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Cardiac Arrest Bill Signed—

A bill that will require increased education about the risks of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in teens is now law, signed last weekend by Governor Jay Inslee. In January, Spencer Best from Mark Morris High School testified in support of Senate Bill 5083, a bill that was brought forward by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, after she learned of the impacts of this condition. Best says that the goal is to raise awareness and to educate kids and parents, to bring the issue up to the same level as the current awareness over concussion prevention. Under this bill, school districts will be required to provide online pamphlets about Sudden Cardiac Arrest to students, teachers and parents; they would also be required to host informational meetings on the subject at the start of the school year. Spencer Best is one of the rare survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest; he collapsed while playing pickup basketball at Mark Morris, but was revived by a coach and a parent, who were able to immediately provide CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator. Best says that the passage of this law is a good thing, and will help to save lives.

Transportation Commission Meeting

The Washington Transportation Commission is in Kelso today, meeting with local officials and business people, to learn more about this area’s transportation issues and challenge. This is a day-long meeting that will take place in the Kelso City Council Chambers, going from 9 am until 5 pm. There will be a series of short presentations on local successes and challenges, future plans and transportation needs in this area. The ports of Longview and Kalama will lead one session, and there will also be a session on the mobility and safety challenges connected to the road and rail conflicts along Industrial Way. Today’s meeting is open to the public. The Commission is setting aside time at the end of the meeting for public comment, starting at 4:45 pm.

Port Rebranding

Starting with a series of YouTube videos and new letterheads, the Port of Longview is rolling out a new brand and a new logo. Port officials say that they have spent nearly two years and about $95,000 on this process, looking to re-brand itself as “Washington’s Working Port.” They say that the earlier image of the port was “inconsistent,” and looked pretty much like everyone else. The Port’s Director of External Affairs, Ashley Helenberg, says that they’re trying to set themselves apart, trying to establish a unique identity and competitive position. The Port is in the process of rolling out new brochures, business cards and other image-building publications, showing that the Port of Longview is “all hands on deck” when handling cargo, with a team that’s “not afraid to get its hands dirty.” The first of the new videos is now up on YouTube.

Local Events Today

If being a school board member has been on your radar, the Washington State School Directors Association is holding a workshop this evening in Kelso. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm, you’ll be able to learn all about running for and performing as a school board member. The workshop is being held in the School Board meeting room at the Ruth Clark Educational Services Center, and is open to anyone interested.

The 50th Anniversary of Head Start is being celebrated this evening at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, running from 5:30 to 8 pm. Dinner is planned, along with special music and guest speakers. You will need to get a reservation if you would like to attend. Call 442-2840 for more information.

There’s a Longview Downtown Partnership Social being held this evening at The Soap Factory on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. This gets started at 5:30 pm in the store at 1227 Commerce Avenue. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information, or you can go to MyLDP.org.

From 6 to 7:30 pm, Fibre Federal Credit Union is hosting a “Wild About Savings Night,” a family-friendly party that’s intended to help all family members understand the importance of having savings in the bank. This is being held at the main Fibre Federal branch on Commerce Avenue, and is open to everyone.

It’s “Spring Preview Night” at Lower Columbia College, starting at 6 pm in the Laufman Lecture Hall in the Health and Science Building. Potential students and parents are invited to come by and find out what college life is all about.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Kevin Rentner, 43, of Longview finished the Boston Marathon in 3:43:45…..The Houston Astros beat the Mariners 7-5 last night. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..R.A. Long shutout Ridgefield 3-0 in prep baseball. Washougal rallied to beat Mark Morris 6-5. Today, Fort Vancouver is at Kelso at 4 pm…..The LCC softball team has a key home double header against Clackamas today at 3 pm…..In prep softball, Kelso beat W.F. West 5-3, RAL over Kalama 14-4 and Woodland defeated Mark Morris 11-1. Today, Heritage is at Kelso at 4 pm…..In track. Kelso hosts Fort and Woodland visits MM, both at 4 pm.…..In boys soccer, Hockinson is at MM (5pm), Kelso at River (7pm) and RAL at Washougal (7pm)…..In girls tennis, Kelso beat RAL 4-2 and Centralia over MM 4-2.

Dike Road Rollover

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a rollover crash from yesterday evening near Woodland, a collision that eventually led to the death of one man. Deputies and aid personnel were called to the 2200 block of Dike Road just after 6 pm, where it was reported that a 1969 Ford Bronco had rolled several times, going through a fence. Both male passengers and a dog were at least partially ejected, with the Bronco’s wheel coming to rest on the leg of one of the men. Those on the scene also reported that the pinned man also had head trauma, including a deer antler that had pierced the back of his head. That man was eventually freed and was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in critical condition; hospital officials say that he died overnight. The second man was had only minor injuries, while the dog was unhurt. Deputies continue to investigate; they say it appears that speed and alcohol may have been factors. Names have not yet been released.

Fir Fire

Longview Fire crews were called out late last night, after a fire was reported at a home in the 3000 block of Fir Street. Around 11:25 pm, residents of the home called 911, saying that the house was filling with smoke. A second call came in a couple of minutes later, saying that flames could be seen near an air conditioner that was in a window of the home. The residents were able to safely evacuate; no other details have been released as of yet.

Columbia Trailer Park Incident

Longview Police are working to find a man and a woman who are connected to an injury hit-and-run collision that took place yesterday afternoon at the Columbia Trailer Park on Oregon Way. The incident took place just before 1 pm; witnesses tell Longview Police that a woman was outside of a car, arguing with the male and female occupants over a cell phone. The woman allegedly told the older male driver to take off, and when they did that, the victim fell down. The car supposedly ran over the woman’s knee as the suspects were leaving the park. The victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while police continue their efforts in locating the driver and the other woman.

Crime Tip Program

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the rollout of a new non-emergency crime-fighting tool that you can use right from your cell phone. The Sheriff’s Office is contracting for a new phone app called “tip411,” and is available for both Apple and Android phones. By using the “tip411” app, you can simply text crime information to the Sheriff’s Office. You can text to 847411, and begin your message with “CCSOtip,”, or simply go to “tip411” on your app provider, and then download “CCSOtip.” That will connect you directly to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office tipline, and you can also opt in for other selected alerts. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that this is simply another method for trying to connect to the people that his office serves. At this time, only the Sheriff’s Office is offering this service; Nelson says that they’re the guinea pig on this, but they will forward tips for major crimes that occur in the areas covered by other agencies, but they can’t cover all crimes inside city limits, due to limitations on the contract. He also emphasizes that this is only for non-emergency situations; be sure to call 911 immediately in the event of an emergency.

JHB and Sales Taxes

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler went to bat for residents of Washington, speaking to the entire House in support of a bill that would permanently extend the sales and local tax deduction in this state. In states with their own income taxes, residents are allowed to deduct those taxes from their federal tax returns. Over the years, Washington’s Congressional delegation has had to fight each year to preserve the ability for Washington residents to be able to have that deduction for state and local sales taxes. In 2012, nearly 28 percent of Washington residents were able to claim that deduction, cutting an average of $602 from their federal return. The bill to make the deduction permanent passed the House on a 273-152 vote, and now awaits action in the Senate.