The Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series opening ceremonies happen today at Story Field. The ten teams from across the country are in town as the games begin on Thursday. Today’s schedule is the Home Run Derby at 5 pm followed by the Pioneer Lions Burger Feed at 6 pm. The Parade of Champions and Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:30 pm tonight. You can hear most of the games on KLOG and all of the games on klog.com…..The Mariners are playing a day game at Philadelphia after taking a 5-2 victory over the Phillies Tuesday night. Hishashi Iwakuma provided eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager hit a home run. The M’s move on to Boston for a three game set starting Friday…..Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith had a pick-6 in his first full day of practice for the Seahawks.
Opponents of coal export facilities that are being proposed for the Pacific Northwest got a huge win yesterday, when the Oregon Department of State Lands concluded more than two years of review with the rejection of the soil removal and fill permit for the Coyote Island Terminal near Boardman. In the denial letter, DSL Director Mary Abrams says that the decision was reached after extensive deliberation, research and legal counsel. DSL says that the proposed project is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of Oregon’s water resources, and that the applicant, Ambre Energy, did not provide a sufficient analysis of alternatives that would avoid construction of a new dock, along with the negative impact on tribal fisheries. The decision puts a proposal for a coal transfer facility at Port Westward near Clatskanie in serious jeopardy, as the Coyote Island facility was intended to supply the one at Port Westward. Ambre can appeal the decision through an Administrative Law Judge.
The Cowlitz PUD Commission is holding off on a vote regarding contracts that are being proposed for the utility’s general counsel and auditor, proposed deals that the Daily News says would make it nearly impossible to fire or even discipline either one of those positions. Today’s Daily News has information on yesterday’s special 7 am meeting of the Commission, where about two dozen people showed up to speak on these proposals. Commission President Buz Ketcham reportedly says that they HAD to meet early in the morning, because Commissioner Ned Piper is heading off on vacation, and Ketcham himself was going to be unavailable. Commissioner Kurt Anagnostou also says that they want to get these in place before an investigation by the Public Disclosure Commission is concluded. Both Ketcham and Anagnostou say that these contracts are needed to help retain key employees, and to protect them from “harassment.” Every citizen who spoke joined with Piper in wondering why there was such a rush; TDN also reports that these would be the only contracts of this sort, with any PUD in the state. In the end, the Commission declined to take action yesterday, but they could take a vote at the next regular PUD Commission meeting on the 26th.
Longview Police say that a serial commercial burglar is now in custody, arrested last Friday in Kelso. Detective Sergeant John Reeves say that they have been able to connected Adam Gregory Stack, 30, with a string of local commercial break-ins that have taken place over the past few weeks. An alert was sent to local law enforcement; this past Friday, Cowlitz County Deputies contacted Stack at a home in Kelso. It’s claimed that Stack was in possession of a vehicle that had been stolen in a burglary reported the night before. During an interview after his arrest, Stack allegedly implicated himself in eleven commercial burglaries in Longview, two in Kelso and three in Rainier. A search warrant was served on Stack’s residence, where detectives claim to have recovered a number of stolen items. Stack is now being held on multiple counts of burglary, theft, malicious mischief and trafficking in stolen property. The investigation is continuing, with the possibility of additional charges and arrests.
Authorities in Skamania County say that an autopsy confirms that the remains that were recovered earlier this month from the 7,100 foot level of Mount St. Helens are those of a missing Japanese hiker. Yosuke Onishi, 27, had been missing since November 27th of last year, when he headed out from the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, and failed to return. On August 9th, dozens of trained searchers went up onto the mountain in an effort to find Onishi, and one of those teams located his remains on the south slope of the volcano. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says that they’re hopeful that can be clarified as reports come in from the Medical Examiner’s office.
Longview Police are working with the Parks Department after it was discovered that a number of memorial plaques have been stolen from Lake Sacajawea Park. Parks officials confirm that a memorial for deceased Army Specialist Mikayla Bragg is missing, along with at least four other plaques in different spots around the lake. Parks Supervisor Curt Nedved tells the Daily News that it would cost about $3,600 to replace the plaques, and he also recommends that any replacements be made of a material that thieves wouldn’t want to steal. So far, there are no leads in the thefts; anyone with information should call LPD at 442-5800, or leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 577-1206.
A project to replace a section of water main and to improve the road surface on North Kelso Avenue is scheduled to start today. Today and tomorrow, a contractor for the City of Kelso will close North Kelso Avenue from the intersection with North Pacific Avenue to the intersection with Redpath Street. A similar closure is also planned next Monday and Tuesday. Flaggers will help to guide traffic, and detour signs will also be posted. It’s also noted that the street will need to be completely cleared to effectively replace the road surface. Vehicles not removed from the work area could be towed and impounded at the owners’ expense. Work on this project will continue through Friday, the 29th. Contact the City of Kelso at 423-6590 if you need more help.
Along with the “Back to School” sales, another sign of the end of summer is the re-starting of the speed limit detection cameras in the Longview School District. School zone signage has been re-installed in school zones around the city, and both the city and the police department are out with reminders that the cameras will be switched back on Wednesday, September 3rd, the first day of school in Longview. There will be NO grace period, and anyone caught violating the speed zone will get a $124 ticket. After last year’s expansion of the program, 5,646 violations were recorded. In the zones with multiple years of data, at CVG and Mint Valley elementary schools, the number of violations continues to drop, down more than 34 percent at CVG and more than 15 percent at Mint Valley. Get more information on the program by calling Longview Police at 442-5800.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-1 yesterday. Jerome Williams got the win holding the Mariner bats in check. The teams play again today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Trevor May improved in his second MLB start yesterday, going 4 2/3 innings with three runs, seven hits and four walks. May’s Twins lost to Kansas City 6-4…..The teams are arriving today as the Babe Ruth World Series gets underway this week. The Opening Ceremonies are Wednesday at Story Field, including the Home Run Derby and Pioneer Lions Hamburger feed. The games begin on Thursday. Get all the information you need at longviewworldseries.com. The World Series Store is also open at 1206 Washington Way Suite 105. You can get tickets and official World Series clothing there.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is now clarifying some points in regard to last week’s shooting incident at a home on Niemi Road, while also releasing the 911 call that was made by Chante Milian’s daughter. You can clearly hear the panic in the ten year-old girl’s voice as she tries to get help for her wounded mother. The entire 22-minute tape is available on www.flashnews.net. Initial reports from the Sheriff’s had said that the 911 caller was a boy, and they now say that it was a daughter that made the call for help. It was also first reported that Chante Milian, 27, had been shot in the stomach, and it’s now being disclosed that she had been shot in the back. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that Milian is still at the hospital, recovering from what he says is a “non-threatening-wound.” He also has praise for the daughter, saying that she did an excellent job of staying calm and providing information in a very traumatic situation. He also says that this shows the importance of teaching your child how to properly call 911 in an emergency, and to be able to relay key information to emergency responders. The girl and her siblings are still with other family members as their mother continues her recovery. There’s still been no word as to why Miguel Angel Milian, 30, shot his estranged wife, and then took his own life.