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Warrant Arrests

Longview Police picked up two people on fugitive warrants on Friday, as detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of 7th Avenue in Longview. During this event, officers contacted Ana Marissa Oliver, 30, and David Allen Lambert, 52, both of Kelso. Officers say that it took some time to confirm Oliver’s identity, and when they did, they found a fugitive warrant, with $15,000 bail. They also say that Lambert had two outstanding no-bail Contempt of Court warrants. Both are now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail, as the investigation continues.

MCT Auditions

The Missoula Children’s Theater is in Clatskanie this week, getting ready for a performance of “Aladdin” at the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center. Auditions are being held for local kids to be in the cast, starting at 3:30 this afternoon at Clatskanie Middle-High School. Any local kids in kindergarten through 12th grade can take part, with more than 50 local kids involved in the production. Performances are planned for Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 3 pm.

DB Cooper Updates

D. B. Cooper is back in the news, with one group of amateur scientists claiming to have some new evidence in the case, while a new play poses a possible new “theory” about the skyjacker’s ultimate demise. After being allowed to analyze the clip-on tie that Cooper left behind, the scientific team claims to have found more than 100 thousand particles on the tie, comprised of “rare-earth elements” like pure titanium, strontium sulfide and cerium. They say that these are materials that are used in “very narrow fields, for very specific things.” There’s speculation that whoever wore the tie worked in the aerospace or aircraft development field, and they say that this specific combination of materials points to a specific project. It’s hoped that someone might recognize these materials, and could spark a memory.

A stage adaptation of “Bigfoot vs. D. B. Cooper” is now playing in Portland, a revamp of the 2014 straight-to-video movie that starts off with the plan that Cooper survived his jump into the woods near Mount Saint Helens, only to run right into a fight with Bigfoot. Cooper is bitten during that encounter, and turns into a Sasquatch himself, werewolf-style. “Bigfoot vs. D. B. Cooper” plays Thursday through Saturday nights through February 4th at the CoHo Theater on Northwest Raleigh Street in Portland.

KLOG Monday Sports

The MLK Tribute holiday basketball event is going on all day at LCC’s Myklebust Gymnasium. The action begins with the Ridgefield boys against W.F. West at 12:30 followed by the Kelso boys versus Mountlake Terrace at 2 pm (KLOG). The Kelso girls take on Adna at 3:30 pm (KLOG) and then the Mark Morris girls play Kalama at 5:30 pm (The Wave). The final game features the Mark Morris boys against Clover Park at 7 pm (The Wave). It’s a fund raiser for the LCC women’s basketball program…..The Blazers are playing at the Washington Wizards in a day game today, KLOG 10:05 am…..The Kelso wrestling team won seven weight classes in taking the Dave Holter Kelso Invite Saturday…..Brett Hallet of Kelso won four events at the Kelso Invitational swim meet on Saturday.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Seahawks will have DT Tony McDaniel and FB Marcel Reese available for tomorrow’s NFL Playoff game at Atlanta. The kickoff is set for 1:35 pm…..The Blazers host the Orlando Magic tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..Gonzaga is the lone unbeaten in NCAA D1 after a 93-55 win over Loyola. Cal beat the UW 69-59 and Stanford blasted WSU 85-54…..The LCC men’s basketball team defeated Pierce 89-80 in the NWAC West opener. The Devils were led by the 18 points of Keun Palu-Thompson. The top-ranked LCC women romped over Pierce 92-42 to open league play. Both LCC teams are at Tacoma tomorrow, women at 2 pm and men at 4 pm, both on KLOG…..It’s Civil War bowling today as Mark Morris and R.A. Long get together at the Triangle Bowl, first roll 3:15 pm.

Closures and Delays–1/13/17

Lower Columbia College – Campus will open at 10 am
Longview – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Kelso – Schools are closed today.
Castle Rock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Toutle Lake – Closed.
Kalama – 2 hours late and all buses on snow routes.
Woodland – Closed.
Toledo (WA) – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes
Winlock – 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes
Rainier – Closed.
Clatskanie – Closed.
Vernonia – Closed. No Teacher Professional Development
St. Helens – Closed.
Scappoose – Closed.
Jewell – 2 Hours Late, No preschool, Buses on snow routes. No after school or evening activities
Three Rivers Christian – 2 Hours Late. Early Learning Center will open at 8 a.m.

Still Icy

Ice and snow continues to cover much of the ground around the area, but local roadways are improving. Main roads around the area are mostly bare and dry, with some patches of ice or packed snow. Side streets may still be challenging, as the traffic may not have broken up the snow and ice, and they may not have been hit with sand or de-icers. Most schools made the call yesterday about today’s operations. Most of the school districts in Columbia County are closed again today, along with Toutle Lake and Woodland. Other schools in Cowlitz County are going with a two-hour late start, while Lower Columbia College is opening at 10 am today.

Blood Shortage

The group that supplies blood and blood products to hospitals and medical facilities throughout the area is saying that there’s a critical shortage in the region right now. Bloodworks Northwest says that the early flu season and the recent weather have combined to bring supplies to extremely low levels. Officials with Bloodworks say that supplies in the Pacific Northwest are running so low, providers may have to cancel surgeries, due to the lack of blood. Blood collection events are going on today in the local area, starting today at the Longview Fire Department on Commerce Avenue. The Bloodworks Bloodmobile is scheduled to be set up in the parking lot from 10 am to 4 pm today, with a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. There’s also a Community Blood Drive planned today at the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cathlamet. This drive will go from 1:30 to 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall at the church on Main Street in Cathlamet. If you’re age 17 or older, weigh at least 105 pounds, and are in good general health, then you should be able to donate blood. To set up an appointment, go to the Bloodworks Northwest webpage, or call 1-800-398-7888.

Drive-By Sentencing

A local gang member is heading to prison for 11 years, sentenced for his role in a drive-by shooting that took place last August in Longview. Today’s Daily News reports on the court proceedings involving Alex Quintana, Jr.; on December 12th, a jury convicted him on two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. The assault charges also contained a firearm enhancement. Back on August 23rd of last year, Quintana and two other people were in a car that went by a home on Ocean Beach Highway, as shots were fired in the direction of a man and a woman. There’s speculation that the drive-by was retribution for the man leaving the “Norteno” gang in Longview. During Quintana’s trial in December, 17 year-old Justice Arquette reportedly admitted to pulling the trigger, but the jury still convicted Quintana. Judge Stephen Warning also chided Quintana at the sentencing, saying that his misguided gang loyalties are resulting in a lengthy prison sentence. The wheelman in the shooting, William Darris Johnson, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree assault back in November.

Longview Council Meeting

A new ordinance on emergency shelters inside the city limits of Longview drew a large crowd at last night’s City Council meeting, with a majority of that crowd opposed to that new rule, saying that it would make it more difficult for local groups to open and administer such shelters. The new rules require anyone who wishes to open a shelter for warming or cooling to obtain a permit, and to have their buildings inspected before the shelter would be allowed to operate. City officials say that the new ordinance will help set safety standards for buildings that are not meant to house people. Advocates for the homeless say that these new rules will make it much more difficult to open shelters during the cold or the heat. City officials say that safety is the main concern, saying that this new ordinance will make sure that safety provisions are in place before a shelter opens. The ordinance eventually passed on a unanimous vote, with Council member Mary Jane Melink absent.

The Council is relaxing the rules on Farmer’s Markets inside the city limits, voting last night to allow more locations for those markets to take place. The Longview City Council voted last night to allow farmers markets at city parks and facilities, with permission from the Parks Director. This expands on the ordinance passed in June, which opened up markets on church or school grounds, but some thought that was too exclusive.