Clemson snaps Alabama’s 26-game win streak with a 35-31 victory in the CFP championship game last night. The final AP poll came out after the game with Clemson #1 followed by Alabama, USC #3 and Washington #4…..The Trail Blazers are in Los Angeles for a game with the Lakers tonight, KLOG 6:35 pm…..Shaw Anderson scored 17 points to lead Kelso to an 85-60 win over Evergreen last night. The Scotties are 3-0 in league. After a postponement at Washougal the Mark Morris Monarchs added a game at Skyview but lost to the Storm 71-64. MM hopes to make up its game at Washougal tonight, 6:45 on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The Kelso Lassies beat Evergreen 46-23 to go to 2-0 in league. R.A. Long beat Astoria 65-44. Tonight, Washougal visits the MM girls.
Weather forecasters say that we need to be ready for “one-two-three punch” of systems that will be coming through, once again bringing the possibility of low-level snow to the area. There’s a Winter Weather Advisory up until noon today in the Cowlitz County area, saying that we could see a mix of rain and snow through the morning. Another advisory is up from 7 pm tonight until 1 pm tomorrow, as a second low pressure system comes ashore this afternoon, dropping snow levels tonight and tomorrow morning. The third low pressure system is expected to slide by Vancouver Island late tonight, but there’s also some thought that this third system could go by to the south. They say that there’s a potential for up to three inches of snow by tomorrow morning, but they also say that it’s more likely to see snow in the foothills than it will be on the valley floors.
Oregon State Police are joining Columbia River Fire and Rescue after one person died in an RV fire that took place yesterday morning outside of Rainier. Shortly after 6 yesterday morning, CRF&R was called out to a structure fire on Wonderly Road, about four miles west of town. They arrived and found a travel trailer on fire, nearly consumed by the time they got there. Others on the scene reported that someone was using the RV as temporary housing, and when firefighters finally got inside, they did find a body. The investigation shows that the fire was started by combustibles left too close to a space heater; it’s not know if there was a working smoke detector. The victim is now in the custody of the Oregon State Medical Examiner, who will be doing an autopsy later today. No names have been released as of yet.
Members of the Longview School Board are now chewing on information provided in a study session, trying to determine what the best timing will be for a bond election and a levy election in the next two years or so. Longview School Board President C. J. Nickerson says that there’s a lot to consider, with deep ramifications. Board members are grappling first with the timing of their decisions. Superintendent Dan Zorn presented a draft timeline at last night’s study session, lining out the major milestones for a November bond election, followed by a levy election in February of next year. Nickerson and at least one other board member are concerned about that proposal, saying that they really need to pass the levy first, and then they can focus on the school renovation bond. The Maintenance and Operations/Technology Levy currently represents about 22 percent of the district’s overall budget. Board Member J. D. Rosetti also says that they should know how big the bond will be, and what it will be used for, before trying to set any kind of timeline. The board will be reviewing the information presented in last night’s study session, and they have a goal of making a decision on the order of the bond and levy elections at their next regular meeting on January 23rd.
Continuing the effort to identify a man whose body was found last June on the banks of the Columbia River near Altoona, the Wahkiakum County Coroner is releasing a forensic sketch, trying to reconstruct what the man looked like. The man is Caucasian, about 5’8” in height, and somewhere between 30 to 60 years of age. The man was dressed for the outdoors, with size 10 Vibram boots, a red button-down shirt, Levis and black rain pants. Working with forensic anthropologist Doctor Katherine Taylor, forensic artist Natalie Murry has developed a sketch of the man. Wahkiakum County Prosecutor and Coroner Dan Bigelow is also releasing additional information, things that had been kept confidential until this time. He says that the man was carrying a key ring that had two items on it; one was a small rectangular metal tag with the name “Debbie” and a cartoon picture on it, along with a very small ring that had a dark stone set in it. It’s also noted that the man probably did not die where his body was found; the speculation is that he went missing somewhere between Cascade Locks and the eastern part of Wahkiakum County. Call Dan Bigelow at 360-795-3652 if you can help with this case.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is calling for an investigation, asking why a local veteran’s cancer care from the Veteran’s Administration was delayed until it was too late. John Weston died from cancer in December of last year, after having been diagnosed in July. According to the Centralia Chronicle, Weston was not scheduled for any treatments until October, and by that time, his tumor had grown too large to be treated. Beutler has written a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, expressing her “deep concern and outrage” that Weston wasn’t treated in a timely manner. Beutler wonders why Weston’s treatment was delayed, along with his delayed admission to a VA hospital; she calls Weston’s untimely death “inexcusable.” The letter was sent yesterday; there’s been no response yet from the VA.
A series of meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statementa for the Department of Natural Resources’ Sustainable Harvest Calculation on state-owned forest lands is starting today, along with input on proposed Marbled Murrelet habitat. This Sustainable Harvest Calculation will help determine the amount of timber that DNR can harvest from Western Washington state forests between 2015 and 2024. Today’s meeting is being held in Sedro Wooley, followed by similar events on the 12th in Seattle, on the 17th in Port Angeles, and on the 19th in Cathlamet. Full details are available on the DNR web page.
It’s a busy day around the area, starting this morning with Longview City Council member Ken Botero’s monthly Community Forum. Botero says that today’s guest will be Economic Development Director Joe Phillips, and he’ll be available to answer questions about potential future developments in the city. Today’s Community Forum starts at 10 am at the Longview Women’s Club, located at 835 21st Avenue.
The Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network is holding an MLK Donation Drive today and tomorrow at Life Works, collecting items to help the homeless. Donations of socks, winter hats, gloves, jackets, hand warmers blankets, sleeping bags, personal hygiene items and other winter needs will be taken from 10 am until 2 pm today and tomorrow at Life Works, located at 906 New York Street in Longview. Call 431-6725 for more information.
Basic Computer classes start today at the Longview Public Library, going from 1 to 3 pm. Participants will learn how to use and navigate on a computer, along with saving and attaching picture files, using and understanding the Internet, and development of e-mail skills. The class is free, but there’s a limit of ten students. Sessions are also planned on the 12th, 17th and 19th of this month. Call the Library at 442-5300 for more information.
Today is the deadline to sign up for a Community Leadership class that’s being offered by WSU Extension. They say that the WSU Leadership Academy is a community program that’s designed to help you engage and inspire others. Training topics include things like public policy, media relations, economic development and more. Classes start on the 25th, with eleven sessions scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:15 pm. Call Gary Fredericks at 577-3014, extension 3 to register, or to get more information.
The first meeting of a new charitable organization is planned for this evening at the Longview Country Club; the inaugural gathering of the Lower Columbia chapter of “100 Women Who Care” will run from 6 to 8 pm tonight. This group has a goal of gathering 100 local women (or more) who will give $100 each to local charities, four times per year. They say that this kind of group can have a big impact on the local community.
The Kelso City Council meets at 6 pm this evening, with a public hearing scheduled on the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map, along with changes to the Unified Development Code and Zoning Code. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, and is open to anyone interested.
If you have some time this morning, you may want to pop “Let’s Make A Deal” on the tube, where Lori Sherman of Clatskanie will be featured. The Clatskanie Chief reports on Sherman’s appearance, saying that the founder of the Clatskanie Festival is a “game show junky,” already having won more than $32,000 in prizes on “The Price is Right” back in 2012. This past fall, Sherman was able to defy the odds, and was picked to go on stage out of hundreds in the studio audience. Sherman is currently constrained from saying how much she won on the show, but she does say that she’s been invited back in February. “Let’s Make A Deal” airs at 9 am on KOIN channel 6 in Portland.