at this evening’s event. The ’23 Club honors the memory of those who helped to plan and build Longview as a spiritual, cultural and economic center; it was originally comprised only of lineal descendants of Longview’s founders, but membership is now being expanded to all that share a love of Longview. Tonight’s program is titled “Diamond Recollections: Longview Schools’ First 75 Years.” This program is being held in the Fellowship Hall at the Longview Community Church. The social hour starts at 5 pm, and then dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Get more information by going to

KLOG Monday Sports

The Seahawks host tonight’s Monday Night Football game against the Lions. Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Mebane will sit out the game due to injuries…..The Mariners closed out the season with a 3-2 win over Oakland. The M’s finished a disappointing season at 76-86…..The Trail Blazers play the first NBA pre-season game of the season tonight against Sacramento, KLOG 6:00 pm. Last night Damian Lillard was named the MVP of the Blazers Fan Fest scrimmage…..The LCC baseball team beat Mt. Hood 4-1 and Linn Benton 3-1 in a Fall Ball doubleheader at Oregon State University. The Devils play two at Gonzaga next Sunday……In boys tennis today, R.A. Long is at Washougal and Mark Morris is at Hudson’s Bay, both at 3:30 pm…..In boys golf today, RAL is at Washougal at Orchard Hills.

Shooting Response at LCC

At 11:30 this morning, the Lower Columbia College Campus Christian Club will be holding a “time of prayer” for the students and faculty at Umpqua Community College, as that community deals with the aftermath of yesterday’s mass shooting, and event that left ten dead and seven wounded. This gathering is being held in Room 119 of the Main Building at LCC, and the community is invited to participate.

The faulty, students and staff at LCC are sending their empathy, their prayers and support to the victims of the mass shooting and the Roseburg community as a whole, while also reviewing their own security procedures. Vice President Nolan Wheeler issued a statement yesterday, saying that “We are deeply saddened” by the events at UCC. In addition to a close examination of campus security and safety procedures, Wheeler also says that the college has a Behavioral Intervention Team in place, working to provide a “proactive approach to distressed student behavior,” using an interactive information-sharing system to identify and engage students who might be showing patterns of behavior that show a possible risk or threat. Wheeler says that they’re reviewing the college’s policies regarding possible threats, also asking staff to review videos and other procedures regarding active shooters. Additional detailed training is planned, and an active shooter training session for local law enforcement is being set up for early next year.

Fuel Theft

Woodland Police are going over video from a gas station in Battle Ground, working to identify the person who used a company fuel card from a stolen vehicle to steal fuel in two locations. Glacier Contracting reports that a company vehicle was stolen a few days ago, and they also say that the suspect used a fuel card that was inside the vehicle. It’s now reported that the suspect used the card in two locations, one in Battle Ground and one near Ridgefield. Nearly $700 of fuel was stolen in the two incidents. No arrests have been reported.

Hatfield Meeting

The Democrat Precinct Committee Officers from the 19th Legislative District plan to meet tomorrow morning at Naselle High School, where they’ll work to select three candidates for the position of 19th District Senator. That position came open when Brian Hatfield took a position in Governor Jay Inslee’s office. Current Representative Dean Takko is reportedly the only announced candidate for Hatfield’s position. J. D. Rosetti of Longview, Jim Sayce of Seaview and Tiffany Turner of Seaview have announced that they intend to seek the House seat, if Takko is appointed to the Senate. Party officials say that they’re getting wind of a possible fourth candidate, but that person hasn’t yet come forward. The names of the three candidates will then be presented to the County Commissioners in the 19th District, and they will select a replacement. Tomorrow’s meeting is open to the public.