After tests showed that Domoic Acid levels have dropped, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is re-opening the south Washington coast to recreational crab fishing. Domoic Acid is a natural toxin that’s produced by marine algae, and can be harmful or even fatal in humans. The most recent tests conducted by WDFW shows that the crabs on the southern coast are now safe to eat. Just a reminder, the use of crab pots is banned on the coast through November 30th, except in the Columbia River estuary. Ring nets or other crab traps are allowed. Check with WDFW on the latest regarding shellfish safety, regulations and possible closures.
The first-ever meeting of the Wahkiakum Robotics Club is planned for this afternoon at Wahkiakum High School. This is an after-school program, co-sponsored by the Wahkiakum 4-H and the Wahkiakum School District. In developing a competition robot, the team will have to build and program robots that can perform 12 different tasks under this year’s theme of “Trash Talk,” focusing on how robots might be able to help in the disposal and recycling of the trash that we make. Today’s meeting is intended to be informational for students and parents, and will start at 5:30 pm in the Tech Ed. Room at Wahkiakum High School. You can also get more information on the Wahkiakum 4-H web page.
The Seahawks shutout the Chicago Bears 26-0 yesterday. Tyler Lockett returned the second half kickoff 105 yards to get the offense going. Jimmy Graham caught a TD from Russel Wilson and rookie Thomas Rawls rushed for 104 yards. The Hawks host the Lions in Monday Night Football next week…..The Angels beat the Mariners 3-2 yesterday. Seattle is guaranteed a losing season, the fifth in six years. The M’s close out the season this week at home including a game with Houston tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Kalama defeated W.F. West 2-0 to win the Monarch Challenge volleyball tournament on Saturday…..The LCC softball team went 3-0 at the NWAC Fall Classic event at Delta Park in Portland on Saturday……The LCC baseball team swept the Mariners Scout team 6-5 and 6-4.
What can only be described as a “flash mob” descended on the Kelso School District offices this afternoon, demanding to be heard in the strike by the Kelso Education Association, and following this morning’s ruling by Judge David Koss. The KEA is now facing a “remedial” fine of $2,000 per day if they don’t end their strike and return to classes on Monday. In handing down today’s ruling, Judge David Koss says that it’s clear that the KEA did not obey the order issued last week. Koss says that he’s aware of the claims of “poor faith bargaining” and other complaints about the actions of the Kelso Schools bargaining team, but he also says that those activities have nothing to do with his order and compliance by the union.
Today’s group of 40 to 50 “parents and concerned citizens” entered the lobby of the Ruth Clark Educational Services Center in what they described as a “Stand-In.” Eventually, four members of the group were allowed in to speak to the mediation session. The group was peacefully escorted out of the building after about an hour. There’s also a show of solidarity being planned at this evening’s Kelso vs. Centralia football game, looking for a “Red-Out” from the crowd at the game.
The Kelso Education Association is facing a “remedial” fine of $2,000 per day if they don’t end their strike and return to classes on Monday. In handing down today’s ruling, Judge David Koss says that it’s clear that the KEA did not obey the order issued last week. Koss says that he’s aware of the claims of “poor faith bargaining” and other complaints about the actions of the Kelso Schools bargaining team, but he also says that those activities have nothing to do with his order and compliance by the union. Koss says that today’s fine can be avoided, if the KEA membership can tell him that the strike is over by 4:30 this afternoon. Sandy DeBruler says that they’re scrambling to find a place to hold a general membership meeting, but they don’t know if that can be done by this afternoon. The KEA is planning to hold a meeting on Sunday; there’s also another mediation session scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday.
Mark Morris almost pulled off a soccer upset. Goalie Maggie Higgins was outstanding but the Spudders pulled out a 2-1 win. Also, R.A. Long blanked Hudson’s Bay 2-0…..Week four of the prep football season is tonight as Kelso host Centralia (FM 101.5 The Wave), Hockinson at MM (FM 105.5 KUKN) and R.A. Long at Washougal…..In prep volleyball last night, RAL swept past Bay 3-0 and Ridgefield defeated MM 3-0. MM hosts the Monarchs Challenge all day Saturday…..The NWAC Sophomore Showcase baseball event is all day Saturday at LCC’s Story Field…..The LCC softball team plays three games at the NWAC Fall Classic Saturday at Delta Park in Portland…..The Royals beat the Mariners 10-4 last night. The M’s play at the Angels tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm.
It appears that Kelso’s kids will be out of school at least through next Monday, according to the Kelso School District. In last night’s “District Update,” KSD officials say that there’s been no progress in the mediation sessions, and that another session is set for Sunday afternoon. They say that “new proposals were exchanged,” but no resolution has been reached. The District claims that a Kelso Education Association membership meeting that had been scheduled for this morning apparently has been re-scheduled for Monday evening, so the district says that there will be no school on Monday, the 28th. KEA leadership flatly denies that claim, saying that they are still trying to find a place to hold that membership meeting, and they plan to hold that before the weekend is over.
This morning at 9 am, district and union leadership will be in a courtroom at the Hall of Justice, presenting arguments and witness testimony connected to the contempt of court motion that has been filed by KSD. On Wednesday, Judge David Koss says that the KEA has due process rights in regard to the contempt claim, and delayed his decision on possible sanctions until this morning’s hearing is concluded. The district is requesting fines of more than two thousand dollars a day for each day that the KEA was not in compliance with the judge’s original ruling, declaring that teachers have no right to strike in Washington state.
The effort to find five cats that went missing after a serious house fire reported yesterday afternoon in Longview continues. Shortly after 3 pm yesterday, firefighters were called to 2673 Beech Street, where smoke was seen coming from the windows and doors. They learned that the residence was home to three adults and ten cats; fire crews say that this was an extremely challenging fire, with zero visibility inside the house, as the firefighters tried to navigate their way through a “Jungle Gym” of house contents and clutter. Once firefighters were able to make their way into the kitchen, it took only about ten minutes to get the fire under control. The entire interior of the home was damaged in the fire, and the house is now uninhabitable. Three cats were rescued, two were found dead, and five are reported to be missing. Damage is estimated to exceed $80,000. The fire is thought to have started in the kitchen, but the exact cause and origin still isn’t known. The Red Cross and the Humane Society are assisting the displaced adults and animals.
First-degree assault charges are being filed against Stanley Curtis Juve, 66, of Longview, after he allegedly attacked and injured a man in his home yesterday morning. Around ten minutes to 6 yesterday morning, Longview Police were called to the 15 hundred block of 7th Avenue, where a neighbor of Juve said that he could hear someone screaming. Officers arrived and met the victim, who was bleeding from an injury to his head. The victim was taken to Saint John Medical Center, while Officers tried to find Juve. They say that Juve actually contacted them at about 8:30 am, and then turned himself in. Detectives returned to Juve’s home with a search warrant, but they didn’t say what might have been found. Juve is also being charged with felony harassment, and is currently being held without bail.
Robert Patrick Hayes, 32, is under arrest on an indecent exposure charge, after an incident reported yesterday morning at the Twin Cities Center. Around 7:15 yesterday morning, a shopper at the center claimed that Hayes had his pants down around his ankles, and was being “very lewd.” Longview Police responded and took Hayes into custody. The transient is now being held on the misdemeanor count, with bail set at 500 dollars. Hayes is also being held on a Department of Corrections warrant.