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13 Nights

Rae Gordon of Oregon City brings her blues band to the St. Helens waterfront tonight, performing in this evening’s installment of “13 Nights on the River.” Gordon won the 2014 Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist, presented by the Cascade Blues Association, and her CD’s have also been put up for awards. Rae Gordon brings her blues show to St. Helens at 6 pm tonight, following the open-air market that opens at 3 pm. Admission is free.

Thursday KLOG Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma got beat up while Seattle could muster only three hits in a 5-1 loss to Detroit yesterday. Iwakuma gave up 5 runs and 11 hits in less than 5 innings of work. The M’s wrap up the series in Detroit and the ten-day road trip with a day game, KLOG coverage at 9 am…..The Cowlitz Black Bears couldn’t come all the way back against the Gresham GreyWolves last night, dropping a 7-5 decision. The rubber game between the Black Bears and Gresham is set for 6:35 pm tonight at Story Field…..Competitive Athletics is now 6-0 in league, after sweeping a DH from Vaugh Baseball in Elma. Noah Mejia went 4-5 with 2 RBI in the 19-3 win in the first game, and then James Anderson struck out 9 and gave up only two hits in the 10-1 nightcap win.

Wednesday KLOG Sports

The M’s take another tough loss last night, as the Tigers come from behind to beat Seattle 4-2. Mike Aviles hit an infield single to bring in the tie-breaking run. Seattle got another HR from Kyle Seager, to no avail. Game 3 of the 4-game series is set for this afternoon, KLOG coverage starts at 3 pm…..The ‘s also made a minor-league trade this morning, acquiring LHP Wade LeBlanc from Toronto for a Player to be Named Later…..Colin Winn hit a walk-off sac fly to snap the Cowlitz Black Bears five-game losing streak, beating the Gresham GreyWolves 4-3. Game 2 of the series is set for 6:35 pm tonight at Story Field….Gunnar Blix of RAL, Hunter Esary of Kalama and Talib Meeks from Castle Rock have been selected for Saturday’s East-West Earl Barden All-State Classic football game.

Lacey Quadruple Shooting

Authorities in Thurston County are investigating an incident at a mobile home park on Dutterow Road near Lacey, an incident that left two men and one woman dead, while a fourth man was injured. Other details are being gathered at this time.

Dock Injury

An investigation is getting under way after a dockworker was transported from the Weyerhaeuser log yard yesterday afternoon. Longview Fire and aid personnel were called to the docks at about 2 pm yesterday, when the man was found unconscious on board a ship being loaded with logs for export. Paramedics were lifted onto the ship, where the man received first aid, and then was taken by ambulance to Saint John Medical Center. The circumstances of the injury are still unclear at this time; it’s thought the man fell, but the reasons for the fall aren’t known as of yet. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The man’s name has not been released, and his condition has not been updated this morning. Officials with SSA Marine report that the man had been hired to load logs onto the ship for a customer of Weyerhaeuser.

Deputies of the Year

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies Danny O’Neill and Landen Jones are being honored for their heroism in saving a man who was trapped in debris and shattered wood after a huge landslide hit his house on the Kalama River during a massive storm last December. American Legion Post 155 in Longview presented Deputy of the Year Awards to the two men at yesterday’s County Commission meeting; retired Chaplain Steve White outlines the actions of O’Neill and Jones on the night of December 8th, 2015…deputyawards…O’Neill and Jones were able to safely extricate the citizen and themselves, with only minor injuries to all involved.

HOME Dollars

Lower Columbia CAP, Life Works and Community House are getting allocations from the City of Kelso as the City Council doles out the 2016 HOME Funds from the federal government, but the allocations are less than what had been requested. Mayor David Futcher says that they would like to fulfill all requests, but resources are limited…homedollars…Kelso’s portion of HOME funding came in at just over $132,000; they had $42,000 in 2016 funds, along with $89,000 in unallocated and re-allocated funds. The Council had to divvy these dollars over more than $305,000 in requests. In the end, $98,000 will go to CAP for roof replacements and revitalization efforts on seven homes in the city. They had requested $132,000. Life Works will get $17,000 for rehabilitation of a home that will house developmentally disabled adults, and Community House on Broadway will receive $17,000 for Homeless Recovery Rental Assistance. These funds come from Housing and Urban Development in the form of Community Development Block Grant dollars.

Kelso Board Meeting

The Kelso School Board is holding a special meeting at 5 pm today, where they are expected to take action on a donation to the district, and will also get information on the 2016-2017 budget. This afternoon’s meeting will be held in the Board Room at the District offices, located on Crawford Street in the Ruth Clark Educational Services Center.

Water Flushing

Area #3 will get water lines flushed tonight, starting at 7 pm and going until 11. Area #3 is between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River, going from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Advisory signs will be posted; be sure to flush your own plumbing after this work is done.

Casino Name

A little less than a year prior to the planned opening of the half-billion-dollar facility, the Cowlitz Indians unveiled the name of their casino and resort that’s being built near La Center. “Iliani” means “sing” in the Cowlitz Indian language, but tribal leaders say that there’s a deeper meaning. Tanna Engdahl is a spiritual leader for the Cowlitz, and she says that “Iliani” also reaches back to through the centuries, taking us along on the long journey that has brought us to today. Engdahl says that during those centuries, the Cowlitz never had a “song for defeat,” so they never, ever gave up. At yesterday’s event, tribal chair Bill Iyall said that this project culminates 160 years to get the tribe’s land base back, and to also return the Cowlitz to a prosperous economic base. Set for completion next spring, the 368,000 square-foot casino will have 2,500 slot machines, 80 gaming tables, 15 restaurants, bars and retail stores, along with meeting and entertainment venues. At least a thousand jobs are expected to be created with the facility.