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KLOG Monday Sports

Nelson Cruz hit a homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Mariners an 7-6 victory over the White Sox. The M’s sweep the three game set in Chicago and move on to Houston to play the Astros tonight, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears defeated the Gresham Greywolves 6-2 yesterday at Story Field, taking two of the three games. Devlin Granberg of Cowlitz will take part in tonight’s WCL Homerun Derby in Yakima…..Camas beat KWRL 11-10 in the title game of the Babe Ruth 15 State tournament. Both teams advance to the Regional hosted by Kelso beginning on Monday. KWRL beat Kelso 7-2 in the title game of the 14 State in Richland. KWRL goes to the Regional in Calgary…..Jordan Burns won the Columbia Ford Invite at Mint Valley with an even par 142.

Nippon-Dynowave Spill

There was a large chemical spill on the Weyerhaeuser mill complex property yesterday afternoon, but that spill was contained on-site, and posed no hazard to the environment or local area. At 3:20 pm, officials with Nippon-Dynowave called 911 to report that between 4,000 and 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid had been spilled, but they also reported that the spill was contained inside the building where it occurred, and none of the caustic liquid was able to leave the facility. The incident was reported to 911 for information, with no outside response required. Notifications are also being made to the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Ecology. The cause of the spill hasn’t been disclosed.

Sex Assault Amendments Pass

Added protections for victims of sexual assault while in the military are now in place, as amendments offered by Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler are included in the recently-passed 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Beutler says that the amendments work to restore rights to survivors of sexual assault while in the military. She says that many victims of sexual assault while serving in the military suffer additional trauma when they are discharged; Beutler says these people need help and support, but they’re getting their benefits and military status being taken away instead. The measures are also part of the “Protecting Military Honor Act of 2017,” a bill that Beutler introduced last week. She says that the bill will help to “restore justice” to victims who were sexually abused while in military service.

Road Work

Cowlitz County Public Works continues chip sealing and pavement overlay work during this week. Chip-sealing is planned on roads in and near Castle Rock, along with roads up by Ryderwood. Asphalt paving is planned on Pacific Way and Coal Creek Road on Monday and Tuesday; flaggers will control traffic through the work area. Delays of up to 15 minutes at a time are possible; use alternate routes to avoid delays.

The Washington Department of Transportation is getting ready to repave the bridge deck on the I-5 Bridge over the Lewis River, with work planned to start in the next couple of weeks. They plan to resurface the bridge decks, replace expansion joints, they’ll put down new waterproof membranes, and will also install new pavement markers. The work will include nighttime double-lane closures and daytime single-lane closures, with the project running into the fall. The speed limit will also be dropped to 60 mph during this project.

Camp Crime Scene

“Camp Crime Scene” opens today at Lower Columbia College, part of the “Expanding Young Minds” series at the college. Participants will be able to immerse themselves in the “challenging puzzles” of crime scenes and forensics. Campers will gather evidence, study the clues, analyze the data and then they’ll work to “solve the crime.” This first session is for kids in Kindergarten through second grade, going from 9 to 11:30 am. Sessions for 3rd to 5th-graders will be offered from the 24th to the 27th, and then there’s a third session for 6th to 8th-graders that starts on the 31st. Go to the LCC web page, or call 442-2840 for more information.

Nevada Drive Trestle Issue

It looks like that “further notice” has been issued, as we are now learning that the removal of that damaged trestle over Nevada Drive is complete, and the road is open to traffic. Cowlitz County Public Works reports that Patriot Rail was able to get the damaged trestle removed quickly, and the road re-opened at about 6 pm last night. Toe road closed yesterday morning at about 6:30, when a concrete pumping truck tried to make that turn off of West Side Highway, hitting and displacing the train trestle. As a safety precaution, Nevada Drive was closed; after making a determination that the trestle could not be safely put back into place, they decided that the bridge would need to be removed. Patriot Rail was able to get that work completed by the early evening, and Nevada Driver re-opened to traffic at around 6 pm. The investigation into the collision is continuing, and we don’t know yet if the concrete company will face any sanctions as a result.

Kelso Drive Work

Be aware that slide repair work is under way on Kelso Drive, repairing a damaged section of the southbound lane between Grade Street and Haussler Road. Advanced Excavating Specialist of Longview are doing this work, which is expected to run through the end of July. Lane closures are in place, and other traffic disruptions are possible while this work is going on. Use alternate routes to avoid delays; updates will be posted on the City of Kelso web page, and on the city’s Facebook page.

Ballots Out

Primary Election ballots go out today from Cowlitz County Elections, but you need to remember that not everyone will participate in this vote. There are Primary Election contests for seats on the City Councils in Kelso, Longview and Woodland, there’s a contested Longview School Board seat, and there’s also a three-way race for a Commission position in Fire District Number 1. Fire District 1 also has a property tax levy on the August ballot, and the Castle Rock Library is running another operations levy on this ballot. Ballots are due back to Cowlitz County Elections by 8 pm on Tuesday, August 1st. Cowlitz County Elections has an on-line Voter’s Pamphlet available on its web page; find out more on that web page, or you can call 577-3005 during regular office hours.

Randle Shooting Update

Authorities in Lewis County are now ruling that the shooting death of Dusty Phelps, 51, on the 4th of July is a homicide, but they haven’t ruled yet that the incident was self-defense. Phelps died at a campsire near Randle, hit in the head with a round fired by a 63 year-old man from Glenoma. The older man had gone to confront Phelps about his unsafe shooting from his campsite; he claims that Phelps fired several rounds, including one that hit his vehicle. The older man grabbed his own handgun, and then fired a single round that killed Phelps. In the Centralia Chronicle, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says that the homicide ruling simply defines the manner of death, and doesn’t define if the killing was justified or was self-defense. Meyer says that the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting, and that his office will review that report when it’s complete. A decision on possible charges will be made after that review is completed.

Port Tours

There still may be a few slots available for the Port of Longview tours that will start this weekend. This is the fourth year that the Port has offered the Summer Tour Series, taking the public on an up-close tour of the Port and its facilities. Eight tours are planned, two on Saturday, the 15th, followed by Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The tours will take place at 10 am and 2 pm. You’ll tour port facilities, and will also get first-hand looks at port equipment, vintage locomotives and more; there will also be a “last look” at the 1927-era Continental Grain elevator, which is scheduled for demolition. You can register at portoflongview.com, or you can call the Port at 425-3305 to get more information.