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Gibson Service

Official memorial services for Kalama Police Chief Randall Gibson are now set. The City of Kalama now reports that the memorial service will take place this at 1 pm this Thursday at the New Life Church on 42nd Avenue in Longview. Prior to the service, there will be an exclusive procession of Kalama Emergency Response vehicle, honoring the Chief as they go through Kalama. The exact route and timing will be announced later. At the request of Gibson’s family, you’re asked to make memorial contributions to the Behind the Badge Foundation at behindthebadgefoundation.org. They’ve also set up the Chief Randall Gibson Memorial Fund has been established at Heritage Bank in Kelso and Longview; you can also drop donations off at the Kalama City Offices, located at 195 North First Street. City of Kalama offices will also close at 11 am on Thursday, for this Thursday’s memorial service. Gibson died last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, having suffered respiratory distress after a “high-stress arrest.”

Kidney Surgery Help

Wendy Denison of Kalama has a GoFundMe campaign under way, looking to raise money for Jimmy Grulkey, who needs money for a stem cell transplant. Grulkey, who’s known around the area as “Biker Jim,” has been getting treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis for several years, including a drug that has eventually damaged his kidneys. He’s now dealing with stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease, and apparently can be treated with stem cells. Denison says that they’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover the procedure, and they’re nearing the $1,000 mark after being up for only a couple of days. Get details and see how you can help by going to GoFundMe.com, and search for Jimmy Grulkey.

Kaiser Grants

Love Overwhelming of Kelso is one of seven groups that are getting a portion of $2.27 million in grants from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation. The grant awards were announced yesterday during a Martin Luther King Junior Day service project, supporting unique programs that help to engage workers and counselors in connecting people with mental health and addiction assistance, along with help in finding housing. Love Overwhelming $325,000 over three years; they say that the money will be used to develop Peer Support Case Managers, which will then provide “intensive community services to high-need households,” helping those people find, get and retain safe and affordable housing, along with improved services to people who have recently been released from prison.

Today’s Events

Because of the snow, ice and freezing rain, the Area 9 DECA Conference that that been planned for today at the Cowlitz County Events Center is being postponed, and will be rescheduled for January 25th in Vancouver.

You’re invited to the new Lower Columbia CAP Community Arts Workshop today, for the National Day of Racial Healing. Saying that “There is Only One Race-The Human Race,” today’s events are sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and CAP. From 11:30 to 1 pm today, they’ll be making posters and drums in the Arts Workshop, and then a “Block Walk” is planned from 1 to 1:30 pm, displaying the posters and drumming around the block. This event is open to all; snacks will be provided.

Cowlitz County Court Appointed Special Advocates will be having a training session for guardians ad litem, people who act as advocates for children who are involved in the court system through abuse or neglect. The guardians ad litem act as the voice for those abused and neglected children; every dependent child that enters the court system is assigned a CASA advocate, with no children turned away. Trained CASA volunteers work to represent the best interests of the children, helping to investigate the case and inform the court, helping to identify resources to address the special needs of a child, and to recommend both temporary and permanent plans for the child. Last year, the number of children needing this sort of support grew by 44 percent in the past year. Training starts today; get more information on cowlitzcountycasa.org, or call 414-5212.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

The Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-101 yesterday. The Blazers move on to Charlotte tomorrow night. There were five high school basketball games yesterday at the MLF Tribute event hosted by Lower Columbia College. In girls play, Adna outlasted Kelso 53-48 in OT and Kalama defeated Mark Morris 68-35. In boys play, Kelso had a solid second half to rally to a 71-52 victory over Mountlake Terrace. Riley Noah had 27 points. Mark Morris got 24 from Masen Baker in a 80-68 win over Clover Park…..Seahawks front office personnel developers Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer have both interviewed for the vacant San Francisco 49’ers general manager position…..Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin has taken the Cal Bears OC job.

MLK Day

Today is Martin Luther King Junior Day, a national holiday that has schools, government offices and banks all closed. Local, county, state and federal offices are closed today, along with schools and most financial institutions. Public libraries are closed today and there’s no regular mail service; River Cities Transit and Waste Control are on regular routes.

Day of Service

The Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network is continuing on the theme of MLK Day as a Day of Service, with major projects planned for today at Community House on Broadway. Olivia Siipola with the Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network says that they are teaming up with CHOB and the Emergency Support Shelter to do a number of projects. Some of the work includes laying down new flooring, painting rooms, lunch prep and MLK-related activities for kids and adults. They’re also planning to try and help prep the garden space at the Emergency Support Shelter. If you would like to help out, call the Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network at 530-7396.

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.