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Animal News

Local Animal Control Officers are trying to get in touch with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife and other federal agencies, to try and get permission to euthanize an injured sea lion. Animal Control says that the sea lion has been lying on a sand bar in the Cowlitz River next to Gerhart Gardens Park, where it has been for several days. Because of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, federal permission is needed to destroy one of these animals. We don’t know yet if that permission has been granted.

A person living up on Cunningham Lane in Kelso called for help early this morning, saying that there were two bears close to the house. The caller also says that one of the bears tried to kill one of his cats. The caller is being referred to the State Patrol and to Washington Fish and Wildlife, who plan to come to this area later today, to assess the situation.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

The Blazers staved off elimination with a 99-92 win over Memphis last night. Damian Lillard had 32 points to lead the way. Game five is tomorrow night in Memphis…..Taijuan Walker went seven solid innings in the Mariners 3-1 win over Texas. They teams play again today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..R.A. Long collected its first hit in the 7th inning and rallied for a 2-1 victory over Mark Morris in prep baseball yesterday. Today, Kelso is at Prairie at 4 pm…..The Kelso softball team blasted Fort 12-0 and 18-0 yesterday. Also, Madison Cathcart’s no-hitter gave RAL a 1-0 win over Washougal and MM outscored Bay 20-13. Today, Kelso is at Prairie, RAL at Hockinson and MM at Rainier…..The Kelso track teams are at Columbia River today. Yesterday MM defeated Washougal in both boys and girls action.

Water Line Work

Longview’s water line replacement projects are continuing, with a series of street and alley closures planned in the area of 15th and 16th, along Baltimore, Cypress and Nichols. The city says that the alley between 15th and 16th will be closed for about a week as work is done in the alley between 15th and 16th, going from Baltimore to Cypress. The intersection at Cypress, 15th and 16th will also be closed during this work; those closures will be in place 24 hours a day. Intermittent closures are planned in the alley between 15th and 16th, from Cypress to 15th and from Cypress to Nichols over the next couple of weeks. That work is expected to take about three weeks; the intermittent closures will occur between 7 am to 5 pm, and the alley will be open during non-work hours. Detours will be posted. Contact Longview Public Works for more information.

Casino Update

The Cowlitz Indians now say that they’re hoping to start construction on the casino-resort project near La Center by the end of this year. The Vancouver Columbian reports that the tribe signed a labor agreement with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Building Trades Council, making sure that group is responsible for all site preparation and construction. Designs for the building haven’t yet been finished, but Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall says that they’re still shooting for a 134,000 square foot gaming facility, along with shopping and retail space. There’s also a court hearing on the granting of a reservation to the Cowlitz, but the tribe is expressing confidence that they will prevail. Construction could take as long as two years.

Finance Seminars

The first in a series of four long-term financial planning seminars is set for today; “Home for Life: Are You and Your Home Prepared for the Rest of the Year” will be focused on aging in place, and the types of decisions that homeowners should be making as they age. Today’s panel discussion is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Laufman Lecture Hall in LCC’s Health and Science building. Call Erin Brown at 442-2131 if you need to find out more.

Smelt Win Again

The LCC Fighting Smelt forensics team continues to operate at a very high level, winning the Northwest Forensics Conference Championship, which was held last weekend at LCC. This is the second year in a row that LCC has hosted this event, with teams coming in from across the region. Medals were won on debate and individual events. Team advisor Dan Schabot says that the Fighting Smelt scored more than double the points than the second place team.

KLOG Monday Sports

The Minnesota Twins beat Seattle 4-2 in 11 innings on Sunday. The M’s begin a road trip today at Texas, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Trail Blazers try to avoid being swept by Memphis tonight in game four of the NBA Playoffs, 6:35 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The LCC baseball team is now 17-0 in league play after taking four games from Centralia. The scores yesterday were 10-5 and 9-1. LCC takes on Pierce this weekend…..R.A. Long hosts Mark Morris in Civil War baseball today at 4 pm…..The Kelso softball team is at home against Fort today at 4 pm. Also, Washougal is at RAL and MM is at Hudson’s Bay…..Clint Dempsey’s goal gave the Sounders a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers in MLS action in Seattle last night.

Pleasant Hill DUI

One person is in custody after an erratic driving incident reported last night on Pleasant Hill Road near Castle Rock. Around 10 minutes to 9 pm, reports started coming in about someone who was all over the highway in the 3700 block of Pleasant Hill; callers say that the driver was weaving, driving into the opposite lane of travel, while also speeding up and slowing down. Deputies say that the driver was going as fast as 60 miles an hour, heading toward Castle Rock. With assistance from Castle Rock Police, a traffic stop was made in the vicinity of Carpenter Road, and that’s where Teraesa Knight, 48, was eventually taken into custody. Deputies say that a medical issue may have been a factor in the erratic driving, but a further check also showed that Knight was in possession of heroin. She’s now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Mt. Pleasant Fire

The Red Cross is assisting a man that was displaced from their home by a Saturday morning fire in the 2700 block of Mt. Pleasant Road. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue was called out at about 11 am on Saturday, when a fire was reported in a mobile home at 2776 Mt. Pleasant Road. They say that about 50 percent of the home was involved in flames by the time that they arrived, and the 43 year-old double-wide ended up being a total loss. The homeowner, Lonnie Wampler, says that he smelled smoke, saw flames in the rear of the house, and then went out the back door. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Red Cross is providing temporary housing, food, and other support.

Vader Subpoenas

Preparations continue for the homicide by abuse trial of Brenda Wing, 27, of Vader, who’s accused of being involved in last October’s death of three year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner, a little boy who had been left in the care of Wing and her husband. The Centralia Chronicle now reports that the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office has issued more than 100 subpoenas in connection with this case, including three minors. It’s also reported that Danny Wing, 26, the suspect’s husband is also on the witness list. Danny Wing has already accepted a plea agreement in the case, pleading guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault of a child, both with domestic violence enhancements. Brenda Wing is currently scheduled to go on trial on Monday, May 18th.